The North Island Zone of Theatre BC wrapped up its 2014 Drama Festival on Saturday night with an Awards Ceremony at Thalassa Restaurant.
The Festival was hosted May 17 to 24 by ECHO Players at the Village Theatre.
Nanaimo Theatre Group’s Production of God of Carnage won the Awards for Best Production, Best Director, Best Female Lead (Sherri McLean), Best Costume Design and Best Sound and Lighting Design.
The Best Set went to Claire Guiot for Courtenay Little Theatre’s On Golden Pond which also won the award for Best Male Lead Actor for Tony Arnold.
Portal Players production of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean garnered a Best Female Supporting Actor award for Carrera Schroeder, and ECHO Players’ Mrs. Reynolds and the Ruffian’s Quinn Proud won the award for Best Male Supporting Actor.
Several Awards were also given to Flying Squirrel’s production of Torn Rainbow or Sticks and Stones May Break Me, including Best Ensemble, Best Backstage Coordination, and an Emerging Artist Award for Robbie Granados, and for the whole group, a Matt Shepherd Change the World award.
Lesley McVey of ECHO Players was the recipient of the prestigious Donna Lamb Award for service to community theatre.
The adjudicator Fran Gebhard commented on the wonderful welcome she had received in Qualicum Beach, and how much she enjoyed the community. Fran commended all those involved in the many aspects of community theatre for their commitment and for continuing to keep raising the bar for theatre in this zone.
— Submitted by Alistair McVey