Burnaby students in the spotlight at Arts Umbrella festival

Burnaby students are stepping into the spotlight for Arts Umbrella’s Expressions Theatre Festival 2019.

The festival is onstage at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island from May 17 to 25.

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It features performances by students in Arts Umbrella’s pre-professional program: the junior and senior musical theatre troupes, and the junior and senior theatre troupes.

The festival includes a selection of family-friendly programming, including Peter Pan, James And the Giant Peach, Animal Farm and Into the Woods.

Burnaby’s Sewit Haile takes a leading role in the junior theatre troupe’s presentation of Peter Pan, appearing as Captain Hook. Fellow Burnaby resident Katherine Mezei is onstage in the senior musical theatre troupe’s Into the Woods, appearing as Jack and Florinda.

Peter Pan plays May 18 and May 24 at 7 p.m. Animal Farm is on May 18 and 24 at 9 p.m. James and the Giant Peach plays May 19 at 4 p.m. and May 23 at 7 p.m. Into the Woods is onstage May 17, 19, 21, 22 and 25 at 7 p.m. For full details, see www.artsumbrella.com/expressionstheatre.

Tickets start at $12, available through www.brownpapertickets.com.

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