The Prince George Theatre Workshop scored big at last weekend’s Central Interior Zone Drama Festival in Williams Lake. Taking home first place in four of the festival’s categories, the cast and crew of Prelude to a Kiss is now getting ready for the provincial competition later this summer in Penticton.
“We were up against some really talented groups. But we have a fabulously strong cast and a committed group of people,” said a jubilant Michael Armstrong, following the competition.
At last weekend’s competition, the Prince George production of Prelude to a Kiss won awards for best production, Prince George Theatre Workshop; best director, Michael Armstrong; best actor, David Quast; and best actress, Katherine Trepanier.
“I’ve been doing community theatre for 30 years now and there are probably only two or three plays I’ve been involved with that have such a strong community connection. These people were there to work and to work hard, but they love the work and they find it’s rewarding work.”
Armstrong said the play itself is very strong in terms of characters and storyline. It’s also an approachable piece and the director is thrilled it has been chosen to open the provincial competition in Penticton on Friday, July 4.
“It will be a very strong opening piece,” said Armstrong.
“The wonderful thing about it is that it’s really middle-of-the-road, accessible theatre that is entertaining. But it also has a message.”
The next few weeks will include some hectic construction undertakings by the group, with a totally new set having to be built. Since Prelude’s February performances at the Prince George Playhouse, the set has been dismantled.
And, the set used in the competition in Williams Lake is not large enough to fill the competition stage in Penticton.
“We have to build an entirely new set,” he said. “For Williams Lake we had a reduced size set, and now we have to go back up to full size.
“We’ll also go back over all the scenes, just for practice and maybe explore some of the play’s features more completely.”
The group is looking for some sponsorship support to help them take the show on the road to Penticton, with Prelude producer Kim Royle taking on the fundraising role.
If you can assist with the project, give Kim a call at 563-5477.
Plans are also underway to give Prince George audiences another opportunity to see Prelude to a Kiss before the cast takes it to the provincial theatre competition.