Apply Now, TWO Slots! 2019 Mainstage Workshop Plays . . .

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.

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Mainstage 2019 Update for Port Alberni

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.

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Looking Ahead to Mainstage 2019

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.

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Mainstage 2018 Awards List

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.
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Workshop Play Viewings; New Play Staged Reading

As part of Theatre BC’s Mainstage 2018 in Vernon, our Workshop Play Director’s Lab features two public performances of the play – before and after snapshots of the production.

“Mary’s Wedding” written by Stephen Massicotte and produced by Stage North from the Peace River Zone was randomly selected as this year’s Workshop Play from  a number of candidates. Instructor Andrew McIlroy will work intensively with the cast and production team over a three-day period, along with Director’s Lab participants, starting Saturday, June 30.

The public is invited to view the before performance on June 30 at 2:00 pm at Powerhouse Theatre (2901 35th Avenue, Vernon, BC – 250-542-6194) for a drop-in cost of $10.00. Once the play is re-worked, it will be re-mounted for a public performance at 2:00 pm on July 2, again at Powerhouse Theatre for a drop-in fee of $10.00.


This year’s winner of Theatre BC’s National Playwriting Competition in the Full-Length play category, Cathie Young, will be in attendance as part of the New Play Workshop. Cathie’s play “Port Moody Confidential – Glimpses” is being workshopped over three days by Kathryn Shaw starting on July 4. The workshop will culminate in a public staged reading of the script at 1:45 pm on Friday, July 6 at Powerhouse Theatre. You are welcome to attend for a $10 drop-in fee.


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