Gold Fever at the Toronto Festival of Clowns

Keystone Theatre is delighted to return to the Toronto Festival of Clowns with their newest silent film inspired play Gold Fever. After premiering The Last Man on Earth at the festival in 2011, and touring across Canada to rave reviews and sold out houses, Keystone sets its sights on a new work inspired by the Klondike. Set in a barren and brutal landscape where fortunes are made and hearts are broken, Gold Fever explores how the dream of striking it rich brings out the best and the worst in people. Brilliant physical comedy and the rough and tumble spirit of the Klondike combine as we bring unique characters and their stories to life.

Dora Award Winning Keystone Theatre performs in their signature style bringing the aesthetic of silent films to life on stage. The highly talented ensemble dons stylized makeup and costumes all in black, white, and shades of grey. A few strategic title cards appear from time to time, but their stories are primarily communicated through look, gesture, and emotion all supported by an original musical score performed live. Their varied expertise combined with their passion for silent film has allowed them to perfect an entirely unique genre of physical theatre.

Thursday May 30th at 8PM
Saturday June 1st at 6pm
Sunday June 2nd at 4pm

At the The Scotiabank Studio Theatre at Pia Bouman School – 6 Noble St.

Co-Created by The Keystone Theatre Ensemble | Director: Richard Beaune | Producer and Stage Manager: Kimberly Beaune | Musical Director/Composer: David Atkinson | Performers: Dana Fradkin, Phil Rickaby, Sarah Joy Bennett, Stephen La Frenie | Keystone Theatre

Character Keys Workshop

Creating Character Through The Body
with Actor / Director / Instructor / Coach
Richard Beaune, Artistic Director Keystone Theatre

Through his work as an actor and director at a variety of theatres across the country, Richard Beaune has developed a comprehensive method for creating unique and memorable characters. Using the techniques of sound and gesture, body centres and Laban, Richard has helped many actors to explore and refine their approach to character work. This method of character creation is central to the his work with his award winning company Keystone Theatre.

This intensive 3hr workshop will provide participants with the tools and vocabulary required to create or develop an infinite variety of diverse characters.

The Natural Performer
with Actor / Mime / Clown / Teacher / Artist
Stephen LaFrenie, Performer/Co-creator Keystone Theatre

Using a series of physical theatre techniques based in Commedia Dell’Arte and character work, each participant will find their own style of physical expression. Each of us has a unique performing style and character which needs to be developed and expressed in order to understand traditional characters and movement. The objective is not to discard natural rhythms but to use them to accomplish and personalize the traditional.

This intensive 3hr workshop will provide an introduction to and a foundation for understanding traditional Commedia Dell’Arte characters.

Musical Keys (May 19th only)
with Musician / Performer / Teacher / Dora Award Winner
David Atkinson, Music Director Keystone Theatre
Both classes on May 19th will be accompanied by live music. On this day Musicians of all styles are invited to take the classes and Keystone Theatre’s Music Director will share insights on how music can play an integral role in character creation.

Sunday, May 12th & Sunday, May 19th
10am – 1pm – Character Keys
2pm – 5pm – The Natural Performer
One 3hr Class $60, Two $100, Three $150, All Four $200
CAEA Members Receive a 20% Discount

To register or for more info email dana@keystonetheatre.net

Location:May 12 at Toronto Dance Theatre, and May 19 at Fringe Creation Lab

The Last Man on Earth at Winnipeg Fringe


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In The Last Man on Earth, The Devil and his minion plot to corrupt the last vestige of innocence on earth. Underdog Gormless Joe must play the hero or lose everything, including his one chance at love. Dora Award-Winning Keystone Theatre brings to the stage a thrilling new play in the style of a silent film. Cast: Phil Rickaby as Gormless Joe, Dana Fradkin as Penelope, Stephen LaFrenie as The Devil, Sarah Joy Bennett as Minion, and David Atkinson as The Piano Man.

Speed Dating Event


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Calling All Singles!

Keystone Theatre is hosting a SPEED DATING EVENT and you are invited! We are looking for single men and women 25yrs – 45yrs to come out for a fun evening of music, mingling and meeting new people. Where else can you go on upto 25 mini dates in one evening, mix and mingle with other singles, enjoy live music played by an award winning musician and support the arts all at the same time?

Date: Tuesday, January 31st
Time: 7:00pm
Where: The Victory Cafe – 581 Markham Street, Toronto (Upstairs)
Cost: $25 per person

Advance registration is required and space is limited!! Go to http://date.keystonetheatre.net to register
How does Speed Dating Work??
Once you register and pay in advance on line and you are assigned a letter of the alphabet (women) or number (men). Doors open at 7pm and there is a cash bar and time to mix and mingle a bit. At 7:25pm all women are asked to take a seat at their assigned tables and at 7:30pm all men are asked to go to their starting table and start their first mini dates. Dates are 5 min long and there is 1 min of move time between dates. Half way through, we will take a break for more mingling and some hors d’oeurves. Both men and women have a list of the letters or numbers assigned and can make note of anyone they are interested in making a connection with. Once all the men have visited all of the ladies tables, everyone hands in their lists to the hostess and the bar will remain open for additional mingling. The next day you will recieve a confidential email with the name and contact information for anyone with whom you had a DOUBLE MATCH. That means you chose them AND they chose you.

It’s going to be a great night! Come out and have some fun!

The Last Man On Earth


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n The Last Man on Earth, The Devil and his minion plot to corrupt the last vestige of innocence on earth. Underdog Gormless Joe must play the hero or lose everything, including his one chance at love. Dora Award-Winning Keystone Theatre brings to the stage a thrilling new play in the style of a silent film. Co-created by Phil Rickaby, Dana Fradkin, Stephen LaFrenie, Janick Hebert, Ginette Mohr (Director), Richard Beaune (Dramaturg/Artistic Director) David Atkinson (Music) & Kimberly Beaune (Stage Manager/Production Manager)

The Last Man on Earth is a part of the Toronto Festival of Clowns For more information, go to http://www.torontoclown.com/