At last year’s Festival, we celebrated playwriting that premiered at Ontario’s community theatres. One year later, Peterborough Theatre Guild takes the stage at Festival with a world premiere production.
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 most recently in 2001. Peterborough Theatre Guild has represented the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) many times at Festival—most recently in Kanata in 2009 with Twelfth Night—and winning the Elsie Award for Outstanding Production twice: at the 2006 Festival in Sarnia for Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, and again at the 2008 Festival in North Bay for Proof.
Winner of EODL’s Leslie M. Frost Award for Best Production at the 2012 EODL Festival in Ottawa, it also won awards for Best Director (Robert Ainsworth), Best Production of a Canadian Play, Best Actor in a Major Role (shared by Jack Roe and Matthew Finlan), Acting Excellence, Male—Supporting (Terry Novak), Best Use of Speech (The cast), Outstanding Contribution by a Student (Finlan again), Best Cameo Performance (Cheryl Lyon), Best Visual Presentation, and Set Design (Carolyn Boyer).
Read more about Theatre Ontario Festival 2012 on the Theatre Ontario website.