News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Astor Theatre Society's Board of Directors are pleased to announce the selection of a new general manager for the historic Astor Theatre.

Andrew Bursey, the current general manager of Dixie Lee Family Restaurant in Liverpool, will be stepping into the role of GM at the Astor Theatre in April. Andrew will manage the facility and be responsible for overseeing the Astor's daily operations and administration.

Additionally, Jon Paterson of Vancouver, BC has been selected by the board of directors to fill a dual role. He will act as both Artistic and Technical Director. Jon's responsibilities will focus on the artistic and technical elements of the theatre.

Both Jon and Andrew will be responsible for programming the season and guiding the artistic direction of the theatre.

Click here for the full press release.

February

'A Soprano In Hollywood'

Thursday February 23, 2017
Show at 7:30 Doors 7:00pm
Adults $38 Students $13 (inc all fees)

From the prestigious stages of London's West End, Glyndbourne and the Royal Shakesepeare Company, internationally acclaimed soprano Rebecca Caine will take to our Astor Theatre stage with pianist Robert Kortgaard,
in a concert showcasing some of the best songs from Hollywood movies. Rebecca recently won the People's Choice Award for Cabaret Singer of the year!

Born in Toronto, Caine studied at the Guildhall School of Music, London. Uniquely, her career has been divided between Opera and Musical Theatre, making her West End debut at 19 in the role of Laurey in Oklahoma! She then sang the role of Eliza in My Fair Lady on the National tour. While making her debut at Glyndebourne as Amor in L'incoronazione di Poppea, she was asked to join the Royal Shakespeare Company where she created the role of Cosette in Les Miserables. After a successful West End run she joined the original cast of Phantom of the Opera to play Christine opposite Michael Crawford. She then returned to Toronto to repeat the role in the Canadian premiere of Phantom of the Opera. During her run in Toronto she joined the Canadian Opera Company to make her highly praised North American debut in the title role of Lulu.

Other work with the Canadian Opera Company includes: Vixen, Pamina, Despina, Micaëla. Elsewhere, roles include Pamina (Glimmerglass); Pamina, Musetta, Susanna (English National Opera); Ophelia Hamlet, Aminta Il re pastore, Anna 1 Seven Deadly Sins Opera North), Balkis L’incontro improvviso (Nice); Vixen (Spoleto); Violetta (Opera Northern Ireland), Clomiri Imeneo (Handel Opera Society)Mary Turner Of Thee I Sing, Leila The Pearlfishers (Atlanta Opera) Marguerite Faust(Opera Festival of New Jersey), Musetta (De Vlaamse Opera) Hanna The Merry Widow (Opera Holland Park), Mrs Coyle Owen Wingrave (Chicago Opera Theater)Susanna (Scottish Opera), Despina (De Vlaamse Opera, Scottish Opera) Julietta(National Theatre of Prague), Adina (New Zealand Opera).

World premieres include; Toronto Symphony Jezebel, title role, an Oratorio by Robertson Davies and Derek Holman, Opera North Playing Away, L.A. Lola by Howard Brenton and Benedict Mason, Canadian Opera Company The Golden Ass, Fotis, by Robertsonn Davies and Randolph Peters, Psappha Mr Emmett Takes a Walk, 6 female roles, by David Pountney and Peter Maxwell Davies. Edinburgh Festival Mathilde, M.Forestier by Conor Mitchell. Intolerance by Mark Ravenhill and Conor Mitchell, Tete a Tete Festival.

Rebecca's broadcasts for Radio 3 include Candide, One Touch of Venus, Trouble in Tahiti, The Telephone, Friday Night is Music Night and concerts of Bernstein, Porter and Kern.

Her extensive cabaret career has included Jermyn Street, the Pheasantry, Lauderdale House, Sydmonton, (Newbury Spring Festival), Exeter Festival, Cliveden, Theatre Barn and the Buxton Festival. She made her US cabaret debut at the Halsted Centre in Chicago and gave the first performance at the new Telus recital hall at the Royal College of Music in Toronto. Miss Caine was honoured to give the Noel Coward Birthday Cabaret at Drury Lane.

Miss Caine has sung in concert with the Orquesta Sinfonia de Barcelona, The Hague Philharmonic (Lulu Suite under Daniel Harding), Toronto Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra , Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Her recordings are Les Miserables (original British cast), The Phantom of The Opera (Canadian album), Anything Goes, Future Sound of London, (Everyone is Doing Something Without Me) Babes in Toyland and Mr Emmett Takes A Walk.

