2016-17 Full Length Festival - Traveling Festival
Adjudicator - John P Kelly
And so this year, for the second time at our EODL full length festival we welcome John P Kelly as our adjudicator and wish him well as he travels through the snow (assuming we have any).
2016 has been a busy year for John, both in directing and in adjudicating. He was invited to his native Ireland for both. In March, he travelled over to do a full-length festival there lasting ten nights and within a month he was back directing at the famous Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. Somewhere along the line he found time to fit in two productions in Ottawa. He is delighted to be adjudicating again in his preferred country!
John arrived here in 2004 after a long career in Theatre and Broadcasting in Ireland, Scotland and England. In Broadcasting, he began as a radio drama director before rising to take charge of all Arts output for the Irish National Broadcaster. He trained in direction with the famous Abbey Theatre and has directed all over the country including in many of its major venues. Since arriving here, he has directed almost forty professional productions and work-shopped and adjudicated all over Ontario. He likes to boast that, because of his work with Community Theatre, he has probably seen more of Ontario than most Ontarians.
He is a friendly animal and answers to John, John P and/or Sean.
And the winner is…. The old jokes are best.
My thanks to Lisa, Marilyn, Chris and Brenda – and of course Florence Moore. My family also want to thank Florence. She is treasurer.
To all of you in all eight venues who have treated me as a friend. That is how I see myself.
You may not agree later.
As I have said in several venues – you are the lucky ones – and I envy each and every one of you. I spent some time in Community Theatre in my young days and there is so much I miss about it. I miss the sense of community. Long may you keep it healthy.
This has been a mixed festival – While there has been not one poor production, I would be less than honest if I were to say that the general standard was as high as some others I have seen. There has not been a production which has ‘knocked my socks off’. There has always been something major for me to carp about. And I like to moan. Ask anyone in Ottawa!
However, having said that, I have to repeat what you have heard me say – the standard of female performers is as high as I have ever seen it.
That is not to say you men were weak. But to be blunt. The wimmin were better. Live with it. Now, again to be fair we were very lucky in having a number of plays with brilliantly written women’s roles. But they do not play themselves!
If I am to make a recommendation for the future:
To directors – learn about the function of movement on a stage.
To actors – learn about chemistry, acting means reacting.
To designers – learn about the value of colour and colour coding.
To producers – well, you know more than I do anyway. Help me!
I was delighted to see a couple of shows which involved a number of students.
On the one hand our future depends on encouraging writers. But we also need a constant inflow of young people. To each and every young person here – I say a simple and heartfelt thank you. Theatre needs you. Hang in there.
One last thing – Who was it once said ‘Adjudicators differ and productions die’?
Some adjudicators believe firmly in spreading awards. I don’t! If you get a Kelly award, you got it solely because I thought you deserved it. The downside of this is that it is possible that I told you you did a very good show – and you will get no awards. Oh well… there is always next year.
And so… let’s look back.
Nominations and Awards
Peterborough Theatre Guild Award for SET DESIGN.
a) Calvin Prescott, The Crucible, Brockville
b) Dorothy Shaw, Schoolhouse, Kanata
c) David Row, The Village of Idiots, Domino
WINNER: Dorothy Shaw, Schoolhouse – Kanata Players
John L. Walley Award for BEST COSTUMING.
a) Costume team for The Crucible, Brockville
b) Costume team, Frozen Dreams
c) Dawn Watters and Grace Price, Waiting for the Parade, Northumberland
WINNER: Donna Cody, Lindsay Moysey, Tina Pruner-Bennett, Hannah Pruner,
The Crucible, Brockville.
Deep River Players Award for BEST VISUAL PRESENTATION.
a) The Crucible - Brockville
b) Schoolhouse - Kanata
c) Village of Idiots - Domino
WINNER: David Row, The Village of Idiots, Domino Players, Kingston.
Therese May Award for BEST CONTRIBUTION BY A STUDENT.
THEY ARE ALL NOMINATED.
WINNER: Jonas Blackburn – as Milton – in Schoolhouse, Kanata Players.
Peterborough Theatre Guild Award for BEST USE OF SPEECH.
a) Kanata Players, Schoolhouse
b) Domino Kingston, The Village of Idiots
c) Brockville Theatre Guild, The Crucible
WINNER: Domino Kingston, The Village of Idiots.
Ron Hazelgrove Award for BEST CAMEO PERFORMANCE.
