In 2014, VPT re-imagined George Peele’s play, The Old Wives’ Tale, as a comedy fit for all ages. Using song, storytelling, and a bit of magic, In the Telling follows two silly brothers’ attempts to save their sister from an evil wizard. As the first play to ever tour all three maritime fringes, VPT was able to share their family-friendly interpretation with Charlottetown, PEI; Saint John, NB; and Halifax, NS.
August 7 – September 7, 2014
The Island Fringe, The Fundy Fringe, and The Atlantic Fringe
Director: Dorian Lang
Adapted by: Dan Bray, Dorian Lang, & Colleen MacIsaac
Stage Manager: Chelsea Dickie
Composer: Jenny Trites
Tour Manager/Graphic Design: Colleen MacIsaac
Costume Designer: Dan Bray
Kristi Anderson: Frolic/Corbie
Jozel Bennet: Antic/Bango
Danielle Doiron: Fantastic/Delia
Colleen MacIsaac: Madge/Ensemble
“magically delicious outdoor theatre”
-opening night reviews PEI / onrpei.ca
“….a charming story with fine acting and ensemble singing, beautifully-detailed costumes, and lovely original music.”
-Kate Watson, The Coast
In the Telling charms with fables and song
-The Chronicle Herald
In the Telling
‘In the Telling’ stops in P.E.I. on Maritime Fringe Festival circuit
-The Guardian, Charlottetown
In the Telling was supported by our production sponsor, Newman House Hostel.
KRISTI ANDERSON – FROLIC / CORBIE
Kristi Anderson is thrilled to be performing with VPT for a second time! She is a professional theatre artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she works as an actor, singer, coordinator, private voice teacher and delivers puppet shows to students across the province. Kristi is a graduate of The Canadian College of Performing Arts and has a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Mount Allison University.
JOZEL BENNET – ANTIC / BANGO
Jozel is an actor/ producer/ director from out west. Since moving to Halifax she has worked with Lions Den Theatre, Vile Passéist, and TABOO Theatre. Memorable Halifax roles include Eve in Waiting for the Parade and Sophie in Strawberries in January, both with Lions Den Theatre. Jozel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from the University of Alberta. She is excited to work again with the lovely folks at VPT for her first time going to the Island and Fundy Fringes. She is also directing and co-producing Les and Dawn at the Atlantic Fringe with the Firething Theatre Collective. Enjoy the show!
DAN BRAY – COSTUME DESIGNER
Dan Bray is the founder and artistic director of Vile Passeist Theatre, for which he has produced and directed many shows. Last year, Dan won the Atlantic Fringe Award for “Best Playwright” with his comedy, Criminal Negligee; his newest work, Wake Up Rosie, will also premiere in the festival this September. He has also worked with Shakespeare by the Sea, Us Vs Them Theatre Co-op, The Doppler Effect, Taboo Theatre, and Xara Choral Theatre. He is pleased and honoured to share VPT’s newest offering with so many people across the maritimes.
CHELSEA DICKIE – STAGE MANAGER
Chelsea began her theatre career in her first few years at Mount Allison University, from which she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama. She is currently enrolled at St.FX University for a final year of an Education degree, with the goal of being involved in enough theatre at the Bauer while there, to eventually move back and live in Halifax permanently, to work towards becoming a full-time equity Stage Manager, or gain an apprenticeship by the time she graduates from X. Chelsea’s passion lies in Stage Management, with which she has tackled such productions as Spring Awakening, Godspell, The Glass Menagerie, MacBeth, Theatre Arts Guild’s The Full Monty, Sackville Township’s Free Land, and Tintamarre’s CAMP!.
DANIELLE DOIRON – FANTASTIC / DELIA
Danielle recently moved back to Halifax after living in Montreal for a number of years. While away, she studied with Jock MacDonald at Straeon Acting Studios, performed regularly as an improviser at both Theatre Ste. Catherine and the Montreal Improv Theatre and acted in several plays. This past year she completed the Pre-Professional Training Program at Neptune Theatre. She would like to thank Dorian and the entire team for this exciting opportunity! Select credits include: Autobahn (Road Trip) / Freestanding Productions; Macbeth / Montreal Shakespeare Theatre Company; Help! I’m Having a 1/4 Life Crisis / Atlantic Fringe; Spring Awakening / Neptune PPTP.
DORIAN LANG – DIRECTOR
Dorian Lang is a Halifax based theatre artist who studied at Dalhousie University and enjoys devised theatre creation. He is very excited to be taking VPT’s first adaptation project on a tour of Maritime Fringe festivals. For the Atlantic Fringe festival, Dorian is also directing So ho, by so, with Ajar Theatre. Dorian’s previous productions as a director include Foreplay or the Art of the Fugue (Lions Den), Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread (Lions Den), A Yorkshire Tragedy (VPT), Stay at Home Dead (Ajar), and Tecumseh as a Doorstop (Ajar).
COLLEEN MACISAAC – MADGE / ENSEMBLE
Colleen is the executive director of Vile Passéist Theatre, the administrative coordinator at 2b theatre company, and serves on the board of the Bus Stop Theatre. Recent credits include: The Maid’s Tragedy, The Roaring Girl (Vile Passéist), Waiting for the Parade, An Evening of Ives, Universal Babble (Lions Den), A Tournament of Lies (Us Vs Them), An Evening of Grand Guignol, Criminal Negligee (Taboo), Waiting on the Eastern Line, Constellations (Xara Choral Theatre), Black Jack Justice, The Maids (Atlantic Fringe). This fall, Colleen will be performing in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with Lions Den, and directing Gallathea for Vile Passéist.
JENNY TRITES – COMPOSER
In the Telling will be the second show Jenny Trites has composed for VPT. The first, The Roaring Girl, was nominated for a Merritt award for Outstanding Original Score. She also performed in the chorus of VPT’s production of The Maid’s Tragedy. A composer, pianist, chorister, and music educator, Jenny regularly sings with Xara Choral Theatre, and is the collaborative pianist for the Xara Youth Ensemble. Jenny studied Music Theory and Composition at Memorial University.