REPORTING · 5th March 2015
The Mount Elizabeth Theatre was bustling with activity over the weekend of the 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd of February as the theatre was host to the Northwest Zone Drama Festival 2015.
“It is a competition between all the schools in the zones. We’re talking about Hazelton, Houston Smithers, Terrace, Prince Rupert and Kitimat. They had the option to bring up to two plays that must fall between 15 minutes and one hour in length and it is a competition and more than that, a sharing of the arts,” said Drama Teacher Rick Jones.
There were nine plays in the festival and the adjudicator, Nathan Hoffert thought they were all amazing. The plays ranged from a 20 minute play which had been rehearsed for two weeks which talked about atrocities of violence against homosexuality to the Giver, a 60 minute production which had been rehearsed for months.
Only one of the plays had been written by the students.
During the day, the three plays which would be performed later in the evening would receive an hour and a half for their tech runs. The three plays which performed the previous night would meet with the adjudicator and receive some pointers and work shopped their play.
The winning play was the Giver, which was performed by Smithers on Friday, February 20th, a play based on the novel of the same name by Lois Lowry. The winning play will get to go to the Provincial Festival in New West Minister, Perform it again and compete again in the first weekend in May.
Kitimat’s play, Through the Mirror, also performed on the 20th, was the runner up. If the zone representatives from Smithers do not go to provincials, Kitimat will be the zone alternates.
Steven Horianopoulos received an award for best actor for his portrayal of the character: Cat, Chelsea Ribeiro was awarded best Stage Manager and Alexa Klonarakis was honourable mention for best actress.
This conference also incorporated twitter, through the use of a hashtag. #NWZONE15. The students were asked to tweet what they thought of the performances during the intermissions and photos when not on stage.
Hoffert advised future actors to give offers, bring more and prepare to receive direction.
The Giver being performed on stage on Friday, February 20th
Kitimat Students placed as alternates for their production of Through the Mirror.
Steven Horianopoulos received an award for best actor for his portrayal of the character: Cat. Chelsea Ribeiro was awarded best Stage Manager