Western Ontario Drama League
WODL Festival 2019
This year, the Western Ontario Drama League Festival will be co-hosted by Guelph Little Theatre and The Elmira Theatre Company. The Festival itself will take place in Guelph at the theatre on 176 Morris Street, Guelph, ON.
The Western Ontario Drama League was established by D. Park Jamieson in 1932 to unite community theatre groups in Western Ontario. It covers an area from Burlington west to Sarnia and Welland, and north to Tobermory. It is composed of 30 theatre companies from across the South-Western Ontario region.
The WODL Festival: Every year, WODL holds a festival in which member groups are eligible to participate. A preliminary adjudication is provided for each entry on their own stage. An invitation to apply for an adjudication along with the application form (available on the WODL website under 'useful forms') is sent to all groups towards the end of the summer. Applications for a preliminary adjudication are returned to the adjudications chair by a specified date. Adjudications are held from just after Thanksgiving until the middle of February of the following year. Theatre groups may enter 'in' or 'out' of festival. A group entering 'in festival' is indicating their willingness to go to festival and remount their play there. Groups entering 'out of festival' are indicating that their production is not available for presentation at the festival.
From this initial process, five productions are chosen to participate in the week-long Festival, which is held in a different member town each year. A second adjudicator evaluates these shows and selects individuals and productions to receive awards for acting, directing, and stagecraft. The 16 sponsored awards are presented at a Banquet and Ball on the closing Saturday evening to which all members, their friends, the public and media are invited.
The group which takes 'Best Production' must represent WODL by participating in the Theatre Ontario Festival with other companies who represent their regions of Ontario. The Theatre Ontario Festival takes place around the May long weekend.