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  • Mainstage 2018 Awards List (7/8/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage, Uncategorized

    Theatre BC Mainstage 2018 Results, Vernon BC

    Adjudicator: Stephen Drover

    Best Production sponsored by RBC Dominion Securities:
    Calendar Girls, Powerhouse Theatrical Society, Okanagan Zone

    Burnaby Award sponsored by Langley Players Drama Club:
    Blackbird, Stage North Theatre Society, Peace River Zone

    Best Director sponsored by Nanaimo Theatre Group:
    Tanya Laing Gahr, Powerhouse Theatrical Society, Okanagan Zone

    Best Actress sponsored by Home Building Centre:
    Beth Devolder, E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone

    Best Actor sponsored by TBC Okanagan Zone:
    Julian Ratz, Williams Lake Studio Theatre, Central Interior Zone

    Best Supporting Actress sponsored by Sun Life Insurance:
    Claire Lindsay, Between Shifts Theatre, North Shore Zone

    Best Supporting Actor sponsored by TBC Central Interior Zone:
    Barry Goodsell, Powerhouse Theatrical Society, Okanagan Zone

    Best Ensemble sponsored by Courtenay Little Theatre:
    Halo, Malone Hanson, Breanne Poole, Syndney Gazso, Graysen Braun, Hailey Hanson, Caylen Braun, Yiorgos Sahamis, Erica Revin, Abigail Colibaba, Johathon Woyke, Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, Fraser Valley Zone

    Best Lighting Design sponsored by Christie Lites Sales:
    The Best Brothers, Donald Willer, Marianne Brorup Weston, Terrace Little Theatre, Skeena Zone

    Best Sound Design sponsored by Kal Tire:
    No Exit, Graham Coates, Theatre in the Country, Fraser Valley Zone

    Best Set Design sponsored by Powerhouse Theatrical Society:
    Hand to God, Sheryl-Lynn Lewis, Jamie Regier, Williams Lake Studio Theatre, Central Interior Zone

    Best Set Decorating/Properties sponsored by BC Drama Association Theatre BC:
    Blackbird, Bronwyn Hall, Dennis Szalai, Stage North Theatre Society, Peace River Zone

    Best Costume Design sponsored by Doug Perri & Norman White:
    Collected Stories, Jane Still, E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone

    Bill Elliott Award Best Performance by Youth or Novice sponsored by TBC North Shore Zone:
    Graysen Braun, Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, Fraser Valley Zone

    Darrell Philips Workshop Award sponsored by Theatre Kelowna Society:
    Mary’s Wedding, Stage North Theatre Society, Peace River Zone

    Backstage Cooperation Award sponsored by TBC North Island Zone:
    E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone

    Best Graphic Design, Awarded by Sproing: Amanda Homeniuk, Heath Fletcher

    • Program: Ronan Lannuzel, Collected Stories, E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone
    • Brochure: Linda Hampshire, Courtenay Little Theatre Society, North Island Zone
    • Poster: Melanie Iddon,Love Letters,Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, Fraser Valley Zone
    • Most Creative Product: Melanie Iddon, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, Fraser Valley Zone
    A jubilant cast and crew from Powerhouse Theatre’s (OKZ) production of “Calendar Girls”, Best Production winner at Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2018.
  • Spotlight: Acting Workshop with Rob Mason-Brown (6/25/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2018 starts Friday, June 29 in Vernon, with a great slate of workshops and performances. Here’s a quick preview of one of our Acting Workshops coming to Mainstage on July 4. Theatre BC President Peter Wienold chats with Workshop Leader Rob Mason-Brown to give you the low-down on what to expect.

    Click here for more Workshop details and to register.

  • Workshop Play Viewings; New Play Staged Reading (6/24/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    As part of Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2018 in Vernon, our Workshop Play Director’s Lab features two public performances of the play – before and after snapshots of the production.

    “Mary’s Wedding” written by Stephen Massicotte and produced by Stage North from the Peace River Zone was randomly selected as this year’s Workshop Play from  a number of candidates. Instructor Andrew McIlroy will work intensively with the cast and production team over a three-day period, along with Director’s Lab participants, starting Saturday, June 30.

