- Theatre BC Website Redevelopment Coming Later This Year (7/20/2019) Posted in: Featured
With Mainstage 2019 now successfully complete, Theatre BC is embarking on a project to redevelop our website. This work is being undertaken to improve the readability, usability and discoverability of information on the website, clean up the navigation of the site and generally improve the user’s experience when using the site. The work will take some time, and readers may notice occasional downtime, glitches or changes.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as the project proceeds, and we hope that our members and the general public will be pleased with the results once the work is complete.
- Mainstage 2019 Awards Results (7/14/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage
Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2019 in Port Alberni is now in the history books, and by all accounts, it was a very successful one indeed! Adjudicator Dean Paul Gibson was exemplary in his handling of our performing clubs, and in educating & entertaining those attending the coffee critiques. Our adjudicators are asked to make difficult choices in selecting the awards from a wide field of excellence on display throughout the week. Here are the Thespian Awards as presented at The Italian Hall in Port Alberni on the evening of July 13, 2019:
- Bill Elliot Award for Best Performance by a Youth or Notice, sponsored by TBC North Island Zone:
Aiden Oorebeek, “Late Company” by Theatre Kelowna Society, OKZ
- Best Set Decorating and Properties, sponsored by Theatre BC:
Greg Jones, Lisa Eckert, Vera Kahan & Irene Suessenwien, “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Nanaimo Theatre Group, NIZ
- Best Costume Design, sponsored by Doug Perri & Norman White:
Sheila Fremont-Male and Lorna McLellan, “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Nanaimo Theatre Group, NIZ
- Best Set Design, sponsored by Powerhouse Theatrical Society:
Jamie Regier, “Cherry Docs” by Williams Lake Studio Theatre, CIZ
- Best Sound Design, sponsored by The Italian Hall:
Alex Leary, “Cherry Docs” by Williams Lake Studio Theatre, CIZ
- Best Lighting Design, sponsored by Christie Lites Sales:
Cathy Hamm, “Cherry Docs” by Williams Lake Studio Theatre, CIZ
- Best Ensemble, sponsored by Courtenay Little Theatre:
“Dancing at Lughnasa”, Langley Players Drama Club, FVZ
- Best Supporting Actor, sponsored by Theatre BC:
Dean Chadwick in “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Nanaimo Theatre Group, NIZ
- Best Supporting Actress, sponsored by TBC Central Interior Zone:
Wendy Karpuik in “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Nanaimo Theatre Group, NIZ
- Best Actor, sponsored by TBC Okanagan Zone:
Chris Froese in “Late Company” by Theatre Kelowna Society, OKZ
- Best Actress, sponsored by Naesgaard’s Farm and Market:
Melissa Kahan in “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Nanaimo Theatre Group, NIZ
- Best Director, sponsored by Nanaimo Theatre Group:
Brian Haigh, director of “Late Company” by Theatre Kelowna Society, OKZ
- Burnaby Award (Runner Up), sponsored by Langley Players Drama Club:
“The Diary of Anne Frank” by Nanaimo Theatre Group, NIZ
- Best Production, sponsored by The Graphics Factory:
“Late Company” by Theatre Kelowna Society, OKZ
Two non-adjudicator Thespian Awards are also presented each year at Mainstage:
- Backstage Cooperation Award, sponsored by TBC North Island Zone, as selected by ADSS Backstage Coordinator Melissa Lowe and TBC technician Andrew Taylor:
Nanaimo Theatre Group (NIZ), “The Diary of Anne Frank”
- Darrell Phillips Workshop Play Award, sponsored by Theatre Kelowna Society, as selected by Workshop Play instructor Nicolle Nattrass:
Bronwyn Hall and Dennis Szalai, “Annapurna”, Bridge to Broadway, PRZ
Certificates of Merit were also presented by Dean Paul Gibson, as follows:
- Most Inventive and Ambitious Production: “Age of Arousal” by Opening Nite Theatre Society, FVZ;
- Outstanding First Time Direction: Colleen Byberg, “Hidden In This Picture” by Well Planned Theatre Company, NSZ;
- Outstanding Contribution to a Production: Ami MacFarlane for Projection Design, “The Diary of Anne Frank” by Nanaimo Theatre Group, NIZ;
- Outstanding First Time Set Design and Decoration: Kaymia Wheat, “Between The Sheets”, Stage North Theatre Society, PRZ;
- Best Self-Choreographed Dance Sequence: Mort Paul and Torrey Clark, “Stones In His Pockets”, Ladysmith Little Theatre, SIZ.
