Western Ontario Drama League

Newsletter October 2023

In this Issue:

  • Adjudications Update
  • Adjudications Schedule
  • WODL General Meeting - 15 October 2023 - Guelph - 1:00 pm
  • Festival Participation in 2024-2025 Season
  • Paris Performers' Theatre
  • Basic Lighting Console Seminar - 10 October 2023 at 7:00pm
  • Community Theatre in the WODL Region
  • What's on this Month in the Waterloo-Wellington Region
  • What's Happening in the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk-Oxford Region
  • Off the Wall - Fall 2023
  • Playwrights Canada Press
  • Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet
  • Concord Theatricals New Plays
  • If you are Producing Canadian Plays this Season - Check This Out
  • Is your WODL Membership Information Up-to-date?
  • Dates for your Diary
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Adjudications Update

By Ken Menzies, WODL Adjudications Chair, adjudications@wodl.on.ca

The adjudication schedule has now been established. A few more groups may apply, so please check the WODL website for updates.

Anybody can attend an adjudicated performance and attend the public (roughly ten minutes) adjudication. However, the detailed (roughly an hour) adjudication is directed largely towards cast and crew. Attendance at it for anybody else is up to the host theatre so if you wish to attend a private adjudication, please contact the host theatre.

It is worth trying to attend an adjudication; you learn what works and what does not. If you enjoyed the show, you understand better why. I personally have learned a lot from attending adjudications. I can now act and direct much better. The adjudication schedule follows. There are 8 plays in the fall and 8 in the winter. There are 6 musicals. You have lots of choice.

Adjudications Schedule

By Ken Menzies, WODL Adjudications Chair, adjudications@wodl.on.ca



Adjudication Date

Play & Author

Binbrook Little Theatre

Saturday October 21

6:30 pm dinner

8:00 pm show

Steel Magnolias

by R. Harding

St. Marys Community Players

Saturday October 28


Opening Night

by N. Foster

London Community Players

Friday November 3

7:30 pm


by H. Deane & J. Balderston

Guelph Little Theatre

Sunday November 5


Bare Bear Bones

by M. Grant

Ayr Community Theatre

Friday November 24

7:30 pm

Clue: The Musical

by P. Depietro

Music: G. Blum & W. Barker

Thistle Theatre

Saturday November 25

7:30 pm

The Last Resort

by N. Foster

Kincardine Theatre Guild

Saturday December 2

7:30 pm

Beauty and the Beast (Disney version)

Book: L. Wolverton

Music: A. Menken

Lyrics: H. Ashman &T. Rice

Hanover Community Players

Saturday December 9

2:00 pm

Matilda: the Musical

by R. Dahl

Music & Lyrics: T. Minchin



Adjudication Date

Play & Author

Penny and Pound

Saturday January 29

8:00 pm

Little Heaven (musical)

by P. Distel

Music and Songs: L. Robinson

Theatre Sarnia

Friday February 2

7:30 pm

Halfway There

by N. Foster

Theatre Burlington

Saturday February 10

8:00 pm

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

by E. Albee

Elora Community Theatre

Friday February 16

8:00 pm

Radium Girls

by D. Gregory

Theatre Kent

Saturday February 17

7:00 pm

The Cemetery Club

by I. Mitchell

Theatre Woodstock

Saturday February 24

7:30 pm

Cinderella (musical)

by R. Rogers & O. Hammerstein

Cambridge Community Players

Friday April 5

8:00 pm

The Mousetrap

by A. Christie

Owen Sound Little Theatre

Thursday April 11

7:30 pm

Something Rotten (musical)

by K. Kirkpatrick & J. Farrelly

WODL General Meeting - 15 October 2023 - Guelph - 1:00 pm

Invitations will be sent to all the presidents, and delegates, of member groups, that we have on record.


Attendance at the General Meeting is in person or via Zoom.

All members in good standing with a WODL member group are entitled to attend this meeting and to vote at this General Meeting.

If you want to attend this meeting and have not received an invitation, contact the secretary to the WODL board at secretary@wodl.on.ca.

In your email please include your full name and member group affiliation (no acronyms) and whether you are a group delegate, group member, or other.


You will receive instructions on joining the meeting and copies of the meeting materials, a

few days before the General Meeting.


If you have any questions about this General Meeting:


Contact Pam Niesiobedzki-Curtis, secretary@wodl.on.ca.


We look forward to having you join us!

Festival Participation in 2024-2025 Season

At the General Meeting in Guelph the WODL board would like to hear from our member groups. The board has to make plans for Festival well ahead of the event.