Recent stage work includes Lady Raeburn in Tete a Tete's Salad Days at The Riverside Studios, Elsa in The Sound of Music at Kilworth House Theatre, Lady Vale in Darling of The Day at The Union Theatre, London. Katisha in the Mikado at Charing Cross Theatre, London. The Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music in Beirut, Lebanon. Rebecca recently made her straight acting debut as Raquel De Angelis in Living on Love at The Asolo Rep, Sarasota, created the roles of Lady Dant/Madame Colbert in the World Premiere of Flowers For Mrs Harris at the Sheffield rucible and starred as the Mother Abbess in the National UK tour of The Sound of Music.

Pianist Robert Kortgaard was born in Regina, Saskatchewan and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. He completed his Bachelor and Master's degrees at the Juilliard School in New York City. As a recipient of arts awards from the Canada Council, he furthered his musical studies in Italy and England.. Robert has performed as a soloist with major Canadian orchestras and has given recitals throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in England, Finland, Portugal, Italy, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, China and Japan. He is a favorite collaborator of many of Canada's finest instrumental soloists, vocalists and chamber groups. His performances are frequently heard on CBC Radio, and he has recorded for the Centrediscs, Marquis Classics/EMI, CBC Records, Teldec and ATMA Classique labels.

Mr. Kortgaard is Artistic Director of the Indian River Festival on Prince Edward Island (recently nominated "Event of the Year" by the East Coast Music Awards), and the Leith Summer Music Festival in Ontario. He was musician-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick from l993-l998, and has given piano masterclasses at Universities and festivals in Canada, Indonesia and China. He has performed with sopranos Isabel Bayrakdarian, Sumi Jo, Jane Archibald and Measha Brueggergosman, mezzo soprano Susan Platts, violinist Joshua Bell, and with Peter Tiefenbach and prima ballerina Veronica Tennant on a production entitled "Invitation to the Dance". He has recorded French and German Cabaret programmes with mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell for CBC Records. His CD with soprano Wendy Nielsen was nominated for both Juno and East Coast Music Awards. Recent engagements include tours with flutist Susan Hoeppner, cabaret artist Patricia O'Callaghan. baritone Brett Polegato, renowned music theatre actress/singer Rebecca Caine and several performances of duo piano repertoire with Peter Tiefenbach. A CD of the music of Olivier Messiaen, recorded with soprano Suzie LeBlanc, was released on the ATMA Classiques label and has received an Opus Award for best recording of contemporary music.

We are greatly looking forward to this event!

March

WoC presents 'Midsummer.com'

Thursday March 2, 2017 @7:30pm
Friday March 3, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Saturday March 4, 2017 @ 7:30pm
Sun. March 5 MATINEE @ 2:30pm
No evening performance
Doors open half hour before each show

Adults $20 Students & Seniors $15
Tickets @ www.ticketpro.ca
Astor Box office 902-354-5250 Tues.-Fri. 11-4pm

Titania and Oberon just can't make it work. In a fit of mutually jealous rage they inadvertently zap themselves and all the fairies into our very real world—right into the middle of a teen summer theatre camp that happens to be mounting A Midsummer Night's Dream. Now Puck and the fairies must find a way to reignite the love between their king and queen, or the whole group will be stuck here forever. But love is not as simple as it first appears. And with real life mirroring the Bard's greatest comedy, it'll take more than a little magic to get Cupid to hit the right targets!

The Winds of Change Society presents this full length comedy written by Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus.
As screenwriters, Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus spent 5 years at Disney where they wrote Lion King II: Simba's Pride, as well as Beauty and the Beast II, and the sequels to Pocohantas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Lady and the Tramp. Kobler and Marcus also wrote for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as live action feature films. Kobler and Marcus have over 30 plays published with Samuel French, Dramatic, Pioneer Drama, Contemporary Drama and Playscripts. Additionally, Marcus's books Playdate - A Parent and Teachers Guide to Putting on a Play and The Ultimate Young Actors Guide are now available through Meriwether Publishing. Together, Kobler and Marcus run a national teen theater program called Showdown, with summer camps all across the country.

Please visit www.showdownstageco.com for more information.

This production features many of the very talented youth of Queens County.

