Theatre Under the Stars delivers delight x two

"Shrek: The Musical"  Photo:  Milan Radovanovic

“Shrek: The Musical”
Photo: Milan Radovanovic

TUTS has taken us into the world of movies transformed into stage shows with music. This year’s presentation of “Shrek: The Musical” and “Legally Blonde: The Musical” are a change from the classic Broadway shows for which TUTS is justifiably famous. Shrek is a delight, with superb costumes, great dance numbers, and references to dozens of other shows and films. Matt Palmer as Shrek and Lindsay Warnock as Princess Fiona are spot on in their interpretations. The Donkey, wonderfully played by Ken Overbey almost steals the show — and it’s a great big show to conquer. Special mention must be made of Victor Hunter as Lord Farquaad.
Valerie Easton shines again as the director/choreographer for “Legally Blonde,” the story of Elle Wood, played by Jocelyn Gauthier, who wants to become a Harvard student to catch her beau. She loses him, but captures a wonderful new life, and the entire audience with her charm. Special mention for Cathy Wilmot, who delivers a heart-warming portrayal of the heroine’s new best friend, Paulette.
“Shrek” and “Legally Blonde” play in repertory in Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl until August 23rd!

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The Orpheus Project is magic!

You’ve only got a couple of days left in which to see this enchanting, magical, ethereal production from Music on Main. ¬† Even if you know nothing about Orpheus and his search for his beloved Eurydice, you will be absolutely enchanted by this superb evening of theatre and music.¬†David Pay’s conception of the great Greek story is played out in the Cultch, using all areas of the theatre, and patrons are advised beforehand to wear comfortable clothing. This is definitely an inter-active theatrical event. We should have more of them.Collaborators for this unique presentation include Louis Andriesen, Colin Browne, Veda Hille, James Maxwell, Jocelyn Morlock, Cassandra Miller, Alfredo Santa Ana and Barry Truax.
8:00 p.m. July 18, 19 and 20 at The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street

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Theatre Under the Stars: Shrek the Musical and Legally Blonde

From two popular Hollywood films, two warm-hearted and enchanting shows with great music added. Directed by Sarah Rodgers, Shrek: The Musical is a larger-than-life adventure of Shrek (portrayed by Matt Palmer) and his loyal steed Donkey on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona. Add in the diminutive Lord Farquaad, and a gang of fairytale misfits and you’ve got the musical comedy of the summer!

Returning by popular demand, Legally Blonde: The Musical – directed and choreographed by Valerie Easton – brings pretty-in-pink Elle Woods (portrayed by Jocelyn Gauthier) back to eager Vancouver audiences. After following her ex-boyfriend Warner to Harvard Law School, Elle teaches audiences that it’s so much better to be smart than pretty.
July 11 – August 23, 2014 at the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.
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