A high energy klezmer music celebration, international guitar virtuosos, a balletic retelling of a Canadian classic tale, a theatrical presentation of Vimy Ridge, a live cinematic production from an electronic music sensation and…DOG MAN! This is the Massey Theatre 2023/2024 season. Starting in October 2023, audiences are invited to join the adventure in the performing arts that is expressed this season on the Massey stage.
This Massey Theatre season is bold and welcoming, with a selection of artists that gives audiences the opportunity to explore the world of the performing arts and all that it has to offer. From spirited and emotional klezmer music played with a twist from Oktopus, to the live theatrical production of one of the most popular kids book series ever in Dog Man: The Musical, to the world premiere of Over the Ridge, an exploration through the hearts and minds of young Canadian soldiers in the trenches told through spoken word, new and traditional folk songs and dance. All these and more offer audiences the chance to make epic journeys of the imagination and the heart.
“These performances are truly magical as they meld forms and take the audience on a journey. Each of these artists are extraordinary and they connect deeply with the audience,” said Jessica Schneider, Executive Director, Massey Theatre Society.” We’re incredibly proud to be able to present these shows and give the audience an opportunity to travel the world of artistic expression on display”
New this year, audiences are being given the chance to save on tickets if they see more shows. Audience members can choose at least three of the six Massey Presents productions and save 15% on tickets. Any ticket bundle patron is entitled to a “friend of a friend” discount of 15% on additional tickets for up to three tickets per show. This friend of a friend offer only applies to shows that are within the bundle. This offer can only be redeemed through the TicketsNW Box Office by phone at 604.521.5050 or in person.
The Massey Theatre 2023/2024 mainstage performances:
October 21, 2023 at 7:30pm
The season kicks off with multiple award-winning klezmer band, Oktopus. Oktopus is a major presence on the Canadian world music scene. As a band devoted to klezmer music they have a unique sound that incorporates various components of classical and Québécois music, with some jazz and Balkan accents thrown in. The eight virtuoso musicians offer joyous, high-energy performances, at once melancholic and profound, sprinkled with humour and spiced with narrative.
Tix $50 & $45 plus service charge.
October 28 & 29, 2023 (1pm & 4pm both days)
TheaterUSA’s production of Dog Man: The Musical
Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants and CatKid Comic Club. Dog Man is beloved by many and has more than 50 million copies in print to date in multiple languages. This musical is adapted from the book A Tale of Two Kitties. The stage production brings the lovable hero to life as he fights crime and tries to save the city. This New York City based tour is just starting its Canadian leg and Massey Theatre will be the only theatre in the Lower Mainland to present the show. Let’s get ready to Roomba!
Tix $35 & $28 plus service charges
November 25, 2023 at 7:30pm and November 26, 2023 at 2pm
Kid Koala The Storyville Mosquito (A Theatrical Cinema Experience)
The Storyville Mosquito (A Theatrical Cinema Experience) is Kid Koala’s latest live production. Performed, filmed, projected and scored on stage at each performance, each show is an entirely unique experience. In the story, a young mosquito leaves his small town in the country to seek fame and fortune in the big city and fulfill his dream of playing in one of the greatest bands of all time at Sid Villa’s Music Hall. The audience watches as a team of performers brings this story to life simultaneously on stage and screen incorporating miniature sets, live puppetry, cinematography, and live music by Kid Koala and a string trio. A funny, jazz-infused emotive, Chaplin-esque live theatre experience that’s sophisticated, yet fun for the entire family.
Tix $50 & $45 plus service charges
January 25, 2024 at 7:00pm
International Guitar Night 24
International Guitar Night is the world’s premier touring guitar festival, each show bringing together the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists from around the world to exchange musical ideas and wow the audience. This 24th year is no exception featuring three IGN favorites and an exciting newcomer. Luca Stricagnoli (Italy), Thu Le(Vietnam), Marco Pereira (Brazil), Minnie Marks (Australia), making her North American debut with IGN 24.
Tix $50 & 45 plus service charges
February 10, 2024 at 4:00pm
Ballet Jörgen: Anne of Green Gables the Ballet®
Anne of Green Gables –The Ballet® is a spirited and youthful production that will transport audiences to the bygone world of Avonlea. Based on the Canadian novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anneof Green Gables – The Ballet® follows the adventures of Anne Shirley, an orphan girl sent to live on a farm in the fictional town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. For ballet lovers and Anne-o-philes alike.
Tix $50 & $35 plus service charges
April 13, 2024 (4:00 pm and 8:00 pm)
Over the Ridge
by Brendan McLeod, The Fugitives with choreography by Jacob Williams
Over the Ridge is the next development of folk/roots band The Fugitives concert, Ridge, which through storytelling, spoken word, live music and dance explores the misconceptions and offers reflections on the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The story is told via letters received by the families of the young soldiers who fought and died in the battle. Over the Ridge further develops this story with the addition of contemporary Ballet, choregraphed by Jacob Williams, and performed by a company of professional dancers. The interdisciplinary production stirs the heart and remembers what happened to those young men who gave their lives.
Tix $50 & $45 plus service charges
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