Theatre Antigonish

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Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales

Adapted for the stage by Philip Wilson

From the back of the book:
“What is that, trailing your footsteps, breathing softly down your neck? Rediscover the magic and wonder of the original Grimm Tale, including both familiar stories and unexpected characters. Full of deliciously dark twists and turns, the Tales come to life in all their glittering, macabre brilliance.”

Our Grimm Tales will be an immersive theatre experience, with stories taking place all around The Bauer. Audiences will be divided into groups of 10 and led from one story to the next around the Bauer. There will be one performance in the Bauer for audiences who can’t, or prefer not to, wander up and down stairs.

The directors are talented members of our community (to be revealed!) and will be mentored by Andrea Boyd. 

We are looking for 27 actors, plus designers, stage managers, ushers, and more! (Participants must be 14+)

Each story is 15-minutes long and will be performed 5 times/night. It is not possible to be in more than one story. We expect approximately 25 hours of rehearsals, plus technical rehearsals, dress rehearsals and performances.

Auditions: November 24 & 26 (Scenes will be provided). If you sign up to act, you will be contacted individually for your preferred date.

Rehearsals begin week of January 8.

Performances are February 15-19

After the heartbreaking but necessary cancellation of our in-person performances of last year’s “A Christmas Carol”, we are so thrilled to announce that a remounted version of the show will be happening this Christmas! With a majority of the original cast, and some new faces, we will finally be able to share with our audiences the show as it was originally intended.

Join us as we retell the classic holiday tale about Scrooge, a cold-hearted woman who transforms her miserly ways after ghostly visits on Christmas Eve. The story is presented live on stage in the nostalgic style of old-fashioned radio plays. Complete with holiday music and live sound effects, this show is perfect for the whole family and features a large talented cast and music ensemble from the Antigonish and StFX community. Bah humbug!

Coming soon!


Catherine Hogarth – Ashley Sheppard
J.J. Repeater – Ken Kingston
Narrator – Briana Lynch
Bob Cratchett – Sean Barker
Scrooge – Angela Shields
Frieda – Sarah O’Toole
Gentleman – Garret Van de Weil
Marley – Ken Kingston
Christmas Past – Cameron Barker
Fezziwig – Sarah O’Toole
Bill – Michael Gillis
Young Scrooge – Violet Silva
Bill’s wife – Hollie Spicer
Christmas present – Ken Kingston
Martha – Abby Fraser
Child Caroler – Clara Spearin
Belinda Cratchit – Arianna Fuller
Mrs Cratchit – Natasha MacKinnon
Tiny Tim – Nate Barker
Girl with goose – Emilie Marchand
1st woman – Donna Brushey
2nd woman – Brenda Rose

Directed by Andrea Boyd
Music Direction by Carolyn Curry
Additional dialogue by Julia Ritchie
Set design consultant Andrew Murray
Sound recording Justin Gregg
Live foley by Christine Barker & Nate Barker


Ashley Sheppard
Natasha MacKinnon
Sarah O’Toole
Clara Spearin
Violet Silva
Abby Fraser
Hollie Spicer
Briana Lynch
Donna Brushey
Mijke van den Berg
Alec Hull
Doug Al Maini
Garret Van de Weil
Yannick Laplante
Mike Melchin
Rosemary Melchin

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Who we are:

Theatre Antigonish is a non-profit, community theatre under the supervision of professional staff. It is based in the Bauer Theatre building on the StFX University campus. Productions during the fall and spring terms feature university and high school students, and residents of the local community. Occasionally guest artists are invited to act in or direct its productions.

Community Support:

Theatre Antigonish depends on the committed support of “town and gown” in all aspects of its operations. StFX University supports the Theatre by making its facilities and support services available, underwriting the operating costs of the Bauer Theatre building, and employing the Artistic Director and Technical Director.

University faculty, staff and students, and local businesses and individuals in the community provide generous financial and volunteer support as actors, musicians, costume makers, stage crew, and members of the Board and patrons.


We are most grateful for the generous financial support of patrons and program advertisers who help make our quality amateur theatre possible.