Zone drama festival coming to Williams Lake Wednesday

The Central Interior Drama Festival takes place at the Studio Theatre in Williams Lake this Wednesday to Saturday.

The Central Interior Drama Festival takes place at the Studio Theatre in Williams Lake this Wednesday to Saturday.

Hot Theatre — four plays in four days — is being hosted by the Williams Lake Studio Theatre and promises to deliver top performances from three theatre groups.

Kicking off the festival Wednesday, May 28, will be Williams Lake Studio Theatre’s presentation of Sense and Sensibility by Jon Jory.

The play retells the classic tale of the Dashwood sisters and their struggles to find love.

On Thursday, May 29, the Studio Theatre presents Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet.

This play comes with a warning regarding extreme adult language, as it brings to life a story line revolving around four desperate real estate salesmen in 1980s era Chicago as they drag each other through deception, betrayal, catastrophe and a burglary.

Friday, May 30, the Kersley Players of Kersley present Tales From Me and Irmie by Roy Teed. The production is an original play by Teed, a local playwright, and is considered adult comedy.

The Pocket Theatre Company from Prince George will round out the festival with the play Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones on Saturday, May 31.

This production has been described as a dark comedy centred around a funeral for the patriarch of a dynamically dysfunctional family.

Show times are as follows: Wednesday to Friday 8 p.m., and Saturday 1 p.m.

Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Performances are all at the Williams Lake Studio Theatre, located at 4100 North Mackenzie Avenue.

Tickets are available at The Open Book, Aboutface Photography and First Editions Books. Tickets will also be sold at the door, pending availability.

Theatre B.C. is divided into 10 regional zones. In all some 60 to 70 productions from across the province will be vying for one of 10 spots available at the provincial Mainstage festival taking place at the Sagebrush Theatre in Kamloops July 4 to 12.

The Central Interior Zone Festival adjudicator will be Joan MacLean, a professional actor and educator who makes her home in Vancouver.

MacLean has been a professional actor for more than 25 years. She earned her Bachelor of Music from Brandon University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Victoria.

After touring North America for five years with Jim Leards Story Theatre Company, she moved to Vancouver to create a theatre program for at-risk youth in the downtown east side through Fend Players Theatre Society.

She has performed for several theatre companies including The Arts Club, Station Street Arts Centre, Touchstone Theatre, The Belfry Theatre, Sea Theatre and Felix Culpa.

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