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  • Mainstage 2019 Quick Links! (6/24/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Mainstage 2019 is mere days away, coming to Port Alberni from July 5 – 13, 2019. We have a great deal of information listed on our website, so here is a quick summary of links you can click on to directly access purchases or more information:

    For individual performance tickets, click over to the Brown Paper Tickets website and do a search for ADSS Theatre in the Find An Event search box to reveal the various performances listed there. Theatre BC members receive an additional discount on ticket purchases by entering the code ALBERNI on the ticket package purchase page.

    Ticket packages include admittance to the nightly green room parties and the morning coffee critique adjudications.

    Please read through our Home Page for even more details on the links above and other important things to know about Mainstage 2019. Hope to see you in Port Alberni this summer!

  • (6/15/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage
  • Mainstage 2019 Workshops (6/6/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage
    Theatre BC has programmed a dynamic series of Workshops as part of Mainstage 2019 being held in Port Alberni from July 5 – 9. Topics include:

    • Workshop Play & Director’s Lab with instructor Nicolle Nattrass, featuring the play “Annapurna” by Sharr White, produced by Bridge to Broadway from the Peace River Zone.
    • New Play Workshop, featuring a winning script from this year’s Playwriting Competition, with Kathryn Shaw
    • Stage Combat (two workshops) with Robinson Wilson
    • 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

    Complete Workshop details, descriptions and online registration forms are now available now at this link,

    We are also scheduling a series of open discussion Forums, details about which will be posted soon.

  • Mainstage 2019 Lineup ~ Tickets & Multi-Day Packages Available (6/3/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Mainstage 2019 is coming to Port Alberni from July 5 – 13, featuring the Best of the Best in Community Theatre from across BC.

    Our week of plays is now complete, following the conclusion of six regional Zone Festivals, each bringing their “Best Play” winner; a random “wild card” draw from Festival-entered plays; and a selection from our Travelling Adjudicator, who saw two plays in the Kootenay Zone and one in the South Island Zone.

    The slate of Mainstage plays is as follows:

    Tickets are available now to all performances. Use the links below to purchase:

    Ticket packages include admittance to the nightly green room parties and the morning coffee critique adjudications.

    For individual performance tickets, click over to the Brown Paper Tickets website and do a search for ADSS Theatre in the Find An Event search box to reveal the various performances listed there.

    Read on through our home page for more details about the entire week of Mainstage in Port Alberni. Theatre BC members receive an additional discount on ticket purchases by entering the code ALBERNI on the ticket package purchase page.

  • 2019 Mainstage Participant Registrations (5/27/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    For CAST, CREW & PRODUCTION TEAM MEMBERS in a show performing at Mainstage

    With the wrap-up of Zone Festivals, Mainstage is the next big event on Theatre BC’s radar, coming to Port Alberni this summer from July 5 – 13, 2019.

    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. Participant Registration cost includes entry to all 8 Performances, 8 Coffee Critiques and 8 Green Room Parties. Participant Registrations do not include Workshops nor the Awards Gala. Participant Registrations are non-transferable.

    Workshop Descriptions and Registration forms are now online.

    For general audience members, we have our ticket purchases available online for single tickets, and 3-day, 5-day and Full Week 8-day packages. Theatre BC members can enter the code ALBERNI in the checkout cart before purchasing tickets to get an extra discount. Click here for ticket purchase details.

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

    Participant Registration Form:

    Mainstage 2019 Participant Registration Form (Use only if you are involved in a Mainstage Play or the Workshop Play)

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

    CLICK HERE FOR A HANDY TUTORIAL ON HOW TO LOG IN TO YOUR MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT.

  • Mainstage 2019 Ticket Packages & Awards Tickets Available (5/24/2019) Posted in: Featured, Mainstage

    Theatre BC’s summer festival of live community theatre, Mainstage, takes to the Alberni District Secondary School Performing Arts Theatre in Port Alberni from July 5 – 13, 2019. These are the “Provincials of Community Theatre”, featuring the Best of the Best in the province. Ticket packages are available to purchase online now.

    If you will be a REGISTERED PARTICIPANT in a play performing at Mainstage, or in the Workshop Play, you do not need to purchase a Pass for yourself – all performances, coffee critiques and green room parties for the week are included with your participant registration.

