About Us

 

The Kingston Meistersingers, based in Kingston, Ontario, is a not-for-profit community theatre group dedicated to producing musical productions that involve the talents and skills of participants of all ages. We typically produce one musical every fall and a variety show fundraiser every spring. Currently our annual production takes place at the Octave Theatre.

 

 

The Meistersingers were founded in 1968, as a Rotary initiative, and was launched by a few Rotarians who were keen on seeing more community based musical theatre in the Kingston area. With a little start up money they put together their first musical…and in the years following produced one show a year, mostly Gilbert and Sullivan classics, and then moved into some other favourite pantomimes and operettas over the following years.

 

 

The group has always operated as a not-for-profit community based organization, and attracts performers of all ages, including children. Every aspect of the productions – set design, costuming, advertising, performing, stage-managing – is all done by volunteers. The shows have always been musicals, and in the last few years, focused more on traditional favourites.

 

2016 – 9 to 5 – the Musical
2015 – Jesus Christ Superstar
2014 – Anne of Green Gables
2013 – Young Frankenstein
2012 – Fiddler on the Roof
2011 – Oliver!
2010 – The King and I
2009 – Annie
2008 – Singbad the Sailor
2007 – Aladdin
2006 – Cinderella
2005 – The Mikado
2004 – Kiss Me Kate
2003 – 2002 – Concerts
2001 – Man of La Mancha
2000 – HMS Pinafore
1999 – Godspell
1998 – The Gondoliers
1997 – The Mikado
1996 – The Pirates of Penzance
1995 – The Music Man
1994 – Anything Goes
1993 – The Gondoliers
1992 – HMS Pinafore
1991 – Sing a Song of Sixpence
1990 – We Are Amazed

1989 – Iolanthe
1988 – Kiss Me Kate
1987 – Brigadoon
1986 – The Yeoman of the Guard
1985 – Pink Champagne
1984 – The Mikado
1983 – Kismet
1982 – The Pirates of Penzance
1981 – HMS Pinafore
1980 – Carousel
1979 – The Song of Norway
1978 – The Merry Widow
1977 – The Desert Song
1976 – Ruddigore
1975 – The Gondoliers

1973 – Frontenac Superstar
1972 – New Moon
1971 – Showboat
1970 – the Vagabond King
1969 – Tom Jones

 

This November, the Kingston Meistersingers are pleased to present “Annie” — a multiple Tony-Award winning, beloved Broadway classic!

Our Costume Inventory

LOANS

The Kingston Meistersingers has an extensive costume inventory. Other theatre companies in need of costume loans may contact us for viewings.

Items from the collection may be borrowed for theatrical use. Theatre companies mustpay a $25 deposit and ensure items are returned CLEAN and in GOOD CONDITION.

We also have a substantial collection of small props available. Donations of vintage clothing are always appreciated.

If borrowers wish to DONATE their deposit fees to the Kingston Meistersingers, we would be most grateful. The Kingston Meistersingers are a not-for-profit community theatre group. We rely entirely upon tickets sales and donations.

PHONE / (613) 449-0235
EMAIL / info@meistersingers.ca

Who We Are

Kingston Meistersingers Board of Directors:

  • Liane Penny (President)
  • Ashley Sparkman (Treasurer)
  • Andrea Ruttan (Secretary)
  • Kyli Ball, Moira Demorest, Jessica Duchaine and Scott Neville (Members Without Portfolio)

CURRENT SHOW: ARTISTIC & PROGRAMMING

  • ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / Aerin Kemp
  • MUSIC DIRECTOR / Heather Jones
  • VOCAL DIRECTOR / Kyli Smith
  • VOCAL COACH / Jessica Duchaine
  • STAGE MANAGER / Lisa Flannagan
  • ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / Kevin Kaduck
  • CHOREOGRAPHERS / Anna Holden, Kirsti Siltanen
  • COSTUME MANAGER / Ruth Moore
  • LIGHTING DESIGNER / Perry Rutherford
  • SET DESIGNERS / Peggy Hallett, Kyla Jackson
  • SET CONSTRUCTION / Mike Ball
  • PROPS MANAGER / Ashley Sparkman
  • MIC TECHNICIAN / Michael Gourgon
  • SOUND TECHNICIAN / Seth Scholes
  • SOUND EFFECTS / Ashley Sparkman
  • STAGE CREW / Liz Martin, Rose Wagner, Marlene Buttress
  • REHEARSAL PIANIST / Cathy Kelly
  • FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER / Moira Demorest

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRODUCTION

PRODUCTION TEAM / Liane Penny, Ashley Sparkman, Andrea Ruttan, Kyli Ball, Moira Demorest, Jessica Duchaine, Scott Neville

 

 

Auditions

Open auditions for our fall show are held the very last week of August every year. All interested community members, ages 8+ (for family shows), or ages 16+ (for PG13 shows) are invited to audition, regardless of theatre experience. We ask that you come prepared to sing an a capella song of your choosing that shows your vocal range. You may also be asked to do some movement with our choreographers.