Province-wide theatre festival in Chilliwack this July

The annual Mainstage theatre festival features a selection of winning plays from across the province, with daily shows from July 2 to 8.

The annual Mainstage theatre festival is hosted in Chilliwack this year July 2 to 9. The Last Lifeboat by Surrey Little Theatre

The annual Mainstage theatre festival is hosted in Chilliwack this year July 2 to 9. The Last Lifeboat by Surrey Little Theatre

Experience the spectacle of the annual Mainstage festival, hosted in Chilliwack from July 2 to July 9 at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre.

Showcasing the best in British Columbia community theatre, Mainstage celebrates the wealth of our province’s stage production and acting talent.

The centrepiece of the Mainstage festival is the culmination of winning plays selected from around the province. Each year, 10 Theatre BC Zone Festivals held in April and May bring together more than 60 community theatre clubs vying for the chance to show off their talents to Mainstage audiences.

Following a lively adjudication process, the best of the best are awarded sixteen prestigious trophies known as “Thespians.”

“The festival creates an amazing opportunity for theatregoers to view performances from communities all over the region,” said Mainstage 2016 Committee Co-Chair, Patti Lawn. “Chilliwack will play host to amazing talent that we would otherwise not have the chance to see.”

In addition to the inspiring feature performances, the festival offers a series of daytime performing arts workshops taught by industry professionals, Green Room Socials following each evening of theatre on the main stage, and a festive final night awards ceremony to mark the end of the community theatre year.

The top-notch Mainstage performances include:

July 2 – Between Shifts Theatre Society presents Art (North Shore)

July 3 – Shawnigan Players present August: Osage County (South Island)

July 4 – Surrey Little Theatre presents The Last Lifeboat (Fraser Valley)

July 5 – Nanaimo Theatre Group presents Love Song (North Island)

July 6 – Pocket Theatre presents Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Central Interior)

July 7 – Terrace Little Theatre presents Criminal Hearts (Skeena)

July 8 – Fred Skeleton Theatre Company presents The Pillowman (Okanagan)

July 9 – Annual General Meeting, Awards Ceremony

Tickets and packages are available through the Chilliwack Cultural Centre box office (9201 Corbould Street), at 604-391-SHOW (7469) or chilliwackculturalcentre.ca. Visit theatrebc.org for more information about Mainstage.