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Sydenham Legion Branch 496 - Sydenham, ON - AVAILABLE

4376 William Street, Sydenham, ON

Saturday, November 23rd

7:30 p.m. / Tickets $25.00

"Thank you Rick Kish and the talented cast of a really Retro CROONER Christmas, for bringing your show to Sydenham and starting the season off in style. A FABULOUS show..."!! K.. Smith, Sydenham, ON - after seeing the show November 2018

 

Aylmer Old Town Hall Theatre - Aylmer, ON - LIMITED

25 Seats remain - Thursday, November 14, 9:00a.m.

Friday, November 29

7:30p.m. / Tickets $25.00

 

Huron Country Playhouse - Grand Bend, ON  -  SOLD OUT

Saturday, November 30th

2:00p.m. &  7:30p.m. / *Tickets $25.00 - $35.00

Drayton Festival Theatre - Drayton, ON  -  SOLD OUT

Saturday, December 7th

2:00p.m. / *Tickets  $25.00 - $35.00

 

Meaford Hall - Meaford, ON - LIMITED

 - LIMITED

Wednesday, December  11th

2:00p.m. / *Tickets - $33.00

 

Bellamere Winery - London, ON - SOLD OUT

Friday, December 13th

1:00p.m. & 8:00p.m.

**Tickets $22.60 - $79.10

Come see the Show or  Show & Lunch  /  Show & Dinner

MENU - Buffet Lunch & Dinner
Warm Bread & Butter
Mixed Spring Green Salad
Homestyle Roast Turkey with Stuffing
AAA Sirloin Steak*
Mashed Potatoes & Seasonal Vegetables
Vegetarian Penne Marinara with Roasted Vegetables
Cheesecake Bar
Coffee & Tea
*Sirloin Steak available with Dinner package only

 


Port Stanley Festival Theatre - Port Stanley, ON

Saturday, December 14th

2:00p.m. - LIMITED - 10 seats remain - Thursday, November 14th 8:30 a.m.

8:00p.m. AVAILABLE

*Tickets $30.00

 


Check back periodically for more updates...

*plus applicable charges. & taxes..

**plus $4.00 per order fee from Box-office

 

The Show

This show brings together Crooners Rick Kish & Connor Boa, those fabulous Croonettes and our 3 piece band led by Nevin Campbell for a cool afternoon/evening of lot’s of surprises, great stories and swingin' tunes. We take you on a journey back to those 50’s/60’s Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra style Christmas Specials. The show features 2 hours of popular standards of the era as well as a whole lotta Christmas Music. Come Celebrate the Holidays in CROONER Style...


This show has been called by many “...the PERFECT kickoff for the holiday season”.

“Your show kept me smiling from start to finish. The voices, the trio, the warmth, the spontaneity, the joy!  I was so happy all afternoon”! - J. Hetherington

K. Patton, as she left the show, “...such a feel good two hours, I can’t stop singing. I’m ready for the holidays”!

“My best friend and I attended your Christmas Crooner’s Concert and truly LOVED IT. …we’d love to introduce this show as part of our family’s Christmas traditions! Thank you for your excellent show”!  - L. MacRobbie


The CROONERS

Rick Kish (R) **

Rick is the creator this show. He also produces and stages this production.. Each year Rick looks forward to this production and its various incarnations. He’s shared the stage with so many wonderful and talented people from the London and surrounding area over the years. It’s always and adventure and one that he’s so happy to see how people embrace this show again and again.  FULL BIO Click HERE

Connor Boa (L)

Connor is very excited to be back Crooning in his favourite Christmas Special! Connor is a long time crooner and has a deep love for the music. He is also an actor and musical theatre performer. He recently appeared at Jazz for the People at Wolf Performance Hall with Rachelle Courtney and Nevin Campbell. Connor began performing at 6 years old at many Renaissance and Pirate Festivals. He has been in six of the Grand Theatres Highschool Projects.

