Western Ontario Drama League
Newsletter June 2019
In this issue:

  • WODL Annual General Meeting - Sunday 21 July
  • Looking Forward to Next Season - Key Dates for Adjudications 2019/2020
  • 2019/2020 Pre-Festival Adjudicator - Mark Mooney
  • Festival 2020 Adjudicator - Caroline Smith
  • Sponsor a WODL Festival Award
  • News From Around the WODL Region
  • Theatre Ontario Festival - 15 May 2019 to 19 May 2019 - Awards
  • Theatre Ontario - Summer Theatre Intensive
  • Playwrights Canada Press - New Titles
  • Playwrights Canada Press
  • Off the Wall StratfordArtists Alliance 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
Quick Links:
WODL Annual General Meeting - Sunday 21 July
The AGM of WODL will be in Tillsonburg on Sunday 21 July 2019 at 11:00 am.

This your chance to meet the WODL board, and the board members would love to meet you!

Come along and find out what is going on in the region. Get to hear about Festival 2020.

Delegates will receive formal notices in the next few weeks. Everyone who belongs to a WODL member group is welcome at the AGM.
Looking Forward to Next Season - Key Dates for Adjudications 2019/2020
By Ken Menzies, Adjudications Chair of WODL,   adjudications@wodl.on.ca
The following are some of the key dates for the upcoming years adjudications:

Early August 2019: Application form for adjudication available on the WODL website www:wodl.on.ca.

Early- to mid-August 2019: Snail mail sent to all groups encouraging them to apply for an adjudication.

Early September 2019: Emails sent to all WODL groups reminding them to apply for an adjudication.

Friday September 20, 2019: Last day for applications to be received that are considered for the initial schedule of adjudications. When scheduling adjudications in-Festival productions are given preference over out-of-Festival adjudications.

After the preliminary schedule is prepared, late applications will be considered.

Scheduling depends on having an available date: Available means that no other play is scheduled, and it works for the pre-Festival adjudicator, Mark Mooney. Once the preliminary schedule is established, the pre-Festival adjudicator may take on commitments that do not clash with this schedule, On-time applications are much more likely to get a time slot, and a time slot close to your first choice, than late applications. Please apply by the deadline if you can.

Tuesday October 15, 2019: First possible date for an adjudication.

Friday, February 21: Last possible date for an adjudication.

Sunday, February 23: 1:00 pm at Cambridge Community Players, General Meeting of WODL, announcement of which groups are in Festival

Monday March 16 to Friday March 20, 2020: Festival plays in Cambridge. Festival 2020 is jointly hosted by Cambridge Community Players and Paris Performers Theatre.

Saturday March 21: Gala (Awards ceremony) in Cambridge.
2019/2020 Pre-Festival Adjudicator - Mark Mooney
Mark took the Theatre Ontario Adjudicators Course in 2011 and brings with him thirty years of experience in community theatre and educational theatre as a director, actor and designer.

After graduating with a degree in Drama and Theatre Arts from the University of Waterloo, he has spent nearly three decades teaching drama at the secondary level and served on the education committees of the Grand Theatre (London, ON) and the Teacher-Festival Liaison Committee of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. He has also served on the Boards of several community theatre groups: the Western Ontario Drama League, and Theatre Ontario.

Recently, he has become active in play polishing and offering workshops in acting and directing. He was the workshop leader (adjudicator) for WODL’s Minifest in July 2013.
Festival 2020 Adjudicator - Caroline Smith
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 Awards and numerous business 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.

Caroline has a busy career as a freelance Guest Director, including for 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.

Caroline adjudicated the Musical category for the 2017/18 ACT-CO Festival. While in 2108/19, she adjudicated comedies for ACT-CO 2018/19. In October 2018, she adjudicated the London One-Act-Festival (LOAF).
Sponsor a WODL Festival Award
Every year you eagerly scan to WODL in-Festival and out-of-Festival awards listings. You celebrate when you, or your friends, win an award or are nominated!

Have you ever thought about being part of the awards process?

Each year a few of the award sponsors decide not to continue with their sponsorship. If you would like to be considered for a vacant awards sponsorship, contact Andre Paradis, the WODL Awards Chair, at awards@wodl.on.ca .

