For the second year in a row, the Peterborough Theatre Guild has won the top prize at the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) annual spring festival.
The company's production of Born Yesterday won Best Production along with three other awards at EODL's awards brunch in Cobourg on Sunday, April 12th, 2015.
Born Yesterday, written by Garson Kanin and first performed on Broadway in 1946, was directed by Pat Maitland and Ian Burns and starred David Adams, Mark Paton, Kellie McKenty, Chuck Vollmar, Mark Gray, Wyatt Lamoureux, Audrey Bain, Chris Lee, Anika Spasov, Dave Robertson, and Glennis Desrochers.
In addition to the "Best Production" Award, Born Yesterday won three other EODL awards; "Best Visual Presentation", "Acting Excellence, Male"(for Wyatt Lamoureux in the role of lawyer Ed Devery), and "Best Actress in a Leading Role"(for Kellie McKenty in the role of Billie Dawn).
The Peterborough Theatre Guild was in competition with six other theatre companies in Eastern Ontario. The plays were adjudicated in their home theatres by Bea Quarrie of Peterborough.
As the "Best Production" winner, the Peterborough Theatre Guild will now represent EODL at Theatre Ontario's province-wide competition from May 13th to 17th at the Oshawa Little Theatre. The guild will present Born Yesterday at the competition on Friday, May 15th.
The Peterborough Theatre Guild took home three awards for their production of "The Beauty Queen of Leenane". Alex Saul won the Theatre Sarnia award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Major Role; PTG won the Quonta Drama League Adjudicator's Award for Risk Taking; and the coveted overall award "The Elsie" for 밄est Production" was won by "The Beauty Queen of Leenane".
The Theatre Ontario Drama Festival 2014, hosted by Theatre Sarnia, was held May 14th to 17th at the Imperial Theatre in downtown Sarnia. The Festival showcased the best of the best of community theatre in Ontario. The four districts each chose a production to represent them at the Festival.
Peterborough Theatre Guild (PTG) represented the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL). PTG had presented "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" in Peterborough February 21st to March 8th after months of hard work from cast and crew. Jerry Allen directed the wonderful cast of Patricia Young, Alex Saul, Luke Foster and Scott Drummond, well supported by a large backstage crew. The production was entered in the EODL Festival to represent the Peterborough Theatre Guild and was adjudicated in the home theatre by Chris Worsnop on March 6th. It won the award for Best Production at an awards banquet in Picton on April 6th.
This led to many more hours of rehearsals and some changes. On May 15th a very skilled crew of veteran festival participants tore down the set and packed it along with props, costumes, makeup, wigs, lighting and sound equipment into a truck and headed out for Sarnia. At 7:00 am on Saturday morning they unloaded the set at the Imperial Theatre and reconstructed it on the stage. A set that took weeks to build in the PTG basement was built in 2 ?hours and ready for lighting and sound by Technical Designer Andy Duncan and overseen by Stage Manager Beth Needham. Meanwhile, the costumes, makeup and props were organized and the actors prepared for a rehearsal. At 8:00 pm the lights came up and the show went off without a hitch.
The other shows in the Festival were "Doubt" by John Patrick presented by Theatre Kent (Western Ontario Drama League), "Lenin's Embalmers" by Vern Thiessen presented by the Curtain Club Theatre (ACT-CO), and "Glengarry Glen Ross" by David Mamet presented by Gateway Theatre (QUONTA). Each had one day of the festival that was completely dedicated to them. They experienced the adrenaline rush and tension of pulling it all together in an unfamiliar building, finding out that you left something back home, and wondering what the adjudicator would think of your show.
The plays were adjudicated by Peterborough's Bea Quarrie. She had a very difficult job with four expertly produced plays. Every one of these productions gave the audience something to think about and inspired them to examine various flaws in society. Each evoked intense emotions and initiated discussions and that is what live theatre is all about.
