2018 SEASON

Celebrating the Royal's second season!

JANUARY PERFORMANCES


Who Done It? - A Murder Mystery (By The Usual Suspects) January 12 & 13, 2018 7:30 PM Show Style: Drama/Mystery Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS presents a G.I.S.S. Drama Class Production of an Original Play.




FEBRUARY PERFORMANCES


The Rebel of Hungerford (180 th Anniversary: February 22, 1838. Gananoque, Upper Canada) February 9 & 10 7:30 PM Show Style: Drama / Local History Be forwarned, this is not an objective historical lesson! Following the "Gananoque Affair" of February 22, over 80 arrests for treason were made in the Midland District. Nine of those arrested were deemed to have sufficient evidence against them to bring their charges to trial. Two rebel leaders, Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews, had already been hanged following Mackenzie's rebellion in York (Toronto). So the prognosis was not looking good for the defendants. Fortunately, they were able to secure the legal services of a freshly minted lawyer by the name of John A. MacDonald. One of those arrested was a farmer by the name of Pierre Lesage. This story was recently re-discovered by Pierre's great-great-great grandson, Mark Lesage, in Betsy Boyce's book, “The Rebels of Hastings”. In the voice of Pierre, Mark (a fledgling actor and playwright from Tweed, Ontario) draws upon the facts of this story to create a picture of life in rural Upper Canada and to describe circumstances that led to such widespread discontent. Pierre will recount experiences complete with all the sectarian and political prejudices of the age. So, if you're ready to “get your Rebel on” join us at the Royal Theatre for this new, very Canadian play. Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS A Valentine's Concert with Aaron and Andrew Ray February 14, 2018 7:30 PM

Celebrate cupid's big day with the Rays on the Royal's Cabaret Stage. Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS Kevin & Frayne on the Cabaret Stage February 16, 2018 7:30 PM Kevin & Frayne perform "Songs of Romance" with special guest, Rob Bradzilla. Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS Kenneth Cooper: A Place in Time CD Launch www.kennethpaulcooper.com www.facebook.com/kennethpaulcoopermusic store.cdbaby.com/cd/kennethpaulcooper February 23 7:30 PM Kenneth Cooper with special guest, Canadian roots music icon, David Essig. February 24 7:30 PM
An intimate solo concert with Kenneth Cooper. Songs that engage your mind and relax your soul. Treat yourself to an evening of music with singer-songwriter Kenneth Paul Cooper, who will perform the songs from his newly released album Place & Time at our intimate venue. Composed with great humour and a well-crafted narrative, Cooper offers observations on the creative process, the factors associated with the art of song-writing, and shares stories about the many people, places and events that were the inspiration behind his songs. Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS




MARCH PERFORMANCES


A Celtic Evening with Turpin's Trail Sunday, March 18th 7:30 pm We are honoured to have our friends, Turpin's Trail, coming back to the Royal! The evening after Saint Patrick's Day, we have the region's finest Celtic performers right here in Gananoque! Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS




APRIL PERFORMANCES


The Brothers Munro April 6 & 7 7:30 pm These musical siblings bring original songs and traditional folk music to the Royal stage. Gananoque local, John Munro, hosts his brothers and you, the audience, for an evening where you’re sure to feel like part of the family. Celtic Rathskallions in Concert April 14 2:00 PM SPECIAL EVENT PRICING $ 20.00 adults / $ 10.00 children www.celticrathskallions.ca https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg0P01HoZX4&feature=youtu.be Wendy More and Arthur McGregor April 12 - 14 7:30 PM www.celticrathskallions.ca https://youtu.be/i8GvtAkQXGk Wendy More and Arthur McGregor blend original and traditional celtic music played on a variety of instruments and sung in gentle harmonies. Their three nights of performance at the Royal Theatre follows a recent successful tour of western Canada The History of Tom Jones History of a Foundling April 25 - 28 7:30 PM A Comedy by David Rogers Based on the novel by Henry Fielding A Royal Theatre Fundraiser. Join us for a limited 4 night engagement of the farce, "The History of Tom Jones", set in 18th century England.

