Theatre Ontario is thrilled to welcome the final two productions that will perform at Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 in Ottawa. 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 17, the Northumberland Players from Cobourg return to Festival with their production of Waiting for the Parade by John Murrell. Representing the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) and chosen as Best Production in the EODL Full-Length Festival by adjudicator John P. Kelly, Northumberland Players were the recipients of last year’s Elsie Award for Outstanding Festival Production.
On Friday, May 19, the Toronto Irish Players will represent the Association of Community Theatres—Central Ontario (ACT-CO) with their production of Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley. Toronto Irish Players last represented ACT-CO at Theatre Ontario Festival in 1987. This show was chosen as Best Production in the Comedy category at the ACT-CO Festival by adjudicator Brenda Kamino.
As previously announced, Theatre Ontario Festival 2017 will feature detailed adjudications with Annette G. Procunier, Playwright-in-Person readings with Erin Shields, workshops including Improv with Laura Hall, 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 2017 runs May 17 to 21, and is co-hosted with Ottawa Little Theatre and the Eastern Ontario Drama League.