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.

Rising Star Hannah Smith In A Free Performance Of Ghost Of The Tree


In Celebration of International Women’s Week


Ghost of the Tree

at The Wellington Street Theatre

Sunday, March 7th at 2:00 p.m.

In conjunction with International Women’s Day; We don’t Stop.
Bottle Tree Productions
is presenting Charles Robertson’s
‘Ghost of the Tree’

This one act play about seven generations of women has won several awards across Ontario and has been featured at The Ontario Housing Conference in Peterborough and at a national conference on gender violence in Kingston. The story follows seven generations of women trapped in a doomed family tree. A young homeless girl, pregnant, arrives at the home she grew up in. It is empty. Slowly the audience is taken back in time to uncover the family secrets that have shaped these women’s lives.

Hannah Smith (Mrs. Lovett in Bottle Tree Productions’ Sweeney Todd) and
Megan Ready-Walters (Joanna in Sweeney Todd) star.

For further info call 613-542-0070 or 613-384-8433.


I have seen Hannah Smith star in Bottle Tree Productions’ Miss Julie and Sweeney Todd and I have to say that she is the best young actor from Kingston, ON since Mackenzie Gruer. She stood out well above the rest of the cast of Sweeney Todd with her remarkable talent, both as an actor and as a singer. She’s got what it takes to be a very successful working actor!

I have also seen Ghost of the Tree on a couple of occasions (the lead role was originated by Mackenzie Gruer) and it is an excellent play and the perfect showcase for a very capable and captivating young female actor such as Hannah Smith. I urge you to enjoy an afternoon of wonderful free theatre at The Wellington Street Theatre this Sunday!

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Comes To Kingston!

Johnny Depp & Helena-Bonham Carter in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd

Bottle Tree Productions

The first performance in Kingston!


The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

The School edition

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler

Directed by Anne Marie Mortensen
Choreography by Chelsea Swain
Stage Manager Judy Roberts

The recent Tim Burton movie starred Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter as the partners in gore. Adam Eliot and Hannah Smith lend their gifted voices to the merchants of mayhem. Anton Kaduck is a revelation as the hanging judge. Megan Ready-Walters and her sweet soprano voice makes her the perfect ingénue. The Gothic church that is The Wellington Street Theatre is the perfect environment for Fleet Street and its sordid neighbourhood. Adam Eliot’s Sweeney Todd arrives back in England after being unjustly sentenced for crimes he did not commit. All he ever loved has been taken from him and he is looking for revenge. He falls in with Hannah Smith’s Mrs. Lovett, and between them they go on a murderous spree, which ultimately consumes them in the fires of hate.

Sweeney Todd has been regarded for years more as urban legend than actual real-life flesh and bones. Cheap sordid novels in the early eighteen hundreds chilled and thrilled English readers. Sweeney Todd was the Freddy Kruger, the zombie horde, the vampire of his time. Some evidence exists to suggest that Mister Todd did himself exist. Sondheim and Wheeler have given Sweeney more noble cause for what he is driven to do, more noble than the avarice and greed accorded him by earlier writers, but in the end the result is the same.

Sondheim’s brilliant, complicated music and Hugh Wheeler’s clever script are complicit in providing a great night’s entertainment.

Show dates:

February 25, 26, 27 – Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 General admission

At The Wellington Street Theatre, 126 Wellington Street, Kingston, Ontario


Phone: 613-542-0070

Grand Theatre Box Office, 218 Princess Street

Phone: 613-530-2050

Box Office open Mondays-Saturdays from 12 noon to 6 p.m.