Show History


In 1934, the Vancouver Park Board used funds donated by former Mayor W.H. Malkin to build a band-shell in his wife’s memory… and a summer tradition was born. Malkin Bowl was originally used for afternoon concerts until 1940, when a group of local theatre people formed a production company called ‘Theatre-Under-The-Stars’. Sadly, after twenty years of annual performances, increasing costs forced the original company to abandon Malkin Bowl. There was a gap in Vancouver’s arts scene until 1969, when a determined group of volunteers suggested a format that used largely volunteer casts and crews. Summer theatre returned to the park and has continued there ever since, despite challenges posed by cost, weather and a fire that nearly destroyed Malkin Bowl in 1982.


FULL LIST OF SHOWS (1969 - present)

1969           Carousel - Dunbar MT

                   Theatre In The Park

1970           My Fair Lady-Dunbar MT

                   Oliver -Richmond MT

1971           The Merry Widow

                   Hello Dolly - DMT

                   The King and I - RMT

1972           Brigadoon

                   Guys and Dolls

1973           The Pajama Game


1974           The Sound Of Music

                   Anything Goes

1975           South Pacific

                   Fiddler On The Roof

1976           Camelot

                   Bye Bye Birdie

1977           West Side Story

1978           Annie Get Your Gun

                   H.M.S. Pinafore

1979           No, No, Nanette

                   Pirates of Penzance

1980           The Mikado

                   My Fair Lady

1981           A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum

                   Kiss Me Kate

1982           The Spirit of Malkin Bowl

1983           (No Production)

1984           Grease

                   H.M.S. Pinafore

1985           Damn Yankees


1986           Oklahoma!

                   South Pacific

1987           Anything Goes

1988           West Side Story

                 Little Shop of Horrors

1989         The King and I

               The Best Little Whore-House in Texas

1990       The Pajama Game

                   Hello Dolly

1991           The Music Man

                   Guys and Dolls

1992           La Cage Aux Follies

                   The Boy Friend

1993           Carousel

                   Sweet Charity

1994           West Side Story

                   Little Shop of Horrors

1995           Annie Get Your Gun

1996           The Sound of Music

                   Jesus Christ Superstar

1997           Fiddler On The Roof

                   Bye Bye Birdie

1998           Oklahoma!


1999           West Side Story

2000           Grease

                   South Pacific

2001           Annie

                   Little Shop of Horrors

2002           Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat

                   Kiss Me Kate

2003           The King & I

                   Anne of Green Gables

2004           Crazy For You


2005           Can Can

                   Big, The Musical

2006           (No Productions)

2007           Grease


2008           Jesus Christ Superstar

                   Annie Get Your Gun

2009           Annie

                  Thoroughly Modern Millie

2010          Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

                 Singin’ In the Rain

2011          Anything Goes

                 Bye Bye Birdie

2012         Titanic

                The Music Man

2013         Legally Blonde: The Musical

                How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

2014       Shrek: The Musical

               Legally Blonde: The Musical (remount of 2013 production)

2015      Hairspray


2016      Beauty & the Beast

              West Side Story