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.
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!