Edward II

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Edward II is an epic drama about the titular king who’s love for his low-born favourite enrages the court and destroys the kingdom. Marlowe’s infamous tragedy explores early-modern depictions of power, masculinity, and sexuality.

Edward II ran in repertory with The Jew of Malta in February 2012 at the Bus Stop Theatre.
Edward II was produced with the support of the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage.

 

COMPANY
Director: Luciana Fernandes
Assistant Director: Zara Tufts
Stage Manager: Tessa Pekeles
Assistant Stage Manager: Holly Arsenault
Music Director: Garry Williams
Costume Designer: Jordyn Bochon
Lighting Designer: Matthew Downey
Fight Coach: David Rossetti

Playwright: Christopher Marlowe

CAST
Dan Bray: Baldock, Ensemble
Pasha Ebrahimi: Mortimer
Eric Fitzpatrick: Gaveston, Ensemble
Ira Henderson: Spenser, Ensemble
Ben Irvine: Edward II
Megan Kendall: Duchess of Kent
Emma Laishram: Queen Isabella
Shawn Maggio: Warwick, Ensemble
Keith Morrison: Mortimer Sr, Ensemble
Nicole O’Connor: Lancaster, Ensemble
Ashley Marie Pike: Winchester, Ensemble
Jesse Robb: Lightborn, Ensemble
Schoel Strang: Niece, Ensemble
Dana Thompson: Arundell, Ensemble
Jonny Thompson: Archbishop, Ensemble

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MATTHEW DOWNEY – LIGHTING DESIGNER

WITH VPT
The Roaring Girl, 2013 (Lighting Design); A Yorkshire Tragedy, 2012 (Lighting Design); The Jew of Malta / Edward II, 2012 (Lighting Design); The Revenger’s Tragedy / A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Lighting Design).

SELECT CREDITS
ATLANTIC FRINGE
: Venue Head Tech, 2012.XARAWAIL, 2012 (Lighting Design). AJAR THEATRETecumseh as a Doorstop, 2011 (Sound and Video Design).

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PASHA EBRAHIMI – MORTIMER

TRAINING
Dalhousie University Acting Program (2008).

WITH VPT
The Roaring Girl, 2013 (Sir Davy Dapper); The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Knight); Edward II, 2012 (Mortimer); Bartholomew Fair, 2011 (Tom Quarlous).

SELECT CREDITS
TABOO THEATRE
: Another Evening of Grand Guignol, 2011 (Actor). LIONS’ DEN THEATRE/VPT: Kill Shakespeare, 2012 (Actor). LIONS’ DEN THEATRE: 12 Angry Men, 2012 (Actor); Arsenic and Old Lace, 2012 (Actor); The Underpants, 2011 (Actor). NB: The Chronicles of Narnia (Actor). DARTMOUTH PLAYERS:Lysistrata, (Actor). CHESTER PLAYHOUSE:Away From Home, (Actor). ONELIGHT THEATREThe Veil, 2007 (Actor); Death of Yazgerd, (Actor). ATLANTIC THEATRE FESTIVALWhiteout, 2011 (Actor). The Drawer Boy, 2010 (Actor). DALTHEATRE:Marathon ’33, (Actor); Pride and Prejudice,(Actor); Danton’s Death, (Actor); The Enchanted,(Actor); Metamorphoses, (Actor). ATLANTIC FRINGE: Foibles, (Actor). IRONDALE THEATRE ENSEMBLE / DELL’ARTE: Washed Away,(Actor); The Truimph of Joe T, (Actor). ACTOR’S NEST THEATRE: Daniel on a Thursday, (Actor);Arabian Nights, (Actor).

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LUCIANA FERNANDES – DIRECTOR

TRAINING
Dalhousie University, Theatre Studies and English (2012).

WITH VPT
Edward II (Director); Bartholomew Fair, 2011 (Choreographer); The Revenger’s Tragedy, 2011 (Assistant Director, Choreographer); ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, 2010 (Assistant Director, Choreographer).

SELECT CREDITS
DALTHEATRE: Blood Wedding, 2011 (Assistant Director). ATLANTIC FRINGE: Waltz #6, 2010 (Director). DAL THEATRE SOCIETY: A Night in the Tavern, 2011 (Director/Playwright/Producer); After the Fall, 2010 (Actor); OTHER: Living the Cave, 2011 (Director); Scenes from The Madonna Painter, 2011 (Director); Mankind, 2011 (Actor); The Vagina Monologues (Actor).

