Kelowna’s Fred Skeleton Theatre cast and crew celebrate their win for best production (Our Country’s Good)  at the OZones.

Kelowna’s Fred Skeleton Theatre cast and crew celebrate their win for best production (Our Country’s Good) at the OZones.

Community theatres celebrate awards at OZone festival

Locals are still celebrating after a week of some of the best community theatre the Okanagan has to offer.

Locals are still celebrating after a week of some of the best community theatre the region has to offer.

Attendees and participants of the Okanagan Zone (OZone) Drama Festival, which took place all last week at Vernon’s Powerhouse Theatre, gathered at the Schubert Centre Saturday to honour those cast and crew members who managed to pull off six different plays on six separate nights.

Participating theatre groups included Powerhouse Theatrical Society (Vernon), The Hub Arts Collective (West Kelowna), Backstage Theatre (Vernon), Fred Skeleton Theatre Company (Kelowna), Theatre Kelowna Society (Kelowna) and Shuswap Theatre Society (Salmon Arm).

Awards were presented at the Schubert gala by adjudicator Kathryn Shaw who, after each performance, gave a brief synopsis of the play followed by a full two-hour critique the following morning.

“The week’s performances far exceeded any of my expectations and I was truly moved by all of your work,” said Shaw, who went on to say that she was pleased to see the zest and enthusiasm for community theatre during her time at the festival.

The winners were:

Best production: Our Country’s Good, Fred Skeleton Theatre Company, Kelowna

Best runner up: Having Hope at Home, Theatre Kelowna Society

Best director: Rob Mason–Brown, Our Country’s Good, Fred Skeleton Theatre Company

Best actor: Roger Ward, Having Hope at Home, Theatre Kelowna Society

Best  actress: Janet Anderson, Doubt, The Hub Arts Collective

Best supporting actor: Brad Hull, Our Country’s Good, Fred Skeleton Theatre Company

Best supporting actress: Denise Wolfe, Doubt, The Hub Arts Collective

Best newcomer: Gus Hansen, The Diviners, Powerhouse Theatrical Society

Best ensemble: State of Confusion, Backstage Theatre

– Best set design: Jean Angers and Don Wilcox, Pack of Lies, Shuswap Theatre Society

Best light design: Vanessa Lomas, Our Country’s Good, Fred Skeleton Theatre Company

Best sound design: Monty Hughes, The Diviners, Powerhouse Theatrical Society

Best costume design: Shawn Oldham, Our Country’s Good, Fred Skeleton Theatre Company

Best props: Karen Morgan, Pack of Lies, Shuswap Theatre Society

Best set décor: Jean Angers, Don Wilcox, Mike Nash, Pack of Lies, Shuswap Theatre Society

Best backstage cooperation: Shuswap Theatre Society

Adjudicator’s merit award: Outstanding new play by Michael Poirier, State of Confusion, Backstage Theatre

Ozzie award: Dave Brotsky, of Vernon, for outstanding service to the Okanagan zone

Major sponsors of the OZone festival included The Morning Star and Wayside Press, along with many Okanagan individuals and businesses supporting theatre in their community.

“We are extremely grateful to all those who recognize the importance of sustaining live theatre now and for future generations,” said Barbara Keith, in charge of marketing and sponsorship.

The best production winner, Fred Skeleton Theatre Company, goes on to compete at the Mainstage Festival, the provincial competition, from July 5 to 11 in Kamloops.

For more information, visit www.tbcmainstage.ca.