Last week I had the pleasure to venture outside of my role of Mommy and make a trip to Vancouver. I travelled into Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl to take part in the opening nights of Theater Under the Star (TUTS) performances of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast and West Side Story.
As my sister and I walked through Stanley Park we could feel the excitement brewing in the air. Couples, friends, families, and little princesses wound their way hurriedly towards the box office.
At Malkin Bowl we were greeted by friendly volunteers who steered us in the right direction. We had the choice to head to the Garden Cafe (which opens 75 minutes before showtime and during intermission), visit the TUTS museum and relive some of the moments from over their 71 years of performances, or pick up a cushion (by donation) and head to our seats.
On that first night we saw the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. I was completely captivated from the moment the music began. It was evident the amount of energy that went into this production from the set, costumes, and musical direction, to the choreography. The chemistry between Belle (Jamie Piercy) and the Beast (Peter Monaghan) was simply magical. And the performances given by these actors was nothing short of astonishing, from the tiny teacup Chip to Mrs. Potts.
At the end, the show was welcomed by a standing ovation from the crowd. Disney’s Beauty & The Beast at Theatre Under the Stars is a delightful live theatre performance for all ages. I highly recommend taking the whole family!
On the second night I was accompanied by my mother to see West Side Story, a dynamic reimagining of Romeo and Juliet in the turbulent streets of 1950’s New York. As a turf war rages between two rival gangs, a pair of star-crossed lovers find themselves caught in the middle.
The performance was beautifully performed by the young and energetic cast. They never missed a beat.
If you are looking for more of an adult evening then I would recommend that you attend the performance of West Side Story.
As a first timer to TUTS I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I am happy to say that I was completely blown away from the moment the first cast member took the stage to the moment the last one took a bow.
Are you on the fence about checking out a show this summer? Time to jump off! You are sure to fall in love with TUTS company as much as I have.
Some tips if you plan to attend a TUTS performance this Summer:
- Dress warm, it cools down quickly and you don’t want the cold to distract you from the show.
- Bring the bug spray, there are a ton of bugs since it is outdoors.
- Bring a blanket. Not only will this keep you warm but it helps to keep bugs away.
- Bring a cushion for the chair. As someone with back issues, I found I needed a little more back support. They do also have them available for rental on site, by donation.
The TUTS season is running until August 27th and there is still plenty of time to get your tickets. They are on sale now online or by phone at 1-877-840-0457.
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