Mark your calendars and add a little spook to your fall! Riding on the success of Clue: The Musical, we are starting our fourth season with another licensed show presented over the Halloween weekend: Scream Queens – The Musical by Scott Martin. Our second show is back by popular demand… We are presenting our fourth-annual Valentine’s Day Dinner Theatre Cabaret entitled, Forbidden Love – think couples in secret relationships or characters who defied the relational conventions of their time. Lastly, we are thrilled to add another licensed show to our season. As a tribute to the late Broadway mastermind, we are presenting Putting It Together, which is a musical revue showcasing the works of Stephen Sondheim. The show is based on the creation of his musical Sunday in the Park with George and features nearly thirty of his tunes. We hope you will stay connected with LBMT. Whether you are an actor, musician, theatre nerd, or simply an audience member, there’s something for you this season!
Scream Queens: The Musical
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Scott Martin
October 28-29, 2022 | Richelieu Vanier Community Centre (300 Des Pères-Blancs Avenue)
Evening Shows at 8:00pm | Doors and Kitchen Open at 7:00
Afternoon Show at 2:00pm | Doors and Kitchen Open at 1:00
“They sing – they dance – they die!” A hotel ballroom, 1998, and six voluptuous B-movie “Scream Queens” revive their fading acting careers by presenting a musical revue for their fans at a science fiction and horror film convention. From young newbie to seasoned grand dame, the Queens strut their stuff in song and dance to prove “I Got All of the Talent I Need.” For 90 minutes of hilarious musical mayhem, they take the audience into the world of no-budget movies with awful scripts, fake monsters and gooey “Special FX.” They even involve the audience in a screaming contest and zombie talent search. As each Queen reveals her personal story, we share their hopes and dreams, from Tonya’s love of her idol “Fay Wray” to Alexis’ advice that “Everybody Starts at the Bottom” to DeeDee’s secrets of Scream Queen longevity: “Don’t Open That Door.” British screen veteran Nadine savours her joy of being “Still In Demand” while Bianca celebrates the lifetime achievements of “Roger Corman” and Richelle laments her own elusive “Happy Endings.” They also screen original clips from their direct-to-video “scary movie” spoofs such as “Revenge of the Psycho Bimbos” and “Malibu Vampire Vixens,” all hoping to attract the attention of a popular young horror film director lurking in the audience.
Tickets are $30 in advance | $35 at the door | General Admission
- Artistic Director: Jesse Kahat
- Apprentice Director: Paola Della Malva
- Music Director: Steve Vesely
- Stage Manager: Troy Arsenian
- Producer: Mathieu Charlebois
- Richelle: Ashley Gillard
- Nadine: Melodi Uygur
- Bianca: Anissa Stambouli
- Tonya: Emma Kazmierowski
- Dee Dee: Kimberley Bentham
- Alexis: Anemone Fritzen
- Keyboard 1: Steve Vesely
- Keyboard 2: Tom Pechloff
- Percussion: Tyler Douglas
- Bass: Ivan Matte
Scream Queens – The Musical is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.
Scream Queens: The Musical was made possible by the generous support of The City of Ottawa.
December 2, 2022 | Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Avenue)
Doors at 7:30pm | Show at 8pm
The show features an eclectic collection of musical theatre solos with a few scenes and ensemble numbers mixed in. There are classic broadway hits like “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret, “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Misérables and new favourites like “Burn” from Hamilton and “Times Are Hard for Dreamers” from Amélie. Ensemble numbers include “Side By Side” from Company and “You’re Goin’ Back To Jail” from Bonnie & Clyde.
Take-Off is LBMT’s new educational program aimed at bringing local musical theatre performers to the next level. Twelve participants have been partaking in weekly private lessons in musical theatre vocal performance and weekly group workshops and masterclasses in a variety of related subjects, such as acting, dance, audition etiquette, and blocking techniques. Now they are almost finished their program and getting ready to show YOU their development in the Take-Off Performance Showcase!
Tickets are $20 in Advance | $25 at the Door | General Admission
- Artistic Director: Joy Mwandemange
- Choreographer: Theresa Ramsurup
- Stage Manager: Laura Walker
- Producer: Mathieu Charlebois
CAST: David Demirkan, Maisaloon Hammoud, Karen Lamberton, Arden McAlpin, Eloisa Montes De Oca, Richard Moore, Asia Jane Roach, Andre Sponder, Janani Suthan, Cindy Yuen, Susan Zhu
- Piano: Stephen Pankiewicz
- Drums: Jason Sinkus
- Bass: Sean Sinkus
The Take-Off Performance Development Program and Showcase was made possible by the generous support of The City of Ottawa.
