Announcement, Birthday, Science Fiction

Hello MacCloud Server!

staircase.org is pretty old for a webpage. It started around 1996 when the concept of putting a community based theatre and cafe into a desolate hydro transformer substation. The page has always been there. It has lived on the now defunct Hamilton free net. It has been housed on a server at the staircase itself. This had to stop because Cogeco kept cutting the cable line to the building. staircase.org has lived the longest on a bare metal server in Philadelphia. Today we move to a cloud server. It will be painful. Not so much because of the cloud but because of janky wordpress legacies and this operator’s history of last minute survival data management.

Moving a web page to a new server is like moving a house to  a new foundation. Except all the contents of the house are still in the house and cannot be disturbed. 🙂

Announcement, Front Pager, Fund Raiser

THE STAIRCASE ANNUAL NEW YEAR’S EVE BALL! Tickets on Sale Now!

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The Staircase is having it’s New Years Eve Bash again this year. Tuesday December 31st is the date. Full event details are being ironed out and will be posted shortly..the main event will happen from 9pm to 1am.  $35 per person tickets available online through the paypal link below.

This year has a collection of spectacular live entertainment! (we found the dead ones got too smelly by the end of the night last year)..full details will be announced daily but for now we will tease out this tidbit….It’s going to be a great night of dancing and music…..Orange MacFarland, Dave Gould, Stephen fuller will  do crazy danceable jigs & reels with a bit of Rockabilly to boot. Bass, Drums, fiddle and  Mimi Shaw from the HighNote Ramblers to provide a song or two as well... Back by popular demand is our tune dealing songstress dj Dupree filling the space with dancibles from every music genre to get our feet going all night.  As always, there are a cabaret of entertainers in between.

A scrumptious and opulent supply of elegant finger foods to nibble on for the night as you enjoy the staples of every year  Balloon Drop, Champagne toast, Video countdown, party favours, dancing, and our unique quiet zone theatre for chatting with friends and family.

To get your tickets for NYE BASH 2013 Click the link below to get to the paypal link.  Any questions contact Colette at 905.529.3000 or email info@staircase.org

Cash only. Not a kid event. Ask Colette about what we can do to help entertain older kids.



Announcement, Comedy, Improv Comedy

Santa Survivor 2013

Santa Survivor is an irreverent combination of Christmas commercialism and Survivor reality TV show. Watch elves fight for immunity trying to keep their place at Santa’s side in the North Pole. Only one Elf will join Santa on the slay behind all that venison on Christmas Eve.

Kris Kringle will be portrayed by the energetic ginger Matt Bandura. Watch the red bearded menace subject his diminutive workers to an onslaught of improv comedy games. With the audience’s help Mr. Kringle will determine who is the funniest Elf to accompany him on that night of Capitalistic splendour.

Tickets
$10 in advance, $15 at door.
info@staircase.org
905.529.3000

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Announcement, Comedy, Dance, Music, Stand Up Comedy

THE DEVIL’S BALL HALLOWEEN PARTY & FUNDRAISER! SAT OCT 26TH

DevilsBallThe 6th annual Staircase fundraiser The Devil’s Ball returns this year bigger and better.  Tickets are $25 available at The Staircase, by phone and soon online.


Live music with The High Note Ramblers

Sexy DJ’ed Dancing with DJ Dupree

Hosted by stage actress extraordinaire Darla Biccum

Burlesque with Prairie Fire

Demonstrations by Allie Sommerville DanceFusion and Hula hoop with Jennifer Fleming

Comedy with Kristian Reimer
Best Costume Contest with Prizes and celebrity judges Lisa Hepfner (CHCH) Jeff Mahoney (HAMILTON SPEC).
50/50 Draw
Freaky Fingerfoods
Cash Bar
Spooky movies screening in our theatre space though-out the event with your

                                                                                         host, improv star Devlin Bishop

                                                                              Fortune Telling booth with Madame Vulva et al.

