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.


Audition Notice - Christmas Express

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by Pat Cook

Director: Mari-Lyn Kelly    
Production Dates:  December 14 – 31st (3 matinees, Dec 17, 26 and 31st)
Audition Location:  MacMillan Arts Center, 133 McMillan St, Parksville 
Audition Dates:      Monday, June 26th at 6:30pm        
No previous experience necessary; come on out and discover the joys of being a part of community theatre!  Auditions will consist of scenes from the script provided by the director. 

For more information, contact Susan Warner at 250-248-7060 or rootswings@shaw.ca or Rose Knabb at dock.cafe@shaw.ca  

The Christmas Express is full of puns, one-liners, funny situations and nutty characters set in the town of Holly, which is sorely in need of some Christmas spirit.  A stranger comes to town bringing surprises, and ultimately, hope to one and all. 

The Character List:  
 5 women, 5 men, ages 20ish – 70ish

Hilda – a rather grumpy manager of the town railroad station.  She has a quick wit and despite her cynical nature has a good sense of humour.  She is a lovable grouch, never mean.   
Satch – Hilda’s assistant.  He has an optimistic and simple attitude about life    
Maggie – A mail carrier with a quick wit, funny retorts, and a kind spirit.    
Penelope – the editor of the town newspaper, always looking for a story.   She is not very tactful, says what she thinks but has a good heart.  She takes her job very seriously but is not very good at it. 
Myrna – the secretary at the town hall.   She is determined that everyone should be involved in the community and have a great time.  She is a very cheerful spirit. 
Donna Fay Cummings – A stubborn newlywed who is finding her assumptions about her new husband aren’t always correct.  She is very emotional and her feelings are easily hurt. 
Jerry Cummings – Donna’s equally stubborn husband, a small town guy, a little slow.   He is well-meaning, but doesn’t understand his wife.   He is often out of his depth. 
Deborah Smith – (small role) – a slightly haggard woman who comes to retrieve her mentally unstable father. 
Leo – A jolly, light-hearted pixi-ish senior citizen 
Mr. Fairfax – A sour man, very business-like.  He is in the same age range as Leo. 


Audition Notice - Hilda's Yard

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Hilda's Yard
October 12th – 29th, 2017
A comedy by Norm Foster
Directed by Kelly Barnum

Date of Auditions:
Sunday May 28th – 1:00 – 4:00pm
Monday May 29th – 7:00 – 9:00pm
Wednesday, May 31st – 7:00 – 9:00pm (call backs) 

Auditions to be held at:
ECHO Players Hilliers location, #6, 3125 Van Horne Road

We are looking for 3 men and 3 women.
 Hilda Fluck                                                 50 – 60 years old
Sam Fluck, her husband                            50 – 60 years old
Gary Fluck, their son                                  30 – 40 years old
Janey Fluck, their daughter                       25 – 35 years old
Bobbie Jakes, a trombone player              25 – 35 years old
Beverly Woytowich, a bookie                    35 – 45 years old

This is a delightful comedy set in the 1950s about a couple who, looking forward to the start of their peaceful empty nesting, suddenly have to deal with their kids returning home with all their baggage....!

You are encouraged to prepare a contemporary comedic monologue up to a minute in length,  and we will also have copies of the play that you can read in advance for the scene readings.

For further information please call:
Kelly Barnum (Director) (250) 740-1346 KBarnum@sd68.bc.ca
or Lesley McVey (producer) 250-752-1980 lmcvey47@telus.net 


Audition Notice - Hay Fever:

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Feb. 15th – Mar. 4th. 2018
A comedy by Noel Coward
Directed by Michael Armstrong

Date of Auditions:
       Monday, May 1st, 7:00 pm
       Tuesday, May 2nd, 7:00 pm

Auditions to be held at:
110 West 2nd Ave., Qualicum Beach
Rehearsals will start in November 

5 females – 1 - maybe early 60’s
                 2 – 19 – mid 20’s
                 1 – 35 – 55
                 1 – 60 – 75
4 males – 1 – mid to late 60’s
               2 – early – mid 20’s
               1 – 40 – 55

Ages given are those of the characters and not necessarily the actors. For more information or to obtain a copy of the script, please contact Judi Andrews at 250-248-5201 or jbba@shaw.ca


Audition Notice - My Old Lady:

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By Israel Horovitz
Produced by ECHO Players
Directed by Lynne Carrow & Sue Murguly

Production Dates: April 19 – May 6, 2018
NOTE: My Old Lady is ECHO Players Theatre BC Festival entry, to be held in Nanaimo in May, 2018.

