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Vancouver Fringe Press Release

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MEDIA RELEASE
July 28th, 2017

HOW I LOST ONE POUND, THE MUSICAL

written & performed by Lesley Carlberg

Vancouver Fringe Festival September 7-17, 2017
Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova St at Gore Ave)

Tickets vancouverfringe.com

Fifth Fringe Comedy from Lesley Carlberg a Hilarious Song & Dance 
Solo Show about the Search for Happiness
Cue the music! This comedic solo show takes stand-up to the next level as Lesley Carlberg sings and dances her way through some of her life’s most epic failures. Middle-aged mom and self-professed lost soul, Lesley Carlberg, has spent her life battling the muffin top and struggling to find meaning. But now she has even bigger problems: her kids just left home so what’s she going to be when she grows up? How I Lost One Pound, The Musical follows Lesley’s quest in this self-absorbed world to realize her life’s purpose and maybe even lose a pound or two.
Carlberg says, “I’ve been trying to shed the “baby fat” since I had my children over 20 years ago. I constantly take one step forward, two steps back and have been putting my life on hold until I lose the weight. It just doesn’t work — the process and pressure doesn’t do any good! I created this show to share my imperfections, my struggles with losing weight and realizing my dreams. I want the audience to leave knowing that you’re never too old to find your vocation and no matter how much you weigh!”
“Carlberg herself is charming and funny, someone you’d want to meet up with
for ‘Chardonnay O’Clock.”—Winnipeg Free Press
“Carlberg left the audience with an important message to make your own opportunities and chances instead of waiting for them to come your way.”—Ottawa Life
“She’s hilariously adorable and utterly unpredictable.” —Apt613

 

Vancouver Fringe Performance Dates and Times September 7-17, 2017
at Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova at Gore Ave)

 

Thurs Sept 7th @ 5:00pm.

Fri Sept 8th @ 10:15pm.

Sat Sept 9th @ 6:45pm.

Sun Sept 10th @ 12:00pm.

Mon Sept 11th @ 8:15pm.

Tues Sept 12th @ 6:00pm.

Fri Sept 14th @6:45pm.

Media enquiries and interviews, please contact: Lesley Carlberg lcarlberg@rogers.com 416-726-0130.

 

 

High res photo available for download HERE.

Video “How I Lost One Pound,The Musical” Movie trailer parody available HERE.

Video “Shit Dieters Say” Available HERE.

About Lesley Carlberg:

Lesley graduated with an HBA in dance and choreography at York University and studied writing for the stage and screen at George Brown College. She’s also trained in improv from Second City and clowning from the renowned Canadian clown duo, Mump & Smoot. In addition to theatre performance, Lesley performs stand-up comedy regularly in Toronto and sometimes in New York City before writing and performing in numerous Fringe festival hits. For Toronto FringeKids, Lesley has written and performed in two children’s musicals — Zucchinis! Zucchinis! Everywhere! and The JellyBean Forest. For the grown-up Fringe circuit, Lesley co-wrote and co-performed in the variety show called When I Grow Up: A Personal Narrative, and recently premiered her latest solo show How I Lost One Pound, The Musical at the Ottawa Fringe in June 2017 and across Canada in Winnipeg and Edmonton before bringing it to the Vancouver Fringe September 2017. 

 

 

lesleycarlberg.com Facebook: How I Lost One Pound, The Musical 

Twitter & Instagram: @lesleycarlberg

 

Special Thank You to WestJet!

Edmonton Media Kit

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MEDIA RELEASE
July 28th, 2017

HOW I LOST ONE POUND, THE MUSICAL

written & performed by Lesley Carlberg

Edmonton International Fringe Festival August 17th-27th, 2017
Varscona Hotel – Rutherford Room – 8208 106 St NW

Tickets tickets.fringetheatre.ca

Fifth Fringe Comedy from Lesley Carlberg a Hilarious Song & Dance 
Solo Show about the Search for Happiness
Cue the music! This comedic solo show takes stand-up to the next level as Lesley Carlberg sings and dances her way through some of her life’s most epic failures. Middle-aged mom and self-professed lost soul, Lesley Carlberg, has spent her life battling the muffin top and struggling to find meaning. But now she has even bigger problems: her kids just left home so what’s she going to be when she grows up? How I Lost One Pound, The Musical follows Lesley’s quest in this self-absorbed world to realize her life’s purpose and maybe even lose a pound or two.
Carlberg says, “I’ve been trying to shed the “baby fat” since I had my children over 20 years ago. I constantly take one step forward, two steps back and have been putting my life on hold until I lose the weight. It just doesn’t work — the process and pressure doesn’t do any good! I created this show to share my imperfections, my struggles with losing weight and realizing my dreams. I want the audience to leave knowing that you’re never too old to find your vocation and no matter how much you weigh!”
“Carlberg herself is charming and funny, someone you’d want to meet up with
for ‘Chardonnay O’Clock.”—Winnipeg Free Press
“Carlberg left the audience with an important message to make your own opportunities and chances instead of waiting for them to come your way.”—Ottawa Life
“She’s hilariously adorable and utterly unpredictable.” —Apt613

