Contest Announcement

We’re announcing a contest in support of our current IndieGoGo campaign. Starting today we’re asking you to share our campaign with your network, and we have prizes for the people who get the most people to check out our campaign.

To the person who gets the most people to visit to our indieGoGo campaign, we’ll give a Keystone Theatre gift bag, containing:
– 1 “Sigh” pin
– 1 5-pack of greeting cards,
– 1 Keystone Theatre calendar
– 1 “Sigh” mug

But that’s not all! To the person who’s visitors donate the most money to our campaign, we’ll give you:
– 1 “Sigh” pin
– 1 5-pack of greeting cards,
– 1 Keystone Theatre calendar
– 1 “Sigh” mug
– 1 “Sigh” T-shirt
– 2 tickets to the performance of your choice (subject to availability) of The Last Man on Earth in April 2014

Here’s how to participate: Login or create an account at http://www.indiegogo.com, then go to our campaign Give Keystone Theatre for the Holidays. Directly under our intro video, you’ll see the indieGoGo sharing tools. They look like this:

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Copy the link beside Share This Campaign, and use it to share on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, your blog, or where ever. If you are logged into IndieGoGo when you get the link, we will be able to see how many people you bring to our campaign, and how much money the people you’ve brought our way have donated. Remember: you have to be logged in when you get that link for us to see this.

Contest closes December 7th, 2013.

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

A little mini-review


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Shane Adamzak (AKA Zack Adams), says about The Last Man on Earth:

“Beautiful original show. We performed in the style of “Silent Theatre”. 4 superb performers, great live soundtrack.”

Montreal Fringe Festival Review Round Up


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A collection of reviews of The Last Man on Earth from the Montreal Fringe Festival:

Indyish.com called the show “truly different, original, and smart. A real treat.”

Bloodyunderrated.net said “Without a single word spoken onstage and featuring only the occasional (and highly effective) bilingual title card, the story of The Last Man on Earth is related through the beautifully over the top acting and excellent live piano accompaniment. The show is delightful from start to finish, consistently sentimental but never cloying. Sarah Joy Bennett, meanwhile, plays the most lovable evil minion you will ever see onstage.”

From The Montreal Gazette: “Charlie Chaplin fans will want to check out The Last Man on Earth, a beautifully crafted mime show of the silent movie kind featuring a doofus hero, a damsel in distress, a bad guy and his wily human-bat servant. The piano player, who does it all by heart, is amazing. This is charming family fare, from Toronto.”

 

The Last Man on Earth reviewed at Montreal Fringe


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Our first review from the Montreal Fringe Festival is in,from bloodyunderrated.net.

Without a single word spoken onstage and featuring only the occasional (and highly effective) bilingual title card, the story of The Last Man on Earth is related through the beautifully over the top acting and excellent live piano accompaniment. The show is delightful from start to finish, consistently sentimental but never cloying

Read the full review of The Last Man on Earth here