Bottle Tree Productions Presents: Cinderella – A Christmas Pantomime!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 6th, 2011
Kingston, Ontario

Bottle Tree Productions presents

CINDERELLA – A CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME

Saturday, Dec. 17th @ The Kingston Christian School: matinee 3pm; evening 7 pm tickets $10/children, $12/seniors, $15/adults

Sunday, Dec. 18th @ L’Octave Theatre: Matinee 3pm; evening 7pm, tickets $10/children, $12/seniors, $15/adults

Our holiday offering for 2011 is Cinderella, a tried and true favourite for people of all ages. This fast-paced pantomime is Cinderella with a twist – the Prince is afflicted by a serious condition that only true love can cure!  Familiar characters of the stepmother and stepsisters conspire against Cinderella and she is helped by her Fairy Godmother.  Come see what’s happening at the Palace Ball!

This version of Cinderella was adapted for the stage by Charles Robertson with music and lyrics by popular local musician Michael K Myers.

This year, it’s a family affair!  The talented MacPherson brothers, John and Ian, have already recently starred in two big musicals in Kingston.  John starred in the Kinsmen Production of Footloose where he starred as Ren while Ian played the Artful Dodger in the Meistersingers production of Oliver!  The boys hail from Napanee.

Sara Sturgeon and her brother Eric Sturgeon also recently appeared in Oliver!

Director Anne Marie Mortensen of her experience with Oliver! said, “Ian, Sara and Eric were great to work with.  We feel very lucky to have them perform in Cinderella.  They are very dedicated young actors.  And what’s more to have such a talented young actor as John involved in the show is great.”

Anne Marie’s son Daniel also had played in Oliver!  Her daughter Hannah will add to the festivities by singing before the show.  She recently starred in KCVI’s musical Blood Brothers as Mrs. Johnson.

Co-director Charles Robertson commented that, “Both Daniel and Hannah are very dedicated and talented kids in acting and singing.  They are also extremely high achievers in academics. They have a great work ethic.”  He went on to say, “Each theatrical production creates its own family where oftentimes life-long friendships are formed.  There are never friendships anywhere else like those that are made in theatre.  For a show to work, actors and crew need to be able to trust each other; to be able to pull together as a team.  I think that after a show is done, many performers feel a great sense of loss.  But while it lasts, it’s a wonderful family to belong to.”

Anne Marie Mortensen (Oliver!) and Charles Robertson (Romeo and Juliet) co-direct this family-friendly pantomime version of Cinderella, the rags to riches story of a kind young girl forced to work from morning ‘til night by her mean stepsisters and stepmother.  Forced to wear rags and to sleep not in a bed but by the fireplace, she dreams of meeting the handsome Prince Charming.

But Prince Charming has problems of his own.  Prince Charming has no charm. He is a nerd. Boy is he a nerd!  A fun-filled treat for the whole family! Starring John Macpherson (Ren in Footloose) as the shy and awkward prince, and Sara Sturgeon (Oliver!) as the beautiful and kind-hearted Cinderella. Other cast members include John Farant as the malpractice-waiting-to-happen, Doctor Doc and Khira Wieting and Daniel Powell as the ugly stepsisters.  Try to guess which stepsister is really a girl.  Bryden Trapp is their conniving mother.  Ian Macpherson who starred as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! plays the long suffering servant to the prince.  The boot scene alone is worth the price of admission.

Allyson Foster plays the beautiful Fairy Godmother who has a few magic tricks up her sleeve.  Daniel Smith and Meg Morgan play the king and queen.  Catchy songs and silly dialogue make this a light treat for the Holiday season.  Ian Lamb, Eric Sturgeon, and Ted Mathers also star.  No actors, animals or pumpkins were harmed in this production.  Stage managed by Claire Morgan.  For more information and to purchase tickets please go to www.bottletreeinc.com.

Pre-show entertainment will feature songs by 18 year-old Hannah Smith, who teams up with Alex Whitehead. Her great contralto voice is sure to leave you wanting more.

Bottle Tree Productions contact info: www.bottletreeinc.com or http://bottletreeinc.blogspot.com
or call us at 613-384-8433

FOR MORE INFORMATION, TO BUY TICKETS, or to FIND OUT ABOUT PROGRAM ADVERTISING:

http://www.bottletreeinc.com/cinderella_2011.html

Wellington Street Theatre Presents Beauty and the Beast for One Performance Only on July 27th!

One performance only!

The Wellington Street Theatre Project presents Beauty and the Beast at Sydenham Street United Church on Wednesday, July 27th at 2 pm.

General seating tickets are $12/per person and are available online at www.wellingtonst.net and www.bottletreeinc.com or at the door.


