Newsletter Febuary 2018

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WODL Festival 2018  Adjudications schedule

Festival 2018 hotel booking  Festival 2018 tickets

Theatre Ontario Festival 2018  Theatre Ontario hotel booking

Theatre Ontario Festival single tickets  Theatre Ontario Festival package tickets

Get the Latest News on Festival 2018
WODL General Meeting - Sarnia Sunday 18 February at 1:00 pm

The next general meeting of WODL takes place at 1:00 pm on Sunday 18 February, hosted by Theatre Sarnia at:

Imperial Theatre, 168 Christina Street North, Sarnia, Ontario N7T 5T9   Directions

Immediately following this meeting, the out-of-Festival awards, and the performance dates for the in-Festival groups,  will be announced.

The in-Festival groups will have an opportunity after the meeting to examine the facilities available to them at the Imperial Theatre.
Festival 2018 - Tickets

By Charmaine Jacklin, Chair WODL Festival 2018 Committee, [email protected] 
Buying series tickets online:
  1. Navigate to www.imperialtheatre.net.
  2. Click the Buy Tickets button.
    The Calendar page opens.
  3. On the left side of the screen, click Buy WODL 2018.
    The Buy Subscription page opens.
  4. Enter the number of series tickets that you want to buy.
  5. Click the Buy Now button.
    The Select Seats page opens.
  6. Select your seats.
  7. Click Add to Cart.
    Note: The series tickets do not include banquet tickets.
  8.  On the Login/Signup page, enter:
    • your ID, if you have bought tickets at the Imperial Theatre before, or
    • your personal information to create a new ID.
  9. Click Next.
  10. If you want to buy tickets for individual performances or banquet tickets, click Continue Shopping.
  11.  If you have finished, click Check out.

Buying tickets to individual performances online:
  1. Navigate to www.imperialtheatre.net.
  2. Click the Buy Tickets button.
    The Calendar page opens.
  3. Scroll down to the five individual performances.
  4. Select a performance.
    The Buy Tickets page opens.
  5. Click the Next button.
  6. Enter the number of tickets that you need for the performance.
  7. Click Next.
    The Select Seats page opens.
  8. Select your seats.
  9. Click Add to Cart.
  10. Click Click here to go to the Shopping Cart.
  11. If you want to buy more individual, or series, tickets, or banquet tickets click Continue Shopping.
  12. If you have finished click Check Out.

Buying Banquet tickets:

For the banquet you have three meal options:
  • Regular
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
Banquet tickets are sold on an individual basis and unfortunately, you do not have the online option of letting us know for seating purposes what theatre group you are with. However; if you call the box office, the box office volunteers can enter that information into your account profile.

Buying banquet tickets online:
  1. Navigate to www.imperialtheatre.net.
  2. Click the Buy Tickets button.
    The Calendar page opens.
  3. Scroll down to the three banquet options.
  4. Select your meal type.
    The Buy Tickets page opens.
  5. Click the Next button.
  6. Enter the number of banquet tickets that you need.
  7. Click Next.
    The Price Codes page opens.
  8. Click Click here to go to the Shopping Cart.
  9. If you want to buy individual, or series, tickets click Continue Shopping.
  10. If you have finished click Check Out.

Buying tickets through the box office:

When you buy tickets through the box office, you do not have to pay any extra fees for online transactions.

You can always check out what seats are available before you call by following the instructions above without clicking on the seats that you want.

The box office is open Monday - Friday 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday 10 am - 2 pm.
Phone (519) 344-7469.  If you do not get an answer, please leave a message and we will get back with you.
Check our Festival Facebook page regularly to find out how you can be a part of the fun! 
Festival 2018 - Opening Reception

The WODL Festival opening reception is an invitation-only event. Everyone who buys series tickets for Festival receives an invitation to this event.

At Festival 2018 this is a Dessert Reception, with the treats provided by Jaclyn Sanders.
Jaclyn Sanders:

Chef Jaclyn is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in NYC and has been operating her shop, Guild Chocolates, for three years.

Located in Petrolia, Guild Chocolates offers fresh, hand made chocolates with a strict attention to quality and detail. 

