Who are we?
ECHO Players has been presenting live community theatre on the Village Theatre stage for more than 45 years! Community and connection is what we’re all about.
Our group is made up of more than 240 dedicated members from all walks of life. Many of the ECHO “Players” spend countless hours volunteering both on stage and behind the scenes each season.
We produce four Mainstage shows per season. Additionally, we host the Vancouver Island Juried One-Act Play festival every November along with other fundraising events.
ECHO Players is a member of Theatre BC and participates in the Annual North Island Zone Festival. We have received many awards over the years both at the Zone Festivals and Mainstage Festivals.
Our original group was founded in 1934 as the E.C.H.O. Playmakers (the initials standing for “Errington, Coombs, Hilliers and Others”, as members were drawn from all the neighboring districts).
The group disbanded during the Second World War and, during the fifties and sixties, members dispersed among a number of other local groups but came together in the founding of the Mid-Island Drama Festival that ran from 1947 to 1958. In 1974 the present group was formed under the name ECHO Players, and we have been operating continuously since then.
The Village Theatre in Qualicum Beach was originally built in 1949 as a movie theatre and was purchased by ECHO Players in 1974 for $37,000 – a large amount of money for a small group to raise in those days.
It was then converted into a working theatre, with major renovations required including the building of a stage, acquiring second hand seating, renovating washrooms and creating dressing rooms, all of which was undertaken by members themselves and many volunteers from the community.
The group worked hard to have the theatre completed by a deadline of March 31, 1975 when they hosted one of the largest North Island Zone Festivals ever with nineteen one-act plays presented over eight nights.
+ Echo Players Board of Directors
President: Rose Knabb
Vice President: Mike Andrews
Secretary: Lynne Walker
Treasurer: Anne Drozd
Past President: Ken McCready
Directors: Ron Stoltz, Margaret Jenkins, Stephen Torrence, Kevin Hill-Tout, Jim Windsor, Jennifer Kelly
+ Committee Chairs
Artistic Direction Commitee: Vacant
Play Reading Committee: Helen Margaret Randall
Education: Jennifer Kelly
Publicity: Sue Murguly
Costume: Pam McCready & Lucy Churchill
Concession/Group Bookings: Tricia Browne
Phone: Lucy Churchill
Script Librarian: Jan Taggert
Social: Margaret Jenkins
Technical: Ken McCready
Theatre Management: Alistair McVey
Health & Safety: Alistair McVey
The Bugle Newsletter: Kerry Campbell
Theatre BC/NIZ: Lesley McVey
Set Coordination & Hilliers: Phil Copple & Don Punter
Props Coordinator: Judi Andrews
Membership: Tricia Browne
Website: Ben Rosnau
One Act Play Festival: Margaret Jenkins
Bar Management: Janet Taggart
Archivist: Eileen Butts
ECHO Players Arts Fund: Joe Martin
+ Honorary Life Members