 

Edmonton International Fringe Festival August 17th-27th, 2017
Varscona Hotel – Rutherford Room – 8208 106 St NW – Venue 30

 

Fri Aug 18th @ 2:00pm Wed Aug 23rd @5:00pm

Sat Aug 19th @ 12:00pm Thurs Aug 24th @ 4:00pm

Sun Aug 20th @ 4:00pm Fri Aug 25th @ 6:30pm

Mon Aug 21st @ 8:00pm Sat Aug 26th @ 1:30pm

Tue Aug 22nd @ 3:00pm Sun Aug 27th @ 8:00pm

Media enquiries and interviews, please contact: Lesley Carlberg lcarlberg@rogers.com 416-726-0130.

 

 

High res photo available for download HERE.

Video “How I Lost One Pound,The Musical” Movie trailer parody available HERE.

Video “Shit Dieters Say” Available HERE.

About Lesley Carlberg:

Lesley graduated with an HBA in dance and choreography at York University and studied writing for the stage and screen at George Brown College. She’s also trained in improv from Second City and clowning from the renowned Canadian clown duo, Mump & Smoot. In addition to theatre performance, Lesley performs stand-up comedy regularly in Toronto and sometimes in New York City before writing and performing in numerous Fringe festival hits. For Toronto FringeKids, Lesley has written and performed in two children’s musicals — Zucchinis! Zucchinis! Everywhere! and The JellyBean Forest. For the grown-up Fringe circuit, Lesley co-wrote and co-performed in the variety show called When I Grow Up: A Personal Narrative, and recently premiered her latest solo show How I Lost One Pound, The Musical at the Ottawa Fringe in June 2017 and across Canada in Winnipeg and Edmonton before bringing it to the Vancouver Fringe September 2017. 

 

 

lesleycarlberg.com Facebook: How I Lost One Pound, The Musical 

Twitter & Instagram: @lesleycarlberg

 

Special Thank You to WestJet!

Going on Tour!

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Lesley Carlberg and How I Lost One Pound, The Musical is going on the road across Canada. The show will be presented through the various Fringe Festivals in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. Show dates for Toronto have not been released yet.

Show times for all shows will be posted as soon as we get them.

 

Laughing at Fat

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Encouraged by success at the Toronto Fringe festival last year, ex-realtor Lesley Carlberg is aiming to take her play How I Lost One Pound, The Musical to New York

