Western Ontario Drama League
Newsletter January 2020
In this issue:

  • WODL Festival 2020 - 16 to 20 March 2020 - Cambridge
  • Festival 2020 Adjudicator
  • News From Around the WODL Region
  • Theatre Ontario Festival - Sault Ste Marie - May 20
  • Off the Wall is Summer Schedule
  • 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 Festival 2020 - 16 to 20 March 2020 - Cambridge
By Terri Graham & Gord Wehner, Co-chairs Festival2020, terri@wodl.on.ca , gord@wodl.on.ca

Great news! You can now buy your tickets for Festival 2020 shows online:

For a 5-show package, click here .

For tickets to individual shows, click here .

For Gala tickets, click here .

Ticket pricing is $110 for all 5 shows or you can purchase individual tickets at $25 each. Gala tickets are $55 each. The cut off for the 5 show special rate is March 1, 2020, and the Gala ticket cut off is March 10, 2020 to allow the hotel to make the proper food arrangements. For anyone with special food needs for the Gala, please email Nikole Beda at bikolar.106@gmail.com so that she can keep a master list of all persons needing special food requirements. 

Tickets are selling well. We hope to see you there! 

We are busy getting the theatre spiffy with the new seating as well as planning the daily events.

The opening reception on March 16th will be at the Cambridge City Hall with our guest speaker, the Honourable Kathryn McGarry, mayor of Cambridge. The Honourable David Bailey, mayor of Brant County will also be in attendance to give words of good cheer.  Invitations to this event will be sent out soon.

On Wednesday March 18 in the afternoon, Drayton Entertainment, one of our program sponsors, is offering a performance of Kinky Boots, at the Hamilton Family Theatre, for a special low price for WODL Festival attendees. Tickets are on sale now only from Drayton Entertainment . When purchasing tickets the Promo code is WODLKB20. We are invited to stay afterwards for a special tour of the theatre. The tour is limited to 30 people. So. if you want to take the tour, you should notify the Festival organizers as soon as possible. We hope everyone will enjoy the day!

We are currently finalizing the other afternoon workshops which include a special effects makeup presentation from a local makeup artist.

We have a local Brantford artisan designing some special pieces for Festival. Eric from Fretwood Mack is an amazing scrollsaw artist who is bringing our design to life. Some of these will be for sale at the hotel during the week of Festival, and there will also be a piece or two raffled off at the Gala.

We are still looking for assistance with two lunches from our theatre communities during Festival week. If your theatre can volunteer to feed a cast and crew please let us know!

We can't wait to welcome you in Cambridge for Festival 2020.

www.cambridgecommunityplayers.com/wodl-festival , is where you can find out everything you need to know about Festival 2020, to order tickets, and to book the hotel.

See the information below for hotel reservation information. queen bed rate is $109/night and executive king suite is $124/night. This includes complimentary breakfast for up to two (2) people. Cut off for booking is March 1, 2020.
For a printable version of this hotel information with clickable links, click here .
Festival 2020 Adjudicator
Each day at Festival we will get to hear the thoughts of our in-Festival adjudicator on the performance the previous evening. Here is an introduction to Caroline Smith, our adjudicator for the week..

Since 1979, Caroline Smith has worked professionally as a performer, choreographer, director, teacher, adjudicator and playwright in theatres across the country, including the Shaw Festival and the Canadian Opera Company.
From 1996 to 2009, Caroline was Artistic and Managing Director of the Stirling Festival Theatre. Under her leadership, the company won three Lieutenant Governor's Arts Awards and numerous business achievement awards. In 2001, Caroline was presented with an honorary Arts degree from Loyalist College for outstanding work in enhancing and promoting the arts in the Quinte (Eastern Ontario) area.
A published playwright, Caroline's popular Panto scripts are produced by theatres across Ontario including Drayton Entertainment. Her comedy The Kitchen Witches was the winner of the 2005 Samuel French Best Canadian Play Award, and her comedy-thriller To Die For was also published by Samuel French in 2017.
After many years of dance adjudication, Caroline has recently enjoyed being Adjudicator for the ACT-CO Festival, in the Musical category in 2017/18 and Comedies in 2018/19. In 2018, she adjudicated the London One-Act-Festival (LOAF) and facilitated an intensive theatre workshop in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Currently, Caroline has a busy career as a freelance Guest Director, most recently for the Capitol Theatre Port Hope, Campbellford's Westben Theatre, the Toronto Film School, the Highlands and Muskoka Festivals and St. Lawrence Shakespeare Company. She is also dramaturge for Gaslight Productions in Collingwood, assisting local writers in historical play development.
News from Around the WODL Region
By Janice Lundy, member WODL Communications Committee,   janice@wodl.on.ca 
Jan 17- Feb 1          Players Guild of Hamilton  … In The Time of Old Age

Jan 22- Feb 3          Guelph Little Theatre When the Reaper Calls

Jan 29-Feb 1           Theatre Sarnia   Fun Home
Jan 30- Feb 9          London Community Players   Veritas
Jan 30- Feb 15        Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre   East of Berlin
Jan 31-Feb 8           Cambridge Community Players   Office Hours
Jan 31- Feb 15        Elmira Theatre Company   The Wild Guys
Theatre Burlington   The Beauty Queen of Leenane

If you have any special events planned at your theatre in the upcoming months, please let me know!
Theatre Ontario Festival - Sault Ste Marie - May 2020
As you know, the Theatre Ontario Festival is going ahead in May 2020.

The Festival website is under construction. It will have the ticket and hotel booking information on it. When it is ready you can click www.theatreontariofestival.ca to be redirected to it.

There is no update on the future of Theatre Ontario itself.
Off the Wall Summer Schedule
By Michele Boniface, Chair, Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance
Check out our webpage at: www.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:
23 February 2020
WODL General Meeting, Cambridge
16 March to 21 March 2020
WODL Festival 2020, Cambridge
13 May to 17 May 2020
Theatre Ontario Festival 2020, Sault Ste Marie
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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