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ERIC FITZPATRICK – GAVESTON, ENSEMBLE

TRAINING

Neptune Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Programme (2010).

WITH VPT

The Roaring Girl, 2013 (Neatfoot, Assistant Stage Manager); The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Ithamore); Edward II, 2012 (Gaveston, John of Hainault); Bartholomew Fair, 2011 (Bartholomew Cokes); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, 2011 (Tim); The Revenger’s Tragedy, 2011 (Spurio); Vindice’s Folly, 2010 (Pulcinella);‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, 2010 (Banditti).

SELECT CREDITS
TABOO THEATRE
: Another Evening of Grand Guignol (Actor); A Box, a Bag, and a Bottle, 2011 (Actor); An Evening of Grand Guignol,2010 (Actor). LIONS DEN THEATRE/VPT: Kill Shakespeare, 2012 (Actor). LIONS DEN THEATRE: 12 Angry Men, 2012 (Actor); Arsenic and Old Lace, 2012 (Actor); The Underpants,2011 (Stage Manager). DOPPLER EFFECT:Blood & Quick Silver, 2012 (Actor). ONCE UPON A THEATRE COLLECTIVE: On the Verge, 2011 (Stage Manager). ATLANTIC FRINGE:Breaking Point, (Actor, Co-Creator). PPTP:Mother Courage and her Children (Actor).

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IRA HENDERSON – SPENSER JR

WITH VPT
The Roaring Girl, 2013 (Ralph Trapdoor); A Yorkshire Tragedy, 2012 (The Lusty Servant);The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Friar Jacomo); Edward II (Spenser); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, 2011 (Touchwood Sr).

SELECT CREDITS
DAPOPO: Communities in Bloom (Actor); The Pirate Show (Actor); Ferry Boat Tales (Actor).LIONS DEN THEATRE: 12 Angry Men, 2012 (Actor); Arsenic and Old Lace, 2012 (Actor).TABOO THEATRE: Grand Guignol III, 2012 (Actor); Festival of Fear: Another Evening of Grand Guignol II, 2011 (Actor). KING’S THEATRICAL SOCIETY: Camino Royal (Actor);Romeo & Juliet (Actor); Phaedra’s Love (Actor);Macbeth, (Actor); Rocky Horror Picture Show(Actor); The Pillowman (Actor); The Laramie Project (Actor). ATLANTIC FRINGE: Black Jack Justice (Actor).

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BEN IRVINE – EDWARD II

TRAINING
Dalhousie University’s Acting Program (2011).

WITH VPT
The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Don Mathias); Edward II (Edward II).

SELECT CREDITS
AJAR THEATRE: Tecumseh as a Doorstop, 2011 (Actor). DGM MUSIC INC.: Rent, 2011 (Actor).ATLANTIC FRINGE: A Question of Sex, 2011 (Actor). OPERA NS: Three-Penny Opera/The Beggar’s Opera, 2011 (Actor). TWO PLANKS AND A PASSION: Beowulf(Actor). DALTHEATRE: The Country Wife, 2011 (Actor); Into the Woods, 2010 (Actor); Ionesco One Acts: Jaques or Obedience, 2010 (Actor);Medea, 2010 (Actor); Dante’s Divinus Inferno, 2009 (Actor). CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH: Speak for Yourself/Parle, C’est L’ideal (Actor).

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MEGAN KENDELL – DUCHESS OF KENT

TRAINING
Memorial University, Acting; Dalhousie University, Creative Writing and Theatre Studies.

WITH VPT
The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Martine del Bosco); Edward II (Countess of Kent); Bartholomew Fair, 2011 (Assistant Director).

SELECT CREDITS
TABOO THEATRE: Another Evening of Grand Guignol, 2011 (Actor, Director); An Evening of Grand Guignol, 2010 (Actor). GRENFELL PLAYERS: Romeo and Juliet, (Actor); Richard III, (Actor); Metamorphoses, (Actor).DALTHEATRE: Blood Wedding, 2011 (Assistant Director). DAL THEATRE SOCIETY: A Night in the Tavern, 2011 (Actor); The Tragedy of That Guy Named Sid, 2011 (Actor); After the Fall, 2010 (Actor).

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EMMA LAISHRAM – QUEEN ISABELLA

TRAINING
Dalhousie University’s Acting Program (2011).

WITH VPT
The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Machiavel, Callapine);Edward II, 2012 (Queen Isabella); Bartholomew Fair, 2011 (Nightingale).

