Every one of the four productions in the Central Interior Zone Drama Festival taking place in Williams Lake last week went home with awards and praises from festival adjudicator Joan MacLean.
But in the end the lakecity’s Studio Theatre production of Sense and Sensibility excelled in numerous categories and was chosen to compete at the provincial Mainstage Festival in Kamloops, July 4 to 12.
The zone festival included four plays, two from Williams Lake, one from Kersley and one from Prince George.
The awards were presented during the barbecue gala Saturday evening at the Studio Theatre in the former Glendale Elementary School building.
Sunday morning the Sense and Sensibility cast and crew participated in an in-depth workshop with the adjudicator.
The adjudicator presented numerous outstanding performance awards. Sense and Sensibility won the outstanding production award and Becky Strickland won the director award;
Sense and Sensibility’s Jennifer McPhee, as Marianne Dashwood, and Kathy MacDonald, as Elinor Dashwood, tied for the outstanding actress award.
Sense and Sensibility’s Curt Sprickerhoff won for outstanding set design; Shane Tollefson won novice director; Christa Obergfell won for costume design; and Stacey Poirier won the festival spirit award.
Sense and Sensibility’s Stacey Poirier, Debra Sprague, Mackenzie Moore, Rowena Berezan, and Becky Strickland won for hair and makeup.
The Hurricane Award and Running Crew award went to Sense and Sensibility’s Stacey Poirier, Haley Tazelaar, Brian Durrell, and Mark Berezan.
The Studio Theatre’s Lee Moffat won for Outstanding Positive Driving Support and Sheryl-Lynn Lewis won the Person Who Campaigned the Hardest to Get a Special Award.
The supporting actor award came to a tie between the two Williams Lake productions: Dennis Hawkins-Bogle who played Richard Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross and Scott Smithson who played Willoughby in Sense and Sensibility.
The cast of Glengarry Glen Ross won the outstanding ensemble award.
Colin Sandford, who played Baylen, in Glengarry Glen Ross and played Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility won the novice actor award.
Tales from Me and Irmie by the Kersley Players’ won several awards: Don Peeke-Vout, who played Sam, won the outstanding actor award; Jenna McLennan won for outstanding properties; and the play won for backstage co-ordination.
Dearly Departed by the Prince George Pocket Theatre won several awards. Teresa DeReis, who played Suzanne, won the award for novice actress.
Andrea Mallett, who played Raynelle, won the award for supporting actress and Allison Haley won the Incomparable Mr. Wilson Award.
Dearly Departed’s Dominic Maguire won the award for sound.