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Holmes and Watson Save the Empire!

By Jahnna Beecham & Malcolm Hillgartner

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In this Musical-Comedy-Mystery, the world’s most famous super-sleuth SHERLOCK HOLMES and his faithful friend and sidekick DOCTOR WATSON are thrust into a mystery that could topple the British Monarchy – and the prime suspect is the criminal mastermind of Europe: PROFESSOR MORIARTY!

Family-friendly, fast and funny, HOLMES & WATSON SAVE THE EMPIRE! features jaunty, toe-tapping music reminiscent of the great Music Hall tradition of the Victorian Era, colourful costumes, props and set, and plenty of laughs!

2014:

Jan. 22 – 25  Kay Meek Centre Studio Theatre, West Vancouver, BC 604-981-6335 

March 7            Chilliwack Arts & Cultural Centre, Chilliwack, BC 604-391-7469

March 8         Surrey Arts Centre, Surrey, BC  604-501-5566

April 1- 5        Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam, BC 604-927-6555

Aug. 16           Gabriola Theatre Festival, Gabriola Island, BC 250-247-7409  info@artsgabriola.ca

“If you like silly, inoffensive fun, this tongue-in-cheek romp will leave you cheering.” – Martin Millerchip, North Shore News

“A family-friendly, hilarious musical mystery starring Damon Calderwood and Gordon Roberts (the fearless duo from Billy Bishop Goes to War).” West Ender

“Full of witty songs…a hilarious romp through the strange world of deduction as the dynamic duo try to figure out Queen Victoria’s secret…the songs are upbeat and well executed…this was a delightful night at the theatre and a must see for Sherlock Holmes fans.”Tessa Perkins, Press Plus One

“These two are so well matched as actors and singers that you will be guaranteed a good time.” – Trilby Jeeves, GVPTA

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Always … Patsy Cline

ACEproductions  is offering the First Impressions Theatre production of “Always ... Patsy Cline”. Written by Ted Swindley this musical chronicles the close friendship and correspondence between Patsy (played by  Colleen Rae Lornie) and super-fan Louise Seger (played by Louise Porter). “Always … Patsy Cline” had two extremely successful runs at the Shaw Theatre in Deep Cove, BC May 5 to 21 and November 2016. Featuring the Bodacious Bobcat Band playing Patsy’s hits “Walkin’ After Midnight”, “I Fall to Pieces”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “Anytime”, and of course “Crazy” this show for all ages will have you tapping your boots and whooping and hollering in the aisles!

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Billy Bishop Goes to War

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One of Canada’s most enduring plays won the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Award, The Chalmers Canadian Play Award and the Governor General’s Award for Drama.   It has been performed all over the world for over thirty years since John Gray first wrote it in collaboration with Eric Peterson.  This play with music was produced in 2008 by ACEproductions and First Impressions Theatre  with Damon Calderwood as Billy Bishop (and 17 other characters) and Gordon Roberts as the Narrator/Pianist.  These two veteran Vancouver performers bring an exciting and fresh interpretation to this most iconic of Canadian plays employing a simple set and props while utilizing audio visual effects to enhance the “white-knuckle” story telling.  The musical follows Billy Bishop, Canada’s greatest World War 1 flying ace, on his feats of daring down into the trenches, up to the skies, through the halls of Buckingham Palace and inside the human spirit as he struggles to reconcile the ecstacy of flying with the horrors of war.

 

“This is Billy Bishop the way it was meant to be!”  John MacLachlan Gray

 

The New York Times described it as “A high-flying ace of a show capturing the humor, the hellfire, and the daring-do of an extraordinary career!”

 

Fort McMurray Today:  p.3 24/11/2009

“Billy Bishop Goes To War is an excellent show and a fantastic showcase for a talented and inventive Canadian performer.  Missing this show is a mistake for anyone who is even a casual fan of theatre.  Not only does the show make for an entertaining piece of theatre, but it also shines a light on one of Canada’s great military heroes.

 

Vernon Morning Star B3 10/30/2009

The musical follows Billy Bishop on his feats of daring down into the trenches, up to the skies, through the halls of Buckingham Palace and inside the human spirit as he struggles to reconcile the ecstasy of flying with the horrors of war.

 

Peninsula News Review A22 14/01/2009

The high flying show captures the humour and hellfire of an extraordinary career.  With a mixture of irony and white-knuckle tale telling, the Canadian classic dramatizes the life of First World War fighter pilot Billy Bishop.

 

John Gray interview with the Peninsula News Review

“The show is the story of the number one flying ace of the first world war who was a Canadian and not only survived but did extremely well.  That comes with all kinds of ironies, much more than dying in the war.  It was the most produced show in America for four years … I would never have thought people would be seeing it now.  It’s now 30 years since I wrote it.  It just keeps being done.  People who see it, want to see it again.

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Tomfoolery

The Words and Music of Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer, a Harvard educated math professor, delighted millions of fans during the ’50s and ’60s with his dry, cynical, but good-humoured attacks on the A-bomb, racism, pollution, pornography, the military, the boy scouts and, of course, mathematics.

Nothing is sacred in this hysterical Tom Lehrer revue featuring such Lehrer favourites as “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park”, “When You Are Old and Grey”, “The Old Dope Peddler” and an unforgettable Gilbert and Sullivan-esque recitation of the table of elements, linked together with his own inimitable concert patter.


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