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May 9, 2017 – Theatre BC members, please be advised that Richard Kerton is now working part-time in our Kamloops office in the run-up to Festivals, and through Mainstage. He is also working on behalf of TBC from his home office in Vernon. Theatre BC has entered into a short-term contract for services with Richard, whom many of you know. Richard has stepped down from his position as Treasurer for the board, with Vice-President Jacqollyne Keath taking those reins over in the interim. These changes were necessitated due to our regular staff member taking an urgent leave from the office through to the end of June, and possibly longer. The executive was extremely fortunate to be able to call on Richard at this time, as he was both available on short notice and is knowledgeable about our processes, so that a smooth transition could take place during our busiest time of the year. We appreciate your understanding and patience in these circumstances.

Thank you, Peter Wienold, President, Theatre BC.

Katrina Dunn Nominated for Jessie Richardson Award

May 24, 2017 – Congratulations to Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2017 adjudicator, Katrina Dunn, who has been nominated for a Jessie Richardson Award in Outstanding Direction, Large Theatre for Touchstone Theatre’s production of “Brothel #9”. Theatre BC is looking forward to working with Katrina at Mainstage in Vernon this summer, June 30 – July 8. More details and the full list of Richardson Award nominees here in the Georgia Straight.

Mainstage 2017 Tickets Now On Sale to the General Public

Even as zone Festivals are happening, online ticket purchases can now be made through Vernon Ticket Seller. Each zone has a designated performance date, as seen below.

  • Okanagan Zone on Friday, June 30.
  • Central Interior Zone on Saturday, July 1.
  • Fraser Valley Zone on Sunday, July 2.
  • North Shore Zone on Monday, July 3
    Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor, Deep Cove Stage Society.
  • Skeena Zone on Tuesday, July 4.
  • Peace River Zone on Wednesday, July 5.
  • North Island Zone on Thursday, July 6.
    The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, Courtenay Little Theatre
  • Travelling Adjudicator’s Choice on Friday, July 7.

Early bird ticket pricing is in effect until May 31, 2017.

Theatre BC members involved in Festival-entered plays, or if you are with the Workshop Play: please WAIT to purchase your performance tickets until after your Zone Festival, to first see which zone production advances to Mainstage. For Mainstage participants, registration fees include tickets (non-transferrable) to the full complement of Mainstage performances; registration forms will be online soon.

Theatre BC members qualify for discounted ticket pricing – click here to validate your Theatre BC membership number and receive your discount coupon code options.

Click Here to join Theatre BC.

 Mainstage 2017 Workshops

Educational workshops are one of the key draws for attendees at Theatre BC’s Mainstage each year. You can hear all about the 2017 workshops on episode 301 of the “In The Theatre” podcast. Online registration forms will be available soon.

Click Here for Workshop Descriptions

Click here for the latest Mainstage 2017 updates

Recognition Awards & Scholarships

The time has come to apply for Theatre BC’s annual awards and scholarships. Click through to our page here to find out more and download forms. “In The Theatre” podcast has a special episode all about Awards and Scholarships.

Please Note DEADLINES For Applications

Deadlines for all Recognition Awards is APRIL 30 annually.
Deadlines for all Scholarship Awards is MAY 31 annually.
Deadlines for The Graphic Competition is JUNE 15 annually.

Click here for Workshop Play Info & Application

2017 Zone Festival Roundup

Theatre BC’s Zone Festivals are now confirmed, with excellent adjudicators and educators in place. An outstanding opportunity to take in community theatre shows throughout the province and acquire more skills to help your own clubs become better at producing plays. This year, TBC also initiated a new Travelling Adjudicator, so clubs in non-Festival zones can still benefit from the education process of adjudication. With at least three clubs being seen by the Travelling Adjudicator, one of those will advance to Mainstage on Friday, July 7 to make an 8-play Mainstage Festival in Vernon this July!



Mainstage 2017 in Vernon


Theatre BC celebrates its 85th Anniversary in 2017 and will be holding Festivals featuring all-Canadian playwrights in the spring. To cap off the Festival season, we’ll celebrate Canada 150 in Vernon, BC with Mainstage 2017 at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre. This week-long Festival of Best Play winning performances will include workshops and adjudications as BC community theatre enthusiasts celebrate Canada on stage. It’s also Vernon’s 125th birthday, so there will be plenty of celebrating to go around!

