Many great Vancouver arts & culture events coming up

For those who love the wide variety of theatrical and musical choices that our great city has to offer now is decision making time. The ‘arts season’ is upon us. In the last few weeks we have received direct mail, emails, one phone call and even a twitter notice from the arts community, as many groups launch their season ticket sales. Since there are so many events to choose from and we have attended one show from several different groups in the past, we are now on everyone’s list. With so many options here are our 2009/2010 season picks so far…

Vancouver Arts Club Theatre Company
The Vancouver Arts Club Theatre Company (artsclub.com) performs both a Stanley Series (at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage) and a Granville Series (at the Granville Island Stage) that are both 6 shows each. Last year we attended one of each (Les Mis and Altar Boyz) and both were great. This season our top choice from the Granville Series is ‘Billy Bishop Goes to War’ a Canadian creation featuring a pianist and one actor playing 18 characters set in WWI. It plays from March 25th to April 17th. Our top pick of the Stanley Series is ‘GlenGarry Glenn Ross’ starring Eric McCormack. However, it may be difficult to get tickets for this month long engagement (July 22nd to August 22nd) because they will be offered first to those who purchase the entire series. The 6 show series package is the best value at either stage and there is also a SixTix mix and match option but if we commit to all 12 or even to 6 shows, when will we have to time fit in all of the other great options.

Playhouse Theatre Company
The Playhouse Theatre Company (vancouverplayhouse.com) will feature a 5 series schedule for this season with a bonus musical presented in conjunction with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad by renowned creator Laurie Anderson. Our choice for this series is ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ based on both the film and the book that will be playing from November 21st to December 27th. We also would like to see the world premier of ‘Beyond Eden’ the story of totem poles found in an abandoned Haida village but we will be away the entire length of this short showing from January 16th to February 6th. Again the full 5 series subscription is the best value but there is also a Pick-3 Sampler option.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) has also sent out its printed 32 page season brochure. We counted 11 series options and 12 special events totaling at least 70 different performances. In addition to the several series’ dedicated to the classics there is a ‘Tea and Trumpets’ series, two series’ for children, three road trip series (Roundhouse, North Shore and Surrey) and our favorite the ‘VSO Pops’ series. These ‘Pops’ concerts are great for those who want an introduction to symphony but prefer a show that also has a vocal entertainment value in addition to the great symphony performance, and/or feature songs that will surely be know to all. This season the ‘Pops’ music will range from Broadway to Jazz and Big Band. Last season we saw ‘Three Broadway Divas’, this season our picks include ‘Silver Screen Classics’ (November 27th and 28th), ‘The Swingin Sixties and Seventies’ (March 19th and 21st), and ‘Cirque De La Symphonie’ (April 16th and 17th) featuring a high-wire production with a mix of light classics and film scores. Of the 12 special events, Carol Burnett and Lang Lang are our top choices.

This is far from a complete list of shows taking place this season, not to mention concerts and other events. There are so many concerts on the way that they are too numerous to list; but watch our twitter posts for announcements that we think will be not to miss.