ITT 016: Theatre BC Mainstage 2014 Preview

Theatre BC Mainstage 2014, Coming Soon . . .

The regional drama festivals have concluded and now Theatre BC is ramping up for the big shindig, Destination Mainstage 2014!

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Kathryn Shaw

Held the last several years in Kamloops, BC, Mainstage is the annual gathering of Best Play winners (or their alternate) from the regional Theatre BC Zone Drama Festivals. Each performance is adjudicated both publicly after the performance, and in-depth the next morning, by an adjudicator – this year, Kathryn Shaw.

On this episode of In The Theatre, delve a bit deeper into Mainstage, as I preview just some of the activities being held as part of Mainstage.

From this episode, here are some helpful links for you to gather more information or register to attend:

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ITT 015: Meet Fran Gebhard, Adjudicator

gebhard-x161Fran Gebhard has been a Theatre BC adjudicator for many, many years and has done so in at least 8 of Theatre BC’s 10 zones.

We had a lengthy chat recently, edited here for your listening pleasure. Fran talked about her work at the Banff Centre; her approach to adjudicating a Zone Festival; a debrief of the 2014 NIZ Drama Festival; her upcoming post-modern Shakespeare production in Victoria, and much more.

Congratulations to Nanaimo Theatre Group’s production team of “God of Carnage” which won numerous awards at NIZ this year, including Best Play and will go on to perform at Mainstage this July in Kamloops.

Links for this episode include:

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ITT 014: OKZ 2014 Festival, Okanagan Zone

TBC BLUE LOGOWe are publishing regular updates this month, as we focus on each Theatre BC zone and their regional Drama Festival, which are being held in May.

Penny Bayne

Penny Bayne

Continuing our tour of the zones, in this episode of “In The Theatre” we’ll hear from Okanagan Zone Festival Committee chair Penny Bayne. OKZ has their own Festival Host Committee organizing the event, where other zones have a member club handle the organizing duties. Penny is also on the executive committee of Theatre BC, serving as a Vice-President.


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OKZ 2014 Lineup

ITT 013: Theatre BC Update . . .

TBC BLUE LOGOAs we await scheduling opportunities to record more podcasts on our Theatre BC tour of the zones, here is a quick update episode with the latest news about Festivals, the TBC website hacking drama, and an overview of the various award and scholarship opportunities available to TBC members.

The first of the application deadlines is April 30 (for the Hamber and Diamond awards) followed by a May 31 deadline for the scholarship awards. The Graphic Competion entries must be received by June 15th.

Stay tuned to the In The Theatre website, as more interviews featuring the Zones Festivals are coming up soon . . .

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ITT 012: NSZ 2014 Festival, North Shore Zone

TBC BLUE LOGOWe are publishing regular updates this month, as we focus on each Theatre BC zone and their regional Drama Festival, most of which are being held in May.

Continuing our tour of the zones, in this episode of “In The Theatre” we’ll hear from North Shore Zone chair Doug Perri. NSZ has their own Festival Host Committee organizing the event, where other zones have a member club handle the organizing duties.


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NSZ 2014 Festival

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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ITT 010: NIZ 2014 Festival, North Island Zone

TBC BLUE LOGOOur publishing schedule will accelerate over the next few weeks as we begin to focus on each Theatre BC zone and their regional Drama Festival, most of which are being held in May.

To kick things off, we’ll hear from North Island Zone chair Brent Ronning, President of Portal Players Dramatic Society in Port Alberni; and 2014 NIZ Festival chair Rose Knabb, from host club ECHO Players in Qualicum Beach.


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ITT 009: Extra! “Cabaret” in Nanaimo

Sheila-Bowman

On this special “Extra!” edition of the In The Theatre podcast, hear an interview with director Sheila Bowman following opening night of Nanaimo Theatre Group’s production of the musical “Cabaret”.

Sheila gives us an overview of her background in community theatre and chats about her production team for “Cabaret”.

NTG’s production of “Cabaret” is on at The Bailey Studio Theatre in Nanaimo on select dates through to March 15, 2014. More details and online ticket purchases are available at NTG’s website, www.nanaimotheatregroup.com.

For details on how your club’s production can be featured on an “Extra!” edition of the In The Theatre podcast, e-mail inthetheatrepodcast@gmail.com.


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ITT 008: Extra! “The Wizard of Oz” in Port Alberni, Behind The Scenes

On this special “Extra!” edition of the In The Theatre podcast, hear an informative and inspirational peek behind the scenes after the opening night performance of Portal Players Dramatic Society’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”.

Co-directors Elliot Drew and Denis Levasseur, and vocal director Janet Schlackl joined me at The Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni to discuss how this musical came into being for the club, and how it’s the biggest technical show Portal Players has ever produced.

Portal Players’ production of “The Wizard of Oz” is on at The Capitol Theatre in Port Alberni on select dates through to March 15, 2014. More details and online ticket purchases are available online, www.atthecapitol.org.

For details on how your club’s production can be featured on an “Extra!” edition of the In The Theatre podcast, e-mail inthetheatrepodcast@gmail.com.


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ITT 007: “They Didn’t Have E-Mail Back Then” – Meet Debby Helf, 2013 Hamber Award Recipient

DebbyHamberWinnerRecently I had the great pleasure to chat with Debby Helf, a long-time member of Theatre Kelowna Society and of Theatre BC.

In July 2013, Debby received Theatre BC’s Eric Hamber Award at Mainstage in Kamloops. As she describes in this episode of the “In The Theatre” podcast, she had no idea about receiving the Hamber, and was “tricked” into attending the evening’s festivities.

Hear about Debby’s theatrical journey in this episode, from her beginnings in the family’s San Francisco basement (or playroom), through to meeting her husband and eventual arrival in Canada. It’s a fascinating look at this very worthy recipient of the Hamber award.

DebbyHelfFreedomFor more details about Eric Hamber and a list of award recipients since 1955, please read this post. Some of the links from this episode include:

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


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