Credits: For LINK theatre; a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2015, 2017 & 2018, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens 2017 & 2018 as Mitch and JUDY: Stonewalled!', a public reading as Steve.


He encourages you to sit back, relax and enjoy this wonderful band and fun afternoon/evening.


** The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy.”


Those Fabulous CROONETTES

Kaitlin Benoit

Toronto born and alumni of Western University's Don Wright Faculty of Music, Kaitlin Benoit is a singer actress most known for her roles as Mimi Marquez and Little Red Riding Hood in the Theatre Western production of Rent and Into The Woods. Since graduating, she has been a regular performer at the Brampton Ribfest and has been one the top competitors in GTA wide voice competitions such as Hidden Talent Canada.  Returning to LINK theatre's production a really Retro CROONER Christmas for the third time, she is looking forward to once again performing music that has special meanings to all.


Caitlin McKeon

Caitlin was so excited to spread the Christmas spirit by singing alongside the talented Crooners and Croonettes of a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2018 she had to sign on again for 2019.  A recent graduate from Fanshawe College’s Theatre Arts Program, Caitlin continues to share her love and passion for singing, dancing and acting in productions such as Anne and Gilbert (The Guild Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island), What a Wonderful World (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), Annie (Lower Ossington Theatre), Picnic (Good Foundation Theatre), Summertime (The Arts Project), Legally Blonde (Grand Theatre), A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (a missing link theatre company - McManus Stage at The Grand) and many more.  Caitlin would like to thank her family for their continuous love and support.  She would also love to thank the entire cast & crew of a really Retro CROONER Christmas for making this Holiday season spectacular by filling her days with Christmas cheer.  Lastly, to everyone out in the audience, Caitlin would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Imogen Wasse

Imogen was born in the Forest city to a family of musicians, actors, and artists. She has been joining them in song since day one, and her musical family has grown to include colleagues, classmates, and collaborators across the country. Imogen recently made her return to theatrical stages with C2 Productions' "Summer of Love" and "Alice's Restaurant." She can also be seen performing around London, as herself and as a session vocalist and backup singer for multiple local acts. After studying Voice Performance at the University of Toronto, Imogen completed her Bachelor of Musical Arts at Western University last summer. She is also a proud alumnus of Fanshawe’s Music Industry Arts program, where she received the 2018 “Female Vocalist of the Year” award. When not performing, Imogen is a proud supporter of community arts organizations, having most recently worked with Sunfest and London Girls' Rock Camp. Imogen would like to thank her incredible family, friends, and teachers for their endless support and guidance. Enjoy the show and let it snow!

The BAND

PIANIST / Band Leader /Musical Director - Nevin Campbell

Nevin Campbell is a jazz pianist from London, Ontario. He is a graduate from the prestigious jazz performance program at Humber College and has studied with some of Canada’s top jazz pianists including Dave Resitvo, Brian Dickinson and Mark Eisenmann. Nevin spent several years touring the world while performing on Holland America and Celebrity cruise ships.  Now settled in London, you can see Nevin perform regularly at Restaurant Ninety One and as a frequent guest of the Jazz for the People series at Wolf Performance Hall.  He plays with many of Southwestern Ontario’s finest musicians and ensembles including the Basically Basie Big Band, London Jazz Orchestra, Alfredo Caxaj Latin Ensemble, Peter Hysen Septet, Denise Pelley, Sonja Gustafson, Rachelle Courtney, Larry Smith, Darryl Stacey, Sandy MacKay, Jeff Christmas, Paul Stephenson, and Barry Usher. Nevin is a regular with The Rick Kish Combo and can be seen monthly at Michael's Jazz Room and occasionally at Olive R Twists. 

He's thrilled to be back working with this amazing company of performers!

