Newsletter July 2017

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WODL Festival 2018  WODL tweets  2017/18 Adjudications form

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.
WODL AGM - Sunday 23 July - Tillsonburg

The Annual General Meeting of WODL takes place at 1:00 pm on Sunday 23 July 2017 at Theatre Tillsonburg, Otter Valley Playhouse, 144789 Potters Road, Ontario, N4G 4G7.

The AGM is immediately followed by a stage combat workshop given by Nick Oddson.

Click here to see the location of the Otter Valley Playhouse.

Click here to download the workshop flyer.
Adjudications Timetable for 2017 - 2018 Season
By Ken Menzies, WODL Adjudications Chair, adjudications@wodl.on.ca
If you are thinking of having your group's play adjudicated, then you should be aware of the key dates in the application process.

Now: The application for adjudication form for 2017/18 adjudications is posted on the WODL website: Simply download it and return it to Ken Menzies, the WODL adjudications chair, at the email given on the form by September 15.

Mid-August: Snail mail letters are sent out to the address of the theatre or key person listed on the WODL membership list. These letters ask people to apply if interested for an adjudication. An application form is enclosed. The letter also reminds people that an electronic copy of the form is available on the website.

Early September: An electronic reminder to apply for adjudication is sent to the email of the theatre or key person listed on the WODL membership list.

Mid-September: You will receive a request from the WODL treasurer for your annual dues and your adjudication fee. Please send the requested money to the treasurer. If for some reason an adjudication cannot be fitted into the schedule, your adjudication fee will be refunded.

Friday September 15: Last day for being considered with full priority for all application dates. On this weekend I produce a calendar of adjudication dates. The winter schedule tends to be "tight": all dates or almost all dates in late January and February up to Friday, February 16, 2018, the last adjudication, tend to get filled. If I am forced to choose which application to accommodate, then applications for adjudication in-Festival have priority over applications for out-of-Festival adjudications. So far I have not had to do this or toss a coin to decide which group gets an adjudication and which does not; however, there may be a first time.

Friday Sept 15 has been picked as it is slightly over three weeks before the first possible adjudication date: The Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

September 16 and 17: I run the proposed schedule of dates by the preliminary adjudicator, Carolee Mason. Together we tweak it. As soon as the fall schedule is agreed, I send out emails to the groups being adjudicated in the fall with when their adjudication will be and what they need to do to ensure a successful adjudication. This email will have several attachments (e.g. a photo of the adjudicator which can be used for publicity purposes; a bio of the adjudicator; the adjudication rules which can be forwarded to all cast and crew). Once the fall schedule is agreed with the pre-festival adjudicator, we work on the winter schedule. Once this is agreed, emails go to all groups having winter adjudications. Everybody should know their adjudication date by Tuesday September 19 at the latest.

September 16 on: Late applications for adjudication are received and accommodated if possible. Accommodation requires a date being available when no adjudication is already scheduled and the adjudicator being available. If you apply late, then look on the WODL website for the adjudication schedule. This will tell you what dates are already taken. While late applications are accepted if possible, to get your first choice of date or as close to it as fits into the schedule, application on or before the September 15 deadline is advised.
2017 - 2018 Premliminary Adjudicator - Carolee Mason

Carolee Mason is an award winning drama educator, author and director, and an adjudicator with the EODL, ACT-CO, WODL and Sears Drama Festivals. Her decades of theatre work have taken her to venues throughout Ontario.
Based at both the Mason Theatre and the Studio Theatre in Perth, Ontario, she has directed and designed dozens of productions for youth and adults.
Carolee has instructed students, community theatre groups and teachers across the province, most recently at Brock University and the University of Toronto. A workshop presenter for theatre educators in Ontario and abroad, she has authored a range of resource materials for students and theatre practitioners.
Carolee's work has been recognized with the Governor General's Teaching Award, and the Theatre Ontario Michael Spence Award.
WODL Festival 2018 - Sarnia -  12 to 17 March 2018

In Sarnia, the WODL Festival 2018 committee is starting work on a   Fun Filled Week of Theatre and Friendship.

To see what's happening, check their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WODLFest2018/
Theatre Ontario Festival 2018 - London

By Anne Mooney, Chairperson TOFest18, Anne@wodl.on.ca
Last month, a contingent of WODL members were enthralled by the four performances presented at Theatre Ontario Festival 2017. WODL was superbly represented by Better Living performed by Ghostlight Players from Windsor.
While there, we also experienced Eastern Ontario Drama League and Ottawa Little Theatre hospitality. Thank you very much to everyone from EODL and OLT for such a wonderful festival.
Now the real work begins! It is time for WODL to host this prestigious Festival. London Community Players is excited to be the Host Group. Performances will take place at the historic Palace Theatre, owned by LCP. Mark your calendars Wednesday, May 16 to Saturday, May 19 with an awards brunch on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
The Executive Committee has been formed and has begun planning. Ticket information, hotel info and workshop plans will be updated on a regular basis. Look for more info in the September newsletter.
If you would like to volunteer, or get more info please contact Anne Mooney at tofest18@gmail.com.
I hope to see everyone there!
Theatre Ontario - Summer Theatre Intensive 2017 - Spaces Still Available

By Brandon Moore, Community Theatre and Communications Manager at Theatre Ontario, brandon@theatreontario.org
Spaces Still Available at Our Summer Theatre Intensive
Spaces are still available in our Theatre Ontario Summer Theatre Intensive courses for actors, directors, and playwrights, but registrations must be in by July 21. Treat yourself to a unique learning adventure August 6 to 11, or 13 to 18 in beautiful Stratford, Ontario.

Participants at the Summer Theatre Intensive will have the chance to see Bakkhai (week 1, August 9th) or The Changeling (week 2, August 16) at the Stratford Festival's Tom Patterson Theatre for just $30.00 plus HST!


WEEK ONE (Sunday August 6 - Friday August 11th)
Sharpening your Actor's Tool Kit with Tom Diamond
Directing for Beginners (or how do I make this play happen?) with Thom Currie

WEEK TWO (Sunday August 13 - Friday August 18th)
Who the Heck Are YOU?! Creating "Character" with Liza Balkan
Building your own Directing Process with Philip Akin
How to Tell An "Important" Story with Donna-Michelle St. Bernard

More Information

For full details of these courses, costs, and to enrol  click here .
Webinar Recording - Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

By Tricia Ward, WODL Communications Coordinator, communications@wodl.on.ca
Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL).

You've heard of this? Right?

Maybe you've heard that it doesn't apply to non-profit organizations -- like community theatres -- until after 1 July 2017.

Well -- July 1 has been and gone.

This legislation regulates Commercial Electronic Messages. These messages include emails asking people to buy tickets to events or asking for donations. There are even some limits to newsletter contents.

If you send emails on behalf of your theatre group, I think it would be an hour well spent to listen to this recording from TechSoup Canada. This is a complicated topic. The speaker gives practical  guidance for working with this legislation.

Click here to access the recording.

If you click on the Play button, you can listen to the recording of the webinar.
If you click on the Next Slide button, you can step through the slides with no sound track.
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 a play included on the Canadian Play Map of Canada, click here to obtain an application form.

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

Each month the Playwrights Guild of Canada publishes a map showing which Canadian plays are being produced and where. To see the map for July  click here .
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  membership@wodl.on.ca
Dates for your Diary

23 July 2017 AGM, Tillsonburg
15 September 2017 Deadline for adjudication requests
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

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