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One Act Play Festival approaches in QB
A chance to see fine acting without any distractions will happen during the ninth annual Vancouver Island One Act Play Festival in Qualicum Beach October 24 to 27.
The idea for the festival came from the late Peter Bendz, who felt that one-act-plays didn’t get the attention they deserved and that props would often take away from real acting.
He approached then president of Echo Players Doug Toombs with the idea and it’s been running ever since. Toombs still organizes the event with Echo Players member Geoff Jenkins.
“We did it to give kids and young people and budding playwrights a chance to shine on the stage,” said organizer Geoff Jenkins, adding that seniors also often participate.
This year the performances, limited to one hour in length, will include comedy productions by Victoria’s Monterey Senior Players, Nanaimo’s Gray Owl Productions, Nanoose Bay’s Open Sole Players, and Courtenay’s Little Theatre. Cedar Community Secondary School and Rivercity Players from Campbell River will also perform comedies, and Qualicum Beach’s Echo Players will perform the only drama.
The jurors at this year’s event include lifetime member of Echo Players Ann Gates. Gates has done every imaginable job in community theatre including actor, director, producer, stage manager and makeup artist. But she said she still learns something new whenever she’s involved in a project at the Village Theatre. Juror Eliza Gardiner is a director, playwright and professor of theatre history at Vancouver Island University. She performed her original one-woman narrative folk-opera “Concessions of a Wannabe Rock Star” at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, among many other performances.
Shadow Foster is an award-winning director as well as a playwright and his resume includes performing and touring with theatre companies in B.C. and Alberta.
The One Act Play Festival is supported by many businesses in the area and the main sponsor is Thrifty Foods. Qualicum Beach Mayor Teunis Westbroek will be opening the festival on October 24. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and students per day. That includes two shows in the evenings from October 24 to 26 and an afternoon show plus the award presentation on Sunday, October 27. Three and four day passes are also available. For tickets call the Village Theatre at 250-752-3522.
Thursday, Oct 24 7:30 p.m. Gray Owl Productions (Nanaimo) Rappaport Redux, comedy, 40 min.
Open Sole Players (Nanoose Bay) Tooth or Dare, comedy, 20 min.
Friday, Oct 25 7:30 p.m. Monterey Senior Players (Victoria) Home Sweet Home, comedy, 35 min.
Courtenay Little Theatre, Chekov, comedy, 60 min.
Saturday, Oct 26, 7:30 p.m. Cedar Community Secondary School, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, comedy, 60 min.
Echo Players (Qualicum Beach) Remember Me, drama, 30 min.
Sunday, Oct 27 2 p.m. Rivercity Players (Campbell River) Save Me A Place At Forest Lawn, comedy, 25 min.
Presentation of Awards.