Western Ontario Drama League
Newsletter May 2019
In this issue:
  • Theatre Sarnia will be at Theatre OntarioFestival 2019
  • WODL Board
  • Sponsor a WODL Festival Award
  • News From Around the WODL Region
  • Theatre Ontario Festival - 15 May 2019 to 19 May 2019 - Richmond Hill
  • 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
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Theatre Sarnia Will be at Theatre Ontario Festival 2019
Photo; Brian Otto
Message from Shirley Bieman, President of WODL:

Truly one of the highlights of WODL Theatre Festival 2019 for me was the privilege of watching Theatre Sarnia’s performance of Girls Like That . The magic brought to the stage by Henri Canino and her talented cast and crew left me in awe. The acting, choreography, all the technical work including the projections, lights and sound, the set, etc. were superb. As they head to Theatre Ontario Festival in Richmond Hill in just a few weeks, we wish them well. There is no doubt this talented group will do WODL proud!    

The Theatre Sarnia production of Girls Like That will represent WODL at the Theatre Ontario Festival in Richmond Hill in May 2019.

Girls Like That will be performed on Saturday May 18.
Girls Like That - WODL Gala 2019 Photo: Brian Otto
WODL Board
By Gina Paradis, Past President and Membership Chair of WODL,   gina@wodl.on.ca 
As the person in charge of nominations for positions on the WODL Board, I thought it might be of assistance to you to know just what those of us on the board actually do.

What is the WODL Board

The WODL Board is a group of elected and appointed people representing over 30 community theatres in Southwestern Ontario.

We meet approximately 9 times a year in a member group’s home venue – which gives us an opportunity to see what each one has/doesn’t have. During these meetings, we discuss what is happening in our home companies as well as new and old policies that affect community theatre productions such as SOCAN, Re:Sound, vendors, publishing companies, etc. We liaise with other groups – QUONTA, ACT-CO, EODL, NODL, and Theatre Ontario - to name a few.

Who is elected?

The positions of President, 1 st Vice-President, 2 nd Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President, as well as 7 Area Vice Presidents.

Who is appointed?

The positions of Adjudications Chair, Awards Chair, Communications Chair, Constitution and Policies Chair, Webmaster, Theatre Ontario Representative, Membership and Development Chair, and current Festival Chairs.

Who else is on the board?

There is also a representative of the Life members.

How long is a term?

It is usually a two year term – however, if you are elected to the position of 2 nd Vice-President, you are encouraged/expected to progress to 1 st Vice-President, then President and eventually Past President.

All of the other positions could be as little as 2 years. In one case, we have the position of Area Vice-President shared by 2 people. Of course, we welcome anyone to stay with us as long as they feel they can contribute to the organization. Each board member is asked each year if they are willing to stay in their current position for another term but ALL of them MUST complete a nomination form first.

What does it cost to be a board member?

There is no actual cost except that you MUST be an active/current member of a member group. All costs involved in being on the board are covered – you pay for everything up front, submit your receipts twice a year and receive a receipt for a charitable donation for the entire amount – meals, tickets, mileage and motels.

How do I become a board member?

First of all, talk to someone currently on the board – ask questions, express an interest to any one of them, and someone will contact you directly.

Is it difficult?

By all means, we work hard but we have fun! Everyone on the board is truly committed to the success of community theatre – and should maybe BE committed!
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 
t o May 11     Elmira Theatre Company The Ladies Foursome
May 2-8      Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre Bat Boy The Musical
May 2-11  Aylmer Community Theatre Spreading it Around
May 2-12     London Community Players   Stag and Doe
Theatre Tillsonburg Honeymoon for Three
May 3-12  Elora Community Theatre Shorthanded
May 9-11  Theatre Kent The Mousetrap
May 10-18  Theatre Sarnia The Wizard of Oz
May 17-26    Paris Performers Theatre Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
May 17- June 1 Kincardine Theatre Guild   Grease
May 23-Jun 2 Guelph Little Theatre The Man Who Shot Chance Delan ey
May 24- June 1 Theatre Woodstock Honk!
May 30-June 8 Owen Sound Little Theatre The Long Weekend
May 31-June 15 Players Guild of Hamilton The Gentleman Clothier

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
For all of your Theatre Ontario Festival information, visit www.theatreontariofestival.ca
For the full Festival schedule click here .

Follow Theatre Ontario Festival on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theatreontariofestival

Watch welcome videos from the Festival Co-Chairs click here .

For a look round the Richmond Hill Theatre click here .

Playwrights Canada Press
By Jessica Lewis, Sales & Marketing Manager, Playwrights Canada Press, jessica@playwrightscanada.com
Playwrights Canada Press will be selling books at the Theatre Ontario Festival again this year with our glorious discounts up to 50% off!

 We’ll have  This Is How We Got Here  by Keith Barker, this years Playwright-in-Person and author for the QUONTA entry, the ACT-CO entry Late Company by Jordan Tannahill, as well as our newly published books and selections from Nick Hern Books (including the WODL entry Girls Like That by Evan Placey), Theatre Communications Group, Scirocco, Talon, and Coach House Books. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance Schedule
Here is the latest schedule from Off the Wall . For more information, costs, and to sign up contact them at www.stratfordoffthewall.com .

For a printable copy of this poster click here .
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:
15 to 19 May 2019
Theatre Ontario Festival 2019, Richmond Hill
21 July 2019
WODL Annual General meeting, Tillsonburg