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Actors Workshop Theatre kicks off 2015-16 season

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Jessica Buchanan (Betty) inspects pieces of straw to determine which is longer held by Maddison Hartlett (Harriet) during a dress rehearsal for Back to Beulah on Oct. 5, 2015. Performed by Actors Workshop Theatre, the production runs Oct. 8-10 and 15-17. The story was written by Canadian playwright W.O. Mitchell.


TRU’s Actors Workshop Theatre kicks off another season with a provocative look at patient treatment at a mental health halfway house.

In W.O. Mitchell’s Back to Beulah, the tables are turned on a doctor when three of her patients take her hostage and take matters into their own hands.

The play runs Oct. 8-10 and 15-17 at the Black Box Theatre located in Old Main next to Starbucks. Shows start at 7:30 p.m., tickets are $14 and available at the box office, by phoning 250-377-6100, or online at

The production is directed by theatre faculty member Robin Nichol.


The rest of the 2015-16 season

The Mail Order Bride
Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-5
Directed by theatre faculty member Heidi Verway
Illuminating the struggle many Canadian settlers faced—finding a wife—this story plays with time, memory and grapples with loneliness, loss and redemption.

The Love of the Nightingale
Feb. 25-27, March 3-5
Directed by theatre faculty member Wes Eccleston
Betrayal, mutilation, revenge: all makings of a great Greek tragedy in this adaptation of Ovid’s ancient legend of King Tereus, Philomena, and her sister Procne.

The Directors Festival
Directed by senior directing students
Night A — April 4, 6, 8
Night B — April 5, 7, 9

Each night features several one act plays.

UREAP project tackles Kamloops’ bellwether distinction

Fourth year Bachelor of Arts student Steve O’Reilly completed his UREAP project, “The Significance of the Bellwether Distinction,” giving him insight into the upcoming federal election.

Deadline for the Fall UREAP competition is Oct. 15, 2015 at 4 p.m.

When offered the opportunity to develop his own research project, fourth-year Bachelor of Arts student Steve O’Reilly didn’t hesitate.

Supervised by political scientist Dr. Terry Kading, and Canadian historian Dr. Tina Block, O’Reilly embarked on his own Undergraduate Research Experience Award Program with a project titled: “The Significance of the Bellwether Distinction: A Historical Examination of Voting Behaviour in the Kamloops Region.” The project couldn’t be more timely what with the next federal election set for Oct. 19.

Having completed the independent research project in September, O’Reilly — who intends to pursue political history in graduate school — now has some unique insight into the upcoming federal election.

“This project has given me a much clearer understanding of one of the most important federal elections of our history,” he said, qualifying that there has never been a legitimate, three-way race, nor has there been another campaign that has lasted so long.

In O’Reilly’s final report, he states: “Kamloops electoral districts have voted for the winning party in virtually every provincial election,” but added that the region has been inconsistent in its voting preference at the federal level.

The project compares a series of federal and provincial elections, giving context to the results by exploring the key election issues in the region at the time. Specifically, O’Reilly explores the federal and provincial elections dating from 1986 to 2005. To complete the project, he spent the bulk of his time pouring over microfilm, analyzing newspapers from those time periods to gain a better understanding of the voter sentiment during the time.

O’Reilly noted that in every federal election since 2006, Kamloops voters have elected an MP from the party that went on to form government, and concluded: “The federal election of 2015 will likely help to confirm or deny whether the Kamloops region may have become a bellwether riding at the federal level.”

TRU board names psychiatry administrator as new chair, construction entrepreneur as vice

Dr. Paul Dagg, an accomplished administrator in psychiatric medicine, has been appointed chairperson of the Board of Governors for Thompson Rivers University. Jim Thomson, a Kamloops entrepreneur with 42 years experience in construction and development has been named its vice-chairman.

Board of Governors Chairperson Paul Dagg

Board of Governors Chairperson Paul Dagg

Dagg replaces Brian Ross as the new chair after serving as vice-chair since September 2013. He is currently Medical Director of Tertiary Mental Health at Interior Health’s Hillside Centre, a tertiary acute inpatient facility providing services throughout British Columbia. He also chairs the specialty committee in psychiatry of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and sits on the education committee which oversees all educational activities for the college.

Past roles with the Royal College have included serving as member and vice-chair of the examination board in psychiatry, and member of the accreditation committee where he became an experienced program surveyor for specialty medical programs in Canada. Dagg is also a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC, and was inducted as a member of the American College of Psychiatry in 2013.

Jim Thomson, CEO of Plainsman Construction Ltd., is the new vice-chair. An entrepreneurial success story, he started as an estimator with Plainsman before eventually becoming president and then buying the company in 1992. Thomson has served as president of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association, president of CHBA BC and Yukon, president of CHBA-Interior, chair and past-president of the New Home Warranty Program of BC and Yukon, and past chair of the Southern Interior Development Trust Initiative.

Each term is one year and may be renewed. The chair must be selected in September of each year.

Thomson joined the board in November 2014 and Dagg in November 2010.

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