Recently appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman, master acrobat Li Liu sends audiences of all ages reeling with a sense of wonder and joyful dizziness with aerial feats that have garnered her numerous awards, including the gold medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque in Paris. On Sunday, October 16, fans of artful physical domination over natural laws can witness Li Liu's balancing prowess, proclivity for twirling rings, and penchant for shaming flying squirrels during an acrobatic dance. After starting as a somersaulting tot at the age of 7, Li Liu spent eight hours a day for nine years honing her craft at the Chinese National School in Beijing. Since completing her rough and tumble education, she has toured extensively with groups such as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Guests witness the equilibrium-defying acrobatics at the Centennial Theatre, which has housed all forms of imaginative entertainment, from travelling troubadours and unicorn orchestras to comedic romps and children's theatre, since opening its doors in 1966.
Fighting Chance Productions has been praised by the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Courier for engaging its audiences with a diverse and dynamic playbill. As artistic director and founder of the nonprofit company, Ryan Mooney has amassed an enchanting ensemble to woo theatregoers in the 2011–2012 season with renditions of classics such as The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens's final, unfinished novel, and the sultry musical Sweet Charity, the melodious tale of a dancer-for-hire's attempts to conceal her profession from her bashful betrothed. Patrons can savour the quirky comedy and emotional candour of an all-male troupe performance of Jon Maran's The Temperamentals, a play about the first LGBT organization in the United States and the love affair between its founding members. The farcical woes of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will resonate with viewers also grappling with the plight of mistaken identities and low-thread-count togas in the same historic Jericho Arts Centre in which Cathy Wilmot exhibits one-woman wizardry channelling the reclusive estrangement of socialites Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in the production of Grey Gardens.
Vancouver TheatreSports League mingles the adrenaline rush of athletic events with the dramatic drollery of improv comedy to produce sidesplitting shows that are crafted on the spot for 60 minutes of audience-integrated outlandishness. Audience earthlings yell out suggestions as the multitalented improvisers ignite games and challenge themselves to bring laughter to your tears. Scared Scriptless's comedic members cultivate the genre's most admired styles while pushing envelopes into feral territory previously only trekked by wild yard gnomes and hyena nightmares.
Legendary actor, singer, author, philanthropist, and force of nature William Shatner captains generations of fans on a warp-speed ride through seven decades of his wild career in How Time Flies: An Evening with William Shatner. A fixture of television more vital than the remote control, Shatner has owned acreage in the hearts, minds, and living rooms of fans since the times of phaser prohibition. Best known for his seminal roles as James Tiberius Kirk, T.J. Hooker, and Boston Legal's Denny Crane, Shatner's inimitable chops, charming machismo, and genuine love of his fan base permeates this special evening of memoirs and bon mots. An unparalleled raconteur, Shatner enchants audiences with his live autobiography, recanting Star Trek secrets, Esperanto anecdotes, and possible dirt about Adrian Zmed, gifting the audience with his unique singing chops between orations of memories and monologues.
The company plans to organize a script-development workshop to support its current playwright-in-residence, Sean Devine, as he crafts his second full-length play, Except in the Unlikely Event of War. During the three-day workshop, actors will read through and rehearse the script so that Devine can hear his words spoken and get an idea of what works and what doesn't on stage. This process can prove immeasurably useful when it comes to editing and rewriting the play. The workshop concludes with an audience viewing to get feedback from an informed public and prepare the work for the stage.