Get ready for a summer filled with laughter, magic, and heartwarming tales at Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) in Stanley Park’s enchanting Malkin Bowl. From July 6 to August 26, TUTS invites audiences to experience the joy of taking risks, embracing differences, and accepting others for who they truly are. With an incredible lineup featuring the Broadway sensation The Prom and the whimsical Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, this year’s TUTS season promises an unforgettable journey into the world of musical theatre.
For over eight decades, TUTS has been a cherished Vancouver tradition, bringing the magic of theatre to audiences of all ages. The early bird tickets are now on sale until June 20, and trust us, you don’t want to miss out on this summer’s extraordinary productions.
TUTS General Manager, Kevin Woo, enthusiastically shared his excitement, stating, “We are thrilled to present this season of hope, hilarity, love, and acceptance to our beloved TUTS audience. With a perfect blend of big-hearted storylines and thrilling adventure, these productions will touch the hearts of both passionate theatregoers and TUTS newcomers. So come and join us as we celebrate empathy and kindness like never before!”
The stage is set to dazzle audiences with two captivating musicals, featuring lovable characters, jaw-dropping set designs, and unforgettable musical numbers. First up, we have The Prom, a heartwarming story set in a small-town high school. When four Broadway actors down on their luck decide to revamp their image, they stumble upon Emma, a high school senior whose prom has been canceled because she planned to attend with her girlfriend. What follows is a hilarious and touching journey where everyone discovers the true meaning of belonging. Having debuted on Broadway in 2018, The Prom even made its way to Netflix, featuring the incredible Meryl Streep.
The Prom stars TUTS alums Caitriona Murphy, Amanda Lourenço, Matthew Valinho, Amy Gartner, and Brianna Clark, alongside TUTS newcomers Greg Armstrong-Morris, Anna Pontin, and Kevin Khonje, who will be making his acting debut. Renowned actor, writer, and director/choreographer Tracey Power, making her TUTS debut, will transport audiences from the larger-than-life glamour of New York City to the heartwarming simplicity of a small town. Power is joined by Paige Fraser as Assistant Director and Sean Bayntun as Music Director, ensuring a spectacular performance that will leave you cheering for more.
Prepare to be enchanted once again with Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, a whimsical tale that captures the essence of Dahl’s iconic storytelling. Set in a small English village, the musical revolves around a brilliant little girl named Matilda, who is ignored at home and bullied at school. Armed with her vivid imagination and unexpected magical powers, Matilda embarks on a journey to fight for her right to be a little bit naughty. With toe-tapping songs and outstanding dance numbers performed by a talented cast of young individuals, Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical is the perfect introduction to the magic of TUTS for young audiences. And yes, it’s also available on Netflix, featuring the incredible Emma Thompson as Miss Trunchbull.
Leading the cast of Matilda The Musical is the talented newcomer Siggi Kaldestad as Matilda Wormwood, supported by TUTS alums Jyla Robinson, Victor Hunter, and Madeleine Suddaby. Joining them are TUTS debutants Paula Higgins, Adam Lenk, Hazel Eason, Preston Culili, and Vienna Vasquez. The production will be brought to life by director Stephanie Graham, who will capture the tenacious spirit of this fun-loving musical, inspired by the whimsical illustrations of Quentin Blake. Graham is accompanied by Krystal Kiran as Choreographer and Lia Wolfe as Music Director, ensuring an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.
Fun TUTS Events To Look Forward Too
Apart from the main performances, TUTS has planned some special events that you won’t want to miss. On Monday, July 24, TUTS is proud to host a relaxed performance of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical in partnership with the Canucks Autism Network. This performance provides a casual and inclusive environment for individuals who may have specific sensory or communication needs.
Mark your calendars for Monday, July 31, as TUTS kicks off Vancouver Pride Week with their fifth annual Pride Night. Get ready to laugh and be moved by The Prom, a Broadway smash hit that celebrates love, acceptance, and the power of being yourself. Your seat cushion and program donations on this night will be matched by TUTS, supporting the Vancouver Pride Society.
And for those who dream of reliving their prom night or just want an excuse to dress up, Thursday, August 10, is the Prom Dress-up Night at TUTS. Come in your finest attire and experience the magic of a prom night with a lively performance of Broadway’s sparkling musical, The Prom. Get ready to dance in the aisles because, as they say, “Tonight Belongs to You!”
Early bird tickets are now available until June 20, starting at just $20. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a summer filled with unforgettable moments at TUTS. For tickets and more information, visit the official TUTS website at tuts.ca. Let the magic of theatre sweep you off your feet, as TUTS presents The Prom and Matilda The Musical—an adventure that celebrates the power of acceptance, imagination, and the joy of being yourself.