Monday, December 22, 2014

Spring Acting Classes in Kingston

As a resident company of the Grand Theatre, we have a number of productions lined up on the main stage and in the Baby Grand Studio. We prefer, when we have child or teenager roles in our musicals or plays to use our own acting students. The reason for this is simple. We know them. We know what they can do and we see how well they work with others and how well-behaved they are. There are other very good acting schools in Kingston but for our purposes, for our shows, we will support our students in leading roles, The other acting schools can do the same thing for their students. Because we are a resident company at the Grand Theatre our final performance of the acting classes will be upstairs at the Baby Grand Studio. When children of similar ability come to audition it makes sense for us to cast the kids that we know just as it would make sense for any other company to do the same. When a director auditions actors for a role in a production he or she is always taking a risk. The actors have to get along with each other for two months or more and it is not easy so we like to use kids we know that have talent and character.

Our production of A Christmas Carol
Our spring acting classes start up again Saturday May 18th.

Saturday morning our Stage Right Junior class for 6-10 years old runs from 10 am - 11 am. From 11 am to 12:30 pm it is our intermediate classes which consists of 11-12 years old. Our teen class runs for ninety minutes from 1 pm until 2:30 pm.

For further information please go to Spring Acting Classes

Or you can purchase a class on our secure link below.


Stage Right






Baby Grand Studio

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Into The Woods JR.

Bottle Tree Productions has obtained the rights from Music Theatre International to perform Into The Woods JR at the  Baby Grand Theatre in down town Kingston May 7th-9th.
It is our Musical Theatre Class Production. Classes start in January. To register please go to Register Online

Into The Woods JR.


Book by  James Lapine 
Music and Lyrics by  Stephen Sondheim 
Based on classic fairy tales 

1 Act, Book Musical, Rated G 
Broadway Junior Version 

The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make. (60 Minute Version for Young Performers)

The Brothers Grimm "go Broadway" as Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale in Into The Woods JR., an adaptation of one of Sondheim’s most popular works designed especially for young performers.

All of your favorite characters—Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and the Witch—meet and interact in this whimsical original story. The musical centers on a baker and his wife who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the king's festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

With unforgettable roles, little dancing, and no chorus, Into The Woods JR. showcases a medium-sized ensemble of talented singers and actors. The sophisticated score has been adapted to make it easier – though still challenging –for young performers. Into The Woods JR. is a funny and engaging way to get young people to think about the stories with which they've grown up and the ethical issues raised therein.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Contemporary Monologues

Contemporary monologues can showcase the range of emotions in ways a teen or young adult can identify with. Bottle Tree Productions has a number of great contemporary monologues for young men and women which are suitable for auditioning with.

Ghost of the Tree has several monologues which are suitable for young women. Ghost of the Tree is a psychological and historical mystery that deals with seven generations of women going from a pregnant homeless teen back through history to the root cause of the family's tragedy.

Pretty Pieces is a powerful tale of madness, of a brother and sister trying to fit the pieces of their life together. Sometimes, closed doors should be left closed. Great monologues for young people

Demons of the Mind is the story of a young mother who descends into madness and kills her children. A terrifying story of possession. Talia Pura has constructed a dark fable for our modern times.

Tio's Blues is the story of a misfit romance that goes terribly wrong. Poetic and powerful; from the pen of Evan Guilford-Blake Tio's Blues takes you on a dark journey into tragedy.

AKA Jason by Marianne Miller is a funny story of a low-achieving young man on a break at a call centre. Wise and humorous, this play is a view from the bottom looking up in an outsourced business.

For great monologues for that next audition go to contemporary.monologues

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Swordplay and Sweet Words – Cyrano is Sure to Please

Kingston, ON – Bottle Tree Productions' presentation of Cyrano is sure to please audiences of all ages. Three actors perform fourteen roles in this one-act play at The Baby Grand from Nov. 26-29.

