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Oh What A Feeling - Part 2

May 2 @ 7:30PM

Saturday May 2nd, 2015

Oh What A Feeling Part 2– The Acoustic Café

Tickets are $35.00.  Member discounts in effect!

To Benefit the Academy Theatre Foundation

The Academy Theatre is pleased to welcome back the same cast of area artists that presented “Oh What A Feeling! 50 Years of Canadian Hits”. 

OWAF-Part 2 -The Acoustic Café will again feature performances of memorable Canadian Hits from the past 50 years but in an all unplugged acoustic setting. The first half of the concert will recreate the coffee house atmosphere of the 60’s while the second set will again feature the performers taking part in the semi-circle “Kitchen Party” that last years audience is still talking about! 

*Area Artists in support of the Academy Theatre:

Terri & Rick Johnson – Randy Read  - Bob May – Gerald Vanhalteren –  Jessica Palmer Bryan Feland - Briannah Cotton - John Vanhalteren – Dale Saunders - Jeremy Vanhalteren - Kylie McCullough - Gerrit and Caleb Vanhalteren

Every penny from every ticket purchased for this event benefits the Academy Theatre. 

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

May 7 @ 7:00PM

Please visit www.kawarthatickets.ca for the presale tickets.

 

Tickets are $60.95

Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan. His latest musical oeuvre is ably supported by the coolest cats in Nashville - his backing band, The Fabulous Superlatives: guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, and bassist Paul Martin.

Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Marty Stuart has shown a showman’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music. Not to mention, a missionary’s zeal for bringing the importance of the music and its themes home to longtime fans and newcomers alike. Musicologist Peter North cites, “Marty Stuart seems wrapped in his destiny at this point in time. Not only as country music’s most notable ambassador/caretaker, but as its main archetypical crusader. He has without question evolved into one of the most important roots musicians and visionaries in America.”

Marty’s newest chapter is Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions) which includes such unmitigated country staples as the male-female duet "I Run to You," written and sung with Connie Smith), the chugging, bluesy—and spooky— fellow Mississippian Jimmie Rodgers-like train song "Ghost Train Four-Oh-Ten," and such steel guitar driven, hardcore heartbreak ballads such as "A World Without You," (another co-write with Connie) and "Drifting Apart."

As the Ghost Train project unfolded, Stuart notes, “I referred to the original blueprint of country music for the subject matter…those were my standards. I wrote about love, marriage, heartaches, trains, home, work (or the lack of), vagrancy, the law, jail, rivers, death, sin, redemption, drinking and goodhearted women. Those words and melodies are wrapped around rounders, ghosts, lovesick fools, the tortured soul of a grim executioner, a wino, a preacher, the working man, rocking and rolling country boys, weary tearstained travelers, gamblers, thugs, thieves, and the likes of me. The stories are staged from locations that vary from San Francisco to Texas, Heaven, Hell, a graveyard, hanging gallows, Nashville and on to Mississippi where all of those places somehow slowly morph into railroad tracks that disappear into the middle of nowhere. Now that’s my kind of story and a pretty honest reflection of the last few years of my life. It’s pure language from the Old Testament side of country music. And according to the newspaper I read this morning, all of the above mentioned are alive and well…still valid.”Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan. His latest musical oeuvre is ably supported by the coolest cats in Nashville - his backing band, The Fabulous Superlatives: guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson, and bassist Paul Martin.

Since starting out singing gospel as a child, Marty Stuart has shown a showman’s zest for every conceivable flavor of country music. Not to mention, a missionary’s zeal for bringing the importance of the music and its themes home to longtime fans and newcomers alike. Musicologist Peter North cites, “Marty Stuart seems wrapped in his destiny at this point in time. Not only as country music’s most notable ambassador/caretaker, but as its main archetypical crusader. He has without question evolved into one of the most important roots musicians and visionaries in America.”

