Western Ontario Drama League

Newsletter December 2022

In this issue:
  • What the Prez Sez
  • Penny & Pound Theatre Productions - New WODL Member Group
  • Adjudications and Galas 2022 to 2025
  • Workshop - GST/HST Audits and Examinations and Books and Records
  • WODL Workshop Series from Revenue Canada
  • Community Theatre in the WODL Region
  • Off the Wall - February Workshops
  • New Plays from the Playwrights Canada Press
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet
  • Concord Theatricals New Plays
  • If you are Producing Canadian Plays this Season - Check This Out
  • Is your WODL Membership Information Up-to-date?
  • Dates for your Diary
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What the Prez Sez

By Linda Lloyd-McKenzie, WODL President, president@wodl.on.ca

Christmas is officially 25 sleeps away! Hopefully you all have your shopping and Christmas baking done, by now, or at least are well on your way to being done - then you can relax and enjoy the holidays. Why not check out one (or two!) of the Holiday themed shows (and others) from some of our member groups? There are several shows across our region that are family friendly, and will assuredly get you into the holiday spirit!

  • Hanover Community Players - Oliver! , Dec 1-11th
  • Elora Community Theatre - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Dec 9-10th, 16-18th
  • Guelph Little Theatre - A Christmas Carol, Dec 1-11th
  • Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts (ITOPA) - A Christmas Carol, Dec 9-18th
  • Penny and Pound Theatre - Miss Scrooge - a Holiday Musical, Dec 1-4th
  • The Bank Theatre, Leamington - Boogie Down To Bethlehem, Dec 9-11th
  • Theatre Burlington - Hansel and Gretel, Dec 2 & 3rd
  • Theatre Woodstock - The Dining Room, Dec 2-10th

Ticket information can be found on each groups' website - links are listed on our website wodl.on.ca, under Member Groups.

Have a safe and joyous Holiday Season!

Penny & Pound Theatre Productions - New WODL Member Group

By Shirley Bieman, WODL Membership and Development Chair, shirley@wodl.on.ca

We are very pleased to welcome Penny & Pound Theatre Productions to WODL. Their application for membership was accepted unanimously by the WODL Board of Directors.

Welcome, Penny & Pound Theatre! We look forward to working with your dynamic group.

Adjudications and Galas 2022 to 2025

By Mona Brennan-Coles, WODL Past President on behalf of the WODL 2023 & 2024 Galas Committee, mona@wodl.on.ca

After much discussion at the fall 2022 Board meetings and the October 2022 delegates meeting, WODL has decided the following:

For the 2022-2023 Season:

  • To rename the Travelling Adjudications 2022-2023 to the WODL Travelling Festival 2022-2023 because this is a better description of what is happening this year, and would happen any year, that WODL doesn’t host an in-person, multiple-play Festival ending on the long weekend in May.

  • To rename the WODL Reunion Gala 2023 to the WODL Festival and Reunion Gala 2023 to reflect that we are celebrating the Travelling Festival and enjoying our first in-person event since March 2019. Yes, it will be more than 4 years when we gather next spring to celebrate theatre in the WODL region. WODL will host the WODL Festival and Reunion Gala 2023 in the St. Jacobs area. 

  • Tp move the WODL AGM 2023 from Sunday August 13, 2023 to Sunday May 21, 2023 at 11:00 am.

For the 2023-2024 Season:

  • To host the WODL Travelling Festival 2023-2024 leading to the WODL Festival Gala 2024 in the St. Jacobs area. We are currently negotiating with an area hotel to host both the 2023 and 2024 Galas.

For the 2024-2025 Season:

  • To host travelling adjudications in 2024-2025 leading to an in-person, multiple-play Festival ending on Sunday May 18, 2025 with the WODL AGM 2025. The Bank Theatre in looking forward to welcoming us to Leamington in May 2025.