The Peterborough Theatre Guild was nominated for an Adjudicator Award for Ensemble Production, Patricia Young and Alex Saul for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Major Role, Luke Foster for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Supporting Role, Scott Drummond for Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Major Role, the entire Production for the Best Visual and Jerry Allen for Outstanding Director. In the end the Peterborough Theatre Guild took home three awards. Alex Saul won the Theatre Sarnia award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in a Major Role. PTG won the Quonta Drama League Adjudicator's Award for Risk Taking. The coveted overall award "The Elsie" for 밄est Production" was also won by "The Beauty Queen of Leenane".
Needless to say, the group represented the Peterborough Theatre Guild, the City of Peterborough and the Eastern Ontario Drama League well and made us all proud. None of it would have been possible without the dedicated hours of work by the Production Manager, Jill Adams who ensured that everything ran smoothly at each phase. Congratulations and Thank You to the entire team!
This May the PTG was recognized at the EODL Full Length Play Festival for their production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, directed by Jerry Allen.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane cast and crew will travel to Sarnia to compete in the Theatre Ontario Festival later in May, and are presenting their play two more times at The Guild in Peterborough, May 12th and 13th at 8:00 pm. There is no reserved seating for these 2 performances. Admission is by donation of $10 or whatever you can give.
The 2013 Eastern Ontario Drama League Full Length Festival was a travelling festival with Dennis Johnson as the adjudicator. Nine productions were entered. The Peterborough Theatre Guild's entry was The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Whinfield and directed by Ray Henderson.
The PTG production was awarded the Deep River Players Award for Best Visual Presentation. The award was presented by Barbara Kobolak from the EODL executive and was accepted by Jennifer Sek.
The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) also received three honourable mentions for:
Peterborough Theatre Guild Award: Set Design: Ian Burns,
John L. Walley Award: Best Costuming: Jennifer Sek
Bancroft Theatre Guild Award for Acting Excellence: Luke Foster for performing many be-wigged, vomiting leading ladies.
The Theatre Night in Merrickville production of Having Hope at Home was awarded the Leslie M. Frost Award for the best production and will represent the EODL at the Theatre Ontario Festival in Kingston May 15 - 19, 2013.
For a complete list of entries and awards visit www.eodl.org/full-length_2013.htm
In November the PTG received three awards at the 2013 Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) One Act Play Festival for their production of A Candle on the Table by Patricia Clapp, directed by Beth McMaster.
The Peterborough Theatre Guild swept the awards handed out today (Sunday) at the Eastern Ontario Drama League's full length play festival held in Ottawa.
The premiere production of "The Mouse House", written by Peterborough's Robert Ainsworth, captured 10 of 16 awards, including Best Production, Best Director (Ainsworth), Best Actor (Shared by Jack Roe and Matthew Finlan), Acting Excellence (Terry Novak), and Best Cameo (Cheryl Lyon).
The festival, which ran from Tuesday to Saturday last week, featured plays from five communities in Eastern Ontario. The other entries were:
"The Mouse House" will represent the Eastern Ontario Drama League in the Theatre Ontario Festival next month (May 16-20) in Sault Ste. Marie, competing against three other productions from across the province.
Theatre Ontario Festival Awards are presented to Ontario's best community theatre productions. At the Theatre Ontario Festival 2012 held in Sault Ste. Marie from May 16 to 20, 2012, the PTG production of the "The Mouse House" won 7 awards including The Elsie For Outstanding Festival Production.
See the complete Theatre Ontario Festival 2012 results.
Peterborough Theatre Guild's production of the one-act play, "House" written by Daniel MacIvor and directed by Bea Quarrie, won 2 Awards at the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) One Act Play Festival. The PTG awards were:
Director, Bea Quarrie was nominated for the Academy of Theatre Foundation Award for Best Director.
The annual EODL One Act Play Festival was held this past weekend, November 11-13, 2011 in Perth, Ontario. Nine (9) One-Act Plays were presented by Community Theatre groups from across Eastern Ontario. Groups came from Ottawa, Almonte, Perth, Kemptville, Merrickville, Haliburton and Peterborough. Through this Festival, participating theatres have an opportunity to meet other people who are passionate about theatre and to share ideas and learn new skills.
The cast and crew presented "House" at the Peterborough Theatre Guild earlier in November and then packed up props, set, costumes, cast and crew to travel to Perth on Saturday.
