Ghost Light Players celebrate big win at WODL Festival Awards

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by Adam Gault

A local theatre company is celebrating after taking top honours at the 2017 Western Ontario Drama League (WODL) Festival Awards with its production of George F. Walker’s “Better Living.”

Members of Ghost Light Players (GLP) travelled to Guelph on March 18 to represent Windsor-Essex at the festival after being nominated and winning several categories at the WODL Pre Festival Awards.

The group, which was founded in 2015, takes its name from the electric light left onstage after a performance to keep the stage alive and honour those who have taken the stage before.

Jeff Bastien, GLP’s Artistic Director, said the success of GLP can be attributed to its open nature as “theatre that provides discourse,” and its members’ ability to challenge each other with open discussion.

“There’s no heavy-handedness in the company. Everyone is here because they want to be here. And if they want to do other things, I’ve always said go ahead and work with other companies because you can only learn more from working with others,” Bastien said.

Their latest production “Voices of Vimy”, written by local author John Conlon, explores the effects of war on those who served and those at home, with a juxtaposition of the perceived glory of war and the stark reality of battle.

“It’s very accurate and well researched script. You really do see the solider trying to grapple with what he has heard (at home regarding the war) and what he has seen now (post battle),” Bastien commented.

GLP members also are not shy about letting their local roots come through in their performances.

“Right now, culturally in Windsor, there’s a great potential. We’re seeing it now that the culture can grow. It’s almost like when New York was bankrupt, and its most fruitful days in the arts were the late 1970s and early ‘80s renaissance. And, I think there’s a lot of brave souls in Windsor that kind of recognize that in Windsor right now,” Bastien said.

Bastien believes that theatre can be more engaging and relevant than ever, even as the world continues to move towards more reliance on digital connectivity.

“We’re being washed over with information in our daily lives. I believe that theatre is a sacred space. It’s invited and forced. You feel that direct audience engagement,” Bastien said.

For more information about the Ghost Light Players or upcoming shows, visit glpwindsor.com.

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Ghost Light Players nominations and wins

2017 W.O.D.L. OUT OF FESTIVAL AWARDS

THE THEATRE SARNIA MEMORIAL AWARD
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Major Role
Winner: Jeff Bastien, Voices of Vimy, Ghost Light Players

THE REPUSKI AWARD
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nomination: Chris Lanspeary, Voices of Vimy, Ghost Light Players

THE MOONEY AWARD
Outstanding Direction
Winner: Dean Valentino, Voices of Vimy, Ghost Light Players

THE INEZ HAYES MEMORIAL AWARS
Outstanding Ensemble Work
Nomination: Voices of Vimy, Ghost Light Players

THE ELMIRA THEATRE COMPANY AWARD
Best Visual Production
Winner: Voices of Vimy, Ghost Light Players

THE KAY MCKIE MEMORIAL AWARD
Best Production Out of Festival
Winner: Voices of Vimy, Ghost Light Players

2017 W.O.D.L. IN & OUT OF FESTIVAL AWARDS

THE PALACE THEATRE AWARD
Outstanding Lighting Design and Execution
Nomination: Ian Loft, Voices of Vimy, Ghost Light Players

THE HARMONY AWARD
Outstanding Set Design
Nomination: Dean Valentino, Voices of Vimy, Ghost Light Players
Nomination: Jacqueline Tinus, Better Living, Ghost Light Players

THE CATHARINE BRICKENDEN AWARD
Best Production of a Canadian Play
Nomination: Voices of Vimy, Ghost Light Players
Winner: Better Living, Ghost Light Players

2017 W.O.D.L. IN-FESTIVAL AWARDS

THE ANNE WILSON AWARD
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nomination: Kristen Lamoure-Dias as Maryann, Better Living, Ghost Light Players

THE PLAYERS GUILD AWARD
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Dean Valentino as Tom, Better Living, Ghost Light Players

THE SPANIK AWARD
Best Visual Production
Nominations: Better Living, Ghost Light Players

THE HAROLD P. SELLERS MEMORIAL AWARD
Outstanding Technical Achievement
Winner: Better Living, Ghost Light Players

THE BONANNO AWARD
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Major Role
Winner: Michele Legere as Nora, Better Living, Ghost Light Players

THE PAT & VINCENT MATHEWSON MEMORIAL AWARD
Outstanding Ensemble Work
Nomination: Better Living, Ghost Light Players

SPECIAL ADJUDICATOR’S AWARDS OF MERIT

For Outstanding Producing:
Winner: Jeff Bastien, Better Living, Ghost Light Players

For Esprit de Corps,
Nominations: All companies
Winner: Better Living, Ghost Light Players

THE VISIONARY AWARD
Outstanding Direction
Nominations: Jacqueline Tinus, Better Living, Ghost Light Players, Windsor

THE D. PARK JAMIESON MEMORIAL AWARD
Best Production in Festival
Winner: Better Living, Ghost Light Players

WESTERN ONTARIO DRAMA LEAGUE REGIONAL TROPHY
Presented by WODL to the Winner of the Best Production
(To be presented annually and kept by the winning group for one year.)

Winner: Better Living, Ghost Light Players