Valley actor takes top provincial award

Marinus Vesseur of the Mercury Players’ production, Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun, carried off the Best Actor award.

Marinus Vesseur of the Mercury Players’ production, Kiss the Moon, Kiss the Sun, carried off the Best Actor award at Theatre BC’s Mainstage awards in Kamloops recently.

He expressed his appreciation to supporters after the announcement with a post on Facebook, saying, “Thanks everyone. I’m still digesting the enormous amount of information we received through the workshops and adjudications and winning the award, which was hoped for but not expected, against all the odds.”

Vesseur posted all during the competition, which is an annual celebration of community theatre from across the province, talking about the variety of plays they were all watching.

After the Mercury’s own show, he said, “Wow! What a night that was. After building set for most of the afternoon until practically the last minute, we had a bit of a shaky start, with lines missed, pictures falling off the wall, that sort of thing, but then our second wind set in and we brought this play to a brilliant finish. Brean, Rose, Bruce, Alex and myself — all performances worked out great, so in the end we got a spontaneous standing ovation anyway. I heard that so far there’s been only one other show that had a standing ovation. A job well done, guys. Thanks also to Greg and Bethany for being such reliable help.”

After the announcement, a huge group of friends chimed in to congratulate Vesseur on his accomplishment.

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