Theatre BC’s 2018 Playwriting Competition Results

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.


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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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Spotlight: Mainstage 2018 Preview Video

Join Theatre BC President Peter Wienold as host of this video chat with Mainstage 2018 Organizing Committee co-chairs Adele Kuyek and Richard Kerton, to get an overview of this year’s community theatre festival extravaganza in Vernon, BC which starts on June 29. Please excuse the odd video gremlins that crop up. Enjoy!

Be sure to scroll through the website for complete details on everything we chat about in the video.

There is also an audio-only version of our chat available from In The Theatre podcast, which you can download in your favourite pod-catcher to listen at your leisure.


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Mainstage on a Page

OK, more like on two pages  . .

Click on the graphic below to download a super-handy 2-page, letter size PDF file showing our Mainstage 2018 grid. It shows all the plays, workshops, critiques, meetings, green room party themes and all the other great stuff happening at Mainstage this year. Hope to see you there!

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