We are pleased to welcome the final two community theatre companies who have been chosen to participate in Theatre Ontario Festival 2012 in Sault Ste. Marie.
From the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL), Peterborough Theatre Guild will present The Mouse House written and directed by Robert Ainsworth—a world premiere just one year after we celebrated community theatre playwriting at Festival with the launch of Grassroots: Original Plays from Ontario Community Theatres. Peterborough Theatre Guild last appeared at Theatre Ontario Festival in 2009 when they presented Twelfth Night, and won the Elsie Award for Outstanding Festival Production recently in 2006 (Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me) and 2008 (Proof). They will perform on Thursday, May 17.
Representing the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario (ACT-CO) is The Curtain Club from Richmond Hill who will present Colleen Murphy’s The December Man / L’homme de décembre on Saturday, May 19. The Curtain Club represented ACT-CO at Festival for four years in a row from 2003 through 2006, winning the Elsie Award in 2004 (Staff Room) and 2005 (Marvin’s Room); and were the co-hosts of Theatre Ontario Festival 2011.
The annual Theatre Ontario Festival is a showcase of outstanding community theatre productions chosen from regional festivals, bringing together theatre lovers from across the province. It is also an educational experience featuring adjudications, workshops, networking, and play readings by Canadian writers, and a celebration of community theatre, with awards recognizing outstanding achievements, and with lots of parties!
Theatre Ontario Festival 2012 will be held in Sault Ste. Marie from May 16 to May 20, co-hosted with Theatre SMC and QUONTA, the northeastern regional community theatre association. For more information about Theatre Ontario Festival 2012, please visit the Theatre Ontario website.