The Royal Players most recently presented Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol to delighted audiences in December 2017. The cast of the current production includes Kevin John Saylor, Frayne McCarth, and your family and friends: Kaitlin Agius, Will Crawford, Maureen Dixon, Judee Doyle, Cliff Feltham,Gloria Feltham, Ann Haggerty, Peggy Haggerty, Mary Holmes, Madi Machell,FJ McCarthy, Peter McKenty, Jan Orr, Lorraine Payette, Jordon Serson,Cadie Swain, Makayla Swain, Bob Williams, and TJ Woo .




MAY PERFORMANCES


True Love Lies May 10 - 12 7:30 PM https://www.facebook.com/events/2009000882702435/ Following a successful launch in Montreal this winter, the Acts to Grind Theatre presents this play on the Royal Theatre Main Stage. This is a limited engagement for 3 nights only, and features all original members othe cast. True Love Lies is a gut wrenchingly moving dark comedy that promises to be a great opportunity to experience Brad Fraser’s, Canada’s Bad-Boy of Theatre, brilliant writing. The rapid fire dialogue and action moves along at an incredibly fast pace, the language is very dense, almost like Shakespeare, and it’s filled to the brim with fantastic humorous Brad Fraser wit. The character David McMillan returns for a fourth appearance in one of Fraser’s plays; is he Fraser’s alter-ego perhaps? In this provocative, challenging sexualized sitcom-cum-family-explosive sexcapade, McMillan, now a successful restaurateur, returns to Yorkville after a twenty-year absence. The stars crisscross and collide with his close college-days friend Kane Sawatsky, now a successful Interior Decorator and family man, causing mayhem and bedlam to ensue. The bonds of friendship, family values and business relations are put to the test; can they remain steadfast and withstand, uninterrupted by the truths behind the lies told to those we love in order to protect them, once the truth is revealed? Acts to Grind Theatre managing artistic director Davyn Ryall directs the production. Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS No Tenors Allowed May 19th 7:30 PM These two baritones hope that you enjoy scenery chewed as only baritones can chew it in their program "No Tenors Allowed".

With pianist Dina Namer as "the orchestra", they have chosen to present some of their favourite arias and duets for two baritones, selected from opera, operetta, and musical theatre works. ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY ! Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS Made in England May 24 - May 26 7:30 PM
"Made in England" features the musical hits from the U.K. that have kept our toes tapping since Medieval Days! From Greensleeves, through the Beatles, to Andrew Lloyd-Webber, and more. "Made in England" features our own Royal Theatre Singers (a 30 voice group of local singers - your friends and neighbours) who will delight you with English-themed fare. Come join the Royal Theatre Singers perform great musical selections in, "Made from England". Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS God of Carnage May 31 - June 3 7:30 PM Two couples. A broken tooth. A chain of phone calls. And a bottle of rum. "The God of Carnage has ruled, uninterruptedly, since the dawn of time. " How far are you willing to go to protect the one you live? What will cause you to burst? "The God of Carnage by Yasmine Reza. Stendhal X Theatre Company has created an intimate experience for all to journey through, using various processes including: viewpoints, shadow puppetry, clown, corporeal mime, and song. From Montreal, the cast includes: Annie Lujan, Cleopatra Boudreau, Rebecca Bauer, Ryan Downey; Stage Manager Sara Flicht; Costume Design by Sarah Maraucher; Set & Lighting Designer Amy White, with help from Noah Drew. Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS




JUNE PERFORMANCES


Lorne Elliot Live June 7 - 9 7:30 PM June 10 2:00 PM Canadian legend Lorne Elliott comes to Gananoque to provide an engaging evening of stories and anecdotes.

Proudly presented by: King Street Productions Same Time Next Year June 14 - 16 7:30 PM A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning, questionning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. Each of them always appears on schedule, but as time goes on each has some personal crisis that the other helps them through, often without both of them understanding what is going on. But the lovers become steadfast friends, confidants, and touchstones for each other's place in the world. Proudly presented by: King Street Productions Carolyn Fe's Voice and Bass Project with Sam Robinson June 21 - 23 7:30 PM The Royal is please to welcome the return of the always-popular Carolyn Fe, and her musical and vocal stylings, with Sam Robinson on Bass. Carolyn Fe's newest project, Bass 'n Voice with Sam Robinson, strips down the Blues to its foundation's bare minimum. Some old 1930's blues mixed in with some of her original material. Proudly presented by: King Street Productions Tracie Morgan with the Erroneous Monks Leonard Cohen Tribute June 24 7:30 PM
The Royal Theatre is proud to welcome the return of Tracie Morgan and the Erroneous Monks, with her compelling renditions of the work of Canadian Musical Icon, Leonard Cohen. ONE NIGHT ONLY! Proudly presented by: King Street Productions JORDY JACKSON BAND June 28 - 29 7:30 pm www.jordyjacksonband.com The Jordy Jackson Band is a high-energy country band from Kingston, Ontario. Best known for their original music, fan favourite covers, and electric live performances, the band has earned their way into such country festivals in Ontario as the Tweed Stampede, Trackside Music Festival, and the Havelock Country Jamboree. The Jordy Jackson Band's original music is best described as fun, upbeat, and relatable. Proudly presented by: King Street Productions