Each group puts their set on stage and rehearses for one hour in the afternoon. When it is their turn to perform, they have 10 minutes to put their set on the stage and 5 minutes to tear it down after their performance. All nine (9) plays did an amazing job.
The Adjudicator this year was Chris Worsnop who has directed plays, written scripts, worked as a play polisher, presented workshops and organized and hosted festivals. As an adjudicator he has worked at various levels in the Sears Festival, the Meadowvale Music Theatre Festival, a previous One-act Eastern Ontario Festival in 2008 and Theatre Ontario Festival in 2009.
On Sunday April 3, 2011 the Peterborough Theatre Guild hosted the Awards brunch at Baker뭩 Hill Banquet Hall. At the brunch the PTG production of ART garnered three awards
This past weekend (November 12th to 14th) , in Ottawa Ontario, 9 One Act Plays were presented by Community Theatre groups from across Eastern Ontario. Groups came from Ottawa, Almonte, Perth, Kemptville, Cornwall, Trenton and Peterborough. This was the annual Eastern Ontario Drama League One Act Play Festival. Through this Festival, the participating groups have an opportunity to meet other people who are passionate about theatre and to share ideas and learn new skills. The Peterborough Theatre Guild was well represented by "This Is A Play". This play was written by Daniel MacIvor and was directed by Amy Cummings. The cast and crew presented the play at the Peterborough Theatre Guild the last week of October and then packed up props, set, costumes and cast and crew to head to Ottawa on Saturday. The groups put their set on stage and rehearse for one hour in the afternoon. When it is their turn to perform, they have 10 minutes to put their set on the stage and 5 minutes to tear it down after their performance. All 9 plays should be congratulated on a job well done.
On Sunday there is an Awards Brunch. The Adjudicator this year was Laurel Smith who is a producer, director, playwright, adjudicator, teacher and performer with a BA (Music), an MBA (Arts and Media Administration), an MA (Theatre) as well as theatre training at the Banff School of Fine Arts and the Drama Studio in London, England. She had a tough job at this festival.
This is a Play won 2 Awards at the EODL One Act Play Festival. The PTG awards were:
The Peterborough Theatre Guild is very proud of its two winners. They are both young people who show great promise in the Theatre arts. Avery is a grade 7 student at Kenner Intermediate school who shows a flare for props, set crew and lighting. Rowan demonstrated a technical talent with his design of a digital projection on stage of his father as composer. Amy Cummings creative vision as a new director skillfully pulled everything together gaining her a nomination for the Helen R. McGregor award for Most Promising New Director. Pat Maitland, now a veteran at the PTG also received a nomination for the Mae Carmichael Award for Acting. The Peterborough Theatre Guild thanks the entire cast and crew for representing the Guild so well.
The PTG production of Marion Bridge received 3 awards and 2 nominations at the 2010 EODL Full Length Festival which took place at the Peterbourgh Theatre Guild, March 24-28, 2010.
During the weekend of November 13th to 15th in Perth Ontario, nine One-Act Plays were presented by Community Theatre groups from across Eastern Ontario. Groups came from Perth, Ottawa, Manotick, Kemptville, Cornwall and Peterborough. This was the annual Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival. Through this Festival, the participating groups have an opportunity to meet other people who are passionate about theatre and to share ideas and learn new skills. The Peterborough Theatre Guild was well represented by 밠rs. C. You뭭e Got A Lovely Scar? This play was written and directed by area resident and PTG member, Keith Smith. The cast and crew presented the play at the Peterborough Theatre Guild the last week of October and then packed up props, set, costumes and cast and crew to head to Perth on Saturday. The groups put their set on stage and rehearse for one hour in the afternoon. When it is their turn to perform, they have 10 minutes to put their set on the stage and 5 minutes to tear it down after their performance. All nine plays should be congratulated on a job well done.
On Sunday there is an Awards Brunch. The adjudicator this year was John Lazarus who is a playwright, screenwriter and a teacher at Queen's University. He had a tough job at this festival. He congratulated the groups for the fact that six of the nine plays were Canadian and three of the six were written by members of the presenting Company.