So the question is:

  • Is your group ready to participate in a traditional multi-play Festival in 2024-2025? or
  • In 2024-2025 should we continue with the Festival format of a travelling adjudicator followed by a Gala event?

Paris Performers' Theatre

The Paris Performers' Theatre has been forced to cancel the upcoming season but they’re optimistic this isn’t the end. They have created a GoFundMe page.

Here is the message on the GoFundMe page:


This is a message from members of our local theatre company in beautiful Paris, Ontario.

Paris Performers' Theatre is in danger of closing its doors.

For over 30 years, the theatre has been a part of our community and has built a reputation for producing quality shows and educational programs.

Now, due to unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances, PPT is in financial trouble. The lack of funds has caused our much anticipated season to be cancelled and we may lose our performance space.

We have created this page in order to save our theatre.

The arts are a very important part of this community. Theatre allows people from all facets of the arts to share their talent and encourage new talents to be a part of a team. Theatre is a wonderful form of expression and it is reciprocal!

Please help us keep our theatre alive in Paris!

If you want to help go to Fundraiser by PARIS PERFORMERS THEATRE : Paris Performers' Theatre (gofundme.com)

Basic Lighting Console Seminar - 10 October 2023 at 7:00pm

Resource Stage, in London, Ontario, is offering a Lighting Console Seminar. Everyone is welcome: novices, seasoned lighting techs, and everyone in between.

This session is for anyone workinghttps://www.youtube.com/@resourcestage  in community theatre who is looking become familiar with the basics of ETC EOS based lighting control consoles. 

Cost: Free

Registration: No need to register before the event: Just show up.

When: 7:00 pm Tuesday 10 October 2023.

In-person attendance: 1910 Huron St, London, Ontario.

Online attendance:


  1. Go to the Resource Stage website at Resource Stage.
  2. Click the red Live Stream button at the top of the screen.

Find out more:

Community Theatre in the WODL Region

A good place to find out about what other WODL grou tops are doing is the WODL Facebook page, WODL | Facebook. Most of the announcements are at fairly short notice, so check in often!

If your group is putting on an event that you would like included in the November newsletter, please send the information to communications@wodl.on.ca.

What's on this Month in the Waterloo-Wellington Region

By Bev Dietrich, WODL Area VP Bruce-Grey-Huron, bev@wodl.on.ca

Guelph Little Theatre:

Bare Bear Bones by Michael Grant, directed by Gina VanRaalte runs October 26 to November 12, 2023 at Guelph Little Theatre. Check out their website: www.guelphlittletheatre.com

Penny and Pound Theatre:

Godspell directed by Lori Robinson Distel runs October 12 to October 14 at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre. Check out their website at www.pennyandpoundtheatre.com

What's Happening in the Brant-Haldimand-Norfolk-Oxford Region

By Laurel Gillespie, WODL Area VP Bruce-Grey-Huron, laurel@wodl.on.ca

Paris Performers' Theatre:

Sadly, due to unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances, Paris Performers' Theatre has had to cancel their upcoming presentation of The Rocky Horror Show. They will have an announcement regarding their season shortly. Meanwhile a GoFundMe page has been set up on their behalf. If you can, please attend their upcoming AGM is on October 23 at 7:00 pm at the Paris Wincey Mills on Mechanic St.

Theatre Tillsonburg:

Tickets are now on sale for The Last Romance by Joe DiPietro, November 2-5 and 9-12. You can order on line or call the box office at 519-688-3026.

Congratulations to Charlotte Van Roestel and Jennifer Anger Jull who were presented with the Roy Beechy award for outstanding contribution to Theatre Tillsonburg. Congratulations also to Jennifer Anger Jull who received a 45 show credit award, Sheila and Jeff Tripp, who received a 60 show credit award and to Janice Lundy, who received a 75 show credit award. These folks clearly love being a part of the success and family of Theatre Tillsonburg.

Theatre Woodstock:

The theatre welcomes new staff member, Sarah Hodgkinson, Marketing and Communication Co-ordinator.

They just concluded a very successful run of The Birds and the Bees by Mark Crawford in September.

Tickets are now on sale for When the Reaper Calls by Peter Colley, October 20-29. Call the box office at 519-537-2582.

Off the Wall - Fall 2023

By Michele Boniface, Chair, Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, mboniface@cyg.net

Website: stratfordoffthewall.com

Facebook: @offthewallstrat

Instagram: @offthewallstratfordartists

Hashtags: #stratfordoffthewall #theatreproduction #backstage

Playwrights Canada Press

By Annie Gibson, Publisher at Playwrights Canada Press, annie@playwrightscanada.com

Check out these new books from Playwrights Canada Press!

