June 2, 2016
You never know where you might get the chance to feast at the table of creativity.
It was so enjoyable to discover that the table was set and I just happened to be there to partake in “the feast” prepared by Solstice Theatre when I began to visit Pender Island to gather news for the Gulf Islands Driftwood.
It strikes me that the following piece reads sort of like a sports win results article. How refreshing to have one of these on the subject of the arts, or more specifically, on theatre.
Read on about the troupe’s success:
Gulf Islands Driftwood: Penders Edition
May 24, 2000
Theatre troupe takes top spot in 6
by Tanya Lester
Only Jimmy Dean could wrestle the spotlight away from Solstice Theatre’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) at Lake Cowichan last Saturday.
The Pender theatre company got the nod for top place in six categories at the BC Festival of Amateur Theatre in the southern island zone, which includes groups from the Gulf Islands, Victoria and other Vancouver Island communities.
“I would hire you in a minute,” the adjudicator told Sheila Jordan when he proclaimed her as best actress.
Others who won for the Anne-Marie Macdonald play, that spoofs Shakespeare and academia, were Kim Davis as best supporting actor, Steeve Larouche for best props, Sally Robinson for best costumes, and Jackie Main with Alex Wilson for best lighting and sound. The Penders’ production stage crew won best backstage coordination, too.
“I hadn’t seen them do it (Goodnight Desdemona) better,” said publicist Helen Lemon-Moore of Solstice’s Saturday night performance at Lake Cowichan.
The adjudicator was so impressed with the production that his critique almost turned into a workshop lasting two and a half hours, said Lemon-Moore.
The official workshop was awarded to a hometown group at the Lake Cowichan festival site.
Top production was the Kaatza Lackside Players Society’s version of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. The Lake Cowichan-based group now moves on to the main stage level of the Theatre B.C. competitions for amateurs in Ladner.
Lemon-Moore said Solstice Theatre won best production last year for playwright Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, with Jordan sharing an award for best director.
This year’s festival marks the third year in a row that Solstice has won awards. Lemon-Moore said the group is filled with enthusiasm that will no doubt spill over into future productions.
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