    The public is invited to view the before performance on June 30 at 2:00 pm at Powerhouse Theatre (2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC – 250-542-6194) for a drop-in cost of $10.00. Once the play is re-worked, it will be re-mounted for a public performance at 2:00 pm on July 2, again at Powerhouse Theatre for a drop-in fee of $10.00.

    This year’s winner of Theatre BC’s National Playwriting Competition in the Full-Length play category, Cathie Young, will be in attendance as part of the New Play Workshop. Cathie’s play “Port Moody Confidential – Glimpses” is being workshopped over three days by Kathryn Shaw starting on July 4. The workshop will culminate in a public staged reading of the script at 1:45 pm on Friday, July 6 at Powerhouse Theatre. You are welcome to attend for a $10 drop-in fee.

  • Spotlight: Mainstage 2018 Preview Video (6/21/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Join Theatre BC President Peter Wienold as host of this video chat with Mainstage 2018 Organizing Committee co-chairs Adele Kuyek and Richard Kerton, to get an overview of this year’s community theatre festival extravaganza in Vernon, BC which starts on June 29. Please excuse the odd video gremlins that crop up. Enjoy!

    Be sure to scroll through the website for complete details on everything we chat about in the video.

    There is also an audio-only version of our chat available from In The Theatre podcast, which you can download in your favourite pod-catcher to listen at your leisure.

  • Mainstage on a Page (6/20/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    OK, more like on two pages  . .

    Click on the graphic below to download a super-handy 2-page, letter size PDF file showing our Mainstage 2018 grid. It shows all the plays, workshops, critiques, meetings, green room party themes and all the other great stuff happening at Mainstage this year. Hope to see you there!

  • Thank You Mainstage Sponsors (6/18/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Theatre BC is grateful to our sponsors for their support of Mainstage 2018 in Vernon.

  • Incredible Play Lineup for Mainstage 2018 (6/16/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Theatre BC‘s lineup of plays in this year’s Mainstage Festival is simply outstanding. Performing at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre in Vernon this summer, these plays from across the province offer a dynamic range of entertainment for all live theatre fans. Community theatre in name only, these productions are professional-level, while being produced and performed by volunteer enthusiasts.

    See our full lineup below, complete with ticket purchase links. Theatre BC Members can enter the code HUGGINS at the checkout for discounted pricing on the performances.

    Tickets to the Mainstage Awards Banquet can be purchased here.

    “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies, presented by E.C.H.O. Players (North Island Zone).

    The play takes place over six years in the lives of two intensely creative women. It examines the relationship between a young devoted protégé and her Columbia University professor and mentor, an established successful writer. As they confront the line between personal privacy and artistic freedom, who is manipulating whom?

    Buy Tickets Here.

    “The Best Brothers” by Daniel MacIvor, presented by Terrace Little Theatre (Skeena Zone).

    Hamilton and Kyle receive the news that their mother has been tragically killed in a parade. As they prepare for her funeral, they contend with who will take her beloved dog into care.

    Buy Tickets Here.

    “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth, presented by Powerhouse Theatrical Society (Okanagan Zone).

    After the death of her best friend’s husband, a lively housewife hatches a scheme to raise money for a Memorial – a calendar of some of the women from their village as models, who end up revealing more than they anticipated. Photo credit: Kelly Winston.

    Buy Tickets Here.

    “Halo” by Josh MacDonald, presented by Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) – (Wild Card Entry, from Fraser Valley Zone)

    When the image of Jesus appears on the side of a Tim Horton’s restaurant in Nately, Nova Scotia, life is forever changed. The town’s inhabitants are challenged to ask difficult questions about faith, life, and love with sometimes moving, sometimes hilarious results.

    Buy Tickets Here.

    “The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble” by Beth Graham, presented by Between Shifts Theatre (North Shore Zone).