Playwright Jo Roets has created a masterful adaptation of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmund Rostand. His play is accessible for all while remaining a pleasurable challenge for the actors. Leading man, Martin Fobert (Cyrano) says, “I love this script. Every time I go over it, I am seeing added meaning, and different ways that things can be done to lead the audience in one direction or another. It's a terrific piece of writing.”

Director Amie Bello says, “I see a Commedia dell'arte aspect to this piece which is exciting to bring out. While we are not using masks, per se, the actors have to portray many characters and situations, and the changes are all done right in front of the audience. It showcases the ability of these actors and it is very entertaining to watch.”


As well as strong writing and acting, the story is helped along by the use of live Foley sound – performed on stage as a feature of the show. Foley, also known as sound effects, is normally associated with movies or radio plays, but in this case it is creatively used to help the audience become completely immersed in the play. Hannah Smith (Roxanne) says, “I've always thought that being a Foley artist would be fun. This is great fun and the audience will love it. I am very busy with Foley and sometimes it's a challenge to keep up, which is exciting and also terrifying! ”

Justin Robertson, who has the most character changes of the three, says, “It is challenging to change from character to character. Sometimes, I have literally the amount of time that it takes to turn around to change from DeGuiche (the self-centered, cynical count) to Christian (the apple of Roxanne's eye). I am loving it.”

Producer Anne Marie Mortensen, notes that this show is excellent for everyone. “It is accessible and has lots of humour mixed with the pathos. Everyone will understand it. It is a bit like watching Bugs Bunny – young people understand it on a certain level, and adults understand it in a more sophisticated way - but everyone enjoys it.”


Cyrano runs November 26 through November 29 at the Baby Grand. Curtain is 7:30 nightly, with a 3:00 matinee on Saturday the 29th. Tickets may be purchased through the Grand Theatre Box Office. 613-530-2050 kingstongrand.ca

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Best in Music and Theatre




As the new resident theatre company at the Grand Theatre, Bottle Tree Productions has three great shows lined up for November and December at the Grand Theatre in downtown Kingston.

First up on Saturday, November 8th at 7:30 pm is the fabulous Bobby Show; a blast from the past with musical hits from the 50's and 60's. Smooth, suave and sophisticated this show promises to have you dancing in the aisles!

Then we have riveting theatrical entertainment starring three of Kingston's top young actors in Cyrano by Jo Roets. Martin Fobert stars as the tragic Cyrano and Justin Robertson plays the handsome Christian while multi-award winning actor Hannah Smith plays Roxanne; the object of their affections. Directed by Amie Bello. November 26th-29th at 7:30 pm in the Baby Grand Studio upstairs in the Grand Theatre. There will also be a Saturday afternoon at 3 pm on the 29th. It promises to be an intimate and exciting night of theatre.

In December we bring the Holiday Classic; A Christmas Carol to the main stage at The Grand Theatre. It is the Broadway musical version of the miserly Ebeneezer Scrooge who thinks Christmas is nothing but a humbug! Featuring great songs and big dance numbers and a cast of 60 local performers, this emotional story of redemption is just what the doctor ordered to lift your spirits during the Holiday Crunch. The show runs Thursday to Saturday at 7:30 pm with a Saturday matinee at 2 pm.

Get your tickets while you can at the Grand Theatre Box Office at 218 Princess Street in Down Town Kingston. Phone 613-530-2050 or email grandtheatre2@cityofkingston.ca

You can check out details of these upcoming shows at Bottle Tree Productions





Saturday, October 11, 2014

Michael K Myers leads the Bobby Show into the Grand Theatre

Michael K Myers leads the Real Gone Cats into the Grand Theatre, Saturday November 8th at 7:30 pm to perform the hit 50's and 60's nostalgia show; The Bobby Show. The rest of the veteran band members are Tim Hallman, Bob Aldridge and Gary Barratt. As of Saturday October 11th the band has already sold 430 tickets for the show so book your tickets now because it looks like it will be sold out and the house will be rocking!

