Monday, May 23, 2011

Beauty and The Beast-Wellington Street Theatre Project

The Wellington Street Theatre Project is partnering with Sydenham Street United Church in Kingston, Ontario, to present Beauty and the Beast for one performance only Wednesday, July 27th at 2 pm. Tickets are $12/person and are available online at and Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Beauty and the Beast was originally popularized by French writer; Charles Perrault in 1697 in a collection of stories in 'Tales of Mother Goose'.

The story concerns a merchant who loses everything to his unscrupulous partners. On his way home, a great storm drives him to seek shelter in a magnificent castle. Unknown to the merchant, a fearsome beast lurks in the castle. The Beast, who is really a handsome prince, has been placed under a spell by a jealous witch. The Beast threatens to kill the merchant unless he sends his youngest daughter to live with him. Unhappily the merchant agrees to this terrible bargain.

Beauty is frightened but for the sake of her father, she agrees to go live with the Beast. The story is a wonderful example of transformation, both for the Beast and for Beauty.

Lots of comedy, magic and music. Fun for the whole family!

This stage version has been adapted by Charles Robertson with delightful music and lyrics by Michael K Myers.

Anne Marie Mortensen directs.

Megan Ready-Walters (Grease, This is a Play, Cinderella, Sweeney Todd) stars as Beauty.

For more information call 613-384-8433

Friday, May 20, 2011

Romeo and Juliet

One Performance Only!

The Wellington Street Theatre Project presents Shakespeare's
most popular play at Sydenham Street United Church for one
performance only Wednesday July 27th at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $20/adults. $15/seniors & students. $12/children 12 and under.
Group rates available for eight or more. $10/person.

Juliet's balcony

Photo from

Tickets can be purchased online at and or at the door.

Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare's popular story of young love set against a back drop of gang violence in Italy. Two families; the Capulets and the Montagues are battling each other for control in the ancient city of Verona. Romeo and Juliet fall in love despite the fact that their families are sworn enemies. Their secret romance turns the gears of this tragedy of 'star-crossed lovers'.

Sydenham Street United Church is a great environment to do a classical play. In many ways it mirrors old European theatres.” Over the years, Romeo and Juliet has been performed in a multitude of environments, including theatres, parks and bridges. A friend of mine; Lynne Rafter, directed Romeo and Juliet in a former hostel in Toronto as a punk take on the bard's work. Many young people write poetry as a way of healing their wounded souls. Romeo and Juliet rises above other hurting heart tales because the poetry with its rigid rules and rhythms much like a romantic ballad can more easily tug at the emotions. Prose cannot possibly reach the heights of emotions like poetry can. In Hannah Smith who has won 13 awards for acting in her very young career and Alex Whitehead; an accomplished actor who also happens to be the current provincial fencing champion, we have two very talented leads. These young actors are just the latest in a long line of talented young actors that I have had the pleasure of working with.

Below Hannah Smith and Bonnie McLeod in rehearsal as Juliet and the nurse

A Wellington Street Theatre Project Production in
association with Bottle Tree Productions.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Acting Summer Camp-Bottle Tree Productions

Looking for a fun summer camp for your child? What about acting?

Bottle Tree Productions has a full day and half day acting camp at the Kingston Christian School on Woodbine Road in Kingston West.

Dates are July 18-22 2011

Price is $250 plus hst for a full day camp and $175 plus for a half day camp

Your child will learn acting skills, voice, movement, imagination and creativity. Basic theatrical skills for the first timers and more sophisticated training for experienced kids.

For kids aged six to sixteen.

A production will be written especially for the kids to be presented to friends and family on Friday afternoon.

For more information go to Bottle Tree Productions