Theatre group earns spot in provincial festival

Nanaimo Theatre Group earned a handful of awards at the North Island Zone Drama Festival last week in Port Alberni.

The community theatre group’s production of Over the River and Through the Woods won best production, best ensemble and best supporting actor to Jack Alouf.

The play, written by Joe Pietro, tells the story of a young Italian-American man and his doting grandparents.

The play shines a spotlight on the dynamics of the family and the commonalities that people can see within their own families.

Under the direction of Mort Paul, Over the River also earned an honourable mention to Devon Cathers for his portrayal of the main character.

The zone festival is one of many held throughout B.C. under the umbrella of Theatre B.C., a provincewide theatre organization.

Nanaimo Theatre Group will take their award-winning play to Theatre B.C.’s mainstage competition in Kamloops this summer.

More than 60 theatre clubs across the province compete in one of 10 zones for the privilege of attending Mainstage. Once there, the theatre clubs stage performances of their winning plays and have the opportunity to participate in workshops, network with other theatre clubs and win awards.

To help raise money to cover travel expenses for cast and crew, the theatre group is restaging the play for three performances at the Bailey Studio on Rosstown Road on June 24-25 at 8 p.m. and June 26 at 2 p.m.

Tickets $15 at the door.

Nanaimo Theatre Group recently wrapped up its 50th season presenting community theatre in Nanaimo.

For more information, please visit www.nanaimotheatregroup.com.