A special show for tiny geniuses and their families.

July 4 -9, 2022

A special show for tiny geniuses and their families.
Presented by Lil Villains Theatre
Sponsored by East Coast Credit Union
Featuring Dan Bray and Noella Murphy
Music by Justin Gregg and Ranke de Vries

Did you know that dinosaurs ate porridge? Or lived at the top of beanstalks?? Or liked wearing your grandma’s pajamas??? It’s all true! Join our super special theatrical presentation for tiny geniuses and their families, and hear the most exciting secrets and stories of the prehistoric era! Dinostories has something for storytellers and explorers of all ages!

Regular $15
Families of 4 or more: use coupon code FAMILY at checkout for a 10% discount

– 10am showtime July 4 – 8; 2pm showtime July 9
– General admission, Bauer Theatre.
– Run time: approximately 50 minutes.
– Recommended for children 7 and under.
– All Nova Scotia Public Health and safety guidelines, in addition with any StFX University Protocols, will be followed to ensure the safety of our artists and our audience.

Noella Murphy

Clown, puppeteer, and overall child-at-heart, Noella Murphy (she/her) has always loved theatre for children, having made her own theatrical debut at the age of 11 in Theatre Antigonish’s production of The Sound of Music. Noella is an alum of Kinsale’s Wooden O Drama Program (Ireland) and NSCAD University. A multidisciplinary artist, Noella often runs theatre camps, workshops, and art groups for children from across Nova Scotia, with a focus on performance and creation as an inclusive, accessible, therapeutic outlet. Noella is a frequent collaborator with the North Barn Theatre Collective, who tour their original puppet shows all around the province. Most recently, she appeared in her original family-friendly fringe play, Worry Duck; Festival Antigonish’s Robin Hood; and a new adaptation of Hansel und Gretel by The Villains Theatre, in which she played a giant cookie.

Dan Bray

Comedy writer, director, and general goofball, Dan Bray (he/him) has loved theatre since grade three, when he had to extemporise an entire production of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” on the fly in front of his entire class. Since then, he has been a prolific theatre producer and playwright, having staged more than twenty productions, mostly with The Villains Theatre, for which he is the artistic director. He has worked with many local companies, including Shakespeare by the Sea, where he appeared in several fairy tale adaptations, such as Alice in Wonderland, Cinderelly, and Sleeping Beauty. In 2015, Dan won the Halifax Fringe award for “Best All Ages Show” with his original spin on Little Red Riding Hood, entitled Wake Up, Rosie! He was also nominated for a Robert Merritt Theatre Award for his performance as The Cat in SBTS’ Pinocchio (2016), as well as for several of his original scripts. Most recently, he wrote and directed a new version of Hansel und Gretel, which debuted in Antigonish and toured to Dartmouth and Halifax.

About Lil Villains

Lil Villains is a new offshoot of Nova Scotia’s most spirited and quirky company, The Villains Theatre. This unique new chapter of our programming allows us to tell stories exclusively for young audiences and their families. It is helmed by longtime collaborators Dan Bray and Noella Murphy, both of whom believe that young Nova Scotians need a theatre to call their own. Our stories are silly, mischievous, and heart-warming, with a focus on inclusiveness and togetherness. The Villains Theatre (est 2009) is an independent company dedicated to unique adaptations and making accessible art. This is the first Lil Villains production, and we hope to share many more adventures with Nova Scotian youngsters in the years to come. Since our artistic leadership is currently split between Kjipuktuk/Halifax and Antigonish, we are constantly looking for ways to connect our audiences and to provide theatrical opportunities (both for audiences and artists) with Nova Scotians from all walks of life. Let’s have some fun!