Marty’s newest chapter is Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions) which includes such unmitigated country staples as the male-female duet "I Run to You," written and sung with Connie Smith), the chugging, bluesy—and spooky— fellow Mississippian Jimmie Rodgers-like train song "Ghost Train Four-Oh-Ten," and such steel guitar driven, hardcore heartbreak ballads such as "A World Without You," (another co-write with Connie) and "Drifting Apart."

As the Ghost Train project unfolded, Stuart notes, “I referred to the original blueprint of country music for the subject matter…those were my standards. I wrote about love, marriage, heartaches, trains, home, work (or the lack of), vagrancy, the law, jail, rivers, death, sin, redemption, drinking and goodhearted women. Those words and melodies are wrapped around rounders, ghosts, lovesick fools, the tortured soul of a grim executioner, a wino, a preacher, the working man, rocking and rolling country boys, weary tearstained travelers, gamblers, thugs, thieves, and the likes of me. The stories are staged from locations that vary from San Francisco to Texas, Heaven, Hell, a graveyard, hanging gallows, Nashville and on to Mississippi where all of those places somehow slowly morph into railroad tracks that disappear into the middle of nowhere. Now that’s my kind of story and a pretty honest reflection of the last few years of my life. It’s pure language from the Old Testament side of country music. And according to the newspaper I read this morning, all of the above mentioned are alive and well…still valid.”

The Late and the Great, George Jones

May 16 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $40.00. Featuring 90 minutes of golden hits made famous by the legendary George Jones quoted by his peers as the greatest voice in traditional country music.
Hear such songs as "White Lightning", "He Stopped Loving Her Today", "The Grand Tour", "She Still Thinks I Care" and many more!

The Comic Strippers

May 23 @ 7:30PM

Tickets are $40. Special 10% discount for groups of 10 or more - just enter the code 'GROUP' when ordering!  

A Male Stripper Parody and Improv Comedy Show

The Comic Strippers are a fictitious male stripper troupe, played  by a cast of some of Canada’s best improvisational comedians. These guys try to be sexy… it just comes out funny. Constantly grooving and gyrating, in between scenes they banter with the crowd and perform their sexylarious twist on improv sketches. They sing, they “dance;” these guys are oiled up and ready to make you laugh. Women often say the most attractive thing about a man is his sense of humour - so ladies, these stripped-down comedians are sure to make your head explode. And not to worry, gentlemen, this is definitely a parody of male strippers. Some of the performers have what’s called 'Comedy Bodies' - they will make you look fabulous by comparison!

Semi-undressed and completely unscripted, The Comic Strippers take off their shirts and take on your suggestions to create a whole new genre of comedy.

WARNING: No extreme nudity, just extreme hilarity. A show for all genders… 19+ only

Fresh from sold out shows in Vegas, Australia and Canada, The Comic Strippers are:

Roman Danylo - For five seasons, Roman starred on CTV’s Comedy Inc. As a stand-up comedian, he has appeared on Just For Laughs and The Debaters.

Ken Lawson - Ken starred in the Canadian sitcom Health Nutz and has performed all over North America with The Vancouver Theatre Sports Leagueand The Second City.

David Milchard - David is an internet sensation with over 50 million hits for his YouTube videos “Convos With My 2 Year Old.”

Chris Casillan - An improv comedy vet with The Vancouver Theatre Sports League, Chris is also a Canadian Comedy Award winner with his sketch comedy group Canadian Content.

★★★★★ “Extremely funny comedy show that showcases their mercurial improvisational talents.” - UK Fringe  Review 
★★★★ “A high- energy evening that never loses pace.” - Adelaide Now 
“A show suitable for both men and women… an entertaining ride where anything goes.” - Rip It Up Magazine 
“One of the most hilarious shows I've ever seen.” - Vancouver Sun

 

A Tribute to Elvis in Concert

June 5 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $49.00.  Paquette Productions is proud to present the most anticipated Elvis show of the year: "A Tribute to Elvis in Concert.”

