Theatre

Staircase November Events [Staircase Theatre]

 

 

 There’s always something happening at Hamilton’s one
 and only Staircase.This multi-use theatre and performance
 venue has hosted theatre premiers, comedy and film festivals,
 and features regular improv and karaoke night along with
 much more.

Check out what’s happening! http://staircase.org/

 
November 2017

LITERARY

LIT LIVE Nov
Sunday, Nov 5 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Lit Live is a monthly reading series in Hamilton, Ontario. 

POETRY IN THE CAFE
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 07pm to 08:30pm
Celebrating Canadian Poets Published in Lummox 6  James Deahl Jennifer L. Foster Ellen S. Jaffe (first runner-up in the 2017. Lummox Poetry Contest) Donna Langevin John B. Lee (poet laureate of Brantford) Norma West Linder Deborah A. Morrison Lynn Tait Kate Marshall Flaherty and Debbie Okun Hill may also read.

THE MINI 6 MINUTE MEMOIR
Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 07:30pm to 09pm
The Mini six Minute Memoir is a delightful themed storytelling night Hosted by Anne Bokma with performances by local community members. Details to be announced.

THEATRE

IMPROV FUN-DAMENTALS
Monday, November 6, 13 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. North
Learn improv comedy in a fun and supportive environment. Experienced improv comedy teachers from Staircase Improv will guide participants through the basics of improv comedy. A Beginners drop-in workshop open to improvisers of all experiences, and ages. Participants less than 16 years of age require parental accompaniment. Dress in comfortable clothing as movement is guaranteed.  Limited to 16 participants per class. Cost is $10. Cash only

IMPROV MASTERCLASS
Tuesday, November 7, 14 2017 from 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. NorthOur Master Class is where Hamilton’s top improvisers come to test their mettle and get notes from their experienced peers. The public is welcome to watch, but participation is by invitation only. Admission is $10. Cash only. Workshop starts promptly at 7pm.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF PETTY CRIME starring Jimmy Hogg
Friday, November 3, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm
After a decade of touring Canada and the U.S. and fresh from a 23-show stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Englishman, Jimmy Hogg unleashes his multiple-award winning solo show A Brief History of Petty Crime in Hamilton. 

PIECE OF MIND: THE STAGE PLAY by Colleen Taffe
Saturday, November 4-5, 2017 from 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
This thought provoking performance is brilliantly written and directed by playwright and Mental Health and Addiction Specialist Colleen Taffe.  It inspires audiences to be challenged by the unforeseen world of mental illness and its damaging effects of stigma, quite tangible in the black community. 

SHOW READY SERIES- WILDCARD WEDNESDAYS
Wednesdays until November 9th from 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A 5 week comedy improv series workshop aimed at producing a showcase show. Emphasis on teamwork and show craft. All levels welcome. 7- 10pm $75.00 + hst info@staircaseimprov.com

VENUS IN FUR
SHOWTIMES Thursday, November 2 Friday, November 3 Saturday, November 4 ​All shows at 8:00 PM
VENUS IN FUR A play by David Ives Thomas, playwright and director, is holding auditions for his adaptation of the controversial 1870s novel, Venus in Furs. After an unsuccessful day of casting he is confronted with Vanda, the unlikely actress who perfectly embodies his leading lady. Reality begins to blur as this audition spirals out of control and into a seductive power play… ​

JULIUS CAESAR presented by Make Art Theatre
Nov 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, and 18 at 7:30
Julius Caesar is a fast-paced political drama about the conspiracy to kill the first Roman Emperor. When Caesar returns to Rome, not everybody is celebrating. His closest friend, Brutus, is troubled by Caesar's absolute power. Fearing tyranny, Brutus joins several other senators in a plot to assassinate his best friend. 
Directed by: Ryan M. Sero
Cast: Vicktoria Adam, Tyler Brent, Liz Buchanan, Scott Buchanan, Sean Emberley, Dina Hanson, Adam Lemieux Colin Palangio, Ryan M. Sero, Laura Welch

