Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film

HFF (Feature): Goldirocks Sat 7pm Main Theatre

Goldirocks, – Wannabe rock star Goldi lands in a house of three musicians, one too hot, one too cold, and a third who seems just right. They let her sing with their band, and she romances them one at a time, thinking she’s found her new home. But when she unleashes her own songs on the guys, they cut her out of their scene, forcing her to discover that real success means becoming your own rock and roll hero) dir. Paula Tiberius Toronto, ONWith a great soundtrack featuring Hamilton’s own Teenage Head song hit “Let’s Shake,”

preceded by the music video Rot Rises to the Surface dir. Khalm H’erbin (Hamilton)

Announcement, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Film

HFF (Shorts) Hamilton Short Films, Fri 7pm Main Theatre

This is a small collection of Hamilton Films. Enjoy!

After She’s Gone (Drama) Guy liked a girl in high-school didn’t have confidence to tell her. Until one day he sees her at work, but finds out another girl likes him. Who does he choose dir. Graziano Mainfoli Hamilton ON

Love Sick (Dark Drama) A thrilling suspense ride as a young man struggles to deal with his overly possessive mother and his girlfriend. dir. Byron Wade Hamilton ON

UBBY: The Movie (Comedy) A depressed adolescent begs for a brighter day, however life keeps him at a stand still. dir. Mitchell Theriault Hamilton ON

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HFF (comedy): Fri 9:30pm Main Theatre

Un-rated films. Viewer discretion is advised. Heretical and crude indulgences guaranteed.

Behind the Camera A mockumentary about a turn-of-the-century Russian photographer who became famous without ever using a camera.dir. Darryl Gold

Sea Shells – Open your ears and listen to the sound…of evil. dir. Jesse MacMillan Canada

Soggy Bottom Funhouse – Cousin Zeke hosts a local children’s show from Soggy Bottom, Alabama dir. Ken Turner & Paul J. Boresky Hamilton ON

Loser Leg – I’ve always had strong arms. They have to become such if you are born with lame legs, without bones.” dir. Francesco Filippi Italy

Game Night – Dark secrets are revealed when a bizarre game starts playing the players. Geronimo Deadly a.k.a. Simon Box Canada

Finding Odo

Distilled Love – Hoping to fix the crack in their relationship, Rene locks himself and his hipster girlfriend, Emma, in their apartment.  His personal remedy for their woes is a weekend-long detox for Emma.  But as she experiences withdrawal, the couple discovers addiction is not the only problem they need to face. dir. Joe Kicak Canada

The Dark Show – There are some things you just don’t laugh at. Luckily, the Dark Show laughs at them for you. – Rated Dirty dir. Craig Rintoul Hamilton ON

 

Several filmmakers will be in attendance for a Q&A after the films.

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!).

Check out their page on the Intertubes.

 

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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.

Shamble on over the the Facebooks to follow ’em.

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, 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

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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

Comedy, Drama, Theatre

The Cockwhisperer — A Love Story

SEPT 16 & 17th 8pm

Tickets $15  905-529-3000

From the Creator of the Canadian Comedy Award Nominated Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour and Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram? comes something different…‘The Cock Whisperer’. The Story of one woman’s quest to find the love and the penis of her dreams. A phallic journey both humorous and dark.

www.thecockwhisperer.blogspot.com

Some nice things the Critics have said about ‘The Cockwhisperer-A Love Story’

THE EDMONTON SUN  5/5

‘The masterful storyteller brings a laugh a line from the get go,until she masters a dramatic mood change.  Her storytelling is self-deprecating,honest,painful and hilarious all over the course of the hour.’

EDMONTON JOURNAL 4/5

‘hilarious and haunting.’

GLOBAL EDMONTON 4/5

 The saucily titled The Cockwhisperer-A Love story from Colette Kendall who bares all her insecurities and experiences in her search for love and other things. It always amazes me how an artist can get up on stage and bare his or her soul and Colette does that in spades. Very Funny,Very Moving.

THE VUE EDMONTON 4/5

“You guys laughed too much,” complained Colette Kendall,after the applause had died down. The audience’s boisterous hoots and snorts made Kendall’s show run into overtime,forcing her to rush through the poignant moral of the otherwise saucily timed cock-tale. Though it starts as a series of dick-in-mouth witticisms,it promptly develops into a women’s quest to navigate relationships via the penis. She quickly learned as a young girl that “sexual knowledge and virtue was going to be a slippery slope.” It’s a slope that eventually leads to an unexpectedly dark place that shakes the audience to silence. Both funny and striking,among the dick jokes,The Cockwhisperer is truly a story about what it means to love.

REVIEW VANCOUVER 

‘…edgy,flat-out funny monologue. This Hamilton housewife and mother to three has a unique comic-theatrical delivery that pushes the limits of taste without being offensive – although,she won’t spare your blushes’

THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT REVIEW

 Colette Kendall isn’t a drag queen anymore—at least not on this Fringe tour. In previous years,Kendall has appeared as her bewigged,martini-swilling alter ego,Tippi Seagram. This time around,the Ontario mom’s performance is more naked,metaphorically speaking. In The Cockwhisperer’s mix of standup and stories,she still speaks audaciously about sex…but she also talks about the darkness of being sexually dominated. Tippi’s great,but Colette without the wig is more compelling—and funnier—because she cuts deeper.

WINNIPEG SUN 4/5 STARS

Men beware,this play might offend your tender Victorian senses! The powerful coming-of-age story of Colette Kendall is an austere expose of growing up as a young,protestant,naive-but-burgeoning woman in the late 1970s and an emerging love of,well,you know. This one-woman show is honest,revealing and will have you laughing from the moment the lights dim to the moment you leave. But don’t be fooled;it’s not all fun and games. Serious moments are interwoven to create a well-rounded and empowered performance.  One warning to anyone who likes to sit in the front row:Kendall will interact with you,which is hilarious if you’re in the mood. From the creator of the Canadian Comedy Award-nominated Tippi Seagram’s Happy Hour and Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram?,Kendall delivers a show that will make you laugh from the bottom of your belly with her unforgettable stories.

The Calgary Herald Review

Canadian Voices
Fringe Review:The C–kwhisperer–A Love Story
Four stars/5 starssmart,funny,one-woman show,which explores Kendall’s search for love and penises. Kendall  is a solid writer and strong performer. With the C–kwhisperer–A Love Story,she has found a wonderful connecting thread with which to tell the story of the main men in her life.
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Breathe

BREATHE: Written and Directed by Aaron Jan

 

August 25th-27th 8pm Nightly

 

A story about wingmen, liars and failed dreamers. “Breathe” is the story of what happens when we’re knocked down a few pegs and the journey of getting back on our feet. Set in the worst city ever, “Breathe” asks the questions: “Who are we and why are we moving so freaking fast? What happens when we just look up at the night sky and breathe?” Hilarious, dramatic and sometimes poignant, come see this exciting, youth produced coming of age story! Tickets $12 fulcrum.theatre@gmail.com or at door