North Island Zone Festival
May 12th - 19th, 2019
“A theatrical celebration where North Island takes center stage.”
ECHO Players is proud to host the 2019 Theatre BC North Island Zone Drama Festival. North Island theatre groups, showcasing a cross-section of our exciting performance community, will be presenting plays on Village Theatre stage. This is a wonderful opportunity for local audiences to see many fine productions in one week and with nightly public adjudication; it’s a great learning experience for cast, crew and audience alike. Come and be part of it.
Join us for a "Whole Week of Theatre" at this year's North Island Zone Festival and experience the magic of live theatre in this exciting playbill. You will laugh with the comedy, you will be moved by the drama, and your heart will be warmed by the romance. Ticket prices for individual productions are $21.00 and can be purchased through our Box Office or online. Package ticket prices are 3 pack - $55.00 and 7 pack - $115.00.
Sunday, May 12th, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
The residents of Almost, Maine find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and, often, hilarious ways. This heart-warming play will restore your optimism and your belief in love, in life and in second chances.
Monday, May 13th, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY
Bard To Broadway Theatre Society
Four unique Southern women (of a certain age), all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by fate and an impromptu happy hour, and decide it is high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they have lost through the years
Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Mrs Joe Bradshaw, a forty-two year old mother of two grown children, feels trapped in the mundane routine of her daily life. She dreams of travel, adventure, and of drinking wine in a country where the grape is grown. When offered a chance of a fortnight's holiday in Greece, though filled with trepidation, she seizes the opportunity. The story is told with warmth, humour, great insight and humanity.
Wednesday, May 15th, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Courtenay Little Theatre
Newlywed Hedda Gabler has everything - a beautiful house, an adoring husband, a baby on the way - and wants none of it. When a former lover comes to town, she seizes the chance to change her life, but events quickly flow out of her control and lead towards a shocking climax. Henrik Ibsen's masterpiece, Hedda Gabler, has been performed worldwide since its premier in 1891. Courtenay Little Theatre's production employs Judith Thompson's 2017 adaptation and sets the play in Vancouver in 1963.
Thursday, May 16th, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
Portal Players Dramatic Society
Sisters is a tough, uncompromising look at a convent-run First Nations residential school. While the play chronicles in graphic detail the now well documented agenda of cultural genocide, which motivated the establishment of Native residential schools in Canada, the daring triumph of this play is that it reveals the far less well documented cultural infrastructures and values of the society which created those schools - the Church and the State of white, colonial and paternalist Canada.
Friday, May 17th, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
LOVE, LOSS & WHAT I WORE
Hair of the Dog Productions
Just as a song on the radio or a certain scent can evoke powerful memories, fashion choices can bring to mind important life events and beloved characters. The five women in this play invite us into the stories of their lives and those of their mothers, friends and loved ones by remembering the clothes they wore. Based on the best-selling book by Ilene Beckerman.
Saturday, May 18th, 2019 @ 7:30 PM
The Diary of Anne Frank
Nanaimo Theatre Group
In this powerful and gritty new adaptation of a well-known play, Anne emerges from history a true-to-life, lyrical and intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life, and the changing horror of her time, with astonishing honesty, wit and determination. This impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed attic captures the truly claustrophobic realities of their daily existence - their fear, their hope, their laughter and their grief. Lest we forget.