2008 Spring Festival

2008 Full-Length Festival

March 31, 2008
Adjudicator - Brian Van Norman
The 2008 Festival was a travelling festival; the Awards Brunch was hosted by Peterborough Theatre Guild

Domino Theatre, Kingston
"Habitat" by Judith Thompson
Directed by Penny Nash 
Peterborough Theatre Guild
"Proof" by David Auburn
Directed by Al Tye 

Adjudicator Brian Van Norman has been employed over 35 years in a variety of venues within the theatre community. As well as being an educator, he has worked with school, university, amateur and professional companies serving variously as director, writer, producer and designer. A popular and experienced adjudicator due to his constructive, positive style, Brian has adjudicated literally hundreds of plays through the past ten years. He has adjudicated for the Sears Ontario Drama Festival on multiple occasions at District and Regional levels, for the Western Ontario Drama League, Association of Community Theatres - Central Ontario (GTA), the Eastern Ontario Drama League and for the Theatre Ontario 2007 Festival. Brian also authored the Guidelines for Adjudicators document for the Sears Ontario Drama Festival. Brian has served on the Board of Theatre Ontario and is a member of Theatre Ontario's Professional Talent Bank. When not adjudicating, writing, or directing, Brian conducts a variety of highly sought after theatre workshops in acting, directing and design, as well as play polishing. Brian taught "Director's Bootcamp" for the Theatre Ontario Summer Courses at Brock University. The range of Brian's work runs the gamut of theatrical styles in the over two hundred productions he has directed. He has worked in drama, dance and film. His projects have appeared in a number of professional venues including the Stratford Festival, the Arts Club Theatre in New York, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Grand Theatre in London, Theatre & Company, the Waterloo Stage and Next Level Theatre in the Waterloo Region and Theatre Muskoka, as well as in numerous amateur and educational venues. Brian has also acted...once. He played the dead guy.

Adjudicator's Festival Report

Armagh Sifton-Price Award: Adjudicator Award for Technical Contribution

Peterborough Theatre Guild - "Proof"
Ray Houle

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Arnold Connerty Award: Adjudicator Award

Domino Theatre - "Habitat"
Will Britton

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Bancroft Theatre Guild Award: For Acting Excellence

Domino Theatre - "Habitat"
Nicholas Arnold as Sparkle

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City of Pembroke Trophy: Adjudicator Award

Domino Theatre - "Habitat"
Leigh Ann Bellamy as Raine

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Deep River Players Award: Best Visual Presentation

Domino Theatre - "Habitat"

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John L. Walley Award: Best Costuming

Peterborough Theatre Guild - "Proof"
Gwen Hope and Daphne Crozier

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Kingston Trophy: Best Production of a Canadian Play

No Canadian play presented

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Leonard Beaulne Memorial Trophy: Best Actor in a Major Role

Domino Theatre - "Habitat"
Glen Piper as Lewis

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Leonard Beaulne Memorial Trophy: Best Actress in a Major Role

Peterborough Theatre Guild - "Proof"
Laura Bjorgan as Catherine

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Margaret White Award: For Acting Excellence

Peterborough Theatre Guild - "Proof"
Scott Drummond as Hal

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Peterborough Theatre Guild Award: Best Use of Speech

Peterborough Theatre Guild - "Proof"
Tom Quinn as Robert

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Peterborough Theatre Guild Award: Set Design

Peterborough Theatre Guild - "Proof"
Al Tye and Howard Berry

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Ron Hazelgrove Award: Best Cameo Performance

This award was not presented this year

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Thérèse May Memorial Award: Outstanding Student

This award was not presnted this year

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Trentonian and Tri-County Award: Best Director

Domino Theatre - "Habitat"
Penny Nash

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Leslie M. Frost Award: Best Production

Peterborough Theatre Guild - "Proof"

Updated:  27 March 2015