A little history:
The founding meeting for Vagabond Theatre took place in the spring of 1983 in the cafeteria of Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School where Bill Roddy, one of the founders, was the principal.
Cornwall Little Theatre had folded several years earlier and there was a void for theatre lovers who did not want to (or could not!) perform in musical productions. And so, a small enthusiastic group undertook to perform non-musical productions focusing mainly on a range of plays, with the special mandate to present Canadian plays as well.
The first production for Vagabond Theatre took place in the small auditorium at St Joseph’s Villa in the fall of 1983. Two one-act plays were presented and to the surprise of many, the production was sold out on the final evening. And so, Vagabond Theatre began. Over the years, Vagabond Theatre has presented comedies, mysteries, whodunits, and dramas.
The name “Vagabond Theatre” was selected and is apt because over the years the theatre company has wandered from venue to venue in Cornwall looking for a home of some permanence (and still does!). Vagabonders have performed at Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School, St. Lawrence High School, General Vanier Secondary School, the Weave Shed, Aultsville Theatre, Dreambuilder Studios, the NAV CENTRE, St. John's Presbyterian Church and most recently in the former Bank of Montreal (159 Pitt St) which is being converted into the new City of Cornwall Arts Centre.
EODL Festival recognition:
Since its inception, Vagabond has participated at various times in the Eastern Ontario Drama League play festivals and has received awards:
2007 EODL Full Length Festival:
· Bill Roddy was awarded the Leonard Beaulne Memorial Trophy as Best Actor in a Major Role for his performance as Bradley in “The Cocktail Hour” .
2009 EODL One Act Play Festival:
· Michael deWolfe received a best actor award for his performance in the one-act play "Ruby of Elsinore".
· The Vagabond Theatre production of “Ruby of Elsinore” was also nominated in the best costumes category.
2013 EODL Full Length Play Festival
· The cast of "Sex Please, We’re Sixty" received an award for the best use of speech (an adjudicator’s choice award).
· The production received two other nominations: Jean Leger was nominated in the best male actor category and Laurie McRae-Bingley (a first-time director) was nominated in the newcomer category.
2014 EODL One-Act Play Festival
· Vagabond’s presentation of “Admissions” was designated Best Coordinated Production.
· The production also received an Adjudicator's Award for tech.
2015 EODL One-Act Festival
• Stephanie Carriere was presented with the Mae Carmichael award for acting for her portrayal of Marie Barrett in "Perfect Strangers"
· Patricia Lloyd was nominated for her performance as lead actor.
· Jenny Dagenais was nominated for Best Director in her directorial debut.
· Dan Youmelle (as Producer) earned a nomination for Best Production.
2017 EODL One-Act Festival
· The cast was presented the Pauline Grant Acting Award as an ensemble award for the cast.
· “The Death of Me” was designated the Best Production for the festival.
Each year, Vagabond Theatre mounts at least two productions: one in the fall (late October or early November) and one in the spring (late March or April). Vagabond as well works hard to enhance theatre knowledge through participation in workshops and other theatre opportunities.
Anyone who is interested in performing or working with Vagabond Theatre is invited to contact us at email@example.com .
Vagabond Theatre looking for actors Sept 1983