Congratulations to Theatre Sarnia, whose production of The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl was awarded the Elsie as Outstanding Production at Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 in Oshawa.
The production received three awards and ten nominations from adjudicator Ron Cameron-Lewis.
Theatre Sarnia last won the Elsie in 1995 for their production of The Melville Boys by Norm Foster. This was their fifth time participating at Theatre Ontario Festival, representing the Western Ontario Drama League.
Peterborough Theatre Guild represented the Eastern Ontario Drama League at Festival, presenting Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin, and received four awards and nine nominations.
Oshawa Little Theatre represented the Association of Community Theatres--Central Ontario, presenting Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, and received four awards and six nominations.
Gore Bay Theatre represented QUONTA (the northeastern Ontario community theatre association), presenting Agnes of God by John Pielmeier. They received three awards.
The annual Theatre Ontario Festival is a showcase of outstanding community theatre productions, a classroom for passionate, dedicated community theatre artists, a celebration of excellence in community theatre, and a destination bringing together theatre lovers from across the province.
Read the full list of Theatre Ontario Festival 2015 Award Winners and Nominees on the Theatre Ontario website and check out the transcript of the Theatre Ontario Festival Awards Brunch Live-Blog
UPDATED May 25, 2015: For those of you who attended the Awards Brunch, you had the opportunity to enjoy the fine work of Johnny Soln, our emcee. The highlight for me was his musings on the Meisner Technique of acting:
In my humble opinion, a buffet represents the ultimate exercise in the Meisner Technique of acting.
You see, as you approach the buffet, all movements and actions are 100% driven by internal motivation of hunger – you are genuinely in the moment.
To gain the most from this exercise, I recommend following an individual who just cleared the food item you are most excited to eat. For our purposes, let's say that item is bacon.
Excited as you were when you approached the buffet, you must now react truthfully to the new circumstances ahead of you – an empty bacon pan.
Your excitement turns to sadness, disappointment, and silent rage at the person ahead of you. In your head, you repeatedly direct angry, behavioral statements at the person ahead of you.
Yet, all that changes when a server arrives with a new, freshly prepared, fully stocked pan of bacon. Your anger turns to joy; your jealousy directed to the person ahead of you is now pride, as you know your bacon is fresher – defeat turns to victory!
Now you are taunting that person over and over again in your head. At this point you are living truthfully in the moment – plus you have bacon!
Thus, as you can see, a buffet (with bacon) is the most honest realization of the Meisner Technique.