For the past six years, Theatre Replacement has been producing East Van Panto in partnership with The Cultch. Our first Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk: An East Van Panto, reopened the historic York Theatre in 2013. Since then, the production has grown into a beloved holiday tradition for hundreds of local families, now welcoming over 15,000 patrons each year.
With a rotating and ever-expanding roster of artists, designers and technicians, the Panto strives to honour the traditions we’ve established while remaining a fresh and vital reflection of the East Vancouver community we love. Past and present Panto company members include Charlie Demers, Veda Hille, Amiel Gladstone, Stephen Drover, Anita Rochon, Mark Chavez, Allan Zinyk, Dawn Petten, Raugi Yu, Andrew McNee, Chirag Naik, Donna Soares, Rachel Aberle, Ming Hudson, Jan Hodgson, Tracey Power, Ruth Bruhn, Adrian Muir, Laura Zerebeski, Drew Facey and Marina Szijarto, among many others.
What is a Panto?
Panto (short for Pantomime) is a tradition of holiday musical comedy. Popularized in England in the early 19th Century, Pantomime takes familiar fairy tales and injects music, contemporary references, and audience participation to create raucous, noisy entertainment that’s fun for everyone in the family. Our Panto takes inspiration from this classic form, but adds a uniquely East Van twist; a new, local tradition you and your family are invited to make your own!
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