One-Act Festival Awards

Peterborough Examiner Award: Best visual Presentation
Inaugurated in 1962


Helen R. McGregor Award: Adjudicator's Award *
Helen was a well-known Peterborough teacher (Latin, Greek, and Ancient History), and a charter member of the Peterborough Theatre Guild. Generally Helen did not become involved in theatre except as audience, both critical and enthusiastic. She was a great supporter of the Arts in her home community and beyond. (An interesting aside: Helen was for many years the Secretary of the Ontario Teachers Federation. The job, quite a demanding one, paid a modest honorarium. With that extra money, [we are talking the 1930's - 40's], Helen bought an original painting by a Canadian artist. As the years went by she had what turned out to be a valuable collection that included Lauren Harris, Frank Varley, Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson, Clarence Gagnon, Tom Thomson and others. Helen spent her final years near her family in Bowmanville where she had been born.

* The Award consists of a print of a landscape, "Thicket", by George Raab, Nassau St., P.O. Box 1253, Millbrook, ON K0G 2N0 (Number 27/30, 1979) Originally presented for the Best Use of Speech, the award is now an Adjudicator's Award.

It had never had a plaque attached to it since the beginning. A new mount was made in December 2001 with a plaque on the back listing the winners from 1977 to 1999 inclusive. Individual winners name-plaques were placed on the front from 2000 onwards.

Peterborough Theatre Guild Award: Adjudicator's Award
Inaugurated in 1977



Colin Mawson Award: Outstanding Student Contribution
The year the Festival was in Deep River, (1962), Dr. Colin Mawson was Chairman of the local Committee. He noted that there was a growing interest in the Festival on the part of school groups, but they had to compete directly with adult groups. To encourage them to take part, he arranged for a special trophy, where they were up against their peers.

Rather than buying a bit of silverware he wanted something created by a local artist, and sketched out a totem pole. It had an owl on top (representative of wisdom, knowledge, schools, etc.) and a weeping face and smiling face down below. Dr. Mawson took the sketch to Pembroke to Abe Patterson, one of Canada's great craftsmen.

At first Patterson wasn't interested, but when he learned it "was for kids", in a drama festival, Abe agreed to do it.

Thanks to Dr. Colin Mawson, the Mawson Trophy for Outstanding Contribution by a Student in the EODL One-Act Festival continues to commemorate both Colin Mawson, and Abe Patterson, who did it "for the kids."
Inaugurated 1962

Nancy Chajkowski Memorial Award for Costume Design
Born September 17, 1938
Died March, 2006

Nancy married Ed Chajkowski in 1952 and in 1976 they moved to Kemptville. That same year Nancy became a part of Kemptville Players Inc. under the direction of Vida Hopson, who created Kemptville Players in 1967 under the name of St. James Players. She excelled in every aspect of theatre in spite of having no formal training. Over the years she held every position except for acting. She just didn't want to be on stage in front of an audience.

Her design talents were sought by almost every production with Kemptville Players and with other theatrical groups in the area. Nancy wanted to help where she could. She was called upon to assist in costumes for the North Grenville Concert Choir, the Youth Theatre Group, and St. Michael Catholic High School stage productions.

Nancy was also heavily involved in the activities of almost every other community activity and organization. Kemptville Hospital, the Canadian Legion, the Lions and the Masons, helping out in fundraisers, volunteering at bingos, and organizing floats for the Canada Day, and Christmas Parades. She attended St. John's United Church and was involved with their fundraisers and Bazaars. She was there to help in the Lion's Ball Tournaments, and she was involved with the Kidney Foundation "Bail or Jail" fundraisers.

She was a homemaker, raised four children and had thirteen grandchildren. Her family was the love of her life.

Nancy's last role with the Kemptville Players was as Director of the 2004 fall musical production of "We'll Meet Again", one of the most memorable plays staged by Kemptville Players. Shortly afterward, Nancy was diagnosed with cancer.