KINGFISHER DAYS by Firefly Collective
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm
One summer, in an old stone fireplace beside her family cottage, a little girl discovers a letter from a delightfully self-absorbed Inca fairy princess. This begins a poignant friendship between the child, the princess and an elderly neighbor, to whom the fairy dictates her letters.  From the acclaimed memoir by the same author. ​​Directed by Denise Oucharek and starring  Myrna McBrien and Vince Carlin. 
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3076247

MUSIC

OPEN MIC FOR MUSICIANS
Wednesday, Nov 1,8, 15 at 7 - 9:30
An awesome Weekly open-mic that happens every Wednesday night and is hosted by the very talented and dedicated Keith Toms. An amazing group of local musicians that have for the past year, managed to grow a supportive environment for all music styles regardless of age. Original works are loved dearly!  So come experiment, grow your chops, sit and listen…we have some of the best audience members in Hamilton! Beverage and food available

CHOIR NATION HAMILTON
Monday, November 6, 13 2017 from 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
Under the leadership of Brian Dexter, Choir Nation Hamilton is a great place to come together and have fun, improve your singing and learn from an exceptional teacher! Rehearsals and performances take place Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m. $15 per session for adults. $10 for seniors and students. Please have cash. 

JAMLAND POST SCREENING CONCERT
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 pm to Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:30 am
Jamland is more than a concert in the woods. It’s a state of mind. This documentary explores a grassroots music festival and includes poignant human interest stories. It’s a film about music, life, and love, and the way music can take us out of our day to day problems and make us feel better. Jamland is being screened at the Staircase Theatre as part of the Hamilton Film Festival on Thursday, November 9 at 9:00 pm. It is being shown with Et Tu, Dude?, another Ontario music documentary.

FILM

JAMLAND POST SCREENING CONCERT
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 pm to Friday, November 10, 2017 at 12:30 am
Jamland is more than a concert in the woods. It’s a state of mind. This documentary explores a grassroots music festival and includes poignant human interest stories. It’s a film about music, life, and love, and the way music can take us out of our day to day problems and make us feel better. Jamland is being screened at the Staircase Theatre as part of the Hamilton Film Festival on Thursday, November 9 at 9:00 pm. It is being shown with Et Tu, Dude?, another Ontario music documentary.

THE 12th HAMILTON FILM FESTIVAL
November 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Hamilton’s premiere independent film festival returns to the Staircase and multiple venues. For more information check our separate listing.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, November 30, 2017 (All day)
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

Cry Baby [Hamilton Theatre Inc]

CRY BABY

SHOW DATES: November 10-25, 2017

It's 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade "Cry-Baby" Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He's a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the center of this world. Fueled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky clean boyfriend, Baldwin, to become a "drape" (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby's moll. At the other end of the topsy-turvy moral meritocracy of 1954 America, Baldwin is the king of the squares and leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents, who are ultimately arrested for arson, sending the drapes all off to prison. It's Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats. Based on the cult classic, 1990 John Waters film.

For more information visit:  http://hamiltontheatre.com

 

Friday, November 10, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, November 25, 2017 (All day)
Hamilton Theatre Inc, 140 MacNab Street North, Hamilton

Ruthven to Passchendaele [Studio Babette Puppet Theatre]


 

Studio Babette Puppet Theatre

Studio Babette Puppet Theatre strives to provide quality puppet performances
in a myriad of styles, which reflect the European background of traditional
puppet forms, combined with the unique artistry of modern Canadian puppetry.

Studio Babette explores heritage themes, and stories from the many cultures
which contribute to the wonderful fabric of Canadian life. Our productions represent
the creativity and hard work of a vibrant community of local artists, craftspeople and
promoters in the Hamilton area.

 

 

Studio Babette Puppet Theatre
proudly announces the upcoming presentation

From Ruthven to Passchendaele

in honour of the 100th Anniversary of WWI
Saturday November 11
Ruthven Park National Historic Site
Cayuga, ON

Dr. Marty Wood, Social History Professor at Georgian College
will give a talk on the Thompson women, followed by
the performance.

