It was another successful year for Prince Edward Community Theatre at the Eastern Ontario Drama League Festival. The group’s production “God of Carnage” earned a record 6 nominations for the theatre troupe, and took home the Best Actor in a Major Role award, which was awarded to Pat Larkin for his portrayal of Michael Novak, a liberal turned Neanderthal in Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award winning black comedy.
The group started work on the production in January, getting together 3 times a week for three months to prepare this production. The effort payed off as the group was nominated for 6 awards, the most the group has ever received to date. This was their third time competing in the full length festival.
The City of Pembroke Trophy Adjudicator Award for Design Elements – For the original art work P.E.C.T. used to decorate walls of the set.
Armagh Sifton-Price Adjudicator Award – For making an intimate theatre out of Huff’s Winery, including the creative use of the Stone Wall as a backdrop for the set.
Arnold Connerty Adjudicator Award for Best Acting Ensemble – (Mark Daniher, Georgia Papanicolaou, Pat Larkin and Cheryl Singer).
Leonard Beaulne Memorial Trophy for Best Actor in a Major Role – won by Pat Larkin of P.E.C.T.
Leonard Beaulne Memorial Trophy for Best Actress in a Major Role – nomination to Cheryl Singer for her portrayal as Annette Raleigh
Trentonian and Tri-County Award for Best Director – nomination to Bill McMahon
The Eastern Ontario Drama League Festival allows the theatre groups involved to learn from industry professionals through constructive practitioner dialogue which helps further their knowledge and skills in theatre. Adjudicator Chris Worsnop was very impressed with this years entries in the Festival and was very proud to state that it was a very difficult process for him to decide who would win this year as the productions could rival or were even better than some professional productions out there and that everyone should be very proud of their achievements.
“This production was a win on so many levels for the group. It was a challenging play for the actors and director, and was out of the comfort zone of productions that we had put on before. We took a very professional approach when it came to developing the characters and presenting the show, which can be attributed to the vision that our Director Bill McMahon had for us. It was an important step for us to take in our growth as actors and as a theatre troupe” says Georgia Papanicolaou who played Veronica Novak. “There are contemporary plays out there just waiting to be explored and presented to willing audiences that want to be challenged along with us. This show created a dialogue, and excitement for everyone involved, and we were rewarded by the responses we had at the Festival, but most importantly by the ones from our patrons and peers. We have to thank our Artistic Director Lynn Fennell for allowing Bill and our team to take a chance and try something different. We have achieved what we wanted to accomplish with this production.”
The troupe is already getting excited for next year’s competition and hopes that they can expand on the awards and accolades that they have received this year.