Flashback to 2005, when the residents of Tumbler Ridge were invited to attend the debut pairing of the youth drama group and a few adults who had kindly come on board for a presentation of ?Tale of the Glass Slipper?. That was when the Grizzly Valley Players drama troupe (GVP) was born.
The Grizzly Valley Players today have doubled in number and taken on several productions a year. Humourous shows have been their calling, but this year a new side of the acting company emerges. They will be taking their production of ?The Forgotten House? to the Peace River Zone Festival, in Fort St. John on May 16th of this year.
The Zone, as it is commonly called, is a regional theatre competition that takes place annually, rotating in the involved communities. GVP enters the festival for the first time, representing Tumbler Ridge and joining Hudson?s Hope, Dawson Creek, Fort St John and Chetwynd. Theatre BC, the provincial theatre parent group, developed this and other regional theatre festivals.
Depending on what happens at the Peace River Zone regarding awards, if GVP wins ?Best Production?, they are offered a chance to take their play to ?Mainstage?, also under the auspice of Theatre BC. Mainstage is also moved around the province from year to year, usually remaining in the lower mainland. This year it will take place in Maple Ridge, BC from July 3-10, 2009.
As well as the brass ring of attending Mainstage, the accolades of the regional festival competitions are everything from Best Lighting to Best Costumes to best Actor, Supporting Actor, etc. Almost like the Academy Awards. The winners of Best production are given the opportunity to have the regional competition adjudicator spend time with the drama group to help improve their production, in time for Mainstage.
GVP is slated to perform ?The Forgotten House?, an original script written and directed by Erin Hanna on Saturday, May 16th in Fort St. John for the competition and again on May 30/31 in Tumbler Ridge for a full dinner theatre and matinee the next day.
Also ahead for the acting company, is the ever-changing production of Monkman Musings throughout the summer. There have been discussions on taking the production on tour to the areas outside of Tumbler Ridge who also shared in the Monkman journey.
Following that, two actors from our community will attend the BC Senior Games with director in tow, to perform a one-act play in Richmond in September. The play, ? A Little Something for the Ducks? will be performed by Jean Pawlucki and Larry White.
The fall will be extremely busy with TR Time Travel 4 and the tradition of Rocky Horror at Halloween. Applause, applause for the little theatre group that could. They have come a long way since their first production of ?Tale of the Glass Slipper?.