She’s BAAAAACK! – Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa
If your idea of a jolly holly Merry Christmas is to roast chipmunks over an open fire or to watch Bob Thornton in Bad Santa where he rips off department stores while dressed as you guessed it, Jolly St. Nick, then have no fear because the Christmas Queen is here to undo all that sappy goodwill and glad tidings yadda yadda yadda… you get when watching It’s a Wonderful Life 100 times this Christmas – insert diabetic coma here.
I’ve been to two other Vancouver TheatreSports Christmas Queen productions so I was prepared to turn on my continuous laugh track and this year’s production proved to be just as hilarious. The Christmas Queen not only bore an uncanny resemblance to Milton Berle in drag but his deadpan expressions and sarcastic remarks were so reminiscent of the comedian that I thought I had died and gone to where all comedians go – to that big casino in the sky called Las Heavos.
My other favorite character was the elf commentator whose overly cheery nature made me conclude that he was the Elf on the Shelf who tipped over into a big barrel of wine. He was engaging while encouraging the audience to not only boo at villains and cheer at heroes but soliciting suggestions to fill in the story line such as bauble head toys to fill Christmas stockings to peacocks and otters prancing in the North Pole.
Does the Christmas Queen succeed in destroying Christmas and filling every child’s stocking with not one but two lumps of coal? . Or will Santa save the day or spend the rest of his days locking for the perfect over the shoulder boulder holder? I’d love to tell you but I’m trying to work my way back to Santa’s Nice List. ➡➡➡ go get your tickets here: ow.ly/k9kr30gQZEI
About The Christmas Queen
Vancouver TheatreSports’ The Christmas Queen, in all her nasty glory is returning this holiday season with the latest installment in the series, Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa, running from November 22 to December 23, Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm. There will also be two additional matinee performances on Sunday, December 10 and December 17 at 2 pm. All performances take place at The Improv Centre on Granville Island.
The previous three editions of Christmas Queen saw HRM (Her Royal Meanness) hilariously thwarted in her attempts to ruin Christmas. This year is no exception. Confusion and hijinks ensue when the Queen and Santa exchange bodies in a Freaky Friday-style magical sleight-of-hand. What happens to the Workshop’s Toy Factory with The Queen as Santa in charge? Will there be presents? Will everyone receive a lump of coal? How will the experience of inhabiting the Queen’s body affect Santa? Will he learn something about himself and her that will change Christmas forever?
The answers are revealed as VTSL’s ever-resourceful ensemble players take audience suggestions and turn them into 90 minutes of holiday hilarity. No two shows are ever the same thanks to the unpredictable nature of the suggestions and the creative talents of the players.
Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa is inspired by British Pantomime (Panto) – a unique theatrical form that itself developed from the much older Italian Commedia dell’arte. British Pantos are traditionally performed during the Christmas and New Year season and always include the character of the ‘Dame’ – a male actor performing an older female role in drag. Our Dame, er Queen, is no exception – in past performances she’s been brought to life by various ensemble members including Nathan Clark, Andrew Barber, Randy Schooley, Brian Anderson and Pearce Visser.
“I love that our audiences have made The Christmas Queen a holiday tradition. The show is just the right blend of naughty and nice to please every member of the family. This year’s installment is sure to bring a big gift of laughter with some added twists and surprises for your stocking. It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit,” comments VTSL Artistic Director Denise Jones.
Christmas Queen 4 – Secret Santa runs at the Improv Centre on Granville Island Wednesday through Saturday nights at 7:30 pm from November 22 through December 23 (with two additional matinee performances on Sunday, December 10 and 17 at 2 pm). More information and tickets are available at vtsl.com.. The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge tucked in the back of The Improv Centre, offers specialty cocktails to complement the production in addition to a full menu of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The Improv Centre is a fully-licensed facility and patrons are welcome to take their beverages into the theatre to enjoy during the show.
About Vancouver TheatreSports™
Voted the ‘#1 Improv Comedy Company’ at the prestigious ‘2017 Best of Vancouver Awards.’ Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTSL), since its founding in 1980, has grown to become a well-respected international leader in the improv art form, entertaining more than 60,000 people per year through 12 shows a week, 52 weeks a year at its own theatre, The Improv Centre, located on Granville Island. An intimate space, The Improv Centre is a fully-licensed facility with its own Bar & Lounge over-looking False Creek Marina and VTSL patrons are welcome to take their beverages into the theatre to enjoy during the show. In addition, VTSL owns and operates The Improv Comedy Institute – an improv school offering classes from beginner through professional level, conducts province-wide school tours and operates Improv for Business, a corporate training division with a diverse portfolio of blue-chip clients. Vancouver TheatreSports™ appreciates the on-going support of season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight, and The Granville Island Hotel.