Student shows also available during school hours.
Monday Nov. 6 - Friday Nov. 10 
Call or email Natalie Campbell for information and booking.
905-772-0560 
education.ruthvenpark@gmail.com
Ruthven Park National Historic Site


 

Told on a multi-functional set, with 13 hand-made table-top rod puppets, From Ruthven to Passchendaele is the compelling story of one family's sacrifice in “the Great War”, a sacrifice made by so many Canadians in the CEF, the Canadian Expeditionary Force. See their journey, from the green meadows of Ontario, to the muck and mire of Passchendaele, to the antiseptic solace of the hospitals in England. This show is ideal for all ages 12+, particularly middle-school children who will study WWI in Grade 8. It is also very appealing to history buffs and seniors.

Studio Babette Puppet Theatre, founded in 2007, is
Marie Franek.Helena Adamczyk.Kerry Corrigan
Dundas.Greensville.Hamilton
www.studiobabette.ca          puppets@studiobabette.ca

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 14:00
Ruthven Park National Historic Site, Cayuga, ON

Lady Windermere's Fan [Dundas Little Theatre]

Lady Windermere's Fan
By Oscar Wilde

A young lady's fan becomes the centrepiece of a social comedy set in nineteenth century England.  A play about a good woman, that displays the keen wit and humour of the incomparable Oscar Wilde.  Directed by George Thomas. Produced by Margaret Thomas

Starring: Jennifer Graham, Gregory Cruickshank, Jared Lenover, Sue Connor Duliban, Caitlin Wierenga, Mike Wierenga, Nicholas Ruddick, Bruce Edwards, Alexander Burkett, Liz Inman, Rose Pye, Dia Frid, Daniel Gariepy, Stephanie Hickey

WHERE: Dundas Little Theatre, Garstin Centre for the Arts, 37 Market St S, Dundas, ON
WHEN: WHEN: Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28 & Nov. 2, 3, 4 2017 at 8 p.m. ​Matinees Oct. 29 & Nov. 5 2017 at 2 p.m.
TIX: $25; call 905-627-5266

Friday, October 20, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, November 5, 2017 (All day)
Garstin Centre for the Arts, 37 Market St S, Dundas, ON

El Retorno | I Return [Theatre Aquarius]

El Retorno | I Return

Written and directed by Marilo Nunez

October 26 – 28, 2017

In 1979, a Chilean family, in political exile in Canada, traveled to Europe with their young children to prepare for The Return Plan, an international effort to topple the Pinochet dictatorship. El Retorno/I Return explores family, exile and revolution, and journeys into the heart of Latin American history. Featuring: Alejandro Ampudia, Augusto Bitter, Ximena Huizi, Anita le Selva, Sofia Rodriguez.

Set & Projection Design: Peter Riddihough
Lighting Design: Kaileigh Kryzstofiak
Costume Design: Kelly Wolf
Sound Design: Mike Rinaldi
Choreography/Movement: Olga Barrios

WHEN:  October 26 – 28, 2017
WHERE: Theatre Aquarius 190 King William Street Hamilton ON. L8R 1A8 
TIX:  Call Box Office at 905.522.7529 or toll free at 1.800.465.7529. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE
INFO:  email to aquarius@theatreaquarius.org or boxoffice@theatreaquarius.org
WEB: https://theatreaquarius.org/onstage/ta2-studio-series/el-retorno-i-return/

 

Thursday, October 26, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, October 28, 2017 (All day)
Dofasco Centre for the Arts, 190 King William St, Hamilton, ON

On A First Name Basis [Theatre Aquarius]

On a First Name Basis

by Norm Foster

October 25 – November 11, 2017

Canada’s favourite playwright returns to the stage at Theatre Aquarius! A successful, but cantankerous, novelist suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his maid of 28 years, while she knows absolutely everything about him! Surprising, funny and moving, this is a love story, a social commentary and a mystery wrapped in a hilarious comedy.

WHEN:  October 25 – November 11, 2017
WHERE: Theatre Aquarius 190 King William Street Hamilton ON. L8R 1A8 
TIX:  Call Box Office at 905.522.7529 or toll free at 1.800.465.7529. Tickets can be purchased ONLINE
INFO:  email to aquarius@theatreaquarius.org or boxoffice@theatreaquarius.org
WEB: https://theatreaquarius.org/onstage/on-a-first-name-basis/

 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, November 11, 2017 (All day)
Dofasco Centre for the Arts, 190 King William St, Hamilton, ON

Staircase October Events [Staircase Theatre]

 

 

 There’s always something happening at Hamilton’s one
 and only Staircase.This multi-use theatre and performance
 venue has hosted theatre premiers, comedy and film festivals,
 and features regular improv and karaoke night along with
 much more.

