A Pinetree secondary graduate known for her role as Mother Abbess in the Coquitlam high school’s version of The Sound of Music is cast in a virtual show next month.
Sarvin Esmaeili, a Studio 58 student at Langara College, appears in this year’s digital rendition of East Van Panto, a traditional holiday play with an East Vancouver twist.
Panto Come Home! includes past Panto songs from an all-star cast of Panto actors over the past eight years including Dawn Petten, Donna Soarer, Amanda Sum, Shawn Macdonald and Mark Chavez.
Esmaeili, who was the co-playwright and a performer in One of a Kind at the 2018 Vancouver International Children’s Festival, said she’s enjoying the chance to work with professional actors “to bring my presence, curiosity and skills to make the show an ensemble piece [and] to belong a community, to bring fun and laughter to people’s faces especially during COVID,” she stated in a press release.
Presented by The Cultch and Theatre Replacement, Panto Come Home! can be live streamed Dec. 17 to 20 from the York Theatre. Tickets are $35 via thecultch.com.