Seats in the balcony still available.

"Smooth, suave and sophisticated" -- The Bobby Show brings you the best of the 'Bobby' crooners from the 1950's and 1960's with this brilliantly conceived production. Sit back and enjoy your favourite hits and stories about the famous 'Bobbys' - Darin, Vee, Helms, Curtola, Goldsboro, Vinton and more.
Hear songs like 'Blue Velvet', 'Sway, 'My Special Angel', 'Beyond the Sea', 'Mack the Knife', 'Rockin' Robin' and 'Volare' last done in Kingston in a sold-out premier performance. This is the show that you have been waiting for!

From the Grand Theatre website

For a night of sheer musical escapism and enjoyment  Buy tickets to The Bobby Show and bring your dancing shoes!




Monday, September 22, 2014

Cyrano at the Baby Grand

A story of of unrequited love, passion and ultimately tragedy,


Bottle Tree Productions presents Cyrano by Jo Roets at the Baby Grand Theatre at 218 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario. Nov 26, 27, 28, 29 (Wed through Sat) at 7:30 pm with a Saturday matinee Nov 29th at 3 pm.

Justin Robertson, Hannah Smith, Martin Fobert


Directed by Aimie Bello and starring Martin Fobert, Justin Robertson and Hannah Smith

Taken from the classic 1897 French play “Cyrano de Bergerac” by Edmond Rostand, Belgian playwright Jo Roets’ creates a slimmed down version of the classic tale, with only three actors playing all the parts in this charming adaptation. The play is based on the real-life 17th century poet and swordsman of the same name.

The story; Cyrano loves the beautiful Roxanne. He is a gifted man of substance who possesses great virtue and talent. He has everything going for him but for a huge physical flaw, a very large nose. Because of this, he fears revealing his love to her because he doesn't think she could ever get past his looks to love him. He also knows she loves the handsome Christian. Cyrano befriends Christian, who similarly feels inadequate. While Christian’s defining features are his good looks, he too has a big flaw. He lacks intelligence. He is totally unable to verbalize his thoughts and feelings to Roxanne. He asks the literate Cyrano to write love letters to her for him. Cyrano agrees and so the story unfolds.

An entertaining feature of “Cyrano” is the use of unique sound effects onstage-delivered in original and delightful ways by each of the characters as the scenes require.

A wonderful retelling of the Beauty and the Beast myth.

The Baby Grand Theatre is located upstairs in The Grand Theatre building.

Tickets are $25 plus handling fee and HST. Seating is general admission. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Grand Theatre Box Office at 218 Princess Street. Phone: 613-530-2050 Email grandtheatre2@cityofkingston.ca
website kingstongrand.ca

To purchase tickets please go to Cyrano

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Last Bullet


Roxanne Jaeckel as Holly Meacher in The Last Bullet















The Last Bullet by Charles Robertson and directed by Maz Siam (Argo, 
Grey's Anatomy,The Mentalist) opened at the PLAY Noire Festival at the Actor's 
Workshop Studio in North Hollywood. A dark story of crime starring Rich Cassone and Roxanne Jaekel.

About

An evening of Film Noir inspired one-act plays taking place against the backdrop of the City of Angels. Season Three premieres September 12, 2014.
Description
P L.A.Y Noir is an evening of six short plays, revolving around classic noir themes of greed, lust, and betrayal. With the City of Angels as its backdrop, P L.A.Y Noir’s tales will transport the audience back to Hollywood’s Golden Age, where they'll encounter hardboiled detectives, double-crossing femme fatales, unscrupulous villains and plenty of intrigue.

Opens September 12, 2014 at the Actor’s Workout Studio in North Hollywood, and runs through October 5, 2014. Showtimes at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays at 2 p.m.
 
