ITT 302: Theatre BC’s Awards & Scholarships

On this episode of the podcast, I chat with Penny Bayne and Richard Kerton, all about Theatre BC’s many recognition awards and scholarship opportunities.

Deadlines to receive applications:

  • Recognition Awards, April 30
  • Scholarships, May 31
  • Graphic Design Competition, June 15

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Theatre BC’s Summer News Update

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The hard working Mainstage 2016 Host Committee, left to right: Graham Archer, Deb Archer, Patti Lawn & Dave Williams (co-chairs), Raymond Hatton, Jennifer Meloche, Mary Renvall & Roger Meloche.

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Greetings fellow TBC members!

It’s my pleasure to send this update as your new President. Thank you for your support and confidence in choosing me. We have an excellent team in place to keep the Theatre BC wheels in motion.

A hearty congratulations and thank you to the Mainstage 2016 committee in Chilliwack. The Fraser Valley Zone hosted our big annual event in a way that can only be described as electrifying and re-energizing. Committee co-chairs Patti Lawn and Dave Williams assembled a dynamic team that worked very hard in a short time frame to successfully host “a Festival on steroids,” as FVZ chair Raymond Hatton describes it. To all of the committee members, volunteers, staff at the venues and everyone who helped to make Mainstage 2016 a success, Thank You! It was an amazing week, and you’ve set the bar high indeed.

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To all the participants and winners, congratulations. The “teachable moments” that adjudicator Michael Armstrong shared with us each morning at the coffee critiques were invaluable to those of us eager to learn new tips and techniques to take back to our clubs. The workshops, play readings, green rooms and other activities were very popular, as were the Chilliwack Cultural Centre and the Chilliwack Players Guild’s Guildhall as venues. The host committee will meet soon to debrief, and will share their feedback to help next year’s committee.

Complete awards list and honourable mentions/special certificates lists can be found on the Theatre BC website’s home page.

Theatre BC’s Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, July 9, with the following election results:

  • President (1 year term) – Peter Wienold, Port Alberni
  • Vice Presidents (2 year terms) – Jacqollyne Keath, Langley; and Adele Kuyek, Vernon
  • Treasurer (2 year term) – Richard Kerton, Courtenay/Vernon
  • Recording Secretary (1 year term) – Michael Armstrong, Nanaimo
  • Wes Eccleston continues serving as Vice President for another year.

We thank Glen Miller for presiding over TBC as President for the past 5 years, and we thank outgoing Vice Presidents Marianne Brorup-Weston and Penny Bayne for their service.

The new executive will hit the ground running, meeting monthly throughout the year via on-line video conferencing, while the full board will meet quarterly in the same way.

Some of my personal goals as President include: improved and more frequent communication with the membership; ensure that we have high-quality and modern membership tracking and communication tools; a review of all projects and priorities, and much more. Also on the agenda, a rejuvenation of the zones which have not recently held festivals, to support their operations and sustainability. Our work may require the help of TBC members at large, if you are willing to answer the call – we thank you in advance.

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Anne Marsh, Robb Mowbray, Peter Wienold.

Our scholarship and awards committee reviewed a number of applications for the Hamber and Diamond awards, and I’m pleased to report that the recipient of the Eric Hamber Award this year was Robb Mowbray. For those who don’t know Robb, he has been a fixture on the Theatre BC scene for many decades, serving at different times as our President (1992 – 1994) and our Executive Director. Presenting the award to Robb was Anne Marsh, herself a TBC President (1979 – 1982), and Hamber Award honouree (1985, with husband Don Marsh). Much to Anne’s surprise, she was also the recipient of this year’s Diamond Award. Congratulations Robb and Anne on your well-deserved recognition, and thank you for all you’ve done in your home clubs and for Theatre BC.

Congratulations to Ries Fowler, recipient of the $1,000 Sid Williams scholarship. The Jessie Richardson and Mien Van Heek scholarships were not awarded this year. TBC Members who are qualified candidates are encouraged to fill out the relevant application forms before deadline for the available scholarships.

VernonPACMoving forward, please make a note of our Mainstage 2017 dates in Vernon – June 30 to July 8, with the actual start date and final performance schedule subject to the status of zone festivals next year. 2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday, and Theatre BC announced to members in October 2015 that Mainstage next year would be exclusively Canadian-written plays. The local host committee is already organizing, and has chosen the tagline of “Theatre BC Celebrates Canada On Stage” for promotions.

Some additional news . . .

  • Playwriting Competition – the board has decided to shift from a provincial to a national intake of writers. This restores the competition to its original scope, and will attract a much larger pool of entrants. Updated entry information will be available soon – the entry deadline, as usual, is December 31.
  • Thank you, Doug Huggins – Doug (TBC President, 1968 – 1970) has generously donated two boxes of scripts to the TBC Script Library. These will be catalogued and entered into the online database for your perusal.
  • Theatre BC has a podcast! Yours truly is the host of “In The Theatre”, and we recorded a number of episodes at Mainstage 2016. You can find the show online, right here on this website! Have a listen in your browser, or subscribe in your favourite podcast app. If you’re a TBC member club that would like to be featured on the show, please send me a note.

TBC BLUE LOGOAnd that’s it, for now. I’m looking forward to moving TBC forward into the future with an outstanding team of executive and board members, and the membership at large.

