Music and lyrics by: Lucy Simon, book by Marsha Norman.
Based on the book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Director - Jennifer Kelly
Musical Director - Patrick Courtin
Show Dates - Feb. 13 - Mar 1, 2020

ECHO Players invite you to audition for the musical The Secret

Audition Requirements:
Prepare one musical theatre song and a one minute monologue.
Please bring a backing track or sheet music. Acappella is not preferred.
There are over 22 roles including 4 children ages (10-13) and possibly 2 youth (ages 15-18).

Auditions will be held at Hilliers Rehearsal Hall – off Highway #4 - #6 – 3125 Van Horne Rd on
the following days:

  • Tuesday, May 21st, 6 - 9pm
  • Thursday, May 23rd, 6 - 9pm
  • Sunday, May 26th, 10am - 2pm
  • Monday, May 27th, 6-8pm (Call Backs) at the Qualicum Commons Library

  • To book an audition time and obtain an audition form, audition information
    and the script for review, please contact the Producer: Judi Andrews at jbba@shaw.ca or 250-248-5201.



    by Barbara Robinson
    Director - Ashlee Sales
    Show Dates - Dec. 12-29, 2019

    ECHO Players invites you to audition for this year’s Christmas Play, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. We are looking for youth, families, and adult actors of all levels of experience.

    Auditions will be held at Hilliers Rehearsal Hall – off Highway #4 - #6- 3125 Van Horne Rd on:

  • Friday, May 24th 6-8:30pm
  • Saturday, May 25th, 2-5pm
  • Tuesday, May 28th, 6-8:30pm (Call backs)

  • To book an audition time, please contact our producers, Judi and Mike Andrews at jbba@shaw.ca or 250-248-5201



    The Board of Directors for E.C.H.O. Theatre has established a new policy to address a few incidents occuring during performances involving young children:

    ECHO Players requires all patrons to hold a ticket for a performance and in consideration for actors and other patrons, babes in arms or children under the age of (3) are not permitted in the theatre.  Children older than three (3) should be able to sit quietly in their own seats throughout a performance.  If you are in doubt about bringing a child to any production, please ask before purchasing a ticket.  Also, please be aware that if you bring a child to a performance and that child creates disturbances, you may be asked to leave the theatre.

    Your understanding and co-operation is appreciated.



    The Echo Players Board of Directors is very excited to announce that our 2019-2020 season has been finalized. You are all invited to come to the Village Theatre on March 25th at 7pm for sneak preview of the plays in our new season.

    The plays are: 
    Grace & Glorie by Tom Ziegler
    Director: Kelly Barnum

    The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
    Director: Ashlee Sales

    The Secret Garden by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman
    Director: Jennifer Kelly 

    Yesteryear by Joanna McClelland Glass
    Director: Stephen Torrence
    ** This will be our festival play

    The upstairs lounge will be open for a meet and greet with the Directors following the presentations.  
    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Ron Stoltz
    Chair , Artistic Director Committee



    As we all know, it takes many people to put a production onto the stage at the Village Theatre. We see the actors on stage, of course, and we are aware of the roles of director, producer, stage managers, technical folks, the props group, costume people, make-up and hair wizards, etc. We also see the many members who work at the Box Office and in Front of House to serve our audiences. It has often been said that it may take as many as 75 or more members to mount one of our productions ...

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    The Playreading committee is looking for additional members.  If anyone is interested or would like more information, please contact Rose Knabb (dock.cafe@shaw.ca)

    The Terms of Reference follow:
    Terms of Reference
    Membership: Membership on the Committee will be limited to 7 members. The appointment of members shall be done by the Artistic Direction Committee. (ADC)
    (See Appendix 1 Appointment of Members attached.)
    Term: All members will serve two year terms. Four members will be appointed in even number years; and three members will be appointed in odd number years.
    Members of the PRC shall be limited to a maximum of two continuous terms.
    All members should be provided with these terms of references.
    Chairperson: The Chairperson will be elected by the committee through a vote. The Chairperson will also serve on the Artistic Direction Committee.
    Reporting Structure: The Play-Reading Committee shall be a sub-committee of the Artistic Direction Committee. . The Committee, through their Chair who also sits on the ADC, will make regular reports to the Artistic Direction Committee.
    Meeting Times: Once a month on a regular basis. Minutes to be taken.ADC communication issues will be a formal agenda item
    To provide a forum for exchange of ideas about the widest possible range of plays.
    To suggest plays that will be within the mandate communicated by the Board of Directors on an annual basis. These include:

    (a)the cost
    (b)the practicality of the staging
    (c)the limits of the talent available
    (d)the availability of qualified directors
    (e)audience appeal.

    To suggest plays on a continuing basis and well in advance of the following year to facilitate the ADC’s decision making. A short list ofeight recommended plays shall be forwarded to the ADC by April 30th each year.
    To suggest plays that will give a challenge to actors and directors and a varied selection for both.
    To maintain in the script library a file of script analysis forms to be available for directors.
    To organize playreading evenings for the wider club membership either as audience or participants.

    Appendix 1
    Appointment of Members

    (1)Through the newletter, website, announcement at the AGM and personal contacts, interested people will be invited to submit a letter of interest to the Chair of the Artistic Direction Committee. (ADC) stating their theatre experience and what skills they would bring to the committee.
    (2)The Chair of the ADC along with the Chair of the PRC will vet these letters of interest and make recommendations to the ADC committee as a whole. Current list of the PRC will be given to the ECHO board for information.
    (3)The chair of the PRC shall retain a copy of the membership of the PRC and shall assign terms of office immediately.
    (4)A copy of the current list of PRC members and their existing terms of office shall be made available to the ADC.

