The Christmas Queen Returns in an All-New Production
November 25 – December 20
According to the holiday season song, “You better watch out, You better not cry, Better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town.” However, in the case of Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) annual holiday show series, Christmas Queen, Santa may not be coming to town.
This year’s version in the continuing Christmas Queen saga, Christmas Queen 2 – You Better Watch Out, is set at the North Pole and Santa’s Workshop. VTSL’s popular improvised fairy tale sees the larger-than-life, blue-haired Christmas Queen drop in on ol’ Santa and create a little chaos in the week leading to the BIG DAY. Will Rudolph guide the sleigh that night? Will all the toys be finished on time? Why has the Queen got Santa locked in a store room? All the twists and turns of the plot and the answers to these questions and more are determined by the audience. Along the way, the audience can expect to meet the quirky inhabitants of the North Pole who must band together to rescue Santa and save their jobs.
Christmas Queen 2 – You Better Watch Out 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.
VTSL’s ever-resourceful ensemble players take audience suggestions and turn them into 90 minutes of holiday hilarity sure to win over even the grinchiest of Grinches. No two shows are ever the same thanks to the unpredictable nature of the audience suggestions and the creative talents of the players.
“The original Christmas Queen was a fantastic way to get into the holiday spirit. I expect the sequel to be as clever and naughty as the last one. Ho-ha-ha!” comments VTSL Executive Director Jay Ono.
Christmas Queen 2 – You Better Watch Out runs at The Improv Centre on Granville Island Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. from November 25 through December 19 and closes with a special added performance on Sunday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. More information and tickets are available at vtsl.com.
Vancouver TheatreSports™ greatly appreciates the support of its season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight and The Granville Island Hotel.
About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League
Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is located on Granville Island, Vancouver’s arts and culture capital. Circa 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is now a local institution and a worldwide phenomenon, producing and staging some of the most daring and innovative improv in the world. Boasting six International Improv Comedy Awards and having starred in several television specials, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League performs to more than 60,000 enthusiasts yearly, five nights a week, 52 weeks a year. http://vtsl.com.