The Poe Show at the 2014 Ottawa Fringe

21 05 2014

Spring has finally sprung and brought with it the unexpected surprise of a slot at this year’s Ottawa Fringe! After having missed out on the lottery this year, the addition of an extra venue put Vanity Project back in the running and we managed to squeak onto this years Festival programming, to follow up on last year’s Vanity Project Productions debut, The Vanity Project.The Poe Show

This year we’ve gone a different route, setting our musical theatre mandate aside briefly to celebrate the life and work of one of America’s greatest poet/writers, Edgar Allan Poe. Inspired by the stories and poetry of literary legend Edgar Allen Poe, experience a dark and ghoulish world of mystery and the macabre. Join us as we spin Poe’s tragic, twisted tales of solitude, fear and madness. With a brand new script from a brand new associate David M. Beecroft, and under the artistic eye of director Stewart Matthews, it should be an interesting evening at the theatre.

No stage time for me this time out, as I’ll be working onstage with Blacksheep Theatre’s Paco V. Put To Sleep, but the show will feature the work of a fantastic bunch of local actors, some of whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with and others I’m excited to be working with for the first time, Jeremy Piamonte, Sara Duplancic, Hannah Gibson Fraser and Anna Lewis. Also super excited to have Lynn Cox on board for some inspired lighting design.

I hope you’ll check us out at the Ottawa Fringe Festival this year, advance tickets available online at: starting May 30th!

Venue: Studio Leonard Beaulne, Univ.Of Ottawa


Friday, June 20 – 9:30pm (2 for 1)

Saturday, June 21 – 7:30pm

Sunday, June 22 – 6:30pm

Wednesday, June 25 – 8:30pm

Friday, June 27 – 11:00pm

Sunday, June 29 – 4:00pm

Also, I’d recommend checking out ‘Art’ from Same Day Theatre at the Gladstone as it opens this week. And stay tuned for a host of upcoming project announcements, including Vanity Project Productions and Bear & Co. offerings for the upcoming Gladstone Season (being announced this Friday) as well as another summer Shakespeare coming your way by a new player on the Ottawa scene, filling the void left by Bear & Co.’s 2014 Summer Shakespeare tour hiatus.

And why no summer tour for Bear & Co. this year you ask? After producing 7 shows in the last 2 years we figured we deserved a summer off, but we’re looking forward to seeing you at The Gladstone this Fall!


HEDWIG remount confirmed for Fall 2014!

21 04 2014

VPPVanity Project Productions is thrilled to announce that due to popular demand HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH will return to rock Ottawa all over again, for a limited run of 4 performances, Oct 1st – 4th, 2014!

After garnering rave reviews from critics and audiences alike during its’ limited run in April 2014 at The Gladstone Theatre, Hedwig And The Angry Inch is set to return for an encore performance. Don’t miss your final chance to see the show Ottawa critic Alvina Ruprecht called the ‘theatre event of the season’.

APA_THI_0025_2014-03-20_14-48-12By contributing to our Indiegogo campaign you can help show your support for Vanity Project Productions by helping us cover upfront key licensing and rental costs to bring Hedwig back, and while you’re at it, secure yourself the best tickets to what is sure to be the hottest ticket in town, before tickets go on sale to the general public.

We’re currently seeking up to $2500 to cover the upfront licensing, contract and rental fees we need to secure the rights to Hedwig And The Angry Inch. As Vanity Project is a new indie company, upfront costs can be a challenge and your early support in helping us bring these types of new and exciting projects to you is crucial. Vanity Project receives no public grant support, and is funded 100% through ticket sales and donations. Without your valued patronage and support, Vanity Project Productions would not exist.

(Also, your early support for Hedwig helps us free up funds to secure the rights for another exciting project coming in Spring 2015, which I can’t discuss yet, but which if you dug Hedwig And The Angry Inch, should be right up your alley, but more about that later.)

Any size of donation is welcome, but for each $25 donated, (equal to the price of a regular adult ticket), you will receive one free ticket to the Hedwig performance of your choice, before tickets go on sale to the general public later this spring. After you’ve donated we’ll contact you to finalize the ticket booking arrangements, so make sure you include your contact info.


