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 017: Director’s Panel 2014

TBC BLUE LOGOMainstage 2014 is now on the history books. Theatre BC held another successful event of community theatre performances from around the province in Kamloops – congratulations to all of the award winners, scholarship recipients and participants.

Among the many activities held throughout the week, this year, Theatre BC held a Director’s Panel at Thompson Rivers University, where this year’s educational components were held. T.R.U. Program Coordinator Wes Eccleston, who is also a Theatre BC Vice President, organized the panel of community theatre directors from across BC; he also acted as the moderator for the event.

Director’s Panel Participants included:

  • Monty Hughes
  • Amy Starkey
  • Rob Mason-Brown
  • Peggy Harris
  • Vance Schneider
  • Allison Haley
  • Michael Armstrong
  • Marianne Brorup-Weston
  • Peter Wienold

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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!

BIO PIC - Kathryn Shaw 2014

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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Michael Armstrong

“What a great breakthrough this morning in coffee critique to end a fabulous week. Tonight, the awards and tomorrow the winning workshop. Then I get a day off!”

Michael Armstrong, OKZ Adjudicator (5/17/14)

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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