As a tribute to her life long volunteering the community, and in particular her involvement with the Kemptville Players, and in her memory, the Nancy Chajkowski Memorial Award for Costume Design is dedicated. It is to be presented each year in the Eastern Ontario Drama League One-Act Play Festival.
Inaugurated November 11, 2007

Belleville Theatre Guild -Award for Acting (Supporting). (Later just an Acting Award)
Inaugurated in 1976


Mae Carmichael Award for Acting (Supporting). (Later just an Acting Award)
Mae Carmichael (1912 - 1984) was a charter member of the Deep River Players. She was one of Deep River's most vibrant first ladies and her eager participation in town activities enriched the lives of everyone. It is, however, memories of her long association with the Deep River Players that many people will cherish.

She was regarded as a very fine actress, particularly in "older" parts (e.g. Mrs. Higgins in "Pygmalion", Barbara's mother in "Major Barbara"), but she thoroughly enjoyed the lead in "The Madwoman of Chaillot" and "The Bald Soprano" where she didn't have to be so restrained and reasonable! Mae received the Best Actress Award for her role in "The Bald Soprano" in 1969. She also directed a number of the Deep River Players productions from 1949 to 1962

Mae was a most generous co-worker and, through her encouragement and coaching of young or novice actors and actresses, she passed on her expertise and lifelong love of the theatre. She was not only a superb actress and director, but she was also a marvelous audience for productions in which she was not involved. When the players on stage heard the first infectious, irrepressible and unmistakable chuckle, they knew they could relax. Word would be whispered backstage: "it's going well, Mae Carmichael's here tonight!"
Inaugurated in 1976

Pauline Grant Award for Outstanding Actress (Later just an Acting Award)
This outspoken, red-haired lady endeared herself in the Brockville Theatre Guild and the Brockville Operatic Society members. Pauline did sing in the chorus for several Operatic Society productions before I became involved in 1968. Appearing on stage only once in a B.T.G. play - as Mrs. Pierce in "Not Enough Rope" in 1970, she found her niche in costumes, and secondly, in set décor.

A wizard with needle and thread, she created wonderful costumes and set décor - drapes and covers and cushions-often by using fabric or costumes already in the collection which was the joint property of the B.T.G. and the B.O.S. For years she maintained the collection, finding new storage space whenever a landlord needed the previous space. She worked tirelessly to make sure they were properly stored. Some old and tattered garments were kept to use as patterns. No one was happier than Pauline when the costumes found a permanent home in the Musi theatre building. Today we have a costume collection that might well be the envy of every other amateur theatre group in the country, well guarded and maintained by representatives from both the B.T.G. and the B.O.S. A strict policy is in place regarding the use of them - a legacy to Pauline.

Pauline's name can be found under the Set Décor and/or Wardrobe/Costumes in program after program from 1966's "Cobbler, Stick to Thy Last", through the 1970's and into the mid 1980's. She would research the era of the play and produce authentic garments, alter others so they looked authentic or make them from scratch. She is the recipient of four Eastern Ontario Drama League Festival awards for costuming: in 1967 for "Broken Jug", 1972 for "The Cherry Orchard", 1982 for "Jitters", and in 1985 for "The Skin of Our Teeth".

She was often asked to create displays or memorabilia for festivals and store windows and celebrations such as the 50th Anniversary of the Guild. These were done with her usual flare and skill.

In 1978, she was made a Life Member of the B.T.G. and in 1985, for the One-Act Festival which was hosted by Brockville, a trophy bearing her name was donated by the Guild for annual competition.

Another of Pauline's projects was to carefully preserve the archives of the Guild, which had been started in 1933. She urged archivists to photograph the sets and preserve these as well.

Pauline died on July 11th, 1994. Her record speaks for itself.
Inaugurated 1985

Nepean Theatre Award for Outstnding Actor (Later just an Acting Award)
The Nepean Little Theatre Award features the Nepean Bell. The City of Nepean Bell logo represents the original bell, which hung in the old township hall in Westboro. THe bell was used to alert the volunteer fire brigade, and to sound the curfew. It therefore represents a physical link with our early history and heritage.

The three architectural supports encircling the Nepean Bell symbolize the family unit - Father, Mother, and Child. They also form a stylized "N".

The use of the colour green represents the wealth of open public lands, parks, and rural lands within Nepean.

In an article from the Yodler from September 03, 2003, Arlene Watson, a long time member wrote: After 35 years, Nepean Little Thetre has closed its doors.

