*Artwork by Uliana Akulenko
LITTLE WOMEN: An Audio Play
novel by Louisa May Alcott
adapted by Joelle Wyminga
dramaturgy by Shelby Wyminga
Debut November 14, 2020. New episodes every Saturday until December 19, 2020.
Available on all podcasting platforms
"I want to do something splendid. . . something heroic or wonderful that won't be forgotten after I'm dead. I don't know what, but I'm on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday."
Following the lives, loves, and losses of four sisters living during the American Civil War, Louisa May Alcott's classic novel remains a relatable study of the grand adventure that is growing up.
Featuring the vocal talents of Shelby Wyminga, Joelle Wyminga, Zach Running Coyote, Kerri Norris, Kirsty Provan, Charlotte Denton, Matthew Simmons, John Voth, Merewyn Comeau, Rose McNeil, Stephen Elcheshen, Anni Ramsay, and Jenaya Barker.
Sound design, editing and original music by Tyler Dumoulin.
Directed by Shelby Wyminga.
Uliana completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting at TWU. At school she did everything from acting to directing, stage managing, set, costume and prop designing. Her designing experience include Pacific Theatre Apprentice shows Tigers be Still and Here We Are, SAMC production of A Kind of Alaska and Gallery 7's A Wrinkle in Time. Her previous experience in fine arts inspired Uliana to pursue illustration. Mainly she works in watercolour and pens.
Mary Kingsley, Guest, and Shopkeeper
Jenaya is a graduate of the Capilano University Musical Theatre Program, and a
Vancouver based singer, actor, writer, and music director. Credits include Nunsense (First
Impressions Theatre), American Idiot (URP), and 9-5 (CapU Theatre). She is also a part-time princess with Pacific Fairytales, and a proud plant mom. Thank you Joelle & Shelby for being such strong and inspiring women, and for the opportunity to bring a beautiful story to life. Stay hydrated, stay humble.
Merewyn Comeau is a professional musical theatre performer who lives and works on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, & Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in Vancouver, B.C. A graduate of Capilano University’s Musical Theatre program, her primary focus is in Indigenous Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences. Her select credits include: Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish (Axis Theatre), Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” (Carousel Theatre), Les Filles du Roi (Urban Ink/Fugue Theatre), and Sedna (Urban Ink/Caravan Farm Theatre).
Charlotte Denton is an award winning singer and actor from Sidney, BC, currently living in Sydney, Australia. She has worked professionally as a model, performer and producer in Canada, England, and Australia. Her most recent project was co-creating and producing a fricken funny sitcom. Charlotte graduated from Trinity Western University with her BFA in Acting alongside Shelby and Joelle. She is so grateful that although she is an ocean apart from her dear uni friends she was still able to participate in such a brilliant project with some of her favourite Canadians.
Sound Designer, Editor and Composer
Tyler Dumoulin is a composer and sound designer whose music has been heard in past productions such as Henry V (Stone's Throw Production), Cariboo Magi (Far From The Tree Productions), and Tiny Replicas, as part of Rumble Theatre's 2018 Tremor's Festival. More information on his artistic and educational work can be found at his website: http://tylerdumoulin.weebly.com
Mr. Laurence and Mr. March
Stephen is a Hydrostatic Recertification Technician by day and theatre geek by night. As one of the founding producers of Shadows And Dreams Theatre Co, he can be found in the bandshell at Queen's Park every summer in better times showing off his Shakespeare. When not on stage, he is often called upon as a Fight Choreographer, recently having worked on Spider's Web (RCTC), A Wrinkle In Time (Gallery 7), and We Are The Body (Pacific Theatre). As always, he'd like to thank his family for their love and support.
Mrs. Hummel, Katy Brown, Guest, and Mrs. Kirke
This is the second Far From the Tree project Rose McNeil has been a part of, having also joined their Christmas production, Cariboo Magi, in the role of Fanny. Other recent work includes Henry V with Stones Throw Productions, and A Little Night Music with Patrick Street Productions. While Rose is a trained musical theatre performer and professional vocalist, this is her first project focused solely on voice work, and it's been a blast working with the team!
Kerri is an Actor, Director, Costumer, Producer and sometime Dramaturg as well as being an Instructor at Trinity Western University. She has an MFA in Acting from CalArts in Los Angeles. Recent performances include Marion in Between The Sheets, Antipholus of Syracuse & Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors, Colleen in Common Grace and Mary Jane in Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train. Directing credits include The Snow Queen (TWU), Henry V, (Pacific Theatre - Stones Throw)), and Much Ado About Nothing (Shadows & Dreams). Kerri is the resident costumer for RCTC and is also one of the co-founders of Shadows & Dreams Theatre Company. She would have been performing in their production of Cymbeline, summer 2019, but those plans are on hold. Fingers crossed for next year.
