Zone drama festival acting workshop tonight

B.C. actor, writer, and director Garry Davey is adjudicating the Central Interior Zone Drama Festival happening in Williams Lake this weekend.

B.C. actor, writer, and director Garry Davey is adjudicating the Central Interior Zone Drama Festival happening in Williams Lake this weekend.

Davey is the former artistic director for TheatreOne in Nanaimo and of the William Davis Centre for Actor’s Study in Vancouver where he taught for 14 years. 

A graduate of The Vancouver Playhouse School, he has worked extensively as an actor in theatres across the country, as well as appearing in many television productions and feature films including Da Vinci’s Inquest in recurring episodes, Cold Squad, The X-Files and the Victoria-based series Alienated. 

“Williams Lake is doing a comedic drama, Kersley is bringing a comedy set in the Gold Rush, and Prince George has a futuristic drama,” says festival chair Sheryl-Lynn Lewis. 

“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 was on stage Thursday, May 26. 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.