1. Presented by Alex McConnell: Best Use of Props. The award for Best Use of Props goes to DEDICATED TO THE REVOLUTIONS. DEDICATED TO THE REVOLUTIONS won because they were real props like skipping ropes, xylophone, beach ball, and tin can telephones but they used them in unique and awesome cool ways.
2. Presented by Alex McConnell: The Person Who Tried the Hardest. The award for Person Who Tried the Hardest goes to NORMAN. NORMAN won because the dancer was dancing and talking at the same time and that is very hard to do, also he did the show all by himself and no one helped him.
3. Presented by Chloe Kynclova: Best Romance. The award for Best Romance goes to HOMAGE. HOMAGE won because they had the most romantic kiss of all the plays. I thought it was fake at first but of course, like always I was wrong, it was real. So good job ‘love birds’!
4. Presented by Chloe Kynclova: Best Hair.The award for Best Hair goes to TOUGH! TOUGH! Won because one of the Bobby’s hair looked like a hippy’s hair! So peace out!
5. Presented by Ethan Vasilopoulos: Show with the Lowest Budget, but did the best with their Low Budget. The award for Show with the Lowest Budget, but did the best with their Low Budget goes to TOUGH!. TOUGH! Won because they had cheap props and a cheap location.
6. Presented by Ethan Vasilopoulos: Most Suspenseful Moment. The award for Most Suspenseful Moment goes to THE GREATEST CITIES IN THE WORLD. THE GREATEST CITIES IN THE WORLD won because it was dark at the beginning and there were hands pouring the sand and I was wondering where the actors were and when the show was going to start.
7. Presented by Greg Snarr: Best Voices for a Character. The award for Best Voices for a Character goes to ELEPHANT WAKE. ELEPHANT WAKE won because he had a really good French accent.
8. Presented by Greg Snarr: Best Dancer. The award for Best Dancer goes to NORMAN. NORMAN won because he had the best dance with no shirt on.
9. Presented by Maja Lukambo: Best Shoes. The award for Best Shoes goes to TOUGH! TOUGH! Won because the shoes Bobby was wearing were cool Converse All-Stars. They were white and blue and they had a lot of stars.
10. Presented by Maxim Frumkin: Craziest Gruesome/Gore. The award goes to HOMAGE. HOMAGE won because the blood artist squirted blood everywhere.
11. Presented by Maxim Frumkin: Most Efficient Use of Props. The award goes to HOMAGE. HOMAGE won because they pretty much just used benches. The actor moved them around to make a bunch of different scenes.
12. Presented by Cali Rhindress: Most Computer Animated. The award for Most Computer Animated goes to NORMAN. NORMAN won because there were so many little computer animated designs on the screen, and it was so amazing how the actor could react to the designs like they were really running into him, or he was really pushing the dots away.
13. Presented by Cali Rhindress: Oldest Person Able to Still Perform in a Play. The award for Oldest Person able to still perform in a play goes to ELEPHANT WAKE. ELEPHANT WAKE won because the character in the play looked really old, and that’s good because I think the man was supposed to look old because it said in the play that he was 77 years old.
14. Presented by Miki Lang: Best Special Effects. The award for Best Special Effects goes to NORMAN. NORMAN won because there were a lot of projections of Norman McLaren’s films. We really liked the bird projection because the actor impersonated a bird very well.
15. Presented by Jade Pincoe: Most Tastiest Snack Stuff. The award for Most Tastiest Snack Stuff goes to RICK MERCER. RICK MERCER won because we had catered food at the VIP reception for the actors and the children before the show. I really liked the Potato and pork canapé and the cherries.
16. Presented by Jade Pincoe: Best Impersonation of an Animal. The award for the Best Impersonation of an Animal goes to ELEPHANT WAKE. ELEPHANT WAKE won because he looked like an elephant and it was funny when he made an elephant noise.
17. Presented by Ayden Elworthy-Gaiger: Best/Craziest Comedian Ever. The award for Best/Craziest Comedian Ever goes to RICK MERCER. RICK MERCER must win this award because, well, he ate Harvey’s with Jean Chretien, jumped in a lake naked with Bob Rae, insulted countless USA citizens about their ignorance…I think that’s enough.
18. Presented by Mike Hall: Best Fake Kick. The award for Best Fake Kick goes to TOUGH! TOUGH won because there was a part whet it looked a lot like the person kicked Bobby, when he got kicked, it sounded like he really got kicked but he didn’t.
