|Chris Irving and Elaine O'Neal in the Toronto Irish Players|
production of Outside Mullingar.
Congratulations to Toronto Irish Players, whose production of Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley was awarded the Elsie as Outstanding Production at Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 in Ottawa. They represented the Association of Community Theatres of Central Ontario. This is their first Elsie Award, and the first winner from ACT-CO since 2009.
The production received six awards and three honourable mentions from adjudicator Annette G. Procuner. The production also received the award for Outstanding Coordinated Production.
Ghost Light Players, from Windsor, represented the Western Ontario Drama League, presenting Better Living by George F. Walker, and received three awards and five honourable mentions.
Northumberland Players, from Cobourg, represented the Eastern Ontario Drama League, presenting Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell, and received two awards and two honourable mentions.
Sault Theatre Workshop, from Sault Ste. Marie, represented QUONTA (the northeastern Ontario community theatre association), presenting Lucy by Damien Atkins, and received two 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.
Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 was hosted by Ottawa Little Theatre, in partnership with Theatre Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Drama League.