Western Ontario Drama League
WODL
Newsletter January 2019
In this issue:
  • Winter 2019 Adjudication Schedule
  • News from Festival 2019 - Guelph - 11 to 16 March 2019
  • Festival 2019 Workshops - Tuesday 12 March - Save Your Voice! / Movement for Actors
  • Festival 2019 Workshops - Wednesday 13 March - Readings by the Playwrights
  • Festival 2019 Workshops - Thursday 14 March - Bring Your Character to Life
  • Festival 2019 Workshops - Friday 15 March - the Drayton Entertainment Story and the Business of Theatre
  • Tickets for the WODL Festival 2019 are now on Sale!
  • News From Around the WODL Region
  • Cambridge Community Players - Directors Needed
  • 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:
Winter 2019 Adjudication Schedule
There is a revised adjudications schedule for the January and February adjudications.

Ghost Light Players have withdrawn their Festival entry. All other scheduled adjudications are unchanged.

To see the new schedule click here.
News from Festival 2019 - Guelph - 11 to 16 March 2019
By Rosemarie Ens, WODL Festival 2019 Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator, president@elmiratheatre.com
Welcome to the first edition of the One Page Wonder, your guide to what is happening Festival Week.

We’ll update the guide as new information becomes available and have copies waiting for you at both the hotel and the theatre.

All of our workshop leaders are planning creative and informative sessions and check out the Cereal and Cartoons on Saturday morning, pyjamas welcomed.

To get your printable copy of the guide click here.
Festival 2019 Workshops - Tuesday 12 March - Save Your Voice! / Movement for Actors
Amanda Brunk , Artistic Director, Singers Theatre and Music Theatre Academy
Amanda is a voice teacher in Kitchener-Waterloo.

She developed the concept for the Music Theatre Academy at Laurier University. In this intensive three-week performance program for pre-professional emerging artists. She teaches contemporary voice techniques to classical singers and serves as the Artistic Director.

Amanda is also the Founder and Artistic Director of The Singer's Theatre, a summer music theatre training program that attracts singers from across North America. She has also served as vocal director for various cruise lines.

Learn tips and tricks for saving your voice, efficient vocal acoustics and speech clarity, and finding your optimal speaking range.
Lisa MacNeil, Theatre and Dance Instructor, Ross Educational Creative Arts Program (RECAP), J.F. Ross CVI, Guelph
A choreographer, director, producer, and teacher, Lisa has been recognized for performance excellence on both stage and film.

A graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre program, Lisa holds an Honours degree in Drama and Literature from the University of Guelph. She also studied Laban's efforts and movement for actors with George Luscombe, founder of Toronto Workshop Productions.

She is currently completing her adjudicator training with Theatre Ontario.  Movement for Actors is a practical introduction to physical characterization as well as basic choreography that will help you feel more confident with your body as an instrument.
Festival 2019 Workshops - Wednesday 13 March - Readings by the Playwrights
Michael Grant, Playwright 
Michael became a playwright out of necessity. A script about maple syrup was required.

Since then, Michael’s work has been produced across Canada. Hamish , his first full length play, appears in the anthology, Grassroots, and will have several productions in April.

Both Bare Bear Bones and Suburban Standoff continue to have various productions across the nation. Shorthanded , which won the Stagewest Pechet Family Comedy Award in 2012, recently had several runs. Shorthanded: A Ladies Game  premiered near Ottawa in October 2017.
Liz Best , Playwright 
Liz is an actor, producer, director and playwright.

She has appeared in commercials, on television and on stage, in Canada and the United States.

She was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Performance in a TV series, for her work on Meet The Family .

Liz appeared in The Pigeon, at FireWorks 2018. Her play, Surrender Dorothy , is being produced at Procunier Hall at the Palace Theatre in London in February, 2019.
Festival 2019 Workshops - Thursday 14 March - Bring Your Character to Life
Alexandra Lent, Artistic Director, To Be Determined Theatre
Alexandra holds an Honours BA in Theatre from the University of Ottawa. She attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, and she has a Masters in Performance Studies from the University of Toronto.

Performances in the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in Ottawa, the National Arts Centre, and Toronto’s Luminato Festival inspired her to start her own professional touring company, To Be Determined Theatre Company, in 2011.

Alex has twice adjudicated the Upper Grand District School Board Sears Festival and is a popular director, play polisher and workshop leader. She is a member of Theatre Ontario’s Talent Bank as a Professional in the Field of Children’s Theatre .
Festival 2019 Workshops - Friday 15 March - the Drayton Entertainment Story and the Business of Theatre
Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director, Drayton Entertainment and Honorary Chair, WODL Festival 2019
Referring to himself as the Chief Entertainment Officer, Alex launched the Drayton Festival Theatre in 1991 and it has grown to be one of the largest not for profit theatre organizations in Canada, with seven venues across Ontario.