Beauty and the Beast
has been adapted for the stage by Charles Robertson, with music and lyrics by Michael K. Myers.  This is one of six fairy tales that Robertson and Myers have collaborated on.  These shows have been seen by thousands of kids across Ontario.

Directed by Anne Marie Mortensen and starring Megan Ready-Walters as Beauty.

Beauty’s father is a merchant whose wealth has been stolen by his unscrupulous partners.  Despondent, he seeks shelter during a storm in a magnificent castle.  In this castle lives a fearsome beast who to spare the merchant’s life makes him promise to send his youngest daughter, Beauty, to live with him.  The Beast is actually a handsome prince who has been the victim of a spell by a jealous witch.  In her heart, Beauty holds the key to set him free.

Director Anne Marie Mortensen says,

“Charles and Michael have created a wonderful story for the whole family.  There is comedy with the three clumsy suitors of Beauty and her two sisters.  There is the magic of the Beast’s castle and this is one of the classic romances in literature.”

She went on to say,

“In Megan Ready-Walters, we have a very talented young actress with a marvelous voice. Megan has recently won an award for her acting at the Sears Drama Festival and she was great as Sandy in K.C.V.I.’s ‘Grease.’  Her performance as the beautiful Lucy in Bottle Tree Productions’ ‘Sweeney Todd’ showed off her singing skills.”

For more on The Wellington Street Theatre Project go to www.wellingtonst.net.

Bottle Tree Productions International One Act Play Competition For Writers 2011

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release
December 30, 2010

Bottle Tree Productions International One Act Play Competition for Writers 2011

COMPETE AGAINST THE WORLD

Kingston, Ontario, Canada, January 3rd, 2011:

Bottle Tree Productions has launched its third annual International One Act Play Competition for Writers for 2011. It is an international competition for English-speaking playwrights with a top prize of $1,000.

Charles Robertson who organized the contest with company President Anne Marie Mortensen said, “As a writer, I wanted to give a voice to other writers. I very much appreciate the struggle most writers have in getting recognition.” He went on to say, “I wanted to create a platform for pulling together the work of the best unknown writers of the English-speaking world.” Anne Marie Mortensen added that, “We are a business that is interested in the business of writing. Unlike several free competitions, we are not funded by the government or by a university. We are an arts and entertainment business.”

Stepping onto the international stage “has meant a 400% increase in web traffic over the last year,” says Charles. “The internet is a great way to build connections around the world, a great way of finding out that no matter where the writer is from, he or she is essentially on the same page as every other writer. They have a story to tell.”

First prize is $1000. Second prize is $250. Third Prize is $100. Entry fee is $25. Email entries are preferred for environmental and storage reasons.

The contest is open from January 1, 2011 to November 30, 2011 and the winner will be announced in January of 2012.

For more information about Bottle Tree Productions International One Act Play Competition for Writers 2011 you can contact Artistic Director Charles Robertson or President Anne Marie Mortensen at 613-542-0070 or online at www.bottletreeinc.com.

Bottle Tree Productions Presents Sleeping Beauty

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
November 22, 2010
Kingston, Ontario

Bottle Tree Productions presents ‘Sleeping Beauty’ from Wednesday, December 15th to Saturday, December 18th at 7 pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

A beautiful princess, an evil fairy and an enchanted castle = a Christmas treat for the whole family!

Bottle Tree Productions presents the musical fairy tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at The Wellington Street Theatre.

Tickets are only ten dollars with HST included and are available at Bottle Tree Productions.

Written by Charles Robertson with music and lyrics by Michael K. Myers, the play is “funny and heartwarming” according to director Anne Marie Mortensen.

This version of the popular fairy tale tells how The King and Queen entrust Jack, the Royal Messenger, with some very important invitations for the christening of the royal princess, but Jack has made a big mistake. He has forgotten to invite the evil fairy Carabasse.

Carabasse casts a spell on the princess which causes her to fall asleep for a hundred years. The palace and everyone in it is put into an enchanted sleep as well. Carabasse covers the palace with a menacing wall of thorns and only the bravery of a King’s son can rescue the princess and everyone inside. Jack, the Princess, the fairies and a host of others tell this entertaining story in one act. Perfect for everyone who loves a happily ever after story. For more information see more about Sleeping Beauty.

The magic, music and fun stars Dana Lynn Farrell as Sleeping Beauty; Davin Allan as the King; Khira Weiting as the Queen; Cameron Watson as Jack; Allyson Foster as the evil fairy Carabasse; Alex Whitehead as the handsome prince; Michela Kaduck as the foolish fairy, Fauna; and Kira Meyers-Guiden as the good fairy, Flora.