The annual cost of sponsorship is reasonable. As a sponsor, you get to name your award and you can come to the Festival Gala to present the award--sorry you have to buy your own gala ticket!
News from Around the WODL Region
By Janice Lundy, member WODL Communications Committee,   janice@wodl.on.ca 
to June 8 Owen Sound Little Theatre The Long Weekend
to June 15 Players Guild of Hamilton The Gentleman Clothier

June 6-16 Simcoe Little Theatre Picasso at the Lapin Agile
June 13-15 Theatre Tillsonburg   House
June 14-23 ITOPA The Witch in 204
June 19-23 London Community Players   Her Naked Skin
June 20-July 6 Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre Steel Magnolias

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 - Awards
By Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager, Theatre Ontario, brandon@theatreontario.org
The WODL entry, Girls Like That, was one of the 2 performances that sold out, and it got a nice little shout-out on Twitter from the playwright.
The Elsie For Outstanding Festival Production :
Outside Mullingar , Domino Theatre
Outstanding Director:
Valary Cook, Late Company
Honourable Mention:
Ian Malcolm,  Outside Mullingar
Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role:
Geoff Johnson as Anthony, Outside Mullingar
Honourable Mention:
Andrew Horbatuik as Bill Dermot,  Late Company
Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role:
Lydia Kiselyk as Debora Shaun-Hastings, Late Company
Honourable Mention:
Dympna McConnell as Rosemary Muldoon,  Outside Mullingar
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role:
Sandie Cond as Aiofe Muldoon, Outside Mullingar
Honourable Mention:
Shannon McMullan as Liset,  This Is How We Got Here
Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role:
Will Smith as Jim, This Is How We Got Here
Honourable Mention:
Dylan Mills-Capote as Curtis Dermot, Late Company
Outstanding Visual Presentation:
This Is How We Got Here
Honourable Mention:
Late Company
Outstanding Technical Achievement:
Outside Mullingar  (David L. Smith, Lighting Design and Operation)
Honourable Mention:
Girls Like That (Set design and realization)
O utstanding Coordinated Production:
(This award is chosen by the Festival Stage Manager)
Theatre Sarnia
Special Adjudicator Award:
For prop coordination - food: Susan Poole, Assistant Stage Manager, Late Company
Special Adjudicator Award:
For original music: Vern Dorge, Composer and Performer, This Is How We Got Here
Special Adjudicator Award:
For set dressing: Whitney Purdy,  Outside Mullingar
Special Adjudicator Award:
For movement: The performers and Dance Captain (Hala Miller),  Girls Like That
Special Adjudicator Award:
For storytelling and monologues: The ensemble, This Is How We Got Here
View these results on the Theatre Ontario website, click here.
Theatre Ontario - Summer Theatre Intensive
By Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager, Theatre Ontario, brandon@theatreontario.org
We’re going “back to school” for the campus summer course experience at this years Summer Theatre Intensive, running August 4 to 9 in Kingston at Queen’s University.

For 2019, we are offering the following courses:
  • Fundamentals of Acting, with Rosanna Saracino

  • Devised Theatre for Intersectional Artists, with Sabah Haque

  • Playing with Commedia Dell'Arte, with Catriona Leger

  • Directions on Directing: An Introductory Look at Directing, with Andrew Lamb

  • Digging into Directing, with Lezlie Wade

  • Music Direction for Community and Regional Theatre, with Scott White
Playwrights Canada Press - New Titles
By Jessica Lewis, Sales & Marketing Manager, Playwrights Canada Press, jessica@playwrightscanada.com
Coming soon from Playwrights Canada Press:

What could help patch up a marriage better than a home renovation? Wayne thinks he’s doing his wife Julie a favour by hiring a young couple to help redo the kitchen (at a fraction of the cost she’d hoped for). John and Maggie think they’ve found a way to make some quick money to pay off the land John bought. With both couples on edge amongst themselves and at each other, everything from kitchen cabinets and coffee makers to generational differences and life choices are cause for ridicule, making a play that’s hilarious and relatable.

In this stunning third part to Kate Hennig’s powerfully reimagined Queenmaker series, England’s first queen regnant finds herself fighting xenophobia, religious nationalism, and strained familial bonds in the power struggle that dubs her Bloody Mary.

In an unflinching look at love, sex, and fertility, and inspired by real stories of mothers during the Canadian birth-control movement of the early twentieth century, one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights vividly recreates a couple’s struggles with reproduction.

Lila, a Black cop, has been on leave from the police force ever since she shot an unarmed Black man. She’s moved back in with her mother, Karen, and is drinking beer for breakfast. So when Tim, a white playwright, shows up at her door to casually inform her that his play inspired by her experience is being adapted into a movie, Lila’s trauma is dragged out for speculation once again. The star of the film, his body guard, and Karen are dragged into the fight, leading to an epic metatheatrical standoff in a living room play about a living room play about gun violence, police, art, and appropriation.

For more information on these, and other titles, visit Playwrights Canada Press at www.playwrightscanada.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:
21 July 2019
WODL Annual General meeting, Tillsonburg
16 March to 21 March 2020
WODL Festival 2020, Cambridge