Held annually, the BC Seniors Games offers a diversity of events not seen in any other games. Badminton, soccer, and other sports are complemented by bridge, one-act plays and other activities.
The competition is equally as fierce, however; and just as likely to make participants' hearts race.
"It was very exciting really," said Diane Gendron, member of Langley's Centre Stage Players which competed in the one-act play competition of the games held in Burnaby.
The troupe performed Love, Lies and In-betweens last Thursday, attending the medal ceremony on Friday. The play was written by local playwright, singer, songwriter, actor, and director Ron May.
"They said they were going to do it like the Oscars," Gendron noted. "We were all in the audience and called up."
The local group scored a medal in each category offered.
In best play, they took a silver medal. Gendron noted that she and fellow cast members Bev Pride, Dave Williams, Beebe Fleming, and Dan Tribe were delighted with the award.
Dan tribe won a bronze for best actor for his role of Ted, a slightly loony fellow.
Gendron took home the gold as best actress for her portrayal of the busybody neighbour Clara.
A solid feat considering she was up against 17 other women for the top spot.
"I phoned the playwright, Ron May," she said. "He was the first one I told [about winning the medal]. I waited till I got home to tell [my family]. I walked in with my medals dangling around my neck."
Director May and assistant directors Rae Purcell, Diane Giesbrecht, Mary Renvall, and Raymond Hatton took a bronze medal for best director.
May was also awarded a silver for best original play script.
Performed at the Langley Seniors' Centre earlier in the month, the play has been described as zany and fun.
Adjudicator in the Seniors Games competition, Mike Stack, even commented that, "it was a very clever script, a fun play."
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