LIVE MUSIC WITH THE HIGHNOTE RAMBLERS AS FEATURED AT SUPERCRAWL

HNR Staircase Oct 26 2013The HIGHNOTE RAMBLERS are a rave up alt-country Hamilton band, blending equal parts old soul country and rabble rousing rockabilly.  Pounding out a set of original tunes and ingenious covers, the Rambler’s wear their Americana roots well. The band’s infectious energy and femme fatale sass take you on a joyride to your swinging happy place where time stands still and everything’s alright in the world. Voted one of the top ten highlights at last year’s Supercrawl, they are not to be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

OUR LOVELY HOST FOR THE EVENING DARLA BICCUM

Originally from Saskatchewan, by way of Toronto, Darla now calls Hamilton home. Darla is dynamic performer who has entertained across Canada on the fringe circuit in fishnets as well as on the small screen in Corner Gas and the hit web series inSAYSHAble.

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BURLESQUE WITH PRAIRIE FIRE and COMEDY WITH KRISTIAN REIMER….

A PREVIEW OF THEIR UPCOMING SHOW FROM THE PRAIRIES WITH LOVE

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Fresh from their their sold-out run at the 2013 Edmonton Fringe Festival,

 From The Prairies With Love makes its Hamilton debut to save the world, one show at a time!  Fringe agents perform modern vaudeville with vintage charm: wild, weird and wonderful! Sexy and dangerously eccentric feats of circus, comedy, magic, and music! Shaken, not stirred. World-class acts in an intimate setting.

From The Prairies With Loveis a James Bond-inspired spoof cabaret, featuring veteran Fringe artists from across Canada, including Toronto’s Kristian Reimer (“Super funny!” – Edmonton Journal) and Paul Hutcheson(“Raw talent and personality!” – Edmonton Journal), Regina’s Sharon Nowlan(“Genius, really” – Charlebois Post), and visiting all the way from Seattle,Chris Bange (“Staggeringly impressive” – Charlebois Post). Complete with a local special guest every night! One Show only Sat Nov 2nd 8pm

 

COUNT DEVULA’S THEATRE OF HORRORS

1374336_10153339392190724_526498657_nImprov Superstar Devlin Bishop will entertain us throughout the night with screenings of some of the sexiest and creepiest movies around…just Count Devula’s commentary is worth the price of admission

 

 

 

CELEBRITY COSTUME JUDGES LISA HEPFNER (CHCH) AND JEFF MAHONEY (THE SPEC)

LisaHepfnerL210Lisa Hepfner’s own varied experiences could be the subject of a news story. After high school, Lisa spent a year living and studying in a small French town called Blaye. She later took a year off from undergraduate studies in Political Science and French at the University of Calgary to do volunteer work in Honduras.

She ended up in the capital, Tegucigalpa, with a grassroots women’s movement that was helping raise awareness about women’s rights, health, and violence. Inspired, Lisa developed a project to plant soybeans in the La Mosquitia jungle region to fight malnutrition. She spent months traveling up and down the Patuca River in a pipante (dugout canoe) visiting native villages and showing them various ways to prepare soybeans in meals that complemented the local diet.

Lisa then went to Ryerson University for a post-graduate degree in Journalism, and won her first media industry job as a summer intern at The Edmonton Journal, where she quickly developed a reputation for breaking important local stories and for getting her byline on the front page. After graduation, she was hired at the Hamilton Spectator. Her writing appeared all over the paper — from the entertainment section and the TV guide to the crime, politics and lifestyles pages.

After years of newspaper reporting, Lisa Hepfner was primed for the fast pace and variety of television journalism. She joined the CHCH News team in 2001, and still loves to dig up and tell compelling stories.

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Jeff Mahoney

 

 

 

 


Order your ticket online now with convenience and safety of PayPal.

Or call 905.529.3000

Announcement, Comedy, Dance, Drama, Events, Music, Theatre, Uncategorized

Fringe Emergency Venue Sun 21st of July

Due to Hamilton’s Category 1/2 hurricane on Friday The L yric Theatre is closed for the weekend. It’s not too hard to carry sets a block away to The Staircase? Is it? Today only The Staircase hosts 3 wonderful Fringe events.

