Announcement, Comedy, Improv Comedy, Theatre

Santa Survivor Dec 16th @8pm & Christmas Comedy with Clifford 9:30pm

Santa Survivor is an improv comedy parody of the infamous Survivor reality TV series where Santa’s elves out wit, out play, and out laugh each other — North Pole style. Santa only has space on his sleigh for one elf, and each year this spot goes to the funniest elf at the North Pole. The rest of the elves are sent back to Santa’s Sweatshop.

Come on out to Santa Survivor and using tribes, challenges and immunity, you can help Santa pick the funniest elf. This show has been a Staircase seasonal comedy staple and is now in its 8th year. Hosted by the jolly guy himself, there will be plenty of laughs and prizes. This is not a Christmas show for children, as accidental adult content may occur.

Friday December 16th 8pm (one show only)

The Staircase 27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton

$10 general admission cash only.

Reservations: 905.529.3000 or info@staircase.org

 


Following the Staircase Theatre’s “Santa Survivor” will be a jolly old Christmas show in the cafe.

Hosted By Clifford Myers featuring a cavalcade of his friends and some people he doesn’t really like.

But you will.

$5 at the Door.

I suggest wearing a Christmas sweater.

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BANTER & BLUEGRASS

Come for a night of “Banter and Bluegrass” !
Local actor Sara Weber will be sharin’ stories of growing up in Alabama that you won’t want to miss!
Plus you get to hear the pickins’ of the best bluegrass band north of the Mason Dixon Line, the Golden Horseshoe Revival.
The event starts at 8 pm; tickets are $25 cash at the door.
All proceeds go to the Living Rock.
For ticket reservations, call 905-388-2581;

TICKETS ARE 50% SOLD; IF YOU’RE COMING AND HAVEN’T RESERVED/BOUGHT ONE…DO IT SOON!

Announcement, Comedy, Drama, Stand Up Comedy, Theatre

On Second Thought Dec 9th and 10th at 8pm

SKYDIVING, KANGAROOS, TEACHING TEENAGERS, LAWNMOWING, SIBLINGS, PORN RENTERS, DEFECATION…AND ONE FULL GROWN MALE  or ON SECOND THOUGHT

A COMEDIC ONE PERSON SHOW

WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY PAUL HUTCHESON

$15 cash only call  905-529-3000 for reservations! Paul’s fantastic shows sell out all over North America.

ON SECOND THOUGHT is an hour of high-energy comedy in which performer Paul Hutcheson takes audiences on an autobiographical journey of those moments in life in which he gave pause. Whether quickly realized or not there is always a constant stream of ‘second thoughts’ that make life interesting and often times hilarious. Jumping out of airplanes, teaching teenagers and renting porn to a varied are but a few of the ‘second thoughts’ Hutcheson showcases to great comedic effect.

ON SECOND THOUGHT ACCOLADES:

RUNNER UP: BEST COMEDY MONTREAL FRINGE FESTIVAL 2008

WINNER: BEST SHOW, NEW YORK FRIGID FESTIVAL, 2009

WINNER: BEST SOLO SHOW, SAN FRANCISCO FRINGE FESTIVAL, 2009

WINNER: SOLD-OUT AWARD, ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL, 2009

 

“The performer’s name is Paul Hutcheson and his production of ‘On Second Thought’ was everything a one-man show should be.” -CBC Winnipeg

“Hutcheson tells humiliating stories that are both hilarious and heartfelt. Also, a world-class improviser…” -Calgary Herald

Paul Hutcheson has been a comedic performer for 9 years. His trilogy of one person shows, ‘The First Time’, ‘On Second Thought’ & ‘Third Time Lucky’ have toured to over 25 theatre festivals winning awards and playing to sold-out houses all over North America.


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Garnet Rogers in Concert Dec 4 7:30pm

Garnet Rogers returns to the Staircase Cafe for his last concert for 2011.  Details to be released shortly.  Tickets are limited to cafe seating only so please reserve in advance 905-529-3000 or info@staircase.org.  (please leave name, telephone number and desired number of tickets, we will confirm) Advance tickets $20 @ door $25 Cash Only Garnet encourages everyone to bring a non-perishable food item or item of personal hygiene for donation to a local foodbank.

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#Hack4HamOnt Dec 1-4

http://hack4hamont2011.eventbrite.com/

Do you want to Hack for Humanity?

Let’s be ambitious together, join us in bringing International Open Data Hackathon to Hamilton!

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Microsoft’s Make Web Not War, we’re going to hold Hamilton’s first weekend hackathon during the first weekend of December complete with free food, entertainment, all-nighters (for those that like that sort of thing) , and fun.

We’re calling this event #Hack4HamOnt and it will coincide with December’s International Random Hacks of Kindness (we’ve applied to be a host site – we are not yet an RHoK site) and International Open Data Hackathon.