Chef Jaclyn is looking forward to providing pastries and chocolates for this years Festival.
Festival 2018 - Hotel Room Booking

By Charmaine Jacklin, Chair WODL Festival 2018 Committee, [email protected] 

If you haven't already done so, you should book your rooms, so you don't miss a minute of the excitement! Here is what you need to know to book your rooms ASAP!!
Holiday Inn Sarnia/Point Edward
1498 Venetian Blvd., Point Edward On N7T 7W6 Directions
Discounted group rate: $99.00 + taxes
Continental Breakfast for up to 2 people per room included in rate
Reservation cut-off date: March 2, 2018
To make your reservations do one of the following:
  • Phone Holiday Inn Direct Line at 519-336-8667 or 1-888-212-2252
  • Email Holiday Inn at [email protected]
  • Visit the Holiday Inn Website www.hisarnia.ca and enter the group code WOD
Festival 2018 - Set Building Workshop - John Hobbs - Saturday 17 March

By Charmaine Jacklin, Chair WODL Festival 2018 Committee, [email protected] 
Theatre Sarnia and the 2018 WODL Theatre Festival are pleased to announce the opportunity to attend a Workshop presented by John Hobbs at 1:00 pm on Saturday 17 March.

Workshop topics:
  • Materials
  • Build techniques
  • Casters
  • Brakes
  • Scenic technology
  • Questions and problem solving
From the groups in attendance, there will be a draw for one group to host a weekend intensive workshop with John, providing guidance in the needs of the host group.
John Hobbs:
John began building scenery with Theatre Sarnia over 30 years ago. Since that introduction, he has worked in film, television, theatre and events as a freelance builder.

But for the last 11 years, as a partner with Great Lakes Scenic Studios. With shops in Burlington, Calgary and Shanghai, they have provided services to Disney, Cirque du Soleil, Princess Cruises and dozens of Broadway and off Broadway productions.

Still with a small shop approach, they have managed budgets of all sizes.
And Then There Were None to be Eliminated

By Ken Menzies, WODL Adjudications Chair, [email protected]
When the adjudication schedule was drawn up in September 2017, there were six in-Festival plays. One recently had to withdraw, so now there are five groups who want to go to Festival. As the WODL Festival in Sarnia (March 12-16 with the Awards Ball on March 17) is a five-play festival, all the plays currently in the running to attend Festival will do so. Now there are none to be eliminated.

When the pre-Festival adjudicator, Carolee Mason, makes her announcements at the WODL general meeting at 1:00 pm on February 18 in Sarnia, people will be listening for who has won and been nominated for awards, as well as the order that plays will be presented in during Festival. However, we know the plays will be Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre's Venus in Furs; Guelph Little Theatre's Gloria's Guy; Aylmer Community Theatre's The Dining Room; Elmira Theatre Company's On a First Name Basis and Paris Performer's Theatre's Twelve Angry Men. I have seen other plays by all these theatre groups. We will have a good Festival.

This is the first time that there have been no plays for the preliminary adjudicator to eliminate. The pluses are that the groups have longer to prepare and that nobody ends up being sixth in a six-group race. However, the suspense is gone.

Theatre Ontario Festival 2018 - London, Ontario - May 16 to May 20 2018

By Anne Mooney, Chair Theatre Ontario Festival 2018, [email protected]
The annual Theatre Ontario Festival is: 

showcase of outstanding community theatre productions

symposium for passionate, dedicated community theatre artists

celebration of excellence in community theatre

destination bringing together theatre lovers from across the province

This year the Festival is hosted by:

London Community Players

Western Ontario Drama League

Theatre Ontario

In beautiful old east London at:

The Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas Street, London, Ontario, N5W 2Z4 directions

May 16 - 20, 2018

Buy Tickets:
You can buy your tickets online at the Palace Theatre website at 

For individual tickets scroll down to  Theatre Ontario Festival 2018.
To buy all four shows scroll down to Theatre Ontario Festival 2018 Package.

Theatre Ontario Festival Awards Brunch tickets are only available by telephone--not online--so you may find it more convenient to order all your tickets by telephone. The Box Office is open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesday to Friday. The telephone number is 519-432-1029.