Alex’ involvement in the Waterloo Region theatre community began in Kitchener as an arts student at Eastwood Collegiate, as well as with the Waterloo Regional Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Kitchener Waterloo Musical Productions.

He has a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters in Arts Administration from City University in London, England. Over the past 27 years, he has been a professional actor and has directed over 100 productions across Canada. 
Tickets for the WODL Festival 2019 are now on Sale!
5 play Package      $110

Festival Gala       $55

Individual Tickets  $25
Visit the Guelph Little Theatre Box Office at thelittleboxoffice.com/guelphlittletheatre/ to order your tickets online or call 519-821-0270. The Box Office is only open Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm but if you leave a message, box office staff will return your call to complete your order.


5 Play Package

Purchasing a 5-Play package online is a two-step process.

Step 1 – Purchase Your Package

  1. Visit the GLT Box Office web site thelittleboxoffice.com/guelphlittletheatre/.
  2. From the list of GLT show offerings, select the “Buy” button for the “WODL 5-ticket package”.
  3. This will bring you to a details page. Select “Buy” again.
  4. On the next page, you can specify how many packages you wish to purchase. (Each package gets you 5 tickets.) Then select “Add to Cart”.
  5. This will bring you to the confirmation page. Verify the details of your purchase, provide the requested customer and payment information, and then select “Checkout”.

After you complete this first step, you will receive an email with your receipt, and a separate email with a voucher code. Once you have the voucher code, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 2 – Book Your Seats

  1. Return to the GLT Box Office web site thelittleboxoffice.com/guelphlittletheatre/.
  2. From the list of GLT show offerings, this time select the “Book” button for the “WODL Festival”.
  3. This will bring you to a selection page listing all 5 of the festival shows. At the top is a box marked “Enter Voucher Code”. Click on this box, and it will change into a window where you can enter your voucher code. (Cutting and pasting works. If you enter the code manually be careful the “O” and “0” are different.)
  4. Once you have entered your code, click the “Apply” button.
  5. When your code has been accepted, click “Book” next to the entry for the first show.
  6. This will bring up the seat selection page. At the top of the screen you will be presented with the available ticket options: the Single Performance tickets for $25, and the Package tickets for $0. Select the Package ticket type, and the pick the seat you want from the seating plan at the bottom of the page. Then click “Add to Cart” to save your selection.
  7. At the top of the screen you will see “What’s On > WODL Festival > Dates > Tickets”. Click on “Dates” to return to the list of shows. Then repeat your seat selection for the other four Festival shows.
  8. Once you have selected seats for all five shows, click “Checkout”.
  9. Verify your order information, provide the requested customer information, and click “Checkout”. You will receive an email with your tickets to print at home.


Please note: The Box Office software only allows you to book seats on one voucher at a time. If you order multiple 5-Play Packages, you will need to book the seats for each as a separate order.

 
Festival Gala

To order Gala tickets online:

  1. Visit the GLT Box Office web site thelittleboxoffice.com/guelphlittletheatre/.
  2. From the list of GLT show offerings, select the “Book” button for the “WODL Banquet and Awards Gala”.
  3. This will bring you to a details page. Select “Buy” again.
  4. This will open the ticket selection page. You will be provided with a list of all of the WODL member theatre groups. Select your tickets on the line for the theatre group you want to sit with. If you are not affiliated with a WODL member group, there is a “No Preference” option available. Indicate the number of tickets you wish to order and the select “Add to Cart” at the bottom of the page. 
  5. This will bring you to the confirmation page. Verify the details of your purchase, provide the requested customer and payment information, and then select “Checkout”. You will be sent an email with your Gala tickets to print at home.


If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please contact us at monabc.theatre@gmail.com and we will be happy to accommodate your needs.
News from Around the WODL Region
By Janice Lundy, member WODL Communications Committee,   janice@wodl.on.ca 
Theatres across the region are busy rehearsing! By the end of the month, the winter productions start to roll out, continuing into February.

Jan 24-Feb 3           Guelph Little Theatre The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Jan 25-Feb 9            Cambridge Community Players Remember Me?

Jan 30-Feb 2           Theatre Sarnia Girls Like That
Jan 31- Feb 16        Elmira Theatre Company The Gentleman Clothier
Jan 31- Feb 10        London Community Players The Nerd
Jan 31- Feb 9          Owen Sound Little Theatre Shorthanded
Feb 1-16                  Theatre Burlington Strangers Among Us
Cambridge Community Players - Directors Needed
Cambridge Community Players (formerly Galt Little Theatre) invites submissions from Directors for two plays in its 2019-20  season. These would run in approximately November - December, 2019 and January - February 2020. Plays run for 3 weekends for a total of 7 performances. Comedy or drama preferred.

Contact Peter Hunton, galtlittletheatre@gmail.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