Asylum 2pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playwright: Russel Niessen, Stephen Ingram, River Guard, Emma Greve
Cast: River Guard, Russel Niessen, Rachel Estok, Kit Simmons, Camille Intson
Jennifer Francis, Nora Fenton, Jaqueline Gruba, Radu Ciobor, David Gibble, Bart Ronde
Director: Russel Niessen

Show Type: Rock Music
Audience: General
Warning: Mature Content, Strobes

Running Time: 55 Minutes

Asylum is a rock musical centering around the lives of patients and hospital staff in a 1940’s Asylum. Asylum contains historical facts about mental illness, electroconvulsive therapy, and patient treatment in that time period. Love, loss, friendships, power struggles, fear, and the importance of freedom are all examined in the lives of those within the Asylum in this fast paced, attention grabbing musical. $10 at 2pm.

 

Baby Redboots’ Revenge 3:40pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playwright: Philip-Dimitri Galas
Directors: Anne Meighan, Lynne Griffin
Cast: Sean Sullivan

Show Type: Avante-Vaudville
Audience: General
Warning: Mature Content, Language

Running Time: 65 Minutes

Baby Redboots’ Revenge tells the darkly comic tale of a former child star whose voice changed belatedly at the age of 25. All grown up and all burnt out, Baby is now trapped playing stand-up bass in a polka band for all eternity. Determined to free himself from the curse of his old partner, he goes on a show-business iconoclastic joy-rage of fantastically monstrous proportions. $10 at 3:40pm.

 

DanceGarbage 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

Playwright & Director: Paul Gordon
Cast: Paul Gordon

Show Type: Comedy
Audience: General
Warning: Language

Running Time: 90 Minutes

For 16 years, Paul Gordon’s charismatic performances have been seen by an estimated 1.5 billion TV watchers worldwide.  Fade out, fade in: Paul is home working as a garbage man, cleaning up his flooded hometown.  Filled with surrealistic stories from vantage points most of us never get – the landfill and the world’s concert stages – DanceGarbage levels the playing field for all jobs while engaging Paul’s muscles, sweat and skill in this entertaining amalgam of the weird, fun and funny. $10 at 5pm.

Announcement, Improv Comedy, Improv Workshop, Theatre

The WorkShow 9pm Tuesday

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The Workshow is an improvised comedy show that is mostly show with a bit of workshop. The improv actors on stage make comedy scenes from audience suggestions. It is about half open scenes and half handles (games). Notes are given to the actors, host and tech as the show progresses. Audience is welcome to join in post show notes. The show is one hour long and costs $5. Even Less Details! Click here.

Announcement, Drama, Front Pager, Theatre, Uncategorized

The Staircase Minor Variance Application (HM-A-13:75)

Variance application was successful! Thanks to all the wonderfuliferous support from our neighbours and beyond.

Dear Staircase Supporters,

We need your help to convince the Committee of Adjustments that The Staircase is worthy of being forgiven a few parking spaces so that we can continue to operate as usual.
The Issue
We need to increase the occupancy in The Staircase building, and there is not enough on site parking (according to the city).
Updates
You can see the result of the petition below. Mr. Baldry has received more than 70 letters of support and no complaints as of last Thursday. The support has been wonderfully overwhelming! Thanks to one and all. We meet the committee of adjustment at 2:35pm on June 6th 2013 in room 192/193 at 70 Main street (city hall). You are welcome to come by and see city hall in process. However only come by if you are free or have the time. Decorum would be expected regardless of the outcome.  Each case is only scheduled for 5 minutes. Our case has been fully made, with thanks to you all.
How To Help.
Please send an email/letter. Pertinent information is at variance.staircase.org. This is a time sensitive topic as the Committee of Adjustments will hear our case on June 6th. Please spread the word and send everyone you know to variance.staircase.org
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Thank you
Colette Kendall, Executive Director
Hugh MacLeod and Kathy Garneau, Owners

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Announcement, Improv Comedy, Improv Workshop, Theatre

The Workshow Tuesday 8:30pm

Workshow2012_600The Workshow is a weekly improv comedy event that is part workshop, part show, and all fun. Catch Hamilton’s top comedy improvisers get put through their paces in an evening of smart challenging improv comedy. It is the funniest class you will ever watch. The Workshow happens Tuesdays at 8:30pm (doors Open at 8:20pm). Located on the mainstage at The Staircase. General admission $5, cash only. Call 905.923.3042 for info or if you can’t get in.