Book the Hotel--Four Points by Sheraton

Advantages of the Festival hotel:
  • Easy access from major highways
  • Parking
    • lots of free parking
    • Can easily accommodate trucks for the competing groups
  • Shopping and restaurants nearby - many within walking distance
  • Rooms
    • 1 King Bed or 2 Queen Beds
    • $115 per night includes breakfast (full breakfast buffet) for one person
    • Each additional person to a maximum of 4 people in a room pay an additional $10 for breakfast i.e.
      • 2 person:  $125
      • 3 person: $135
      • 4 person: $145
 Adjudicator - Maja Ardal
Maja has been working in theatre for forty-seven years. She is a director, playwright, actor, and theatre trainer. Her musical play, The Hero of Hunter Street, was produced by 4th Line Theatre in 2016. She researched and created One Thing Leads to Another, Theatre for Babies, produced by Young People's Theatre, receiving two Dora Awards in 2015. It will tour Ontario in 2018, and she is developing the sequel, You and I.
Wednesday, May 16
WODL entry
Thursday, May 17
ACT-CO entry
Friday, May 18
QUONTA entry
Saturday, May 19
EODL entry
Sunday, May 20
Awards brunch
 All performances begin at 8:00 pm.

Adjudications take place at 10:00 am each day at the Festival Hotel. 
See you there!
News from Around the WODL Region

By Janice Lundy, member WODL Communications Committee, [email protected] 
February is a very busy month across the region- here's what you can see every week!

Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre Venus in Fur January 25 - February 10
The Player's Guild of Hamilton   Steel Magnolias January 26 - February 10.
Cambridge Community Players  Becky's New Car January 26- February 10
Guelph Little Theatre Gloria's Guy January 26- February 10
Owen Sound Little Theatre The Children's Hour February 1-10
Theatre Sarnia Strangers Among Us February 2-10 
Elora Community Theatre  Inlaws, Outlaws, and Other People (That Should Be Shot) February 2-11
Elmira Theatre Company  On a First Name Basis February 2-17
Theatre Burlington I'll be Back Before Midnight February 2-17
Aylmer Community Theatre The Dining Room  February 8-17
Simcoe Little Theatre Meanwhile Back On the Couch February 8-18
Theatre Tillsonburg Angel Street (Gaslight) February 8-18
Theatre Woodstock Steel Magnolias February 9-17  
ITOPA Suburban Standoff February 9-18
Theatre Kent Blind Date and Match (dot) Comedy February 14-17
Paris Performers' Theatre Twelve Angry Men February 16-25
London Community Players Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike February 16-25
Elgin Theatre Guild  Hollywood Arms  February 22- March 6
Kincardine Theatre Guild Suburban Standoff February 23-March 10
Exciting news from the deep south: -The municipality of Leamington has agreed to match donations from the private and corporate sectors, dollar for dollar, up to the amount of $400,000.00 toward the completions of renovations for  Sun Parlour Players' Bank Theatre  with a deadline of 6 months.

If you have a special event coming up, please let me know so that I can include it in future newsletters!
Theatre Ontario - Workshops in February

By Lynda Lloyd-McKenzie, WODL Theatre Ontario Liaison,  [email protected]
Grant Writing Information Session

Pre-Recorded Webinar
Tuesday February 6, 2018 (may be accessed at any time on this date)
Cost: FREE
Preparing an OAC application? Get the inside scoop!

Make your application to the Ontario Arts Council the best it can be! Get easy-to-follow tips, and learn about common mistakes to avoid. During this pre-recorded webinar, Pat Bradley will introduce Ontario Arts Council's online grant application system, Nova.

Pat Bradley (Theatre Officer at the OAC) takes you behind the scenes of the selection process and shares her perspective, information, and advice about project grants, particularly the OAC's three theatre project programs:
  • Theatre Projects
  • Playwright Residency 
  • Theatre Creators' Reserve
Individual artists, collectives and ad hoc groups are eligible for project grants, with emerging, mid-career and senior theatre artists able to apply. Applications are available on line at: www.arts.on.ca.

This is an information session for those with limited grant writing experience and/or knowledge of Ontario Arts Council programs.

For more information, or to sign-up for this session click here.

Writing Theatre Reviews for Online Publication

Wednesday February 7, 2018
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Suite 350, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Cost: $47.01

Get your theatre reviews published online! 

Learn the skills necessary to be a successful and sought after reviewer, critic, blogger and writer of theatre.

Traditional theatre coverage through the print and broadcast media is shrinking, yet the creation of theatre productions is expanding. Reliable critical voices are needed more than ever. This workshop will provide insights on why theatre reviews matter, and provide guidelines on what to look for in order to assess a theatrical event, and then write about it clearly, informatively, effectively and with confidence.

