Incredible Play Lineup for Mainstage 2018

Theatre BC‘s lineup of plays in this year’s Mainstage Festival is simply outstanding. Performing at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre in Vernon this summer, these plays from across the province offer a dynamic range of entertainment for all live theatre fans. Community theatre in name only, these productions are professional-level, while being produced and performed by volunteer enthusiasts.

See our full lineup below, complete with ticket purchase links. Theatre BC Members can enter the code HUGGINS at the checkout for discounted pricing on the performances.

Tickets to the Mainstage Awards Banquet can be purchased here.


“Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies, presented by E.C.H.O. Players (North Island Zone).

The play takes place over six years in the lives of two intensely creative women. It examines the relationship between a young devoted protégé and her Columbia University professor and mentor, an established successful writer. As they confront the line between personal privacy and artistic freedom, who is manipulating whom?

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“The Best Brothers” by Daniel MacIvor, presented by Terrace Little Theatre (Skeena Zone).

Hamilton and Kyle receive the news that their mother has been tragically killed in a parade. As they prepare for her funeral, they contend with who will take her beloved dog into care.

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“Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth, presented by Powerhouse Theatrical Society (Okanagan Zone).

After the death of her best friend’s husband, a lively housewife hatches a scheme to raise money for a Memorial – a calendar of some of the women from their village as models, who end up revealing more than they anticipated. Photo credit: Kelly Winston.

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“Halo” by Josh MacDonald, presented by Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) – (Wild Card Entry, from Fraser Valley Zone)

When the image of Jesus appears on the side of a Tim Horton’s restaurant in Nately, Nova Scotia, life is forever changed. The town’s inhabitants are challenged to ask difficult questions about faith, life, and love with sometimes moving, sometimes hilarious results.

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“The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble” by Beth Graham, presented by Between Shifts Theatre (North Shore Zone).

Family members, like planets, stars and dust, revolve around Bernice, the emotional centre of the family. As she reveals her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s, her adult children begin to recede, advance, and clash as they try to cope with the devastating news. Narrated by Iris, the middle child, the play moves seamlessly through the present and past, as she tries to make sense of the whirlwind of emotions of her family.

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“No Exit” by Jean Paul Sartre, presented by Theatre In The Country (Fraser Valley Zone).

Three strangers are ushered into hell’s non-descript waiting room.  As they get to know each other, and learn each other’s reason for being there, they soon discover that hell may not be what they thought.

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“Hand To God” by Roberts Askins, presented by Williams Lake Studio Theatre (Central Interior Zone).

After the death of his father, meek Jason finds an outlet for his anxiety at the Christian Puppet Ministry in the devoutly religious community of Cypress, Texas. Jason’s complicated relationships with the town pastor, the school bully, the girl next door and most especially his mother are thrown into upheaval when Jason’s puppet, Tyrone, takes on a personality all his own.

Play Advisory: Strong Language, Mature Content & Adult Themes.

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“Blackbird” by David Harrower, presented by Stage North Theatre Society (Peace River Zone).

Emotions run high when Ray receives an unexpected visit from Una at work. This encounter about their nefarious relationship unfolds, exposing these two broken people living with the consequences of their past. A story of abandonment, abuse and unconventional love.

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Spotlight: Theatre Youth Camp Workshop

Theatre Youth Camp, Ages 13 – 18

3 Days: July 5 – 7, 2018 – $100.00 (see details below) with Amelia Sirianni

This year, the youth camp will focus on the foundations of acting.  Young performers will hone their craft through improvisation, script analysis, character development, and voice and creative movement work all culminating in a final staged reading performance of a Canadian play touching on the issues and themes of adolescence. This three-day workshop will also offer students the chance to watch a Mainstage show and participate in the coffee critique of that piece.

Click here for more details on Theatre BC’s Theatre Youth Camp.

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Workshops Registration Now Open

To register for any of the Workshops listed below, CLICK ON THIS LINK.

Workshops are an exclusive perk and benefit, available only to Theatre BC members, and have been priced accordingly to give the best value at the lowest possible cost.

Members must be logged in to the website in order to register for these workshops. Here’s a handy tutorial if you need help to log in.

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Green Room Party Themes Revealed

A big part of Theatre BC’s Mainstage each year is the nightly Green Room parties following the marquee performances. And this year, your musical favourites form the nightly themes!

