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What to do in Vancouver: Carousel Presents Aesop’s Fables

Article by Gwen Floyd, sharing the scoop on what to do in Vancouver with your kids.

On Saturday afternoon my family and I were happy to be at the opening of Carousel Theatre’s latest production, Aesop’s Fables written by Mike Kenny, directed by Carole Higgins and starring Mishelle Cuttler, Kayvon Kelly, Melissa Oei and Mike Stack. From the moment the music started to the question and answer period at the end the audience was actively engaged in this lovely piece of work.

Engaging Entertainment with a Lesson

What to do in Vancouver Carousel Theatre Aesop's FablesIn Aesop’s Fables we meet Harriet, Wolfie, Syd and Barry, a rag tag bunch of players who use their magical transforming wagon, musical instruments and imagination to tell stories and teach lessons to their young audience. Using four of Aesop’s animal tales – The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse and The Wolf and the Jackdaw – the four use song, dance and the audience’s imagination to entertain and learn important life lessons.

In my opinion Carousel Theatre has done it again. Aesop’s Fables is another fabulous production from all angles. The sets are bold and beautiful with a bright red and gold caravan that converts to a small stage. The lights enchant the forest surrounding the caravan and help to feed the audience’s imagination. The costumes are colourful and imaginative and the head pieces bring the characters in the stories to life while still giving us a clear view of the actors underneath. The actors play off each other and the audience beautifully and fully emerge the audience into the stories.

What to do in Vancouver: See a Play

What to do in Vancouver Carousel Theatre Aesop's FablesThis was my youngest son’s first play and he loved the whole experience. I think Aesop was the perfect first live theatre experience for him. My eldest has seen a lot of plays over the last few years and this was one of his favourites. In fact when the play ended he was so surprised because it seemed so short as he was so engaged in the action and story ark. It was also very enjoyable for the adults in the audience, not only for the play but to see how engaged our children were with the whole experience. If you want to know what to do in Vancouver for some family fun, this play is definitely worth checking out.

I would fully recommend anyone with children 10 and under to go see Aesop’s Fables. It runs from February 17-26 at Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. This is the first of Carousel Theatre’s productions that has opened up the weekday matinees usually reserved for school groups. Tickets are $15 for ages 3-17, $25 for students and seniors and $29 for adults. Call the Carousel box office at 604-685-6217 for more information.

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Gwen Floyd is a by all accounts a marvelous chauffeur to her two sons, ages three and seven. When she isn’t carting her kids to various ballet and theatre classes, she can be found on Twitter as @GwenFloyd or on her blog – or out actually talking to real live grown-ups. While she doesn’t have the PhD that her husband has, she does have a vast knowledge of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and she’s in the know on what to do in Vancouver with kids, which are more useful if you ask us.

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