One Act Play Festival

November 3 and 4 2017

Rural Root will be hosting the Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) One-Act -Play Festival on November 3 and 4! This is a huge honour for us, and is the first time that Rural Root will be hosting. This is a great opportunity to show off our renovated Community Centre to the larger theatre community across all of Eastern Ontario. More information is available on the EODL website.

The 2017 festival is a special Canadian focused festival to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. All plays will be Canadian authors, and Rural Root has chosen Still Stands The House as our entry in the festival.

Venue and stage information for visiting theatre companies is available here.


The Plays

Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Reserve early!

The festival consists of 9 one-act plays organized into 3 sessions of 3 plays each. Each play is performed by a member company of the EODL. Session 1 will be held Friday, November 3 at 7pm, Session 2 at 1pm on Saturday, November 4 and Session 3 will be at 7pm on Saturday November 4. Tickets are $20 per session, or $50 for a 3 session pass. Download the ticket order form here if you want to pay by cheque, or order online.

  • 7:00pm RURAL ROOT THEATRE  –  “Still Stands the House”
  • 8:20pm PETERBOROUGH THEATRE GUILD – “Parent’s Night”
  • 9:40pm DOMINO THEATRE (KINGSTON) –  “Tea With Enid and Pearl”

  • 2:00 BROCKVILLE THEATRE GUILD – “Check Please”
  • 3:00 VAGABOND THEATRE (CORNWALL) – “The Death of Me”

  • 8:30 OLD CHURCH (TRENTON) – “Tea With Roger”
  • 9:20 BELLEVILLE THEATRE GUILD – “The Green Thumb Gang”


The plays will be adjudicated by a professional adjudicator.

Steve Russell is an actor, director, writer, consultant and adjudicator. After earning a degree in English and Drama at U.W.O. where “everyone in the theatre program did everything”, he studied at the Banff Centre, U of T and Second City. He had the rare experience of teaching full-time drama in Secondary school for over 25 years where he directed  two or three productions (one-act plays, full length plays and musicals) each year.  He was a TVO Teacher of the Year (1997). He was Head of the Peterborough Regional Integrated Arts program. He later became an Additional Qualification Instructor, teaching drama teachers how to teach drama. He has published a book on assessment in dramatic arts and was a lead writer in the development of the Ontario Drama curriculum and resources. For six years, Steve was the Arts Consultant for his school board. He has been President of the Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators (CODE), was on the Executive of the International Drama in Education Association (Canada). He has directed both musical and dramatic productions for community theatre companies and recently played Shrek, in Shrek the Musical and King Arthur in Spamalot. Now retired from teaching, Steve has kept busy as a frequent workshop presenter, Vice-Chair of Prologue to the Performing Arts and President of the Peterborough Theatre Guild while trying to write, direct and perform whenever possible. His experiences doing lighting, make-up, sound, mask making, set design, set construction and decorating, stage management and front of house work along with his expertise in assessment and experience onstage make him a uniquely qualified adjudicator.

Food and Lodging

Welcome to Constance Bay! “The Bay” is located in the North Western corner of Ottawa in a picturesque rural setting on the Ottawa River. Ottawa’s best beaches can be found here! It is a rural community, however, so you will have to travel to nearby Kanata for lodging and all but the basic shopping and dining. Kanata is about a 15 minute drive from Constance Bay. We have arranged for food and lodging, which you can reserve and purchase along with your tickets.


We have negotiated a special price at the Brookstreet Hotel in Kanata, 525 Leggett Drive. It is the closest hotel to Constance Bay, and also happens to be one of the top hotels in Ottawa. It has a pool, spa, gym and other amenities. For information about the hotel, see their web site. If you are ready to reserve, click the button below to get the festival pricing or call the hotel at 1-888-826-2220 and ask for Rural Root Festival.

The festival price is $159 including parking and the regular price is $185 plus parking,

NOTE: Rooms will be held until Oct. 4 when they are released to the public. However the Festival rate will continue if there are rooms available.

Reserve November 3 and 4

Dinner on Saturday, November 4th 4:30pm

Come on out for great food in a great location! Dinner will be held at the Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club, a world class golfing destination, and one of the top golf courses in Ottawa. Although only a short 15 minute drive from Constance Bay, a bus will be provided to take you there. Tickets cost $30 per person including the bus. Please make sure to indicate any food allergies on the order form or if buying online, via email at Of course, you can arrange your own dinner in the many fine restaurants in Kanata. Some of best are listed here. Count on a drive time of 30 minutes to get there.


Buffet Style Service
Garden SaladColeslaw
Shepherd's PieCheese Tortellini Alfredo
Rolls and ButterFruit Platter
Homemade Apple Crisp with ice cream from local Penny's Fudge FactoryCoffee and Tea
Cash Bar

Awards Brunch on Sunday, November 5th 11:00am

“There’s no safer place to eat brunch than 70 feet under in the Diefenbunker.”

The awards brunch will be held at 11am on Sunday at the Deifenbunker – Canada’s Cold War Museum (see below). The adjudicator will present awards in several categories and will announce the overall winner of the festival. There are also people’s choice awards, but remember that you have to attend all 3 sessions in order to vote!

Diefenbunker Tour on Sunday, November 5th 9:30am

Canadian Forces Station Carp (CFS Carp), also known as “The Diefenbunker” is a former Canadian military facility located in the rural farming community of Carp, Ontario, approximately 30 km west of downtown Ottawa.

CFS Carp was decommissioned in 1994. It was not until 1998 that it was reopened as a museum and designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Currently, the facility operates as a museum and is open year-round for tours. The tours last approximately 1 hour and describe all aspects of this facility. The bunker itself is 4 stories below ground, and was designed to house over 800 people. Facilities include dining areas, sleeping quarters, offices, a computer data centre and a vault for the storage of gold. This is a worthwhile tour, and is a popular destination for visitors to Ottawa. The tours cost $14.50, and can be ordered along with your festival tickets and meals either via the order form or online.