All tickets $10 HST included. Purchase Tickets here.

Bottle Tree Productions Presents ‘Til The Boys Come Home

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For Immediate Release
October 15th, 2010
Kingston, Ontario

Bottle Tree Productions is proud to present ‘Til The Boys Come Home at The Wellington Street Theatre, starring young guns: Tom Sinclair, Nick Carswell, Jacob Wilkins, Justin Robertson, Davin Allan, David Pearsall, Adam Elliot and Alex Whitehead; and talented young ladies: Megan Ready-Walters, Hannah Smith, Allyson Foster, Anna Kidd and Khira Weiting.

During the week of Remembrance Day – Monday, November 8th-Sunday, November 14th – Monday-Saturday @ 7 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. at The Wellington Street Theatre.

Written by Charles Robertson, ‘Til The Boys Come Home features songs and stories of the Second World War. Robertson says the play “starts off in 1939 when the dark clouds of war hang over Canada. The young men and women of a small town in Canada are getting ready for the incredible sacrifices that freedom demands.” The play spans the 6 years of the war. The play opens in a restaurant where the teens are spending a typical Saturday afternoon. It ends up being the last Saturday afternoon of their relative innocence. The audience learns about the characters and their relationships. When an army recruiter shows up everything is changed forever. Their lives will never be the same. Bottle Tree Productions producer Anne Mortensen says, “This play shows how people’s loyalties and friendships are tested, how in the intervening six years of the war, these teens become men and women, and how things are changed forever for them. Their lives and loves will never be the same.” Mortensen went on to say, “This is a very exciting play, very emotional, more like a movie than a play.”

At The Wellington Street Theatre
126 Wellington Street, Kingston, Ontario

Warning-Simulated battle scene-loud noises

‘To you from failing hands we throw the torch’
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Tickets $20/adults & $15/seniors, students & military families
Purchase tickets online at www.bottletreeinc.com or at the door.
For further info, email info@bottletreeinc.com or phone 613-642-0070

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You will also be supporting Queen’s University fundraising activities. Be entertained and support a good cause!

Sleeping Beauty Coming To The Wellington Street Theatre!

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For Immediate Release
June 26th, 2010
Kingston, Ontario

Bottle Tree Productions presents ‘Sleeping Beauty’ July 6th-17th Tuesdays to Saturdays

A beautiful princess, an evil fairy and an enchanted castle. Summer fun for the whole family!

Bottle Tree Productions presents the musical fairy tale ‘Sleeping Beauty’ at The Wellington Street Theatre.

Written by Charles Robertson with music and lyrics by Michael K Myers; the play is “funny and heartwarming” according to director Anne Marie Mortensen.

This version of the popular fairy tale tells how The King and Queen entrust Jack, the Royal Messenger, with some very important invitations for the christening of the royal princess, but Jack has made a big mistake; he has forgotten to invite the evil fairy Carabasse. Carabasse casts a spell on the princess which causes her to fall asleep for a hundred years. The palace and everyone in it is put into an enchanted sleep as well. Carabasse covers the palace with a menacing wall of thorns, and only the bravery of a King’s son can rescue the princess and everyone inside. Jack, the Princess, the fairies and a host of others tell this entertaining story in one act. Perfect for everyone who loves a happily ever after story.

The magic, music and fun stars Cassie Burrell as Sleeping Beauty, Alex Stein as the King, Allyson Foster as the Queen, Simon Derome as Jack, Hannah Smith as the evil fairy Carabasse, Josh Jia as the handsome princess, as well as Shannon Broekhoven, Michela Kaduck, Amanda Verner, Dana-Lynn Farrell, Cameron Hill-Watson, Brogan Chaput, Taylor Liggett, Katrina Pacheco, Victor Kaduck, Mallory Watson, Kendra Pacheco and Danielle Gervais.

Show Dates:
July 6-10 & July 13-17, Tuesdays to Saturdays @ 3 pm
July 8-10 & July 15-17 Thursdays to Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm

Tickets: $15/adults. $12/seniors & students

Tickets available online at:

www.bottletreeinc.com

The Wellington Street Theatre at the corner of Johnson and Wellington Streets (Phone 613-542-0070)

The Grand Theatre Box Office, 218 Princess Street, open Mondays to Saturdays from 12 noon to 6 pm

Online at www.kingstongrand.ca, (Phone 613-530-2050)

The Tourist Information Office in Confederation Basin across from City Hall at 208 Princess Street (Call Toll Free: 1-888-855-4555 or Tel: 613-548-4415)

Renaissance Music, 1057 Midland Avenue (Phone 613-384-9225)


