Mary, forced to travel to Bethlehem due to Ceasar’s decree of birth registration, ponders her fate. (Mary is played by ensemble member Haley McGee.) Photo by Jacqui Jensen-Roy

Getting to the heart of The Story

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  • December 19, 2012

TORONTO - Through a cold, foggy night at the Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, the scent of pine and smoke from a bonfire cut through like a crisp reminder of the very Canadian setting for a very old and beloved story.

Now in it’s second year at the Brick Works in the Don Valley, The Story follows the journey of the birth of Christ, from the three kings’ search for the star, to Mary and Joseph’s encounter with the angel Gabriel, and finally, their flight to the small stable in Bethlehem.

What is most remarkable and truly enjoyable about the production is that viewers traverse over a kilometre of land with the troupe as they move through the restored Brick Works space and out into the surrounding land. A certain magic accompanies the production as The Story plays out under the winter sky.

Written by Martha Ross and directed by Jennifer Brewin, the play is carried out by just five ensemble members, who all deftly switch between roles to flesh out the tale. Inspired by winter theatre at the Caravan Farm Theatre near Armstrong, B.C., the interactive and engaging experience takes full advantage of the beauty of the Brick Works space and even employs a different choral group on almost every engagement to accompany the viewers through the scenes.

At once comical and sweet, The Story is a unique interpretation of the message that is at the heart of our Christmas season.

Tickets prices are $30 for adults, $22.50 for seniors and students, and $12.50 for children. Visit www.theatrecolumbus.ca for more information.

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