SELECT CREDITS
AJAR THEATRE: Tecumseh as a Doorstop, 2011. ATLANTIC FRINGE: A Question of Sex, 2011 (Actor). O’NEILL COLLEGIATE: Little Shop of Horrors (Actor); Run For the Money(Actor). DALTHEATRE: The Country Wife, 2011 (Actor); Into the Woods, 2010 (Actor); Ionesco One Acts: Jaques or Obedience, 2010 (Actor);Medea, 2010 (Actor); Dante’s Divinus Inferno, 2009 (Actor).

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COLLEEN MACISAAC – EDWARD III, ENSEMBLE

WITH VPT
The Roaring Girl, 2013 (Mistress Tiltyard, Production Manager); A Yorkshire Tragedy, 2012 (Producer, Production Manager); The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Assistant Director, Production Manager); Edward II (Prince Edward, Producer); Bartholomew Fair, 2011 (Joan Trash, Production Manager); The Revenger’s Tragedy, 2011 (Piero); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, 2011 (Assistant Director); Vindice’s Folly, 2010 (Co-Director);‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, 2010 (Putana).

SELECT CREDITS
US VS THEM THEATRE: A Tournament of Lies, 2013 (Actor). LIONS DEN THEATRE: Reefer Madness, 2013 (Actor); Kill Shakespeare (with VPT), 2012 (Production Manager); Arsenic and Old Lace, 2012 (Actor); The Underpants, 2011 (Assistant Director). TABOO THEATRE: Grand Guignol III, 2012 (Actor); Another Evening of Grand Guignol, 2011 (Stage Manager); An Evening of Grand Guignol, 2010 (Actor).ATLANTIC FRINGE FESTIVAL: The Maids, 2012 (Actor); Room Six, 2012 (Director/Co-Writer);Black Jack Justice, 2010 (Actor); Vanishing Twins, 2010 (Assistant Director). AJAR THEATRE: Tecumseh as a Doorstep, 2011 (Production Assistant). DALHOUSIE THEATRE SOCIETY: After the Fall, 2010 (Actor);Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet), 2008 (Actor). OTHER: Every Exit, 2008 (Actor).

OTHER
Colleen has a Bachelor of Media Arts from Emily Carr University, and is VPT’s in-house web and print designer. Visit her portfolio site, little foible. 

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SHAWN MAGGIO – WARWICK, ENSEMBLE

TRAINING
Acadia University Theatre Program, 2005.

WITH VPT
The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Calymath); Edward II, 2012 (Warwick, Spenser Sr); Bartholomew Fair, 2011 (Winwife).

SELECT CREDITS
PERCHANCE THEATRE: Hamlet, 2010 (Actor).MYSTERIOUS STRANGER: Doctor Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, 2010 (Actor). DARTMOUTH PLAYERS: The Importance of Being Earnest, 2010 (Actor). DAL THEATRE SOCIETY: After the Fall, 2010 (Actor). ACADIA UNIVERSITY:Three Penny Opera, 2010 (Actor).

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KEITH MORRISON – MORTIMER SR, ENSEMBLE

TRAINING
Cape Breton University (2005), Greenleaf (1991-1998).

WITH VPT
The Roaring Girl, 2013 (Master Openwork); The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Friar Barnardine); Edward II, 2012 (Mortimer Sr, Leicester); Bartholomew Fair, 2011 (Justice Overdo); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, 2011 (Allwit); The Revenger’s Tragedy, 2011 (Keeper).

SELECT CREDITS
LIONS DEN THEATRE: 12 Angry Men, 2012 (Director); Arsenic and Old Lace, 2012 (Director); The Underpants, 2011 (Actor).TABOO THEATRE: Grand Guignol III, 2012 (Actor). CBU: The Hawk’s Well, 2005 (Actor);Macbeth, 2002 (Actor); Arcadia, 1998 (Actor);Romeo and Juliet (Actor); The Flies (Actor); (Actor); Much Ado About Nothing (Actor); Red Cross (Actor). THE RIVERVIEW PLAYERS:Brigadoon (Actor); HMCS Pinafore (Actor);Calendar Girls (Actor); Come Charleston With Me (Actor). CAPE BRETON STAGE SOCIETY:Sweet Sweet Lovin’ (Playwright); Goons(Playwright); Bicycle (Playwright). CBU ONE ACT FESTIVAL: The Writing of a Play(Playwright); The Archie McAllister Memorial Watch (Playwright); Just a Small Train Station(Playwright); Four for Tarabish (Playwright).FESTIVAL ON THE BAY: The Missing Pig(Playwright). BROADWAY BY THE SEA: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 2001 (Director); I Take This Man, 2001 (Director).

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NICOLE O’CONNOR – LANCASTER, ENSEMBLE

Dalhousie University’s Acting Program (2011).

WITH VPT
The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Pilia-Borza); Edward II,2012 (Lancaster / Gurney).

SELECT CREDITS
DALTHEATRE: The Country Wife, 2011 (Actor);Into the Woods, 2010 (Actor); Ionesco One Acts: Jaques or Obedience, 2010 (Actor); Medea, 2010 (Actor); Dante’s Divinus Inferno, 2009 (Actor). KING’S THEATRICAL SOCIETY:Urinetown, 2009 (Actor); West Side Story, 2009 (Actor). DAL THEATRE SOCIETY: The Actor’s Nightmare, 2009 (Director).

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TESSA PEKELES – STAGE MANAGER

TRAINING
Banff Centre Theatre Production Work Study Program (2011); Dalhousie University Theatre Program (2011).

WITH VPT
The Roaring Girl, 2013 (Stage Manager); A Yorkshire Tragedy, 2012 (Dramaturge/Props Mistress); The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Dramaturge); Edward II, 2012 (Stage Manager); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, 2011 (Stage Manager).

SELECT CREDITS
HALIFAX THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: In the Fall/In This World, 2011 (Assistant Stage Manager). BANFF CENTRE: Cosi Fan Tutte, 2011 (Assistant Stage Manager). OPERA NS:Luisa Miller, 2013 (Stage Manager); Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, 2012 (Stage Manager); Three-Penny Opera/Beggar’s Opera, 2011 (Producer); Zaide, 2010 (Producer).ATLANTIC FRINGE FESTIVAL: The Maids, 2012 (Stage Manager). DALTHEATRE: The Country Wife, 2011 (Dramaturg), New Works Festival, 2010 (Production Stage Manager). HALIFAX SUMMER OPERA WORKSHOP: Kabarett: Mahagonny Songspiel and Beyond, 2013 (Stage Manager). DALHOUSIE OPERA WORKSHOP:Ope OTHER: Kill Shakespeare, 2012 (Stage Manager – VPT/Lions Den/Hal-Con).

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ASHLEY MARIE PIKE – WINCHESTER, ENSEMBLE

TRAINING
Neptune Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Programme (2011); Bishop’s University Theatre Programme.

WITH VPT
The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Abigail); Edward II, 2012 (Winchester).

SELECT CREDITS
DOPPLER EFFECT: CU2morrow, 2011 (Stage Manager). PPTP: Interview, 2011 (Actor);THEATRE ACTIVE FESTIVAL: Too Much Light Makes Baby Go Blind, (Actor). ALDERNEY LANDING THEATRE: Into the Woods, (Actor),Les Miserables, (Actor).

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JESSE ROBB – LIGHTBORN, ENSEMBLE

Neptune Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Program.

WITH VPT
The Roaring Girl, 2013 (Greenwit); The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Barabas); Edward II, 2012 (Pembroke, Lightborn); Bartholomew Fair, 2011 (Humphrey Wasp); The Revenger’s Tragedy, 2011 (Antonio); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside 2011, (Mr. Yellowhammer); Vindice’s Folly, 2010 (Pierrot); ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, 2010 (Friar Bonaventura).

SELECT CREDITS
LIONS DEN THEATRE/VPT: Kill Shakespeare,2012 (Actor). LIONS DEN THEATRE: 12 Angry Men, 2012 (Actor); Arsenic and Old Lace, 2012 (Actor). TABOO THEATRE: Another Evening of Grand Guignol, 2011 (Actor). PPTP: Romeo and Juliet (Actor). SAINT MARY’S DRAMA SOCIETY: The Crucible (Actor). ATLANTIC FRINGE: A Question of Sex, 2011 (Actor);Vanishing Twins, 2010 (Actor).

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DAVID ROSSETTI – FIGHT COACH

David has spent the last ten years performing in educational touring shows around the US, and on stage and screen throughout Toronto. Favorite roles include: Vasques in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore with Vile Passeist Theatre, Malcolm in Macbeth and Cassio in Othellowith Forward Theatre, Matthew D. Melody in the Welsh play Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco with Royal Porcupine Productions, and the one-man show Drinking in America by Eric Bogosian with Barebones Theatre. He also co-stared in Inventfilm’s premiere productionUnique I.D. which won the Altadis USA award for film making at the AOF Festival in Hollywood. David appeared on the TV seriesHaven and can be heard in various radio ads across the maritimes. David is currently coming off the North American tour of CSI Live! by Mad Science Productions with CBS, and is now proud to call Halifax his home, where he looks forward to many East Coast adventures.