This exciting show will feature two of the worlds most sought after Elvis Tribute Artists known today: Pete Paquette from Toronto and for the first time ever in Ontario, Canada, Chris Connor from the United Kingdom. Supporting this dynamic duo will be The Rockin' Royals Band and The Tonettes.

Canada’s Premier Elvis Tribute Artist, Pete Paquette, who is currently performing across Canada in his hit show “Elvis: The Moments”, will set the stage with his explosive energy, recreating a performance of two of the King's most defining moments of his career, from his early Rock & Roll years to his electrifying 1968 Comeback Special in his famous Black Leather Outfit.

Direct from the United Kingdom, Chris Connor, within a few short years, has skyrocketed himself to becoming one of the most popular and sought after Elvis Tribute Artist in the world. His natural looks and voice astounds his audiences at every concert.  Chris delivers a powerful tribute to Elvis in the Concert Years which will leave you mesmerized from beginning to end.   

Come witness “A Tribute to Elvis In Concert,” starring Pete Paquette and Chris Connor on the same stage representing an authentic and respectful performance remembering the one and only, Elvis Presley.

The Honeymooners Play

June 26 @ 8:00PM

Retro 50’s television comes alive at The Academy Theatre

 

Tickets are $40 plus taxes and service charges.  “Honeymooners, the Golden Age of Television” revisits the era that made Jackie Gleason and Art Carney stars of television. Told through the lens of the popular series, the Honeymooners, this production looks at their lasting friendship and the work they accomplished together.

The curmudgeonly Ralph Cramden and lovable Ed Norton bring out the laughs as the show is seen being shot in the New York television studio. Alternating between the studio and Jackie’s favourite bar, this funny yet touching script is written by Sharyl Hudson and directed by Peter Muir with musical direction by Bill Sewers. Starring Alex Ryker as Jackie Gleason and Dan Anderson as Art Carney, a cast of characters brings the story to life.

"There was little rehearsal. Gleason liked it that way...and there were no second takes. The show went out "live". The sets were painted cardboard (with the only set of apartment doors that opened "outwards" instead of "inwards). Nobody imagined this short run series of half-hour episodes would rerun continuously everywhere in the world on television for the next 50 years...."

Come see Jackie and Art set the early television world on fire with comedy, music and song with this unique production.

 

Wingfield's Folly

August 29 @ 7:30PM

August 30 @ 2:30PM

Tickets are $37.00.  Member discounts in effect.  Public sale starts April 18.

Wingfield's Folly

by Dan Needles

starring Rod Beattie

directed by Douglas Beattie

August 29 at 7:30pm and August 30 at 2:30pm. 

Third in the popular series of one-man stage plays which has delighted audiences across Canada for over 25 years.  In this episode, stockbroker-turned-farmer Walt Wingfield pinpoints the source of his economic woes and faces his most profound crisis to date.  Once again the residents of R.R. #1 Larkspur grab a good seat and take bets on what Walt will lose first - his heart or his mind. 

Rod/Walt is a crowd pleaser; to use an abysmal cliche he is a ray of sunshine...just as engaging the third time round. - Monday Magazine 

With gestures and a grab bag of different voices any impressionist would kill for, the actor is able to conjure up imaginary characters with a few deft strokes - Victoria Times Colonist

 A sure-fire hit...equally good, amusing and excellent theatre...Rod Beattie is flawless in his portrayal of Walt and all the other people of Persepone Township - The Oak Bay Star

 

Legends on Tour

October 4 @ 3:00PM

Tickets are $45.00. “Legends On Tour” brings you some of the world’s most exciting and respected performers live on stage for one night only!
 
