Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Michael Costello in concert at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church

Pianist Michael Costello is in Concert at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in down town Kingston Friday June 21st.

Michael's animated playing style and engaging stage presence come to life 

in such works as; Mozart Piano Sonata in Bb Major K.333, Chopin's Heroic 
Polonaise in Ab Major, and Rachmaninoff's prelude in g minor Opus 23 
#5 . Interwoven in the program is a fun and interesting narrative that touches upon the composer's life and varied musical styles. 

Purchase your tickets today! 
$20 in advance or $25 at the door 
In Person: St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 
130 Clergy St E, KINGSTON
By Phone: 613.546.6316 

Order of Performance

Piano Sonata Bb Major
Piano Sonata K333, W.A. Mozart

Impromptu in Gb Major
Opus 90 No.3, F. Schubert

Polonaise in Ab Major- Heroic
Opus 53 No.6, F. Chopin


Prelude G minor Opus 23 No. 5

C# minor Opus 2 No 1., D# minor Opus 8 No. 12
A. Scriabin

Clair de lune
Claude Debussy

3 Preludes for Piano
G. Gershwin

Michael Costello was born in the town of Carleton Place on the 
29th day of May, 1968. His love of music began at an early age 
and was derived from his family (“Namely his Uncle Bernie 
Costello – an old time piano player and legend of the Ottawa 
Valley”) Formal training for Michael began in Carleton Place and 
Ottawa during his early teen years. He went on to study under 
Dina Namer and Dr. Ireneus Zuk at Queen’s University and 
received his Bachelor of Music and Bachelor f Education 
Degrees. Michael has gone on to study with Dr.Tom Plaunt of 
McGill University and has done piano master classes with Paul 
Berkowitz and Beethoven Scholar/Expert Kendall Taylor.

Buy Tickets to see Michael Costello live at St Andrew's

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Buy Tickets to Les Miserables in Kingston, Ontario

The world-famous musical; Les MisĂ©rables; is based on the novel of the same name by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, original French lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with an English-language libretto by Herbert Kretzmer. Set in the early 1800’s  France, it is the story of Jean Valjean and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his starving sister's child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew, but he is relentlessly pursued by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, they are are swept up by the revolutionary fever in France.
The musical was originally conceived and produced in France, before its English-language adaptation, where the production overcame bad reviews through word of mouth, launching what has turned out to be a world-wide success story.
The recent movie starred Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman winning three coveted Oscars including best-supporting actress for Hathaway.

This is part of our Fundraiser for St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church and it’s resident theatre company; Bottle Tree Productions, featuring a spectacular One Night Only! performance of Les Mis Saturday September 28th at 7 pm.

St Andrew’s is an important cultural and historical landmark in down town Kingston. When the Scots came to Kingston they brought their Presbyterian religion with them.  Located at the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets it is notable with it’s cross of St andrew’s on irs tower and the canon out front. Many influential Canadians have worshipped at the church in the past, including Canada’s most famous parliamentarian; Sir john A. MacDonald. MacDonald and the rest of the local presbytery put their heads together and put plans in motion for Queen’s university. In 1839 it was recognized that there was a need for an educational facility in Kingston to provide training for Presbyterian ministers.  St Andrew’s influence can still be seen in the name Gaels that the sports teams use. The Scots left the persecution and hard times in scotland to gain political and religious independence in Canada. Well, it was Canada after Sir John created it. The church needs financial help in maintaining its architectural and cultural significance as an important Kingston and Canadian landmark

Bottle Tree Productions is the resident theatre company of St Andrew’s. It started as a company that toured Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes with orginal award-winning theatrical productions. Charles Robertson and Anne Marie Mortensen named the company Bottle Tree Productions, because of a suggestion from actor Mackenzie Gruer. The first play they toured; Charles’ Ghost of the Tree was about the ghosts in a family tree that haunt the living. Bottle trees are an African tradition imported to the United States where home-owners would tie bottles to the branches of trees near their dwellings to catch the spirits of the ancestors before they could snatch the souls of the living.  Bottle Tree Productions offers drama classes and musical theatre classes at St Andrew’s and produces productions from original Canadian Theatre to Broadway musicals. such as Cats and The Sound of Music. The Sound of Music was presented with great success last December in the sanctuary.

In support of our fundraiser; Bottle Tree productions is producing a one-night only production of Les Mis with local Kingston performers. Tickets are only $30 for adults and $25 for seniors and students. There is a silent auction as well as hors d'oeuvres and mocktails.

Come to St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Saturday September 28th to be transported by song back in time to the dramatic times of the French Revolution.

A night not to be missed!

Buy Tickets to Les Miserables in Kingston, Ontario

Friday, May 10, 2013

Buy Tickets to A Midsummer Night's Dream

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Bottle Tree Productions summer performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream runs from Tuesday July 2nd until Saturday July 6th at 8 pm. The play is directed by award-winning actor and director; Hannah Smith. The play takes place at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Kingston's down town on Princess Street.  

Written by the world's most famous playwright; William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream has to be seen on stage and not studied in the classroom. The Magic, Comedy and Romance only comes out in live performance. The beautiful music for this production was written by Felix Mendelssohn.

While away a magical summer evening at St Andrew's with some of Kingston's finest actors.

Suitable for the whole family, as this popular play is easily understood and enjoyed in performance.

St Andrew's offers a beautiful performance space and the wonderful acoustics will enrich the music. Mendelssohn's overture will be played before the show on the church organ.

All the elements of theatre, music and dance make A Midsummer Night's Dream the experience of the summer.

Click on the icon below to buy tickets. Tickets also available at the Visit Kingston Centre in Confederation Basin across from City Hall and at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church at the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets, Mondays to Thursdays during the day.

Eventbrite - A Midsummer Night's Dream

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Indy film Audition

A new Independent short film is auditioning in Kingston. Following is some casting info.
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The roles we are looking for the short film are :

white, 30s chubby build, mama's boy
black, 50-65, thin, cook in a diner
white, 16-23, lanky, runaway
white, 20-40, construction worker

brusk, overweight, waitress, 40-60
skinny mean girls, aged 18-25

father biker look 45-60
mother, waifish, 30-50
son, 4-6
daughter 10-12

for more info please contact crystalthefilm@gmail.com

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Casting A Midsummer Night's Dream Summer of 2013

Director Hannah Smith has cast the following roles in Bottle Tree Productions'; A Midsummer Night's Dream. Nineteen year old Smith has been involved in theatre since she was eight years old. with starring roles in Romeo and Juliet, The Sound of Music, Ghost of the Tree, Miss Julie, Les Mis, The Sound of Music and Grease among her numerous productions.

Below is a video of her rehearsing for the show.

Cast List – Midsummer Night’s Dream
Theseus/Oberon: Jason Shulha
Hippolyta/Titania: Hannah Smith
Egeus/Snout: Rob Bruce

Philostrate: Sarah Hamilton
Hermia: Trina Skanthavarathan
Lysander: Erik Scribner
Demetrius: Justin Robertson
Helena: Amanda Edwards-Brown
Quince: Emily Townshend
Snug: Abby Wilson-Campbell
Bottom: Daryl Notley
Flute: Daniel Smith
Starveling: Morgan Roff
Peaseblossom: Maureen Barnes
Puck: Colby Silva
Cobweb: Evelena Falcao
Mustarseed: Annika Broadhead
Moth: Gia Silva
Attendants: Claire Lapointe, Maddy MacVicar, Maggie Garrison
Huntsmen: Hector Jenkins, Adam Handleman, James Fair