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Black Box Fire Auditions

THE GLASS MENAGERIE
By: Tennessee Williams
Directed by: Lauren Repei

SYNOPSIS – When Tom Wingfield brings home a friend from work for a dinner one evening, his mother Amanda’s dreams of a suitor for her daughter Laura seem to be coming true.
Through Tom’s memories and narration we see the tragedy in each Wingfield as they retreat into their own preferred reality; be it a glass collection, a Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain with seventeen gentleman callers, or poems scrawled on the lids of shoe boxes.
The Glass Menagerie was Tennessee Williams’ first great success and continues to be one of the most-performed and loved classics in theatre.

CHARACTERS TO BE CAST
Amanda Wingfield (40+) – the mother. Vibrantly clings to her past of youth and gentleman callers.
Laura Wingfield (20’s) – the daughter. Fragile and timid.
Tom Wingfield (20’s) – the son. The narrator, and restless writer.
Jim O’Connor (20’s) – the gentleman caller. A nice, charismatic young man.

AUDITION DATES
Monday December 5th- 7-10pm

PREPARATION
Auditions are drop-in. Bring yourself and a theatre CV if you have one. Please be prepared to do a cold read.

LOCATION
Staircase Cafe Theatre
27 Dundurn St. N., Hamilton, ON

PERFORMANCES
Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7:30pm

Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30pm

Friday, March 23, 2012 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7:30pm

Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:30pm

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 2pm

Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7:30pm

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Musical Improv Comedy Night in Hamilton

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 Friday Nov 26th @ 8pm

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: Friday Nov 26th at 8pm
Tickets: $12

Announcement, Dance, Drama

Remembering the Farewells 26 Nov 8pm

Dance Theatre work, it talks about reconstructing the immense amounts of farewell
memories from childhood, family, our countries, places, loved ones,
friends, dead ones and parties…
It is inspired on femininity and fragility as well as in the strength that
imprints the acts of many women. This work has an important contrast
in movement, music ad theatrical play.
Honorary Mention – National Choreography Awards, Colombian Ministry
of Culture, 2004.

Choreographer and Performer: Olga Barrios
Assistant Director and Light Designer:  John Henry Gerena
Duration: 50 minutes

ADVANCED TICKET RESERVATIONS 905-529-3000 OR info@staircase.org

Tickets $15/$12 students and seniors

Announcement, Comedy, Music, Stand Up Comedy, Theatre

The Specials! 23,24 Nov at 8pm

Back by popular demand, The SPECIALS return with their hilarious original musical comedy, 9/11/11

Starring: Sandra Battaglini, Precious Chong, Phil Luzi, and Christopher Sawchyn.
Director: Melissa D’Agostino
Musical Director: Scott Christian
Technical Director: David Guerra

DON’T MISS IT!
Come celebrate American Thanksgiving with us!

It’ll be a schpladoozie!

2 GREAT SHOWS!
* Wednesday November 23rd, 8pm
* Thursday November 24th, 8pm

$20
($10 for students with student card)

Tickets available by calling 905-529-3000, at the door or at www.staircase.org

SEE GARY SMITH’S COLUMN IN THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR RE THE SPECIALS!

http://www.thespec.com/whatson/artsentertainment/article/628247–pushing-buttons-comedic-and-social

Drama, Theatre

EAST OF BERLIN Nov 11, 12, 18, 19

 

Do monsters breed monsters? That’s the question we’re forced to ask when Rudi discovers, in his teens, that his father served as an SS Doctor at Auschwitz. Set in 1970, Rudi the young adult stands outside of his father’s study revisiting the major events in his life. From the discovery of this secret, to his friendship with Hermann, and a relationship with the daughter of a Jewish survivor, Rudi tries to come to terms with a horrific past that he had no part of. With love, guilt, redemption and sins unimaginable, East of Berlin examines hidden victims of the Holocaust.

R&D Productions is proud to present their inaugral show with Canadian Hannah Moscovitch’s East of Berlin. Opening on remembrance day, this play appropriately examines one of the most significant events in human history: the Holocaust, from an often ignored perspective. In a respectable and insightful manner, East of Berlin makes us think about one’s history and how deep it needs to be buried in order to remain in the past.

Directed by Ryan Trepanier
Stage Managed by David Rundle

Starring:

Gregory Cruikshank as Rudi
Robert Brown as Hermann
Crystal Jonasson as Sarah

Showtimes:
Friday, November 11th @ 8:00pm
Saturday, November 12th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, November 12th @ 8:00pm
Friday, November 18th @ 8:00pm
Saturday, November 19th @ 2:00pm
Saturday, November 19th @ 8:00pm

All shows are at the Staircase Theatre located on 27 Dundurn Street North in Hamilton.

Tickets are $15 and can be reserved ahead of time by emailing: r.and.d.theatre@gmail.com.

Space is limited to 67 seats per performance, so advance reservations are strongly recommended to guarantee seats.

As a disclaimer, this production will include the smoking of herbal cigarettes, firearms (no gunfire), strong language and suggestive sexual content. Discretion is advised

http://www.thespec.com/whatson/article/618683–armed-with-a-dream-and-determination