Farewell Stage West Theatre Festival 2008 -2016


From 2008 -2016, this was the website for the Stage West Theatre Festival. The festival founders said goodbye after the 2016 season, but the site has been archived for use in Professor Duane Reed's Internet Marketing course. This archive is part of the required reading for both the IM course and for Elaine Cashon's History of Drama seminars. Will Defont recovered the content and images from archive.org. Will is a well respected coder best known for making fashionable designer cubic zirconia rings a household word through the promotional efforts he achieved while marketing director for a small jewelry business. Marga Wi handled the research and prepared the syllabus for the course. Student may obtain the entire reading list from Prof. Reed's office, or by logging into their course accounts and using the Zendesk app.
The content below is from the site's archived pages and stands as a tribute to the hard work and wonderful productions that were put on year after year.
Your audience will miss you.



Important Message from Stage West Theatre Festival

We started Stage West Theatre Festival in the summer of 2008. During that season, we performed three shows over three weekends in July, and started to carve out a niche in the Corner Brook arts scene. That little festival started by a small group of friends who wanted to bring quality theatre to the City of Corner Brook over the summer months grew to a festival that produced seven shows over two months this past summer.

For eight years, we have had the incredible privilege of working with some of the most talented people in Corner Brook. From actors, to technicians, to musicians, to visual artists and designers, the level of dedication and commitment that everyone brought to our little festival has been both overwhelming and humbling. Because of them, we were able to bring to life productions such as The 39 Steps, West Moon, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Nunsense...and so many more. We will never be able to thank them enough.

Likewise, the amount of support that we have received from businesses and individuals has been heartwarming. Despite tough economic times they believed in us and supported us. Without them, we never would have been able to bring the shows to the stage. We are indebted to them. A big thank you as well to all three levels of government - the various MPs, MHAs, and City Council members that have worked with Stage West over the last eight seasons.

Over the course of eight years things change. Life takes you in different directions and makes demands on your time. Organizing a theatre festival is demanding and time consuming. We have decided that now is the time to bring Stage West Theatre Festival to an end and to see what else lies ahead. We are very proud of what we've accomplished. These past eight years have brought memories that will last a lifetime.

We have always felt proud to live in such a rich artistic community like Corner Brook. Corner Brook has consistently punched above its weight in terms of the provincial arts scene—theatre, music, dance, visual art… this little town does it all and does it well. Please continue to support the arts. They are too important to take for granted.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Mike Payne
Stephen Perchard
Jordan Stringer



ABOUT Circa 2016

A few years ago, some friends got together to plan a summer theatre festival for Corner Brook. The result was Stage West Theatre Festival. Now entering its eighth season, Stage West Theatre Festival has itself to be a well-rounded, vibrant,community theatre experience.

Mike Payne , Stephen Perchard, and Jordan Stringer


Mike Payne, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director
Stephen Perchard, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director
Jordan Stringer, Co-Artistic Director
Troy Turner, Co-Founder

Contact Info
Stage West Theatre Festival
181 Humber Road
Corner Brook, NL  A2H 1H2
Phone: (709).638.-.4622
Fax: (709).634.-.4212



2016 Season





Corner Brook Ghost Walk by Jerry Etienne & Pamela Gill
Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays until August 30

Join Corner Brook resident Jacob Bradbury as he takes us on a scenic, and haunted, hike through Corner Brook ​ - weather permitting​. The Corner Brook Ghost Walk will introduce you to stories you may never have heard about Corner Brook's past...and maybe scare you just a little!​ (This is an outdoor show...please bring comfortable walking shoes and a flashlight)​​. The show will start at 8:20 at the O'Connell Centre.

The Corner Brook Ghost Walk is made possible by a grant from the City of Corner Brook.

Featuring Jacob Bradbury
Directed by Steve Perchard


A Fine Tyme
July 2, 8, 12, 17, 21, 25, 29

Join some of Corner Brook's finest as we present some of the best traditional music that celebrates our history and culture. This year will also feature a special tribute to WW1.

Featuring Andrea Hamilton, Alycia Hamyln, Chelsea Marks, Sandy Wiseman-Yates,​ Mike Payne, and Thomas Pender​
Directed by Mike Payne, Musical Direction by Darlene Steeves​


Little Stage West by Wendy Vey
July 6, 10, 13, 20, 24, 27

This year our family show takes a Newfoundland spin on two beloved classics - Goldilocks, and the Princess & the Pea.T​his fun family show will play at the Majestic Lawn on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons at 2pm, weather permitting. Admission is free!

Featuring ​Helena Paddle, Maria Park, Julia Quinton, and Thomas Pender
Directed by Wendy Vey



Soldier's Heart by David French
July 1 (CB Legion), 7, 11, 13, 20, 27​

July 1, 1916 is one of the most important days in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador. A generation of our finest men were lost that day at the Battle of the Somme. This year, Stage West is honoured to present Soldier's Heart by David French which tells the story of two men who survived the battle and the cost paid for coming home. Soldier's Heart is made possible through a generous grant from Honour 100. Soldier's Heart will also be playing at the Deer Lake Legion and the Stephenville Legion this summer. Join us for a free performance on Friday, July 1 at the Corner Brook Royal Canadian Legion.
**Warning: Contains mature language and content that some may find offensive

Featuring Christian House, Mike Payne, and Jordan Stringer
Directed by Steve Perchard


Jewel by Joan MacLeod
July 4, 6, 10, 15, 18, 24

The Ocean Ranger tragedy is an event we must never forget. Jewel, a touching and heartwarming play about love, loss, grief and moving on, tells the story for one woman's perspective. Don't miss this moving play.
**Warning: Contains mature language and content that some may find offensive

