June 2, 2023

The stage on the Mary Irvine Theater on the Rotary Arts Middle is gearing up for a manufacturing that can characteristic three performances in three days.

The Okanagan Zone Theater Pageant, also referred to as the Ozone Theater Pageant, is a part of Theater BC, which “is the guardian affiliation for neighborhood theaters within the province,” in keeping with the affiliation’s web site.

The members of the affiliation have divided the province into 10 completely different zones, and the members of the zones compete in opposition to one another each Might.

Ozone Theater Pageant Co-Chair Debbie Helf says the competition helps promote the theater neighborhood and strengthen bonds between varied theater teams throughout the province. First, the rivals should compete in opposition to the members of their very own zone.

“The competition consists of three performances that compete on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights and are judged,” Helf mentioned.

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“Then we could have an awards ceremony and the winner will go to the primary stage which takes place in Surrey. [B.C.] this yr.”

This yr’s Okanagan Zone members are Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre, the Society of South Okanagan Gamers (SOAP) from Oliver, and the Shuswap Theater from Salmon Arm.

To qualify for the Theater BC Mainstage competition within the Decrease Mainland, members of The Shuswap Theater Society hope to face out with Jordan Tannaheel’s “suburban gothic thriller” titled Harmony Flower.

“It is a few group of youngsters and two youngsters who make a really horrific discovery initially of the play, and from that second the story unfolds,” mentioned producer Jasy Metivier.

“They must cope with the implications of what occurred up to now, which kind of comes again to hang-out them.”

The play options 10 youngsters hanging out in an outdated deserted greenhouse with the identical title because the play. The solid and crew are given simply 5 hours to rehearse and put together for the efficiency every night, which means the competition not solely celebrates native theater but additionally offers actors the chance to get out of their consolation zone.

“I am so excited. It is such a enjoyable present, it is extra substantial than any present I’ve executed earlier than, which was fairly joyful and fluffy, however it has morality and which means,” mentioned Natalie Curl, who performs Rosa Mundi.

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The Shuswap Theater Society takes first place with their efficiency. Harmony Floral 24 Might, then SOAP Theater 25 Might with 7 tales Morris Panych and ended with a manufacturing by the Powerhouse Theater Butterflies are free Leonard Gershe, 26 Might.

Tickets are nonetheless obtainable at www.rotarycentreforthearts.com.

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