Armstrong’s Asparagus Community Theatre has received the Okanagan Arts Award for theatre. The sculpture

Armstrong’s Asparagus Community Theatre has received the Okanagan Arts Award for theatre. The sculpture

Asparagus picks up best in theatre at Okanagan Arts Awards

Armstrong's Asparagus Community Theatre is celebrating its win in the theatre category at Saturday's Okanagan Arts Awards.

Asparagus Community Theatre has another trophy to add to its awards’ case.

The Armstrong-based community theatre took the top prize in the theatre category at Saturday’s Okanagan Arts Awards at Kelowna’s Rotary Centre for the Arts.

The theatre, whose president Maryke Simmonds and other members were present at the awards gala, thanked the countless hours on the part of its volunteers.

“We were really excited to win and very honoured to be amongst such a talented group of artists,” said Simmonds. “We are indeed indebted to all the volunteers who have kept ACT’s heart beating all these years.”

The win comes at a tough time for Asparagus, with the recent death of one of its founding members, Wayne Ashton.

Ashton acted in and directed many plays for Asparagus, including Spoon River Anthology, which won best production at the 2009 Okanagan Zone Drama Festival, and was taken to the Theatre B.C.’s Mainstage Festival.

“We dedicated the award to Wayne Ashton, whose passion for theatre and benevolent spirit was inspirational and contagious,” said Simmonds. “Winning this award means a great deal to us and the community and is very encouraging for us to keep going and doing what we do.”

In its 34th year of producing amateur theatre, ACT is currently working on its next play, Fertile Ground, opening June 4 at its home base, Centennial Theatre in Armstrong.