Full-Length Festival Awards

Armagh Sifton-Price Award: Adjudicator Award
Armagh Sifton-Price was a life-long supporter of the Brockville Theatre until her death. She provided not only financial support, but also space to store costumes and props until the Guild's Music-Theatre building was built. Her sons continued to support the arts in Brockville.
Inaugurated 1985

Arnold Connerty Award: Adjudicator Award
The Connerty family were long-time residents of Merrickville, Ontario. Arnold was an English and Theatre Arts teacher for many years at Brockville's Thousand Islands Secondary School. During his teaching career, his love of theatre presented itself through his regular entries with his students to the Sears Drama Festival. In 1975, Arnold Connerty brought together a group of interested residents of all ages from the Village of Merrickville to present a one-time, one-night production as a fundraiser for the new medical centre. It was such a success that Arnold was encouraged to continue to direct and produce shows for the enjoyment of the Village. That was the beginning of a group, which he appropriately named Theatre Night in Merrickville (TNIM). All facets of the early productions were guided by Arnold's hand. He was the touchstone and mentor for many, even as new TNIM directors emerged. Arnold passed away in January of 1990.
Inaugurated 1991

Bancroft Theatre Guild Award: For Acting Excellence Carved by Bob Steinman in 1987, the trophy was designed by him with the assistance of Gus Zylstra. The walnut wood of the faces is over Catalpa wood, native to the United States.
Inaugurated in 1987

City of Pembroke Award: Adjudicator Award
Inaugurated 1984

Deep River Players Award: Best Visual Presentation
In late 1946, a group of people, encouraged by Jill and John Stewart, started meeting to read plays. Two one-act plays and a public reading of The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde) were presented in early 1947. A meeting was held in the room behind the old Post Office, a constitution was drawn up and the Deep River Players was formed.
Inaugurated 1961

John L. Walley Award: Best Costuming
John Walley was a designer with Atomic Energy Canada at Chalk River. He was extremely active in both the drama and musical clubs in Chalk River, producing and directing extremely successful Broadway musicals in town from about 1960 on. He died in 1964.
Inaugurated 1966

Kingston Trophy: Best Production of a Canadian Play
The Kingston Trophy was presented by Senator Rupert Davies of Kingston in 1939 for the Best Production of a Full-length Play. From 1954 to 1957 it was given for the Best Production of a One-Act Play and then in 1958 it was changed to Best Production of a Full Length Canadian Play.

Leonard Beaulne Memorial Award: Best Actor in a Major Role
Inaugurated 1956

Leonard Beaulne Memorial Award: Best Actress in a Major Role
Inaugurated 1956

Margaret White Award: For Acting Excellence
Margaret White was head of the French Department at Peterborough Collegiate for many years. An excellent Stage Manager and administrator, she served as the second President of the Peterborough Theatre Guild and later was Chairman of the Board. She began her association with EODL in 1952 when she was Festival Chairman and continued on the EODL Executive until her death in 1988.
Inaugurated 1987

Peterborough Theatre Guild Award: Best Use of Speech.
Wood carving designed by Robert Porter, Chief Librarian, Peterborough Public Library.
Inaugurated 1966

Peterborough Theatre Guild Award: Set Design
"Radiant Intervals", by Bettarn, 1966. Copper and enamel plaque on wood was designed by Arnold Pickles of Peterborough.
Inaugurated 1966

Ron Hazelgrove Award: Best Cameo Performance
Ron Hazelgrove was secretary of Domino Theatre, Kingston, in the 1960s and 1970s. The award's terms of reference state it is to be given "to that actor or actress, in a minor role, of whatever size, who contributes outstandingly to the quality of a festival production, or whose 'cameo' performance gives an extra moment of artistic pleasure. It is to be awarded at the adjudicator's discretion only, for contribution of high theatrical pleasure." Designed by Joan Belch, the Ron Hazelgrove Cameo Award consists of a raised relief of the Domino Harlequin on mahogany with small plates for the winners' names.
Inaugurated 1979