Also; Charles' one act play; Ghost of the Tree directed by Lynne Rafter and starring Mackenzie Gruer opens Monday September 22nd in Toronto at the Amsterdam Bicycle Club at 54 the Esplanade. 

4735 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602, United States

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August Newsletter/2014


Charles and I have a lot of news to share with you this month. 

First and foremost, we are happy to announce that we are now designated as Company in Residence at The Grand Theatre. Our productions and end-of-session shows will be held at The Grand Theatre. We are fortunate to work with other theatre professionals at the city’s premiere venue, and we are excited to share that enriched environment with our acting students and with our pool of community performers.  Our studio space ( for classes and rehearsals) continues to be up the street from the Grand, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. 

We are thrilled to announce that Amie E. Bello is joining 'The Bottle Tree Family' as Acting Instructor, and we are excited to introduce two brand-new artists to the Kingston community; Choreographer Sasha French, and Music Director Darrell Bryan.

Amie E. Bellis a familiar face on stage in KingstonShe has performed and directed with many of our local theatre and musical theatre companies. You may have seen her on stage at The Grand as Mama Rose in Gypsy, or in Les Miserables as Mme. Thenardier. Amie received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance from the University of Findlay, in Findlay, Ohio. She also earned a Bachelor of Education degree from Queen’s University in the Artist in Community Education track. We are fortunate to have someone of Amie's calibre teaching classes for us this year. We look forward to giving our students meaningful new opportunities in theatre! Read about Amie http://www.bottletreeinc.com/amie_e_bello.html

Shasha French holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Florida. She has spent the last five years between dance communities in the Southern states, teaching as adjunct faculty and guest artist at two Tampa area colleges working and producing at the American Dance Festival, creating new work for her own company, HEMISPHERE dance, and performing with Moving Current Dance Collective and American Stage. We look forward to some exciting choreography in our upcoming production of A Christmas Carol!  Read about Sasha http://bottletreeinc.blogspot.ca/2014/08/sasha-french.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BottleTreeProductionsBlog+%28Bottle+Tree+Productions+Blog%29

Darrell Bryan hails from the UK and has over 15 years' experience as a performer, educator, and conductor. He has studied at Keele University (UK) and York University (Ontario), and holds  a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Music Education. He has an extensive background in musical direction for theatre, and in both orchestral and vocal conducting, that spans three continents. Darrell has recently been appointed Artistic Director of The Kingston Townsmen and Musical Director of Cookes'-Portsmouth United Church. We are very happy to have him on board!  Read about Darrell http://www.bottletreeinc.com/darrell_bryan.html

ACTING CLASSES - REGISTER NOW for Fall session http://www.bottletreeinc.com/acting_classes.html
    - session starts Sept. 20
    - end of class shows at The Baby Grand
    - classes for age 6-10, 11&12, and teens

DANCE AUDITIONS for A Christmas Carol http://www.bottletreeinc.com/auditions.html
    - looking for females, 14-24 for our dance chorus

TICKETS NOW ON SALE - The Bobby Show http://kingstongrand.ca/event/bobby-show
    - all of your favourite 'Bobby' singers of the 50's and 60's, their hits and stories 
    - Bobby Darin, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Rydell, Bobby Vee and others ("Beyond the Sea" "Blue Velvet" "Volare" many many more!)
    - one night only - sold out last time performed in Kingston! 
    - proceeds to support our Christmas community theatre production of A Christmas Carol

UPDATED website front page http://www.bottletreeinc.com
    - site renovations underway, you should not notice any disruptions in the use of our site


We hope that you have had a happy and relaxing summer, and we look forward to seeing you at our classes and events. Please forward this email to anyone who may be interested - we are always happy to make new friends!

Warm regards

Anne Marie and Charles

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sasha French

Sasha French Dancing

Bottle Tree Productions is pleased to welcome American dancer and choreographer; Sasha French to the fold. she will be the dance instructor and choreographer for our Christmas production of A Christmas Carol at The Grand Theatre December 18th to the 20th. The show has several big dance numbers that will add visual excitement to this wonderful tale of redemption. 

