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  • Mainstage 2019 Playbill Begins To Be Written (5/12/2019) Posted in: Featured, Festivals, Mainstage, Uncategorized

    Theatre BC’s regional zone Drama Festival results are now coming in. Here are the latest Best Play winners coming to perform at Mainstage 2019 from July 5 – 13 in Port Alberni:

    See below for the full schedule of Festivals being held in May.

  • Theatre BC’s 2018 Playwriting Competition Results (5/11/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage, Playwriting Competition

    Congratulations to the winners of this year’s annual Theatre BC Playwriting Competition:

    • Full Length Play“Boom Baby” by Natalie Meisner
    • One-Act Play“Castle on the Farm” by Alaina Baskerville-Bridges
    • Special Merit“Where The Wind Carries Us” by Andrew Lee

    Finalists and runners-up included “Trudeaumania” by Daniel McLeod, and “The Wrong Bashir”by Zahida Rahumtulla.

    Theatre BC will feature the One-Act Play winner, “Castle on the Farm” by Alaina Baskerville-Bridges in our New Play Workshop at Mainstage this summer in Port Alberni. Workshop instructor Kathryn Shaw will take participants through the script, with a focus on acting and directing.

    The New Play Workshop will be held over three days from July 10 – 12, 2019. More workshop details and online registration will be available soon.


    Full Length Play“Boom Baby” by Natalie Meisner

    Dr. Natalie Meisner is a full Professor in the Department of English, Languages, and Literature at Mount Royal and a celebrated Canadian Author. Her stage plays have won numerous awards, been produced across the country, and been featured in Canadian anthologies. She is member of Eastern Front Theatre’s Playwright’s Unit where Boom Baby will receive its world premiere next April. Speed Dating For Sperm Donors will be published by Playwright’s Canada Press in 2020. Her new play Area 33 is currently under development with DMV Theatre and supported by the NAC Collaborations Program. Meisner’s books, Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a FamilyMy Mommy, My Mama, My Brother & MeGrowing Up SaltyLegislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story, take on social justice themes with warmth and humour. Her collection of poetry, Baddie One Shoe (Frontenac) is an ode the renegades past and present who fight the power with laughter. Meisner’s areas of specialization include creative writing, drama, theories of comedy /laughter and glbtiqa+ literatures. She hails from Nova Scotia and is a wife and mom to two great boys.


    One-Act Play“Castle on the Farm” by Alaina Baskerville-Bridges

    Alaina Baskerville-Bridges is a writer living in Victoria, BC. She holds a creative writing degree from the University of Victoria where she studied playwriting under Joan Macleod.  Her play, Turn to Me, was featured in the Victoria Cold Reading Series in 2017. Her play, Castle on the Farm, was featured in the Spark Festival Emerging Playwright’s Cabaret at the Belfry Theater in 2018. She has had her fiction shortlisted for ROOM magazine.


    Special Merit“Where The Wind Carries Us” by Andrew Lee

    Andrew Lee is an award-winning playwright from Hamilton, Ontario. Eleven plays he wrote or co-wrote have made it to the stage. He is a member of the Theatre Aquarius Playwriting Unit. In 2017 Andrew won the Hamilton Fringe New Play Contest and in 2016 won the Theatre BC Special Merit Prize. He makes his home with his awesome wife and favourite writing collaborator, Katrine, and his amazing daughters — Nora and Iris.


  • Taking BC Ferries to attend Mainstage 2019 in Port Alberni (5/9/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage
    BC Ferries offers three routes to Vancouver Island from the Mainland. Tsawwassen to Schwartz Bay (Victoria) on the South Island is joined by the Tsawwassen to Duke Point (south of Nanaimo), and Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay (Nanaimo) routes for mid-island travellers who are likely to take the drive to Port Alberni for Mainstage, July 5 – 13. From the Nanaimo Departure Bay terminal, drive time to Port Alberni is a bit more than one hour, depending on traffic.

