An original play by Nakusp’s Janet Royko claimed three prizes at the Kootenay Zone Theatre Festival in Revelstoke on May 12. The Mirror Theatre production of “The Shift” garnered Best Ensemble, Best Sound and Best Supporting Actress prizes.
“It is exciting for us,” said writer/director Janet Royko, who was very pleased that Ty Klassen’s musical work for the play was recognized with an award.
“At first you say, it’s not a big deal,” Royko said humbly. “Still in the bigger picture, we’re an award winning play now.”
Mirror Theatre would like to tour the production, and if it works with the players’ schedules, they will take “The Shift” on the road.
Taking the play to the Zone was like coming home to Royko, in a way.
“It was really great. It’s kind of like an extended family, they’re all theatre people,” she said, and the homecoming sounded like a fun one. “We’re going to push for another award: the after production party award, which we would’ve won as well.”