TheatreWorks’ latest production, Threads of Change, travelled to Port Alberni for the North Island Zone Drama Festival last month.
Much to the delight of the 27 cast members and five crew, Threads of Change walked away with the honour of Best Production runner-up, placing after Nanaimo’s Bus Stop which swept most of the main categories. There were a total of seven plays entered from all over the North Island.
Kymme Patrick, the artistic director of TheatreWorks and author of the script, was also honoured with receiving the Donna Lamb award, recognizing significant contributions to community theatre.
Patrick wrote the play to challenge and showcase some of the young women who have been working with her and taking classes for years.
Set in 1911 New York, the story revolves around immigrant female workers who fought and struck for better working conditions in the garment industry.
TheatreWorks also received various Certificates of Merit. Sharon Pridham was recognized for her musical direction, Patrick for best original script and the whole crew and cast for backstage organization.
And to top off the awards gala evening, two young performers, Madalyn Rissling and Justin Robertson, were recognized as emerging youth actors.
Honourable Mentions included Nancy Parker for wigs, Susan Wharram for costumes, Ross Stephanson for set design, and Courtney Sales and Lynn Hodge for supporting actress.