At a general meeting on August 28, 2003, it was decided by the Nepean Little Theatre executive and a few lifetime members that they would close shop, distribute their remaining funds to charity, and give their costumes and props to a local up-and-coming musical theatre company, GOYA ("Giving Opportunity to Yound Adults".

For some years, NLT has had difficulty recruiting people to put on productions, particularly adult plays. Their annual children's show has been their only source of revenue. Their attempts to stage events at the Black Box Theatre in the Nepean Creative Arts Centre (built in 2002 with a generous Trillium Foundation grant) were met with frustration in that they were unable to use this space for any fundraising without approval of the city, and were told that would not be forthcoming until at least 2004.

So with a lack of venue, lack of people resources, and lack of steam, they regrettably decided to close their doors. And with the Trillium Foundation's blessing, the Black Box Theatre space will be handed over to GOYA.

This is a sad day for NLT members, past and present. This ia a company that started in 1968 as Camelot Little Theatre (Camelot's first production was in February 1969), was reborn as Nepean Little Theatre in 1982, and throughout all the ensuing years has seen more that its share of ups and downs. When it was good, it was very, very good. Over the years, NLT has produced 138 shows, won a total of 60 EODL festival awards, and 4 Theatre Ontario awards, as well they hosted the EODL Full-Length Festival in 1981 and again in `1991. But when it was bad.... Camelot withstood a devastating fire to "Camelot House", a little less then 2 years after it opened. NLT withstood four changes to venue resulting in irreparable damamge to subscriptions and community support.

But although there have been people problems, financial problems, management problems, and venue problems, the spirit of NLT always seemed to rise to any challenge. Which is a a strong and noteworthy testament to its 35 years.

Adios, Nepean Little Theatre. It was sometimes a bum ride but always an exhilirating one!

Arlene Watson
Lifetime Member, Nepean Little Theatre
Inaugurated 1977

Penny Arril Award: Adjudicator's Award
Penny Arril and her husband, John, were long-time members of EODL. They were both active in their home group, Lindsay Little Theatre. The Arrils were devoted Festival goers and Penny served first as Lindsay's Representative, and then became EODL Treasurer for many years back in the 1970's and '80's. She was given the EODL award for Outstanding Service. John was a well-known director with LLT.
This award has been mislaid and a new one created in 2015.
Inaugurated 1990


This is the new Penny Arril Award, created in Kingston, 2015



Donald Endicott Award for Best Coordinated Production
Donald Endicott was a leader in the formation of the Peterborough Theatre Guild in 1964. He was the first Chairman of the PTG Board. Don loved to direct, act, design and build costumes and sets, stage manage and even do makeup. When he moved to Guelph in 1980, the headline in a full-page article in the Peterborough Examiner simply read "Don Endicott is leaving".

Don held many positions on the EODL Board through the 60's and 70's. He was involved with the Dominion Drama Festival in the 1960s and then served on the Board of Theatre Ontario shortly after its setup in 1972. EODL awarded him their lifetime Award for Outstanding Service.

After moving to Guelph in 1980, Don became active in the Guelph Little Theatre which eventually awarded him their Honourary Lifetime Membership. Together with his wife Ann, he remained active in EODL and went to every EODL Festival for decades. The lifelong friendships and shared theatre experiences at Festivals were a hightlight in their lives. Don passed away in 2008.

The Best Coordinated Production Award will recognize excellence in the people behind the scenes who move their plays to Festival. It's fitting that Don's name is on this award, which requires meticulous, practical planning and strong collaboration.

The award was kindly donated by Don's friend in drama, adjudicator and teacher, Dennis Johnson. The award was created by Guelph artist Steve Lewis and represents the world of backstage craftspeople and technicians in theatre.
Inaugurated 2013


Academy Theatre Foundation Award: Best Director
Inaugurated 1962


Ottawa Little Theatre Award: Best Production
Inaugurated 1961

The Brighton Barn Theatre People's choice Award - Favourite Play
Inaugurated at the One-Act Festival, November 7 - 9, 2003, hosted by Brighton Barn Theatre
Inaugurated at the One-Act Festival, November 7 - 9, 2003, hosted by Brighton Barn Theatre

Updated: 5 June 2015