The spartan set built for the Studio Theatre’s production of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility has some unique features that will make it easy to transport if the play is selected at the Central Interior Zone Festival at the Studio Theatre in Williams Lake May 28 to 31 to compete at the Mainstage provincial festival taking place Sagebrush Theatre in Kamloops July 4 to 12. One of those features is a large book made to resemble Austen’s original book

The spartan set built for the Studio Theatre’s production of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility has some unique features that will make it easy to transport if the play is selected at the Central Interior Zone Festival at the Studio Theatre in Williams Lake May 28 to 31 to compete at the Mainstage provincial festival taking place Sagebrush Theatre in Kamloops July 4 to 12. One of those features is a large book made to resemble Austen’s original book

Studio Theatre to host zone drama festival

Four plays are entered in the Central Interior Drama Festival taking place in Williams Lake this month.

Four plays are entered in the Central Interior Drama Festival taking place in Williams Lake this month.

The festival takes place at the Studio Theatre in Williams Lake May 28 to 31 and will include two plays from Williams Lake, one from Kersley and one from Prince George.

Wednesday, May 28 the Studio Theatre, Williams Lake presents Sense and Sensibility by Jon Jory.

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

Friday, May 30 the Kersley Players of Kersley present Tales From Me and Irmie by Roy Teed.

Saturday, May 31 the Pocket Theatre Company from Prince George presents Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones.

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, pursuing her acting, studying and teaching goals.

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.

For a number of summers she met with a group of professional dancers, writers, actors and teachers to collaborate on a performance piece called The Cassandra Experience.

She also performed in, and composed a couple of the songs for, the world premiere of a clown musical: Thirty-nine…and Ticking! for Full Figure Theatre at the Shadbolt Centre.