Western Ontario Drama League
Newsletter February 2019
In this issue:
  • WODL General Meeting - Sunday 17 February - Guelph
  • News from Festival 2019 - Guelph - 11 to 16 March 2019
  • On Being Adjudications Chair
  • News From Around the WODL Region
  • Theatre Ontario Festival - 15 May 2019 to 19 May 2019 - Richmond Hill
  • Off the Wall
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet
  • If you are producing Canadian Plays this Season - Check This Out
  • ONstage Theatre Listings
  • Is your WODL Membership Information Up-to-date?
  • Dates for your Diary
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WODL General Meeting - Sunday 17 February - Guelph
The next General Meeting of the Western Ontario Drama League will be held:

on Sunday 17 February 2019 at 1:00 pm
Guelph Little Theatre
176 Morris Street, Guelph, ON N1E 5M7
Invitations and agendas have been sent to all group presidents and delegates.

All members of theatre groups belonging to WODL are welcome at this meeting.

The finalists in the WODL Festival will be announced, as well as the winners of the out-of-Festival awards.
News from Festival 2019 - Guelph - 11 to 16 March 2019
By Rosemarie Ens, WODL Festival 2019 Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator, president@elmiratheatre.com
The countdown is on, our Festival announcements are only weeks away which means it’s time to plan your Festival Fun Week in Guelph. As you know, Festival is being co-hosted by Guelph Little Theatre and Elmira Theatre Company with the theme of Spotlight on Sharing, as this is a cooperate effort between the two groups.

For anyone who has not attended Festival before, you are in for a week of fantastic shows, new friendships and memories that will stay with you until the next years Festival. 

Each year WODL member groups choose whether they wish their show to be adjudicated and if they will be entered as an in-Festival, or an out-of-Festival, entry. A group entering in-Festival is indicating their willingness to go to Festival and remount their play there. Groups entering out-of-Festival are indicating that their production is not available for presentation at the Festival. From this initial process, five productions are chosen to participate in the week-long Festival, which is held in a different member town each year.

A second adjudicator evaluates these shows and selects individuals and productions to receive awards for acting, directing, and stagecraft. The 16 sponsored awards are presented at a Banquet and Ball on the closing Saturday evening to which all members, their friends, the public and media are invited.
The group which takes Best Production represents WODL by participating in the Theatre Ontario Festival during the May long weekend with other companies who represent their regions of Ontario. 

Whether you are attending as part of an in-Festival group, an out-of-Festival group, or coming to take part in an exciting week of theatre, we have lots in store. Check out our WODL Festival 2019 website at sites.google.com/view/wodl-2019/home for information on our workshop leaders, adjudicators and ticket information. We’ll also post news on our Contenders once announcement have been made on February 17th. And join our social media groups on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for information and updates during Festival week.

Not only do we have some educational opportunities for you in our workshops; bring your favourite yoga attire and Zen Out in Yoga classes. And you can wear your favourite PJs to Saturday morning Cartoons and Cereal. 

We’ll also have a one page guide for you when you arrive with a list of great restaurants, shopping venues and places of interest so you can get to know the City of Guelph at its finest.

So what do you do next?
Check out some of our sponsor restaurants and make a couple of reservations with friends:

Borealis  borealisgrille.ca

The Wooly Pub  www.thewoolypub.ca/

Miijidaa Cafe and Bistro  www.miijidaa.ca/

Park Grocery Deli and Bar parkgrocery.ca
And then pack your bags (including some “glad rags” for the Gala) and come join us in Guelph from March 11-17, 2019!
On Being Adjudications Chair
By Ken Menzies, WODL Adjudications Chair, adjudications@wodl.on.ca
As the WODL adjudications chair, I attend many adjudications by the travelling adjudicator, the adjudications at festival and trial adjudications when Theatre Ontario assesses whether potential adjudicators should be added to their talent bank. I respond many ways:
Adjudicators work fast to form their judgements. Often two weeks after a show I have an assessment. Adjudicators after one minute of some portion of an audience leaving and one minute of introduction deliver their public adjudication. Their speed amazes me.
 People who can act and direct much better than I can are critiqued. I am humbled.
At trial adjudications there are several people like me from various regions of Ontario who can recommend to their groups that somebody be hired as an adjudicator and often a senior adjudicator. This person uses his or her substantial experience of adjudicating to provide feedback to the potential adjudicator and also provides feedback to Theatre Ontario about the person’s suitability as an adjuduciator. As the senior adjudicator is much better at assessing a person’s potential as an adjudicator than the people who recommend adjudicators to their groups, I wonder how trial adjudicators react to the differences in experience of those watching.
Adjudicators know much more about popular culture, music and a period costumes. I am jealous. As a retired sociology professor, I am delighted to learn more about male-female relations and relations among those at different levels in a society from comments on costumes.
The groups who host the adjudicator and me are unfailingly kind. For instance, if food as provided before a detailed or private adjudication, then we are invited to partake. I am grateful and honoured.
As I learn more about what works and what does not, how I watch plays changes. I have become a much more detached critic.
News from Around the WODL Region
By Janice Lundy, member WODL Communications Committee,   janice@wodl.on.ca 
As usual, February is a very busy month for shows!

to Feb 9:           Cambridge Community Players Remember Me?
            Owen Sound Little Theatre Shorthanded
to Feb 10:        London Community Players  The Nerd
to Feb 16:        Elmira Theatre Company Gentleman Clothier
Feb 1-16         T heatre Burlington Strangers Among Us
Feb 7-9            Theatre Kent Barefoot in the Park
Feb 7-16        Aylmer Community Theatre  Dating by the Book
Feb 7-17          Theatre Tillsonburg The Ladies Foursome
Feb 8-16          Theatre Woodstock On Golden Pond
Feb 8-17           Elora Community Theatre The Dining Room
                         ITOPA  The Affections of May
Feb 8-23         Players Guild of Hamilton The Day They Shot John Lennon
Feb 14-24       Simcoe Little Theatre Waiting for Godot
Feb 15-25      Pa ris Performers Theatre Bare Bear Bones
Feb 15- Mar 2 Kincardine Theatre Guild  Ethan Claymore
If you have any special events planned at your theatre in the upcoming months, please let me know!
Theatre Ontario Festival - 15 May 2019 to 19 May 2019 - Richmond Hill
By Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager, Theatre Ontario, brandon@theatreontario.org
Tickets are available for Theatre Ontario Festival 2019 in Richmond Hill – and they are going fast!

All Festival ticket and accommodation information can be found at www.theatreontariofestival.ca
Off the Wall
By Susan Starkweather, General Manager Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, susanstarkweather@yahoo.com
Off the Wall is having a dance party featuring Chris Murphy and the Mardi Gras Mambo for your listening pleasure. This group is a real treat featuring 4 lead vocalists and a sassy horn section.

Masks are encouraged but not required.

The event is catered by Blarney Cottage including a few Cajun treats.

Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at Revel Café in Stratford or at stratfordoffthewall.com .
Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet
The  Canadian Play Outlet  has launched its new site with 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!
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 .
ONstage Theatre Listings
Theatre Ontario publishes an online list of current and upcoming productions by its member groups. To see what is on  click here .
Is your WODL Menbership 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, Gina Paradis, know at  membership@wodl.on.ca
Dates for your Diary:
17 February 2019
WODL General Meeting, Guelph
11 to 16 March 2019
WODL Festival 2019, Guelph
15 to 19 May 2019
Theatre Ontario Festival 2019, Richmond Hill
21 July 2019
WODL Annual General meeting, Tillsonburg