In Theatre BC’s 2019 Graphic Competition, the following certificates were awarded:
- Best Poster – Powerhouse Theatrical Society – A Christmas Carol. Designer Chris Gallagher – Mecca Arts
- Best Program (Specific Production) – Powerhouse Theatrical Society – Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Designer Arta Adams
- Best Season Brochure, Program, Press Kit – Courtenay Little Theatre, 2018/2019 Season Brochure. Designer – Linda Hampshire
The judge in this year’s competition was Melissa Martin, who writes “I am Canadian born, but grew up in New York, I finished my schooling in Ohio, at Dayton University with a BFA ; concentration in Commercial Design, specializing in Graphic Design. After moving back to Vancouver in 1987, I began freelancing as a Graphic Artist, my passion! Although the world of design has changed significantly since I was in school; we were not taught on computers, but rather cut and paste ideas and thoughts all by hand, a whole other world! Some of my other work included being an Art Director for two major Vancouver Art Publications and designing corporate identities for real-estate marketing packages as well as for major corporations. In 1993 I opened my own Interior design business, while I am also currently the Arts Administrator and Executive Director for the Community Arts Council of the Alberni Valley. Working for the Community Arts Council enables me to also design all our publications for events and programs as well as all marketing for the Art Centre.”
Congratulations to all the participants and award recipients, and we’re all looking forward to Mainstage 2020 from July 3 – 11 in Port Alberni again, with adjudicator Fran Gebhard.
- Bill Elliot Award for Best Performance by a Youth or Notice, sponsored by TBC North Island Zone:
- Theatre BC 2019 Annual General Meeting Results (7/14/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage
At Theatre BC’s 2019 Annual General Meeting, held July 13 in Port Alberni at The Capitol Theatre, the following executive officers were acclaimed with their nominations and no nominees from the floor:
- President – Doug Perri, North Shore Zone
- Vice-President – Sheryl-Lynn Lewis, Central Interior Zone
- Recording Secretary – Andrea Mallett, Central Interior Zone
Our newly elected executive committee members will serve two-year terms in their offices, and they join the officers below, who have one year remaining and will be due for election at the July 11, 2020 AGM also to be held at The Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni:
- Vice-President – Allison Haley, Central Interior Zone
- Vice-President – Adele Kuyek, Okanagan Zone
- Treasurer – Jacqollyne Keath, North Island Zone
Theatre BC thanks Peter Wienold from the North Island Zone who served as President for the past three years, and will continue in the next year as Past President. We also thank Christine Daley who has retired as zone chair in the Okanagan.
- Profile: Edward Johnson Junior, Artist (6/23/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage
Edward has been practising art all of his life, art that is directly related to his Huu-ay-aht First Nations culture, and the Nuu-chah-nulth community. As Edward says, “Our culture art has a way of telling our story. I love telling stories through art, and it was a wonderful experience composing this art piece for Theatre BC.”
“I’m feeling very honoured to know what this represents, telling a story through art, but also telling a story through the stage. In wanting to represent the theatre through the faces, I feel it represents and tells the story,” he continues.
Edward grew up mentoring under his father, Ed Johnson Senior, a Master Carver. Theatre BC is indeed fortunate to have this recognizable and local artwork to symbolize our Mainstage Festival in Port Alberni.
Theatre BC’s #Mainstage2019 takes place in Port Alberni from July 5 – 13.
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- 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 Skylight – Theatre 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 Carol. Problem 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 2019 Coffee critiques will be held daily at 10:00 am at Alberni District Secondary School (ADSS) following the previous night’s show. Room C225/C226 (hiišimłuwit) is a short walk through the main school lobby, on the left. Signs will help you find your way.
- Theatre BC’s 2018 Playwriting Competition Results (4/4/2019) 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 Family, My Mommy, My Mama, My Brother & Me, Growing Up Salty, Legislating 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.
- Canadian Playwriting Competition (7/10/2018) Posted in: Featured, Playwriting Competition
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
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
- 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.