Alberni players honoured at fest awards

Portal Players Dramatic Society members Maryanne Naesgaard

Portal Players Dramatic Society capped a successful North Island Zone Drama Festival with a pair of key wins in the awards.

The Port Alberni-based amateur theatre group hosted the festival at the Capitol Theatre this year, wrapping up a week of plays with the Windsor Plywood Awards Banquet last Saturday.

Barb Kevis won Best Costume Design for her work on The Importance of Being Earnest, while Elliot Drew won Best Male Actor for his portrayal of John Worthing in the same play.

Honourable mentions were also garnered for Best Ensemble Acting, Best Graphic Design to Megan Cathers for her work on the show poster, and a supporting female actor nod for Yvette Deveau’s portrayal of Lady Bracknell.

The prestigious Donna Lamb award was presented to Pam Aspinall, a founding member of Portal Players, to recognize all her contributions to community theatre. Another nominee for this award, Shari Jakubiec from Courtenay, was also in attendance.

Winner of the Best Play trophy was Nanaimo Theatre Group for their show Over The River and Through The Woods, a comedy about an Italian family in New Jersey trying to prevent their grandson from taking a promotion in Seattle.

That production moves on to the provincial Theatre BC Mainstage festival in early July, in Kamloops.

Overall, festival organizing committee chair Peter Wienold described the event as a huge success.

“We are very fortunate to have such a great facility as the Capitol Theatre here in Port Alberni, and it’s always wonderful to entertain our fellow peer group guests during festival,” he said.

“We had them all here in 2009 and 2006, and again this year. The reviews are always positive for our organizing team and facility.”

Wienold also praised his team of volunteers who put in hundreds of hours to organize the event, along with the many business sponsors who contributed to the success of the festival.

Next year’s NIZ Drama Festival takes place May 12-18 at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay, hosted by Courtenay Little Theatre.

Portal Players is already planning their production for next year’s event, Wienold said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberni floor curlers win tournament in Nanoose Bay

Four teams from Port Alberni compete on the road

Award-winning documentary shares the modern story of Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Broadcast premiere of documentary will take place in Port Alberni on Jan. 29

Australian investigators head to C-130 plane crash site

B.C. gov’t makes statement, sends condolences to Coulson Aviation

UPDATED: Tofino-Ucluelet highway to open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday before shutting down for 24 hours

Vehicles will be screened at the Tofino/Ucluelet junction and at Sproat Lake.

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

VIDEO: Drone footage shows extent of damage in Highway 4 rockslide

Tofino, Ucluelet still cut off from rest of the island, as crews work to repair roadway

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

UBC grad and sister killed in Iran plane crash had bright futures ahead, close friend says

Asadi-Lari siblings Mohammad Hussein and Zeynab were two of 57 Canadians aboard downed Flight PS752

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will raise its response level to emergency, highest one

Most Read