Mainstage 2017

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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!


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 Workshops!

We have a summary of this year’s Mainstage workshops available here. Registration for these workshops will be through online forms, which will be available starting in May. Hear all about the workshops on the latest episode 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.

The tentative performance schedule of Best Play winners, by the provincial zones, is as follows:

Evening Performances, 7:30 Showtimes:

  • Okanagan Zone on Friday, June 30.
  • Central Interior Zone on Saturday, July 1.
  • Fraser Valley Zone on Sunday, July 2.
  • North Shore Zone on Monday, July 3.
  • Skeena Zone on Tuesday, July 4.
  • Peace River Zone on Wednesday, July 5.
  • North Island Zone on Thursday, July 6.
  • Travelling Adjudicator’s Choice on Friday, July 7.

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!


Workshop Play

One Zone Festival-entered play will be selected by the Festivals Committee for their explorative and demonstrative value of varying theatrical styles, to participate in MAINSTAGE’s non-adjudicated “Workshop Play” component which takes place over a three day period.  The selected play gives an initial performance, is re-worked by a professional instructor and performed again in its revised form in a fascinating and instructional “before and after” process.  The workshop play dates will be July 1st to July 3rd, 2017 and will be held at Powerhouse Theatre, Vernon, B.C.  This year’s instructor will be Andrew McIlroy.

WORKSHOP PLAY APPLICATION FORM.


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.

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!