It all started with the title.
Theatre producer Lesley Carlberg had a respectable run with her latest show at the Toronto Fringe Festival last summer. The revue-style show featured eight women wearing white tutus and chained to weigh scales. Most were on the plump side, by design.
“I was collaborating with another musician on another show and I just came up with How I Lost One Pound, The Musical and I thought, oh my god, that is hilarious. I am going to submit that to the Fringe, and I did, and I got in.”
Carlberg– also a playwright, comedian and songwriter – was accepted to the festival in December, 2011.langing
Starting from scratch – aside from that catchy title – the show dates were set for the following July. She immediately began writing lyrics and gathering up snippets of material she had written in the past. By February she was auditioning female actors while furiously writing 12 monologues, four songs and two ensemble scenes, then spent four months rehearsing. How I Lost One Pound, The Musical hit the Theatre Passe Muraille stage on July 5 for a seven-show run. Despite light attendance Carlberg was proud of the final product and encouraged to take it further.
“I have this amazing idea, this amazing show, and I want to see how far I can take it,” the 48-year-old related during a recent interview in the FYI offices. She’s now applying to the New York Fringe Festival in January with a revised script.
If writing for How I Lost One Pound, The Musical was done in focused haste – thus accounting in part for Carlberg’s decision that she needs to rework it into a four-person production with more character development and story line before it next hits the stage – the career arc of this witty, self-deprecating mother of three has been more meandering.
Carlberg realized she was funny performing in high school plays. She then studied dance and choreography at York University, screenwriting at George Brown and comedy at Second City and Humber College. Over the past two decades she participated in community theatre and a good number of other artistic ventures as she raised a family in Mississauga with her husband Fredrik. Projects she has created include a workshop for would-be comedians titled Funny 101, two previous children’s shows that ran at Fringekids and creativity workshops for the workplace. But seven years ago, she decided it was time to settle down and get serious. And so Carlberg embarked on a career as a realtor.
For five years, she did her best in that ambitious line of work, but her soul suffered.
“Real estate is really competitive, there are a million agents, but it is not my schtick,” she says. “I’d rather be pounding the pavement doing stuff that I love and not making any money instead of pounding the pavement doing something that I borderline like and not making any money.”
In 2009 she “put real estate on hold” while she collaborated her first show for adults, titled When I Grow Up: a Personal Narrative, at the Toronto Fringe. She quit real estate for good in 2011.
And now, she is completely energized – in her deadpan style – by musical comedy, specifically her show about the battle with fat.
How I Lost One Pound, The Musical, she says, is about losing weight – or “not losing weight” – and also about “self-acceptance and self-love.”
While Carlberg is by no means a large woman herself these days, she says, “I’ve lived it for the past 20-something years, because I’ve been in and out of having children, being pregnant, and not being where I wanted to be in terms of weight when I first got married when I was a kid in my 20s. I’ve tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Bernstein, all the diets.” She rejects representations of “20-year-olds that inundate us with youth, beauty and skinnyness that the media and society push us to strive for, to make money on us.”
While the show has that message, it’s mainly played for laughs, Carlberg says. One routine that is well received features a take on the bucket-list phenomenon with a phrase that rhymes with “bucket” but starts with the letter “f.”
langing2Perhaps the standout from the Toronto cast was Michelle Paré, who got good laughs with these lines: “You know, being skinny isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When I was skinny, I didn’t have any cleavage. But look at me now (looking at her bust). It’s back! Look down like this … men you shouldn’t be looking down. Women, look down like this. I don’t even have to do this (pushing her breasts together), it’s just there!
“Oh, by the way, they’re real and they’re spectacular!”
Carlberg did not appear in the Toronto cast but will performing in the New York show, as will Paré – assuming the play gets accepted. Carlberg says she loves being on stage, and recalls a pivotal moment in her life when she realized how much she loved making people laugh.
“My sister-in-law, a long time ago, I was the MC at her wedding, I think this was the impetus of it all, and I was funny and I did a good job, and I was loving it, and after the wedding, she said, Lesley, you should do standup, and I was, yeah! It was a little kick to me, her little comment to me, it gave me a lot of strength.”
And so Carlberg, having moved past the one misstep of her aborted real estate career, now confident in her abilities and certain she has a good product in her latest show, is hoping to follow the paths of such former Fringe successes as Da Kink in my Hair and The Drowsy Chaperone.
“Of course, I would love it. Now I have this base, and I think I really have something, now I gotta find a way to push it, explore all the avenues until the universe tells me, okay, Lesley, you are not going to make a heck of a lot of money from this, so you gotta move on.
“You don’t know unless you try.”
Website: toyboxproductions.ca.
Above: Joining Carlberg (centre) in the next production of How I Lost One Pound, The Musical will be Barbara Jensen, Janet d’Eon and Michelle Paré. Left: Carlberg says one of the things she learned in her playwriting classes is to write about things that bug you – thus her focus on the media and advertisers ‘hounding women (and men) to be thinner, blonder, tanner, younger, toner, sexier, prettier and smoother.’
(Fredrik Carlberg/
Boomerang Art & Design photos)

2012 Toronto Fringe Production

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How I Lost One Pound: The Musical (Toy Box Productions) 2012 Toronto Fringe Review

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If you’re looking for genuine fun at the Toronto Fringe Festival this year, you’ll find it in Toy Box Production’s How I Lost One Pound: The Musical. The Fringe is always a crap shoot when it comes to finding gems, so the best thing for any company is to drum up some good buzz to get the curiosity flowing and the audience filling. Only three days into the festival, and Lesley Carlsberg’s offering already had some great buzz zipping past my ears while I was waiting to walk into the AC’d Passe Muraille theatre.

 

A compilation of monologues and campy songs about body image, the stresses of modern womanhood, and being comfortable in one’s skin,How I Lost One Pound isn’t hard-hitting, mind-bending, thought-provoking theatre. But it is extremely relatable and told by voices that are both fresh and familiar.

The cast is an ensemble of variously sized lovely ladies, who really do give it their all. There’s a lot of support on stage between the actors which is always nice to see. Some of the cast are a little greener around the gills, but I think it adds to the earnestness of the show. It’s a sincere response to the times we continue to live in, where we still look at the skinny-mini super model as the ideal for beauty.

