Stinson, Fremlin, Menzie bring ‘Story’ to Charlottetown stage

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CHARLOTTETOWN – During July and August, the Guild in Charlottetown is offering a new theatre production simply entitled ”Story.”

This “Story” takes the audience on a journey through generations to discover how storytelling surrounds us, as a form of entertainment, a way of comforting tragedy, the passing on of knowledge, a device to make sense of the mystical, or storytelling without words at all. “Story” is told through a mix of storytelling, music, acting, film, and animation, creating a unique storytelling show.

“Story” writer David Weale is well known for his spirited writing and storytelling. He has written various novels related to Island history and the Island vernacular, as well as numerous children’s books. Weale has created multiple storytelling series, numerous screenplays, as well as the award-winning radio show “Them Times.” His creativity and passion also lit up the stage when he starred in the show “A Long Way from the Road.” Weale's dedication to the Island's way of life serve as constant inspiration for the cast and crew of “Story.”

Joining Weale as co-writer is Paper Lions’ band member, Colin Buchanan. With an extensive background in the arts, starting with his studies of improv, theatre and comedy, Buchanan directed and produced three music videos and participated in a viral music video that has garnered over 4 million views. He is also known for his acting role in two seasons of the children's television show “The After Math Crew.” 

“This Island is unique in so many different ways: its isolation; its slow-moving, good-natured people; its penchant for tradition and reluctance to change; its wealth of talent for its size; and its ever inspiring landscape. It's an artist’s paradise,” says Buchanan.

Charlottetown’s Mike Walker will play the show’s lead role in bringing “Story” to the Guild stage this summer. Hank Stinson, Brad Fremlin, and Alan Buchanan will join Walker on the stage to carry out the art and purpose which lays in the “Story” script.

Additionally, local musicians Ashley Condon and Dylan Menzie will bring their musical flair to the performances of "Story." Condon is contributing original music.

"Story" will run from July 6 to Aug. 26 with matinées on Sundays and evening shows on Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets can be purchased on TicketPro.ca.

Geographic location: Iceland, Charlottetown

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  • lorin westside
    July 22, 2014 - 10:26

    Nice article, enjoyed the show. Would like to point out that Dylan Menzie's music is also original with the exception of the David Francy song.