Review of Cinderella in Vancouver

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 — 11:29am PDT
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Guest post by Jen Murtagh
Cinderella Sparkles in Rodgers and Hammerstein Tony Award-winning Broadway Musical Playing Now in Vancouver

Die-hard Cinderella fans and those who would like to see an modernized version of the classic fairy-tale will not be disappointed by the rip roaring Rodgers and Hammerstein Tony award- winning musical Cinderella.

Brian Liebson, Leslie Jackson and Tatyana Lubov in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA. © Carol Rosegg

All the traditional fairy tale lore will keep you entertained, smiling and likely singing along to, however this Cinderella, turned courageous heroine had me cheering in my seat as she portrays a character much stronger, more assertive and gutsy than the movie I remembered from my childhood. In fact, in my opinion this musical is just loosely based on the original story and I was thrilled and excited by the changes.

The production features stunning set transformations and costumes, hilarious moments, romance, an incredible orchestra, the classic songs and plenty of new tunes including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago” which my seven year old daughter is still humming today!

The company of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA. © Carol Rosegg

The cast of Cinderella features Tatyana Lubov as Ella, Hayden Stanes as Prince Topher, Leslie Jackson as Marie, The Fairy Godmother, Sarah Primmer as Madame, Ella’s wicked stepmother, Vincent Davis as Lord Pinkleton, Joanna Johnson as Charlotte, Ryan M. Hunt as Sebastian, Mimi Robinson as Gabrielle and Chris Woods as Jean-Michele.

This refreshing version sees Cinderella or “Ella” as she is called work with the Prince to solve kingdom issues together in a way that brings their common purpose and love for their community to the forefront.

Yes, there are wedding bells and yes, the stepmother is still a tad evil – but the stepsisters are definitely not as catty and callous as I recalled from my youth. They were actually downright hilarious in most scenes. There is so much more to this production than I could have ever imagined. This is a Cinderella of our times and one I felt good about sharing with my daughter.

Hayden Stanes, Tatyana Lubov and the company of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA. © Carol Rosegg

Broadway Across Canada are only in Vancouver or one week. Tickets are still available for shows through April 16, 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Follow Broadway Across Canada on Twitter and Facebook for more information about their shows coming to Vancouver for 2017.

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Views and opinions are that of the author. Media tickets were provided by Broadway Across Canada.

A guest post by Jen Murtagh

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10 Easter Egg Hunts in Metro Vancouver

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 — 10:44am PDT
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It’s that time of year! Tulips and daffodils, chocolates and hot cross buns, and a lot of family fun at community events. There’s a big list of activities around the region this long weekend but I’ve picked out 10 Easter Egg Hunts in Metro Vancouver to give you a head start on planning:

1. Easter at the Cannery
Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16 at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery in Steveston
The Easter Salmon makes its annual return to the Cannery, to hide eggs for the little ones to find throughout the historic cannery. Throughout each day from 10:00am to 5:00pm, they will have Easter crafts, games and an interactive story-time.

2. Burke Mountain Community Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, April 14, 2017 at Galloway Park (3404 Galloway Ave, Coquitlam)
Join the fun from from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Also, the Burke Mountain Community Easter Egg Hunt is not just a fun community event; it also raises awareness and much needed funds for the local women’s shelter, Tri-City Transitions.

3. An Egg-Ucational Easter Scavenger Hunt at the Aquarium
Friday, April 14 to Monday, April 17 at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park
From 9:30am to 6:00pm each day, try a self-guided Easter-themed scavenger hunt at the Vancouver Aquarium featuring astonishing aquatic creatures and their eggs. The Easter Scavenger Hunt will provide trivia clues and lead visitors on a journey through the Aquarium’s galleries, in search of the hidden eggs. By learning the eggs-traordinary stories, visitors will use their newfound knowledge

4. VanDusen Garden’s 9th Annual Great A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 15 to Sunday, April 16 at VanDusen (5251 Oak St, Vancouver)
Bring your kids to experience the 9th Annual Great A-Maze-ing Egg Hunt at VanDusen Botanical Garden from 10:00am to 1:00pm each day. Enjoy an outdoor egg hunt around the hedge maze, kids crafts and activities, and tasty treats from on-site food trucks.

5. Hippity Hoppity Easter Event at Creekside
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Creekside Community Centre (1 Athletes Way, Vancouver)
Hippity Hoppity bounce your way through the egg hunt, games, crafts, and fun stations from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. For kids 0-5 years with adult.

6. Historic Stewart Farm Old Fashioned Easter
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Historic Stewart Farm (13723 Crescent Rd, Surrey)
Stop by between 11:00am to 3:00pm for a family Easter egg hunt on the budding grounds of a heritage farmhouse. Little ones will have their face painted, make rabbit ears and compete in Bunny Olympics at this free event.

7. Kitsilano Community Centre Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Kitsilano Community Centre (2690 Larch St, Vancouver)
The gym will be full of fun activities for all ages, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, including crafts, games, face painting, cookie decorating and more. Parent participation required, but tickets only need to be purchased for the children. Infants under 12 months are free. This event sells out so book ASAP.