Dave Cody as Giles Corey in The Crucible, Brockville
Crystal Boydegan as Tituba in The Crucible, Brockville
Keith Stanton as Policeman in Frozen Dreams
WINNER: Keith Stanton as the Policeman in Frozen Dreams, Theatre Night in Merrickville
Margaret Whyte Award for BEST ‘OVERALL’ ACTING EXCELLENCE. Supporting Actress
a) Leila Burns as Flossie in Schoolhouse, Kanata Players
b) Elizabeth Lawless as Mercy Lewis in The Crucible, Brockville
c) Linda Driscoll as Anna (Belle) in A Life Before
WINNER: Elizabeth Lawless as Mercy Lewis in The Crucible
Bancroft Theatre Guild award for BEST ‘OVERALL’ ACTING EXCELLENCE. Supporting Actor
a) Peter Lynch as Danforth in The Crucible, Brockville
b) Keith Goranson as Mason in A Life Before, Peterborough
c) Cassel Miles as Mesholem in The Village of Idiots, Domino
WINNER: Keith Goranson as Mason in A Life Before, Peterborough
Leonard Beaulne Memorial Trophy for BEST ACTOR IN A MAJOR ROLE.
a) Chris Tucker as John Proctor in The Crucible, Brockville
b) Peter Crate as Harry in Frozen Dreams, Theatre Night in Merrickville
c) Paul Duchesne as Morgan in The Drawer Boy, Brockville
WINNER: Paul Duchesne as Morgan in The Drawer Boy, Brockville
Leonard Beaulne Memorial Trophy for BEST ACTRESS IN A MAJOR ROLE.
Something I have never done before; I have selected five names from the following ?
Stephanie VanDer Barren as Elizabeth in The Crucible, Emma Chabot as Abigail in The Crucible, Anita Plunkett as Ginny in Frozen Dreams, Reba Sigler as Miss Linton in Schoolhouse, Natalie Dorsett as Sarah in A Life Before, Amanda Jonz, Cathy Nobleman and Jennifer Scrivens in Marion Bridge, and Kirsty Bird, Auriele Diotte, Carole Beauchamp, Anne-Marie Bouthillette and April Coming in Waiting for the Parade.
From these – five NOMINATIONS.
Natalie Dorsett as Sarah in A Life Before
Jennifer Scrivens as Louise in Marion Bridge
Kirsty Bird as Catherine in Waiting for the Parade
Amanda Jonz as Agnes in Marion Bridge
Anne-Marie Bouthillette as Marta in Waiting for the Parade.
WINNER: Jennifer Scrivens as Louise in Marion Bridge.
THREE ADJUDICATOR AWARDS.
City of Pembroke Award.
a) Original Music – The Drawer Boy, Brockville
b) Rachel Worton – Stage Manager, Schoolhouse, Kanata
c) Joanne LeClerc, Set Painting – Frozen Dreams, Theatre Night in Merrickville
WINNER: Original Music, Andrew Morley, Philip Peterson -The Drawer Boy, Brockville.
a) Original Score and Theme Song – Kenny Hayes - Marion Bridge - OLT
b) Kara Besson - Stage Management – Waiting for the P. Northumberland Players
c) Leslie Oliver – Stage Manager – The Village of Idiots - Domino
WINNER: Kenny Hayes - Original Score and Theme Song – Marion Bridge – OLT
Arnold Connerty Award.
a) Fen Prior Delahanty – Visuals – Marion Bridge
b) Zachary Chabot – as Ewart in Schoolhouse.
c) Carolyn Boyer – Set Design – A Life Before
WINNER: Carolyn Boyer – Set Design – A Life Before – Peterborough
Leslie M. Frost Award for BEST PRODUCTION.
3rd. The Crucible – by Arthur Miller, Brockville Theatre Guild
2nd, Marion Bridge – by Daniel McIvor, Ottawa Little Theatr
WINNER: Waiting for the Parade – by John Murrell, Northumberland Players.
Trentonian and Tri-County Award for BEST DIRECTOR.
a) Chantale Plante, Marion Bridge, Ottawa Little Theatre
b) Brenda Worsnop, Waiting for the Parade, Northumberland Players
WINNER: Brenda Worsnop, Waiting for the Parade, Northumberland Players.
Kingston Trophy for BEST PRODUCTION OF A CANADIAN PLAY.
Winner: Waiting for the Parade, Northumberland Players.