Bottle Tree Productions Presents The Sound Of Music!

Justin Robertson is playing Rolf. Savannah Kimmerer & Maureen Barnes are sharing the role of Liesl.

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: July 11/2012

Kingston, ON: Bottle Tree Productions presents The Sound of Music at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 130 Clergy Street, at the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets.

Bottle Tree Productions is pleased to announce they have secured the rights to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

Dates: December 13th until the 22nd; Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30 pm.

At St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Tickets available at the Grand Theatre Box Office: 613-530-2050 located at 218 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

Email: grandtheatre2@cityofkingston.ca

While the critics were initially lukewarm to this ‘saccharine’ musical, the world has since fallen in love with the von Trapp family story.  A true-life story based on the memoirs of Maria von Trapp, opens on the eve of the Second World War in Austria.  Austria is under the influence of Nazi Germany and the country is quickly becoming militarized.  The filmed version of The Sound of Music helped cement Julie Andrews’ status as a star.  Canada’s own Christopher Plummer played the strict Captain von Trapp, whose love of music had died with the death of his first wife.  Plummer’s Captain von Trapp forbids his seven children from practicing music.  Into this unhappy family comes a breath of fresh air.  A high-spirited young nun by the name of Maria is sent by the mother superior to further her religious education by acting as governess to the rebellious von Trapp children.  They had previously sent many governesses packing.  Maria brings music back into their lives.

At the end of the musical, the von Trapp family escapes from Austria through the Alps and bring their music to the world.

Featuring songs such as Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, The Sound of Music, Sixteen Going on Seventeen and Edelweiss.

For more info contact:

Bottle Tree Productions
445 Southwood Drive
Kingston, ON K7M 5P8
613-384-8433

a.mortensen@bottletreeinc.com

www.bottletreeinc.com

Contact: Anne Marie Mortensen or Charles Robertson

One Funny Lady: Deborah Kimmett At The Octave Theatre On Thursday, September 29th!

Coming this week!!

Deb Kimmett is One Funny Lady

 

Thursday, September 29th
7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

$25 plus HST available at The Grand Theatre Box Office 613-530-2050  http://www.kingstongrand.ca

Get out the waterproof mascara because ONE FUNNY LADY Deborah Kimmett is coming to town with her one-woman show.

For ninety minutes Kimmett will regale the audience with hilarious stories, quirky characters and her fast paced jaw-aching humour. From her bang on story of cheating on her hairdresser, her addiction to fossil fuel and her hilarious views about divorce, aging and online dating, she will have the audience laughing from start to finish.

An accomplished author and story-teller, Deborah is heard regularly sparring on the CBC Radio and television show, The Debaters.  She performs often at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and has had two comedy specials on CBC’s Laugh out Loud.  A twenty-year veteran of the Second City Theatre,  the Governor General Award nominated playwright  also writes for magazines such as More and is a regular columnist in Kingston Life for which she has been nominated two years in a row for National Magazine Awards for Humour.

She is the writer and co-creator of the CTV’S new show Going Home, the author of two books Reality is Over Rated, and That which Doesn’t Kill you Makes you Funnier.  Her new novel, Out Running Crazy, is about to be published.

Don’t miss this fabulous show!

Find Deborah Kimmett on Facebook.
Watch Deb Kimmett on YouTube.
Connect with Deborah on LinkedIn.

The Legendary Judy Collins To Play Kingston’s Sydenham Street United Church!

An evening with Judy Collins
Friday, April 22, 2011 – 8:00 pm
Sydenham Street United Church
82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3H4
Tickets: $35 plus HST
Available at the Grand Theatre Box Office
613-530-2050
www.kingstongrand.ca

and at:

Brian’s Record Option
381 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
613-542-2452

“Just over a month to go before the legendary Judy Collins comes to Kingston’s Sydenham Street United Church. 75% of the tickets are gone so don’t wait too much longer to get yours. This will certainly sell out. Here’s a video of Judy Collins and her protege Leonard Cohen singing Suzanne, the poem she convinced him to turn into a song – very sweet!

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her famously ethereal voice and her distinctive interpretation of some of the classic songs of our time. Her legendary career began in 1961 with the release of her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists – particularly the social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Judy was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience including Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her 1967 album, Wildflowers, which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her famously moving version of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns won a Grammy Award in 1975. Judy has continued an impressive musical career with an extensive catalogue from every decade throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and up to the present. Her latest creative project is a new CD, Paradise, a collection of 10 songs that include duets of Judy with the legendary Stephen Stills and Joan Baez.

Judy Collins is still writing, performing, and nurturing fresh talent and plays 80 to 100 dates a year around the world. She is a relentlessly creative spirit, a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.” www.judycollins.com

Opening for Judy Collins is the very gifted Belfast-born singer-songwriter, Andy White. Andy, who has released ten internationally acclaimed albums since 1986, has just released Songwriter, and a new book called 21st Century Troubadour is also now available. Andy White is currently on tour in Canada with Stephen Fearing and joins Ms. Collins in April in Ontario.

(Stay tuned for a future post about Andy White!)

Sleeping Beauty Coming To The Wellington Street Theatre!

PRESS RELEASE

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

The Wellington Street Theatre Presents ‘The Bobby Show’

THE BOBBY SHOW

Written and performed by Michael K. Myers

The Wellington Street Theatre will be presenting ‘The Bobby Show’ on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 8pm.