    Family members, like planets, stars and dust, revolve around Bernice, the emotional centre of the family. As she reveals her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s, her adult children begin to recede, advance, and clash as they try to cope with the devastating news. Narrated by Iris, the middle child, the play moves seamlessly through the present and past, as she tries to make sense of the whirlwind of emotions of her family.

    Buy Tickets Here.

    “No Exit” by Jean Paul Sartre, presented by Theatre In The Country (Fraser Valley Zone).

    Three strangers are ushered into hell’s non-descript waiting room.  As they get to know each other, and learn each other’s reason for being there, they soon discover that hell may not be what they thought.

    Buy Tickets Here.

    “Hand To God” by Roberts Askins, presented by Williams Lake Studio Theatre (Central Interior Zone).

    After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious community of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and most especially his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a personality all his own.

    Play Advisory: Strong Language, Mature Content & Adult Themes.

    Buy Tickets Here.

    “Blackbird” by David Harrower, presented by Stage North Theatre Society (Peace River Zone).

    Emotions run high when Ray receives an unexpected visit from Una at work. This encounter about their nefarious relationship unfolds, exposing these two broken people living with the consequences of their past. A story of abandonment, abuse and unconventional love.

    Buy Tickets Here.

  • Spotlight: Theatre Youth Camp Workshop (6/13/2018) Posted in: Featured

    Theatre Youth Camp, Ages 13 – 18

    3 Days: July 5 – 7, 2018 – $100.00 (see details below) with Amelia Sirianni

    This year, the youth camp will focus on the foundations of acting.  Young performers will hone their craft through improvisation, script analysis, character development, and voice and creative movement work all culminating in a final staged reading performance of a Canadian play touching on the issues and themes of adolescence. This three-day workshop will also offer students the chance to watch a Mainstage show and participate in the coffee critique of that piece.

    Click here for more details on Theatre BC’s Theatre Youth Camp.

  • Playwriting Competition (2017) Results (5/31/2018) Posted in: Featured, Playwriting Competition

    Judging in Theatre BC’s 2017 Canadian Playwriting Competition is now complete.

    Submissions were received from across the country, with a total of 24 plays in the One Act category and 40 in the Full Length category.

    We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all contestants and express our appreciation for their hard work and creativity. We are pleased to announce the three winners chosen by our jurors:

    Full Length Winner – $1,000 prize:

    Port Moody Confidential – Glimpses written by Cathie Young (Port Coquitlam, BC)

    One Act Winner – $750 prize:

    A Community of Saints written by Shawn Erker (Vancouver, BC)

    Special Merit Winner – $500 prize:

    The Janus Mask written by Camille Pavlenko (Calgary, AB)

    The Full Length Winner, Port Moody Confidential – Glimpses, by Cathie Young, was chosen for the New Play Workshop at Mainstage 2018 in Vernon, BC. The workshop will take place July 4th, 5th and 6th, culminating with a staged reading on the afternoon of the 6th.

    Our thanks to everyone who helped make Theatre BC’s 2017 Canadian Playwriting Competition a success.

    Cathie Young, Full Length Winner

    Cathie Young works with Expect Exceptional Theatre Company which is a core group of about 10 artists who explore the spoken word and storytelling.  EETC also provides workshops making  theatre training accessible by offering challenging and unique workshops mentored by theatre professionals  at affordable prices.  Cathie has also directed plays with Stage 43, Emerald Pig and Langley Players a few being Hobson’s Choice, The Rainmaker, Macbeth and The Winter’s Tale.

  • Registration Forms Now Online (5/29/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Participants, Workshops, Tickets

    With the wrap-up of Zone Festivals, Mainstage is the now next big event on Theatre BC’s radar, coming to Vernon this summer from June 29 – July 7, 2018.

    We now have our online registration forms in place for Mainstage Participants who are coming to perform or crew in one of the eight nightly shows, or the Workshop Play early in the week.

    We also have our online Workshop Registrations form available. And for the general audience, we have our ticket purchases available online for single tickets and 3-day, 5-day and Full Week packages. Early bird discount is valid until June 7; Theatre BC members can enter the code HUGGINS in the checkout cart just before purchasing tickets to get an extra discount. Click here to buy Mainstage 2018 Tickets.

