January 29th, 2014
January 29, 2014
Bay Theatre to host 64th Annual Provincial Drama Festival
STEPHENVILLE – Theatre patrons in western Newfoundland will be in for a treat this spring as Bay Theatre hosts the 2014 Provincial Drama Festival in Stephenville April 20-26.
Seven community theatre troupes, who are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Society, will gather for the festival, which is celebrating its 64th season. They will perform a variety of plays, from comedies to tragedies.
Host Committee Chair Wade Pinhorn says plans are underway for a week of spectacular theatre performances, capped by a gala awards presentation on Saturday night.
“Stephenville and the Bay St. George area are well-known for community and professional theatre,” says Pinhorn. “These are top quality productions. These groups have a lot of experience with community theatre and you will not be disappointed.”
This year, the Society has lined up well-known Newfoundland actor Robert Joy, who currently appears on CSI: New York, to adjudicate the performances.
“We are thrilled that Robert Joy will be the adjudicator at our festival,” says Pinhorn. “Having such an accomplished professional actor in this role will mean that all of these theatre companies will take away invaluable advice that they can use to enrich their performances in the future.”
Pinhorn, a Juno award-winning musician who has also chaired the ECMA Board of Directors, which was responsible for the planning and execution of the annual East Coast Music Awards Conference and Gala Awards Show, brings a wealth of knowledge to the planning process for the festival.
“We couldn’t ask for a more skilled and creative chair for our host committee,” says Mary Hynes, President of Bay Theatre. “With Wade’s leadership and a committee made up of enthusiastic volunteers, we’re looking forward to making this a festival that will be remembered for years.”
The host committee is currently seeking additional volunteers to help put during the festival. It’s a great opportunity for local high school students to earn the hours they need to graduate or for adults who just want to get involved and give back to their community.
“We also have a variety of sponsorship packages for the business community,” says Pinhorn. “With 100 people coming from across the province to perform and hundreds more coming to see the shows every night, this is a great business opportunity as well.”
To volunteer for the festival, call Vanessa Lee at (709) 649-0271.
To find out more about sponsorship opportunities call Tanya Alexander at (709) 649-3637.
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April 7th, 2013
Here is a complete this of award winners:
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival Award for best presentation of a full-length play. – The Play About the Baby, Off-Broadway Players
The Neala F. Griffin Trophy for best direction. – Joanne Martin, Off-Broadway Players
The Honourary Chairman’s Award for best performance by a man. – Mike Payne, Off-Broadway Players
The Thompson Trophy for best actor or actress in any role under the age of 21 years. – Ian Locke, Off-Broadway Players
D.A. Matthews Scholarship ($1,000) – Ian Locke, Off-Broadway Players
The Walter C. Chambers Memorial Scholarship ($1000). – Ian Locke, Off-Broadway Players
The Chrissi Andrews Memorial Award Best performance by a woman. – Annette Crummey, Avion Players
The Reg Harte Memorial Award for best supporting performance by a man. – Percy Farwell, Avion Players
The Hans Tode Memorial Trophy for innovative set design. – Claude House and Michele Dove, Avion Players
The Chairman’s Award for best supporting performance by a woman. – Ruth Simmons, Northern Lights Theatre Company
The OZ-FM Award for or imagination and excellence in sound. – Peter McCormack, Northern Lights Theatre Company
The Elizabeth F. Ireland Award for the acquisition of the most effective and/or innovative properties. – Sandra McCormack and Pam Brinston, Northern Lights Theatre Company
The Newfoundland Herald Audience Appreciation Award. – Unity 1918, Mokami Players The Harvey Rose Bowl for best visual presentation. – Unity 1918, Mokami Players
The Labradorian/TC Media NL Scholarship – Louna Fezoui, Mokami Players
Best presentation of a Canadian play. – School Zone Productions for Judge Prowse Presiding
The Allen Power Memorial Trophy for excellence in lighting design. – Hillary Chesher, School Zone Productions
Stage Managers Award For excellence in stage management. – Elaine Condon, School Zone Productions
The Allen R. Hillier Award for costume that most enhances interpretation of overall production. – Unnecessary Farce, Carol Players
The Margaret Doyle Trophy for true spirit of the festival. - Shawn Oliver, Carol Players
April 7th, 2013
Accepting awards are (front) Shawn Oliver, (second row) Jeff Constantine, Fiona Anderson, Louna Fezoui, Frank Holden, (third row) Pam Brinston, Mike Payne, Annette Crummey, Claude House, (back row) Ian Locke, Joanne Martin, Merle Strachan, Ruth Simmons, Percy Farwell and Peter McCormack.
