PAST YEAR RECAP
2016 began with work under way on four fronts.
- A new round of classes was starting up, each with a uniquely scripted presentation piece to showcase students’ growing skills and confidence
- Rehearsing a senior secondary group in Shakedown Shakespeare for N.I.R.D. Festival
- Detailed planning for SummerStage programs, and
- A full-length script was being finished for Spring production and entry into Theatre BC North Island Zone festival.
The Spring production, Speakeasy: The Forgotten Flapper
Written and directed by Artistic Director Kymme Patrick, with a cast of twenty-five was performed at the Lower Elks Hall in Courtenay before appearing at River City Playhouse in Campbell River for Theatre BC NIZ Festival. In addition to receiving Best New Script Award, the adjudicator gave special commendation to TheatreWorks for representing an ideal community-minded theatre program.
Filled with eager students in two programs, both Patrick originals. The junior class, aided by teen mentors, presented A Wizard’s Tale: The Elf Adventure at the end of their three week schedule.
The senior group presented Soda Shop: Back To School after only nine rehearsals. As usual, a professionally-edited DVD of each production was made available as a keepsake.
TheatreWorks was sponsored to provide entertainment for Cumberland’s Foggy Mountain Fall Fair. The resulting play, Coal Town Remembered, written and directed by Ms. Patrick was a hit in the town it was written about.
An expanded version was then entered into the Theatre BC sponsored One-Act Festival in Qualicum’s Village Theatre where it received a standing ovation for it’s historic and affecting story that focused on the families in mining towns in early 1900’s. The adjudicators said the play deserved to be performed in the provincial museum in Victoria. The play won awards for Best New Script, Best Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Director, and Best Production.
As the year drew to a close, work was underway on the Spring 2017 script, tentatively called Madhouse.
Also planned is
a tour of Kymme’s one-woman triumph Laughing Matters about surviving cancer, and plans for SummerStage 2017.
Also in the works are two Medieval stories coming to life in Kymme’s imagination. Forest dwellers, members of the Royal Court, Highwaymen, Heroes and Heroines.
Jr. Program July 10 - 29 9-12
Sr. Program Aug. 3 - 20 9-1
REGISTRATION: May 7 TBA