Studio theatre recognized at Mainstage festival

Members of the Williams Lake Studio Theatre were recently recognized in Kamloops at the Mainstage theatre festival.

Tara Sprickerhoff

Tribune Staff Writer

The Williams Lake Studio Theatre’s performance of Over the River and Through the Woods entertained audiences and gained recognition from adjudicator Dean Paul Gibson at this year’s provincial Mainstage theatre festival.

The festival featured 10 award-winning plays from around the province in a nine day theatre-intensive event located in Kamloops.

The Williams Lake Studio Theatre came away from the festival with an adjudicator’s merit award for “Continuing the Tradition of Most Improved,” as well as gaining honourable mentions for “Best Supporting Actor” for both Curt Sprickerhoff and Michael Rawluk, who played the grandfathers in the play.

Kara Pare also received an honourable mention for “Best Supporting Actress” for her part in the heartwarming production.

Now the theatre is preparing for its next season which will feature four plays:

The Big Five-Oh, written by Brian Mitchell and directed by Brad Lawryk, will open the season, with performances between Nov. 6-9 and Nov. 13-16.

This funny play tells the story of a man who is about to turn 50, his family, and his terrible week.

Auditions will be held late August.

Glengarry Glen Ross, written by David Mamet and directed by Shane Tollefson, will follow the season opener.

Set in a Chicago real-estate office, the script follows the story of salesmen desperate to make a sale.

Urinetown, the Musical, a hilarious play set in a world where you have to pay to pee, will be onstage sometime in March.

The musical, written by Greg Kotis and Mark Hollman and directed by Jay Goddard, is a musical satire that will keep audiences laughing.

The final play of the season, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen and directed by Becky Strickland, will transport audiences into the early 1800s and the trials and tribulations of young women looking for love.

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