WODL 2023 & 2024 Galas Committee:

The WODL 2023 & 2024 Galas Committee has agreed to serve for two years and consists of:

  • Mona Brennan-Coles, Chair, Workshops
  • Peter Busby, Treasurer
  • Bev Dietrich, Hotel/Workshops
  • Kathy Fahey, co-host Hospitality
  • Tom Fahey, co-host Hospitality
  • Ken Menzies, Adjudications
  • Andre Paradis, Awards
  • Renata Solski, Hotel/Gala 

WODL Festival and Reunion Gala 2023 – Tentative Schedule:

Friday May 19, 2023:

6:00 pm onwards

  • Arrival, hotel check-in

  • Visit in Hospitality Room

Saturday May 20, 2023:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Workshop TBD – of particular interest to directors & actors

  • Workshop TBD – of particular interest to designers & techies

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

  • Lunch on your own

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Theatre related activity

  • Shopping, Visiting

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

  • Chocolate Martini Party hosted by Elmire Theatre Company

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

  • Pre-Gala cocktails

7:00 pm onwards

  • Dinner

  • Travelling Festival Adjudicator’s Awards

Time TBD

  • Visiting in the Hospitality Room

Sunday May 21, 2023:

1:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • WODL AGM 2023

Workshop - GST/HST Audits and Examinations

By Terri Graham, WODL Second Vice-president, terri@wodl.on.ca

November 16, 2022 at 1:00 pm via Zoom

GST/HST Audits and Examinations and Books and Records

This workshop was postponed by the presenter.

We will update the interested participants as soon as a new date is available. At this time, the January workshop is still scheduled.

For more information contact Terri Graham at  workshops@wodl.on.ca.

WODL Workshop Series from Revenue Canada

WODL and Revenue Canada are offering a series of free workshops to WODL members. Each workshop is 60 minutes long and is available on Zoom. The slideshow will be available to all attendees after each workshop.

All workshops are at 1:00 pm. To attend contact workshops@wodl.on.ca.

January 11, 2023:

Directors Liability and Taxpayer Rights

Community Theatre in the WODL Region

A good place to find out about what other WODL groups are doing is the WODL Facebook page, WODL | Facebook. Most of the announcements are at fairly short notice, so check in often!

If your group is putting on an event that you would like included in the January newsletter, please send the information to communications@wodl.on.ca.

Off the Wall - February Workshops

By Michele Boniface, Chair, Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, mboniface@cyg.net
Facebook @offthewallstrat
Hashtags: #stratfordoffthewall #theatreproduction #backstage

New Plays from the Playwrights Canada Press

By Annie Gibson, Publisher, Playwrights Canada Press, jessica@playwrightscanada.com 

Check out these new books from Playwrights Canada Press!


Recently released:


Simone, Half and Half by Christine Rodriguez

Fourteen-year-old Simone is caught between cultures: Canadian, Québécois, and Trinidadian.


The Enchanted Loom by Suvendrini Lena, translated by Dushy Gnanapragasam

As the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war play out, the family bears witness from their new home of Toronto.


Duecentomila by kai fig taddei

When Kat unknowingly outs Eli, she sets off a chain of events that leave the cousins and their loved ones reeling.


Coming soon:


Yaga by Kat Sandler

What if the wicked witch was actually a sexy, smart, modern woman operating off of morally ambiguous motives?


Post-Democracy by Hannah Moscovitch

When a CEO and his top executives are on a business trip to secure a major deal, a damaging sex scandal is unearthed back home.

See what else is  coming soon.

Did you know you can browse our plays by subjects and casting? 

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You can find more new releases, a blog full of interviews and excerpts, and more on playwrightscanada.com!

Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet

The Canadian Play Outlet has over 2000 Canadian Plays right at your fingertips. Looking for something specific? Check out the curated Collections.

Every month you can take a look at the newest unpublished and published plays available!

See November 2022 releases.

Concord Theatricals New Plays

See their latest scripts click here.

If you are Producing Canadian Plays this Season - Check This Out

The Playwrights Guild of Canada publicises productions of Canadian-written plays through its website, www.playwrightsguild.ca.

If you want to perform a Canadian play but cannot figure out where to obtain the amateur performance rights, view this presentation from PGC.

Is your WODL Membership Information Up-to-date?

Are you on the board of a theatre group that belongs to WODL? If your group has:

  • A new President
  • New WODL delegates
  • A new Treasurer

Please let our membership chair, Shirley Bieman, know at membership@wodl.on.ca

Dates for your Diary:

31 December 2022

Deadline for submissions for the January newsletter

23 April 2023

WODL General Meeting

30 April 2023

Adjudications end

Victoria Day Long Weekend, 19 & 20 May 2023

WODL Festival and Reunion Gala 2023

21 May 2023


Victoria Day Long Weekend, 17 & 18 May 2024

WODL Festival and Reunion Gala 2024

19 May 2024


Victoria Day Long Weekend 2025 and week prior

WODL Festival 2025, Leamington

This newsletter was prepared by:
Tricia Ward
Communications coordinator

Western Ontario Drama League  | communications@wodl.on.ca | www.wodl.on.ca

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