There are some wonderful moments throughout the show, and I found it hard not to wish they had a fuller house so that the women on stage could channel more energy from their audience. A few highlights for me included the first entrance of the cast, in their tutus, clutching scales that were leashed to their wrists (slaves to that little digital number). The choreography, while simple, was well thought-out and matched the vibe of the show.

Lauren Wolkowski, Rosaleen Kavanagh, and Kate Abrams were stand outs to me, each one bringing a little bit of crazy, a little bit of loopy and a little dry wit to the fold. Though really, all the actors brought their A-game. A big kudos to Barbara Weigelt, who throws down some rhymes mid-way through like nobody’s business.

How I Lost One Pound, in case you missed my first line, is way fun. It’s relatable, and they even include bits of audience participation and improvised dialogue that flows well and feels comfortable. I felt like a rock star walking out of the theatre and I figure, with all the laughing I did, I must’ve lost at least one pound.

Show Time!

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ORDER ONLINE TICKETS: CLICK HERE
or call  416 966 1062 and press 0
(Note: No Latecomers–they are really sticky about this–just ask Bill, Michele, Lisa & her date)

“How I Lost One Pound, The Musical”
Written by Lesley Carlberg

Inspired by true events, this comedic romp is a collection of songs and
monologues about our obsession with the scale, our image of our bodies and the
notion to be less horizontally challenged. Instead, let’s sit back and relax
and believe that we truly are completely beautiful and awesome despite our
shape or size. Down with socially expected and up with authentically alive!

Featuring the talents of Barbara Weigelt, Chiamaka Ugwu, Kate Abrams, Lauren
Wolkowski, Melissa Verwey, Megan O’Kelly, Michelle Paré, and Rosaleen
Kavanagh.

Theatre Passe Muraille  16 Ryerson in Toronto

Thursday, July 5, 2012 – 8:15pm
Friday, July 6, 2012 – 5:15pm
Sunday, July 8, 2012 – 12:00pm
Monday, July 9, 2012 – 10:30pm
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 – 6:15pm
Friday, July 13, 2012 – 2:15pm
Saturday, July 14, 2012 – 10:30pm

(Note: No Latecomers–they are really sticky about this–just ask Bill,
Michele, Rona & her date)


 

Auditions: for new show!

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Theatre Company: Toybox Productions

Title of Production: How I Lost One Pound, The Musical

This project will be performed at the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival. It is a comedy musical about the trials, tribulations but mostly frustrations to losing weight. This is Toybox Productions fourth original musical written for the Toronto Fringe.

Director’s note: We are going to have so much fun singing and dancing and playing and you are going to learn a lot about comedy, creativity, music and clowning and performing. Can’t wait! :o)

Playwright/Director: hard drive data recovery service is organized into tables with rows and columns. Lesley Carlberg

Casting Requirements: We are looking for actors who are familiar with the struggle of losing a few pounds.

Dates or Deadline: ASAP

Please send photo and resume by email:
Call for more info: 416-726-0130

Audition Preparation Requirements: Please prepare one of the following to show off your musical and/or comical talents: 1/stand-up routine OR 2/ (a funny) comedic monologue OR 3/ a song to sing OR 4/ a song to play on piano or guitar OR 5/ Just wing it!

Audition Dates: Week of Dec 19th and January 2nd

Audition Location: Toronto & Mississauga

Rehearsals begin: January 2012

Performance Dates: 7 performances between July 4th to July 15th, 2012; day or night

Eligibility: Non-union

Payment: Non-paying

Web-site www.toyboxproductions.ca

Creativity Workshop @ Toastmasters

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What You Will Learn

1/ 8 Elements to write a more engaging Speech/Presentation
2/ 5 Ways to Wake Up Your Right Brain
3/ 3 Surefire Ways to Make People Laugh (especially me)
4/ 36 Clown Rules (Wow!)

What We Will Do

1/ Be overwhelmed online casino with Inspiration
2/ Flesh Out Ideas
3/ Think as a free spirit
4/ Have LOADS of fun

Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 12-1 pm

Meeting Location: Rm CL3, 2nd floor, Central Library
301 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga (just south of City Hall)

Come join our Vibratto Choir

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Do you secretly sing to the radio all day?
Do you know you have a voice but aren’t sure where to use it?
Do you love music and want to sing great songs in a friendly, supportive environment?
But really, the truth is: you really just wanna be a rock star?!