Mainstage 2017 will be held June 30 to July 8 – an accommodation information PDF can be downloaded by clicking here.

If you’re preparing a show for your regional zone Festival and are thinking ahead to Vernon, the Performing Arts Centre’s technical specs page can be found by clicking through the links here.

The tentative performance schedule of Best Play winners, by the provincial zones, is as follows:

Evening Performances, 7:30 Showtimes

  • Okanagan Zone on Friday, June 30.
  • Central Interior Zone on Saturday, July 1.
  • Fraser Valley Zone on Sunday, July 2.
  • North Shore Zone on Monday, July 3.
  • Skeena Zone on Tuesday, July 4.
  • Peace River Zone on Wednesday, July 5.
  • North Island Zone on Thursday, July 6.
  • Travelling Adjudicator’s Choice on Friday, July 7.

Theatre BC’s annual general meeting will be held on July 8th in the afternoon, and The Mainstage Awards Gala will be held that evening.

Come help Theatre BC Celebrate Canada on Stage next summer!

Congratulations to the following zones on your recent election of zone executives:

Skeena Zone (SKZ):
Marianne Brorup-Weston – Chair
Lyle McNish – Vice Chair
Robin MacLeod – Secretary
Alan Weston – Treasurer

Kootenay Zone (KOZ):
Benjamin Menzies – Chair
Bryan Lawrence – Vice-Chair
Larry Martin – Treasurer
Anna Pollo – Secretary

Okanagan Zone (OKZ):
Christine Daley – Chair
Vanessa J Lomas – Vice Chair
Cara Nunn – Secretary
Richard Kerton – Treasurer




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Fabulous Mainstage learning opportunities this year!
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North Island Zone 2017 Festival RESULTS

Adjudicator Andrew McIlroy was presented with many high-calibre productions and fine performances during the week of theatre May 14 - 20 at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay. One production stood out above all others: The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, presented by Festival host club Courtenay Little Theatre, will now go forward to represent the North Island Zone at Theatre BC’s MAINSTAGE, the drama festival which encompasses winning groups from throughout British Columbia, to be held this year in Vernon, June 30-July 8, 2017 and will perform on Thursday, July 6.

Main Awards presented by Adjudicator Andrew McIlroy

Best Production:
The Drawer Boy (Courtenay Little Theatre)

Runner Up to Best Production:
Toronto, Mississippi (Nanaimo Theatre Group)

Best Director:
Catherine Hannon, The Drawer Boy (Courtenay Little Theatre)

Best Actor - Female:
Vicky Barta, Marion Bridge (ECHO Players, Qualicum)

Best Actor - Male:
Wes Buckle, The Drawer Boy (Courtenay Little Theatre)

Best Supporting Actor - Female:
Dana Mowbray, Toronto, Mississippi (Nanaimo Theatre Group)

Best Supporting Actor - Male:
Ross Stephenson, Asylum (TheatreWorks)

Best Ensemble:
Asylum (TheatreWorks)

Best Set Design:
Jay Crowder, The Drawer Boy (Courtenay Little Theatre)

Best Achievement in Costumes:
Heather Gordon-Murphy, Jenny's House of Joy (Rivercity Players, Campbell River)

Best Lighting:
Asylum (TheatreWorks)

Best Sound:
Asylum (TheatreWorks)

Best Backstage Coordination:
Asylum (TheatreWorks)

North Island Zone Award

2017 Donna Lamb Recognition Award:
Peter Wienold, who has been on the executive of Portal Players Dramatic Society in Port Alberni since 2003 in many positions, including more than one stint as President. In 2010 he was awarded the club's Doreen Anderson Volunteer of the Year Award.

Peter was NIZ chair from 2005 to 2008, when he was elected to the Theatre BC Executive Committee as Vice-President. He has served on that committee for nearly 10 years, and is currently Theatre BC's President. He continues to be active in his home club as chair of the Artistic Direction Committee, a director, actor & producer; and on the NIZ executive as past-chair.

The winning play, The Drawer Boy will represent the North Island Zone on Thursday, July 6 at Theatre BC’s annual MAINSTAGE in Vernon, June 30-July 8, 2017.
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