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Jessie Richardson Awards 2009

Congrats to the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award nominations for fellow "Pinter's Briefs" and "True Believers" team members...!


Kaleidoscope Theatre Productions 



Written by William Shakespeare

Adaptation & Direction by Leslie D. Bland

May 22 – 31, 2009 at the Belfry Arts Centre


“Something Wicked This Way Comes”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE…Victoria, May 4, 2009 – Kaleidoscope Theatre’s modern multimedia adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth premieres May 22 at the Belfry Arts Centre.  Macbeth has always been one of Artistic Director, Leslie Bland’s favourite Shakespeares.  “The combination of political intrigue, the supernatural, conspiracies, and blood-guts- and-gore plumbed and held aloft through the Bard’s language makes for an irresistible creation.   No wonder it’s considered one of Shakespeare’s five greatest works.”

The play explores the dangers of the lust for power, and the betrayal of friends. Perhaps more importantly though, it asks the question as to whether man controls his own fate.  Does Macbeth come to a bad end due to his destiny, or due to his actions to claim a prophecy?   

Adaptor Leslie D. Bland has had this adaptation in the works for more than 20 years.  Set in modern times, the witches are portrayed as the mainstream media, and the production will feature integrated use of multi-media including pre-recorded scenes of the show’s cast.   Bland says “It can be argued that they (the witches) drive the plot of the play, just as it can be advocated that the media determine today’s society and politics.  From JFK’s triumph over Richard Nixon in the first televised presidential debate, to Trudeau-mania, to Oprah’s influence in kick-starting Barack Obama’s rise to power, the media have played a big hand in the political fortunes of our leaders.”

We are fortunate to have a stellar cast and creative team including local actors: Chris Mackie (Macbeth), John Emmet Tracy (Malcolm, Ross, 1st Reporter), Trevor Hinton (Macduff), Roderick Glanville (Banquo), Christine Upright (Duncan), and Tonya Albers (3rd Reporter).  They are joined by Vancouver-based actor Melissa Oei playing Lady Macbeth/ 1st Reporter.  We are tremendously excited to be collaborating with multiple Jessie Award-winner, and highly sought after projections designer Jamie Nesbitt.   Carole Klemm (Set), Kate Dutton (Costumes), Rebekah Johnson (Lights), and Alexander Brendan Ferguson (Sound) round out the creative team.  

The play has also been trimmed in length to approx 100 minutes for young audiences age 12 - adult.  Our school matinee performance bookings are a huge success with a near sell-out.  We anticipate our limited public performances will also sell out, so the public is encouraged to book their tickets at the Belfry Box office to ensure attendance at this ground-breaking world premiere.  

Of special note -- This production of Macbeth is the subject of a feature documentary by Vancouver’s JIB Entertainment. 

Public Performances:

Friday, May 22 – 8 pm (Opening Night)

Saturday, May 23 – 8 pm

Saturday, May 30 – 8 pm

Sunday, May 31 – 2 pm (Matinee)


Adults $22.05 (inclusive of charges and taxes)

Students $19.95 (inclusive of charges and taxes)

Tickets available at the Belfry Box Office (250) 385-6815


Shakespeare’s Macbeth is proudly supported by our following sponsors:

Season Sponsors

Thrifty Foods, “A” British Columbia, CRD, BC Gaming Policy and Enforcement, Playtime Bingo, BC Arts Council

Show Sponsors

JIB Enterprises, Traveller’s Inn Hotels & Resorts,

Media & Print Partners

 Times Colonist, Island Parent Magazine, Monday Magazine, South Island Print Services

Art of Murder

I created the score/sound designed Art of Murder currently playing at Gateway Theatre in Richmond, BC, and soon to be playing at Vertigo Theatre in Calgary, AB.

More info at:

So, get your tickets already!


Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Aladdin Jr. wins Best Musical

Kaleidoscope Theatre's production of "Aladdin Jr." (for which I was the sound designer and played the role of Iago, the parrot) won the 2008 Victoria Critics' Spotlight Award for best musical!  Congrats to all involved!

Victoria Reviewers like Silverwing


"Bad-guy bats add oodles of fun to kids' show"

"This is a good production; parents looking for a Christmas family outing will find it worthwhile."

"The production boasts theatrical, effective music composed by Alexander Ferguson."

- Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist 


"It's good stuff."

"...Alexander Ferguson's great score that has that movie feel..." 

- David Lannam, CBC 


"This action-packed and moving tale perfectly achieved what the book was about--a portrayal of creatures with very real human qualities."

- Stephanie Dawson


I designed the sound, wrote the score, and am playing the role of Chinook in... 


Kaleidoscope Theatre presents:


Kenneth Oppel's classic story come to life!


Friday, December 5, 2008


Sunday, December 14, 2008


McPherson Playhouse

(#3 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC)



Join us for the Vancouver Island premiere of stage adaptation of Kenneth Oppel's award-winning and best-selling book Silverwing.

A cast of 35 of Victoria's best performers bring this exciting tale to life in a visually stunning stage production.


Timothy Johnston, Amanda Lisman, Roderick Glanville, Michael Delamont, Gina McIntosh, Jane Broomfield and Tonya Albers.

Shade, a Silverwing bat, defies the law and looks at the sun, initiating a chain of events that leads to the destruction of his home, and his colony's premature migration. During their flight south, he is separated from them during a storm. He befriends a Brightwing bat named Marina, and the two embark on a quest to rejoin the colony. Along the way, Shade becomes a master of the sound, painting pictures and creating illusions with echoes, and must navigate himself through a series of beliefs and worldviews, in order to find his own truth.

Silverwing has received numerous honours including the Mr. Christie Book Award, Ontario Library Associations Sliver Birch Award, and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award.

