MAINSTAGE 2017 – What A Week!

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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