Trentonian and Tri-County Award: Best Director
Inaugurated 1961/1962

Leslie M. Frost Award for Best Production
"Labyrinth", a wall construction in plexiglass, designed by Ottawa artist Florrie Pollock.
From 1953 to 1972 the Dominion Drama Festival Trophy was awarded to the Best Production in Festival. In 1972, it was awarded for Best Production in the EODL Full Length festival. The Award was belatedly presented to Domino Theatre at their Annual General Meeting, September 20th, 1972, for their winning production of "Oh What a Lovely War" at the 1972 Festival in Lindsay.
Inaugurated 1973

EODL Awards (non-Festival)

EODL Scholarship (formerly the Thérèse May Scholarship)
History - Thérèse May was well known and loved not only in our region but across Canada. She devoted sixty years of her life to the theatre, taking part in many festivals, acting in both English and French. She was Chair and Treasurer of the EODL serving on many of its committees, and was also the Honourable Secretary of the Dominion Drama Festival from 1966 to 1968. The EODL Scholarship is to be given to a senior student who shows talent, potential and a willingess to proceed in some aspect of theatrical training. The student should be one who is planning to enter college or university the following school year to further their education in theatre. The student need not belong to an EODL member group, nor be a present participant; however, he/she must have worked in some capacity with one of the EODL member groups. The scholarship is a cheque from EODL for $200.00. The scholarship is awarded annually.
Inaugurated 1969

EODL Award for Outstanding Service
History - This award was orginally called the CKLC Trophy and later the Kinnear d'Esterre Award, after the donors at that time. The EODL Award for Outstanding Service is given to an individual whose volunteer work for the organization has shown extraordinary devotion and has spanned many years. It is not necessarily given every year. The Person is chosen by a committee made up of those former recipients who are still active members of EODL. The EODL President will be advised of the nomination except in the case where the President is to be the recipient. The committee purchases an award (a letter opener or something appropriate for engraving) and has it engraved with:

Outstanding Service to EODL
Person's Name

Funds for the award come from the Foundation Fund revenue. The Award is presented at the beginning of the Festival Awards ceremony at either the One-Act or the Spring Play Festival.

The Theatre Ontario Michael Spence Award
History - Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre is presented annually to an individual for his/her outstanding contribution to community theatre in his/her region over a sustained time.
NOTE: The award will be presented to an individual in the region that is hosting that year's Theatre Ontario Festival.
Criteria •Sustained contribution to community theatre;
•Generosity of spirit, involvement, and commitment to community theatre that is legendary within his/her region, helping community theatre flourish.
The award was established in 1997 by Theatre Ontario on the occasion of Theatre Ontario's 25th Anniversary. Multiple awards were presented on the quinquennial anniversaries of Theatre Ontario until 2012, when it became a single, annual award.
About Michael Spence
The award is named in honour of Michael Spence, the founding President of Theatre Ontario. Michael was active in community theatre at Hart House Theatre, London Little Theatre, and the University Alumnae Dramatic Club (now known as Alumnae Theatre.) He was a member of the Board of Governors of the Dominion Drama Festival, a past President of Arts Etobicoke, and continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of Theatre Ontario.
Pursuant to a motion passed at the EODL meeting of November 9, 1996 held in Bancroft, the EODL winner of the Michael Spence Award is offered lifetime complimentary tickets (for two) to all performances at the EODL One-Act Festival and EODL Spring Play Festival (this does not include the brunch, just the plays).

Pat Beharriell CM Scholarship
History - Pat Beharriell was known provincially, nationally and internationally for her work in theatre that earned her the Order of Canada, but her name was Domino Theatre in Kingston. Pat stage managed and/or produced nearly 50 productions for Domino, was a Board member for 46 years and their President for six years. Pat was a long-time member of the Eastern Ontario Drama Leaque and until she passed away, as the EODL archivist who entertained us all with many stories from the EODL archives. The scholarship was inaugurated in 2007. The Patricia Beharriell CM Scholarship is to be given to a senior student who shows talent, potential and a willingness to proceed in some area of the non-performing aspect of theatrical training. The student should be one who is planning to enter college or university the following school year to further their education in theatre. The student need not belong to an EODL member group, nor be a present participan; however, ehe/she must have worked in some capacity with one of the EODL member groups. This scholarship will be awarded until all monies in the fund are depleted.

Updated: 27 March 2015