Bottle Tree Productions Presents The Sound Of Music!

Justin Robertson is playing Rolf. Savannah Kimmerer & Maureen Barnes are sharing the role of Liesl.

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release: July 11/2012

Kingston, ON: Bottle Tree Productions presents The Sound of Music at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 130 Clergy Street, at the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets.

Bottle Tree Productions is pleased to announce they have secured the rights to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music.

Dates: December 13th until the 22nd; Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30 pm.

At St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Tickets available at the Grand Theatre Box Office: 613-530-2050 located at 218 Princess Street, Kingston, Ontario

Email: grandtheatre2@cityofkingston.ca

While the critics were initially lukewarm to this ‘saccharine’ musical, the world has since fallen in love with the von Trapp family story.  A true-life story based on the memoirs of Maria von Trapp, opens on the eve of the Second World War in Austria.  Austria is under the influence of Nazi Germany and the country is quickly becoming militarized.  The filmed version of The Sound of Music helped cement Julie Andrews’ status as a star.  Canada’s own Christopher Plummer played the strict Captain von Trapp, whose love of music had died with the death of his first wife.  Plummer’s Captain von Trapp forbids his seven children from practicing music.  Into this unhappy family comes a breath of fresh air.  A high-spirited young nun by the name of Maria is sent by the mother superior to further her religious education by acting as governess to the rebellious von Trapp children.  They had previously sent many governesses packing.  Maria brings music back into their lives.

At the end of the musical, the von Trapp family escapes from Austria through the Alps and bring their music to the world.

Featuring songs such as Do-Re-Mi, My Favourite Things, Climb Ev’ry Mountain, The Sound of Music, Sixteen Going on Seventeen and Edelweiss.

For more info contact:

Bottle Tree Productions
445 Southwood Drive
Kingston, ON K7M 5P8
613-384-8433

a.mortensen@bottletreeinc.com

www.bottletreeinc.com

Contact: Anne Marie Mortensen or Charles Robertson

Bottle Tree Productions Presents: Cinderella – A Christmas Pantomime!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 6th, 2011
Kingston, Ontario

Bottle Tree Productions presents

CINDERELLA – A CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME

Saturday, Dec. 17th @ The Kingston Christian School: matinee 3pm; evening 7 pm tickets $10/children, $12/seniors, $15/adults

Sunday, Dec. 18th @ L’Octave Theatre: Matinee 3pm; evening 7pm, tickets $10/children, $12/seniors, $15/adults

Our holiday offering for 2011 is Cinderella, a tried and true favourite for people of all ages. This fast-paced pantomime is Cinderella with a twist – the Prince is afflicted by a serious condition that only true love can cure!  Familiar characters of the stepmother and stepsisters conspire against Cinderella and she is helped by her Fairy Godmother.  Come see what’s happening at the Palace Ball!

This version of Cinderella was adapted for the stage by Charles Robertson with music and lyrics by popular local musician Michael K Myers.

This year, it’s a family affair!  The talented MacPherson brothers, John and Ian, have already recently starred in two big musicals in Kingston.  John starred in the Kinsmen Production of Footloose where he starred as Ren while Ian played the Artful Dodger in the Meistersingers production of Oliver!  The boys hail from Napanee.

Sara Sturgeon and her brother Eric Sturgeon also recently appeared in Oliver!

Director Anne Marie Mortensen of her experience with Oliver! said, “Ian, Sara and Eric were great to work with.  We feel very lucky to have them perform in Cinderella.  They are very dedicated young actors.  And what’s more to have such a talented young actor as John involved in the show is great.”

Anne Marie’s son Daniel also had played in Oliver!  Her daughter Hannah will add to the festivities by singing before the show.  She recently starred in KCVI’s musical Blood Brothers as Mrs. Johnson.

Co-director Charles Robertson commented that, “Both Daniel and Hannah are very dedicated and talented kids in acting and singing.  They are also extremely high achievers in academics. They have a great work ethic.”  He went on to say, “Each theatrical production creates its own family where oftentimes life-long friendships are formed.  There are never friendships anywhere else like those that are made in theatre.  For a show to work, actors and crew need to be able to trust each other; to be able to pull together as a team.  I think that after a show is done, many performers feel a great sense of loss.  But while it lasts, it’s a wonderful family to belong to.”