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SCHOEL STANG – NIECE, ENSEMBLE

RAINING
Neptune Theatre’s Pre-Professional Training Programme (2004).

WITH VPT
The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Bellamira); Edward II,2012 (Niece, Coventry); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, 2011 (Mistress Allwit); ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, 2010 (Donada).

SELECT CREDITS
AJAR THEATRE: Tecumseh as a Doorstop, 2011 (Assistant Director). THEATRE ANTIGONISH:West Side Story, 2002 (Actor); Fiddler on the Roof, 2003 (Actor); Brigadoon, 2001 (Actor), My Fair Lady, 2000 (Actor). PPTP: Julius Caesar, 2004 (Actor). ATLANTIC FRINGE: Star Baby,2006 (Actor); Black Jack Justice, 2010 (Actor);Ed’s Story: The Dragon Chronicles, 2010 (Actor).DAL THEATRE SOCIETY: Naomi in the Living Room, 2008 (Actor); Irish Stew, 2009 (Actor).LA THEATRE DE BOHEME: The Balcony, 2006 (Actor). OTHER: Ed’s Story: The Dragon Chronicles Tour, 2011 (Actor / Production Manager); That Little Bird, 2010 (Director).

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DANA THOMPSON – ARUNDELL, ENSEMBLE

TRAINING
Dalhousie University’s Acting Program (2010).

WITH VPT
The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Katharine); Edward II(Arundel, Matrevis).

SELECT CREDITS
ATLANTIC FRINGE: The Rejection Chronicles, 2011 (Actor). DALTHEATRE: The Comedy of Errors, 2010 (Actor); Dante’s Divinus: Inferno, 2009 (Actor); Fairy of the Lake, 2009 (Actor);The Caucasian Chalk Circle, 2009 (Actor).

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JONNY THOMPSON – SPENSER SR, ENSEMBLE

TRAINING
Dalhousie University’s Acting Program.

WITH VPT
The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Don Lodowick); Edward II, 2012 (Archbishop of Canterbury).

SELECT CREDITS
ATLANTIC FRINGE: A Question of Sex, 2011 (Director). TWO PLANKS AND A PASSION:Beowulf, 2011 (Actor). DALTHEATRE: The Country Wife, 2011 (Actor); Into the Woods, 2010 (Actor); Ionesco One Acts: Jaques or Obedience, 2010 (Actor); Medea, 2010 (Actor); Dante’s Divinus Inferno, 2009 (Actor).

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ZARA TUFTS – ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

TRAINING
Dalhousie Theatre (2008).

WITH VPT
Edward II, 2012 (Assistant Director); A Chaste Maid in Cheapside (Jug, Gossip); The Revenger’s Tragedy (Nencio).

 

SELECT CREDITS
ATLANTIC FRINGE: Vanishing Twins, 2010 (Actor); Sleeping Beauty, 2009 (Director/Playwright). DALTHEATRE: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Assistant Director). KING’S THEATRICAL SOCIETY: Marat/Sade, 2009 (Actor).

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GARRY WILLIAMS – MUSIC DIRECTOR

WITH VPT
The Roaring Girl, 2013 (Sir Alexander Wengrave) The Jew of Malta, 2012 (Music Director); Edward II, 2012 (Music Director).

SELECT CREDITS
DAPOPO THEATRE: Artistic Director of DaPoPo Theatre - 2004-2012: Making It, The Drinking Game, So…What About Love?, Café DaPoPo, The Halifax Hearings, Julius Caesar,Biography: A Game, Sunday in the Park With George, Apocalypse, 13 Ways of Looking at a Madman, Four Actors In Search of a Nation.TWO PLANKS AND A PASSION: Rockbound (workshop), 2010. ANGELS & HEROES: Fewer Emergencies, 2008 (Actor). OTHER: A Little Cabaret, Cosi fan tutte, Creatures of the MomentFILM: Blackbird, Jack & Jill, Snitch.

OTHER
This summer Garry is excited to be singing Frederik in Halifax Summer Opera Workshop’s A Little Night Music. Visit DaPoPo’s website here.