Sasha French is a constant work in progress.  Born and raised in the Florida Keys, she spent her formative years studying concert piano with Ignacio Diaz Gravier and others.   French  went on to receive a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida.  From 2004-2009 she performed with the Florida MOD Project, taught/performed works by Shapiro & Smith Dance, The Neta Dance Company, T'che T'che Dance Company, and Incidents Physical Theatre, choreographed for the Florida Players, and interned at Fine Arts Magnet Schools.  In 2008 she self-produced an evening length work entitled "I Married Adventure" (excerpts of which traveled to the Joyce SoHO and other New York, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida locations).  Hailed by Mia Leonin (Knight Arts Foundation) as "Gratifying to watch..." her work invokes a sense of intimate familiarity within the observer.  From 2009-2014, French spent time between dance communities in the Southern states, teaching as adjunct faculty and guest artist at two Tampa area colleges, working and producing at    the American Dance Festival, creating new work for her own company,    HEMISPHERE dance, and performing with Moving Current Dance     Collective and American Stage. The creation of art is her                       passionate dedication and she is deathly afraid of spiders.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Acting Classes-Fall session 2014


Does your child make up little shows at home? Does your child look for attention at home and school? Does your child seem shy and socially awkward. Does he or she have a learning disability? Does your child's participation in sports seem to be a disaster?

These are common questions that find their answer in theatre. Though they come for different reasons and from different backgrounds, the common goal of putting on a show makes each individual in an acting class into a team and as a team, they learn to move mountains. Each accomplishment in a child's life is a building block for success in the future as an adult. Theatre transforms kids in so many ways. It teaches them valuable life lessons. The self-discipline needed for theatre transforms well into every other facet of life. For instance; dyslexic kids learn that words can become their friends rather than their enemies.

Bottle Tree Productions has been running acting classes for the last 8 years. We just finished our summer musical theatre camp production of Peter Pan and we are now excited about our upcoming fall classes.

Bottle Tree Productions starts its Fall session of acting classes Saturday ,September 20th at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church on the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets in down town Kingston. Our Stage Right Acting Classes are a great way to learn the fun and fundamentals of theatre. Live theatre is a great way for kids to learn to express themselves, develop their reading skills, learn social skills, find great friends, improve their public speaking skills, improve their grades at school, and to learn what it takes to succeed in show business.

Saturday morning our Stage Right Junior class for 6-10 years old runs from 10 am - 11 am. From 11 am to 12:30 pm it is our intermediate classes which consists of 11-12 years old. Our teen class runs for ninety minutes from 1 pm until 2:30 pm.

For further information please go to Acting Classes in the Fall

Or you can purchase a class on our secure paypal link below.




Acting Classes

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Peter Pan flies into St Andrews Presbyterian Church

The Bottle Tree Productions Musical Theatre Class presents the Disney Jr version of Peter Pan-the story of a boy who never wants to grow up and his adventures with pirates, crocodiles, mermaids, lost boys and Native Americans. The Darling family; Wendy, John and Michael, learn to fly and join Peter in his battle against the evil Captain Hook and his slimy side-kick; Smee. With great songs to enchant the young and the young at heart, this production takes place Friday July 18th at 2 pm in the hall at St Andrews at the corner of Princess and Clergy streets. Admission is free! kids of all ages welcome. The cast runs in age from 8-14 and have learned what it is like to work as a team to put their talents on stage. Our musical theatre classes are a great way to build talent, team work and self-esteem. For futher information about our musical theatre and acting classes go to Bottle Tree Acting Classes

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

The Bobby Show at the Grand Theatre

Bottle Tree Productions presents THE BOBBY SHOW at the Grand Theatre

"Smooth, suave and sophisticated" -- The Bobby Show brings you the best of the 'Bobby' crooners from the 1950's and 1960's with this brilliantly conceived production. Sit back and enjoy your favourite hits and stories about the famous 'Bobbys' - Darin, Vee, Helms, Curtola, Goldsboro, Vinton and more.