Check out what’s happening! http://staircase.org/

 
October 2017

LITERARY

LIT LIVE Oct
Sunday, Oct 1 at 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Lit Live is a monthly reading series in Hamilton, Ontario.
 

GRITLIT LITERARY FESTIVAL- HAMILTON A CELEBRATION IN STORIES
Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 10:00 am to 04:30 pm
Celebrating Canada 150, gritLIT is proud to present readings, interviews and a writing workshop celebrating local authors, themes and indigenous culture. Authors include: Shannon Bramer, Daniel Coleman, Sally Cooper, Cherie Dimaline, Krista Foss, Lee Maracle, John Terpstra, Zoe Whittall.

DAVID CHARIANDY IN CONVERSATION
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 07:00 pm
This event is presented by Penguin Random House Canada, Bryan Prince Bookseller, Centre for Community Engaged Narrative Arts (CCENA) at McMaster and the Staircase Theatre. Please join us for an evening of conversation as BC author, David Chariandy sits down to talk about his much anticipated new novel. Conducting the on-stage interview will be award-winning Hamilton author, Lawrence Hill. 

THEATRE

IMPROV FUN-DAMENTALS
Monday, Oct 23/30 at 7 - 8:30 pm
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. North
Learn improv comedy in a fun and supportive environment. Experienced improv comedy teachers from Staircase Improv will guide participants through the basics of improv comedy. A Beginners drop-in workshop open to improvisers of all experiences, and ages. Participants less than 16 years of age require parental accompaniment. Dress in comfortable clothing as movement is guaranteed.  Limited to 16 participants per class. Cost is $10. Cash only

IMPROV MASTERCLASS
Tue, Oct 17/31 at 7 - 9 pm
Elaine Mae Theatre - 25 Dundurn St. North
Our Master Class is where Hamilton’s top improvisers come to test their mettle and get notes from their experienced peers. The public is welcome to watch, but participation is by invitation only. Admission is $10. Cash only. Workshop starts promptly at 7pm.

CHARACTERS AND CONVERSATIONS- A lone woman play by Christina Whitfield
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Christina Whitfield has created a one woman evening showcasing her passion for film and television and telling stories. $5 from every ticket sold will go directly to Habitat for Humanity. Doors open 8pm for food and drink

SHOW READY SERIES- WILDCARD WEDNESDAYS
Wednesday, October 18/25, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 10:00 pm
A 5 week comedy improv series workshop aimed at producing a showcase show. Emphasis on teamwork and show craft. All levels welcome. 7- 10pm $75.00 + hst info@staircaseimprov.com

 

STRANGE AND UNUSUAL- Magic and Illusion with Nicholas Wallace
Runs Oct 18-21 from 08:00 pm to 10:00 pm
We all share a common delusion. We believe our world view is based on truth and logic – but whether you admit it or not, we all believe in something strange and unusual. ​ In this 90 min show, Nick uses story telling and illusions to explore the world of conspiracy theories, superstitions, psychics and all things STRANGE AND UNUSUAL.

THE BIG SHOW
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 08:00 pm to 09:30 pm
An interdimensional being summons a group of “teens with attitude” to help him defend the world from evil. Unfortunately, he accidentally summoned the high school drama group. Unable to fight, he assigns them the task of performing a monthly BIG SHOW that bring him up to speed about the current state of the earth. Music, comedy, magic and short films. Starring a rotating cast including Viktoria Adam, Tyler Brent, Luke Brown, Stephanie Hope Lawlor, Kristian Reimer, Ryan Sero, Nick Wallace and Laura Welch.