Kirsty is the owner and founder of Pacific Fairytales. She is a Studio 58 graduate and past apprentice of Pacific Theatre, and has worked as an instructor for Viva Voce Speech Arts Studio, Pacific Theatre, and Bard on the Beach. Theatre credits include; The Old Curiosity Shop (UP), The Secret Doctrine (SFU), It’s a Wonderful Life (Pacific Theatre) and Dancing at Lughnasa (Peninsula Productions). Kirsty performed in one of the winning films in the Crazy 8’s Festival, participated in the Arts Club Actors’ Intensive, and recently produced her own scripts Once Upon a Princess (Pacific Theatre) and He Roars (Vancouver Fringe).
Jenny Snow, Guest, and Secretary
Anni Ramsay (she/her) is a graduate of the UBC BFA Acting Program working in theatre and film in Vancouver, BC. She is grateful for this opportunity to take a small break from sitting on the couch in quarantine, to explore the world of Little Women with Far From The Tree Productions. While she misses in-person theatre dearly, she is overjoyed to see the new and innovative projects her peers are creating, including this one!
ZACH RUNNING COYOTE
Zach Running Coyote (He/Him) is a Mohkinstsis (Calgary) based, mixed Mi’gmaq, playwright, actor, musician, screenwriter, shapeshifter and story scavenger. He is a graduate of the four year acting program at Rosebud School of the Arts, and the former artist in residence at Making Treaty 7.
His body of work includes:
As writer: Snowblind (Lunchbox Theatre/Making Treaty 7), Kohkum & me (The Rest of Us Theatre Co.) and a TV series called The Hayloft, in development at the CBC.
As performer: Cariboo Magi (Far From the Tree.), Romeo & Juliet (Theatre Calgary/Shakespeare by the Bow), Pawakan (Workshop at The Stratford Festival), The Street (Pounds Performance) as well as performing his own shows Kohkum & me and Snowblind
John Brooke, Aunt March, Mr. Dashwood, and Mr. Davis
Matthew Simmons is an improviser and actor based in Vancouver. Previous credits include; It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show (Pacific Theatre), A Few Good Men (First Impressions Theatre), The Hunger Games musical trilogy (District 13) and Frankenstein: Lost in Darkness (Wireless Wings). When he isn’t onstage or in the audience you can often find him working with audio visual gear. This is his first production with Far From The Tree and he's delighted to be working with them.
John grew up in Germany and Australia and moved to Canada at the age of 17. He studied theatre at TWU, plays the violin, loves old Al Pacino movies.
Some of the other theatre companies John works with are Bard on the Beach, The Arts Club and Vancouver theatre Sports. He has been nominated twice for Jessie Richardson Awards and has received the award once for Best Lead Actor for The Foreigner at Pacific Theatre.
Amy March and Script Adapter
Joelle is a multidisciplinary theatre artist working primarily as a director, actor and costume designer. She graduated with her BFA in Acting from TWU and is one of the founders of Far From the Tree Productions. Little Women has been a treasured part of Joelle's life her ever since she read it as a child, so now getting to adapt the book and play Amy has been a dream come true. Previous credits include; Cariboo Magi (Director, Far From the Tree), The Comedy of Errors (Adriana, TWU), The Cover of Life (Tood, TWU) and The Diary of Anne Frank (Mrs. Van Daan, TWU). She is delighted to share Little Women with you and hope you find as much laughter, love, and hope that she has in this story.
Jo March, Director, Dramaturg
Shelby was born purple from asphyxia and couldn't cry for the first several moments of her life. Thankfully, she soon managed to catch her breath and hasn't shut up since. She eventually embraced the inevitable and completed her BFA in Acting through the School of the Arts, Media, and Culture at TWU.
Recent acting credits include Marta Reddy in Cariboo Magi (Far From The Tree), Henry and The Dauphin in Henry V (Stone's Throw), various roles in A Prayer For Owen Meany (Ensemble Theatre), Tour Guide in The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe (Pacific Theatre), Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Shadows and Dreams), Gloria in It's A Glorious, Wonderful Life (Morrow's Lark), and various roles in Still The Kettle Sings (Plan Z Theatre).
When Shelby isn't working on shows she spends her time playing Dungeons and Dragons and trekking through the mountains.
Follow Shelby's solo adventures @shelbydoomdoom on Instagram!