Anne Marie Mortensen (Oliver!) and Charles Robertson (Romeo and Juliet) co-direct this family-friendly pantomime version of Cinderella, the rags to riches story of a kind young girl forced to work from morning ‘til night by her mean stepsisters and stepmother.  Forced to wear rags and to sleep not in a bed but by the fireplace, she dreams of meeting the handsome Prince Charming.

But Prince Charming has problems of his own.  Prince Charming has no charm. He is a nerd. Boy is he a nerd!  A fun-filled treat for the whole family! Starring John Macpherson (Ren in Footloose) as the shy and awkward prince, and Sara Sturgeon (Oliver!) as the beautiful and kind-hearted Cinderella. Other cast members include John Farant as the malpractice-waiting-to-happen, Doctor Doc and Khira Wieting and Daniel Powell as the ugly stepsisters.  Try to guess which stepsister is really a girl.  Bryden Trapp is their conniving mother.  Ian Macpherson who starred as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! plays the long suffering servant to the prince.  The boot scene alone is worth the price of admission.

Allyson Foster plays the beautiful Fairy Godmother who has a few magic tricks up her sleeve.  Daniel Smith and Meg Morgan play the king and queen.  Catchy songs and silly dialogue make this a light treat for the Holiday season.  Ian Lamb, Eric Sturgeon, and Ted Mathers also star.  No actors, animals or pumpkins were harmed in this production.  Stage managed by Claire Morgan.  For more information and to purchase tickets please go to www.bottletreeinc.com.

Pre-show entertainment will feature songs by 18 year-old Hannah Smith, who teams up with Alex Whitehead. Her great contralto voice is sure to leave you wanting more.

Bottle Tree Productions contact info: www.bottletreeinc.com or http://bottletreeinc.blogspot.com
or call us at 613-384-8433

FOR MORE INFORMATION, TO BUY TICKETS, or to FIND OUT ABOUT PROGRAM ADVERTISING:

http://www.bottletreeinc.com/cinderella_2011.html

Wellington Street Theatre Presents Beauty and the Beast for One Performance Only on July 27th!

One performance only!

The Wellington Street Theatre Project presents Beauty and the Beast at Sydenham Street United Church on Wednesday, July 27th at 2 pm.

General seating tickets are $12/per person and are available online at www.wellingtonst.net and www.bottletreeinc.com or at the door.


Beauty and the Beast
has been adapted for the stage by Charles Robertson, with music and lyrics by Michael K. Myers.  This is one of six fairy tales that Robertson and Myers have collaborated on.  These shows have been seen by thousands of kids across Ontario.

Directed by Anne Marie Mortensen and starring Megan Ready-Walters as Beauty.

Beauty’s father is a merchant whose wealth has been stolen by his unscrupulous partners.  Despondent, he seeks shelter during a storm in a magnificent castle.  In this castle lives a fearsome beast who to spare the merchant’s life makes him promise to send his youngest daughter, Beauty, to live with him.  The Beast is actually a handsome prince who has been the victim of a spell by a jealous witch.  In her heart, Beauty holds the key to set him free.

Director Anne Marie Mortensen says,

“Charles and Michael have created a wonderful story for the whole family.  There is comedy with the three clumsy suitors of Beauty and her two sisters.  There is the magic of the Beast’s castle and this is one of the classic romances in literature.”

She went on to say,

“In Megan Ready-Walters, we have a very talented young actress with a marvelous voice. Megan has recently won an award for her acting at the Sears Drama Festival and she was great as Sandy in K.C.V.I.’s ‘Grease.’  Her performance as the beautiful Lucy in Bottle Tree Productions’ ‘Sweeney Todd’ showed off her singing skills.”

For more on The Wellington Street Theatre Project go to www.wellingtonst.net.

The Wellington Street Theatre Project Presents For One Performance Only: 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, 2011 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.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bottletreeinc.com and www.wellingtonst.net 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.’

Director Charles Robertson says, “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.  Robertson went on to say that, “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.”

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