Western Ontario Drama League
Newsletter February 2020
In this issue:

  • WODL Festival 2020 - 16 to 20 March 2020 - Cambridge
  • Cambridge Arts Theatre - New Seats
  • Festival and Corus Entertainment
  • Host a Festival
  • News From Around the WODL Region
  • New Plays from the Playwights Canada Press
  • Off the Wall - Setting the Scene Workshop
  • 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, Co-chair Festival2020, terri@wodl.on.ca

Our Community Welcomes You
March 16th-20th, 2020; Gala March 21st, 2020
Paris Performers' Theatre
Cambridge Community Players
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 47 Water Street South
Cambridge, N1R 6C9             
Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre, 700 Hespeler Road
Cambridge, N3H 5L8           
Cambridge City Hall, 50 Dickson Street
Cambridge, N1R 8S1
What You Need to Know:

Opening Reception:

The reception will be held in the Bowman Room/atrium at the Cambridge City Hall on Monday, March 16th from 5pm-6pm. Honourary chair is Cambridge mayor, Kathryn McGarry and our emcee for the event will be Martin Smith from Paris Performers' Theatre.

The City Hall is just a couple blocks from the theatre with lovely restaurants along the way for everyone to enjoy before the first show. Invitations will be sent out on the 24th of February to attend this VIP event to start our Festival off!

Hotel information:

We have been informed that there has been some confusion on the pricing of hotel rooms or potential incorrect pricing given from the hotel. Our guru, Mona Brennan-Coles has broken down the room rate for us below:

The basic room rate is $109.00. With HST, the daily charge would be $123.17. However, Cambridge has a 4% municipal tax which is charged on the room rate plus tax -- as a result, the daily charge is $128.10.

If there are any issues with your room rates when you look at your bill, please let Mona know right away at monabc.theatre@gmail.com

Rooms are being held for Festival until March 1st and then will be released to the general public. Gala and show tickets are on sale now through the Cambridge theatre website www.cambridgecommunityplayers.com   (linked to the WODL Festival website www.wodlfestival.ca )  


The discount for 5 shows is until March 1st. Sales are going well and will continue to grow as excitement for Festival continues.


Tuesday: Stage Makeup workshop with Georgia Steel from Off the Wall ( www.stratfordoffthewall.com )

Wednesday: Kinky Boots show and tour at Hamilton Family Theatre ( www.draytonentertainment.com )

Thursday: Faux food workshop with Deb Erb from Off the Wall ( www.stratfordoffthewall.com )

Friday: Playwright Tamara Williamson from the Toronto area, author of musical On the Break-Up Diet

Saturday: Minute to Win It game time for some great community fun before gala!!
Cambridge Arts Theatre - New Seats
By Gordon Wehner, Co-chair Festival2020, gord@wodl.on.ca
We have finished the installation of the new seats in our auditorium in time for the opening of our next production Office Hours. These seat have a great story to tell and allegedly originate from the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood via the Fredrick St. Cinema in Kitchener that closed in August. The seats are in and sore asses are out.  Yee haw!
Here they are in their original home:
TCL Chinese Theatre is a movie palace on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6925 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood , California .

It was originally named and still commonly known as Grauman's Chinese Theatre,

Festival and Corus Entertainment
By Gordon Wehner, Co-chair Festival2020, gord@wodl.on.ca
We are signing a contract with Corus Entertainment to promote Festival 2020. 

There are four different avenues of promotion that will be deployed under this promotion and will include promotions at four radio stations that will cover from Milton to west of London.

Another promotion will be a ticket giveaway under a Five Plays in Five Days promo. They love the jingle and we love that they love it. 

 A lot of good things are happening so let's keep our collective fingers crossed.
Host a Festival
By Lynda Agocs, President WODL, president@wodl.on.ca
WODL is excited about the upcoming Festival in Cambridge on March 16th to 20th. 

This Festival is being co-hosted by Cambridge Community Players and Paris Performers Theatre. This is the second time that two theatre companies have joined together to host a WODL Festival.

The WODL board is looking for a host group, or of course host groups, to host the Festival in 2022.

Would your theatre group consider hosting or combining with another group to co-host? Try it and discover what a rewarding experience hosting Festival is. Contact any WODL board member if you need any more information.
News from Around the WODL Region
By Janice Lundy, member WODL Communications Committee,   janice@wodl.on.ca 
Continuing to:
Feb 8     Cambridge Community Players Office Hours
Feb 9     London Community Players   Veritas
Feb 15   Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre   East of Berlin
Theatre Burlington The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Opening in February:
Feb 6-8   Theatre Kent The Dresser
               Ghost Light Players Art
Feb 6-15   Aylmer Community Theatre Secrets of a Soccer Mom
                 Owen Sound Little Theatre West Moon
Feb 6-16   Theatre Tillsonburg The Birds and the Bees
Feb 7-22   Kincardine Theatre Guild   The Photograph

Feb 13-23     Simcoe Little Theatre Jitters
Feb 14-22 Theatre Woodstock 37 Postcards
Feb 14-23  Elora Community Theatre Mom's Gift
            ITOPA   Run for Your Wife
            Paris Performers Theatre Reefer Madness
Feb 27- Mar 8 London Community Players Mom’s the Word
New Plays from the Playwrights Canada Press
By Jessica Lewis, Sales & Marketing Manager, Playwrights Canada Press, jessica@playwrightscanada.com  
Coming soon from Playwrights Canada Press:

Bar Mitzvah Boy by Mark Leiren-Young
1F, 1M / 85 minutes
When a sixty-something divorce lawyer convinces a young rabbi to help him get a quickie Bar Mitzvah, the pair embark on a hilarious crash course that leads them into sentimental reflections on their faith and family.

2F, 2M / 80 minutes
In a scintillating back-and-forth puzzle of “what if,” the foundations of what we know and how we know them come into question through two interwoven narratives.

Just in from our partners:

Amsterdam by Maya Arad Yasur
Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp . by Caryl Churchill
Hedda Tesman by Cordelia Lynn, adapted from Henrik Ibsen
Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of) by Isobel McArthur, adapted from Jane Austen
Wild Swimming by Marek Horn

PLUS: Get your wish lists ready, we’ll be at the WODL Festival on the Friday and Saturday with new releases and your favourites!
Off the Wall - Setting the Scene Workshop
By Michele Boniface, Chair, Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, mboniface@cyg.net
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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