Kathy MacDonald (right) packs up her dead mother’s clothes and talks to her mother’s ghost

Kathy MacDonald (right) packs up her dead mother’s clothes and talks to her mother’s ghost

Zone drama festival starts tonight

Theatre B.C.’s Central Interior Zone drama festival takes place at the Studio Theatre in Williams Lake tonight through Sunday with professional actor and director Garry Davey as the adjudicator.

Theatre B.C.’s Central Interior Zone drama festival takes place at the Studio Theatre in Williams Lake tonight through Sunday with professional actor and director Garry Davey as the adjudicator.

“I’m excited to have such a wide range of plays at the festival,” says event chair Sheryl-Lynn Lewis. 

“Williams Lake is doing a comedic drama, Kersley is bringing a comedy set in the Gold Rush, and Prince George has a futuristic drama. 

“I’m looking forward to hearing what Garry Davey has to say about them. We’ve worked with him before in Quesnel and at Mainstage and he’s always insightful at the coffee critiques. He has a way of making you want to take his ideas and perform the play again.”

The winning play at this zone festival will go on to compete in Theatre B.C.’s Mainstage provincial drama festival in Kamloops, July 1-9.

The public is invited to participate in the festival by attending plays and coffee critiques with the adjudicator and is also welcome to participate in the acting workshop Friday evening with Davey.

The Studio Theatre’s production Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson and directed by Michael Rawluk is on stage tonight, May 26, starting at 8 p.m. The play stars Shawna Sutherland, Kathy MacDonald, Heather Goodall, Tanya Isnardy, Curt Sprickerhoff, and Randy Morgan. 

The coffee critique for Memory of Water will be Friday, at 3:30 p.m. followed by the acting workshop starting at 7 p.m.

Both of the visiting productions will be on stage Saturday.

Sweet Song Farewell, written by Roy Teed and performed by the Kersley Players, will be on stage Saturday at noon)  The coffee critique will follow as soon as the cast and crew remove their set, which should be within an hour, Lewis says. 

The play Rollback directed by Virginia O’dine and performed by Serious Moonlight Productions of Prince George is on stage Saturday evening starting at 8 p.m.

Award presentations will follow the play.

The coffee critique for Rollback will be Sunday, May 29 at 10 a.m. 

There will be a workshop for the winning play Sunday afternoon.

People who would like to participate in the acting workshop Friday evening can register by calling Sheryl-Lynn Lewis at  250-392-6162. The cost is $10 for teens, $15 for Theatre B.C. members and $20 for adults.

Tickets for the play productions are available at Aboutface Photography.