A Valentine’s Day Dinner Theatre Cabaret
February 17-19, 2023 | Richelieu Vanier Community Centre (300 Des Pères-Blancs Avenue)
Friday and Saturday Evening Dinner Theatre Shows at 6:30pm | Doors Open at 6:00
Saturday and Sunday Afternoon Show (No Dinner Theatre) at 1:00pm | Doors Open at 12:30
This year’s Valentine’s Day Dinner Theatre Cabaret is all about deep, foreboding passions. Forbidden Love features all your favourite taboo relationships from musicals like The Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, West Side Story, The King and I, and The Bridges of Madison County. Local performers will take you on tales of relational triumphs and woes through a series of solo and ensemble performances. Whether you need a date night, a girls night, or a solo night, Forbidden Love is the perfect way to warm and liven up a cold February day! The show features a selection of solos, duets, and ensemble numbers with some scenes mixed in.
Dinner Theatre Show Tickets Are $45 in Advance | $50 at the Door | Assigned Seating | Includes 3 Course Dinner
All dinner theatre tickets come with a three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Gluten-free and vegan options are available. The menu is posted below.
Matinée Tickets Are $22 in Advance | $28 at the Door | General Admission
DINNER THEATRE MENU
- Cream of Broccoli Soup
- Harvest Tomato Vegetable
- Roasted Chicken Breast with Choice of Topping (Balsamic Glaze with Goat Cheese or Melted Mozzarella with Garlic Parmesan Sauce) served with Rice Pilaf and Mixed Vegetables
- Vegetable Lasagna served with Salad and Garlic Bread
- Chocolate Cream Pie
- Apple Crisp
- Artistic Directors: Lisa Callahan and Emily O’Kane
- Choreographer: Jesse Kahat
- Producer: Lili Roussakis
- Stage Manager: Alana Malanga
- Sound Designer: Sirus Mortazavi
- Assistant Stage Manager: David Humphries
- Production Assistant: Mathieu Charlebois
CAST: Megan Bourque, Paola Della Malva, Ashley Elms, Allie Grant, Curran Hall, Dorian Jensen, Emma Kazmierowski, Andrew Lemieux, Llewyn McKenna, Joy Mwandemange, Jordan Quayle, Brittany Roberts, Nicole Rumble, Diyah Sanwalka-Harris, Olowakayode Omolala Sodunke, André Sponder, Melodi Uygur, Euan Wheaton
- Keyboard: Jason Fuerst
- Percussion: Al Dover
- Bass: Daniel Jordan
A Cabaret of Unexpected Surprises
Saturday, March 25 | Gloucester Presbyterian Church (91 Pike Street) | Show at 2:00pm | Doors Open at 1:30
Sunday, March 26 | Queenswood United Church (360 Kennedy Lane East) | Show at 4:00pm | Doors Open at 3:30
LBMT is excited to partner with Music in Greenboro to present a collection of musical theatre numbers with twisted endings. Think of songs like “Nothing” from A Chorus Line and “Stars and the Moon” from Songs for a New World.
Additionally, the show includes the ten minute musical entitled, Finding the Words – book and lyrics by Andy Roninson and Chris Critelli, with music by Andy Roninson.
At a regional theater, a cast rehearses an overblown operetta, “WORDS OF LOVE”, but rehearsal breaks down when dashing lead actor Tony keeps forgetting his lines. The old director charges his klutzy assistant/granddaughter Fanny with fixing things– and maybe she’ll actually act on her feelings for Tony! Fanny psyches herself up to “TALK TO HIM”.
Fanny and Tony bond, and Tony reveals that the reason he can’t remember his lines is because he has a crush… on someone in the company… someone who probably doesn’t even notice him. Fanny nervously asks who, and Tony reveals that he has a crush on “STEVE” the sound guy.
Fanny pushes Tony to “TALK TO HIM (reprise)”, and she drags him around the whole theater, knocking on doors, looking for Steve. Finally, when Tony accepts that “rejection is better than regret,” he finds Steve and asks him out– and Steve says yes!
Relieved of his stress, Tony returns to the stage to rehearse, and Fanny returns to the house to watch alongside the director. Tony remembers his lines in the “WORDS OF LOVE (reprise)”, and Fanny is vindicated for facing her own fears.
Entrance By Donation | General Admission
- Artistic Director: Paola Della Malva
- Choreographer: Bethany Papadopoulos
- Ensemble Music Director: Mathieu Charlebois
- Solo Music Director: Sabrina Tang
- Vocal Coach: Dorian Jensen
CAST: Mathieu Charlebois, Austin Fogarty, Allie Grant, Riley Hickey, Richard Moore, Madeline Skiffington, Sutida “May” Turcot, Susan Zhu
Finding the Words is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Putting It Together
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Devised by Stephen Sondheim and Julia McKenzie | Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
April 28-30, 2023 | LIVE on Elgin (220 Elgin Street #2)
Evening Shows at 8:00pm | Bar and Doors Open at 7:00
Afternoon Shows at 2:00pm | Bar and Doors Open at 1:00
Putting It Together is a musical revue showcasing the songs of Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Follies, A Funny Thing Happened…). Drawing its title from a song in Sunday in the Park with George, it celebrates Sondheim’s incomparable career in musical theatre.