To help you prepare your costumes and makeup, here’s a roundup of the nightly Green Room Themes at Mainstage 2018 in Vernon.


Friday, June 29


Saturday, June 30


Sunday, July 1


Monday, July 2


Tuesday, July 3


Wednesday, July 4


Thursday, July 5


Friday, July 6
What’s Your Favourite Musical?


These nightly parties will be held in the Vernon Curling Club adjacent to the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, where the performances will be seen each evening at 7:30 pm.

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Mainstage Tickets Now Available

Buy Tickets Online Now!

Theatre BC is excited to announce that tickets to this year’s Mainstage in Vernon are now available to purchase online.

Click on this link to be taken to Vernon Ticket Seller, where you can buy individual tickets or 3, 5, and 8 day packages that best suit your needs and schedule.

Click through to the link for all the details. Theatre BC Members can enter the coupon code HUGGINS in the shopping cart just before clicking on the “Checkout & Pay” button for an additional discount.

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

8 Plays over 8 Nights!

Theatre BC celebrates our 86th Anniversary in 2018, once again in Vernon, BC with Mainstage 2018 at the Vernon Performing Arts Centre. This week-long Festival of Best Play winning performances will include workshops and adjudications as BC community theatre enthusiasts celebrate live theatre from across the province.

Individual Zone Festival Results Linked Below:

  •  Friday – June 29th- “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies, presented by E.C.H.O. Players (NIZ – North Island Zone)
    NIZ Results
  •  Saturday – June 30th – “The Best Brothers” by Daniel MacIvor, presented by Terrace Little Theatre (SKZ – Skeena Zone)
    SKZ Results
  •  Sunday – July 1st – “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth, presented by Powerhouse Theatrical Society (OKZ – Okanagan Zone)
    OKZ Results
  •  Monday – July 2nd – “Halo” by Josh MacDonald, presented by Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA) – (Wild Card Entry from FVZ)
  •  Tuesday – July 3rd – “The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble” by Beth Graham, presented by Between Shifts Theatre (NSZ – North Shore Zone)
    NSZ Results
  •  Wednesday, July 4th – “No Exit” by Jean Paul Sartre, presented by Theatre In The Country (FVZ – Fraser Valley Zone)
    FVZ Results
  •  Thursday, July 5th – “Hand To God” by Roberts Askins, presented by Williams Lake Studio Theatre (CIZ – Central Interior Zone)
    CIZ Results
  •  Friday, July 6th – “Blackbird” by David Harrower, presented by Stage North (PRZ – Peace River Zone)
    PRZ Results

PLEASE NOTE: The use of cameras and recording devices during the performance is strictly prohibited.


Green Room Party Themes Revealed!

For Theatre BC members and friends who like to dress up and make up for our Green Room parties, check out our list of nightly themes for Mainstage 2018 by clicking this link!

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Workshop: Playwriting Narrative

 Playwriting: Discovering Narrative Through Movement

3 Hours: Thursday, July 5, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, $40.00
Marie Fleming Hall, Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
3800 33rd Street, Vernon, BC, 250-542-9355

A unique, multifaceted experience, this playwriting workshop combines basic movement and writing exercises to explore the fundamentals of storytelling for the theatre. There is no prior movement, dance, or writing experience required, but the workshop is designed for participants already familiar with reading and/or performing scripts. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of story-building in the theatre, an sense of discovery regarding the endless possibilities and potential of playwriting, and a new perspective on approaching text as an actor. Please wear clothing and shoes comfortable for movement. Participants are also asked to bring an image or object that relates to the theme “Voyage.” 

For a comprehensive overview of how to prepare for this workshop, please download this PDF.

Register here for this and all other workshops.

Brandon Shalansky, Instructor

Brandon Shalansky is an actor and playwright working in Canada and the UK. Performance credits include La Cage Aux Folles (Georges), Spamalot (Patsy), Les Misérables (Thénardier), The 39 Steps (Clown), The Pillowman (Michal – Best Supporting Actor, Theatre BC). Writing credits include Risotto (Village Pub Theatre 2017, SciFi Theatre Festival 2018), The Skin of a Man (Edinburgh Fringe/Traverse Theatre/Playwrights’ Studio Scotland 2017). He is currently under commission with Fred Skeleton Theatre Company, who will produce the premiere of his play Adrift this summer. Brandon is a graduate of the MSc Playwriting program at the University of Edinburgh.


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