8. Kerrisdale Easter Eggstravaganza
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Kerrisdale Community Centre (5851 West Blvd, Vancouver)
Join an afternoon of Easter fun with games and crafts from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Children (2-10 yrs) must purchase tickets and must be accompanied by an adult. Advanced registration is encouraged.

9. Easter Egg Hunt Around BC Place
Sunday, 16 April, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:00pm at BC Place (Gate A)
Home of the Vancouver Whitecaps and BC Lions! Enjoy a guided tour of BC Place stadium, Western Canada’s premier venue for live events! Leaving on the hour, every hour, keep your eyes pealed for hidden Easter surprises during this 30 minute tour.

10. Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt at Fort Langley
Sunday, April 16, 2017 from 10:00am to 5:00pm at Fort Langley
Calling all little bunnies! Your mission: complete the all-ages scavenger hunt that will take you exploring around the fort and earn treats as you go. The activities will take place inside the fort walls, and run all day from 10:00am to 5:00pm. At 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm, kids five and under can participate in the “Egg Scramble,” where they will be grouped by age and will find as many eggs as they can on the giant map of British Columbia. And remember, as a National Historic Site, there’s complimentary admission for Canada 150!

Bonus! The Stanley Park Easter Train will have a carnival style event with the themed train rides, Easter Bunny and egg hunt, mini golf, bouncers, face-painting, plant a posy craft activity and an expanded food and beverage service.

Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 — 9:52am PDT
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Share your photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and/or the #Photos604 tag on Instagram for possible feature. Today’s image is from Ann Hung:

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Cherry Blossoms in Vancouver

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Pi Theatre Presents Long Division: Win a Date Night Prize Pack

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 — 10:34pm PDT
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Pi Theatre presents Long Division, on stage later this month at The Annex Theatre. Directed by Richard Wolfe, with choreography by Leslie Telford and musical score by Owen Belton, this intellectually-charged, emotionally-gripping work combines multimedia and physical theatre to explore the mathematics of human connection.

Pi Theatre Presents Long Division

Where: The Annex Theatre (823 Seymour St, Vancouver)
When: April 26-29 at 8:00pm & April 29-30 at 2:00pm
Student performance on April 27 at 1:00pm
A Talk-Back will take place after the 2:00pm show on April 29
Tickets: Available online now

Pi Theatre Presents Long Division
Photo by David Cooper

The story revolves around seven characters who are inextricably linked by a sequence of tragic events.

Through excursions into number theory, geometry, and logic, the players struggle to delineate their evocative, elusive patterns of entanglement, but find that one emotional variable consistently remains unsolved.

Long Division uses text, multimedia, and physical theatre to create a play about the mathematics of human connection.

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  • Two tickets to see Long Division on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00pm
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Playground of the Gods on Burnaby Mountain

Monday, April 10th, 2017 — 4:13pm PDT
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Burnaby Mountain Park is home to one of the best panoramic views of Vancouver, and mixes of natural, recreational and cultural elements including the Playground of the Gods.

Playground of the Gods on Burnaby Mountain

Japanese Totems on Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby, British Columbia

Poised at the top of the mountain, overlooking the region, is “Kamui Mintara” or “The Playground of the Gods”, built to commemorate the Sister City relationship between Burnaby and Kushiro, Japan.

View of Downtown Vancouver from Burnaby Mountain

The wooden totems bear a striking resemblance to First Nations pieces, but their actual origins lay on the opposite side of the Pacific Ocean.

The Ainu are an indigenous people native to northern Japan (as well as Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands, both part of Russia). At the heart of their traditional territory is the Japanese island of Hokkaido; on the southeastern coast of Hokkaido is the city of Kushiro, home of Toko Nuburi and sister city to Burnaby, British Columbia.

Toko — already an internationally renowned artist, with commissioned works around the world — visited Burnaby as part of a special delegation from Kushiro in 1985. During the visit, he happened upon a mountaintop visit that inspired him. After successfully pitching his idea for a large wooden sculpture, Toko and his son Shusei began work on the project in 1989, using facilities and logs provided by the city of Burnaby. Playground of the Gods (or Kamui Mintara, in Japanese) was completed and unveiled in 1990, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the special relationship between the two cities.- Atlas Obscura.

More than a dozen carved wooden poles are quite the sight to behold, etched against the sky with the glistening glass towers of Downtown Vancouver off in the distance.

Angry Bear 🐻❄ Burnaby, BC

Shooting the Japanese Totems in the mid-afternoon fog at the top of Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby, British Columbia

Have a seat and enjoy the view!

Playground Of The Gods

Sunset at Burnaby Mountain

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Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day

Monday, April 10th, 2017 — 3:28pm PDT
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They’re a little late this year but they sure are a welcome sight! With the return of the cherry – and plum – blossoms is the Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day. Share your photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool and/or the #Photos604 tag on Instagram for possible feature. Today’s image is from Clayton Perry Photoworks:

Cherry Blossom Photo of the Day

Flying Princess

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