19. Presented by Mike Hall: Most Risky and Dangerous. The award for Most Risky and Dangerous goes to MONSTER MAKERS. MONSTER MAKERS won because we got to pull the monster into places and boss him around. We ran through the streets and almost got hit by cars. We were bluffing in our risk assessments, we really weren’t willing to die. Or were we?
20. Presented by Seth Pettley: The Best Realistic Swordfight. The Best Realistic Swordfight goes to THE GREATEST CITIES IN THE WORLD. THE GREATEST CITIES IN THE WORLD won because it was the only sword fight yet, and it was not much of a sword fight, but they almost started fighting, and it was pretty funny when the knight had a really really giant sword.
21. Presented by Seth Pettley: Show that Made us Clap the Most (Longest Clap). The award for Show that Made us Clap the Most (Longest Clap) goes to TOUGH! TOUGH! Won because it was a great show so it deserved a big clap. They bowed two times so we had to clap long!
22. Presented by Jasper Buller: The Most Emotional Play (Touched my Heart). The award for the Most Emotional Play (Touched my Heart) goes to HOMAGE. HOMAGE won because it made me angry and sad. It made me angry because they tore down a man’s sculpture. It made me sad because the man had a heart attack.
23. Presented by Jasper Buller: Most Interactive with the Audience. The award for Most Interactive with the Audience goes to MONSTER MAKERS. MONSTER MAKERS won because the monster sometimes pushed us, we had to run after him and we had to do stuff with him like pick up the poo.
24. Presented by Jake Laur: Most Famous Celebrity. The award for Most Famous Celebrity goes to RICK MERCER. RICK MERCER won because he has a well-known TV show.
25. Presented by Jake Laur: Best Music. The award for Best Music goes to DEDICATED TO THE REVOLUTIONS. DEDICATED TO THE REVOLUTIONS won because there was lots of music and it was catchy. The tunes were going around in my head after the show. It was kool with a ‘K’, really Kool.
26. Presented by Miki Lang: Most Dramatic Moment. The award for Most Dramatic Moment goes to ELEPHANT WAKE. ELEPHANT WAKE won because there was a lot of yelling and crying, especially when his elephant got run over.
27. Presented by Austyn Ptashnik: Most Unique. The award for Most Unique Show goes to THE GREATEST CITIES IN THE WORLD.
28. Presented by Austyn Ptashnik: Best Sound Effects. The award for Best Sound Effects goes to NORMAN. NORMAN won because the sound effects matched the films. When he hit the ball it would make a hit-noise. That was cool.
29. Presented by Austyn Ptashnik: Smartest Actors. The award for Smartest Actors goes to DEDICATED TO THE REVOLUTIONS. DEDICATED TO THE REVOLUTIONS won because the actors were nerds. They were very smart and knew a lot about Newton, Einstein and Gravity. Erin did a lot of dividing, it was the longest long division I’ve ever seen. She has a good education and she only made 2 mistakes.
30. Presented by Mihajlo Milisic: Best Walmart. The Best Walmart Award goes to…DRUMROLL PLEASE! THE GREATEST CITIES IN THE WORLD. THE GREATEST CITIES IN THE WORLD won because Walmart buildings are always rectangles, and they made a rectangle. The letters were all cut clear, you could see all of the details like the doors, letters and the triangle where the letters are. They even had a light. People call stores like Walmart ‘big box stores’. I thought it was funny that this Walmart was made out of a big box.
31. Presented by Mihajlo Milisic: Most Violent. The Most Violent award goes to MONSTER MAKERS. MONSTER MAKERS won because I got really violent and was beating the monster with his own emotional blobs.
32. Presented by Giovanni Paoletti: Best Storyline. The award for the Best Storyline goes to ELEPHANT WAKE. ELEPHANT WAKE won because it was funny, I was laughing the whole time and the story really kept me paying attention.
33. Presented by Giovanni Paoletti: Best Use of Lights. The award for Best use of Lights goes to…it’s a TIE! NORMAN and DEDICATED TO THE REVOLUTIONS! NORMAN won because some of the lights looked like hunters running through the room. There were also flickering lights at the beginning which I thought was really cool. DEDICATED TO THE REVOLUTIONS won because they shined light on one person and then another and another. There were disco ball stars, they showed us lights from the olden days.
34. Presented by Seth Pettley: Best Costumes. The award for Best Costumes goes to MONSTER MAKERS. MONSTER MAKERS won because the monster’s costume looked like an icecream and we could throw his emotions around.