VENUS IN FUR
SHOWTIMES Thursday, October 26-Preview Friday, October 27-Opening night Saturday, October 28 ​Thursday, November 2 Friday, November 3 Saturday, November 4 ​All shows at 8:00 PM
VENUS IN FUR A play by David Ives Thomas, playwright and director, is holding auditions for his adaptation of the controversial 1870s novel, Venus in Furs. After an unsuccessful day of casting he is confronted with Vanda, the unlikely actress who perfectly embodies his leading lady. Reality begins to blur as this audition spirals out of control and into a seductive power play… ​

THE HAMILTON 7- A Night of Stories
Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 08:30 pm
Welcome to the Hamilton 7! We’re back after a highly successful run at this years Hamilton Fringe Festival! Come on out and hear some of your fave tellers and a few new ones! Join us for a gathering of finely crafted tales from professional local storytellers from diverse perspectives, experiences and realities. This edition of The Hamilton 7 will feature: Karen Ancheta Darla Biccum Sheldon Davis Tor Lukasik-Foss Marilo Nunez Lisa Pijuan-Nomura and a few more surprises! 

 

MUSIC

OPEN MIC FOR MUSICIANS
Wednesday, Oct 18/25 at 7 - 9:30
An awesome Weekly open-mic that happens every Wednesday night and is hosted by the very talented and dedicated Keith Toms. An amazing group of local musicians that have for the past year, managed to grow a supportive environment for all music styles regardless of age. Original works are loved dearly!  So come experiment, grow your chops, sit and listen…we have some of the best audience members in Hamilton! Beverage and food available

CHOIR NATION HAMILTON
Monday, October 23, 2017 from 06:30 pm to 08:00 pm
Under the leadership of Brian Dexter, Choir Nation Hamilton is a great place to come together and have fun, improve your singing and learn from an exceptional teacher! Rehearsals and performances take place Mondays 6:30 – 8 p.m. $15 per session for adults. $10 for seniors and students. Please have cash. 

FALL INTO WISTERIUM MUSIC
Friday, October 27, 2017 from 07:30 pm to 09:00 pm
“Wisterium Music is the passionate musical duo of Jennifer Molinaro (vocals/piano) and Celeste Konopka (violin). Their musical style blends jazz, folk and classical roots into rich acoustic soundscapes. Combining the harmonies of Debussy and Chopin with Celtic and Scandinavian melodies, Wisterium Music joyfully explores both well-known and original musical improvisations.

COMMUNITY

TRIBE MAYAFIRE presents SPOOKY SOUK bellydancing fundraiser for WelNepal
Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 07:00 pm to 09:15 pm
Tribe Mayafire’s annual Bellydance fundraiser in support of WelNepal.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 (All day) to Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (All day)
Staircase Cafe & Theatre, 27 Dundurn St. North, Hamilton

Lady Windermere's Fan [Dundas Little Theatre]

Lady Winderemere's Fan
    

 A young lady's fan becomes the centrepiece of a social comedy set in nineteenth century England. A play about a good woman, that displays the keen wit and humour of the incomparable Oscar Wilde. Directed by George Thomas. Produced by Margaret Thomas. 

​Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28 & Nov. 2, 3, 4 2017 at 8 p.m.
Matinees Oct. 29 & Nov. 5 2017 at 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets, read the further information provided here. 

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 20:00 to Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 20:00
Dundas Little Theatre Dundas Little Theatre Inc. 37 Market Street South, Dundas, ON, Canada

The Top of the World [Redeemer University College]

The Top of The World

See "The Top of the World",

A playground is a place for climbing, jumping, swinging and spinning; it’s a forum for safe exploration.

What would it be like to have that kind of designated play area with our deeper thoughts? A play space where profound words and ideas — right alongside silly ones — were the structures we could explore? What kind of mischief could we get up to?

Using the concept of a playground as a larger metaphor — but poetry as the structure — The Top of the Worldwill explore what it means to live with a childlike heart.

WHEN: November 22 - 25, evening performances each night from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Redeemer University College, 777 Garner Road East, Ancaster, ON
TIX: Contact box office at 905-648-2131 x4211. Online tickets will be available closer to the performance dates
INFO: https://www.redeemer.ca/events/top-of-the-world/

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Friday, November 24, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 19:30 to 21:30
Redeemer University College, 777 Garner Road East, Ancaster, ON

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