    Tickets are also available now for our Mainstage Awards Banquet. Click this link for more information and to purchase your Banquet tickets today!

    Links are provided below:

    Mainstage 2018 Participant Registration Form (Use only if you are involved in a Mainstage Play or the Workshop Play)

    Mainstage 2018 Workshops Registration Form

    Members must be logged into their Membership Account in order to register as a participant or for the workshops.


  • Mainstage Tickets Now Available (5/17/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Buy Tickets Online Now!

    Theatre BC is excited to announce that tickets to this year’s Mainstage in Vernon are now available to purchase online.

    Click on this link to be taken to Vernon Ticket Seller, where you can buy individual tickets or 3, 5, and 8 day packages that best suit your needs and schedule.

    Click through to the link for all the details. Theatre BC Members can enter the coupon code HUGGINS in the shopping cart just before clicking on the “Checkout & Pay” button for an additional discount.

    Tickets are also available now for our Mainstage Awards Banquet. Click this link for more information and to purchase your Banquet tickets today!

    8 Plays over 8 Nights!

    Theatre BC celebrates our 86th Anniversary in 2018, once again in Vernon, BC with Mainstage 2018 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 live theatre from across the province.

    Individual Zone Festival Results Linked Below:

    •  Friday – June 29th- “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies, presented by E.C.H.O. Players (NIZ – North Island Zone)
      NIZ Results
    •  Saturday – June 30th – “The Best Brothers” by Daniel MacIvor, presented by Terrace Little Theatre (SKZ – Skeena Zone)
      SKZ Results
    •  Sunday – July 1st – “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth, presented by Powerhouse Theatrical Society (OKZ – Okanagan Zone)
      OKZ Results
    •  Monday – July 2nd – “Halo” by Josh MacDonald, presented by Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) – (Wild Card Entry from FVZ)
    •  Tuesday – July 3rd – “The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble” by Beth Graham, presented by Between Shifts Theatre (NSZ – North Shore Zone)
      NSZ Results
    •  Wednesday, July 4th – “No Exit” by Jean Paul Sartre, presented by Theatre In The Country (FVZ – Fraser Valley Zone)
      FVZ Results
    •  Thursday, July 5th – “Hand To God” by Roberts Askins, presented by Williams Lake Studio Theatre (CIZ – Central Interior Zone)
      CIZ Results
    •  Friday, July 6th – “Blackbird” by David Harrower, presented by Stage North (PRZ – Peace River Zone)
      PRZ Results

    PLEASE NOTE: The use of cameras and recording devices during the performance is strictly prohibited.

    Green Room Party Themes Revealed!

    For Theatre BC members and friends who like to dress up and make up for our Green Room parties, check out our list of nightly themes for Mainstage 2018 by clicking this link!

  • Meet our Mainstage 2018 Adjudicator (4/20/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Stephen Drover

    Originally from Newfoundland, Stephen is the Artistic Director of Rumble Theatre and is the newly-appointed Associate Artistic Director at the Arts Club Theatre Company. He trained at Memorial University (BFA in Acting) and UBC (MFA in Directing) and directs and teaches theatre in British Columbia and across Canada. For Rumble he has directed Penelope, Indian Arm, Cock, and The Society for the Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius. At the Arts Club he has directed Hand to God, The Patron Saint of Stanley Park, and Skydive. Projects elsewhere have included The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, The Bond, Hamlet, Richard III, “Art”, The Pillowman and Mary’s Wedding. He has taught and directed at Memorial University, Douglas College, Neptune Theatre School, and UBC where, as an adjunct professor, he teaches Shakespeare Text Analysis and Performance. For Theatre BC he has taught workshops and adjudicated zone festivals. He lives in North Vancouver with his wife, Sasa, and their son, Jack.

  • Mainstage 2018 returns to Vernon! (1/24/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Mainstage 2018

    Theatre BC is excited to return to Vernon for our second consecutive Mainstage Festival there.