The workshop will help you discover:
  • The difference between a theatre reviewer and a theatre critic?
  • If there is a standard structure for an effective review?
  • What you need to know before you write a review?
  • What the various creative people in a production do?
  • How you can improve your reviewing skills on the job?
  • How much or little of the story to divulge to tantalize the reader to finish the review and then possibly buy a ticket to the play etc.
  • The dos and don'ts of a review.
For more information, or to sign-up for this session click here.

Intimacy for the Stage for Directors

Saturday February 24, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Theatre Ontario Boardroom
Suite 350, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Cost: $88.14

Learn the techniques and the language to stage human sexuality in a way that is professional, dynamic and focused on storytelling. 

Whether you're a director or stage manager, you've probably been confronted with an intimate scene and you know how difficult they can be to stage comfortably.  This 4-hour workshop is designed to give you the tools you need to handle these moments respectfully, safely, and with confidence. Learn the language and standards for staging intimacy that should be followed from rehearsal into performances, just like fight choreography.

The focus is on subtle and specific details in choreography for the purpose of telling the story of the scene. Contact improvisation is used as well as breath and eye contact to keep partners connected physically and emotionally.

Siobhan Richardson's Workshops on Intimacy for the Stage have been enthusiastically received as a practice which empowers actors to respect their own boundaries, while improving the quality and clarity of scenes of intimacy. Intimacy For The Stage workshops and the assistance of an Intimacy Director/Choreographer creates better storytelling, and is an important step forwards in supporting actors' safety and rights.

For more information, or to sign-up for this session click here.

Mindful Therapy for Performing Artists

  Monday February 26, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Theatre Ontario Boardroom
Suite 350, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Cost: FREE

Calming the Actor Mind! 

In this one on one, 60-minute coaching session you will be taught from a mindfulness counselling perspective how to cultivate our own artistic growth.

As a performance artist your career can be demanding and can involve many stressful situations. These stressors can often result in performance anxiety and even career depression. Learn valuable, practical mindfulness meditation and other coping strategies that will build a healthy resiliency to cope with your chosen profession. 

Performing arts, while very rewarding, comes with many challenges! Taught from a wellness perspective benefits of mindful coaching includes but aren't limited to:
  • Building insight, for clarity and purpose.
  • Stepping out of negative thought patterns that are self-sabotaging.
  • Dealing with discomfort, such as anxiety in a way that doesn't derail you.
  • Disengaging from automatic responses in life that we aren't aware of.
  • Improved attention, focus and moment to moment observation of the mind's 'antics'.
  • Softening and dissolving our habitual, reflexive patterns of thought, feeling and behaviors.
  • Noticing how we can get 'stuck' in the stories we tell ourselves that often aren't true e.g. I'm not talented, I'm not good enough...and embracing more self-compassion as an artist.
For more information, or to sign-up for this session click here.

Ready, Set, Show!: Foundations of Indie Producing

Wednesday February 28, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Theatre Ontario Boardroom
Suite 350, 401 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Cost: $47.01

Thinking of producing a show or starting a theatre company?

If you want to do a show but have never produced professionally before, and if you want to know what questions to ask first, this session is for you!  Ready, Set, Show! is a practical seminar facilitated by Rachel Kennedy, Professional Theatre and Education Manager and special guest producer. This workshop is designed for individuals thinking of producing a show or starting a theatre company, and gives you the opportunity to:
  • Discover the questions you need to ask and answer,
  • Learn to organize your thinking and planning,
  • Work on scheduling and budget considerations,
  • And find out about available resources and services.
For more information, or to sign-up for this session click here.
WODL now on Twitter

WODL now has a Twitter account, @WODLtheatre.

If you do not have a twitter account, you can view the WODL tweets by clicking the Twitter button on the main page of the WODL website, or by clicking 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.

PGC also publishes a list of theatre companies that have an all-Canadian season. Click here to obtain a nomination form for this list.

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 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, Sue Perkins, know at  [email protected]
Dates for your Diary

18 February 2018 WODL general meeting, Sarnia, in-Festival finalists announced
12 to 17 March 2018 WODL Festival 2018, Sarnia
16  to 20 May 2018 Theatre Ontario Festival 2018, London
This newsletter was prepared by:  

Tricia Ward
Communications Coordinator

Western Ontario Drama League | [email protected] | http://www.wodl.on.ca