Saturday, 16 May 2015

ONstage Tonight at Festival: Theatre Sarnia

Our festival opened with a presentation from the Festival hosts; tonight's closing performance is a presentation by last year’s Festival hosts as Theatre Sarnia presents Sarah Ruhl’s The Clean House, representing the Western Ontario Drama League (WODL).  The last theatre to serve double-duty as Festival host and their regional representative?  Theatre Sarnia in 2006.

The Clean House
Theatre Sarnia
Megan Hadley, Henri Canino, Ashley Carlisle
Theatre Sarnia is one of the oldest, continuously operating community theatres in Canada.  The Drama Club of Sarnia was created in 1927, and among its founders was WODL founder D. Park Jameson.  Later known for many years as Sarnia Little Theatre, Theatre Sarnia performs out of the Imperial Theatre which opened December 31, 1996.  Theatre Sarnia has hosted our Festival three times—in 2002, 2006, and most recently in 2014.  Five times they have represented WODL, most recently in Kanata in 2009 when they presented Night Sky by Susan Yankowitz. At Theatre Ontario Festival 1995 in North York, Sarnia’s production of The Melville Boys (by our honourary Festival Chair Norm Foster) won the Elsie for Outstanding Production.

The Clean House is a whimsical, romantic play centred on Matilde, a Brazilian cleaning woman who would rather be a comedian. This comic drama mixes fantasy and reality as it tells the story of five distinctive characters. Sarah Ruhl’s extraordinary play, embracing “the mess of love and life”, is theatrical, funny and philosophical.

At the 2015 WODL Festival in Owen Sound, Theatre Sarnia won the D. Park Jameson Award for Best Production, as well as Performance by a Female in a Leading Role (Henri Canino as Virginia), an Adjudicator’s Award for a particularly humourous performance (Ashley Carlisle as Mathilde) and Best Coordinated Production, with additional nominations for Outstanding Technical Production and Outstanding Ensemble Work.

Read more about Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 on our website

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