Announcement, Documentary, Drama, Film

HFF (documentary): If I Should Fall Wed 7pm Main Theatre

Given the proximity to Remembrance Day this will be a timely screening about the 22 yr. old fallen Trooper Marc Diab. This documentary is a touching tribute that includes interviews, stories and tragic and candid footage from the front lines of the Afghan war. www.IfIShouldFall.com dir. Brendon Culliton will attend for a Q& A after the film.

I am pleased to advise the family of the late Trooper Marc Diab; parents, Jihan, Hani.  Sisters Jessica and Maya will be attending the showing of “If I Should Fall”.  Also, Cpl Shane Mitchell, who was with Marc when he died will be attending. Shane Mitchell is also from Hamilton.  He is coming courtesy of the Royal Canadian Dragoons to attend. Members of the Hamilton based organization Canadian Heroes will also be in attendance.

Announcement, Children's Programming, Comedy, Drama, Puppets

Children’s Puppet Show — Carlos and His 5 Reasons

Staircase Show Reviewed!

Inspired by a Spanish folk-tale, Carlos and His 5 Reasons is a delightful puppet play in the table-top style, featuring a little boy and the many witches hidden in his home. Join Carlos as he attempts to solve his problems in a rather unconventional manner, and discovers his own resourcefulness in the process. Shadow play and a live music introduction are also included in this magical story.  Carlos and His Five Reasons is based on a traditional folk-tale originally written in Spanish, translated by Barbara Raimondi and edited by Kerry Corrigan, Marie Franek and Helena Adamczyk into a puppet play, featuring a young boy named Carlos, and the six witches that he encounters. The story takes an amusing and light-hearted approach to this tale of a young boy learning to deal with his anger Felt puppets were constructed by Marie Franek and the set was built by Gary Santucci, with props and decoration by Helena Adamczyk and Anne Parker. The play lasts approximately 35 minutes, and is only a little frightening for the wee ones (so far, they’ve all survived!).

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Announcement, Birthday, Improv Comedy, Theatre

Staircase Improv presents FrankenProv Sun Oct 30th at 7:30pm

The Staircase Theatre presents FrankenProv, an improv comedy show based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein, on Sunday October 30th at 7:30pm. Appropriate for all ages, the audience is required to participate in the action as they help decide the fate of the show’s key characters – an obsessed scientist, a village girl, and a manufactured monster. The improvised play will keep you on the edge of your funny bone by creating a monstrosity of comedic proportions.

Staircase Improv is The Staircase Theatre’s professional improv troupe. For more than a decade they have presented an annual Halloween comedy show. FrankenProv is returning to the stage again, but the show is guaranteed to be hilariously different every time!

As a bonus you can catch a screening of the classic Bride of Frankenstein at 5pm the same day. Admission to Bride of Frankenstein is free with your admission FrankenProv

FrankenProv 7:30pm Sunday October 30th). Show lasts about 90 minutes and may include 2 or 3 versions of FrankenProv. Admission $10 cash only (includes admission to 5pm movie). 905.529.3000 for reservations.

 

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Announcement, Birthday, Drama, Film, Science Fiction, Wedding

Sci Fi Sundays Presents Bride of Frankenstein 5pm Oct 30th

Sci Fi Sundays is Hamilton’s nexus where speculation fiction aficionados get together and enjoy science fictiony movies. In celebration of Halloween  Sci Fi Sunday’s members have voted The Bride of Frankenstein as their monthly choice. Bride of Frankenstein is a 1935 black and white classic that follows humans down the path of unintended consequences when they choose science and ignore morality. Not only is The Bride  a science fiction classic but a critically acclaimed masterpiece. It is one the few movies to enjoy a 100% rating on the RT movie site (see here).

Catch The Bride of Frankenstein on the big screen, in real theater seating, on Sunday October 30th at 5pm. Admission is $4/2. If you are planning to see Frankenprov later that night you can enjoy The Bride for free by purchasing your Frankenprov ticket before the movie.

If The Bride is not enough Frankenstuff for one Halloween The Staircase is also putting on The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Frankenstein versus Young Frankenstein and Staircase Improv’s annual smash comedy hit Frankenprov.

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Announcement, Birthday, Children's Programming, Comedy, Drama, Events, Film, Fine Art, Improv Comedy, Literature, Music, Science Fiction, Stand Up Comedy, Theatre, Uncategorized, Wedding, Workshop

Zombie Walk Comes to End at Staircase

It’s time! It’s time! Dust off the old funeral tux and shake out the burial shroud. It’s time to get gorgeous and gory for the 5th Annual Hamilton Zombie Walk and Charity Food Drive (presented by Horror in the Hammer). October 29th @ Gore Park (starting at 2pm).  Join the Hamilton Horde for another year of Halloween horror and help us take a bite out of hunger by bringing a donation of nonperishable food items to Gore Park. All donations will go to support local food bank. Don’t forget to donate some food before you take to the town in search of brains!  WALK ROUTE: Zombies will depart Gore Park around 2pm, shambling North on James St N, down York, and then to Dundurn Castle. FRIGHT NIGHT THEATER: After the walk, come back to The Staircase (27 Dundurn Street North L8R 3C9) for Fright Night Theater and your chance to win zombie prizes.  Admission: $5 zombies, $10 humans. Discounted rate for children. Includes admission to movie. Prize tickets sold separately at The Staircase.

