A Herman Tale
A world premiere adaptation of this new New Brunswick children’s classic.
A Herman Tale is the story of an under the bed monster who longs to play with the street monsters outside. It was written by Fredericton author Paul McAllister, and will be adapted for the stage by Young Company director Tania Breen.
Written by Paul McAllister
Herman Doll by co-creator Emily Brown
Adapting Playwright Tania Breen
Directed by Lisa Anne Ross
Costume Design: Sherry Kinnear
Composition and Sound Design: Michael Doherty
Production photo by: Matt Carter
February - April 2018
Lisa Anne Ross
Lisa Anne Ross, the Artistic Producer of Solo Chicken Productions, is a Fredericton based director, creator and community arts practitioner who has studied theatre at Dalhousie University, The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California and at York University, where received her Master’s in theatre as a tool for social change. Lisa Anne teaches and directs at St. Thomas University and alongside Lesandra Dodson, is the Co-Artistic Director of the coop, which is a new initiative launched by Solo Chicken that aims to create opportunities for both professional and emerging New Brunswick artists. Working on The Bridge Project has been a wonderful opportunity to connect with artists and community members across the city and participate in bringing a vibrant, diverse perspective of our history to life.
Having a long history of theatre and the arts, Paul’s early 20's were spent pursuing an Acting Career in Toronto where he met with general success landing commercial roles and a job as a Knight at Medieval Times Dinner Theatre. After deciding that wasn't the right job in the long run, he returned home to NB and began to develop a Not For Profit Art's Community called Feels Good Community Inc. Here Paul worked on becoming an established visual artist while coordinating events focusing on community development through art and music.
Throughout all these endeavours he was always writing, and it wasn't until two years ago that he decided to finally put my focus into children's stories. For the past year Paul has been going around to Schools and Libraries, reading his first book There and Back Again, A Herman Tale to audiences of all ages.
Tania is an educator, director and performer who has worked on stages across Atlantic Canada and has directed every TNB Theatre School production for the past ten years. Outside of her work with TNB Theatre School, she teaches in the Fine Arts Department at St. Thomas University. Tania also performs regularly on stage as a vocalist for local bands Dub Antenna and Pretty in Pink.
Rachel is excited to join TNB YoCo again bringing Corrie to life with all the joy and spunk she possesses. Her debut was as Little Boy last season in The Space Between, a play with no words and much heart. Select Theatre credits include: Amy, The Wrath of Ponzi (TNT), Liz, Redfish (Halifax Theatre for Young People), Marta, Company (Dartmouth Players) Tanis, The Vic (Walking Tall Theatre Collective), a puppeteer in 937 (Two Planks and a Passion) and Code Green (Mermaid Theatre), Ghost/Pedringano, The Spanish Tragedy, and Julia, The Duchess of Malfi (The Villain’s Theatre), Dawn, Les & Dawn (Firething Theatre Collective), and various roles with DalTheatre Productions. Thanks to her parents for their constant support and for being her biggest fans.
Having been trained in a TNB’s theatre school from the ages of 12 to 17, Amelia Jeanne Hay is very excited to be touring with TNB’s very own Young Company. Amelia has acted in various productions in Fredericton, New Brunswick including Angel’s River for Notable Acts in 2015, In This Place with Next Folding Theatre Company (2016), and The Comedy of Errors with Bard in the Barracks (2017). This will be Amelia’s second year touring the province, having previously toured with the Calithumpians. She cannot wait to reach new audiences and explore this beautiful province once more.
Sam Vigneault is a Dartmouth born actor and musician. He has recently graduated from the acting program at The Fountain School of Performing Arts. Sam is thrilled to be a part of Theatre New Brunswick’s Young Company, and he would like to thank TNB for giving him the opportunity to take his craft outside of his Home Province of Nova Scotia. Selected theatre credits: King Arthur (Opera Nova Scotia/ Zuppa Theatre), The Murder Play (Taboo Theatre), Bone Cage (Matchstick Theatre), Nine Compositions: Interactions with Art (HTYP).
Sherry is the costume designer for the TNB Young Company and TNB Theatre School as well as the Head of Wardrobe for all branches of the company. Sherry most recently designed costumes for Marion Bridge, Vigil, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Eighth Fire, and The Net, as well as Guys & Dolls, West Side Story, The Wizard of Oz, Les Miserables and has created costumes for A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein, Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, Little Shop of Horrors, Gifts of the Magi, The Dollar Woman, Treasure Island, and many other TNB productions over the past nine years.
Composer and Sound Designer
Michael is an Atlantic Canadian-based composer, sound designer, producer and musical director. He is a multiple Merritt award nominee and 2007 recipient. He also received the ECMA Musician’s Achievement Award and is the 2014 recipient of The Playhouse Honours. Michael is currently the resident composer & sound designer for Theatre New Brunswick. Recent credits include; Frankenstein-The Man Who Became God, A Christmas Carol, Beaverbrook; Theatre New Brunswick, 39 Steps; Harbourfront Theatre. Other selected credits include; The Lion in Winter, The Rainmaker; Watermark Theatre; Full Dark, Theatre Sheridan; As Ever, Mulgrave Rd; Homage, 2B Theatre; The Mystery of Maddy Heisler, Centaur.
Nikki is a recent graduate of York University, specializing in theatre production. Along with working with Theatre New Brunswick she has also worked with several other Fredericton theatre companies, including two summer seasons as a production manager for the Calithumpians (2016,2017), assistant stage managing Collective Theatrics’ production of Cabaret (2017), and stage managing two of Branch Out Productions’ latest shows, Disaster! (2017), and Oliver! (2018).
A story of longing to leave our responsibilities behind...there's a lot to be learned from this wee under the bed monster! - TMJ
Thomas Morgan Jones talks about his first impression of this new play based on the story by new Brunswick children's author Paul McAllister.