Mainstage 2017

The Mainstage 2017
Winning Production Participant Registration
& Workshops Registration Form is NOW ONLINE!
Click Here To Register


This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Community Foundation North Okanagan, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. 

Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre Community Foundation North Okanagan, les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.


Theatre BC is very pleased to welcome the support of our most recent and generous sponsors:
Kal Tire as a Performance Sponsor, and the Regional District of North Okanagan
which is sponsoring our Youth Workshop. Thank you!

One Page Mainstage Schedule, CLICK HERE!

Downloadable Workshop Descriptions, CLICK HERE!

Thespian Awards & Sponsors

Theatre BC's Mainstage 2017 is being held in Vernon, BC June 30 to July 8. After an intense week of performances and education, Mainstage wraps with our Thespian Awards evening on July 8, made possible by our generous sponsors - please help us thank and recognize their contributions:
RBC Dominion Securities Inc. VernonBest Production
Langley Players Drama ClubBurnaby Award (Runner Up to Best Production)
Nanaimo Theatre GroupBest Director
Surrey Little TheatreBest Actress
Theatre BC Okanagan ZoneBest Actor
Emerald Pig Theatrical Society
Best Supporting Actress
Theatre BC Central Interior Zone
Best Supporting Actor
Courtenay Little TheatreBest Ensemble
Christie Lights
Best Lighting Design
Sidekick Players
Best Sound Design
Powerhouse Theatrical Society
Best Set Design
Theatre Kelowna Society
Best Set Decorating / Properties
Best Costume Design
Theatre BC North Island Zone
Backstage Cooperation Award
Theatre BC North Shore ZoneBill Elliot Award for Best Performance by a Youth or Novice

For inquiries about Mainstage 2017 in Vernon, please contact either
the Theatre BC office: [email protected] or
Mainstage co-chair Adele Kuyek: [email protected]

Mainstage 2017 Tickets Now On Sale to General Public!

Even as zone Festivals are happening, online ticket purchases can now be made through Vernon Ticket Seller. Each zone has a designated performance date, as seen below.

  • Okanagan Zone on Friday, June 30
    Age of Arousal by Linda Griffiths, Fred Skeleton Theatre Company, Kelowna.
  • Central Interior Zone on Saturday, July 1
    Problem Child by George F. Walker, Williams Lake Studio Theatre.
  • Fraser Valley Zone on Sunday, July 2
    Bingo! by Daniel MacIvor, Stage 43, Coquitlam.
  • North Shore Zone on Monday, July 3
    Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor, Deep Cove Stage Society.
  • Skeena Zone on Tuesday, July 4
    Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor, Terrace Little Theatre.
  • Peace River Zone on Wednesday, July 5
    Self Help by Norm Foster, Bridge To Broadway.
  • North Island Zone on Thursday, July 6.
    The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, Courtenay Little Theatre
  • Travelling Adjudicator’s Choice on Friday, July 7
    Old Love by Norm Foster, Ladysmith Little Theatre (SIZ).

For Mainstage participants, registration fees include tickets (non-transferrable) to the full complement of Mainstage performances; the registration form is online here.

Theatre BC members qualify for discounted ticket pricing – click here to validate your Theatre BC membership number and receive your discount coupon code options.

Click Here to join Theatre BC.

Mainstage Workshops!

We have a listing & details about this year’s Mainstage workshops available here. Registration for these workshops is now open here. Hear all about the workshops on the episode 301 of the “In The Theatre” podcast.

Mainstage 2017 in Vernon, BC

Theatre BC celebrates its 85th Anniversary in 2017 and will be holding Festivals featuring all-Canadian playwrights in the spring. To cap off the Festival season, we’ll celebrate Canada 150 in Vernon, BC with Mainstage 2017 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 Canada on stage. It’s also Vernon’s 125th birthday, so there will be plenty of celebrating to go around!

Mainstage 2017 will be held June 30 to July 8 – an accommodation information PDF can be downloaded by clicking here.

It’s not too early to book! Here are some direct links to properties listed in the PDF above – be sure to use the correct reservation number shown in the PDF to receive the Theatre BC booking rate:

If you’re preparing a show for your regional zone Festival and are thinking ahead to Vernon, the Performing Arts Centre’s technical specs page can be found by clicking through the links here.

See the performance schedule above.

Theatre BC’s annual general meeting will be held on July 8th in the afternoon, and The Mainstage Awards Gala will be held that evening.

Come help Theatre BC Celebrate Canada on Stage next summer!

Message from the Mainstage 2017 Committee

The Mainstage 2017 committee is excited to host Mainstage 2017 in Vernon, BC from June 30th to July 8th at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.

We are also pleased to announce new pricing for all Festival Zone winning productions.  The TBC Board lowered the pricing for registration.  Now, as a winning production from your Zone, there will be a flat registration fee of $72 per cast/crew member which gives you access to all shows, coffee critiques and green rooms for the whole Mainstage event.   This will cut down the club/members costs tremendously and allow your cast/crew to take in all of Mainstage at a minimal cost.  Registration information as well as ticket information will be available shortly.

By popular request the Workshop Play has returned to Mainstage! This three-day workshop is scheduled for July 1st – July 3rd. The Workshop Play will be held at the Powerhouse Theatre in Vernon and audiences are welcome.  More information will be upcoming in the next few weeks!   This is an excellent opportunity for your club to take their work to the next level! Ensure that all your cast and crew are aware of this option.  We are holding this during the long weekend for your convenience.

Since Mainstage 2017 starts during the July long weekend in the sunny Okanagan, accommodation is at a premium for the first weekend.  The committee approached various hotel/motels in the area this fall and we have blocked off 100 rooms at these locations.  We have a variety of price ranges to accommodate all.  Please check out the accommodation document for more information.  We recommend you book as soon as possible, since there is a time limit for these prices and rooms.  We are grateful for the participating hotels/motels in the area since the July long weekend in Vernon is also host to the annual Funtastic’s tournament.

Meet Katrina Dunn, Adjudicator

Our adjudicator for this year’s Mainstage is Katrina Dunn who has just stepped down as Touchstone Theatre’s Artistic Director.  Her love of Canadian Theatre and new works is perfect for this year’s celebration of all Canadian plays!  We are thrilled to have her expertise and knowledge for this year’s event.

Following each nightly performance green room parties will be held at the Vernon Curling Club… just a hop, skip and jump… or leisurely stroll… down the Performing Arts Centre’s stairs to a small bridge that Vernon Creek flows under to our amazing full bar venue!  Since TBC will be celebrating their 85th birthday we will be celebrating every decade from the 20’s to the 90’s!  So bring your best outfits, quotes and theatre history to help us celebrate our 85 years in community theatre!

For your designers, here is a link to the performance venue for clubs entering the Mainstage Festival.

There is a lot more that we are working on… Youth Workshops, the New Play Festival workshop for one winning play from our Canadian Playwriting Competition with an acting/director workshop component as well as a set and costume design component added.  Advanced Directing and Acting Workshops.

The committee has been very active and are finalizing details of workshops and pricing.  We will be sharing this information with you as soon as all Zone Festivals are finalized!

We are looking forward to seeing you at Mainstage 2017!