BASS - John Kenny

John s a full-time musician, and a first call for the area’s theatre and music projects. Equally comfortable with country, rock, pop and jazz, he has toured theatres and nightclubs across Canada (all ten provinces!) and the U.S. with various artists, including Juno Award winners Patricia Dahlquist and Christopher Ward. John has performed in several productions at London's Grand Theatre, including Elvis' guitar player in Blue Suede Shoes.  He was also guitarist in the Bluewater Summer Playhouses & amltc's A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, both with Rick Kish directing. John has taught guitar and bass to hundreds of students, both privately and at Fanshawe College in London.

DRUMMER - Jake Schindler

Jake is a Toronto based drummer, pianist, music director, and composer whose roots are firmly planted in London, ON. Some of his recent shows as a music director include Catch Me if You Can (King’s Players), Bremen Rock City, The Theory of Relativity, Footloose (Original Kids Theatre Company), The Who's Tommy (Pacheco Theatre). Jake graduated from Western University with music education and computer science degrees. As a composer, Jake's first full length musical, Where Do We Begin?, premiered in London at the end of August 2019. Jake is a regular with The Rick Kish Combo and can be seen monthly at Michael's Jazz Room and occasionally at Olive R Twists


A Christmas without a really Retro CROONER Christmas just wouldn't be Christmas!!


The ARTISTIC TEAM

Setting Designed by Eric Bunnell

"If it weren't for Christmas, what would we do December 25th"? worries set designer Eric Bunnell, who is grateful for the day. He has been involved in a number of a LINK theatre productions ... Most recently, by wallpapering a dive space bar with a lot of tin foil for Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. Eric has a very long collaborative design relationship with Rick, Including, Wang Dang Doodle at the Grand Theatre in London, and far too many to mention at Port Stanley Festival Theatre, Bluewater Summer Playhouse and a missing link theatre company. Happy Holidays!

Choreography by Shelley Boa

Shelley is excited to return to this production and share her passion for theatre and dance with the talented cast. It is always such magical adventure to be a collaborator in creating this live Christmas show. Shelley has extensive training in jazz, ballroom and ballet. Most recently she collaborated with director Rick Kish on the choreography for a production of The Secret Garden.

Technical Staff: Peter Mennie

BIO Coming soon


Sound: Derrick Beckford

BIO Coming soon

Production/Technical Assistant: Sam Downs

BIO Coming soon

LINK theatre would like to say "thank you" to the following people without whom a really Retro CROONER Christmas would not have been possible...

 

Thank You!!

 

CROONER Christmases Past


Samples


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Opening Theme with VO

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2017

The Croonettes - Kaitlin Benoit, Caitlin McKeon, Kieryn Mounsey
with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums

Composed by Eli Pasic


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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2017

The Crooners - Rick Kish & Connor Boa

with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.

Written by Edward Pola & George Wyle


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Jingle Bells - Edited

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2018

Those Fabulous Croonettes - Caitlin McKeon, Kieryn Mounsey, Kaitlin Benoit
The Crooners - Rick Kish & Connor Boa
with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.
Written by James Pierpont - Arranged by Dave Foster, Patty Andrews, Victor Schoen and Mac Huff

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I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2018
The Crooner - Rick Kish
with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums
Written by Irving Berlin from the musical film On the Avenue in 1937

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The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2017
The Crooner - Rick Kish

with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.

Written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé


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I Won't Dance

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2018

The Crooners - Connor Boa with Rick Kish & Caitlin McKeon

with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.

Written by Jerome Kern. Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields, originally performed in Three Sisters in 1933


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Witchcraft

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2017

The Crooner - Connor Boa
with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.

Composed in 1957 by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh


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Jingle Bells

a really Retro CROONER Christmas 2017

The Croonettes - Maya Lacey, Nicola Klien, Jesslyn Hodgson

The Crooners - Rick Kish & Connor Boa

with Nevin Campbell on Piano, Anne Pin on Bass & Jake Schindler on Drums.

Written by James Pierpont - Arranged by Dave Foster, Patty Andrews, Victor Schoen and Mac Huff


2017 Poster a really Retro CROONER Christmas