Festival of 10 Minute Plays
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.
The King’s Shorts weekend is always a high point for Annapolis Royal, with many locals and visitors enjoying themselves and participating in local community theatre. Started as a theatrical experiment in 2007, the festival has become a fixture in the cultural life of the Annapolis Valley, this year attracting 93 scripts from around the world.
King’s Shorts long on applause and laughter …
The King’s Shorts weekend is always a high point for Annapolis Royal, with many locals and visitors enjoying themselves and participating in local community theatre. Started as a theatrical experiment in 2007, the festival has become a fixture in the cultural life of the Annapolis Valley, attracting 93 scripts for 2017 from around the world.
The eleventh annual King’s Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays completed its 2017 run on Sunday, June 18 with the last of three well-attended performances. This festival celebrated the best attendance and the most playwright submissions ever. Phil Milo acted as MC.
Theatre Nova Scotia (TNS) identified two scripts as first and second best written, with awards of $200 and $100, respectively. First place went to first-time writer, Glenna Prime of New Minas, for her entry A Second Hand Love Story. Second place went to Margot Bishop of Wolfville for her play, Installing a GPS. The People’s Choice Award, as voted by the three audiences, went to Jim Prime of New Minas and Ben Robicheau of Hamilton, Ontario for their work Funeral Sandwiches.
The eight plays presented were:
A Second Hand Love Story by Glenna Prime of New Minas, Nova Scotia
Directed by Gloria Saesura
Flight of the Cows by Rex McGregor of Auckland, New Zealand
Directed by Shelley Vaughan
Funeral Sandwiches by Jim Prime of New Minas, Nova Scotia and Ben Robicheau of Hamilton, Ontario
Directed by Freeman Butland
Installing a GPS by Margot Bishop of Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Directed by Ron Wesman
OMG! Trump Won by Charles Salmon of Halifax, Nova Scotia
Directed by Miles Leahy
Salty and Sweet by Sue Higgs of Head Jeddore, Nova Scotia
Directed by Kelley Pozzolo
Sticky by Jean Blasiar of Pasadena, California
Directed by Verilea Ellis
Workplace Wellness by Kate Jaimet of Ottawa, Ontario
Directed by John MacEachern
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.
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.
Jane DeWolfe, Verilea Ellis (Coordinator), Doug Glenen, Adrian Nette, Elizabeth Rhymer, and Ashlea Viola.
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