Theatre BC 2019
Fraser Valley Zone Festival of Plays
We were proud to host the following productions as part of our festival:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
-adapted by Dale Wasserman from the novel by Ken Kesey
Drama (day room in a state mental hospital, 1950s)
coarse language and mature themes
Stage 43 Theatrical Society
Randle Patrick McMurphy, a criminal who has been sentenced to a fairly short prison term, decides to have himself declared insane so he’ll be transferred to a mental institution, where he expects to serve the rest of his term free of prison labor and in comparative comfort and luxury. He quickly becomes ensnared in a power game with an unyielding tyrant in Nurse Ratched, vying for the hearts and minds of the patients. Meanwhile, the question is just how sane the patients in the ward actually are and whether any of them really belong there.
Dancing at Lughnasa
-by Brian Friel
Drama (family cottage, Ireland, August 1936)
Langley Players Drama Club
Set in the fictional Irish village of Ballybeg, County Donegal, Ireland, Dancing At Lughnasa is a memory play told from the perspective of the adult Michael. He recalls the summer 1936 when he was 7-years-old living with his mother and four maiden aunts during the festival of Lughnasa (pagan festival of the harvest). Part of the memory includes his Uncle Jack, the eldest of the Mundy family – a priest who had recently returned home after 25 years as a missionary in a Ugandan leper colony. Michael’s father Gerry, a charming and unreliable Welsh man, returns to provide further imbalance as he is only passing through again. The thread of music from a recently acquired radio provides an outlet of joy and dance in the otherwise sober home. The events combine to destroy the foundations of the family forever.
Sealed For Freshness
-by Doug Stone
Comedy (house party, 1968)
some foul language
Surrey Little Theatre
Hostess Bonnie invites a group of neighbours over for a Tupperware party. The guest list: perky, rich Jean, her very pregnant sister Sinclair, ditzy-blonde Tracy Ann, and new neighbour Diane, who's made quite a career selling Tupperware. The mix of personalities and martinis consumed lead to absurd hijinks plus revelations of secrets and insecurities.
Age of Arousal
-by Linda Griffiths
Drama (London, 1885)
Opening Nite Theatre Society
It is a time of enormous political, emotional and sexual change. People are bursting their corsets with unbridled desire. The woman's suffrage movement is fueled by sheer numbers. women demand rights. Those who protest are " unsexed". But the ride is too strong. Passions erupt and confusion reigns.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
-adapted by Simon Stephens from the novel by Mark Haddon
Adventure Drama (Present day London, 2013-14)
minimal language, possible lighting effects
Chilliwack School of Performing Arts (CSOPA)
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: he is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched, and he distrusts strangers. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbour's dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a garden fork. Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each act of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his world.
Chickens the Musical
-by Lucia Frangino
Musical (a family farm in central Alberta, 1984)
Offtopic Theatre Society
Pal escapes from his woes of bankruptcy and immerses himself in the world of raising exotic chickens while his wife, Liza, tries to keep the family farm afloat. Meanwhile, in the chicken coop, two roosters and two hens parallel the couple's life and get down and dirty with the pressures of egg fertilization, the country poultry fair and the question of flying.
Catered buffet dinner, awards, dancing, FUN!!! The culmination of the 6 plays in 6 days, when the adjudicator makes her selections of all the outstanding work by cast and crew, and the outstanding production is chosen to represent the Fraser Valley Zone at Theatre BC’s Mainstage in Port Alberni!