    We held one of our most successful provincial Festivals there last year, and the organizing team have an even more exciting week in the planning stages.

    Dates for this year’s Mainstage are June 29th to July 7, 2018. Plays from across BC will perform in this Festival. We’re pleased to have Stephen Drover as our Mainstage adjudicator this year. The Workshop Play will be back at Powerhouse Theatre for the weekend of June 30th to July 2nd. All of our marquee shows will be seen at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre nightly, at 7:30 pm.

    Where To Stay

    UPDATE (March 2, 2018) – We are pleased to offer the following downloadable Accommodations Sheet with information about where to stay during Mainstage 2018 in Vernon. Rooms are extremely limited for the July 1st weekend, so book now!

  • In Memoriam (1/23/2018) Posted in: Featured

    Theatre BC recognizes the lives and contributions of those members who have passed away recently on our In Memoriam page.

  • 2017 Canadian Playwriting Competition Underway (9/20/2017) Posted in: Featured, Playwriting Competition

    The Canadian Playwriting Competition is open to original scripts of drama or comedy, either full-length or one-act. Deadline for entry is December 31 annually. Independent jurors will decide upon winners in each category with a prize of $1,000 awarded for the chosen full-length, $750 for the one-act, and $500 for a script of special merit. In addition, one of the three winning plays will be chosen to be workshopped at Theatre BC’s Mainstage in Vernon, BC, in July 2018. This choice will be made at the discretion of the judges.

    For detailed information about the current round of the Playwriting Competition, click here.

  • MAINSTAGE 2017 – What A Week! (7/9/2017) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    July 9, 2017 – Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2017 has wrapped up for another year. We celebrated Canada on Stage throughout the week as part of Canada 150, while also celebrating Theatre BC’s 85th Anniversary. With a renewed focus on the educational mandate of Theatre BC, adjudicator Katrina Dunn recognized excellence in performance and production amongst the 8 clubs in this year’s Mainstage.



    Co-MC’s Richard Kerton and Peter Wienold kicked the evening off with a singing of “Oh Canada”, and a re-cap of all the productions from the week. Mainstage committee chair Adele Kuyek thanked all of the committee members, and the volunteers, who stood and received appreciative applause from the gathering. Adele also listed the marquee sponsors of Mainstage 2017, who’s contributions were invaluable to the success of the event. Theatre BC President Peter Wienold then thanked, on behalf of the entire organization, Adele Kuyek, Penny Bayne and Richard Kerton with special presentations for their leadership of the Mainstage committee. He also recognized the Theatre BC board of directors and executive committee for their hard work.


    Mainstage 2017 Committee: Back row, l to r: Penny Bayne, Peter Wienold, Kristine Larsen, Adele Kuyek, Cara Nunn, Richard Kerton, Chris Bayne, Jessika LaFramboise. Front row, l to r: Cathie Stewart, Sarah McLean, Lorelei Fiset, Annette Reeves, Joan Karstensen. Missing from photo, Christine Daley.

    Social Media played a big role in the weeks leading up to Mainstage 2017, and during the event itself. Committee member Jessika LaFramboise (pictured at right) was instrumental as our social media maven, keeping Facebook up to date by creating events for each performance, the workshops and other activities. During the Awards Ceremony, she ensured a high quality live-feed of the event was broadcast on Facebook, which many of our members were able to view. Thanks so much to Jessika for your work on this!

    Theatre BC’s Awards and Scholarship committee, under the guidance of Penny Bayne, announced that Blake Pyne had received the Sid Williams Scholarship this year, and Keauna Dodd received the Jessie Richardson Scholarship. The Mien Van Heek scholarship was not awarded this year. As well, four local and area high school students were accepted for the Mainstage Scholarships during the week.