*THE FINAL 3!!**
35. Presented by Chloe Kynclova: Best Characteristics (The way the actor acts). The award for Best Characteristics (The Way the Actor Acts) goes to HOMAGE. HOMAGE won because the man that played Hayden Davies acted like a different person, and I bet that Hayden and the man that acted Hayden out are not the same at all!
36. Presented by Ayden Elworthy-Gaiger: Best Imagination (Made-Up Story). The award for the The Best Imagination (Made Up Story) goes to…drumroll please… ELEPHANT WAKE. ELEPHANT WAKE won because the story and fantasy was phenomenal. I mean, flying elephants?! Come on! But, he made it sound so believable.
37. Presented by Maja Lukambo: The Best of the Best of the Best. The award for the Best of the Best goes to….IT’s A TIE! MONSTER MAKERS and DEDICATED TO THE REVOLUTIONS. These shows both won because we thought they were the most awesome shows.
18 June 2010
From the Program: There is a list of seven revolutions from Jacob's grade eight science class. Some of the revolutions changed the tools we use to communicate and share knowledge. Tools can change our behaviour, which can lead to a difficulty in slowing down of taking the time to look around. But we'd like to try that. Having all this time to reflect, though, can make us anxious. Things take a long time, everything changes, nothing is constant and science could end the world. But this anxiety shouldn't prevent us from trying to make our way through, and certainly shouldn't prevent good will and singing.
From the Program: Monster Makers is an interactive adventure for children. Monster Makers was conceived in Navi Mumbai in collaboration with Shobha Murthy's students of Aarambh (www.aarambh.org). Aarambh is a non-profit charity organization based in the slum colonies of Navi Mumbai, India and was created as a support center for the children and women living there. Monster Makers is dedicated to the students and their anarchic spirit.
17 June 2010
From the Program: For the last few years, we have been delving deeper into the words of interviewed individuals to create our work. We do this for a number of reasons: our interest in the immediate, our fascination with unique experiences that could never be imagined, and our desire to avoid the loneliness of sitting in front of a computer trying to create "true" voices. We also do it to make things more difficult for ourselves. In our experience we find it very easy to become quickly reliant on the plot-driven elements we swing towards- relationship, stakes and conflict. Utilizing it forces us and our collaborators to decode the material and present a structure that relies on interest and rhythm shifts rather than plot twists, as we search for some king of accumulation. This process results in fractured narrative arcs and meandering character transformations, but allows the piece to emerge as a spacious collection of anecdotes, observations and conversations that flirt with traditional storytelling rather than rely on it. For this exploration we headed to the Deep South. our encounter with these small towns in Tennessee held many things, but they all proved to be entirely unpredictable-as unpredictable as any encounter with complete strangers can be. With The Greatest Cities in the World, we attempt to create an evening that honours the complexity of both the people whose words we draw upon, and the audiences we hope to entertain and inspire.
Official CCA Jury Most Memorable Moments:
Chloe: "When they took out the big sword. I like when they did the funny dancing."
Mike: "The knight pulled a gigantic sword for fighting."
Max: "The little truck, the big sword and the houses."
16 June 2010
From the Program: On a very personal level, Elephant Wake is my coming of age story. It grew out of a moment when I realized I ws no longer a boy and that myself and the place I grew up in was rapidly evolving into something different. This self-reflective epiphany, where I balanced precariously between the future and the past, was very profound for me, as it was a complex moment of beauty, fear, sadness, and joy. It is precisely the essence of this moment that spawned the character of Jean Claude. With his child-like simplicity, he is able to live forever in a space where the past, the present and the future are one and the same. He has not grown up. So despite the incredible amount of loss and solitude that defines his world, he is still able to defy despair by populating his community with wonderful old memories and cling to an unbreakable sense of hope. This quality becomes both an admirable feat of innocence and a sorrowful tragic flaw.
Official CCA Jury Memorable Moments:
Ayden: "When he first came out on stage."
Jade: " The props were made of papier mache. I liked all the bright and colourful lights, there were some lanterns that were like stars. I liked the ground because it was made of shredded paper."
Cali: "When his parents died, when he had a party, when his grand parents died, when he made a zoo out of paper, when he was dancing with family and friends."
Giovanni: "I liked the songs. The lights were cool. It looked like a farm. The character had a cool accent and I liked the comedy."