King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays ...
King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays, now in its tenth season, promises another entertaining presentation on June 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 19th at 2:00 p.m. at King's Theatre in Annapolis Royal. Again this year, Phil Milo will act as MC.
Started as a theatrical experiment in 2007, the Festival has become a fixture in the cultural life of the Annapolis Valley, this year attracting 83 manuscripts. Scripts were received from Canada, the United States, Europe and New Zealand. Since King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays began, a total of 496 submissions have been received.
Of the eight plays to be performed, two will be selected by Theatre Nova Scotia as especially deserving and will be awarded first and second place prizes of $200 and $100, respectively. The coveted People's Choice Award will be determined by those in attendance at all three performances. All awards will be presented by representatives of Theatre Nova Scotia following the Sunday performance. The selected plays to be presented are:
Chase the Ace – Charles Salmon, Halifax, directed by Carolyn Crowell
Hot Flush – Sue Higgs, Head Jeddore, directed by Jane DeWolfe
On Three – Mark Redmayne and Santiago Arcila, Vancouver, directed by John MacEachern
Miami – Gene Dejoie, California, directed by Kelley Pozzolo
Never Give Up – James Hutchison, Calgary, directed by Ron Wesman
The Agency Sent Me – Jim Prime, New Minas, directed by Verilea Ellis
The Darwin Club – Rachel Cooper, Canning, directed by Gail Chester
Top the Timer – John Anthony Brodston, Nebraska, directed by Jeff Styles
Four of the above named playwrights have had their plays presented at King's Shorts in years past. They are Charles Salmon, Sue Higgs, Jim Prime and Rachel Cooper.
Tickets are $14 advance and $17 at the door. All prices include tax. Advance reservations may be obtained at King's Theatre, 902-532-7704. For more information, Kings Theatre
and the Winners are ...
The ninth annual King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays completed its 2015 run Sunday, June 14, with the last of three well-attended performances of over 600 patrons. Saturday night was completely sold out!
Twenty-seven talented actors complemented and complimented the festival. Bravo and many thanks to all. Again this year, Phil Milo acted as Master of Ceremonies. Nancy Morgan and Lisa Cleaves represented Theatre Nova Scotia on Sunday afternoon, awarding The Shoe Department, written by Philip W. Hall of Long Boat Key, Florida, first place as the best written script. The Shoe Department was directed by Keith Crysler and starred Brian Rice and Jeff Styles. Go Green, written by Janet Godsell of Wellington, N.S., earned second place best written script as deemed by Theatre Nova Scotia. Go Green was directed by Wayne Currie and starred Brenda Keen, Karen Tomasino, John Coker, Frances Rafuse and Linda Doucet. First time script writer, Jim Prime of New Minas, N.S. wrote Fish and Dicks: A Tale from the Digby Neck and Islands Fish-Gutting Service and Detective Agency, which was voted by all three audiences as the People's Choice. Fish and Dicks was directed by Verilea Ellis and starred Elizabeth Rhymer, Adrian Nette and Blaine Schumacher.
Seventy-one ten-minute plays were received this year, including one from the United Kingdom. As well, Threatened Panda Fights Back by Rex McGregor of Auckland, New Zealand was selected as one of the eight plays to be performed. Since King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays began in 2007, a total of 413 submissions have been received, and 73 plays have been presented.
The festival continues to grow in popularity and the competition for having a play selected becomes more challenging. However, we encourage all who have ever wanted to write a play to consider submitting one for next year. Experienced writers may have an edge, and as noted previously, first time writer Jim Prime, not only had his play accepted but also had it voted as the People's Choice.
King's Shorts: A Brief History
In 2006, Dean Taylor, local Annapolis Royal playwright, was discussing ten minute plays with some members of the Annapolis District Drama Group, as well as with the Executive Director of Theatre Nova Scotia. They all felt that a ten minute play festival was the perfect fit for the Annapolis area and King's Theatre. Dean formed a committee that year, and in June 2007, the King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays was born.
The Festival Today
Including the submissions for 2015, 413 plays have been submitted to the Festival from playwrights across Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Greece and New Zealand. Every June eight plays are produced. The festival has included plays by first time playwrights and by experienced playwrights, by amateur writers and by professional writers, by men and by women, by young writers and by "more mature" writers.
Aside from being a fundraiser for King's Theatre, King's Shorts has two main goals. The first is to make live theatre more accessible to all: the audience, playwrights, directors and performers alike, and the second is to help them experience, or continue to experience, the joy of live theatre. To that end, each play performed is assigned its own director and that director sets his/her cast of players. At each annual performance, a first and second place winner, based on the written work, is chosen by Theatre Nova Scotia. As well, a People's Choice Award is selected by the audiences at the three performances of the festival.
Our Challenge to You
If you have never been involved with live theatre this is your chance. The plays are only ten minutes long so it's a great opportunity to "jump in" with both feet. We are always looking for playwrights (new or used), and actors (experienced or otherwise), for directors (we'll even give you a little training), for backstage crew (you only need a black t-short) and for audience members (you simply need the ability to enjoy yourself). In whatever capacity you choose, we look forward to seeing you at the Festival in June.
Jennifer Batiot, Wayne Currie (Chair), Jane DeWolfe, Verilea Ellis (Coordinator), Doug Glenen, Brenda Keen, Elizabeth Rhymer, Andi Rierden and Dean Taylor (Founder and Festival Director).
Year First Place Second Place Peoples Choice
2015 The Shoe Department Go Green Fish and Dicks
Philip W. Hall Janet Godsell Jim Prime
2014 Western Music in Better Safe than Sorry The Rubber Duck
the Meringue George Freek Janet Godsell
2013 The Business Plan As the Glaciers Melt Speed Dating at Elderberry Manor
2012 The Chair A Business Arrangement A Business Arrangement
Charles Salmon Janet Godsell Janet Godsell
2011 Trusting True Confessions A Twisted Tale
Janet Godsell Wayne Currie Sue Higgs
2010 A Little Secret Touch of Grace Is it Wednesday?
Janet Godsell Wendy Lockman Pam Calabrese Maclean
2009 Saved Awake Soon Miss Guttenberg? Oh Yes,
Janet Godsell Pam Calabrese MacLean Soon Mr Abraham
2008 What Was That Again Drawing the Line Drawing the Line
Wayne Currie Janet Godsell Janet Godsell
2007 The Lonely Island Not Awarded Not Awarded
Dean Taylor - Founder and Festival Director of King's Shorts