    Next up, the first group of awards in the Graphics Design category, with winners as follows:

    • Best Graphic Design, Program – Marianne Brorup Weston, Terrace Little Theatre
    • Best Graphic Design, Brochure – Jean Higginson, Courtenay Little Theatre, Season Brochure
    • Best Graphic Design, Poster – Janet Walker, “The Drawer Boy”, Courtenay Little Theatre

    In 2016, Theatre BC’s Playwriting Competition returned to a national competition. 80 entries were received from 8 provinces. Arthur Holden (pictured at right), winner in the full-length play category, was welcomed to the awards night, having attended the entire week of Mainstage, as his script, “The Past”, was workshopped extensively earlier in the week with Kathryn Shaw.

    Theatre BC’s prestigious Eric Hamber Award was then presented. Previous Hamber recipient George Young, and Awards Committee Chair Penny Bayne announced the winner as past-president John Stuart, formerly of the Fraser Valley Zone and now residing in Texas. Simon Challenger from Emerald Pig Theatrical Society accepted the award on John’s behalf. (Photo, l to r, Peter Wienold, TBC President; Simon Challenger, Emerald Pig; George Young, Selection Committee Member).

    John had been watching the live-stream of the awards on Facebook, and later wrote “I am still flabbergasted at winning this award! I am so honoured and humble to be joining this much loved and prestigious group of Hamber winners. I want to thank Theatre BC and the Hamber committee for this recognition, and Simon Challenger for accepting the award on my behalf. l also want to thank Sharon Malone for texting me and keeping me watching since it was past my bedtime here in Texas. I am involved in my third show since moving here almost a year ago so I am still very busy in theatre! Much love to you all!”

    Thank you John (pictured at right) for your extensive work on behalf of community theatre in BC, and we wish you all the best for continued success in Texas.

    With the return of a Workshop Play to TBC’s Mainstage schedule, we were able to bring back the Darrell Phillips award for this category. Workshop Play leader Andrew McIlroy recognized the work of the entire company of Powerhouse Theatrical Society for their work on Wendy Lill’s play, “Sisters”. The award was presented to Powerhouse Theatre by Wayne Bridges from Theatre Kelowna Society.

    Backstage Coordination/Cooperation (sponsored by TBC North Island Zone) is an award chosen and presented by the stage manager and technical crew to the club which worked best together and with the venue on their move-in, setup and move-out of the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre. Stage manager Kristine Larsen recognized that all of the clubs did a great job, and that the award was being presented to Williams Lake Studio Theatre (CIZ).

    And with that, adjudicator Katrina Dunn began presenting the awards, starting with one special certificate of merit, given to Elysia Cruz for “Remarkable Performance by a High School Student” with her performance as Berniece the Maid in Bridge to Broadway’s production of Norm Foster’s “Self Help” from the Peace River Zone.

    Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2017 Thespian Awards table

    Mainstage 2017 Awards List:

    • Bill Elliot Award for Best Performance by a Youth or Novice, (sponsored by TBC North Shore Zone): Brad Arlitt, Courtenay Little Theatre (NIZ), “The Drawer Boy”.
    • Best Costume Design (sponsored by Doug Perri & Norman White): Jenn Mills, Fred Skeleton (OKZ), “Age of Arousal”.
    • Best Set Decorating / Properties (sponsored by Theatre Kelowna Society): Marianne Brorup Weston, Terrace Little Theatre (SKZ), “Marion Bridge”.
    • Best Set Design (sponsored by Powerhouse Theatrical Society): Jay Crowder, Courtenay Little Theatre (NIZ), “The Drawer Boy”.
    • Best Sound Design (sponsored by Sidekick Players Club): Lisa Pope, Stage 43 (FVZ), “Bingo!”
    • Best Lighting Design (sponsored by Christie Lights): Angela Bell, Stage 43 (FVZ), “Bingo!”
    • Best Ensemble (sponsored by Courtenay Little Theatre): Ladysmith Little Theatre (SIZ), “Old Love”
    • Best Supporting Actor – Male (sponsored by TBC Central Interior Zone): Chris Armstrong, Williams Lake Studio Theatre (CIZ), “Problem Child”.
    • Best Supporting Actor – Female (sponsored by Emerald Pig Theatrical Society): Shannon Mason-Brown, Fred Skeleton (OKZ), “Age of Arousal”.
    • Best Actor – Male (sponsored by Okanagan Zone): Wes Buckle, Courtenay Little Theatre (NIZ), “The Drawer Boy”.
    • Best Actor – Female (sponsored by Surrey Little Theatre): Amy Starkey, Deep Cove Stage Society (NSZ), “Marion Bridge”.
    • Best Director (sponsored by Nanaimo Theatre Group): Catherine Hannon, Courtenay Little Theatre (NIZ), “The Drawer Boy”.
    • Burnaby Award, Runner Up to Best Production (sponsored by Langley Players Drama Club): “Age of Arousal”, Fred Skeleton (OKZ).
    • Best Production (sponsored by RBC Dominion Securities, Vernon): “The Drawer Boy”, Courtenay Little Theatre (NIZ).