April 15th, 2012
This photo, courtesy of Claude House shows many of the winners of the 2012 provincial drama festival, which wrapped up in St. John’s Saturday night. The D.A. Matthews Memorial Scholarship $1,000 awarded at the discretion of the adjudicator to a person 21 years of age or under, by application, for a summer course at a recognized drama school. Nicole Locke – Carol Players The Telegram – Transcontinental Award $500 awarded to a first-time festival participant to recognize their talent, commitment and contribution and is intended to help defray costs incurred in taking theatre training as approved by the Society Executive. Ryan Pierce – Avion Players The Thompson Trophy Best actor or actress in any role under the age of 21 years, to be awarded at the adjudicator’s discretion. Sponsored by Diamond Design. Nicole Locke – Carol Players The Chairman’s Award Best supporting performance by a woman. Donated by Brian Dove. Julia McDonald – Avion Players The Reg Harte Memorial Award Best supporting performance by a man. Donated by the Harte family. Greg Blumer – Avion Players The OZ-FM Award For Imagination and excellence in sound. Jeanne Collins – Avion Players The Hans Tode Memorial Trophy For innovative and imaginative set design. Donated by the Corner Brook Playmakers. Annette Crummey, Nick Mercer & Claude House – Avion Players The Harvey Rose Bowl Best visual presentation. Donated by the late Reginald Harvey. Off-Broadway Players The Elizabeth F. Ireland Award For the acquisition of the most effective and/or innovative properties Designed & Produced by Gander Wood Sculptor Paul O’Reilly and Donated by the Avion Players Off-Broadway Players The Allan R. Hillier Award For costume design that most enhances the interpretation of an overall production. To be presented at the discretion of the adjudicator. Donated by the late Alma Alexander. Amy Andrews – Off-Broadway Players The Chrissi Andrews Memorial Award Best performance by a woman. Donated by Terri Andrews Ruth Simmons – Northern Lights Theatre Co. The Honourary Chairman’s Award Best performance by a man, Donated by John C. Perlin C.M., C.V.O., ONL., LLD Bert Peddle – Avion Players The Allan Power Memorial Trophy For excellence in lighting design. Donated by Northcliffe Drama Club. Neil Robbins – Off-Broadway Players Stage Management Award For excellence in stage management. Donated by John C. Perlin C.M., C.V.O., ONL., LLD. Lynn Sooley – Avion Players The Neala F. Griffin Trophy For best direction. Donated by the Griffin Family. Jordan Stringer – Off-Broadway Players The Newfoundland Herald Audience Appreciation Award 33 Variations – Avion Players The Margaret Doyle Trophy, True Spirit of the Festival Voted on by members of the participating drama groups. Awarded to the individual or group best exemplifying the spirit of theatre sharing, co-operation and support at the Festival. Craig Robinson – Northern Lights Theatre Co. Canadian Play Award Best presentation of a Canadian play. Sponsored by the Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Society. This is a $1000 cash award with $500 going to the playwright and $500 to the presenting group. Fighting Words by Sunil Kuruvilla – Northern Lights Theatre Co. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Drama Festival Award Best presentation of a full-length play. 33 Variations – Avion Players
February 15th, 2012
The Arts and Culture Centre in St.John’s has tickets available for the upcoming five-night festival. You can visit the centre at 95 Allandale Road or click here.
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February 14th, 2012
Lynda Boyd will be the adjudicator for the 62nd Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Drama Festival. Lynda started her theatrical career in community theatre in Vancouver, B.C. at age 14, where she appeared in the chorus of the musical “How Now Dow Jones.” In subsequent years, she appeared in the chorus of many more productions, and community theatre played a huge part in Lynda’s formative years in the entertainment industry. She went on to star in semi-professional productions and turned pro at 21 with the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver. She has been nominated twice for Jessie Richardson awards (and won once) and continues to tread the boards when her busy shooting schedule will allow it. Lynda say she is very happy to be adjudicating the exciting theatrical offerings of the 62nd annual Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Drama Festival. Here’s the Festival lineup: Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. — Off-Broadway Players, Corner Brook — Hysteria by Terry Johnson, directed by Jordan Stringer Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 p.m. — Carol Players, Lab. West — ‘Night Mother by Marsha Norman, directed by Marty Byrne Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m. — Avion Players, Gander — 33 Variations by Moises Kaufman, directed by Annette Crummey Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. — Northern Lights Theatre Co., Lab. West – Fighting Words by Sunil Kuruvilla, directed by Peter McCormack Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m. – Mokami Players, Goose Bay – Bedtime Stories by Norm Foster , directed by Valance Oliver
March 15th, 2010
It’s our 60th year. And what a time it’s been.
He Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Drama Festival has seen its share of change over the past six decades, just as this province has changed since it joined Canada — just two years before the festival’s inauguration. Read the rest of this entry »