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Another Fun Thing to Do with the Kids in Vancouver – Carousel Theatre!

Submitted by on Monday, 19 December 2011No Comment

Attention Vancouver Moms and Dads! If you’re feeling kinda stuck indoors and bored this winter, with the colder than normal (and rainy, as normal) days, here’s another brilliant idea to get out and have fun with your kids — take them to watch a play at the Carousel Theatre for Young People on Granville Island!

The Carousel Theatre for Young People always has great plays for kids (and uh, young people and adults too of course), always put on by a very professional and talented group of artists. They truly put on an amazing show that will wow you and your kids, and have your whole family laughing and having a great time.

Darren Burkett as Scarecrow and Robyn Wallis as Dorothy

I was invited to watch their current production, “The Wizard of Oz” and let me tell you, it was awesome! They did a fantastic job reviving this classic, and both me and my 5 year old son Smarty Pants loved it.

I was a little worried about taking him at first, because I know he is scared of witches, but I told him beforehand there would be a witch in it and that she was just pretending. To my great relief, he actually thought the witch was really funny and was laughing at her remarks (she really was funny at a lot of parts – well done).

One of the highlights was definitely the munchkins – all played by the adult cast on their knees. You have to see it to believe it- we were cracking up. My son is still singing “The Lollipop Guild” a week later. Hearing all those songs again really brought me back to my childhood too.

If you want to see the Wizard of Oz at Carousel Theatre, you need to hurry, as they are selling out really fast and breaking their box office records! Not surprising with such a great show and a story that people of all ages love (many people have told me it is their all time favourite story/movie). They just added another show too on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at
2:00pm to meet the high demand!

Here’s some additional info and links for you. If you don’t manage to get tickets for The Wizard of Oz, follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay up-to-date on availability of tickets for their upcoming productions.

Info about The Wizard of Oz at Carousel Theatre:

VENUE Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright Street, Vancouver)

DATES December 2 – 31, 2011 (Various Times) – New show just added on Jan 1, 2012!

TICKETS (604) 685-6217

INFO www.carouseltheatre.ca

FACEBOOK Carousel Theatre

TWITTER CarouselTheatre



Follow the yellow brick road with Dorothy and the gang in The Wizard of Oz!

This brave adventure follows Dorothy and her three strange friends; a Scarecrow with no brain, a Tin Man with no heart, and a Lion without any courage as they journey on to see the great and powerful Wizard of Oz.

During Dorothy’s search for the Wizard she discovers the true meaning of friendship, personal growth, and most important: there is no place like home!



Carousel Theatre, now in its 37th season, has produced 147 plays for young people. In its early years, the company performed at several different venues in Vancouver including the Arts Club Seymour Street and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre before moving to their home on Granville Island, where they operate a small arts complex that includes administrative offices and two rehearsal halls. Carousel is one of the long-term resident tenants at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island.

Each season more than 40,000 young people and their families benefit from Carousel Theatre’s unique programming. Under the vision of Artistic Director Carole Higgins, Carousel Theatre stages a mainstage season of Literary Classics at the Waterfront Theatre, a Teen Shakespeare Program each summer and a year-round Theatre School for young people ages 3 to 17 years. Carousel Theatre also runs a mentorship program for fledgling theatre for young audiences companies and a new play development program.

Carousel Theatre plays a unique role in the ecology of our community, and is the only theatre company in BC that produces a fully professional season of mainstage programming especially for young people.


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