If you missed Hedwig the last time around, a bit about the show: This award-winning, groundbreaking Off-Broadway smash hit musical with Text by John Cameron Mitchell, and Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask follows the journey of ‘internationally ignored’ East German rock-goddess Hedwig Schmidt on a gender-bending quest for ‘The Origin Of Love’, after a botched sex change operation raises questions about identity and individuality. Funny and touching, outrageous and inspiring, this powerful and thought-provoking rock musical will prove that ‘to be free, one must give up a little part of oneself.’
What Ottawa critics said about Hedwig’s April 2014 run:
“The place was packed with young and old, It is the theatre event of the season…don’t miss Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig and the Angry Inch. You will regret it…”
Alvina Ruprecht – Capital Critics Circle

“Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig, the title character in the rock opera about a transgendered person whose life and sex change surgery have both gone horribly wrong, is nothing short of extraordinary.”
Patrick Langston – Capital Critics Circle

“This is a rocking good show that exceeded my expectations, delighted my guest, and had the audience singing, clapping and waving their hands. I’m usually very sparing in my ovations, but I stood with the rest of the audience in appreciation.”
Brian Carroll, Apt. 613

“Had Oberholzer not cut off the applause to make an announcement at the end of the show, I believe it would have kept going all night –  or at least until the band caved in and played us some more fantastic music. Hedwig and the Angry Inch is campy fun with a heart.”
Valerie Cardinal, Onstage Ottawa
Can’t contribute at this time but still want to show Vanity Project your support? Please consider:

  • Helping us get the word out and make some noise about our campaign.
  • Share our campaign via social media with others in your network.

I hope you’ll be willing to lend us your support and help us bring you new and exciting theatre projects like Hedwig, and can’t wait to see you at the theatre in October!


Tim Oberholzer

Founder / Artistic Director, Vanity Project Productions

My Brilliant Divorce / Dial M For Mountie

16 04 2014

Well, the dust has finally cleared on Hedwig and The Angry Inch, which went about as swimmingly as I could have ever have hoped for. Huge thanks to everyone involved with Hedwig and everyone who came out to support the show! I can only hope you all had as much of a blast as I did.

Buzz continues to swirl around a remount, and I’ll report that Vanity Project is  actively looking into the prospect of bringing Hedwig back, with the only potential obstacle being obtaining the rights to do it all over again now that Neil Patrick Harris is having his way with the show on Broadway. Keep your eyes on this spot for the latest as soon as I can share it with you.


And now it’s back to work on a couple more projects. Firstly I’m please to be back onstage with the gang at Eddie May again with their new production of Dial M for Mountie / RCMPuleeese!, which just opened this past Saturday and will run all summer at Scarlett’s Dinner Theatre in the Market.index As well, I’ve finally had the opportunity to join the cast of their touring show as a replacement player, The Murder’s Apprentice / Survive This! which has been great fun. Of course the best part of Eddie May is getting to play with a constantly rotating cast of some of Ottawa’s funniest performers, and I’m glad to be back at it with the gang, and working with friends old and new. I hope you’ll join us for a unique and fun evening soon of mystery and mayhem, reservations can be made at

Back at the Gladstone, it’s on to My Brilliant Divorce, which I’m thrilled to be production managing for Seventhirty Productions and Pat Moylan.

MyBrilliantDivorce modified graphic for webDirected by John P Kelly and starring Kate Hurman in a one woman tour de force, My Brilliant Divorce has a little something for everyone. Laughs, heartwarming moments and raw emotion, and Kate brings life to a host of colourful characters to tell the tale of recent divorcee, Angela Lipsky.

My Brilliant Divorce

April 25–May 17, 2014 (previews April 23–24)

Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

By Geraldine Aron

Directed by John P. Kelly

Starring Kate Hurman

“—and then he was gone. His laundry in the basket, a duck in the oven and our daughter’s dog, Dexter and I left staring at the door. Well. After a lifetime of faithfulness and devotion, can you imagine how I felt? Sheer joy!”
Angela Lipsky is 39 (she says) when we join her for her new life! Is there life after divorce? There sure is for Angela!


Adult:  $34
Senior (65+):  $30
Student/Artist*/Unwaged:  $20
Preview performance:  $18

*including Theatre Ontario members

Tickets available now at

Other items on the horizion I’m looking forward to, partying it up at this years Rideau awards, where I’ve been fortunate enough to be nominated for this years Emerging Artist Award, along with the brilliant Mel Brown, Steven Lafond and Jess Preece. Regardless of the outcome, just being mentioned in the same sentence with these guys is more of an honour than anyone can ask for.  Also, I can’t wait to start playing along with the gang from Zucchini Grotto as they vy for top honours at this year’s Showtune Showdown in May, and I’m also looking forward to getting started on an upcoming Fringe project with Blacksheep Theatre written by Martin Dockery and directed by Dave Dawson, and producing Vanity Project Productions’ return to Ottawa Fringe with The Poe Show, based on the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe, written by David Beecroft and directed by Stewart Matthews.

