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7 STORIES – Gander’s Cluade House will direct the Avion Players’ rendition of Calgary-born Morris Panych’s play 7 Stories in this year’s Provincial Drama Festival in Grand Falls-Windsor, April 23-30. The group will debut the production for local audiences this Friday and Saturday at the Joseph R. Smallwood Arts and Culture Centre in Gander.

Long success

According to Mr. House, the Avion Players, who have been around since 1954, have not missed many provincial drama festivals, which this year will be held at the Gordon Pinsent Centre for the Arts in Grand Falls-Windsor on April 23-30, and has experienced much success.

In 2010, under the direction of Michele Dove, the Avion Players performed Ray Cooney’s Caught in the Net, and brought back four awards, including the coveted Newfoundland Herald Audience Appreciation Award. This award is presented based on the opinions of those who were able to attend all performances at the festival. Bert Peddle, for his portrayal of Stanley, received the Honourary Chairman's Award for best actor; Mr. House and Nick Mercer won the Hans Tode Memorial Trophy for best set design; and the Stage Managers' Award went to Jennifer Stanley. Shawn Tiller received an honourable mention for his work alongside Mr. Peddle.

Mr. House said all these people are back, so he is expecting another entertaining show — one which he said could change from performance to performance.

“This is live theatre after all, and who knows what could happen.” Claude House

“This is live theatre after all, and who knows what could happen.”

The Avion Players will be on stage at the festival on April 27, with preceding nightly performances by the host Northcliffe Drama Club of Grand Falls-Windsor (The Stubborn Lover), Off-Broadway Players of Corner Brook (True West), Bay Theatre of Stephenville (Jenny’s House of Joy), and Northern Lights Theatre Company of Labrador West (The Cripple of Inishmaan).

Following the Avion Players, the festival concludes with plays the next three evenings, respectively, from the Mokami Players of Happy Valley-Goose Bay (If We Are Women), Carol Players of Labrador City (Rabbit Hole), and Beothuck Street Players of St. John’s (Scorched).

Awards will be presented following the event’s final performance on April 30.


Organizations: Avion Players, Claude House, The Man Gordon Pinsent Centre Stage Managers Northcliffe Drama Club of Grand Falls-Windsor Bay Theatre of Stephenville House of Joy Northern Lights Theatre Company of Labrador West

Geographic location: Gander, Calgary, Grand Falls Corner Brook Happy Valley Goose Bay Labrador

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