2008 One Act Play Festival, Theatre Night in Merrickville

November 7 - 9, 2008
Adjudicator - Chris Worsnop

Friday, November 7 Saturday, November 8 (afternoon) Saturday, November 8 (evening)
Theatre Night in Merrickville
The Donahue Sisters" by Geraldine Aron
Directed by Timothy Malloy 
Dundas County Players
"The Voice of the People" by Robertson Davies
Directed by Tony Glen 
Domino Theatre, Kingston
"Acting Crazy"* by Kevin Fox
Directed by Anne-Marie Pap 
Scene Around Players, Osgoode
"4 for the Road" by Jan Brown
Directed by Meredith Brophy 
Tara Players Theatre, Ottawa
Lovers and Losers"* by David Parry
Directed by Geoff Gruson 
Dundas County Players
"A Series of Unfortunate Murders" by Gordon Watts
Directed by Matthieu Doell  
Kemptville Players
"Reduced for Quick Sale" by Kent R. Brown
Directed by Barbara Stiles 
Ottawa Little Theatre
"Baking and Other Acts of Courage"* by Ellen Goldfinch
Directed by Brian Cano 
Peterborough Theatre Guild
"As Clouds Roll By"* by Cynthia Stabler
Directed by Cynthia Stabler 

* Denotes original play by local author

In his secret life, separate from his career as a curriculum specialist in Ontario public education, Adjudicator Chris Worsnop has been connected with communuity and student theatre for more than 50 years. He made his debut in a 1955 church youth club play in Blackpool, Lancashire. It is now forty some years since he played his first adult role with Ottawa's Phoenix Players. Chris has done almost everything theatrical in that time. He has played all kinds of roles on stage in both dramatic and musical productions. He has directed, written scripts, worked in numerous technical roles, presented play-polishing workshops, and organized and hosted festivals. He knows and understands community and student theatre from the inside. He has been invited to adjudicate at various levels of the Sears Drama Festival over the past twenty years, has adjudicated the Meadowvale Music Theatre Festival and the 2007/08 comedy category for the Association of Community Theatres - Central Ontario (ACT-CO). In 2006/07, he was the adjudicator for ACT-CO's drama category. He is the proud winner of two ACT-CO acting Thea awards, and has awards also from EODL and (somewhere) one from that 1955 performance in Blackpool. His academic qualifications include two undergraduate and two masters degrees, from Cambridge University, Ottawa University and Queen's University. In his adjudications, Chris enjoys developing a dialoque with the theatre practitioners to explore the triumphs and challenges of community and student theatre. He promotes his own community and student theatre roots to advocate a rigorous form of peer review.

Peterborough Examiner Award for Best Visual Production

Theatre Night in Merrickville - "The Donahue Sisters"
Bill Atkin, Andrea Howard and Maureen Overy 

Helen R McGregor Adjudicator's Award given for props

Ottawa Little Theatre - "Baking and Other Acts of Courage"

Peterborough Theatre Guild Adjudicator's Award given for all around theatre ability

Ottawa Little Theatre - "Baking and Other Acts of Courage"
Brian Cano

The Colin Mawson Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Student

Dundas County Players- "The Voice of the People"
Franziska Glenn as Myrtle

Nancy Chajkowski Memorial Award for Costume Design

Dundas County Players - "A Series of Unfortunate Murders"

Belleville Theatre Guild Acting Award

Domino Theatre - "Acting Crazy"
Sarah Beck as Heather, Siobhan & Allison

Mae Carmichael Award for Acting: Supporting Male Actor

Scene Around Players - "4 for the Road"
Isobel Eastman as Florence

Pauline Grant Award for Acting:Female Supporting Role

Tara Players -"Lovers : Losers"
Dale MacEachern as Andy Tracey

Nepean Little Theatre Acting Award: Leading Male or Female Role

Dundas County Players - "Voice of the People"
Tony Glen as Shorty Morton

Penny Arril Adjudicator's Award forbest overall technical and logistical move in and out

Dundas County Players - "The Voice of the People and A Series of Unfortunate Murders"

Academy Theatre Foundation Best Director

Tara Players - "Lovers : Losers"
David Parry

Ottawa Little Theatre Best Production

Dundas County Players - "The Voice of the People"

Brighton Barn Theatre People's Choice Award

Tara Players - "Lovers : Losers"

Updated:  27 March 2015