In preparation for the zone festival the Studio Theatre is remounting the Gwen Pharis Ringwood play Still Stands the House for two shows next week with its new cast.
The two shows will be open to the public by donation this Sunday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 27 with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the shows starting at 8 p.m.
In the new production Michael Rawluk replaces Tony Savile as Manning and Stacey Poirier replaces Amanda LeForte as Ruth.
They join Sharon Hoffman as Hester and Curt Sprickerhoff as Bruce.
“Still Stands the House will have a brand new look, so even if you saw it before, it will be new. There are two new actors and a different set up,” Hilyer says.
The Central Interior Zone Drama Festival is coming up in Williams Lake May 29 to 31.
The Studio Theatre hosted the zone festival last year and is hosting it again this year because Prince George was unable to get the rights to the play they wished to enter in festival, Hilyer says.
She says other theatre groups in Prince George were asked to host the festival but none of the other groups were able to attend.
“With two plays from Williams Lake and one play from 100 Mile, it made sense to move the festival to Williams Lake,” Hilyer says.
The Zone Festival dates are May 29, 30 and 31.
The adjudicator will be Amy Baskin from Kamloops.
The Studio Theatre’s production of Proof, will be the first play on stage for the festival on Friday, May 29 with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the play starting at 8 p.m. sharp.
Saturday, May 30 the 100 Mile Performing Arts Society will stage the play Love Letters with doors opening at 12:30 p.m. and the play starting at 1 p.m. sharp.
Saturday, May 30 the Studio Theatre’s recast production of Still Stands the House will be on stage at 8 p.m. sharp, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m.
The public is also invited to attend the coffee critiques with the adjudicator.
“The cast and crew of each play meets with the adjudicator for two hours after their play or the next morning, called coffee critique,” Hilyer says.
“The public is also welcome to that event, especially if they saw the play.
“It is neat to hear what the adjudicator saw that worked well or could be improved about how the play was performed.”
The coffee critiques will be from 9 to 11a.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30 at the Central Cariboo Arts Centre (old firehall); then on May 31 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Studio Theatre.
The public is also invited to the barbecue and awards night starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.
Tickets for barbecue awards event are $5.
Festival play tickets are $12 for seniors and students and $15 for adults and will be available the week of May 11 at About Face Photography, The Open Book, and The Realm of Toys.