The show is a tribute to the great ‘Bobby’ singers of the late 50’s, and early 60’s. Featured will be songs originally recorded by Bobby Darin, Bobby Vee, Bobby Vinton,

Bobby Vinton

Bobby Curtola, and other Bobbys from that perhaps more innocent era of pop music, and stories behind those singers, and their songs.

The songs include Rockin’ Robin, My Special Angel, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Fortune Teller, Blue Velvet, Honey, Dream Lover, Mack The Knife, and many more. The Bobby Show is sung and performed by Michael K. Myers, with his band ‘The Real Gone Cats’.

Michael Myers, the creator of the show says, ” I thought it would be fun to put together a music revue featuring just songs by, and stories about, the various Bobby singers who come from an overlooked, and often critically looked down upon period in popular music -the late 50’s, through to the early 60’s, prior to the British Invasion, and the arrival of The Beatles. I think some exciting, well crafted, and memorable music was produced then, by talented singers, and songwriters, including the Bobby’s, and it definitely had, and still has, a big influence on my performing, and songwriting career.”

Bobby Curtola

Tickets are $20/adults and $15/seniors & students

Tickets can be purchased online at www.wellingtonst.net
and www.bottletreeinc.com, at Renaissance Music, or at The Grand Theatre at 218 Princess Street. Call 613-530-2050.

At The Wellington Street Theatre
Fred Eaglesmith – Friday, May 21st
The Bobby Show with hits from the 50’s and 60’s – Saturday, May 22nd
Book of Spells: A love story about two older women – Saturday, June 12th
Sir John A. MacDonald – July
Sleeping Beauty – July
Til The Boys Come Home – November

A Tribute To Patsy Cline At The Wellington Street Theatre

PRESS RELEASE

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

Derek Edwards’ Blunderful Life is Freakin’ Hilarious and Entirely Relatable!

Stand-up Comedian Derek Edwards


Last night, I had the profound pleasure of attending a fabulous comedic event at the recently refurbished Grand Theatre in Kingston. Canadian stand-up comic Derek Edwards is certainly at the peak of his career and while I had seen him before in a brief set at the 1st Annual Toronto Just For Laughs in July 2007, where he had to share the stage with five other comedians plus gala host Craig Ferguson, all I could I remember thinking about him was that he was pretty good but sounded like he had post nasal drip!

As it says on his website (www.derekedwards.ca), Derek’s current tour, “It’s a Blunderful Life” encompasses “common sense and an inspired sense of the ridiculous – a potent combination for a night of great laughs.”

“A 14-year vet of the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and the only Canadian to win the prestigious Vail, Colorado, Invitational Comedy Competition, Edwards is universally considered to be among the top comics in the country. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he’s a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic – Canadian Comedy Awards, and by his Gemini nominations for Best Performance in a Comedy.” ~ Shantero Productions Inc. Media Release

The award-winning Derek Edwards took the stage promptly at 8:00 pm and for the next 90 minutes riffed effortlessly on everything that’s funny and relatable about being a Canadian, and in particular, an Ontarian. His accent is authentic, although I think he laid it on thick to pretend he’s less intelligent than he really is (Edwards is undoubtedly an extremely bright, Roadrunner-quick-witted man) and his pleasant face is capable of conveying every emotion imaginable. Originally from Timmins, Ontario, which he talked about in some detail, including his experience of being on “Pogie” (unemployment insurance) while living there; Derek is warm, personable, and seems thoroughly comfortable on stage.

He opened the show with a discussion about a recent news article that proclaims that British Columbia residents drink more alcohol (by 11 beers per year) on an annual basis than other Canadians and he thinks THAT’S JUST WRONG! He challenged Ontarians to step up to the plate and consume one more alcoholic beverage than normal so that we can lead this race!

He was very topical about current events, and covered everything from eating buffalo chicken fingers (“Chickalos”) for breakfast while being on tour and not really having any concept of what time it is; to travelling on the 401 and stopping in to the exquisite and legendary theme park that is The Big Apple; to the numerous disappointing betrayals of life which include being tricked into paying for things that he doesn’t really need, such as having to pay ridiculous vet bills for getting his dog neutered and then having the veterinary assistant suggest that he might want to buy fake, plastic testicles for the dog so it wouldn’t suffer from a lack of self-esteem after its traumatic experience at the animal hospital!

He takes every day things and occurrences that we are all familiar with such as the seasonal, greedy consumerism of chain stores and the fact that Shoppers Drug Mart asks its customers to do its Christmas shopping in a pharmacy; to how President Obama is doing during his first year in office; to the fact that Norwegians have 100 words for reindeer; to having his wife count the number of beers he drinks at a party; and connects with everyone on an emotional level that leaves them in stitches.

Kingston’s audience was so quick to get his jokes that on a couple of occasions he didn’t even have to finish them and exclaimed, “You are the best audience EVER!” He kept the entire crowd laughing non-stop and by the time I left, my face ached. In fact, I was the person to start the well-deserved standing ovation that proceeded.

I cannot recommend Derek Edwards highly enough for a night out that will guarantee you the best medicine that life has to offer: belly laughs a plenty!

Derek is at the Brockville Arts Centre tonight (Dec. 13, 2009) and at the Ottawa Centrepointe Theatre on Monday night (Dec. 14, 2009) and is on tour in Ontario until the 21st of December. If you have a chance to see this brilliant comic’s uproarious show, do NOT miss him!