2013 Spring Festival

2013 Full-Length Festival

Adjudicator - Dennis Johnson

The 2013 Spring Festival will be a travelling festival. The host for the awards banquet will be Belleville Theatre Guild to be held April 7, 2013.

Dennis Johnson is an educator and director with twenty-five years experience as an adjudicator. He holds an M.A. in Educational Drama and has studied theatre in Ontario, New York, and California. A wide-ranging teaching career includes Dramatic Arts teacher qualifications courses at U. of T. and Brock University, as well as a Circus Skills course at the Maggie Bassett Studio. Dennis has also been active in community theatre for over thirty years as an actor, director, producer and set designer for the Road Show Theatre, the Guelph Little Theatre, Royal City Musical Productions and Theatre Guelph. Recent directing credits include Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and Schoolhouse (by Leanna Brodie) at the River Run Centre in Guelph. Dennis Johnson has served on the Education and Summer Courses committees of Theatre Ontario. He worked for nine years on the executive of CODE [the Council of Drama in Education - Ontario’s professional association of drama teachers] three of them as President. Dennis also spent three years [2008-2011] as Community Theatre Coordinator for Theatre Ontario. As a director and actor, he has been on the “receiving end” of festival adjudications many times. Dennis has been associated with the Sears Ontario Drama Festival since 1970 as a director and festival coordinator, and has adjudicated at both the District and Regional levels. He has adjudicated for the Association of Community Theatres Central Ontario [ACT-CO] in all three categories – Comedy, Drama and Musical Theatre - and has twice been Preliminary Adjudicator for the Western Ontario Drama League [WODL]

Date of adjudication is in bold

Vagabond Theatre, Cornwall
"Sex Please We're Sixty" (Comedy) by Michael and Susan Parker
November 9, 10, 11 (1:30 pm),15, 16 and 17, 2012, in the Dream Builder Studios 
Lindsay Little Theatre
"According to Hoyle" (Comedic Drama) by William Gaminara
January 18, 19, 25 and 26 
Northumberland Players
"Bedroom Farce" (Comedy) by Alan Ayckbourn
January 18, 19, 20, 25,26, 27 - February 1, 2, 3, at the Best Western Inn, Cobourg 
Prince Edward Community Theatre, Picton
"Moon Over Buffalo" (Comedy) by Ken Ludwig
February 9 and 16 at 8:00 pm
and February 10 and 17 at 2:00 pm 
Belleville Theatre Guild
"Bedtime Stories" (Comedy) by Norm Foster
February 7 - 22 and 23 
Peterborough Theatre Guild
"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" (Comedy) by Jess Winfield, Adam Long and Daniel Singer
February 15 - March 2, Feb 23 
Domino Theatre, Kingston
"Enchanted April" (Drama) by Matthew Barber
March 7 - 23 
Ottawa Little Theatre
"Deathtrap" (Thriller) by Ira Levin
March 19 - April 6 
Theatre Night in Merrickville
"Having Hope at Home" (Canadian Comedy) by David S. Green
April 4 - 7  

Updated:  27 March 2015

Pictures taken by Greg Pinchin, Photographer 

City of Pembroke Trophy: Adjudicator Award for Most Effective Theatrical Moment
Presented by Cameron Gray

Domino Theatre, Kingston - "Enchanted April"
Jamie East as Mellersh Wilton for the bagnobooma scene

Honorable Mentions: Cast, Director and Crew of, Lindsay Little Theatre - "According to Hoyle" for perfectly staged Card Games and
John Collins, Director, and Dan DeMarbre (Actor) for the Lazarus moment, Ottawa Little Theatre "Deathtrap"

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Armagh Sifton-Price Award: Adjudicator Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement
(note from Adjudicator: It should be noted that this award was originally donated for Technical Achievement)
Presented by Andy Trasuk
Ottawa Little Theatre - "Deathtrap"

Honorable Mentions: Richard Lummiss for Sound Design, Belleville Theatre Guild - "Bedtime Stories" ,
Stuart Payne for Lighting Design, Domino Theatre Inc., Kingston - "Enchanted April" and
Peter Boire for the Soundscape, Theatre Night in Merrickville - "Having Hope at Home"

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Arnold Connerty Award: Adjudicator Award for Oustanding Beginner
Presented by Anne Mooney
Lindsay Little Theatre - "According to Hoyle"
Joe Kelly for his first ever acting role as Eddie