JULY PERFORMANCES


Canadian Writers on the Stage July 3 - 4 7:30 PM Three Eastern Canadian songwriters share their original music and talk about their craft. Featuring Jeff Callery, Pat Johnson, and host Kenneth Paul Cooper. Presented by: King Street Productions. The Rev-tones July 5 - 7 7:30 PM The Rev-Tones are a five piece band dedicated to presenting the hits of the 1950's and 1960's as they should be played. Their strong vocals and instrumentation make them your best choice for those who love to dance to and enjoy these great tunes. The Rev-Tones will fill the dance floor with the hits you love from Elvis, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino, Ricky Nelson and more! The best of 1950s and 60s rock n' roll nostalgia. High energy musical fun for all ages. Family friendly. Presented by: King Street Productions. Comedy and Magic of Jason Palter July 8 7:30 PM* www.jasonpalterlive.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWbruM8h1N4 Comic Magician and speaker, Jason Palter, has been performing internationally
for over 20 years, and is a past winner of the prestigious “Entertainer of the Year”
honour, presented by the Canadian Event Industry Awards.
His interactive magic and feats of mind reading will blow you away, and the
rapport he almost instantly creates with any crowd is simply astounding. What’s
more amazing, is how he blends his tricks and illusions with sidesplitting hilarity,
rapid-fire ad-libs, and sharp wit. When you watch Jason’s show, you will be
asking, “How the *#$& did he do that?!”, and laughing hysterically at the same
time!
Jason is also a recognized magic trick inventor, with more than a dozen of his
creations sold to magicians worldwide. When he is not being “magical” on stage,
he performs as an actor and voice-over talent for television and film productions.
In addition, Jason continues to consult and coach magic to actors for various film
projects and commercials (previous students include notable actors Al Pacino
and Richard Dreyfuss). *This show is suitable for adult audiences only. Presented by: King Street Productions.
Sister Amnesia's Country Western Nunsense Jamboree July 12 - 14 7:30 PM July 14 - 15 2:00 PM The Royal Theatre, proudly presents this tongue - in - cheek musical review as a promotional tour for Sister Mary Amnesia's newly released album I Could've Gone to Nashville. After regaining her memory Sr. Amnesia realizes she is Sister Mary Paul, a former country singer. Reverend Mother, feeling that one should not waste God-given talent, gets Sister Mary Paul a recording contract and now she is on a national tour. Introducing two new characters, Sister Mary Wilhem (the convent nurse), and Father Virgil Marily Trott (Sister Leo's real life brother) this show is filled with hysterical one-liners and infectous comic tunes. Audiences participate in a rousing "Country Auction" and join with the cast as they sing We know that somewhere up in heaven you're a saint, Patsy Cline! Will Sister Amnesia leave the convent for the Grand Ole Op'ry? You'll have to wait til the finale, Do Unto Others to get the answer.

Presented by: DFT Productions in conjunction with King Street Productions. The Fixer Upper July 19 - 21 7:30 Written by, and starring, comedian and playwright Lorne Elliott, and based on this novel of the same name. The Fixer-Upper is the story of Prince Edward Island resident Bruno MacIntyre, a good-natured slacker looking for an opportunity to make an easy buck. When his father leaves him a rundown old shack in the midst of a swamp, Bruno gets the idea that he can rent it out as a vacation spot to unsuspecting members of his large family for extra income over the summer season. Presented by: King Street Productions.




