The North Peace Cultural Centre is preparing for “the most fun you can have with the curtains open.”

Taking place from May 11-15, the NPCC will be hosting the 2011 Peace River Zone Theatre Festival. The festival opens on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with the Stage North adaptation of Jerod Blake’s “Fuel”. Fuel is a one man show, directed by Blair Scott, depicting the battles of addiction.

The festival’s second performance, Woody Allen’s “Death” will take place the following day on May 12. The performance will be put on by North Peace Players, a group of North Peace Secondary School drama students, and will be directed by grade 12 student Claire Temple.

Friday, May 13, Stage North returns with Susan Coyne’s quirky and comedic autobiography titled “Kingfisher Days”, directed by Clarice Eckford.

Concluding this year’s Festival on May 14 will be Erin Hanna’s self written and directed “Nodes and Ties.” The production will be preformed by the Grizzly Valley Players, a group of performers from the Tumbler Ridge community theatre program. The play takes a humorous look at three friends and their experiences with social networking.

This year’s festival adjudicator will be Collin Legge, who will also be putting on a “Coffee Critique Workshops” the day after each production. The workshops are free to attend and will focus on the creative and technical processes involved in theatre production. Legge’s workshops will run from May 12-15, from 10 a.m. until noon and will be taking place at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

Legge is currently an instructor at the Capilano University Theatre Program.

Adult tickets for the festival are $15, $12 for students/ seniors and $8 for children. Festival passes can also be bought, which can be used to see all four productions. The price of those are $50 for adults, $40 for students/seniors and $30 for children.

Tickets can be purchased at the North Peace Cultural Box Office at 250-785-1992 or through their website.

For more information on the festival, contact Jim Peltier at 250-787-0342 and jpeltier@gmail.com or Sue Popesku at 250-785-6124 and spopesku@shaw.ca