Guelph Little Theatre

WODL Festival - Workshops

Workshops are open to all Festival participants and ticket holders. Friday’s Play Reading is also open to the general public.


March 13-17, 2017
Tuesday 14th 1:30 - 3:30 pm Hotel - Trillium Room  Bea Quarrie


Beatrix Quarrie, our festival adjudicator, will be hosting a Costume Workshop. She will take us through a number of well known plays and musicals to show how costumes are designed. We will also have a set design display of Jane Coryell’s maquettes.

Wednesday 15th 1:30 - 3:30 pm Hotel - Trillium Room Trevor Smith Diggins

What's So Funny? - Comedy Workshop

This will be an active session for 12 actors and 6 directors. Many others are welcome as learning observers as we build comedy skills through open scene work.

Trevor Smith DigginsTrevor is an accredited member of Theatre Ontario Talent Bank as an adjudicator and play polisher. He’s also a familiar face at WODL, having won the Best Actor award three times at past festivals. A positive force in community theatre for 40 years, Trevor has worked with many local companies as a play polisher, helping actors and directors to do their best work on stage. Directing credits include Noises Off, Calendar Girls, Shirley Valentine, Misery, Steel Magnolias, House of Blue Leaves, Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Little Voice, and Stepping Out. Trevor’s notable turns onstage include Norman in The Dresser, John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Roy in Cosi, Robin in The Wild Guys, Allan in Harvest, and Hiram in the Toronto premiere of The Normal Heart. Recently, Trevor has been touring as adjudicator for the Association of Community Theatres Central Ontario (ACT-CO), in both comedy (2016) and drama (2017) categories. Trevor has adjudicated three times for Sears Drama Festivals, and looks forward to his role as Preliminary Adjudicator for WODL in 2018-19. Earlier this century, Trevor wrote a weekly column as dining critic for The Record. In 2011, he stepped into the ballroom and won the gold medal in Dancing With the Stars, a fundraiser for Hope Spring cancer centre. When he's not in a theatre, Trevor specializes in risk communication strategy and media training for corporate and government clients across Canada –

Thursday 16th 1:30 - 3:30 pm Hotel - Trillium Room  Annie Gibson and Monique Renaud

Canadian Plays

Annie Gibson and Monique Renaud from Playwrights Canada Press and Playwrights Guild of Canada respectively, will share the stage and give an informative talk on Canadian plays, the services that these two organizations offer, getting published, and amateur rights – what you need to know.

Annie GibsonAnnie Gibson is the publisher at Playwrights Canada Press. A graduate of the University of Toronto, Annie followed her love of theatre and books to its logical conclusion: publishing plays. In the past she sat on the boards of the Association of Canadian Publishers and eBOUND Canada, an organization that helps Canadian publishers navigate the digital book world.

Monique RenaudMonique Renaud is a graduate of the University of Windsor's BFA Acting program and has since been working as a producer, arts administrator and advocate of Canadian Theatre. Monique is the Public Relations Manager for Playwrights Guild of Canada and is the co-chair of the Communications Committee for the Canadian Arts Coalition.

Friday 17th 1:30 pm start Hotel - Oakwood Ballroom Norm Foster

Norm FosterStarting in January, Canada marks the 150 th year of Confederation, a wonderful opportunity to “Celebrate 150 Years of Theatre in Canada”. The Guelph Little Theatre, your host for WODL Festival 2017, is planning a number of events to recognize this milestone in Canadian History.

Starting in 2013, WODL Festival hosts have organized Play Readings featuring locally and nationally recognized playwrights. In 2013, Gary Kirkham came to Guelph. In 2015, Joan Burrows and Michael Grant came to Owen Sound. In 2016, Mark Crawford came to Woodstock.

In 2017, Norm Foster, arguably Canada’s most successful and best-known playwright, will be attending our “Sesquicentennial” Festival to present readings from his plays and to dialogue with the audience. This event is sponsored by Playwrights Guild of Canada and is supported by a grant from the Canada Council.

Of the five plays that will be presented by WODL member groups at the Guelph Little Theatre during Festival 2017, you can bet that at least one will be written by Norm Foster. Tentatively, Norm’s Play Reading event will take place in the Oakwood Ballroom at the Guelph Holiday Inn, on Friday March 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm.

Admission is free and open to the general public. Tell your friends.

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