Featuring Toshon Dawe
Directed by Joanne Martin


A Night in the Theatre by Lawrence Casler
July 19, 26, 28, 30​

Two couples attend a production of Hamlet and, in doing so, drive away other members of the audience with their incessant talking, inappropriate applause and cellophane candy unwrapping. A Night in the Theatre provides a look at why everyone should enjoy the theatre but, perhaps, not everyone should attend.
** Warning: Contains mature language and content that some may find offensive

Featuring Emma Anderson, Joanne Martin, Ken Jacobsen, and Jordan Stringer.
Directed by Danny Maloney​


Ruthless! Book and Lyrics by Joel Paley Music by Marvin Laird
July 9, 14, 16, 22, 23

The Stage Mother of all musicals! Eight-year-old Tina Denmark knows she was born to play Pippi Longstocking, and she will do anything to win the part in her school musical...anything! A laugh out loud dark comedy, Ruthless! will make you see stage mothers in a whole new light!
** Warning: Contains mature language and content that some may find offensive

Featuring Louise Gauthier, Chelsea Marks, Mai Lan Nguyen, Julia Quinton, ​Jenna Eveleigh, Ken Jacobsen.
Directed by Steve Perchard; Musical Direction by Cindy Kawaja


Majestic Lawn shows start at 2 pm - Ghost Walk starts at 8:20 pm - All other shows start at 8 pm
$22 per show* - Season pass $80
*Except Ghost Walk ($10) - All Majestic Lawn shows are free of charge

Tickets may be purchase online or in person at

5 Park Street
(709) 630 - 0012



2016 Season


Haunting trail of tales to continue throughout August
The Western Star - July 12, 2016

Dawe bringing one-person show to life for Stage West
The Western Star - July 4, 2016


2015 Season

Huxter stars in Stage West Theatre Festival production of 'Oleanna'
The Western Star - July 20, 2015

Community theatre festival growing with every season: co-founder
The Western Star - July 11, 2015

Young actors excited for upcoming festival
The Western Star - June 30, 2015


2014 Season

Brotherly punk duo writes music for stage
The Western Star - July 12, 2014

Be Sure to See the Stage West Theatre Festival...
Keith Nicol Adventures - July 10, 2014

Wendy Vey a 'triple threat' for Stage West Theatre Festival
The Western Star - June 26, 2014

Stage West can't wait for summer season
The Western Star - May 5, 2014


2013 Season

Stage West closes West Moon tonight
CornerBrooker.com - July 17, 2013

Don't Miss the Stage West Theatre Festival...
Keith Nicol Adventures - July 13, 2013

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
CornerBrooker.com - July 8, 2013

Janice Spencer joins cast of "Charlie Brown"
The Western Star - July 6, 2013

Stage West Theatre Festival Season Five
CBC West Coast Morning Show Podcast - July 4, 2013

Stage West Theatre Festival opens with A Fine Tyme
CornerBrooker.com - July 4, 2013

Press Release - June 24, 2013

Press Release - April 23, 2013


2012 Season


Expanded Stage West deemed a success as final curtain nears
The Western Star - July 27, 2012

Jacob Thompson - Three Fishers (Stage West's A Fine Tyme)
CornerBrooker.com - July 25, 2012

Stage West continues with This is Dan and The Drawer Boy
CornerBrooker.com - July 24, 2012

Stage West Theatre Festival at the Halfway Point
CBC West Coast Morning Show Podcast - July 20, 2012

From Rising Tide to Stage West
The Western Star - July 18, 2012

Summer fun made locally
The Western Star - July 12, 2012

Stage West Theatre Festival creates fine theatre in Corner Brook
Keith Nicol Adventures - July 11, 2012

How many steps? 39!
CornerBrooker.com - July 11, 2012

Stage West Theatre Festival: July 3rd - August 1st 2012
The Lodges at Humber Valley Resort blog - July 5, 2012

Gary Moore's Arts Calendar
CBC West Coast Morning Show Podcast - June 29, 2012

Stage West preparing to open big 2012 season
CornerBrooker.com -  June 29, 2012

Press Release - June 27, 2012

Father-son duo making music together this summer
The Western Star - June 12, 2012

Press Release - May 22, 2012 

2011 Season

Stage West enters last weekend of 2011
CornerBrooker.com - July 20, 2011

The show must go on - Local actor suffers injury but finishes play 
The Western Star - July 18, 2011

Keith Nicol Adventures - July 17, 2011

Father and son take on mirror roles in “Soldier’s Heart”
The Western Star - July 7, 2011

Stage West opens with “A Fine Tyme” tonight
CornerBrooker.com - July 05, 2011

Press Release - June 29, 2011 

Press Release - June 14, 2011 

Press Release - May 2011 


2010 Season

Stage West Theatre Festival makes it’s triumphant return tonight!
CornerBrooker.com - July 20, 2010

Norah and Rudy: Wrong for Each Other
CornerBrooker.com - July 13, 2010

Stage West puts ART in the theatre
CornerBrooker.com - July 9, 2010

The Stage West Theatre Festival opens this Saturday!
CornerBrooker.com - July 2, 2010

Hennessey happy to bring Art to local stage this summer
The Western Star - June 30, 2010


2008 Season

Stage West Theatre Festival gearing up for big closing weekend
The Western Star - July 23, 2008

City theatre festival begins Saturday
The Western Star - July 3, 2008

New summer theatre event planned for city
The Western Star - June 6, 2008