Honorable Mentions: Laurie McRae-Bingly for his first Directing assignment, Vagabond Theatre, Cornwall - "Sex Please We're Sixty" and
Elaine Winger for her first assignment as Producer, Northumberland Players - "Bedroom Farce"

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Peterborough Theatre Guild Award: Set Design
Presented by Lise Lindenburg and accepted by Leslee Argue
Northumberland Players, Cobourg - "Bedroom Farce"
Jan Crane (Set Design) and Leslee Argue (Set Décor)

Honorable Mentions: Ian Burns, Peterborough Theatre Guild - "The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" and
Rod Fournier and Vicki Graham, Theatre Night in Merrickville - "Having Hope at Home"

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John L. Walley Award: Best Costuming
Presented by Eleanor Jourard
Belleville Theatre Guild - "Bedtime Stories"
Linda Serres, Liz Marshall and Yvon Menard

Honorable Mentions: Jennifer Sek, Peterborough Theatre Guild - "The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" and
Sarah Toomey, Domino Theatre - "Enchanted April"

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Deep River Players Award: Best Visual Presentation
Presented by Barbara Kobolak
Peterborough Theatre Guild - "The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)"

Honorable Mentions: Northumberland Players - "Bedroom Farce" and
Theatre Night in Merrickville - "Having Hope at Home"

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Ron Hazelgrove Award: Best Cameo Performance
Presented by Marvin Tucker
Prince Edward Community Theatre - "Moon Over Buffalo"
Crystal Mayer as Eileen

Honorable Mentions: Alexandra Bell as Yolanda the Taxi Driver, Belleville Theatre Guild - "Bedroom Farce" and
Gordon Walls as Porter Milgrim, Ottawa Little Theatre - "Deathtrap"

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Thérèse May Memorial Award: Outstanding Contribution by a Student
Presented by Mark Mooney
Belleville Theatre Guild - "Bedtime Stories"
Maiya Thompson as Melody Ballantyne 

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Peterborough Theatre Guild Award: Best Use of Speech
Presented by Carol Peoples
Vagabond Theatre, Cornwall - "Sex Please We're Sixty"
The Cast

Honorable Mention: The Cast, Domino Theatre, Kingston - "Enchanted April"

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Margaret White Award: For Acting Excellence
Presented by Beth McMaster, Margaret Shearman accepting for Amber
Theatre Night in Merrickville - "Having Hope at Home"
Amber Anderson as Carolyn Bingham

Honorable Mentions: Janet Phillips as Susannah, Northumberland Players - "Bedroom Farce" and
Heather Barker as Sandy the Stripper, Belleville Theatre Guild - "Bedtime Stories"

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Bancroft Theatre Guild Award for Acting Excellence
Presented by Phil Bowerman
Lindsay Little Theatre - "According to Hoyle"
Rob Powell as Micky

Honorable Mentions: Jean Leger as Henry Mitchell, Vagabond Theatre, Cornwall - "Sex Please We're Sexy" and
Luke Foster for performing many be-wigged, vomiting leading ladies, Peterborough Theatre Guild - "The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)"

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Leonard Beaulne Memorial Trophy: Best Actor in a Major Role
Presented by Dave Henderson
Prince Edward Community Theatre - "Moon Over Buffalo"
Mark Daniher as George Hay

Honorable Mention: Dan DeMarbre as Clifford Anderson, Ottawa Little Theatre - "Deathtrap"

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Leonard Beaulne Memorial Trophy: Best Actress in a Major Role
Presented by Nancy Garrod
Domino Theatre, Kingston - "Enchanted April"
Joint award to Andrea Hiltz as Charlotte Wilton and Helen Bretzke as Rose Arnott

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Kingston Trophy: Best Production of a Canadian Play
Presented by Florence Moore
Theatre Night in Merrickville - "Having Hope at Home"

Honorable Mention: Belleville Theatre Guiild - "Bedtime Stories"

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Trentonian and Tri-County Award: Best Director
Presented by James Alexander
Northumberland Players - "Bedroom Farce"
Shannon Oliver

Honorable Mention: John Collins, Ottawa Little Theatre - "Deathtrap" and
Margaret Shearman, Theatre Night in Merrickville - "Having Hope at Home"

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Leslie M. Frost Award: Best Production
Presented by Carol Beauchamp
Theatre Night in Merrickville - "Having Hope at Home"

Honorable Mention: Northumberland Players - "Bedroom Farce"

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Other pictures
Pat Gray, Past President, introducing the Adjudicator

Dennis Johnson at the podium