Significant Me

Significant Me Wrapped Up At the Winnipeg Fringe Festival

Thanks to all the staff and volunteers of the Fringe for another great successful year!
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CBC Review just in 5 !

Click here to read the review! http://www.cbc.ca/manitoba/features/fringe/site/entry/significant-me (more…)

SIGNIFICANT ME headed to Regina & Winnipeg Fringe Festivals!!

For show dates and times visit: www.reginafringe.com and www.winnipegfringe.com (more…)

Stay Tuned for Significant Me playing Toronto fall 2014

“A cleverly staged, well-balanced play…an engaging performance.” CBC Manitoba (more…)

CIRCLE Tour Trailer

CHAOTICA (2009 Ottawa Fringe Preview)

Christel’s Crutchercise

Christel Bartelse Standup

Christel Bartelse

Actor, Writer,Comedian, Teacher

“A human fireball” – See Magazine (Edmonton)

“4 Time Canadian Comedy Award Nominee”

“Impeccable comic timing, manically gifted actor” – Terminal City (Vancouver)

“True show business pizazz” – NOW Magazine (Toronto)

Contemporary Paintings

“Impeccable comic timing, manically gifted actor” – Terminal City (Vancouver)

Significant Me – headed to Regina & Winnipeg Fringe Festivals 2014

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ONEymoon (A honeymoon for one)

ONEymoon (A honeymoon for one)
Written & Performed by Christel Bartelse
Directed by LJ Nelles

With ambiguous feelings about the institution of marriage and unwilling to commit to anything less than perfection, Caroline opts to re-invent a long standing social convention. The audience joins Caroline as her family and friends on her unusual wedding day and follow along on her beach vacation — her honeymoon for one. Filled with zany wit, improv, dance and song, Caroline pokes holes in our notions of “wedded bliss” – but ultimately finds that even a long-term relationship with herself has its pitfalls.

ONEymoon premiered at the London, ON Fringe Festival and played Toronto soon after that.

During the summer of 2010, this show toured Fringe Festivals in London, Toronto and Minnesota.

By August, the show had truly hit is stride at the Victoria Fringe Festival, where it played to sold out houses and rave reviews, and earned a Critics Choice award nomination from Monday Magazine.

“This production –
a celebration of independence and girl power is an energetic, manic and hilarious tale full of obligatory audience participation…original music, rapping, inebriated cabana boy seduction and tap dancing. A masterful improviser, Bartelse is a bouncing ball of energy who clearly enjoys the spotlight. This one­derful and entertaining production is definitely wort checking out. “
Thandi Fletcher, 5 STARS, Victoria Times Colonist

Performances state­side in New York City and Indianapolis followed, again to critical raves:

“a ‘tour-­de­-force’… a showcase for Bartelse’s many talents and an evening of laughs and memorable moments for the audience. ” Melanie N Lee, nytheatre.com

“Tina Fey, Jane Lynch and Amy Sedaris…….. Bartelse would not look out of place next to these.”

Laurence Brown, King of Indiana

The show has also played Orlando, Victoria, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Indianapolis and Frigid Festival NYC

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A ONE-WOMAN MADCAP COMEDY- 2010 Canadian Comedy Award Nominee “Best One Person Show”

A ONE-WOMAN MADCAP COMEDY- 2010 Canadian Comedy Award Nominee “Best One Person Show”

Caught in an ever-shifting board game that wickedly transforms her into a different version of who she thinks she wants to be, Alice confronts her fears and desires in a desperate attempt to take control of her life. Fusing elements from nearly every comic tradition (sketch, stand-up, clown, satire and improv), CHAOTICA is a funny and touching play about remembering who we really are and what we really want. It has humour, heart, and tap-dancing too!

CHAOTICA premiered at the London Fringe, winning the Best-in-Venue Impressario Award and a nomination for Outstanding Touring Production. Christel taps her powerful creative arsenal to bring to life the comic nightmare of the chronically stressed-out.

One half of the Canadian Comedy Award nominated duo Burnt Marshmallows, Christel has joined forces with Dora nominated director Diana Kolpak, & Dora nominated composer James Fisher. For a sneak-peek video CLICK HERE.

IF LIFE WAS A GAME OF CHANCE, WOULD YOU PLAY BY THE RULES?

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK AN INTERVIEW PLEASE CONTACT:

CHRISTEL BARTELSE (416) 576-7468


Dutch Girl Productions of Toronto presents CHAOTICA — the story of Alice in a whole other wonderland. Caught in an ever-shifting board game that wickedly transforms her into a different version of who she thinks she wants to be, Alice confronts her fears and desires in a desperate attempt to take control of her life. Fusing elements from nearly every comic tradition (sketch, stand-up, clown, satire and improv) CHAOTICA is a funny and touching play about remembering who we really are and what we really want. It has humour, heart and tap-dancing too!

CHAOTICA premiered at the 2008 London Fringe, winning the Best-in-Venue Impresario Award and a nomination for the Brickenden Award for Outstanding Touring Production. “I began my solo Fringe in London with CHAOTICA, and the warm reception encouraged me to continue to develop this work. I think the comic nightmare lived by the chronically stressed-out is something everyone can identify with. It has now toured Ottawa, London,Saskatoon, Edmonton, played Toronto twice, and DivaFest in Indianapolis. It seems to be becoming my signature piece. It’s easy to keep fresh, with the improv elements forcing me to be quick on my feet, and every segment taps a different part of my creative arsenal. It’s a piece I’m always thrilled to perform.”

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