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King’s Shorts

Festival of 10 Minute Plays

This year we received a record 116 scripts from around the world.

Check back soon for the announcement of the winning scripts to be performed at the festival June 14, 15 & 16, 2019.


A u d i t i o n s

The King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays, is looking for 23 actors/actresses or aspiring actors/actresses (one female, age 8 and males and females, 18 to 70) to perform in eight short plays to be staged during the Festival on June 14th, 15th and 16th.

Anyone interested in being cast in one of the Shorts is invited to attend AUDITIONS at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal:

Thursday, April 4 at 7:00pm or Saturday, April 6 at 10:00am.

Please bring a short (less than 5-minute) prepared piece to be read. Additional material will also be available to read to the Festival directors.

If you are unable to attend and are still interested in participating or want more information, please contact Verilea Ellis 902-245-2309 or [email protected]


King’s Shorts 2018 Plays

 From 93 submissions for 2018, the following plays were chosen and presented on June 15, 16 and 17, 2018.

After Her by Elizabeth Suzanne Hofeld, Los Angeles, CA, directed by Carolyn Crowell

Annapolis Royale, by John MacEachern, Middleton, NS, directed by Dawn Scott

Couples Therapy, by Charles Salmon, Halifax, NS, directed by Wayne Currie

Equal Opportunity by Marsha Roberts, San Francisco, CA, directed by Kelley Pozzolo

Foolproof by Sue Higgs, Eastern Shore, NS, directed by Margaret Gray

Hints and Allegations by Sid Filkow, Saltspring Island, BC, directed by Nancie McKinnon

Memories in the Park by Aaron LeBlanc, Ottawa, ON, directed by Dessie Howard

The Order of Good Cheer by Glenna Prime and Jim Prime, New Minas, NS, directed by Verilea Ellis.


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 2017, 589 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.

Our Goal

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.

Our Committee

Jane DeWolfe, Verilea Ellis (Coordinator), Doug Glenen, Adrian Nette, Elizabeth Rhymer, and Ashlea Viola.


First Place: Hints and Allegations, Sid Filkow

Second Place: The Order of Good Cheer, Glenna Prime and Jim Prime

The People’s Choice: The Order of Good Cheer, Glenna Prime and Jim Prime


First Place:  A Second Hand Love Story, Glenna Prime

Second Place:  Installing a GPS, Margot Bishop

The People’s Choice:  Funeral Sandwiches, Jim Prime and Ben Robicheau


First Place:   Chase the Ace, Charles Salmon

Second Place:  Never Give Up, James Hutchison

Peoples Choice: The Agency Sent Me, Jim Prime


First Place:  The Shoe Department, Philip W. Hall

Second Place: Go Green, Janet Godsell

Peoples Choice: 2015 – Fish and Dicks:  A Tale from the Digby Neck and Islands Fish-Gutting Service and Detective Agency,  Jim Prime 



First Place:  Western Music in the Meringue, Sandi Johnson

Second Place: Better Safe than Sorry , George Freek

Peoples Choice: The Rubber Duck, Janet Godsell


First Place:  The Business Plan, Philip Hall

Second Place: As the Glaciers Melt  , Janet Godsell

Peoples Choice: Speed Dating at Elderberry Manor, Eloise Comeau Murray


First Place:  The Chair, Charles Salmon

Second Place: A Business Arrangement, Janet Godsell

Peoples Choice: A Business Arrangement, Janet Godsell


First Place:  Trusting, Janet Godsell

Second Place: True Confessions, Wayne Currie

Peoples Choice:A Twisted Tale, Sue Higgs


First Place:  A Little Secret, Janet Godsell

Second Place: Touch of Grace, Wendy Lockman

Peoples Choice: Is it Wednesday?, Pam Calabrese Maclean


First Place: Saved, Janet Godsell

Second Place: Awake, Pam Calabrese MacLean

Peoples Choice: Soon Miss Guttenberg? Oh Yes, Soon Mr Abraham, Paula Montgomery


First Place: What Was That Again, Wayne Currie

Second Place: Drawing the Line, Janet Godsell

Peoples Choice: Drawing the Line, Janet Godsell


First Place: The Lonely Island

Second Place:Not Awarded

Peoples Choice: Not Awarded