    Discounts on select sailings have been announced by BC Ferries throughout the summer to help balance travel load. The “Sunrise Savings, Sunset Savings” promotion runs from May 16 to September 4, 2019. For more details, visit this page on BC Ferries website. Reservations on BC Ferries sailings are also available.

    Accommodation options can be viewed on the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce website.

  • 2019 Festivals and Mainstage are coming! (4/6/2019) Posted in: Featured, Festivals, Mainstage
    Theatre BC’s regional zones are gearing up for their annual Drama Festivals, in the spirit of learning, sharing, networking, and of course, friendly competition. 2019 Zone Festivals are scheduled as follows:

    A Travelling Adjudicator is also touring this year, seeing three productions: two in the Kootenay Zone (KOZ) and one in the South Island Zone (SIZ). Our Travelling Adjudicator this year is Raimund Stamm, who has presented Theatre BC workshops and has adjudicated zone festivals for us in the past.

    The “Best Play” winners from our 6 Zone Festivals, plus one Travelling Adjudicator’s pick and one Wild Card selection (randomly drawn from a Festival-entered play applicant), will create the full 8-show playbill for Mainstage, July 5 through 13, 2019. Zones have already been slotted into performance dates, as follows:

    • Friday July 5 – North Island Zone
    • Saturday July 6 – North Shore Zone:
      “Hidden In This Picture” by Aaron Sorkin, produced by Well Planned Theatre Co.
    • Sunday July 7 – Peace River Zone
    • Monday July 8 – Fraser Valley Zone
      “Dancing At Lughnasa” by Brian Friel, produced by Langley Players Drama Club
    • Tuesday July 9 – Central Interior Zone:
      “Cherry Docs” by David Gow, produced by Williams Lake Studio Theatre
    • Wednesday July 10 – Travelling Adjudicator’s Slot
    • Thursday July 11 – Okanagan Zone
    • Friday July 12 – Wild Card Slot (Clubs: Info link to apply for this WILD CARD slot)
    • Saturday July 13 – Awards Celebration

    Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2019 is being held in sunny Port Alberni, with nightly performances at the ADSS Performing Arts Theatre. This theatre first opened in 2013 in conjunction with the newly built Alberni District Secondary School. Most of our workshops will be held in the classrooms there, and The Capitol Theatre (home of host club Portal Players Dramatic Society) will be the hub of operations, with registrations & check-in being held there, an information desk, the nightly green room parties, meetings and is the location for our two Workshop Play slots.

    Dean Paul Gibson

    We’re thrilled that Dean Paul Gibson is back to adjudicate for us at Mainstage 2019. He’s a Theatre BC favourite who is already familiar with the Vancouver Island community theatre scene, and adjudicated the North Island Zone Drama Festival in 2015, hosted by Portal Players in Port Alberni. He last adjudicated Mainstage in 2013, in Kamloops. Dean will provide a short public critique following each nightly performance, and then meet with the cast & crew the following morning for an in-depth chat and “coffee critique”. Ticket holders will also be able to observe these highly educational sessions. Read our biography of Dean here.

    An extensive series of workshops is planned again for this year:

    • Workshop Plays (two slots) with Andrew McIlroy and Nicolle Nattrass (Clubs: Info link to apply for a WORKSHOP PLAY slot)
    • New Play Workshop, featuring a winning script from this year’s Playwriting Competition, with Kathryn Shaw
    • Stage Combat (two workshops) with Robinson Wilson
    • Scene Transitions with Andrew McIlroy
    • Intimacy for Actors and Intimacy for Directors (two workshops) with Fran Gebhard & guest instructors
    • Mining The Text for Deeper Connection, an actor’s workshop with Fran Gebhard
    • Theatre Youth Camp for ages 13 to 18 with Carrera Schroeder
    • More details and online registration is coming soon for these workshops!

