After ducking into A Bread Affair in the Granville Island Market and getting a yummy Christmas pastry to share, my daughter Ralandra and I (like bugs and numerous selfie enthusiasts), were also drawn to several of the pretty Christmas light displays, in awe and wonder to realize that Merry Christmas – A Royal Romance would be the launch to our many events, activities, and celebrations for our jam-packed, wild ride of a busy holiday season. So, with bellies filled with sweet treats, we were joyfully ready to get on with the show.
The first act of Merry Kissmas was led by Margaret Nyfors (the Host and Wedding Planner), who explained that the show would be “an explosion of Christmas romance”, and that, just like in the many Hallmark romance movies, a most wonderful wedding would occur, but first, much audience participation would be needed. This was after all Improv Theatre!
The show does not have a written script but, somehow, the holiday romantic comedy had to emerge with the assistance of the audience shouting out random scene ideas that would make the tiny country of Improvanzia (where the royal nuptials would take place) come alive by the brilliant and hilarious acting of the four players: Graeme Duffy, Meagan Hommy, Allen Morisson, and Jalen Saip.
There were so many gut-splitting, funny moments, like when Graeme was lying on his back as a tooth-budding bush, Allen’s overall performance as the dashingly dapper Prince of Improvanzia, and Jalen and Maegan as puppets. Ralandra had herself a blast when she was chosen to help with a scene!
After a short intermission, the audience returned and was reminded by Margaret about the impending Royal Wedding. She introduced a random audience member who had been selected to be Meaghan Sparkle, A Dental Assistant and commoner, who, just four days after meeting the prince, had stolen his heart and was to become his beautiful bride. But that didn’t come easily, for soon the plot thickened when the prince’s zealous and raging ex-girlfriend (played by Jalen) caused a whole load of friction–turmoil so hot that it could totally melt the eyeballs off of an Improvizanian snowman and…
You didn’t believe that I’d actually just give the ending away did you? Tell you that somehow love conquered all, that the people of Improvizania became all merry and bright again, and that the Royals lived happily-ever-after… Or did they?
Merry Kissmas – The Royal Romans was indeed the perfect start to Christmas celebrations for Ralandra and me, and it was a reminder that not only should one fill their bellies with pounds of scrumptious Christmas treats, but that we should also make time to savour a belly full of laughs. I highly recommend attending this VTS channel original, most amazing eye candy of a romantic improv parody, by Artistic & Executive Director Jay Ono and the Vancouver Theatre Sports Improv Comedy.
Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance runs Wednesdays to Saturdays between now and December 24.
Performance Times: November 20-December 24, Wednesday to Saturday at 7:30 pm; Matinees on December 15, 21 & 22 at 11:30 am; December 24 at 2:00 pm