Charles Robertson

At The Wellington Street Theatre

Sleeping Beauty
July 6-17 – 3:00 pm
Tues. & Sat., Thurs. & Sat. evening shows – 7:30 pm

Ask about our summer drama camps

Til The Boys Come Home – November
Season Tickets

www.wellingtonst.net
www.bottletreeinc.com

A Tribute To Patsy Cline At The Wellington Street Theatre

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For Immediate Release
May 5th, 2010

Bottle Tree Productions presents A Tribute to Patsy Cline at The Wellington Street Theatre

Hannah Smith and Justin Robertson bring the story of Patsy Cline to life in story and song

Thursday-Saturday May 6th-May 8th at 8 pm
Sunday, May 9th matinee at 3 pm
and from
Thursday-Saturday May 13th-15th at 8 pm
Sunday, May 16th matinee at 3 pm.

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $15 for Seniors and Students.

Tickets available at The Grand Theatre Box Office, 218 Princess Street, phone 613-530-2050 or online at www.kingstongrand.ca

The Grand Theatre Box Office hours are Monday through Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. or online at www.bottletreeinc.com or at the door.

Songs that made Patsy a legend such as ‘Crazy’, ‘Walkin’ After Midnight’, and ‘I Fall To Pieces’ are featured in a story about Patsy and the men in her life. Patsy’s career was cut tragically short at the height of her career by a plane crash. In Trisha Yearwood’s homage to Patsy, she said she was a “Powerful and Passionate Singer.”

Patsy Cline is regarded as one of the most influential women in American music. She was the first female singer in country to cross over into the mainstream. Teamed with Owen Bradley and his lush orchestration of her songs, Patsy became an icon. Abandoned by her father, when she was a teenager, Patsy and her mother worked hard to support the family at several low paying jobs. At the same time, she worked hard to promote herself and to get singing jobs. Too young to know better, she was soon trapped in a bad marriage and a disastrous recording contract, that paid her little more than 2 cents out of every dollar her records made. She also survived a bad traffic accident that nearly killed her. But a strong will and a desire to succeed landed her a new recording contract and an accidental meeting at a dance landed her the love of her life.

Directed by Charles Robertson and Anne Marie Mortensen, this

Hannah Smith

poignant look at Patsy’s life is told by the men in her life as played by Justin Robertson. Rising star, Hannah Smith – “great voice” Greg Burliuk, Kingston Whig Standard – portrays Patsy in her last concert.

Bottle Tree Productions presents
A Tribute to Patsy Cline
Sir John A. MacDonald
Sleeping Beauty
Til The Boys Come Home

Season Tickets
Drama Classes start up again in April

www.bottletreeinc.com
www.wellingtonst.net

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Comes To Kingston!

Johnny Depp & Helena-Bonham Carter in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd

PRESS RELEASE

Bottle Tree Productions
Presents

The first performance in Kingston!

SWEENEY TODD

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The School edition

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler

Directed by Anne Marie Mortensen
Choreography by Chelsea Swain
Stage Manager Judy Roberts

The recent Tim Burton movie starred Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as the partners in gore. Adam Eliot and Hannah Smith lend their gifted voices to the merchants of mayhem. Anton Kaduck is a revelation as the hanging judge. Megan Ready-Walters and her sweet soprano voice makes her the perfect ingénue. The Gothic church that is The Wellington Street Theatre is the perfect environment for Fleet Street and its sordid neighbourhood. Adam Eliot’s Sweeney Todd arrives back in England after being unjustly sentenced for crimes he did not commit. All he ever loved has been taken from him and he is looking for revenge. He falls in with Hannah Smith’s Mrs. Lovett, and between them they go on a murderous spree, which ultimately consumes them in the fires of hate.

Sweeney Todd has been regarded for years more as urban legend than actual real-life flesh and bones. Cheap sordid novels in the early eighteen hundreds chilled and thrilled English readers. Sweeney Todd was the Freddy Kruger, the zombie horde, the vampire of his time. Some evidence exists to suggest that Mister Todd did himself exist. Sondheim and Wheeler have given Sweeney more noble cause for what he is driven to do, more noble than the avarice and greed accorded him by earlier writers, but in the end the result is the same.

Sondheim’s brilliant, complicated music and Hugh Wheeler’s clever script are complicit in providing a great night’s entertainment.

Show dates:

February 25, 26, 27 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 General admission

At The Wellington Street Theatre, 126 Wellington Street, Kingston, Ontario

www.bottletreeinc.com

Phone: 613-542-0070

Grand Theatre Box Office, 218 Princess Street

Phone: 613-530-2050

Box Office open Mondays-Saturdays from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

www.kingstongrand.ca