Ran from Wednesday, November 27, 2019, to Sunday, December 8, 2019
Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre
13750 88 Avenue
Surrey BC V3W 3L1
FVGSS, the 2018 Audience Choice Award winner returns with this year’s Christmas Panto, Cinderella. Yes, it’s the classic rags-to-riches (kitchen to palace) tale all set to the beat of your favourite 70’s music. It’s fun, it’s magic, it’s family… it’s Cinderella!
Running time is approximately 2 hours, including intermission
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many “thinks.” Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Director: BRAD DEWAR Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS
Artistic Director: MIKE BALSER Music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Music Director: TIM TUCKER Book by LYNN AHRENS and STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Choreographer: TAMARA JAUNE Co-Conceived by LYNN AHRENS, STEPHEN FLAHERTY, and ERIC IDLE
Assistant Choreographer: ELISABETH LAY Based on the Works of DR. SEUSS
Producer: CHANTELLE DEWAR
SEUSSICAL was presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI
Seussical ran at Coast Capital Playhouse – White Rock
from April 25 – May 5, 2019
Thank-you to our show sponsors who help to bring these productions to you.
Artistic Director: Barbie Warwick
Music Director: Rebekah MacEwan
Choreographers: Tamara Jaune & Elisabeth ‘Bizzy’ Lay
Production Manager: Sharie Lomas
All children grow up, except Peter Pan (and Panto people!)
The masters of Christmas Pantomime who brought you the critically acclaimed The Little Mermaid are back with Peter Pan the Panto.
Come fly away to Neverland with Peter Pan and Wendy. Enjoy another fun-filled tale that will captivate you from the opening number right until Captain Hook meets his timely reward. Enjoy a huge cast, live band, enchanting characters, with oodles of songs and dances. It’s Panto fun for the whole family!
Second pun to the right and straight on till curtain.
Peter Pan the Panto ran at Surrey Arts Centre – Main Stage
from November 22- December 2, 2018
Thanks for joining us at Peter Pan – The Panto.
Thank-you to all our sponsors for supporting community theatre
Artistic Director: Jacqollyne Keath
Music Director: John Arsenault
Choreographer: Tamara Jaune
Co-production managers: Lyn Verra-Lay & Ann Meitz
Iolanthe, a fairy, has married a mortal. Horror! For this crime she was exiled
by the Queen of the Fairies, and has lived at the bottom of a pond for 20
years. Her son Strephon, who is half fairy and half mortal, has grown up as a
shepherd. He wants to marry Phyllis, a Ward in Chancery. She loves him, but
does not know he is half fairy. Of course the Lords of Chancery all love Phyllis and
want to have her for themselves. Does Iolanthe get released from her exile?
Does Strephon tell the truth about his family history? Who gets Phyllis?
Anvil Centre Theatre
May 16 to 20, 2018
The fifth annual fund raising Ceilidh supporting FVGSS, A Musical Theatre Company was held at the Rose Room at Valleyview Funeral Home in Surrey, on March 10, 2018. The evening featured a live band comprised of long-time Society favourites including Adrian Duncan, “Dangerous” Mary Brunner, Tim Tucker, Adam “Boomer” LaRusic, Mike Balser and several other surprise guests.
The well attended event was a fun evening of Rock n Roll tributes to some of the great Rock legends. Beer was supplied by Good Company Brewing , a fabulous micro brewery near Gastown.
Special thanks to our sponsors for supporting community theatre
THE 2017 FAMILY PANTOMIME
Written By Mike Balser & Barbie Warwick Adapted from original script by Peter Zednik
Artistic Director: Mike Balser
Musical Director: Timothy Tucker
Choreographers: Tamara Jaune & Elisabeth Lay
Young Calypso is obsessed with the world above the waves. This causes problems in the undersea world ruled by the sea witch Ursula especially since Calypso is a mermaid. Even worse, she has fallen in love with a human prince she rescued from a terrible storm! Calypso is determined to find a way to be with her love, even if it means leaving the sea and making a deal with evil Ursula. To top it off, Prince Airwick has his own troubles, with an overbearing mother and two scheming ministers out to skim the royal treasury for as much as they can take. Will Calypso’s friends, like Shellie the Crab, Katy Perrywinkle and of course her helpful, if slightly menacing Codfather, be able to turn the tide in her favour? Find out at
Song and dance, comedy and heartbreak, a little historical documentary thrown in for good measure… A Day in Hollywood, a Night in the Ukraine was the perfect double feature, encompassing real pathos and perfectly ridiculous entertainment in its wide scope.
In the first act, an intrepid team of ushers and usherettes at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre act as hosts and narrators, leading the audience through origin stories, song history, backstage gossip, and stern warnings set to militant tap-dance. In the second act, the audience enters the Theatre itself, and enjoys a deliciously absurd Marx Brothers comedy, complete with piano solos, screaming blondes, an obligatory love plot, patter songs, and the “gookie” face.
This clever, heart-felt pastiche of 1930s Hollywood glory is a fantastic showcase for a small, triple-threat ensemble. The “Marx Brothers” movie “A Night in the Ukraine” is a clever reworking of Chekhov’s The Bear by Dick Vosburgh, and the score by Frank Lazarus, Dick Vosburgh, and Jerry Herman features Jeanette MacDonald mocking “Nelson,” the terrific Groucho number “Samovar, the Lawyer,” and the tarnished gold of broken Hollywood dreams in “The Best in the World.”
The FVGSS made an appearance in the 68th Annual Torchlight Parade, part of the White Rock Sea Festival of 2017. August 6, at nearly 9 pm, the floats moved out as the sky began to darken. Of course, we had been there since 3:45, getting the scenery arranged, setting up the lighting and sound equipment and securing the giant clam so our mermaid and her assistant would be safe and visible the whole time. Adding some very fancy frosting to that cake was Lyn Verra Lay, long time FVGSS participant and 2017 BC Culture Days Ambassador for Surrey. The pictures below tell the story!
The FVGSS float promoting our 2017 Panto The Little Mermaid