2008 One Act Play Festival, Theatre Night in Merrickville, Merrickville
November 7 - 9, 2008
Adjudicator - Chris Worsnop

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.

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
Lovers & 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

* denotes original play by local author
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

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 for Props
Ottawa Little Theatre - Baking and Other Acts of Courage
Peterborough Theatre Guild Adjudicator's Award for all around theatre ability
Ottawa Little Theatre - Baking and Other Acts of Courage
Brian Cano
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
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 for best 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 20159