AUGUST PERFORMANCES


The Durham County Poets August 3 & 4 7:30 PM
The Durham County Poets return to the Royal! Back again on the Royal stage, this wonderful indie-folk group was a big hit in Gananoque last year! This band from Ormstown and Chateauguay, Quebec are uplifting, fun, gregarious, and soooo good! With several CDs under their belts, this group has that rare sound that only comes with the refinement of years of performance.

They're like a fine musical wine... and we hope you'll come to the Royal for a taste!
Limited engagement of 2 nights only! Suitable for all ages. Presented by: King Street Productions. Louis Shryer and Erin Leahy in Concert Aug 12 7:30 PM One Night ONLY!

Louis Shryer and Erin Leahy team up in a never-to-be-forgotten fiddle concert.

Presented by: King Street Productions Turpins Trail Aug 16 - 18 7:30 PM Local favourites, recording artists and East-Coast darlings of the touring circuit, Turpin's Trail return to the Royal Theatre Thousand Islands for three nights of their brilliant brand of Celtic-inspired music. Original and traditional songs are all fresh and inspiring in their musical hands and beautiful voices! Presented by: King Street Productions. The Formica Trio August 19 7:30 PM If you enjoyed the talent behind "The Words and Music of Leonard Cohen", you must come to enjoy the musical fun, sophistication and versatility of Tracie Morgan, Brian Flynn, and Christina Tracy, sharing their own music with you, as they do while jamming with each other around their formica kitchen table! One night only! Presented by: King Street Productions. Counting Aloud August 23 - 25 7:30 PM www.persephoneproductions.org Interweaving some of Shakespeare’s reflections on life, "Counting Aloud" is the story of a passionate ‘woman of a certain age’ who takes up the piano for the first time with dreams of playing like a concert pianist. No stranger to dedication and discipline, having studied ballet, theatre, and yoga, Gabrielle’s innate determination and lifelong study habits serve her well in her quest to conquer the piano, but coming to terms with her own limitations is the unexpected and difficult pill to swallow. Her touching musical journey, a metaphor for the lessons we all must face in life and love, is sprinkled liberally with humour for an entertaining and moving theatrical experience that every audience member will relate to through at least one aspect of their life. Directed by Christopher Moore, written and performed by Gabrielle Soskin. Presented by: Persephone Productions and King Street Productions. The Rebel of Hungerford August 31 & September 1 7:30 PM Show Style: Drama / Local History Be forwarned, this is not an objective historical lesson! Following the "Gananoque Affair" of February 22, over 80 arrests for treason were made in the Midland District. Nine of those arrested were deemed to have sufficient evidence against them to bring their charges to trial. Two rebel leaders, Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews, had already been hanged following Mackenzie's rebellion in York (Toronto). So the prognosis was not looking good for the defendants. Fortunately, they were able to secure the legal services of a freshly minted lawyer by the name of John A. MacDonald. One of those arrested was a farmer by the name of Pierre Lesage. This story was recently re-discovered by Pierre's great-great-great grandson, Mark Lesage, in Betsy Boyce's book, “The Rebels of Hastings”. In the voice of Pierre, Mark (a fledgling actor and playwright from Tweed, Ontario) draws upon the facts of this story to create a picture of life in rural Upper Canada and to describe circumstances that led to such widespread discontent. Pierre will recount experiences complete with all the sectarian and political prejudices of the age. So, if you're ready to “get your Rebel on” join us at the Royal Theatre for this new, very Canadian play. Presented by: KING STREET PRODUCTIONS




