Peace Rive Zone Theatre Festival stages many winners
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 20:58 Sunday, 20 May 2012 19:42
Spectacular Chair Factory's production of Dog Sees God is headed to Kamloops to compete at Mainstage.
Three plays and two showcase plays filled the 4 evenings of the Peace River Zone Theatre Festival at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Community theatre clubs from the six communities in the Northeast region can enter the Festival. This year Stage North entered Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad and Death and the Maiden. The Spectacular Chair Factory entered Dog Sees God and the North Peace Secondary School put on 2 showcase plays Hank Cinque and Hopeless Hamlet. The showcase plays are not eligible for awards.
The Awards for the Best of the Peace River Zone Theatre Festival 2012 are:
Newbie Award Jordan Stewart (Dog Sees God)
Best Ensemble Dog Sees God
Best Technical Death and the Maiden
Best Set Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad
Best Costumes Death and the Maiden
Best Director Chalene Scott (Dog Sees God)
Best Supporting Actress Kali Chmelyk (Dog Sees God)
Best Actress Clarice Eckford (Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad)
Best Supporting Actor Mason Temple (Dog Sees God)
Best Actor Ted Sloan (Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad)
Runner-Up Best Production Dog Sees God
Best Production Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad
Josue Laboucane, professional actor and director from Vancouver adjudicated the festival. Josue is originally from Fort St. John and started his theatre experience with NPSS and Stage North. Josue is one of the Theatre BC adjudicators who are selecting community plays to compete in Kamloops at Mainstage in July.
The Best Production traditionally travels to Theatre BC’s Mainstage in Kamloops to compete among the best community theatre in the province. This year the Best Production is unable to go so the Runner-Up, Dog Sees God, will be competing at Mainstage 2012. They will be on stage July 2 competing against the best community theatre productions in the province. All Peace Region visitors to Kamloops at that time are invited to support them by attending the show.
Theatre BC Executive Director Vance Schneider came to Fort St. John for the first time to take in the Festival. He was surprised at our 413 seat with fully equipped lighting and sound and raked seating. He said, “I just did not put much thought into what type of venue you have and thought the productions were staged in some kind of a hall.” Theatre BC produces the New Play Festival and Actoberfest, as well as Mainstage. Vance said, “We have to work on getting a provincial theatre focus on Fort St. John by having one of the Theatre BC festival’s here.”
Plans are underway for the 2013 Peace River Zone theatre Festival. The Board of Directors of the Zone will be encouraging all communities in the region to enter next year in May.