Students Take Centre Stage at the 4th Annual Sears British Columbia Drama Festival

 Students Take Centre Stage at the 4th Annual Sears British Columbia Drama  Festival  Keep Calm and Break a Leg  VANCOUVER, April 30, 2014 /CNW/ - The stage is set for another exciting  Provincial Showcase of the Sears British Columbia Drama Festival.  Organized  by the Association of British Columbia Drama Educators (ABCDE) and sponsored  by Sears Canada, more than 1,000 students and teachers from 50 secondary  schools across BC participated in Zone Festivals during the last six months  and some of the outstanding productions will be performed from May 1-4 at  Douglas College in New Westminster.  "Sears Canada is proud to be the title sponsor of this world renowned youth  theatre festival," said Doug Campbell, President and CEO, Sears Canada.  "We  believe that participating in after-school arts programs helps students learn  important life-skills and build core values that will stay with them no matter  what career path they follow."  The BC Festival is part of a trio of youth drama festivals, including the  Sears Ontario Drama Festival, celebrating its 68(th) season, and the Sears  Atlantic Drama Festival, celebrating its fourth season.  The Sears Drama  Festivals are part of the Company's commitment to supporting the healthy  development of Canadian youth, in particular after-school enrichment programs,  which also include Boys &Girls Clubs of Canada, 4-H, Scouts Canada and Girl  Guides of Canada.  The province of British Columbia is divided into Drama Festival Zones, and  each Zone organizes its own festival and an adjudicator chooses an outstanding  production to be the representative production which then may be invited to  attend the Provincial Festival.  During the four-day Provincial Festival,  students receive professional guidance through expert adjudication and have  the opportunity to work with theatre professionals in special workshops.  "The Sears Drama Festival is a well established national youth program,  enjoyed by thousands of students from across Canada and admired as a model for  student involvement in theatre," said Wayne Fairhead, Executive Director,  Sears Drama Festivals.  "Our three festivals continue to grow in participant  numbers each year, and I anticipate continued growth in the quality and  variety of productions as well."  The public is invited to attend the plays this weekend, and tickets can be  purchased for only $10 for an evening of theatre at  www.searsbritishcolumbiadramafestival.com.  About Sears Canada  Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network that includes 176  corporate stores, 234 Hometown stores, over 1,400 catalogue and online  merchandise pick-up locations, 97 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide repair  and service network. The Company also publishes Canada's most extensive  general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at www.sears.ca.    SOURCE  Sears Canada Inc.  Contact for Media:  Alicia Richler Sears Canada, Corporate Communications 416-941-4423  arichle@sears.ca  Wayne Fairhead Executive Director Sears Drama Festivals 416 593-9609  waynefairhead@hotmail.com  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2014/30/c5857.html  CO: Sears Canada Inc. ST: British Columbia NI: RET * FIN  
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