This show will feature some of the most incredible Tributes to Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and a special guest performance by the sensational “Tonettes” accompanied by the “Rockin’ Royals Band”
 
Buddy Holly: Zachary Stevenson direct from Vancouver, and the headliner from the Internationally acclaimed “Buddy Holly Story”, Zachary has been playing the starring role as Buddy Holly in over ten different productions of the Buddy Holly Story across North America. Zachary was named one of the top ten talents to watch out for in the Vancouver Sun. Zachary will keep you rockin’ in your seats with his amazing performance.
 
Patsy Cline: Amberley Beatty will make you 'fall to pieces' with her incredible look and sound of one of the greatest singers in the history of country music the late Patsy Cline. With the western garb, bright red lips, and the sultry sound, Amberley captures the essence of Patsy Cline like no other. You will be taken back to the 50’s with the incredible talents of Amberley.
 
Elvis: Pete Paquette is a World-class Elvis Tribute Artist that is in great demand and is highly regarded as one of the top Elvis performers in the business today. Known for captivating his audiences through his incredible voice, high energy, charisma, and playful spontaneity with his audiences, Pete is an exciting performer to watch and leaves his audiences wanting more as he brings the 50’s back to life.
 
The Tonettes:  Cathy, Marlene and Amoy as you have never seen them before, have been blessed with power, sensitivity, and vocal energy. This sensational trio will be performing a variety of songs dedicated to the great 50s and 60s musical eras.  This special performance is one rarely seen by this amazing group of singers. They will leave you wanting more.

 

Class of '59

October 24 @ 8:00PM

Tickets are $45.00 - October 24 at 8pm

CLASS OF ’59

GET READY TO ROCK with BUDDY HOLLY, ELVIS, JERRY LEE LEWIS and the “CLASS OF ‘59”… The greatest all-star rock’n’roll jam-session ever is coming to town.

Imagine Buddy Holly on guitar, Jerry Lee Lewis on piano, the Big Bopper on string bass together with Young Elvis, Bill Haley, The Everly Brothers and Brenda Lee dropping by to participate.  Experience the early years of Rock’n’Roll…  when the music was raw, pure and simple and played the way it’s supposed to be played.  More Info at www.Classof59.info .

Million Dollar Quartet and Buddy Holly Story headliners provide rock’n’roll excellence...

Lance Lipinsky from the world-famous “Million Dollar Quartet” and Jeff Giles  from the internationally acclaimed “Buddy Holly Story”, have joined forces to present a not to be missed “Oldies” concert experience... The Class of ‘59.  
               Being two of the very best tribute artists in the world, they have to accept being able to swallow large doses of their egos. When they take on the persona of well-known celebrities, they must fade into the background in order to make their character believable on both a visual and vocal level.
               But every now and then there's a tribute performer that's so good people can't help but notice the person behind the persona - lurking somewhere beyond the make-up, costumes and over-the-top hair styles.
               Twenty seven-year old Lance Lipinsky is one of those lurkers... and for him to come out from behind his character is really saying something because Lipinsky takes on one of the wilder entertainers out there - as the piano Rock’n’Roll pioneer and wild man Jerry Lee Lewis.
               With so many tribute artists, audience members leave the theatre saying things like "he really sounded like so and so" or "he was off on his take of so and so." With Lipinsky, everyone in the audience is wondering and wanting to know "Jerry Lee Lewis or not... who is that guy?"
               And Giles is no slouch either, as he has performed the starring role in no less than7 different productions of “The Buddy Holly Story” including the prestigious Charlottetown Festival. As Holly, giles will be performing all of Buddy's huge hits including… “Maybe Baby”, “That'll Be The Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “Everyday” and “Oh Boy.”
        Buddy Holly and The Killer… will be playing guitar and piano, respectively, in the all-star Legends Band including “Big Bopper” on string bass plus guest performers… Young Elvis, Bill Haley, Brenda Lee and the Everly Brothers. Don’t miss Class of ’59…  it’s a fabulous “oldies” rock’n’roll show on tour in western Canada during the fall of 2015.

More information & Video
Available at www.Classof59.info