Community Theatre Coalition History
The CTC was founded in 1992 by Mike Busswood, Jane Hyslop, Peter Borgman, Brian Leonard, Sylvia Fournier and Paul Eddy. It has grown into a strong family of theatre companies that support one another and rejoice in each others’ successes. The CTC member clubs share many common concerns and aspirations, in addition to resources, people and audiences.
The concept of the CTC was originally based on the Tony Awards, which recognize achievement in live Broadway theatre. Most of the same award categories were initially incorporated in the CTC, limited only by the nature of the shows being presented by its member clubs. At the start of each new theatre season, each member club chose a volunteer representative who would see all the CTC productions during that season and take part in the subsequent nominations and voting process after the season ended in June.
Over the years, the CTC expanded to include enough clubs producing musicals and pantomimes to warrant adding categories generally associated with these shows, like choreography and music direction.
Starting in the 2009-2010 season, the method of choosing CTC representatives (reps) was changed. Each year, the CTC Board of Governors appoints a team of individuals with varied and extensive backgrounds in the performing arts – who attend each play on the member clubs’ CTC slates, and assess every aspect of them; performances, directing, choreography, costumes, lighting, sets, sound and more. At the end of the season, and after two rounds of voting, they select the most outstanding candidates in each of 21 categories.
In the 2010-2011 season, Graphic Design – Poster or Program became two distinct categories. This change was based on the premise that poster and program designs have very different criteria, and that they are not necessarily done by the same people.
The next step for the CTC was initiated in the 2011-2012 season, again mirroring the Tony Awards. The Best Director and Best Production categories for musicals were separated from those in mainstream productions, bringing the total number of voting categories to 21.
CTC Nomination Categories
- Best Music Director
- Best Choreography
- Best Sound Design
- Best Set Design
- Best Set Decoration
- Best Lighting Design
- Best Costume Design
- Best Graphic Design – Poster
- Best Graphic Design – Programme
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
- Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
- Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
- Best Director – Musical
- Best Director – Comedy or Drama
- Best Production – Musical
- Best Production – Comedy or Drama
Every September, the CTC holds its annual Awards Gala, with catered food and live entertainment. In keeping with the spirit of the CTC mandate, handsome trophies are presented to the selected clubs and individuals in recognition of their achievements in the previous season. The atmosphere is not one of competition, but of genuine cooperation and celebration.
This year’s awards gala was held at The Playhouse, 1532 Johnston Road in White Rock.