The Story


Produced by Theatre Columbus

The Story

Written by
Martha Ross

  • Ensemble Lisa Karen Cox
  • Ensemble Richard Lee
  • Ensemble Haley McGee
  • Ensemble Sanjay Talwar
  • Ensemble Ryan Wilkie
  • Arte Povera ChoirLed by Alan Gasser
  • Cantabile Chamber SingersLed by Cheryll Chung
  • The Eastminster ChoirLed by Jacqueline Sadler
  • East York ChoirLed by Jenny Crober & Stephen Best
  • Echo Women’s Choir Led by Alan Gasser
  • The Humber HeraldsLed by Karin Randoja
  • St. Christopher House ChoirLed by Sherry Squires
  • The Winter ChoirLed by John Millard & Rosie Lewis
  • Whole World ChorusLed by Alan Gasser
  • Young Centre City ChoirLed by Kalie O’Halloran & John Millard
  • Director Jennifer Brewin
  • PlaywrightMartha Ross
  • Set & Costume Designer Catherine Hahn
  • Lighting Design Glenn Davidson
  • Music DirectorJohn Millard
  • Choir LeaderRosie Lewis
  • Stage ManagerLaura Baxter
  • Assistant Stage ManagerAlice Ferreyra
  • Assistant Director Dan Daley
  • Assistant Set & Costume DesignerAnna Treusch
  • Associate Lighting DesignerJames Plouffe
  • Production Manager Erin Birkenbergs & Ian Arnold
  • Technical Director Eric Read
  • Front of House Manager Lindy Zucker
  • Head of Wardrobe Holly Lloyd
  • Props MistressAnna Treusch
  • Running CrewBrendan Gilhuly & Chantelle Zoelene Laliberte
  • Set ConstructionBrendan Gilhuly, Nick Rose & Katherine Smith
  • PublicityHeather Ervin
The Election Poster. Two women, one darker skinned and the other lighter, each hold two yellow signs with black arrows pointing in the opposite direction

Explore the Evergreen Brick Works with Theatre Columbus. The award winning ensemble presents an unconventional telling of The Nativity.

The Story premiered at B.C’s Caravan Farm Theatre under the direction of Theatre Columbus’ Artistic Director Jennifer Brewin. This winter Ms. Brewin assembles a stellar team to present a re-imagined version for Toronto.

The Audience follows the action through the Evergreen Brick Works and adjacent parkland, where they meet shepherds, ruffians, weird wise men, roman soldiers, the angel Gabriel, King Herod, a choir, a confused young couple and a variety of surprised dog walkers.

The hour-long walking show is entirely outdoors.

Awards and Reviews

2012 Dora Awards – Independent Theatre Division

  • Nomination Outstanding Costume Design – Catherine Hahn
  • Award Outstanding Direction – Jennifer Brewin
  • Nomination Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role/ Ensemble – The Ensemble
  • Nomination Outstanding Production – Theatre Columbus
  • Nomination Outstanding Set Design – Catherine Hahn
  • Nomination Outstanding Sound Design/ Composition – John Millard

“…the script is well done by Martha Ross, and director Jennifer Brewin obviously really gets outdoor theatre. The action is broad and crisp, actors have plenty of voice and know how to use it. “

, Mooney on Theatre

“Martha Ross’s delightful script is full of humour and warmth, beginning with the lost Kings who can’t get their bearings straight…You’ve likely never seen have the Nativity story the way Theatre Columbus presents it”

– Jon Kaplan,  NOW Toronto, NNNN

“Glenn Davidson has fashioned lighting that sets off the buildings that are more than 100 years old. It’s both eerie and evocative. To see lights in the distant field, or to see a glowing orb in the distance bobbing up and down as it approaches us and then see that it is Angel Gabriel wearing a round hat (halo) that is illuminate, is just magic.”

– Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter