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Ross Petty's 14 Annual Fractured Fairy Tale

ROBIN HOOD The Environmental Family Musical

Borrowing a page from Robin Hood's notebook, Ross Petty Productions is taking from the riches of Canada's talent pool, and offering it to the poor . . . those downtrodden citizens of the great province of Ontario looking for a welcome escape from the harsh economic realities of 2009.

Relief is on the way, in the form of Merry Men and mirth! ROBIN HOOD, The EnvironMENTAL Family Musical, Ross Petty Productions' 14th annual fun-fest, steals its way into the beautiful Elgin Theatre, November 26, 2009 - January 3, 2010.

The Prince of Thieves must win over Maid Marion while continuing to elude the Sheriff of Nottingham, CEO of Nottingham Lumber, who is about to raze Sherwood Forest in order to keep his company the leader in its field . . . maker of toothpicks, bathroom tissue and catapults since 1732.

Robin Hood's chivalrous eco-warrior will be played by Jeff Irving, the charismatic Rolf in the Mirvish production of The Sound of Music, who plucks the heart strings of every woman he encounters, most particularly one Maid Marion, played by Canadian Idol winner, Eva Avila, who will be making her live theatre debut after having opened several concert dates for superstar Beyoncé.

Famous for her uncanny impressions of Celine Dion and Liza Minnelli (and rejuvenating the ranks of Royal Canadian Air Farce on CBC television for the last 5 years), Jessica Holmes will bring her own unique spin to the Good Fairy of Sherwood Forest.

Merry man Alain de Champagne, played by Yvan Pedneault, the super-charged Galileo in the long-running hit We Will Rock You, gives ROBIN HOOD its rock and roll edge.

After ditching her scheming mother and sister (Bertha and Carnivia von Botox), in Cinderella's pumpkin patch, Plumbum von Botox graduated from Nottingham Nursing College, signed on with Workopolis and became Maid Marion's guardian. Dan Chameroy returns as the fun-loving-man-crazy Plumbum von Botox, RN.

An actor who has never met a wig he couldn't build a character around, producer and perennial bad guy Ross Petty plays the immaculately coiffed, yet entirely evil, Sheriff of Nottingham.

Ross Petty Productions presents ROBIN HOOD The EnvironMENTAL Family Musical November 26, 2009 - January 3, 2010.

Opening Night Thursday, December 3, 2009 @ 7pm, Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto

Directed by Ted Dykstra, Choreography by Tracey Flye, Book by Chris Earle, Music Direction by Bob Foster

Starring Eva Avila, Dan Chameroy, Jessica Holmes, Jeff Irving, Yvan Pedneault and Ross Petty

TICKETS ON SALE NOW! $59/$69/$79 Adults, $55 Children under 12 years of age, $220 Family 4-PackTickets can be purchased online at, by phone 416.872.5555 or in person at the Elgin Theatre Box office, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto

For groups of 15 or more call 647.438.5559, toll free 1.866.447.7849 or visit

For a complete performance schedule visit

ROBIN HOOD is sponsored by BMO Financial Group, Tim Hortons, Lowe's, Energizer, Le Meridien King Edward

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Starring in the Globe Theatre production of A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Straker proved she was up to the task of portraying the country music superstar. The role is difficult - it's just not enough for the actor to be able to carry a tune with a pleasant voice. To bring credibility to the role, the voice has to be similar to Patsy's - it has to be husky, robust and powerful, and Straker's voice filled the bill quite admirably.

Writers Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra, whom have portrayed themselves for thousands of performances over the past ten years, have written a hugely entertaining, enlightening, and enthralling piece of theatre that is tremendously satisfying not only from a theatrical point of view but from a musical point of view as well.

Stages Repertory Theatre’s production of Richard Greenblatt & Ted Dykstra’s 2 PIANOS 4 HANDS is a lot of fun to take in and experience. The humor in the show carries it from moment to moment; yet, the immaculate and remarkable piano playing is what really mesmerizes and delights audiences. Overall, it is a family friendly show with a few instances of innuendo and language that may make the show inappropriate for children under the age of 10 or so. With the talent behind the keys at Stages Repertory Theatre, it is easy to see why the show is such an international sensation.

Adroit writing, skilled performers and an inventive recollection of childhood and adult musical travails merge into a fresh and invigorating comedy, laced with insights and delivering a rich comedic and emotional experience.

Whatever happens to all those kids who are burning with ambition to become the next Renee Fleming, the next Yo Yo Ma, or the next Oscar Peterson only to find that, for one reason or another, they are not quite going to make it?

Having seen 2 Pianos, 4 Hands three times across the years (that’d be six pianos, 12 hands), I have to report that it seems better, and even fresher, than ever.

Created and performed by Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra, Two Pianos, Four Hands follows the careers of two budding pianists from early music lessons through music festivals and conservatory auditions.

TORONTO - Were it not for a bit of divine intervention, this is a show that could just as easily be called 2 Sticks 4 Skates, 2 Feet 4 Pointe Shoes or even 2 Snowboards 4 Feet.

There are some shows you can see over and over again. They are like the welcome return of an old friend. Such is 2 Pianos 4 Hands.

Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt won’t be closing the keyboards on those pianos just yet. October 29, 2011 - December 4, 2011.

A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline at the Fireside Dinner Theatre, Fort Atkinson, WI, United States: May 5, 2011 - June 26, 2011

Shakespeare's Will at The Globe Theatre, Regina, SK, Canada: February 23, 2011 - March 13, 2011

2 Pianos 4 Hands at North Coast Rep, Solana Beach, CA, USA: January 12, 2011 - February 6, 2011

2 Pianos 4 Hands at the Park Square Theatre, St. Paul, MN USA: December 7, 2010 - January 2, 2011

Sexy Laundry at the Gateway Theatre, Richmond, BC, Canada November 11, 2010 - November 27, 2010

2 Pianos 4 Hands at the Perth Theatre, Scotland, UK - November 9, 2010 - November 20, 2010

2 Pianos 4 Hands at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland UK - October 28, 2010 - November 6, 2010

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at the Farmers Alley Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI USA September 17, 2010 - October 9, 2010

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse, Rock Island, IL USA September 3 - November 6, 2010  

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at The Round Barn Theatre, Amish Acres, Nappanee IN USA June 1, 2010 - July 11, 2010

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at Back Bay Events Center, produced by Fiddlehead Theatre Company, April 7, 2010 - April 17, 2010

blood.claat, one ooman story at the Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada April 7, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Mum's the Word United Kingdom Tour - Robert C Kelly Productions April 6, 2010 - July 31, 2010. For a complete schedule visit: 

2 Pianos, 4 Hands written by Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt
at The Little Theatre on the Square, Sullivan, IL USA
March 12 - March 21, 2010

blood.claat written by d'bi young anitafrika at the Great Canadian Theatre Company, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  March 2 - 21, 2010

Monthy Python Meets Broadway in Robin Hood - The Environmental Family Musical

2 Pianos 4 Hands | A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline | Bear With Me | bittergirl: The Musical |
Hamlet (solo) | Jackson-Triggs Amphitheatre | Mom's the Word | Mom's the Word 2: Unhinged
Ross Petty Productions | Santa Baby | Sexy Laundry | Shakespeare's Will | The Summoned