PHOTO CREDIT: Ashley Pettipas
FAMILY STAGE CHILDREN'S THEATRE
DINOSTORIES: 3 PREHISTORIC FAIRY TALES
LIL VILLAINS THEATRE
A topsy-turvy dinosaur class gone wrong, complete with hilarious reimaginings of your favourite fairy tales!
Did you know that dinosaurs ate porridge? Or lived at the top of beanstalks?? Or liked wearing your granny’s pyjamas??? It’s all true! Join us for our "Super Special Theatrical & Musical Presentation For Tiny Geniuses And Their Families" and hear the most exciting stories of the prehistoric era! Dinostories has something for aspiring paleontologists of all ages (specifically 4-10, but also the young-at-heart)! Produced by the Lil Villains Theatre, and commissioned by Festival Antigonish!
ECMA nominated for Children's Entertainers of the Year.
DINOSTORIES: 3 PREHISTORIC FAIRY TALES, STAGES 2023
(Photo by James Arthur MacLean)
LIL VILLAINS THEATRE
Nova Scotia / Mi'kma'ki
The Villains Theatre is dedicated to creating transformative theatrical experiences. Our work is vibrant, provocative, and full of play. We collaborate with creators who inspire us as we strive to grow artistically and share our work with new audiences. We believe that the more accessible our spaces are, the better our theatre will be. We are committed to providing opportunities for artists of all levels of experience, addressing systemic injustices, and contributing to the national theatre landscape.
Written and directed by Dan Bray and Noella Murphy
Music by Justin Gregg and Ranke de Vries
Featuring Dan Bray Professor Glasses and Noella Murphy as Dina O'Saurus
Geordie Hemlow as Stagehand
Production assistance by Colleen MacIsaac and Dorian Lang
ARTIST BIOS & HEADSHOTS
Dan Bray (he/him) is a multidisciplinary artist living in Antigonish. As artistic director of The Villains Theatre, he has written, directed, and adapted many shows (including International Waters, Shakespeare's Time Machine, Hansel und Gretel in: der Garten von Edible Horrors, Observatory Mansions, and Zomblet). He is a 9-time Merritt Award nominee, the 2022 Merritt Award winner for "Outstanding Adaptation by a Nova Scotia Playwright" (Hansel und Gretel), and a current East Coast Music Award nominee for "Children's Entertainer of the Year" (Dinostories). Dan has had the good luck of working with many of Nova Scotia's finest theatre companies - as an playwright, director, actor, and dramaturge - including Two Planks & a Passion Theatre, Shakespeare by the Sea, Festival Antigonish, Mulgrave Road Theatre, Workshirt Opera, Eastern Front Theatre, Terra Novella Theatre, Phyllis Rising Productions, Xara Choral Theatre, and Lions Den Theatre. Dan is the 2023 Merritt Co-Host/Producer, the former Vice Chair for the Halifax Fringe Festival, a two-time attendee of Playwright Atlantic Resource Centre's annual retreat, and a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada. He received his MA from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Drama in 2009.
Tea Time Creation Co is a quartet of quirky clowns including Ailsa Galbreath (she/her), Gina Thornhill (she/they), James MacLean (they/he), and Kathleen Dorian (she/her). They occasionally perform wild and obscene adaptations of Shakespeare for a pub filled crowd. Or they write, devise, and create their own work including roaming performances, and other types experimental theatre.
BINGLY AND THE ROGUES
JUSTIN GREGG + RANKE DE VRIES
The Dinostories music was written by two members of the ECMA/Music Nova Scotia award nominated children’s music group Bingly and the Rouges: Justin Gregg and Ranke de Vries. Justin Gregg (he/him) is an Adjunct Professor at St. Francis Xavier University, and a Senior Research Associate with the Dolphin Communication Project. He is author of the book If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal, a voice actor, and improv instructor for Antigonish Improv. Ranke de Vries (she/her) is a professor in the Celtic Studies Department at St. Francis Xavier University, a playwright, and children’s book author.