To schedule an audition please contact producer Valerie Axford at vgaxford@telus.net

AUDITION LOCATION: MacMillan Arts Center, 133 McMillan St, Parksville, BC
Saturday June 17, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm - Studio
Tuesday June 20, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm – Studio

Auditions will consist of scenes from the script provided by the directors.

CHARACTERS: 1 Male, 2 Females

MATHIAS “JIM” GOLD (Male - plays 50 - 60): A down-on-his luck, 3 times divorced New Yorker.

MATHILDE GIRARD (French woman – plays 90’s): A grande dame, still beautiful, still going strong.

CHLOE GIRARD (French woman – plays 50 - 60) Chloe is Mathilde’s middle-aged, strong willed and outspoken daughter. She lives with her mother.

NOTE: All actors speak some French on stage. Mathias speaks it badly, while Chloe and Mathilde, both born in Paris, speak perfect French and excellent English (with a French accent). Familiarity with French would be an asset, but is not required.


My Old Lady, a contemporary play, is the portrait of a middle aged, down-on-his-luck New Yorker who empties his bank account for a ticket to Paris to claim - and sell - the large apartment he just inherited from his distant father. In Paris he encounters an arcane French law prohibiting him from immediately selling the apartment, which is currently inhabited by an elderly Parisian woman and her middle-aged daughter. Personal revelations - comic, poignant, dramatic, romantic - ensue…..


Results of the One Act Play Festival:

Best Play – Coal Town Remembered – Theatre Works, Courtenay
Best Original Script – Coal Town Remembered – Theatre Works, Courtenay
Best Female Actor in a Lead Role – Belle Warner – The Girl in the Gallery – E.C.H.O. Players, Qualicum Beach
Best Male Actor in a Lead Role – Ross Stephenson – Coal Town Remembered – Theatre Works, Courtenay
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Reghan Geddes – Siriously – Portal Players Dramatic Society, Port Alberni
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role – Alex Hunter – Complaint Department and Lemonade – KSS Drama Dept., Qualicum Beach
Honourable Mention – Geoff Noble – Claret and Amber – E.C.H.O.  Players, Qualicum Beach
Best Ensemble – Coal Town Remembered – Theatre Works, Courtenay
Honourable Mention – Complaint Department and Lemonade – KSS Drama Dept., Qualicum Beach
Special Award: Committee dedication and work – Wendy Punter

Early Bird Draw Contest Winner Announced!

Winner of the Early Bird Draw Contest


Anyone who purchased or renewed their season tickets by August 15th were included in a draw for overnight accommodation at the Chateau Victoria and a $100.00 gift certificate for dinner. The winner is Juanita Sahl who was presented with her gift certificate by Ken McCready, President of E.C.H.O. Theatre.

Qualicum Beach Family Days - 2016:


These photos were taken at QB Family Day. The Theatre did its best to entertain and get some of the children involved.

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E.C.H.O. Players Arts Fund

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North Island Zone Festival - 2016

The Cast and Crew of A Dolls House are delighted to announce that last night at the TBC North Island Zone 2016 Festival in Campbell River the following Awards were made by the Adjudicator, Kathryn Shaw, to E.C.H.O. Players production of 

A Dolls House :
Jennifer Kelly  -  Best Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role
Steve Hill - Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Kerry Campbell - Honourable Mention for Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Sue Murguly - Honourable Mention for Director
Celia Wesselman - Honourable Mention for Costume Design
A Dolls House - Honourable Mention for Production

Congratulations to all involved - Kathryn remarked that there was a very high standard from all participating groups this year - she also commented how on how great it was to see the wide range of ages in our production from the youngest to eldest and all in between!!

Alistair McVey

E.C.H.O. Players now 40 years in Village Theatre of Qualicum Beach

Forty years ago to the month, E.C.H.O. Players decided to buy an old, unused movie theatre in Qualicum Beach and transform it into the company's permanent home and performance space. However, that process wasn't entirely smooth sailing. (Full Story)