All the best folks, and see you at the theatre!

Hedwig And The Angry Inch at The Gladstone Theatre – April 2-5!

1 03 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not…

972283_10152886685940078_150301532_nIt’s back into rehearsals for a project that’s been near and dear to my heart for as long as I can remember, Hedwig And The Angry Inch, brought to you by Vanity Project Productions. I’m super stoked to have such a fantastic team on board for this project, with PepTide vocalist Rebecca Noelle on board to rock the mike as Yitzhak to my Hedwig. (You may have caught her tearing the roof off Orpheus’ recent productions of RENT and Footloose). Stewart Matthews directs and shreds a mean guitar as Krzyzhtof, 2013 Prix Rideau Award nominee (Emerging Artist) Steven Lafond also does double duty musical directing and beating the drums as Schlatko, Marc Connor holds it all together on Bass as Jacek, and burning it up on keyboards as Skzkp, another PepTide (and brilliant musical director in his own right) Scott Irving, (who I greatly enjoyed working with on Productions of Evil Dead: The Musical and Urinetown with Sock’N Buskin a few years back)

Also on board behind the scenes, another recent Prix Rideau Award Nominee (Emerging Artist) Jess Preece as Stage Manager, David Magladry on lighting design, and Annie Lefevbre as wig, hair and makeup designer, wardrobe items by Patrice Ann Forbes and  illustrations and projection by Eric Rochon and Fiona Currie.

This award-winning, groundbreaking Off-Broadway smash hit musical follows the journey of ‘internationally ignored’ East German rock-goddess Hedwig Schmidt on a gender-bending quest for ‘The Origin Of Love’, after a botched sex change operation raises questions about identity and individuality. Funny and touching, outrageous and inspiring, this powerful and thought-provoking rock musical will prove that ‘to be free, one must give up a little part of oneself.’

With a limited run of only 5 performances, and excitement already starting to build amoung Ottawa Hed-heads, be warned you’ll want to book your tickets asap to ensure you don’t miss out on one of the most hotly anticipated theatre events this season. And I for one would love to see you there.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch at The Gladstone Theatre
Music and lyrics by Stephen Trask
Text by John Cameron Mitchell
Directed by Stewart Matthews, Musical Direction by Steven Lafond
Featuring Tim Oberholzer and Rebecca Noelle
and Stewart Matthews, Marc Connor, Steven Lafond and Scott Irving as the Angry Inch
April 3–5, 2014 at 7:30 pm (preview April 2) & a special late show Friday April 4 at 10 pm

Adult: $21.52 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $25
Student/Artist*/Senior: $17.10 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $20
Preview performance: $12.67 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $15

*including Theatre Ontario members

Age Of Arousal at The Gladstone Theatre – Opens Feb 7!

7 01 2014

Type, damn you. Type! It’s the way to liberty!

2014 is finally here, and after a fantastic run of Ethan Claymore at The Gladstone with the fine folks at Same Day Theatre, it’s time to get back into the rehearsal hall again for another exciting project, this time with Bear & Co. as we get ready to kick off rehearsals for Linda Griffiths’ Age Of Arousal. The story…

aoa_11x17_draft3It’s 1885: a time of great passion, great confusion. In filthy, smoggy, turbulent London, ex-militant suffragette Mary Barfoot runs a school for secretaries with her lover and protégé Rhoda. The school’s invasion by a trio of spinster sisters and a charismatic cad named Everard creates a catalyst for political, sexual and emotional revolution as each character confronts their own ideals and learns what it means to be a New Woman. Sexy, startling, and imaginative, Age of Arousal is a modern look at forbidden Victorian desires on the brink of explosion.

Another fantastic opportunity to work alongside some pretty amazing heavy-hitters, the show is directed by Diana Fajrajsl, and features an ensemble cast featuring Eleanor Crowder, Margo MacDonald , Rachel Eugster, Anna Lewis, Lisa Jeans and myself, and I can’t wait to get started on this exciting project.

This is a play that’s sure to get people talking, Award-winning playwright Linda Griffiths is “one of Canada’s originals”. Her genre-busting, rule-bending and ambitiously original script for Age of Arousal won a Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding New Play following its debut at Alberta Theatre Projects’ PlayRites Festival. With its cast of beautiful and complicated characters, Age of Arousal is sometimes wistfully sad, and sometimes laugh-out-loud hilarious.