Hear songs like 'Blue Velvet', 'Sway, 'My Special Angel', 'Beyond the Sea', 'Mack the Knife', 'Rockin' Robin' and 'Volare' last done in Kingston in a sold-out premier performance. This is the show that you have been waiting for!


Members of the band are Mike Myers as lead singer, Tim Hallman as musical director and on keyboard, Bob Arlidge on bass and Gary Barratt on drums

Saturday November 8th @ 7:30 pm


To purchase tickets please go to

http://kingstongrand.ca/event/bobby-show 


From a review by social media journalist Christine Bode

Watch out Michael BublĂ©! Smooth, suave, sophisticated, 60ish Michael K. Myers is a charismatic crooner, who after spending 40 years playing music might just have hit his stride and caught a wave to glory with his brilliantly conceived and orchestrated The Bobby Show!
The Bobby Show debuted last night to a sold out room at The Wellington Street Theatre and left an audience full of fans of the great “Bobby” singers of the late 50’s and early 60’s smiling from ear to ear and showing their appreciation for a superb night of entertainment with a standing ovation.
Written by Kingston, Ontario songwriter and performer Michael K. Myers who sang lead vocals and played guitar for 95% of the show, and joined by his seasoned band The Real Gone CatsTim Hallman (music director, keyboards),Gary Barratt (drums, percussion), and Bob Arlidge (electric bass, stand-up bass) – The Bobby Show is a night of nostalgic hits from “Bobby” singers Bobby Vee, Bobby Darin, Bobby Helms, Bobby Day, Bobby Sherman, Bobby Vinton, Bobby Curtola, Bobby Goldsboro, and Bobby Rydell that will appeal to not only my parents’ generation, but mine as well.
Myers, whose musical inspirations include Burt BacharachLennon & McCartney, and Rodgers and Hart has experience performing music in almost every genre including rock ’n ’roll, country & western, jazz and pop. He’s a skillful guitarist, witty and warm public speaker, and his tenor voice is clear, powerful and as delicious to the ears as Baileys to the tongue.
The band had to come back after their standing ovation and we were gifted with Bobby Freeman’s Do You Wanna Dance?
Did I?! You bet! If The Bobby Show doesn’t put a spark in your shoes, I don’t know what will. Encore, encore!!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Christmas Carol at the Grand Theatre, Kingston, Ontario

Tickets now on sale!


A Christmas Carol (Broadway) is a spectacular adaptation of Charles Dickens's most well known story. Proving its staying power with a decade long run at Madison Square Garden.


Bottle Tree Productions is now a Theatre in Residence at the Grand Theatre. Their first big musical at The Grand Theatre will be A Christmas Carol


Thurs., Dec. 18 - Sat., Dec. 20 @ 7:30pm
Matinee Performance Sat., Dec 20 @ 2:00pm
Tickets $38.75 (+HST and Box Office charges)


Tickets available at the Grand Theatre Box Office at 218 Princess Street in Kingston, Ontario. Phone 613-530-2050 or go online at http://kingstongrand.ca/event/christmas-carol-musical


A Christmas Carol (Broadway)
Music by  Alan Menken
Lyrics by  Lynn Ahrens
Book by  Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens
Based on the story by Charles Dickens
Directed by Charles Robertson
Musical Direction by Daryl Bryan
Produced by Anne Marie Mortensen


One Act, Book Musical, Rated G
Original Radio City Entertainment/
Madison Square Garden Version

Director Charles Robertson said that “Years ago Dramatic Impact did  A
Christmas Carol at the Grand. It had been a Christmas Tradition for a number of years with Dennis Curtis as Scrooge It was a magical show that opened up to me the possibilities of theatre. Performances like that make theatre a wonderful experience for the young and the young at heart.”


