Carousel Theatre Announces 2012/2013 Season of Theatre for Young People

          March 3rd, 2012

          Something magical happens when an ordinary place, person, thing, or even a day, becomes extraordinary.

          Carousel Theatre for Young People cordially invites you and your family to join us during our 2012/2013 Season of Theatre for Young Audiences….

          Mike Stack, Josue Laboucane, Robyn Wallis, and Darren Burkett. The Wizard of Oz, 2011. Photo by Tim Matheson

          THE WIZARD OF OZ 
          By L. Frank Baum
          With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
          Background Music by Herbert Stothart
          Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
          Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
          Based upon the Classical Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

          BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND– When young Dorothy Gale is whisked away from her Kansas farm by a tornado, she finds herself in the magical land of Oz. Along with new-found friends, Dorothy must face the evil Wicked Witch of the West, and travel to the Emerald City to ask the powerful Wizard of Oz to help her return home.

          Carousel’s best-selling production follows Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto too as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road in this delightful adaptation, based on the classic 1939 MGM movie musical.

          “Carousel Theatre goes over the rainbow and finds a pot of
          gold with this production of The Wizard of Oz.”  – Georgia Straight

          November 28, 2012 – January 6, 2013
          The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island          For Ages 4 +

          Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s
          Co-Presented with Axis Theatre Company

          Author/Illustrator: Eric Carle   Author: Bill Martin, Jr (Brown Bear, Brown Bear)
          Director/Production Designer: Jim Morrow   Composer: Steven Naylor

          Mermaid’s much-anticipated new production, A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, brings  together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill celebrates three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me.

          January 13 – 20, 2013
          The Norman Rothstein Theatre      For Ages 3 +


          Dr. Seuss text, characters and images TM and © 2009 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P

          Based on the book by Dr. Seuss
          Play originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain

          After three wildly successful appearances in Seussical, the Cat in the Hat insisted on appearing in his own show. We were only too happy to oblige! Join us for this wildly delightful madcap treat, based on the much-loved children’s book by Dr. Seuss.

          From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met.

          With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with, and he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure.  But what will happen when Mom comes home?!

          MARCH 1 – 24, 2013   
          The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island          For Ages 3 +

          Watch the Trailer for National Theatre of Great Britain’s production of The Cat in the Hat

          ARTHUR: BOY KING  By Jeff Pitcher

          WORLD PREMIERE – When he pulls a legendary sword from a stone, Arthur suddenly finds himself unwillingly crowned King of Britain.  With his advisor Merlin, and friends Lancelot and Guinevere, Arthur fights for valour, honour, and chivalry in this centuries-old epic tale.

          From award-winning playwright Jeff Pitcher (Peter Pan, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood) comes a new spin on the fantasy classic of young King Arthur.

          April 2 – 27, 2013
          The Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island            For Ages 7 +

          Carousel Theatre’s Teen Shakespeare Program presents:
          THE TEMPEST  By William Shakespeare

          On a remote island, the exiled duke Prospero, a magician, plans to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place at court .  With his slave Caliban and the sprite Ariel, he creates a tempest which brings to the island his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit Alonso, King of Naples.  Shakespeare’s magical adventure will be performed by an ensemble of teen actors from across Metro Vancouver.

          Teen actors are led through a 4 week rehearsal process of a full length Shakespeare play, and the program culminates in an outdoor production performed on Granville Island. Admission to the program is by audition; auditions are by appointment beginning in April 2012. For enrollment or more information, click here or please call 604.669.3410.

          July 28 – August 11, 2012
          Performance Works Outdoor Stage on Granville Island            All Ages


          The 2012/2013 Season brochure will be made available on our website,
          Facebook, and through our E-Newsletter by April 15, 2012.  Past Season
          Ticket Holders will receive their renewal packages in the mail by May 1, 2012.

          Subscriptions and Group Sales go on sale May 14, 2012.
          Single tickets are available on September 10, 2012.

          For more information on our 2012/2013 Season, please visit
          give us a call at 604.685.6217

          2 Responses to Carousel Theatre Announces 2012/2013 Season of Theatre for Young People

          1. My 13-year-old granddaughter, Elle Sina Sorensen, has recently (last week) moved to Vancouver. For the past year and a half, she has acted as a part-time paid professional with Halogalands Theatre in Norway. She is, of course, very interested in continuing with theatre in Vancouver. Her English is perfect, with a slight tinge of East Vancouver dialect. Do you have any suggestions for her? Thanks in advance.

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