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DEREK EDWARDS - Alls I'm Saying


Friday March 31, 2017
Show 7:30pm *** Doors 7:00pm
Tickets $47.00 (includes all fees / taxes)
available through www.ticketpro.ca
www.astortheatre.ns.ca and Astor Box Office
Tuesday to Friday 11- 4pm Ph. 902-354-5250

Alls I'm Saying is brazenly tentative! Like a sniper with the hiccups, Derek Edwards takes aim at life's galling moments, exhales slowly and jerks back the trigger. A riotous evening of homegrown comedy -- like taking a ride in an open golf cart with a good friend and a 6 pack.

From Vegas to St. Johns, this "Just For Laughs" veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he's a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic - Canadian Comedy Awards, as well as a multiple Gemini nominee for Best Performance in a Comedy.

As Rick Mercer says, Everyone knows Derek is the funniest man in Canada.

Clearly the critics agree... 5 STARS- the funniest man on earth - Winnipeg Free Press; 4 STARS the crowd howled - Victoria Times Colonist; Still the funniest man in Canada -
Toronto Sun; Edwards reigns as the King of Canadian comedy - Charlottetown Guardian; Derek Edwards is hysterical - Calgary Sun; Edwards takes stand-up to next stage -
Georgia Straight; the epitome of timing & storytelling - Halifax Chronicle Herald; the comedian's comedian- London Free Press.

Alls I'm Saying - Derek Edwards' new 90-minute stand-up comedy show....
It's a richly textured and enthralling cut above, delivered with pace and authority by the consummate Canadian Comedian.


April

STEPHEN FEARING

Thursday April 6, 2017
Doors 7:00 Show 7:30
Adults $35 Students $16

Through a life of many relocations and countless months on the road performing, Fearing has become a gifted storyteller and true musical nomad with the ability to enthrall audiences of all sizes and attitudes. “Getting on stage is the fun part, especially when the adrenaline kicks in,” he says, with a broad smile. “People want to escape and be taken on a journey. I build my shows so they do just that.”
Stephen Fearing was born in 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene, learning the fundamentals of song writing and performing, while washing dishes to stay alive. By 1984 he was back in Vancouver, determined to become a professional musician. In the years since, he’s been named as one of the finest songwriters in Canada and has built a national – and international – audience for his music, doing it old school through countless performances at intimate venues and on the concert stages of festivals and theatres across Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe, with appearances at major events like the Reading Festival and WOMAD, to name just a few.

“Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy… masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine

In 1996, Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson formed a new band called 'Blackie and the Rodeo Kings' to record a tribute album of songs by Willie P. Bennett. Nine albums and one JUNO Award later, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American roots-rock-Americana music.

“The best roots-rock band in Canada, period.”
Hamilton Spectator

Their musical collaborators are many, but to name a few – Emmy Lou Harris, City and Colour, Keb Mo, Exene Cervenka, Holy Cole, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sam Phillips, Pam Tillis, Vince Gill, Cassandra Wilson, and Serena Ryder.

In 1998, Stephen Fearing met Andy White backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and a fast friendship was formed. In addition to his own work, White is known for his collaborations with Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, and Sinead O’Connor. As the duo Fearing & White they have released two critically-acclaimed albums and toured throughout Canada and the UK.

Fearing moved from his home in Guelph, ON in 2008, and headed to Halifax, NS. He completed work on Blackie and The Rodeo Kings’ Polaris Prize-nominated Kings and Queens (which featured duets with 14 iconic female singers including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Roseanne Cash). He also got remarried, became a father, and still managed to tour relentlessly.

Fearing has released ten albums as a solo artist, featuring musical guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, and Sarah McLachlan. When not working behind the microphone, Fearing spends time producing records including Suzie Vinnick’s JUNO Award-nominated album Happy Here. “With producing, I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. It’s a blast and, as a bonus, gives me a chance to learn and expand my skill set.”

Like the guests on his albums, the many awards and nominations that have come his way over the years speak to the respect he has earned among his peers, presenters, and critics.

“Blackie and The Rodeo Kings’ ‘Black Sheep’ (penned by Stephen Fearing) is one of my favorite songs from 2011. Meticulously crafted with deep, resonant writing and featuring vocalist Serena Ryder. Kind of like The Band recording with Joni Mitchell back in 1970.”
Brew Michaels, OM KRVO, Kalispell, MT

The JUNO Award-winner also shares his knowledge and experience with fellow musicians through songwriting workshops. “The classes dovetail nicely with performing,” he said. “My students are from all walks of life and I enjoy helping to coax them out of their comfort zones to create songs they might not have otherwise found.”

“A master of the finely-turned phrase and the perfectly-pitched line.”
Maverick Magazine

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