“We are delighted to be opening up with Christmas Carol at the Regina Rosen Auditorium” said company founder and producer; Anne Marie Mortensen. “Over the last 8 years, we have produced a tremendous number of shows-from very small to quite large. I can’t possibly remember how many exactly. But we have had great success with our musicals. Cats directed by Ebon Gage, Les Miserables directed by myself and The Sound of Music directed by my Bottle Tree partner Charles Robertson.


Why the Grand Theatre? “A Christmas Carol is the quintessential story of a man finding the meaning behind the season. "Peace on earth, goodwill toward man" (especially the goodwill part!) is what Scrooge ends up learning and longing for. His redemption is a story that everyone can identify with. We all have moments of miserliness where we think less generously of others than we ought to - but at Christmas time especially, we try hard to overcome the baser emotions and bring forth a feeling of generosity. Scrooge has to learn this lesson in a way that is harder than most, but it makes  his reform that much more poignant. We are able to bring this familiar fare to our audience in a format that has never been  done in Kingston - as a piece of musical theatre.”


Why should people go? “First and foremost; Alan Menken’s music is tremendous. The story is fabulous. Everyone knows it. You can bring your kids. It gets to the heart about what Christmas is all about. Before Charles Dickens wrote Christmas Carol, people did not exchange gifts, did not have a day off work, did not give to the poor. Christmas Carol is about one day to remember the best of mankind. In Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is transformed from mean and miserly to warm, giving and kind. Its wonderful stuff.  Great songs, dancing and acting will make this show a Christmas highlight. Musicals are a tremendous amount of work but seeing the pleasure it gives to audiences is all worth it.”


A brief summary of the show.


Ebenezer Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge summates his feelings of Christmas tidings and charitable giving, but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his Past, Present, & Future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.


For further information
email info (at) bottletreeinc.com

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Summer Musical Theatre Camps 2014

Want something fun for the kids this summer? Sign up with Bottle Tree Productions Musical theatre camps. The first two-week camp will be devoted to performing in the musical Peter Pan. In two weeks, with a little help from Tinkerbell and her fairy dust, your child will be starring in the junior version of Peter Pan as he or she learns to act, sing and dance, as they develop the skills to wow an audience.

The next two week course will feature the junior version of the Broadway musical Honk! which is an updated version of the Hans Christian Anderson's beloved fairy tale; The Ugly Duckling. Lots of fun parts. For more information about Honk! please go to About the musical Honk!

As well as developing their performing skills, your child will develop self-confidence as they surmount the challenges involved in putting on a musical. Self confidence carries over into all facets of life, including school and social situations. 

We also have available a fun, one-week acting camp starting June 30th. 

For more information about our programs please go to

Acting Classes

or

Summer Camps

You can pay for classes below.
Musical Theatre Camp Monday July 7 - Friday July 18 - Peter Pan (two weeks) ages 8 - 16 ($425 + HST = $480.25)
- participate in a musical theatre production of Peter Pan
- roles for everyone! Sing dance and act your heart out!
- includes performace DVD
9am - 4pm daily, before/after care possible (extra fees apply)


Peter Pan Musical Theatre Camp

Musical Theatre Camp Monday July 21 - Friday August 1 - HONK! The Musical (two weeks) ages 8 - 16 ($425 + HST = $480.25)
- participate in a musical theatre production of HONK! (the Ugly Duckling Musical)


Honk! Musical Theatre Camp


Acting Camp Monday June 30 - Friday July 4 (one week) for ages 8 - 16 ($225 + HST = $254.25)
- create characters, costumes, scenes to build toward a final performance for Friday afternoon
- any or no acting experience necessary
- play and learn with us!
- includes performance DVD
9am - 4pm daily, before/after care possible (extra fees apply)

Summer Acting Camp 2014