Want to Get Involved in the Theatre?

Do you have experience directing plays?   Are you looking to get involved with a theatre group on Vancouver Island?   ECHO Players, a thriving amateur theatre company located at the Village Theatre in beautiful downtown Qualicum Beach, is looking to expand its Director’s list.    

ECHO Players has a strong Board of Directors who ensure that the club is managed in a fiscally-responsible fashion with care given to the safety of audiences and members alike.   Our productions are supported by an enthusiastic group of volunteers who contribute a wide array of talents.  From experienced stage managers and producers to capable set, lighting and sound designers, our community theatre group works hard  to support directors and their casts.    Our creative costume people work from an impressive wardrobe and we have great props, set construction and set decorating teams.  

Our Season is comprised of four productions (October, December, February, and April).   We also annually host a 1-Act Play Festival in November. 

If you are interested in more information and/or would like your name included on our email list for our annual invitation to submit a play to direct, please email me


Opportunity to Get Involved in Planning our Season

The ECHO Artistic Direction Committee (ADC) is currently looking for new members to join our creative team.

The main duty of this Committee is to review play submissions for the upcoming season, put together a season and then propose the season to the Board of Directors for consideration. The ADC also provides assistance for productions in progress and helps organize workshops for the general membership.

This is a two year appointment and the ADC meets monthly between September 1st  and August 31st.

If you feel this committee might be a good fit for your past and/or present experiences, please submit a letter outlining your involvement in theatre.    You can drop it off at the Village Theatre, 110 Second Avenue, Qualicum Beach; or e-mail it to .   On the subject line, write  Attention:  ECHO President, Rose Knabb.

All applications will be acknowledged and successful applicants will be notified no later than March 31st.

One Act Play Festival 2017 Results:

The 2017 Vancouver Island One Act Play Festival winners are listed below. Congratulations to all on a very successful festival.

Best Ensemble - Emotional Baggage - Nanaimo District Secondary School

Best Male Actors:

- Barry Baker - Rappaport Revisited - Short Circuit Theatre
- Ted Girard - Rappaport Revisited - Short Circuit Theatre
- Ross Stephenson - One Strike, Two Brothers - Theatre Works Performing Arts
- Tony Arnold - One Strike, Two Brothers - Theatre Works for Performing Arts

Best Female Actor - Judi Hipkin - Incident at Twilight - Whistling Fish Productions

Best Supporting Actor - Gerry Fraser - Is It Lunch Yet? - The Geri-Actor Players

Best Supporting Female Actor - Cindy Nadine Solda - The Actor's Nightmare - Portal Players

Original Script - One Strike, Two Brothers - Kymme Patrick - Theatre Works for Performing Arts

Best Director - Pink - Jennifer Kelly - ECHO Players

Best Play - Actor's Nightmare - Portal Players Dramatic Society - Port Alberni

Certificates - Promising Actors:

- Michael Standley - sister Mary Ignatius Explains It all For You - Portal Players
- Justin Robertson, AJ Deveaux'Godenez - One Strike, Two Brothers - Theatre Works
- Imogen Brown, Hope Kelly Myre - Pink - ECHO Players

Halloween 2017:

A great time was had by those welcoming trick or treaters at the Theatre on Halloween Night. They had a ball handing out close to 600 candies and oranges to the many visitors.

Halloween at the Theatre 2017
Halloween at the Theatre 2017


Board Expresses Sincere Appreciation

The Board of ECHO Players Society hereby expresses its sincere appreciation to Phil Copple, Wayne Keller, Rick Lardner, Don Punter, Frank Sutcliffe and Fred Knabb for their stellar work in transporting the ECHO Players Arts Fund Mural from Coombs and installing it and the ECHO Players logo on the wall of the Village Theatre. The Board is well aware of the tremendous amount of work involved in this endeavour and is delighted with the result. Well done.

Mural Unveiling:

Support the R.C.H.O. Players Heritage MuralOur much anticipated mural is soon to be unveiled on Canada Day for our Sesquicentennial. So many people dedicating their energy and hard work to this project has made this day finally come to fruition. Here is the schedule for July 1st:

  • 9:15 – 9:45 am Van Walraven from Dueling Pianos will perform.
  • 9:45 am Town Crier Len Mustard will introduce ECHO Players President Ken McCready, Qualicum Beach Mayor, Tuenis Westbroek and David Goatley, the mural artist.
  • 10:00 am Mural will be unveiled - PQB News will be there to cover the event as will Don Emerson, our photographer. Some of the actors whose images are depicted on the mural will be in attendance in costume. Don't miss this amazing event, a proud moment and memories for ECHO Players.

North Island Zone Festival Results - 2017

Best Backstage Coordination: Theatreworks
Best Ensemble Acting: Theatreworks
Best Sound Design: Theatreworks
Best Lighting Design: Theatreworks
Best Costume Design: Rivercity Players, Campbell River
Best Set Design: Jay Crowder, Courtenay Little Theatre
Best Supporting Actress: Dana Mowbray, Nanaimo Theatre Group
Best Supporting Actor: Ross Stephanson, Theatreworks
Best Actress: Vicki Barta, ECHO Players
Best Actor: Wes Buckle, Courtenay Little Theatre
Best Director: Catherine Hannon, Courtenay Little Theatre
Runner Up for Best Production: Toronto Mississippi, Nanaimo Theatre Group
Best Production and Mainstage Entry for NIZ: The Drawer Boy, Courtenay Little Theatre
Donna Lamb Award: Peter Wienold, President of Theatre BC.

Congratulations to Vicki Barta - ECHO Players:

Awarded Best Actress in this years NIZ Festival for her role as Theresa in Marion Bridge. When three daughters go home to Cape Breton, they must confront not only their dying mother, but also the lives they have come to lead. Each in their own way attempts to sort out the emptiness and loneliness that has come to rule her day-to-day life.  The ideas of what they wanted to be and what their mother wanted them to be is all the more torturous as the daughters begin to finally understand what they are and why they are that way.  Marion Bridge is the humorous and touching story by Daniel MacIvor that demonstrates the absolute power of realization and how it heals as much as it harms.