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Announcement, Birthday, Comedy, Drama, Events, Film, Music

Devil’s Ball Costume Party and Fundraiser Oct 29th

4th Annual Fundraiser Costume Party in Support of the Staircase Theatre. Well, guys and ghouls, its that spooky time of the year again where we gather at the theater for fiendish fundraising fun. Last year our event helped fund new speakers for our facility and this year we are aiming to provide new lights for the mainstage theatre. Tickets are $13 or 2/$20 cash only. Call 905-529-3000 for a reservation  Your admission gets you: Live Music, Sexy Dancing, Comedy, A prize laden Costume Contest, 50/50 Draw, Door Prizes, spooky Delicious Snacks and a Cash Bar. Also catch a uper sneak peak of a BRAND NEW feature length horror film (by a very talented Hamilton-based film company) screening through out the night in our theatre space! Our previous years Devil’s Ball Fundraisers were amazingly spooky party-times, and this year will be bigger and better. All proceeds go directly to The Staircase Theatre to support our much beloved venue and its programmes. Check it out on the Facebooks.

 

Announcement, Drama, Fine Art, Theatre

Dracula! October 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd

Black Box Fire opens it’s fifth season on October 14th 2011 with an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic novel Dracula by Steven Dietz. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the story and the legend himself, have captured readers’ and audiences’ fascination alike since 1897 when Stoker’s original novel was published. Experience Dracula’s thrall first hand in the intimate setting of The Staircase Theatre. When the mysterious Count Dracula turns his predatory gaze towards England and onto the lovely and innocent Lucy and Mina, their loved ones must come to their rescue. Doctors Seward and Van Helsing lead the crusade against Dracula to save Lucy and Mina from the horrific fate of joining the un-dead.

Local lawyer brings his work to the stage. Spec Article

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PERFORMANCES:

Friday, October 14th at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 15th at 2pm and 7:30pm

Thursday, October 20th at 7:30pm

Friday, October 21st at 7:30pm

Saturday, October 22nd at 2pm and 7:30pm

TICKETS: $15 Cash ONLY, sold at the door. To reserve tickets email: contact@blackboxfire.com

Announcement, Comedy, Improv Comedy, Music

Musical Improv Comedy Night Sat Oct 8th One Show Only

Hamilton.

You may know it by a few different names (Steel City, The Hammer, H-Town, Toronto-light), but they all stand for one city: a city about to get it’s face melted with some seriously funny musical Improv comedy.

With a killer cast of performers made up of celebrated comedy legends and newer upstarts alike, AND with an incredible live band on hand, Musical Improv Comedy Night in Hamilton (who needs a fancy name when you… can just tell it like it is) is the biggest night of comedy to hit the Hamilton scene since the Pan Am Games stadium debacle (that was kind of comedic, right?). In other words, it’s something you won’t want to miss out on.

So if you like laughing, and if you like great live music, and if you like laughing while enjoying great live music, please grab your friends, your family (14+) and your significant others and make your way to this show on Saturday, October 8th.

You will love it.

Starring (In alphabetical order):

Lauren Ash
Mark Bond (On the piano)
Ashley Botting
Kevin Frank (On the drums)
Chris Leveille
Jordan Markowski
&
Kevin Vidal

Stage Manager:

Andrew Haggith

Where: The Staircase Theatre (27 Dundurn Street North)
When: Saturday, October 8th at 8pm
Tickets: $12

Announcement, Comedy, Drama, Theatre

Psycho Bitch Friday Oct 7th One Show Only

 

Psycho Bitch: The Attack of the One Woman Show on Stigma. Specially mounted for Mental Illness Awareness Week. Catch Hamilton’s only presentation of this award winning one woman show that confronts the stigma of mental illness.  Tamara Lynn Robert wrote this one woman show, because silence, shame and fear still surround mental illness. Robert’s play explores her own internalized stigma that led her to refusing the very treatment that would later save her life. Although it is a very serious topic, Robert speckles her story with humour and engaging story telling.

Performed on stages across the country in summer of 2010, she touched critics and audience alike with her “emotional, raw and genuine performance” (Mooney on Theatre). With one in five Canadians experiencing a mental illness during their lifetime, Robert feels it is crucial that we educate Canadians about mental illness to reduce the stigma associated with the disease that prevents many people from seeking and getting the help they need. Robert strongly believes in the arts as a powerful medium to educate, create change and Psycho Bitch is “certain to delight anyone who believes in the restorative powers of compassion and humour.” (Toronto Sun).

One show only. Adult content

Friday October 7th at 8pm $15/$10