NSS takes part in Nakusp-hosted Zone Festival

The Theatre BC Kootenay Zone Festival is coming to town! Nakusp will be hosting the festival the weekend of May 9 through 12.

The Theatre BC Kootenay Zone Festival is coming to town! Nakusp will be hosting the festival the weekend of May 9 through 12. Theatre BC supports competitive theatre Festivals in each of the Zones of British Columbia, and the winners from each Zone come together to compete in the Mainstage Festival in July.

Mirror Theatre is hosting the Festival for the East and West Kootenay Zone for 2013, featuring three productions in the Bonnington Fine Arts Centre.

Thursday night May 9 at 7 p.m., “Bonnie and Clyde” will be presented by the Nakusp Secondary School Drama class, featuring student vocalists and band. “Bonnie and Clyde” chronicles the short but dramatic lives of two of North America’s most famous outlaws. This production has humour, excitement, suspense and music that will keep your feet tapping hours after you have left the theatre. Book by Ivan Menchell, lyrics by Don Black, and music by Frank Wildhorn.

On Friday May 10 at 7 p.m., “The Fantasticks,” a Broadway musical, will be a treat for you from Mirror Theatre. Book and lyrics by Tom Jones, and music by Harvey Schmidt.

“Since its opening in May, 1960, at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in New York, and its subsequent revival at the Snapple Theatre Center, ‘The Fantasticks’ has become the longest running production of any kind in the history of American theatre, continuing its run in New York City.”  It is a delightfully enjoyable musical presentation about two fathers – neighbours, friends and gardeners – who plot the marriage of their children, and it goes delightfully awry.

“Fuel” by Jerod Blake comes to us from the Revelstoke Theatre Company on Saturday May 11 at 7 p.m. “Fuel” is an award-winning semi auto-biographical one act play based on Blake’s personal battle with addiction. The playwright takes a unique perspective, personalizing the addiction, giving it feelings and human emotions as the addict it inhabits, struggles to get sober.

Each production will be adjudicated by Danielle Dunn-Morris, followed by evaluative “Coffee Critique” sessions. Awards will be made at the banquet on Sunday, May 12. Ms. Dunn-Morris will lead a workshop for the winning play in preparation for moving forward to the Mainstage Festival.

The Festival is being made possible by support from CBT, RDCK, and other community sponsors. The public is welcome to all activities, performances, Coffee Critiques, silent auction, awards banquet, and après-show socials.

Tickets will be sold at Bon Marche prior to the Festival. Tickets for the Awards Banquet and other advanced sale tickets may be arranged with Gail (250-265-4526).