Wishing you all the best for a happy and safe summer,

Peter Wienold, President
BC Drama Association (Theatre BC)
peter.wienold@theatrebc.org

ITT 204: After Hours #2, “The Ghost Hotel”

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In the middle of Mainstage 2016 in Chilliwack, we were on-site, recording interviews with Community Theatre enthusiasts from across BC for the “In The Theatre” podcast. We’re still trying to decide if microphones and mixed drinks actually mix 🙂

A little different this time, we’ve got a second, special “After Hours” edition of the show with a roundtable of guests including Theatre BC Treasurer Richard Kerton, Vice-President Wes Eccleston, former CIZ chair Allison Haley, and NSZ chair Doug Perri joining me on the podcast. We hijacked Doug’s room and turned his bed into a podcast studio, which turned out pretty well!

Coming up later this week, we’ll chat with Rob Mason-Brown, artistic director of the Fred Skeleton Theatre Company in Kelowna on the “In The Theatre” Podcast.

I hope you enjoy the show, and would love to get your feedback using any of the links you find on this page.


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ITT 203: After Hours Special with James Dean and Guests

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We are in the middle of Mainstage 2016 in Chilliwack and very pleased to be on-site recording interviews with Community Theatre enthusiasts from across BC.
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A little different this time, we’ve got a very special “After Hours” edition of the show with a roundtable of guests including Theatre BC Treasurer Richard Kerton, former CIZ chair Allison Haley, actor James Dean (yes, that’s his real name), from Nanaimo Theatre Group joining me on the podcast.

We recorded this in the wee early hours of July 6th, after NTG had performed “Love Song” at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre. Darien Edgeler, who ultimately took home the Best Actor award, played the role of Beane, which James had originated in this production on the island.

Stay tuned for another “After Hours” round table episode featuring special Theatre BC guests, but for now, enjoy this insightful chat with an emerging young actor from Vancouver Island.
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ITT 202: Raymond Hatton, FVZ Chair – Previewing Mainstage 2016

Raymond Hatton in characterAnd then there were two! A second episode in the new season of “In The Theatre”, the podcast for Theatre BC and all community theatre enthusiasts. This time around we’re talking with Raymond Hatton, chair of the Fraser Valley Zone (FVZ) of Theatre BC, and a member of the organizing committee for Mainstage 2016.

In this episode, Raymond thanks the local organizing committee, recaps the performance venues, and we tell you exactly where the Chilliwack Players Guild’s Guildhall is (hint: really close by!), where the coffee critiques and green room parties will be held.

We also go over some of the other activities during Mainstage, including lunch hour play readings, workshops, meetings and the awards night. And, side note: “In The Theatre” will be on location recording a variety of interviews for future episodes of the podcast.

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Here are some links for this episode:

Information and tickets for Mainstage plays can be found online at Chilliwack Cultural Centre or by phone to 604-391-7469.

I’m very happy to be bringing the podcast back – there’s no set schedule of release dates, and there’s no shortage of material, so be sure to subscribe with your favourite podcasting app to find out when the latest episode drops.

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ITT 201: Theatre BC Mainstage 2016

IMG_1757I’m very excited to announce the return of “In The Theatre”, the podcast for Theatre BC and all community theatre enthusiasts. And who better to kick off Season 2 of the show than with Michael Armstrong, Theatre BC’s adjudicator for Mainstage 2016.

In this episode, we catch up with Michael after our first two chats together a couple of years ago, and do some follow-up. Then we preview the plays being performed at Mainstage this year, which starts July 2, 2016 in Chilliwack – links below.

TBC BLUE LOGOAfter that, we talk about the Playwriting Competition and play readings, the workshops being offered and we mention the important meetings of Theatre BC. Rounding out the show, Michael offers a couple of tips for performing at Mainstage.

Here are some links for this episode:

Information and tickets for Mainstage plays can be found online at Chilliwack Cultural Centre or by phone to 604-391-7469.

I’m very happy to be bringing the podcast back – there’s no set schedule of release dates, and there’s no shortage of material, so be sure to subscribe with your favourite podcasting app to find out when the latest episode drops.

I hope you enjoy the show, and I would love to get your feedback using any of the links you find on this page.


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ITT 011: Volunteers in Community Theatre

I received an e-mail recently from a Community Theatre Club asking for ways to help combat volunteer burnout. Volunteers are difficult enough to come by as it is, so it’s especially important to hang on to them once they arrive.

In this episode, I do a quick overview about how to handle situations of volunteers on the verge of burnout, and some strategies to ensure our club members are adequately and properly recognized.

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I’m in the process of setting up interviews for future podcasts, but in the meantime, you could get on the show even faster. Simply record a little bumper for me by using the Send Voicemail tab on your right (or use the SpeakPipe app on your mobile device). Try and use the best microphone available to you – the ones built into iPhones and iPads work great, FYI.

microphoneJust follow this easy script for the recording:

“Hi! This is (your first & last name) from (your home club) in (city/town/village + province or state, if you like). We produce (# of shows) a year at (venue name). Find out more by visiting our website at www.(fill in the blank). You’re listening to the “In The Theatre” podcast, with your host, Peter WEE/nold” *

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Exciting new content coming your way . . .

We have some great interview podcasts lined up for you – over the next couple of weeks you’ll meet Vance Schneider, Theatre BC’s executive director, in a two-part podcast; we’ll have an insider’s look at what the adjudicator is thinking while watching YOUR show during Festival; and we’re working on a feature profile of a recent recipient of a most prestigious Theatre BC award. Stay tuned in iTunes, keep watching this website, frequent the Facebook page, and see us on Twitter: @TheatrePeter.