SEPTEMBER PERFORMANCES


The Rebel of Hungerford September 1 7:30 PM Show Style: Drama / Local History Be forwarned, this is not an objective historical lesson! Following the "Gananoque Affair" of February 22, over 80 arrests for treason were made in the Midland District. Nine of those arrested were deemed to have sufficient evidence against them to bring their charges to trial. Two rebel leaders, Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews, had already been hanged following Mackenzie's rebellion in York (Toronto). So the prognosis was not looking good for the defendants. Fortunately, they were able to secure the legal services of a freshly minted lawyer by the name of John A. MacDonald. One of those arrested was a farmer by the name of Pierre Lesage. This story was recently re-discovered by Pierre's great-great-great grandson, Mark Lesage, in Betsy Boyce's book, “The Rebels of Hastings”. In the voice of Pierre, Mark (a fledgling actor and playwright from Tweed, Ontario) draws upon the facts of this story to create a picture of life in rural Upper Canada and to describe circumstances that led to such widespread discontent. Pierre will recount experiences complete with all the sectarian and political prejudices of the age. Pierre will recount experiences complete with all the sectarian and political prejudices of the age. So, if you're ready to “get your Rebel on” join us at the Royal Theatre for this new, very Canadian play. Presented by: King Street Productions. Peter and the Wolves September 4 7:30 PM Presented by: King Street Productions. First Peoples' Performing Arts Festival, Second Edition September 6 - 9 Searson Sisters September 14 - 15 7:30 PM Giving Canada's old time sounds a renewal into modern roots. Searson seamlessly blend spirited fiddling, energetic dancing, and modern harmonies. Growing up in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada these sisters began to study music at a very young age, performing locally and competing at Step Dance & Fiddle Contests. Since the age of 4, Erin has been classically trained through the Royal Conservatory of music in piano. Colleen has been studying violin and fiddle methods from all styles around the world since age 9 while both began step dance lessons before the age of 9. This prepared the sisters to grow and expand as they became accomplished performers and musicians and increasingly began to tour across borders and overseas. A love of incorporating the Ottawa Valley style music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish and various other styles can be heard throughout the live show. Presented by: King Street Productions. Tracie Morgan - Arrivals & Departures September 25 7:30 PM One Night Only !

Not to be missed; the vocal stylings of Tracie Morgan.

Presented by: King Street Productions North Sea Gas Sept 28 7:30 PM North Sea Gas is one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment. They have received Gold and Silver Disc awards from the Scottish Music Industry Association and regularly have sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and around the world! Presented by: King Street Productions.




OCTOBER PERFORMANCES


Pumpkin Masquerade Ball Featuring the LaSalle Causeway Band Oct 27 7:30 PM A fundraising event for the Royal Theatre Thousand Islands, the evening includes costumes, mystery, prizes, silent auction plus live music from the Lasalle Causeway Swing Band.

Costumes encouraged, but formal wear is an alternative. Proudly presented by: King Street Productions.




NOVEMBER PERFORMANCES


Danielle Allard Singer/Songwriter in Concert November 2 & 3 7:30 pm Proudly presented by: King Street Productions. Songs of the War Years November 10 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM November 11 2:00 PM Step back in time to the days of hope and fear, love and loyalty, tragedy and heroism. This very special show will be presented Remembrance Day weekend in honour of the sacrifices made in war for us. "Songs of the War Years" is a Musical Revue presented by Ottawa's DFT Productions who are returning to the Royal Theatre following an appearance this past summer. The Revue features songs from the 1940's, as well as a recreation of letters and memoirs from the WWII era. Proudly presented by: King Street Productions. Chris Murphy sings Garth Brooks November 16 7:30 pm Proudly presented by: King Street Productions. The Great Gan Variety Show November 23 & 24 7:30 pm Proudly presented by: King Street Productions.




DECEMBER PERFORMANCES


The Nutcracker Prince December 6 & 7 7:30 PM December 8 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM Long before the Nutcracker Ballet there was an original story called “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” which is the basis for this whimsical theatrical re-telling entitled "The Nutcracker Prince" . It is the story of a fairy-tale land ruled by an evil king who is constantly at odds with a royal mouse family that also inhabits the castle. Secrets and curses abound in this production - featuring over twenty local actors - as we go back to the original source material by E.T. A. Hoffman. Presented by the Royal Theatre Players. Proudly presented by: King Street Productions. Turpin's Trail Celtic Christmas Friday Dec. 14 7:30 PM Proudly presented by: King Street Productions. Figure Eight Saturday, Dec. 15 7:30 PM Figure Eight rocks at the ROYAL!
And now for something not so Christmasy for a change, but a great evening out for any age that appreciates Contemporary Rock. FIGURE EIGHT is a local rock band that has been travelling and playing shows a lot throughout this past year. They are ending their year with this one-night-only show at the Royal. Their opening band is a Kingston group called Subzero Paradise. Proudly presented by: King Street Productions. Royal Theatre Singers Christmas Concert December 20 & 21 7:30 PM A mixed choir of 25 members who will be singing your favourite carols, as well as some interesting new choral pieces. Their harmonies and enthusiasm will lift your spirits as they transport you into the wonderful magic and joy of the Christmas season. Proudly presented by: King Street Productions.