Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Little Mermaid-First Time in Kingston

Rehearsal Footage

Maddy MacVicar, Mariah McDaniels and Anne Marie Mortensen talk about our upcoming production of Disney's The Little Mermaid. This Disney musical was just made available for theatre companies, and we are pleased to offer it for the first time in Kingston.

COGECO came and filmed some interviews and some of our musical rehearsals. The show is a product of our musical theatre class and it opens Friday March 29th at L'Octave Theatre at 711 Dalton Avenue. Curtis Brunet from COGECO interviewed some of the cast members and the director and took some footage of the kids working on songs from the show.

The Little Mermaid is a Disney Jr production which means that no one over the age of 18 can perform in the show. Disney does this so that the kids that love seeing the Disney shows can also participate in them. Its a great opportunity for young people to star in something as well known as the Little Mermaid.

Easter weekend, take your kids to this highly entertaining show. Our kids have put a lot of work into the show and it should be an amazing experience.

Show times are Firday March 29th at 2 pm and 7 pm and then Saturday March 30th at 2 pm and 7 pm.

Tickets are only $12.

You can purchase tickets at the door or online at Purchase Tickets Online at Bottle Tree Productions

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Paid acting job for female 18-30, Kingston

We are looking for an a female actor for an all day job in Hamilton on Wednesday March 20th. Pay is 200 dollars. Transport, accommodation and meals included. The role is as part of a married couple looking for a job with Homestead Land Holdings as a superintendent. There will be a two hour training session. There are 4 actors going up from Kingston. Details have yet to be finalized. Contact us at c.robertson (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com

There will be two roles to play for you as actor. One role would be as the ideal candidate and the other would be as a less successful candidate. Homestead Landholdings is using actors to test the hiring practices of their managers. It is a newly developed interview technique that is considered behavioral in method.

We have already done one of these interview session in Kingston at Homestead's head office and the actors had a lot of fun.

If you are interested please contact us at c.robertson (at) bottletreeinc (dot) com

Thursday, March 7, 2013

April 6th/2013 Kingston Acting Classes

Bottle Tree's Acting Classes start up again at St Andrews Presbyterian Church in downtown Kingston at 130 Clergy St East on April 6th for kids and teens. 6-10 year-olds can enroll in the 9:30-10:30 am class. 11-12 year olds can enroll in the 10:30-12 noon class. And teens from 13 up can enroll in the 1-2:30 class. Adult classes will occur Wednesday evenings from 7-8:30 pm.

Bottle Tree Productions Musical Theatre Class Show

Our classes involve warm-ups, improv and scenes or original scripts. Anne Marie Mortensen is a registered Educator in the Arts with the Ontario Arts Council. Charles Robertson has been involved in all facets of theatre for many years.

Our classes are a safe place for kids to learn drama, to develop self-confidence, to learn to speak clearly and effectively, to develop the potential within.

Each child or adult that wants to get better will get better.

When we do our major productions such as Sound of Music, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and others that we are involved with like Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver!, we like to take actors that have worked with us previously and that includes giving special consideration to the kids, teens and adults that have taken our acting classes.

When we do one of our major productions we stress that importance of the team. Theatre is a collaborative effort and everyone has to be pulling in the same direction in order for the production to work. We stress the team atmosphere, the family atmosphere in our classes.

Our classes are also a great way for like-minded people to get together and share common interests.  Parents of kids in our acting classes often say that finally, here is a place where other kids 'get their kids'. They all understand each other and where they're coming from. It is a place where kids can finally be themselves.

We make sure that our acting classes are bully-free.

For further information about our Acting Classes please go to April 6th Acting Classes

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Pretty Pieces at the Screening Room

The Film Adaptation of Charles' play Pretty Pieces opens at The Screening Room on March 10th. Local film maker; Leigh Ann  Bellamy had acted in the play when Bottle Tree Productions produced it in Kingston, Toronto and Halifax. It is a play full of darkness. Pretty Pieces is about two people who could have had another life, a beautiful life, but their lives are shattered by something that happened to them in the past. Their past prevents them from getting on with their lives. They are broken. Like pretty pieces of broken glass. Interestingly enough; Zorba Dravillas, who starred opposite Leigh Ann in Charles' original production is starring is in another movie running along side Pretty Pieces, directed by Brent Nurse and filmed by Curtis Campsall called Funny Thing About Coffee.

Show times and dates are Sunday March 10th at 7 pm and Monday March 11th at 9 pm.

Pretty Pieces is having its world premiere in a night of three new short films by local film makes, 
'All three movies take you on a dark journey through the minds of their characters, leaving you never knowing where things will end up. The third, "The Collider”, is a sci-fi thriller looking at what happens when the Collider is turned on and a tragic accident happens. What follows is a harrowing journey of one man’s survival.' Screening Room.
Bellamy; who stars in the film, has starred as Juliet in Charles' production in the park of Romeo and Juliet and Ophelia in his production of Hamlet at the Wellington Street Theatre.
Zorba Dravillas; who stars in Funny Thing About Coffee, has appeared in a number of plays directed by Charles. Zorba is a very talented actor.

Kingston seems to have a very active independent movie scene. With cameras being affordable now and editing suites falling in price, alongside Kingston's very vibrant theatre scene, you have the makings of a burgeoning creative hub for indy films.

For more information about these three films and what is happening at The Screening Room please go to The Screening Room