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King’s Shorts Info



The 14th King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays will be hosted by King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 12, 13 and 14, 2020.

The deadline to submit a script is January 13, 2020. For details, please check back soon or contact Coordinator Verilea Ellis at [email protected]


The 13th King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays was hosted by King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada on June 14, 15 and 16, 2019.

A record-breaking 116 manuscripts were received from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India and Israel.

The eight plays selected in 2019 were as follows:

  • A LITTLE BIT OF A BREAKDOWN by Sid Filkow, Saltspring Island, BC, directed by Wilfred Allan
  • BOOK ENDS by Shawn Samuelson Henry, Grosse Point Park, MI, USA, directed by Sam Cooper
  • CONCENTRIC by Mary Santarelli, Kenosha, WI, USA, directed by Bliss Rae
  • LAST CALL by Aviva Fleising, Toronto, ON, directed by Paul Goodyear
  • NON-FICTION by Gene DeJoie, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA, directed by Verilea Ellis
  • STRANGER THINGS HAVE HAPPENED by Doug Glenen, Granville Ferry, NS, directed by Kelley Pozzolo
  • THE CELL PHONE by John Wolfson, New York, NY, USA, directed by Spike Sprague
  • THE SPOT by Bruce Karp, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA, directed by Dawn Scott

KING’S SHORTS WINNERS: Congratulations to everyone involved with making the 13th Annual King’s Shorts a huge success.

  • First Prize script, selected by Theatre Nova Scotia, went to Aviva Fleising for “Last Call”
  • Second Prize went to Gene DeJoie for “Non-fiction”.
  • The People’s Choice award went to “Book Ends”, written by Shawn Samuleson Henry and directed by first-time director Sam Cooper.

A huge thank you to Coordinator Verilea Ellis and Committee Members Jane DeWolfe, Doug Glenen, Adrian Nette, Elizabeth Rhymer, Verilea Ellis and Ashlea Viola.

Special thanks to Stage Manager Jane DeWolf and her crew of Frances Rafuse, Oliver Bass, Roy Stagg and Doug Glenen. Thanks also to Videographers Rhynn and Nicole Winstead and to Brian Wambolt for Sound & Lights. Special thanks to Adrian Nette for building the swing for “Concentric”, which was directed by our youngest director yet, Bliss Rae. Thanks also to Eden Tooker for doing make-up for “The Spot”, Maddy Conyers and Ian Leverett for designing and making the costumes for “Bookends”, and to Phil Milo for returning as MC. Congratulations to all the actors, authors, directors, crew and committee volunteers. An amazing job by all.


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 2019, 798 plays have been submitted to the Festival from playwrights across Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, Israel, and India. 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