Featuring nearly thirty Sondheim tunes, Putting It Together is performed by only five people who are thrown together at a party in a Manhattan penthouse. With a bit of imagination, the guests transform the apartment into the stage of an abandoned theatre, an estate in Sweden, an island outside of Paris, a street off the Roman Forum, the woods of a fairy tale and a mythical town in the Southwest.
Tickets Are $30 in Advance | $35 at the Door | General Admission
- Artistic Director: Joy Mwandemange
- Apprentice Director: Euan Wheaton
- Music Director: Sabrina Tang
- Stage Manager: David Ing
- Producer: Mathieu Charlebois
- Man 1: Simon Ellis
- Man 2: Adrien Pyke
- Man 3: Yazen Jaouni
- Woman 1: Susanna Doherty
- Woman 2: Kiran Matharu
- Keyboard 1: Sabrina Tang
- Keyboard 2: Kevin Dixon
- Reeds: Larry Sargent
- Reeds, Trumpet: Laine Wyman
- Percussion: Scott Latham
- Bass: Mark Leighton
Putting It Together (1999 Broadway Version) is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
A Quarantunes Competition
Movie Musical Edition
May 25-26, 2023 | Trinity Church of the Nazarene (480 Avalon Place)
Evening shows at 8pm | Doors at 7pm
A Quarantunes COMPETITION?!?! LBMT is hosting a fourth and final A Quarantunes Cabaret, but this time with a twist… Performers for this show have always been divided into two groups with two sets of performance coaches. This year they will form teams to battle it out with both solos and ensemble performances for the ultimate “Quarantunes”!
Each show will have a set of 3 judges, each representing a tripe threat of musical theatre: singing, dancing, and acting. Cast members will compete to have the top scoring solo number and top scoring team. The top scoring solo will win a $100 cash prize courtesy of Riverview School of Music. There will also be an audience choice award for best solo and best ensemble number.
Furthermore, this cabaret follows a new format – for the first time ever, there is no program order. The order will be chosen by the show host and the audience. Each night will be a new show and both performers and audience members won’t know what will happen next!
Ticket are $18 in Advance | $23 at the Door | General Admission
- Performance Coaches: Jesse Kahat, Skye McDiarmid, Lili Roussakis, Andrew Wiseman
- Technical Director: Laura D. Walker
- Producer: Mathieu Charlebois
CAST: Ace Corbin, Maeve Devries, Ashley Elms, Naomi James, Melina K., Jay Landreville, Andrew Lemieux, Kate McEwen, Llewyn McKenna, Christina Roman, Nicole Rumble, Madeline Skiffington, Ulyn Small, Sutida “May” Turcot, Melodi Uygur, Euan Ross Wheaton, Maggie Wolfe
- Piano: Jason Fuerst and Stephen Pankiewicz
- Drums: Greg Klowak
- Guitar: Daniel Jordan
JUDGES: Emma Chin, Morgan Coughlan, Micah DeShazer, Joy Mwandemange, Niamh Webber
Every Story Is a Love Story
A Choose Your Own Adventure Musical
Created and Performed by Joy Mwandemange and Mathieu Charlebois | Presented Through Ottawa Fringe Festival
June 16-26, 2023 | Arts Court Atelier (The Library Studio – 2 Daly Avenue)
Show Dates and Times:
- Friday, June 16 – 7:30pm
- Sunday, June 18- 8:00pm
- Tuesday, June 20 – 9:00pm
- Wednesday, June 21 -10:00pm
- Thursday, June 22 – 6:30pm
- Saturday, June 24 – 7:30pm
- Sunday, June 25 – 4:30pm
Taking you along for the ride, two friends tell you the story of their relationship ups and downs with the help of the audience. In this choose your own adventure musical, the audience will pick from a preselected list of songs for each musical moment. The outcome of the situation will depend on the song chosen, meaning you will never see the next thing coming!
Tickets Are $12 | General Admission | Available Through Ottawa Fringe Festival
FREE VIRTUAL MUSICAL – From October 2-4, 2020 we presented a virtual, original musical entitled, Something About New York by Mathieu Charlebois. The show follows the story of Chaz Wilson, as he embraces his true-identity and finds himself in an embarrassing love triangle. Something About New York can be viewed at the link below. For more information on the show and performers, please visit the virtual playbill.