Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Farmer and Forrester

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.

Gypsies break Gudule's heart when they steal her much-loved baby girl and replace her with a deformed child. Gudule sends the abomination away to be looked after by the Church, and spends the rest of her life searching for her beautiful daughter.

The deformed baby is taken in by a Priest of Notre Dame, and becomes a servant there. Reviled by the citizenry for his beastly outward appearance, Quasimodo mirrors the hatred that he sees from others, and devotes himself to obeying his master's orders. He despises humanity as much as humanity despises him, until one day, a beautiful Gypsy girl quenches his thirst.

Quasimodo's master notices this girl, taking particular interest in her. His lust overcomes his good judgement and his actions cause grave problems for everyone involved.

Music by David Farmer
Book and Lyrics by Moira Forrester
Arranged by Jim McGrath and John Roby
based on the novel by Victor Hugo

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Backstage by Charles Robertson and Anne Marie Mortensen

The theatre is a safe haven for the characters in this new comedy.

The ingenue, the bankroller, the artsy director, and other familiar types act in this play that imitates life imitating art. We are offered a humourous inside view of the personalities that mesh, meld and occasionally collide during the production process.

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Bottle Tree Productions' production of Disney's Mulan Jr

Music and Lyrics by
Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori and Alexa Junge
Music adapted and arranged and additional music and lyrics by Bryan Louiselle
Book adapted and additional lyrics by Patricia Cotter
Based on the 1998 Disney film 'Mulan' and the story 'Fa Mulan' by Robert D. San Souci

This is an action-packed stage adaptation of Disney's hit animated musical. Travel back to the ancient days of China, and see the story of Mulan, the girl who, with her misfit friends, saves the Emperor from the Huns! Familiar songs from the movie include 'Reflection', 'I'll Make a Man Out of You', and 'Honor to Us All'.

Disney's Mulan Junior is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde's wit and way with words shines brilliantly in this comedy of manners.

Polite society demands polite excuses for missing social obligations. Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing have invented perfect excuses; Bunbury, an invalid friend in the country, and Ernest, a younger brother in London.

Their deceptions weave tangled webs, as they each try to protect their secrets while navigating the shark-infested waters of love and London society.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Cinderella by Charles Robertson, Music and Lyrics by Michael K. Myers

Cinderella is treated like a servant by her step-sisters, who are actually jealous of her. Through some difficulty, she manages to attend a ball where she meets the Prince, who falls in love with her. He, however has a certain affliction that makes it difficult for him to approach girls; he is a nerd.

This is a highly entertaining play, performed successfully to the enjoyment of Kingston audiences over the past two decades, and priced for families to enjoy.

Cinderella - Megan Ready-Walters
The Prince - Tom Sinclair
Doctor Doc - Katherine Noyes
Stepmother - Hannah Smith
Ethel - Signy Lynch
Gertrude - Sophie Szczesniak

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's romantic comedy is full of mistaken identities and confusion. A brother is lost and found, true love is thwarted and misdirected, but the plot and subplots are happily resolved in the end.

Matt Davis brings his experience and finesse to this, his directorial debut.

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The Crackwalker by Judith Thompson

Kingston playwright Judith Thompson explores the brutal realities of life for those living on the edges of society. Four local down-and-outs struggle to improve their situation in this highly acclaimed drama.
Zorba Dravillas (Waiting for Godot) directs.

Judith Thompson has written a shocking comment on the debasement of the poor and the mentally disabled. The normal is weaved in with the abnormal and there is nothing to clutch onto for these poor souls to save themselves. I am inclined to think that the play satisfies already established prejudices in the theatre-goers mind, that the poor and mentally disabled must disgust us because they are poor and mentally-disabled.

Thompson does something remarkable in creating a community which includes Terese; the mentally disabled girl along with Alan who is mentally ill. Together they form a family unit. And they have close friends who are the normal ones, though they are trapped by drugs and poverty. Sandy and Joe are typical Kingston types from the early seventies. This weaving together of these four lives which results in a tragedy seems in the end seems to suggest that we need government intervention in people's lives, that the poor and mentally ill should not bear children.

Thompson is a tremendously powerful writer who has become an icon in Canadian theatre.

Not recommended for young audiences due to mature themes and language.

Terese - Talia Acker
Alan - Peter Jensen
Sandy - Jude Bursten
Joe - Cayton Garrett

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The Motor Trade by Norm Foster

Phil Moss' wife has just left him, he's being audited by Revenue Canada, and his partner, Dan, wants out of the car business. And it's not even noon yet!

Michael Bullett ("You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown") and Eirik Rutherford star in Norm Foster's laughter-filled play about a slow, snowy, Saturday afternoon at a used car dealership. Featuring Aerin Kemp ("Private Lives") and Amy Axford, and directed by award-winner, Ian Malcolm, this is Kingston's debut performance of this play from Canada's most popular playwright.

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Friday, June 6, 2008

Welcome to Bottle Tree Productions

Welcome to our blog! We will be using this forum to keep you up-to-date about what is happening with our productions, classes, and camps. It's a user-friendly and simple to post small bits of information. You are encouraged to visit our website for dates and shows.

We welcome you to submit a review, and post comments for any of our shows by using this blog.

Anne Marie & Charles