    We will also hold a series of Four Open Discussion Forums with knowledgable panelists:

    • Producing in Community Theatre
    • Safe Spaces 2, a follow-up to last year’s successful discussion
    • First Nations Theatre Projects
    • Money Makers for Community Theatre

    Port Alberni is ready to host you this summer – accommodations options are listed on this Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce website link.

    Performance Tickets

    Tickets to all the shows will be available online soon. Individual performance tickets, 3-day, 5-day and 8-day ticket packages can be bought at early bird and member discounted rates – keep checking back for when they go on sale.

    The ADSS Performing Arts Theatre has 500 seats, all with a great view of the stage, and with festival seating in place for Mainstage.

    Keep Checking Back . . .

    More Mainstage 2019 information will be rolled out throughout the weeks leading up to our big Provincial Festival, including online registration forms for participants, workshop registration forms and online ticket sales to the shows. Stay tuned!

  • Mainstage 2019 Adjudicator: Dean Paul Gibson (4/5/2019) Posted in: Featured, Festivals, Mainstage

    Dean Paul Gibson is an award-winning theatre practitioner with 30 years of experience. His passion for performance, language and its intent has served to make him a trusted and sought-after theatre artist in a number of roles including: Director, Actor, Instructor, Workshop-Leader, Adjudicator and Coach. His extended experience as a successful director over sixty productions has allowed him to further enrich his skills and create opportunities  to connect with people and their stories. 

    Program Director for the Annual Arts Club Intensive, Instructor with the The Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Training, Bard Studio, Guest Instructor at Studio 58 Professional Theatre Training and Capilano University. 

    As an actor- Dean’s credits include: Otto in The Shoplifters for Arts Club, David (and others) in The Full Light of Day for Electric Company, Tom Sergeant in SkylightTheatre Calgary, Warwick in Saint Joan for the Arts Club, Andrew Undershaft in Major Barbara for an A.C.T/TC co-production, The Bartender in Tosca Café—another A.C.T/ TC co-pro, Patrick Flanagan in Jitters at the Belfry, Falstaff for Bard on the Beach, Vigil and The Drowsy Chaperone for Theatre Calgary, Little Mercy’s First Murder and The Family Way for Touchstone Theatre, the Ruby Slippers Theatre and Pi Theatre co-production of Shopping and F**king, the original ‘Tailor’ in The Overcoat at Vancouver Playhouse, where he also performed in Romeo and Juliet, The Dead Reckoning, The Music Man, Little Voice, Stones in His Pockets, Humble Boy (also at Tarragon Theatre and the National Arts Centre), and A Christmas CarolProblem Child, Green Thumb Theatre.

    Upcoming: Dean will be directing Bard’s first production of Coriolanus with Vancouver Island’s very own Moya O’Connell

  • Mainstage “Wild Card” Performance Application (4/4/2019) Posted in: Featured, Festivals, Mainstage

    Theatre BC will feature one Wild Card performance at Mainstage 2019. The Wild Card performance will be on Friday, July 12 at the ADSS Performing Arts Theatre in Port Alberni, and the club drawn must be able to attend and perform on that date, and attend the following morning’s Coffee Critique with adjudicator Dean Paul Gibson.

    The successful performing club will be chosen at random from entries being received now by e-mail to [email protected]. Please include in your application e-mail:

    • Club Name
    • Zone
    • Play Title and Writer
    • Contact Person (Name & E-mail)

    Qualifying clubs must have performed in a Zone Drama Festival or have been seen by the Travelling Adjudicator. Applicants which have been awarded “Best Play” in their Festival or by the Travelling Adjudicator will be removed from contention in the random draw.

    Wild Card entry applications are completely confidential and will not be shared with your Zone Festival adjudicator, so there will be no impact on potential awards in your Zone Festival.

    As soon as all Festivals have ended, the random selection will take place, and the successful Club will be informed of their selection.

    Clubs are also welcome to enter their productions into our two Workshop Play slots, which will also be chosen by random draw. Workshop Play application details here.