    For Theatre BC members who are not registered participants but are purchasing a pass, enter the name ALBERNI after clicking on the “Enter a Password or Discount Code” text before clicking on “Add To Cart” for your TBC member discount.

    Ticket package links and pricing are as follows:

    8-Day Mainstage Pass (All Performances)

    • 8 performances, 8 coffee critiques and 8 green room parties
    • TBC member, $152.00; General Public, $176.00
    • At the moment, due to a software programming limitation, you will be prompted to choose all eight of the performances after you’ve purchased your pass.
    • CLICK HERE TO BUY 8-DAY MAINSTAGE PASS

    5-Day Mainstage Pass 

    • 5 performances, 5 coffee critiques and 5 green room parties
    • TBC member, $100.00; General Public, $115.00
    • You will be prompted to choose your five performances after you’ve purchased your pass
    • CLICK HERE TO BUY 5-DAY MAINSTAGE PASS

    3-Day Mainstage Pass 

    • 3 performances, 3 coffee critiques and 3 green room parties
    • TBC member, $63.00; General Public, $72.00
    • You will be prompted to choose your three performances after you’ve purchased your pass
    • CLICK HERE TO BUY 3-DAY MAINSTAGE PASS

    For the Theatre BC member discount, enter the name ALBERNI after clicking on the “Enter a Password or Discount Code” text before clicking on “Add To Cart”.

    For individual performance tickets, click over to the Brown Paper Tickets website and do a search for ADSS Theatre in the Find An Event search box to reveal the various performances listed there. Advance price is $22.00 each seat; $25.00 each on the performance date or at the door.

    Awards Gala Night

    Tickets to the Awards Gala Night on July 13 are not included in these packages, nor with participant registrations. Awards tickets can be purchased at the same time as your Mainstage Pass, in the same transaction. Simply add the number of Awards Tickets you need to your shopping cart using this link.

    We look forward to seeing you all at Mainstage 2019 in Port Alberni this summer!

  • 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 Travelling Adjudicator’s Results (5/8/2019) Posted in: Featured, Festivals, Mainstage

    Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2019 is coming to Port Alberni this summer, from July 5 – 13.

    This year we had Travelling Adjudicator Raimund Stamm see three plays in zones not holding Festivals: two shows in Kootenay Zone and one in South Island Zone. Here are the recipients of the awards he selected:

    • Best Production: Stones in His Pockets (Ladysmith Little Theatre, SIZ)
    • Best Actor: Mort Paul (Ladysmith) Stones in His Pockets
    • Best Ensemble: Stones in His Pockets (Mort Paul and Torry Clark) Ladysmith
    • Best Director: Ellen Paul, Stones in His Pockets (Ladysmith)
    • Best Supporting Actress: Suzanne Hayman Smith (Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Playwright) Creston Footlighters
    • Best Supporting Actor: Lucas Szuch (Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Playwright) Creston
    • Best Costumes: (Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Playwright) Creston
    • Best Set Design: (Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Playwright) Creston
    • Best Lighting: Stones in His Pockets, (Ladysmith)

    Ladysmith Little Theatre will be performing “Stones In His Pockets” on Wednesday, July 10 at the ADSS Performing Arts Theatre as part of the 2019 Mainstage playbill.

  • 2019 Festivals Results, Mainstage Update (4/6/2019) Posted in: Featured, Festivals, Mainstage
    Theatre BC’s regional zones have completed their annual Drama Festivals, in the spirit of learning, sharing, networking, and of course, friendly competition. 2019 Zone Festivals were held as follows, with results linked:

    A Travelling Adjudicator also toured this year, seeing three productions: two in the Kootenay Zone (KOZ) and one in the South Island Zone (SIZ). Our Travelling Adjudicator this year was Raimund Stamm, who has presented Theatre BC workshops and has adjudicated zone festivals for us in the past. See the complete Mainstage Playbill in our post above.

    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 Workshop Play.

    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 – click here for details.

    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
    • Indigenous 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 and Awards Gala are now available! Individual performance tickets, 3-day, 5-day and 8-day ticket packages can be bought at early bird and member discounted rates. Early bird pricing ends on June 14 so don’t delay, buy today!

    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

  • 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 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.


  • 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

    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.
  • 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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