The 2010 Peace River Zone Theatre Festival award winners of the regional theatre festival held at the North Peace Cultural Centre May 4-9 are:
John Barry Award: Oliver Hachmeister
Newbie Award: Karleigh Smith (I, Claudia Stage North FSJ)
Best Ensemble: Fort St. John Players (The Melancholy Minstrel)
Best Costumes Fort St. John Players (The Melancholy Minstrel)
Best Director Oliver Hachmeister (I, Claudia Stage North FSJ )
Best Supporting Actress: Amanda O’Leary (Sylvia, Dionysus Theatre Company Dawson Creek)
Best Actress: Jean Pawlucki (November, Grizzly Valley Players, Tumbler Ridge)
Best Supporting Actor: Tim Flavelle (November, Grizzly Valley Players, Tumbler Ridge)
Runner Up Best Production: I, Claudia (Stage North, FSJ)
Best Production: Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll (Bridge to Broadway, FSJ)
The Festival called Stars on Stage had plays from community theatre clubs from Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge. Six plays in all were adjudicated by professional director, actor and theatre instructor Andrew McILRoy. He was pleased with the calibre of productions happening in the Peace River Zone. Andrew said, “The selection of plays have substance and give the actors something to sink their teeth into.” He commented on the surprising level of acting ability, particularly with the new and younger members of the casts. He encouraged all the clubs to get as much guidance as possible in acting and directing and to analyse the scripts carefully during rehearsals.
The Community Theatre Festival was made possible by the many sponsors who contributed towards the success of this regional theatre competition. The Best Production: Sex, Drugs Rock and Roll will be representing the Peace River Zone at Mainstage 2010 in Kamloops July 2-10.