Dan Patterson (left)

Dan Patterson (left)

Proof wins zone drama festival

The Studio Theatre’s production of Proof selected to compete at the Mainstage provincial festival in Kamloops in July.

The Studio Theatre’s production of Proof was selected by adjudicator Amy Baskin to compete at the Mainstage provincial festival in Kamloops in July.

Proof was one of three plays staged as part of the 2015 Central Interior Zone Drama Festival held at the Studio Theatre over the weekend.

In one of her adjudications Amy Baskin noted that she wasn’t judging the plays against each other but watching to see how well each production met the intention of the writer.

While the Studio Theatre’s two entries Still Stands the House and Proof were in competition with each other for the coveted spot at Mainstage, some people worked behind the scenes on both plays.

Given all of this collaboration Baskin awarded the Studio Theatre the Incomparable Mr. Wilson Zone Award and Curt Sprickerhoff an award for services that go above and beyond the call of duty for the act of theatre.

Proof by David Auburn won for outstanding production and Sheryl-Lynn Lewis won for outstanding director.

Jay Goddard as Robert won outstanding actor; Dan Patterson as Hal won outstanding novice actor;  Becky Strickland as Claire won outstanding supporting actress;  Bobbie-Jo Macnair as Catherine won for excellence in precision and timing.

Outstanding work awards for Proof were presented to Sharon Hoffman for costume design; Shane Tollefson for lighting design; Jenny McPhee and Kirsten Sandberg for props; Sheryl-Lynn Lewis for set design; and Curt Sprickerhoff for sound design.

For the play Still Stands the House Sharon Hoffman won the outstanding actress award for her role as Hester and Curt Sprickerhoff won the outstanding supporting actor award for his role as Bruce.

Behind the scenes in Still Stands the House Cathie Hamm won for novice director; Beck Strickland won for hair and make-up design and Alix Learn won honourable mention for sound design.

The 100 Mile Performing Arts Society entry Love Letters by A.R. Gurney, directed by Marie Hooper won for outstanding ensemble; Renee LaRochelle as Melissa Gardner   won for novice actress; and co-star, Chris Adams as  Andrew Makepeace Ladd III won the award for bringing text to life.


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