Come join our choir VIBRATTO for the inaurgural season of singing together. Music will be all genres online casino from rock to jazz to musical theatre.  We’ll be led by conductor and accompanist and the choir will be SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass).  Don’t worry if you don’t know your vocal range – we’ll help you find it!

Rehearsals start September 20th till December 13th from 6:30 till 8:30 pm.
Location: Second City Training Centre, 70 Peter St., Toronto

Cost is $150. (its cheaper than a yoga class)

And we will be performing a little concert at the end of the season!

For more information or to save your spot:
Contact Lesley at lcarlberg@rogers.com (416-726-0130 )

Looking forward to an awesome season singing with you!

La La La
Lesley & Cherilee

Wheel Women of the West in the Race for Dignity

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Wheel Women of the West in the Race for Dignity

Mississauga, ON – The bicycles were stationary, but participants reached the finish line several thousand kilometres away in Africa. On June 9, Lesley Carlberg, a REALTOR® with Sutton Group – Quantum Realty Inc.*, took part in the fourth annual Race for Dignity. The event benefits Dignitas International, a non-profit organization. This year, the goal was to raise $300,000, which would provide 1,250 HIV-positive Africans with medicine for a year. Lesley and her team (named Wheel Women of the West) collected more than $6,000 with $1,500 coming from a luncheon organized by Lesley.

“The feedback from everyone at the luncheon on May 27 was extremely positive. I invited a doctor from Dignitas International to speak about her work. Although everyone knows that HIV and AIDS are devastating in Africa, it was enlightening to hear about the situation and solutions from someone who is personally involved.”

After countless emails and hours organizing and soliciting prize donations from businesses, Lesley welcomed 42 diners at the Tu Casa Restaurant. They enjoyed the guest speaker, lunch and a chance to win raffle prizes such as online casino gift certificates for haircuts and manicures, which raised $600. The cost to attend the luncheon was $45 with half of the money paying for the meal and half a charitable donation. The raffle, luncheon and other contributions totalled $1,500. Lesley also gathered an additional $200 in pledges for the spin-a-thon on June 9.

The Wheel Women of the West team consisted of a dozen women and teenage girls. They held their Race for Dignity at the Ontario Racket Club. Lesley kicked off the event with a comedy routine related to spinning. (Last year, she tickled funny bones to raise money so that children with cancer could attend camp.) Lesley reminds everyone that although the causes are serious, “fun” is a key part of fundraising.

The main Race for Dignity took place on Saturday, June 5 at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. During the eight-hour event, hundreds of people who had donated and/or collected pledges hopped on stationary bicycles. As they pedalled, they enjoyed live entertainment. Everyone who participated, including Lesley and her teammates, are helping to provide medicine and HIV prevention education to thousands of people in Malawi, Africa.

Sutton is a 100% Canadian-owned and operated company with more than 8,700 REALTORS® in over 200 offices nationwide. To find out more about Sutton, visit www.sutton.com. To learn more about Sutton Spirit, visit www.suttonspirit.com.

Sutton REALTOR® Performs to Benefit Tour For Kids

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Sutton REALTOR® Performs to Benefit Tour For Kids

Mississauga, ON – Lesley Carlberg , REALTOR® with Sutton Group – Quantum Realty Inc.*, took to the stage with Barbara Jensen, a friend of seven years, on May 8, 2009. The duo performed a personal narrative that incorporated improv, stand-up, singing and dancing. Written by Lesley and Barbara themselves, the adult’s only show based on childhood dreams and adult reveries was well received by the audience at The Second City theatre.
The pair decided to produce and perform their own show as a way to raise money for Tour For Kids. Lesley explains, “For a number of years, Barb and I have talked about putting on a show and we felt this was an excellent opportunity to put a show together and help out with a wonderful cause.”
Tour For Kids is a bike rally event organized by the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation (CTCACF). The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the survival rates of children and adolescents with cancer. They focus on projects which support transition and survivorship programs, research and education initiatives, as well as pediatric oncology camps.
“The show was a lot of fun and everybody had a wonderful time. We had a great turn out considering it was at eleven o’clock at night in downtown Toronto,” concludes Lesley. The duo also biked a 100km for four days as part of the Tour For Kids event and were able to personally deliver the money raised from their show to the charity.
Sutton is a 100% Canadian-owned and operated company with more than 8,700 REALTORS® in over 200 offices nationwide. To find out more about Sutton, visit www.sutton.com . To learn more about Sutton Spirit, visit www.suttonspirit.com.
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Phone: 604-691-1610
Email: stories@suttonspirit.com