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    Best ProductionTerezin – Nanaimo District Secondary School Dance Company
    Best Director     - Brian Mather – Courtenay Little Theatre
     - Certificate of Merit – Tracks - Jessica Kelly – ECHO Players Youth Group, QB
    Best Original ScriptTerezin – Kelly Barnum - Nanaimo Secondary School   Dance Company
    Best Female Actor in a Lead Role – Kerry Campbell – ECHO Players 
     - Certificate of Merit – Karen Golden – Hair of the Dog Productions
    Best Male Actor in a Lead Role – Gordon McInnis – Yellow Point Drama Group
    Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Eileen Pope – Geri Actors – Qualicum Beach
    Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role
      - Certificate of Merit - Hayden Ledingham – Courtenay Little Theatre
                                         -Svein Tor Groaten – ECHO Players
    Best EnsembleTracks – ECHO Players Youth Group – QB
    Best Set Design
     -Certificate of Merit - Jay Crowder – Courtenay Little Theatre

    The Vancouver Island Juried One Act Play Festival Committee wish to thank all participating groups, for your hard and wonderful work on your productions! We are proud of the creativity and talent showcased at the festival. A special thank you to our sponsor Thrifty Foods and ECHO Players. Take a bow, festival chair Margaret Jenkins and team for ensuring the success of the event.

    ECHO Players Youth Group - Tracks - Cast&Crew

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    Annual General Meeting

    The Annual General Meeting of the ECHO Players Society was held on Thursday August 30th at 7pm at the Village Theatre.

    Read and Download the President's Report (PDF) here ...

    Meet our new Board for 2018 - 19:

    President - Rose Knabb
    Vice President - Mike Andrews
    Secretary - Anne Drozd
    Treasurer - John Stuart
    Directors At large (serving a 2 year term)
    Jennifer Kelly
    Ron Stoltz
    Stephen Torrence
    (Serving for another year)
    Margaret Jenkins
    Jim Windsor
    Sue Murguly


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    Mainstage 2018 Awards List

    Theatre BC Mainstage 2018 Results, Vernon BC
    Adjudicator: Stephen Drover

    Best Production sponsored by RBC Dominion Securities:
    Calendar Girls, Powerhouse Theatrical Society, Okanagan Zone

    Burnaby Award sponsored by Langley Players Drama Club:
    Blackbird, Stage North Theatre Society, Peace River Zone

    Best Director sponsored by Nanaimo Theatre Group:
    Tanya Laing Gahr, Powerhouse Theatrical Society, Okanagan Zone

    Best Actress sponsored by Home Building Centre:
    Beth Devolder, E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone

    Best Actor sponsored by TBC Okanagan Zone:
    Julian Ratz, Williams Lake Studio Theatre, Central Interior Zone

    Best Supporting Actress sponsored by Sun Life Insurance:
    Claire Lindsay, Between Shifts Theatre, North Shore Zone

    Best Supporting Actor sponsored by TBC Central Interior Zone:
    Barry Goodsell, Powerhouse Theatrical Society, Okanagan Zone

    Best Ensemble sponsored by Courtenay Little Theatre:
    Halo, Malone Hanson, Breanne Poole, Syndney Gazso, Graysen Braun, Hailey Hanson, Caylen Braun, Yiorgos Sahamis, Erica Revin, Abigail Colibaba, Johathon Woyke, Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, Fraser Valley Zone

    Best Lighting Design sponsored by Christie Lites Sales:
    The Best Brothers, Donald Willer, Marianne Brorup Weston, Terrace Little Theatre, Skeena Zone

    Best Sound Design sponsored by Kal Tire:
    No Exit, Graham Coates, Theatre in the Country, Fraser Valley Zone

    Best Set Design sponsored by Powerhouse Theatrical Society:
    Hand to God, Sheryl-Lynn Lewis, Jamie Regier, Williams Lake Studio Theatre, Central Interior Zone

    Best Set Decorating/Properties sponsored by BC Drama Association Theatre BC:
    Blackbird, Bronwyn Hall, Dennis Szalai, Stage North Theatre Society, Peace River Zone

    Best Costume Design sponsored by Doug Perri & Norman White:
    Collected Stories, Jane Still, E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone

    Bill Elliott Award Best Performance by Youth or Novice sponsored by TBC North Shore Zone:
    Graysen Braun, Chilliwack School of Performing Arts, Fraser Valley Zone

    Darrell Philips Workshop Award sponsored by Theatre Kelowna Society:
    Mary’s Wedding, Stage North Theatre Society, Peace River Zone

    Backstage Cooperation Award sponsored by TBC North Island Zone:
    E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone

    Best Graphic Design, Awarded by Sproing: Amanda Homeniuk, Heath Fletcher

    • Program: Ronan Lannuzel, Collected Stories, E.C.H.O. Players Society, North Island Zone
    • Brochure: Linda Hampshire, Courtenay Little Theatre Society, North Island Zone
    • Poster: Melanie Iddon,Love Letters,Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, Fraser Valley Zone
    • Most Creative Product: Melanie Iddon, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Emerald Pig Theatrical Society, Fraser Valley Zone


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    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!

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