Theatre Ontario is thrilled to welcome the four productions that will perform at Theatre Ontario Festival 2016 in North Bay. These productions are chosen from Ontario’s regional community theatre festivals, and are a showcase of outstanding community theatre from across the province.
On Wednesday, May 18, Festival opens with Gateway Theatre Guild’s world premiere production of Kristin Shepherd’s Curved, representing QUONTA (the northeastern Ontario community theatre association.) This is the second year in a row that the Festival host has been chosen to represent their region. Curved was the winning production at QUONTA Festival in Sudbury, as chosen by adjudicator Rita Huschka.
On Thursday, May 19, Northumberland Players returns to Festival for the first time in over a decade, as they present Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti, and translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans. From Cobourg, and representing the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL), this was the winning production at EODL Festival in Peterborough, chosen by adjudicator Annette Procunier.
On Friday, May 20, last year’s Elsie Award recipients for Outstanding Festival Production return to Festival, as Theatre Sarnia will again represent the Western Ontario Drama League (WODL) as they present 33 Variations by Moises Kaufman. This show was chosen by adjudicator Ron Cameron-Lewis as the winning production at WODL Festival in Woodstock.
On Saturday, May 21, Festival’s performances wrap-up with The Curtain Club’s production of The Drowning Girls by Beth Graham, Daniela Vlaskalic, and Charlie Tomlinson. The Richmond Hill community theatre will represent the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario (ACT-CO), and were chosen by adjudicator Thom Currie as the winning production in the Drama category from the ACT-CO Festival.
As previously announced, Theatre Ontario Festival 2016 will feature detailed adjudications with Mimi Mekler, Playwright-in-Person readings with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard, workshops on “Comedy Scene Study” with Michelle Jackett-Webster and “Stage Combat 101” with Joshua Bainbridge, and awards and parties celebrating community theatre in Ontario.
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. Theatre Ontario Festival 2016 runs May 18 to 22, and is co-hosted with Gateway Theatre Guild and QUONTA.