    Katrina Dunn received a standing ovation of welcome, and on completion of her award presentations, was given gifts of thanks from the Mainstage committee. As an in-demand adjudicator, she has already received requests to adjudicate two zone Festivals next season. (Pictured, l to r: Peter Wienold, Richard Kerton, Katrina Dunn).

    Following her experience as our Mainstage 2017 adjudicator, Katrina said “Theatre BC is a venerable and incredibly important cultural entity that our province is very lucky to have. Not only does it support and encourage the significant talent that exists in community theatre, but the commitment of those who run the organization on a volunteer basis is inspiring to behold. My experience as adjudicator of Mainstage 2017 was truly wonderful. I got to see some of my favourite Canadian plays come alive again, infused with the vitality of theatres from across the province, and we all got to further our craft and inspire ourselves to become better artists. I certainly left inspired and for that I thank everyone who participated.”

    Hamber & Diamond Dinner

    With Theatre BC celebrating its 85th Anniversary in 2017, a dinner with Hamber Award and Diamond Award recipients, along with some current Theatre BC Executive Committee members was held during the week of Mainstage. TBC President Peter Wienold thanked everyone for their past contributions in helping our organization reach this milestone, and raised a toast to the next 85 years.

    About 20 people assembled at the Vernon Lodge for the dinner, with thanks to Penny Bayne for organizing the group.

    Mainstage 2017 Photos

    Theatre BC extends its sincere thanks to photographer Kelly Winston (pictured at right) for his outstanding work throughout the week of Mainstage 2017.

    Links to download various photos are as follows:

    2017 Board and Annual General Meetings

    Theatre BC’s board of directors (pictured at left) met for two days of extensive meetings, plus the annual general meeting. This is the only in-person meeting of the full board each year, which otherwise meets quarterly via online conferencing, while the executive committee meets monthly online.

    The board reviewed Theatre BC’s Mission Statement and its purpose, as written in our constitution. Our Mission Statement: “To promote and encourage the development of community theatre in British Columbia by providing leadership and opportunities for participation, education and sharing the enjoyment of diverse theatre experiences” reaffirms our commitment to education and excellence in community theatre.

    The AGM was held earlier in the afternoon on July 8, and a productive discussion and meeting it was. Election results are as follows:

    • President: Peter Wienold, 2 years
    • Vice President: Doug Perri, 2 years
    • Vice President: Wes Eccleston, 1 year
    • Treasurer: Jacqollyne Keath, 1 year
    • Recording Secretary: Andrea Mallett, 2 years

    Vice President Adele Kuyek continues on the executive with another year in her term.

    We thank outgoing recording secretary Michael Armstrong for his service in that office, and for his work expanding the Playwriting Competition to become Canada-wide again in 2016, and for spearheading the Travelling Adjudicator concept. As well, we thank Richard Kerton for his past service as TBC’s Treasurer; he has now moved into a short-term contract position with Theatre BC, additionally providing administrative services part-time in our Kamloops office.

    Congratulations to everyone who took part in zone festivals and in Mainstage. To all of the volunteers, committee members and venue staff, we thank you sincerely for your time and contributions.

    Theatre BC is thrilled to announce that Vernon will once again host Mainstage in 2018, and everyone is excited to return. Stay tuned for more details.

    We hope to see you in Vernon in 2018!

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