North Island Zone Festival Results

 Tonight was a huge success for ECHO Players, winning 6 awards in all-

Best Production - Collected Stories – ECHO Players
Runner-up Production - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)-Portal Players
Best Director-Sheila Bowman – NTG
Best Male Lead-Elliot Drew – Portal Players – Port Alberni
Best Female Lead-Sherri McLean – NTG
Best Male Supporting Actor – Jon Faris – River City – Campbell River
Best Female Supporting Actress – Laura Buechler – NTG
Best Set Design – ECHO Players – George Murguly
Best Costume Design – ECHO Players – Jane Still
Best Lighting Design – Diena Tyne – Portal Players
Best Sound Design – Sherri McLean – NTG
Best Ensemble Acting - ECHO Players – Beth DeVolder, Jennifer Kelly
Best Backstage Coordination - ECHO Players
Best Youth-Ami McFarlane – NTG
Best Fight Coordination – Courtenay Little Theatre
Best Newcomers-Mitch Cote – Portal Players, Susan Wydenes – River City
Best  Properties - ECHO Players – Tricia Brown
Donna Lamb Award – Sheila Coultish

Guess we’re off to Vernon for June 29th! Congratulations, everyone!

Audition Notice-Secound Chances, Musical

Original book, lyrics by David Jewell. Music by David Jewell and Nico Rhodes
Show Dates-Feb 14 – Mar 3, 2019
Director-Jennifer Kelly.  
Synopsis-Second Chances is thrilled to make its debut for the upcoming ECHO 2018-19 season. It is a story written by local playwright David Jewell with music by David and talented musical director/composer Nico Rhodes. Inspired by a conversation between the author and a homeless man, Second Chances is a tale that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit in trying circumstances. The setting is New York City, 1955. An Off Broadway theatre struggles with only two weeks until the opening night of their production Ole Louisiana. However, the arrival of a mysterious stranger sets in motion a series of unpredictable events. Second Chances follows the tradition of musicals from the golden era. It is a captivating story embracing drama, comedy and romance that is sure to thrill audiences.

Characters-Michael-Age 40-50 (playwright and director);
 Alice-Age 16-25 (ingénue); 
Lacey & Ruth
-Age 16-25 (chorus members);
 Sally-Age 30-50 (choreographer);
 Rodger-Age 25-35 (leading man); 
-Age 55-70 (wardrobe mistress and dresser);
Boo-(Wanda’s assistant and props manager); 
-Age 60-75 (Irish stage manager); 
-Age 50-60-(celebrated actress); 
-Age 50-60 (Producer); 
Barney-Age 45-65 (career criminal); 
-Age 40-55 (Barney’s partner in crime); 
-Age 40-60 (former Broadway star); 
Marlow-Age 50-70 (millionaire); 
-Age 40-55 (critic)

Audition Requirements-One prepared musical theatre song showing your vocal range and a one minute monologue.  Please wear comfortable shoes in case you are asked to dance.
Audition Dates-June 10 &11 5:30 – 9:30pm – Call backs June 17th 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location- Qualicum Beach School of Dance 744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach.

TO BOOK AUDITION DATE AND TIME contact Sue Murguly (producer) at smurguly@telus.net


Audition Notice - Peter Pan - A Musical

Book, music & lyrics by Piers Chater-Robinson
Adapted by Julian Packer
Based on the novel by JM Barrie
Show dates-December 11-30, 2018 Director-Julian Packer - Music Director-Carol Fetherston – Choreographer-Shelley Weaver

The delightful story of childhood, fantasy, and staying young and daring set to a lively musical score. Guaranteed to charm and satisfy all audiences young and young at heart.

Thursday, June 14 – 6-9
Friday, June 15 - 6-9
Saturday, June 16 – 12-4
Shelley Road Centre – 186 Shelley Rd. Parksville
Callbacks-Saturday, June 23 – 1-4
#6 – 3125 Van Horne Rd. – off Highway 4 to Port Alberni

20-30 cast members required – many young people and adults of all ages

For scripts and audition forms, please contact-Judi Andrews – 250-248-5201 or jbba@shaw.ca


Audition Notice - Enchanted April

October 11th to October 28th at The Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach.

A romantic comedy by Matthew Barber.

ECHO Players invite new and experienced actors to the following auditions-Thursday May 24th, 7pm to 9 pm, Sunday May 27th, 1 pm to 4 pm
and Tuesday May 29th from 7 pm to 9pm. 
All auditions will be held at the ECHO Players Hilliers location.


5 woman ages 25 to mid 60’s. One older woman must speak Italian or be able to learn Italian dialogue.
3 men ages 25 to 50

Once cast there will be a read through in July with rehearsals starting in August at the Hilliers location.

For further information or a script call Wendy Punter at 250-586-0192 or e-mail shrimpgirl@shaw.ca.


Want to Get Involved in the Theatre?

Do you have experience directing plays?   Are you looking to get involved with a theatre group on Vancouver Island?   ECHO Players, a thriving amateur theatre company located at the Village Theatre in beautiful downtown Qualicum Beach, is looking to expand its Director’s list.    

ECHO Players has a strong Board of Directors who ensure that the club is managed in a fiscally-responsible fashion with care given to the safety of audiences and members alike.   Our productions are supported by an enthusiastic group of volunteers who contribute a wide array of talents.  From experienced stage managers and producers to capable set, lighting and sound designers, our community theatre group works hard  to support directors and their casts.    Our creative costume people work from an impressive wardrobe and we have great props, set construction and set decorating teams.  

Our Season is comprised of four productions (October, December, February, and April).   We also annually host a 1-Act Play Festival in November. 

If you are interested in more information and/or would like your name included on our email list for our annual invitation to submit a play to direct, please email me