The show opens February 7th, and runs until the 22nd, and tickets are available now at:

See you at the theatre!

Ethan Claymore at the Gladstone Theatre

23 11 2013

ethan_claymore-sm (1)Well, it’s just a little more than a week out from the opening of Ethan Claymore at The Gladstone Theatre and rehearsals are well underway. Just in time for the holidays, Same Day Theatre offers up a lovely holiday treat, from the prolific Canadian playwright Norm Foster, sure to tug at your heartstrings and fill your holidays with laughter and joy. And really, this time of year, what more could you ask for.

And it seems that Christmas has come early for me, in the opportunity to share the stage with some of Ottawa’s finest – Paul Rainville, Sarah Finn and David Frisch, along with a few other pint-sized thespians (Alexander Lamarre, Draeven McGowan, Jeffrey Clement and Nicholas Hutchison).  Frankly, (and don’t tell the fine folks at Same Day), but I can hardly believe it’s considered work to show up every day, and ‘pretend’ to take life lessons from Paul Rainville , find a brother in David Frisch and fall in love with Sarah Finn… I mean, come on, as if all that wasn’t just going to happen anyway. And of course, to top it all off, the angel on top of the Christmas Tree so to speak, I get to work once again with the likes of director John P. Kelly and stage manager Jess Preece, which is always a pleasure, not to mention all the rest of the fine folks on the Ethan Claymore team.

I do hope you’ll consider joining us at The Gladstone Theatre for this heartwarming bit of holiday fun and make a night of it with family and friends, just like the holidays should be. Happy holidays!


Photo By Andrew Alexander

Ethan Claymore at The Gladstone Theatre

December 5–22, 2013 (preview December 4)

Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

By Norm Foster

Just in time for Christmas, The Gladstone treats you to a heartwarming tale by Canada’s most-produced playwright. It’s the week before Christmas as struggling egg farmer/artist Ethan Claymore meets a woman who could turn his life around, and receives a visit from his estranged, and recently-deceased, older brother. With Ethan Claymore, Norm Foster adds an edge and depth to his trademark light comic touch, resulting in a show that is thought-provoking, poignant, and a perfect way to start the holiday season.


Adult: $29.49 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $34
Senior (65+): $25.95 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $30
Student/Artist*/Unwaged: $17.10 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $20
Preview performance: $15.33 + $0.60 ticket fee + HST = $18

*including Theatre Ontario members

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Foundations at The Fresh Meat Theatre Festival

23 10 2013

With a successful run of New Ottawa Repertory Theatre’s SPARKS now in the bag, next up I’m excited for a quick turn at the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival this Thursday and Saturday in a new piece from Caitlin Corbett and Here Be Dragons Productions, called Foundations. Admittedly I’ve been a bit of a fanbImageoy of Caitlin’s since seeing her in this summer’s Morningstar, which she deftly wrote and starred in. Clearly I’m not the only one impressed by her writing chops, as she also recently scored a coveted slot in New Theatre Of Ottawa’s Extremely Short New Play Festival with Loyal Opposition. Add that to getting to work with a group of Ottawa’s finest emerging artists and it should be a good time all around.

If you missed the first weekend, you also missed my debut sound design on Little Green Hat’s Who Will Separate Us, an interesting and challenging piece by Tess McManus, featuring three of my favourite emerging actors, Tess McManus, Holly Griffith and Victoria Luloff. Great work ladies, and I hope I should be so lucky to work with you all again soon.

Looks like we’ll be in good company for the rest of the festival, the lineup for the second half of the festival (October 24-26) is:

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May Can Theatre
Backpack Theatre
Here Be Dragons Productions
Norah Paton
Dead Unicorn Ink
Obviously, A Theatre Company

and tickets run:
$15 / One Night
$25 / One Weekend
$40 / Full Pass
Doors at 6:30 / Show starts at 7:00

And a quick congrats to John P Kelly and Todd Duckworth on their nominations for Best Director and Actor in SevenThirty Productions’ November for the Capital Critics Circle awards.  We were also nominated for best professional production, which I guess as Production Manager I’m allowed to take a wee bit of credit for along with the rest of team, so congrats everybody on the recognition of all your hard work, and of course to all the other nominees as well.

And in other news… don’t forget to check out, the brand spanking new, one-stop shop for all theatre listings in Ottawa, (an initiative of the Ottawa Theatre Producers’ Network). I’d like it to to be as comprehensive as possible so if you know about a show that’s not listed there, be sure to drop me a line and we’ll get it listed. And let’s come together as a community,  get out there and get Ottawa excited about live theatre!


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