    Good luck!

  • Apply Now, TWO Slots! 2019 Mainstage Workshop Plays . . . (3/3/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    APPLICATION DEADLINE
    EXTENDED TO MAY 21, 2019

    TWO Zone Festival-entered plays will be selected by a random draw to participate in MAINSTAGE’s non-adjudicated “Workshop Play” component at Mainstage 2019, which takes place over a two different three-day periods.

    Each of the two selected plays give an initial performance, are re-worked by a professional instructor and are performed again in their revised forms in a fascinating and instructional “before and after” process.  Two sets of workshop play dates are available:

    • SLOT 1: Saturday, July 6 through Monday, July 8 with instructor Nicolle Nattrass.
    • SLOT 2: Tuesday, July 9 through Thursday, July 11 with instructor Andrew McIlroy.

    Workshop Plays will be held at The Capitol Theatre, 4904 Argyle Street, in Port Alberni, B.C.

    Your application to be considered for the Workshop Play is confidential and will not be shared with the adjudicator in your Festival – there will be no impact on potential award selections at your Zone Festival.

    Click on the link below to download the application form. Application deadline is MAY 21, 2019.

    2019 Workshop Play Application Form.

    Clubs may also want to consider applying for the WILD CARD slot at Mainstage 2019. Click this link for more details.

  • Mainstage 2019 Update for Port Alberni (11/10/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Port Alberni, BC – Theatre BC is gearing up to hold our big, annual Mainstage Festival in Port Alberni this Summer, from July 5 to 13.

    Promotional efforts include updating local businesses and potential audience members about what Theatre BC is and how Mainstage works. Local club Portal Players Dramatic Society is taking the lead role in organizing Mainstage, and in the video below, Theatre BC President Peter Wienold puts it all together in a presentation that will tour throughout the Alberni Valley in the coming weeks, and was made to the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce on November 7, 2018.

  • Looking Ahead to Mainstage 2019 (9/9/2018) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Join Theatre BC in Port Alberni for Mainstage 2019

    It’s time to think ahead to Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2019 being held in Port Alberni this year from July 5 to 13, 2019. The nightly performance venue will be the ADSS Performing Arts Theatre, while the hub of operations will be at The Capitol Theatre.

    Being hosted jointly by Portal Players Dramatic Society and Theatre BC’s North Island Zone, the organizing committee is working hard to put all the details together, and will have more updates to share soon.

    Tickets to all performances for the nightly Mainstage performances (ADSS Theatre), and the before & after Workshop Play performances (Capitol Theatre) will be available to the general public. Individual show tickets, along with 3-show, 5-show and full 8-show Mainstage ticket packages will also be available. The complete playbill for the week will be known once all of the regional Zone Drama Festivals are complete.

    For the nightly Mainstage performances, tickets and packages include admittance to the show at the ADSS Theatre; to the Green Room party at The Capitol Theatre following the performance; and a seat at the next morning’s in-depth coffee critique/adjudication with the cast & crew from the prior night’s show.

    Theatre BC’s regional zones will perform on the following dates, all evenings:

    • Friday July 5 – NIZ
    • Saturday July 6 – NSZ
    • Sunday July 7 – PRZ
    • Monday July 8 – FVZ
    • Tuesday July 9 – CIZ
    • Wednesday July 10 – Travelling Adjudicator’s Slot
    • Thursday July 11 – OKZ
    • Friday July 12 – Wild Card Slot
    • Saturday July 13 – Awards Celebration

    Find out more about accommodation options at this link.

    Please join our Theatre BC Facebook Group for more notices and updates.

  • Canadian Playwriting Competition (7/10/2018) Posted in: Featured, Playwriting Competition
    SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED YEAR-ROUND
    ENTRY DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31.

    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 may be chosen to be workshopped at Theatre BC’s Mainstage in Port Alberni, BC, in July 2019. 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 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.

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