Show Schedule is as follows:

Friday December 5th - 7:00pm

Saturday December 6th - 7:00pm

Sunday December 7th - 2:00pm

**Friday December 12th - 7:00 (Understudy Performance)

Saturday December 13th - 7:00pm

Sunday December 14th - 2:00pm

Tickets can be obtained at or by calling the box office at 1-888-717-6121. 


See you at the theatre... 


True Believers

Sound Design by me.  Go see it...


Solo Collective presents:


three new monologues on Faith  



by Dennis Foon, Lorena Gale, and Ian Weir 
directed by Camyar Chai, John Cooper, and Rachel Ditor 
set and lighting design by Yvan Morissette; sound design by Alexander Brendan Ferguson; stage manager, Noa Anatot 
Featuring performances by Mercedes Baines, Jennifer Clement, and Todd Thomson

Oct. 29 - Nov. 9, 2008 (opens Oct. 30)
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island, Vancouver BC

Three unique tales of finding, losing, and having faith. A Jewish man struggles to find his own place within faith. A family secret leaves a middle-aged woman on the brink of losing it. An aging soap star reaches out to her fans in her final and greatest performance. 

 Well-known Vancouver film, theatre, and television veterans -- Gemini Award-winner Dennis Foon, Governor General Award-nominee Lorena Gale,and Gemini Award-winner Ian Weir -- return to the stage. 

Don't miss this incredible evening of dynamic one-person plays by three of Canada's most respected playwrights. 
When faith is the question, the answer is everything.

Tues- Sunday, 8 pm, Sat. Matinees, Nov. 1 & 8, 2 pm, Pay-What-You-Can Preview: Oct. 29, 8 pm
OPENING: Thurs. Oct. 30, 8 pm, 
2-for-1 shows Sat. Nov. 1, 2 pm and Tues. Nov. 4, 8 pm
Tickets: $22/$15, 

Single Tickets and See Seven Pass Holders Reserve through Tickets Tonight: 604-684-2787 


Pinter's Breifs

I am the sound designer for...


Comic Classics by Harold Pinter

Blackbird Theatre launches its 2008-2009 season withPinter’s Briefs, a collection of quirky, superbly entertaining short plays by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, directed by John Wright and starring Simon Webb andAnthony F. Ingram. These rarely-performed comic gems – six short pieces and the iconic one-act play The Dumb Waiter – have been collected from the master’s oeuvre and polished to perfection by Vancouver’s award-winning Blackbird Theatre. Pinter’s Briefs will be presented in intimate venues over the next several months.

Blackbird's 2006 production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences, garnering multiple Jessie Award nominations (including one for Anthony F. Ingram’s performance as Stanley). With Pinter’s Briefs, the company mines a lighter vein: existential comedy, funny and touching, that nonetheless contains a lurking undercurrent of suspense…a frisson of fear that will keep audiences riveted to their seats.

Pinter’s Briefs will feature set and costume design byMarti Wright, lighting design by Mélissa C. Powelland sound design by Alexander Brendan Ferguson, with production management and technical direction byJayson Maclean and stage management by Noa Anatot.

Note: Pinter’s Briefs will also be mounted at the VanCity Culture Lab at the Cultch from December 3 to 6 (preview Dec. 2). Tickets will be available at Ticketmaster; please check this site for details.

Media contact: Melanie Thompson, 604-224-6201 or


Adults $27
Seniors $20
Students & Groups of 10+ $10
Matinées $20
Alliance $10
(incl taxes & service charges)
All Previews Pay-What-You-Can SEPT. 9-27(preview Sept. 6 & 7)
at Presentation House
333 Chesterfield Avenue
Tues-Sat 8PM | Sat & Sun 2PM
(no matinée on Sat Sept. 6) or call 604 990 3474
or visit the theatre's box office, 9AM-5PM, 7PM-10PM OCT. 8 - 16
(preview Oct. 7)
at Studio 16
1555 West 7th Avenue
Tues-Sat 8PM | Sat & Sun 2PM
or call 604 684 2787

Wild Rose

I wrote the song "Wonderful Me" for this show.  See you at the theatre...



The Vancouver International Fringe Festival and 
Firecracker Productions Present for the First Time Ever!

Created and Performed by Christina Sicoli 
Directed by Dani Bryant

Friday September 5 at 6:45pm 
Saturday September 6 at 4:00pm 
Sunday September 7 at 5:00pm 
Monday September 8 at 9:30pm 
Thursday September 11 at 5:30pm 
Friday September 12 at 8:30pm

Venue: Playwrights Theatre Center, 3rd floor, 1398 Cartwright Street, Vancouver 

A name no one cares to remember, a mannequin as a best friend, and a dream of fame. Wild Rose tells the story of Talula Rose, a naïve, 5'2" cosmetics counter employee who has 24 hours to be discovered as a world famous supermodel. The world premiere of this multi-character, one-woman show is proudly presented by the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Firecracker Productions from September 5–12, 2008.

Some people get into the industry to land the cover of US Weekly. Some people spend thousands of dollars on a pair of double D's to land a role on Battlestar Galactica. And some people write a one-woman fringe show because they don't fit the mold. Talula Rose is one of the thousands of hopeful actor/singer/models who suffer from "American Idol Syndrome"; she believes fame will come to her without talent or hard work. All she needs is for the right person to discover her. 

Christina Sicoli is a character driven comedienne who has a talent for physical comedy and has a "stage presence that is very reminiscent of Harpo Marx" (Andrew Clark, Toronto Star).

Wild Rose contains mature subject matter and is not suitable for children.

Don't miss this sure-fire hit at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.




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