About In The Theatre:
The aim of “In The Theatre” is simple: to inspire, encourage and inform readers and podcast listeners about community theatre. We want to tell the stories of Community Theatre, focussing mainly on clubs and individuals in British Columbia, Canada.
“In The Theatre” is an independent project developed and operated by Peter Wienold. You might call the podcast the “unofficial” Theatre BC podcast. The vast majority of our content will be about Theatre BC people, clubs and events. Occasionally we’ll feature non-Theatre BC content, but we’ll always focus on our main goals to Inspire, Encourage and Inform our Community Theatre audience.
About Peter Wienold:
My first contact with local theatre productions was the Alberni Valley Musical Theatre in the late 70’s, when I joined the orchestra on clarinet for their annual productions each November. Eventually I took to the stage, joining the chorus. A few small roles culminated in a production of “My Fair Lady”, when I had the honour to play Freddy Eynsford-Hill. For AVMT, I directed productions of “The Pajama Game” and “Annie Get Your Gun” in the mid-80’s, and served some time as the group’s President.
I first became involved with Portal Players Dramatic Society (Port Alberni) in 1986, performing in a production of “Move Over, Mrs. Markham” at the North Island College Playhouse. In 2004, I directed a new production of that same play, at The Capitol Theatre.
Since then, I have directed, produced and acted in numerous shows, including both directing and acting in “Noises Off” in 2010 and “Greater Tuna” in 2012. Among many other performances, my most challenging on many levels was in 2015 when I played George in Portal Players’ production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. I have directed many plays, including “Rumours” and “The Dinner Party” by Neil Simon; “Self Help” by Norm Foster; “Nurse Jane Goes To Hawaii” by Allan Stratton and most recently, “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” by Dean Regan, which sold out every night of the run. Following that production, in 2016, I wrote and directed “Musical Memories”, an original revue celebrating the 80th anniversary of The Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni.
I was honoured to receive the Best Sound Design Award at the 2010 North Island Zone Drama Festival in Qualicum for “The Glass Menagerie”. For that event, I have chaired the local organizing committee when Portal Players hosted Festival in 2006, 2009, 2011, and co-chaired in 2015. In 2011 and 2016, I adjudicated the Vancouver Island One Act Play Festival in Qualicum.
I have served on the Portal Players board of directors since 2003, including a couple of stretches as President. In 2005 I became zone chair for the Theatre BC North Island Zone; in 2008 I was elected to the Theatre BC Executive Committee, and have continued to serve there since.