Friday, 15 May 2015

ONstage Tonight at Festival: Peterborough Theatre Guild

Our Friday night performance features the return of last year’s Festival winners for Outstanding Production as Peterborough Theatre Guild presents Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin, representing the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL).
Born Yesterday
Peterborough Theatre Guild
David Adams, Mark Paton, Kellie McKenty

Peterborough Theatre Guild began in 1965, purchasing and renovating an old church that had been gutted by a fire.  They have hosted our Theatre Ontario Festival three times, in 1980, 1993, and 2001. Peterborough Theatre Guild has represented EODL many times at Festival—most recently a year ago in Sarnia with their presentation of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, which won Peterborough their fourth Elsie Award for Outstanding Production (following wins in 2006 in Sarnia for Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, in 2008 in North Bay for Proof, and in 2012 in Sault Ste. Marie for The Mouse House.)

In Born Yesterday, belligerent junk tycoon, Harry Brock, brings his entourage to Washington to make some crooked deals, but when advised that his beautiful but unrefined girlfriend could be a liability, Brock hires a tutor to give her a crash course in culture.

At the 2015 EODL Festival, Peterborough Theatre Guild won the Leslie M. Frost Award for Best Production, as well as Actress in a Major Role (Kellie McKenty as Billie Dawn), Acting Excellence (Wyatt Lamoureux as Ed Devery), and Best Visual Presentation, with honourable mentions for Directing (Pat Maitland and Ian Burns), Actor in a Major Role (Dave Adams as Harry Brock), Acting Excellence (Mark Paton as Paul Verrall), Set Design, Costuming, Contribution by a Student (Anita Spasov and Glennis Desrochers as Bellhops, Blackboots, Waiters, and Manicurists), Cameo Performance (Chuck Vollmar as Eddy), and Adjudicator’s Awards for Production Crew, Ensemble Work, Risk Taking (first-time directors Pat and Ian.)

Read more about Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 on our website

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