Recently released:  


The Master Plan by Michael Healey

In a biting comedy about the failure to build a smart city in Toronto, Michael Healey lampoons the corporate drama, epic personalities, and iconic Canadian figures involved in the messy affair between Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto. The Master Plan exposes the hubris of big tech, the feebleness of government, and the dangers of public consultation with sharp wit and insightful commentary.


Queen Goneril by Erin Shields

This feminist, revisionist King Lear prequel centres on the daughters as they negotiate patriarchal systems built to keep them relegated to the sidelines.


Shorelines by Mishka Lavigne

A small military-occupied community sits, waiting, parched of natural water while nearby levees hold the rising global shoreline. Seventeen-year-old twins Alix and Evan pass the time in an empty, abandoned pool with what they are able to scavenge from the abandoned houses, while government official Portia returns to familiar places, her past colliding with the present. The planned evacuation notice that eventually reaches all cities has finally come, but the twins learn that survival is not guaranteed. As they rush to reach their grandmother, a retired journalist now living with dementia, her snippets of memories flow like humanity’s record player, skipping tracks before the final flood. A non-linear poetic play that acts like an urgent postcard from the future, Shorelines is a reminder that our only hope for survival lies in the relationships we form with the people around us.


Coming soon:


New by Pamela Mala Sinha

It’s 1970s Winnipeg—a time of revolution and radical possibilities—and an apartment building of immigrant friends is about to be transformed by their latest arrival. Qasim is happily in love with his Canadian girlfriend Abby and has made dear friends with his Indian neighbours. But when Qasim’s mother goes on a hunger strike to strong-arm him into an arranged marriage, his fearless young Bengali bride challenges everyone to rethink their perceptions of identity, sexuality, and freedom. New is a joyous ensemble comedy that honours the immigrant experience and encourages all generations to create a meaningful life on our own terms.


21 Black Futures: The Anthology, edited by Obsidian Theatre

In 2021, Obsidian Theatre engaged twenty-one writers to create twenty-one new stories about imagined Black futures. Each playwright was tasked with scripting a ten-minute monodrama in response to the question “What is the future of Blackness?” To counter the intense early-pandemic isolation and the trauma of witnessing heightened violence toward Black bodies, Obsidian’s goal was to give as many opportunities to as many diverse Black artists as possible and to bring new voices together from both theatre and film. A radical offering in unprecedented times, newly appointed Obsidian artistic director Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu’s curatorial aim was joyful, aspirational, and empowering: create something communal, unapologetically Black, and with the Black gaze at its centre—art as the architecture for creating those futures.


Retreating to Re-Treat: A Performative Encounter at the 'Edge of the Woods' by The Collective Encounter with Jill Carter

In 2019, the Collective Encounter—a group of scholar-artists led by Jill Carter—presented Encounters at the 'Edge of the Woods' as part of Hart House Theatre’s 100th anniversary season.


The piece acted as survivance intervention: an Indigenous reclamation of territory, using Storyweaving practices rooted in personal connections to the land to restor(y) treaty relationships. Retreating to Re-Treat documents both their collective creation and process, offered in the spirit of creative knowledge-sharing and enriching scholarship around collaborative practices. By revealing their unique and still-developing method for addressing a fraught and tangled (hi)story, the Collective Encounter invites readers to join them as we mediate those sites of profound experiences and renewal—sites in which the project of conciliation might truly begin.

 + see what else is coming soon!

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You can find more new releases, a blog full of interviews and excerpts, and more on playwrightscanada.com.

Playwrights Guild of Canada - Canadian Play Outlet

The Canadian Play Outlet has 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!

See September 2023 releases.

Concord Theatricals New Plays

See their latest scripts click here.

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.

Is your WODL Membership 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, Shirley Bieman, know at membership@wodl.on.ca

Dates for your Diary:

12 October 2023

Start of adjudications.

15 October 2023, 1:00 pm

WODL General Meeting, Guelph

31 October 2023

Deadline for submissions for the November newsletter.

12 April 2024

End of adjudications.

14 April 2024

WODL General Meeting. Announcement of nominations for awards.

Victoria Day Long Weekend, 17 & 18 May 2024

WODL Festival and Reunion Gala 2024.

Victoria Day Long Weekend, 15 - 18 May 2025

WODL Festival 2025, Leamington.

Victoria Day Long Weekend, Sunday 18 May 2025

Awards brunch, Leamington.

This newsletter was prepared by:

Tricia Ward

Communications coordinator


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