Everyone Wins in Hunger Games: The Musical

I have to be honest, when it comes to stage musicals, I’m weary of 2 things: 1) Banking on the popularity of a movie by making a stage version of it, and 2) Jukebox musicals.  So when I learned that District 13 Production’s staging of The Hunger Games Musical features current pop songs, I didn’t put high expectations on the show.

And that turned out to be a good thing because it was a such pleasant surprise to find out that the show not only parodied the movie, it also parodied the songs (putting Weird Al Yankovic’s works to shame).

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Jennifer Pielak stars as Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games: The Musical

There are so many thing to love about this show but let me give you at at least 10 reasons to see this show before the run ends.

  1. The Atmosphere Before the Show: Dance tracks played by platinum wigged DJ, Oker Chen, along with the dark interior of the Pacific Theatre makes you feel like somebody is about to hand you booze.
  2. The Set: There’s basically none but check out the projections through the show.  Tip: Seat yourself in the middle seats or the side where the DJ is for a better view.
  3. The Ensemble: Playing multiple characters, each one – and I do mean each one – got their chance to shine.  Everyone performed as if it were their last, and hopefully, its not.
  4. Riley Qualtieri’s Peeta Mellark’s number, “Hey Sweet Strudel”: Just see for yourself. You’ll be singing this version instead of the original, “Hey Soul Sister”.
  5. Cecilia Rahoerason’s Primrose Everdeen’s Dance Number: That was fun.
  6. The Parade of Tributes: Of course, there are twists.
  7. The Vancouver and Other Pop Culture References: There’s a lot and it kept up with current events without feeling like anybody broke character.
  8. The Book and Lyrics: Mark Vanderberg’s smartly wrote them in such a way the they didn’t make it look forced into the story line.
  9. The Dogs: Unapologetic-ally cheesy… but somehow worked.
  10. The Finale: A very fitting number that will have you leave the theatre humming it.
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Riley Qualtieri (left), Jennifer Pielak (middle), and Richard Meen (right) stars in Hunger Games: The Musical

Hunger Games: The Musical continues to play at the Pacific Theatre 1440 W 12th Ave. Vancouver until September 20 1015 as part of the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival continues to run until September 20 2015.  Get your tickets to the remaining performances here.

Download the program guide here!

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