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of the

Eastern Ontario Drama League

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Columbus Community Centre
232 Spencer Street East, Cobourg, ON K9A 1CS *
Doors open at 10:30 am;
Brunch and Bar open at 11:00 am
Awards ceremony to follow at 12 noon
For tickets please call or email Susan at
contact the Northumberland Players at
905-372-0577 / info@norhtumberlandplayers.com
Book before March 27
th, 2018 to confirm your group numbers.
Cost: $30 pp
download the invitation below
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Festival Participants

Belleville Theatre Guild Pinnacle Playhouse 256 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, ON K8N 3B1
Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor
Performance dates: February 1 - 17, 2018 Adjudication date: February 10, 2018 at 8:00pm

Ottawa Little Theatre 400 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1N 7M7
Dead Accounts by Theresa Rebeck
Performance dates: February 14 – March 3, 2018 Adjudication date: February 16, 2018 at 7:30pm

Peterborough Theatre Guild 364 Rogers Street Peterborough, ON K9H 1W7
The Cripple of Inishman by Martin McDonagh
Performance dates: February 23 - March 10, 2018 Adjudication date: March 8, 2018 at 8:00pm

Domino Theatre 52 Church Street Kingston, ON K7M 1H3
At My Heart’s Core by Robertson Davies
Performance dates: March 1 – 17, 2018 Adjudication date: March 9, 2018 at 7:30pm

Northumberland Players The Old Firehall Theatre 213 Second Street Cobourg, ON K9A 3N7
Leaving Home by David French
Performance dates: March 16 - 31, 2018 Adjudication date: March 24, 2018 at 7:30pm

The EODL would like to thank 

Rural Root Theatre Company

for hosting the 2017 One-Act Play Festival
"Waiting For the Parade" winners from Northumberland Players, Cobourg:  (Brenda Worsnop and Laura Garton)

EODL Small-Project Grant Information and Application Form

The Grant application form is available for download as a PDF document. If your group wishes to apply for the EODL Small-Project Grant fill out the application and return it by email, to the addresses listed on the form, before March 1st of this year.

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The purpose of The Eastern Ontario Drama League (or EODL) is to foster community development and interest in the performing arts. It serves as a resource centre for theatre activities in Eastern Ontario, and provides community theatre groups with a communications medium throughout the province. The League promotes artistic and technical standards, and encourages education in theatre arts. A program of competitive drama festivals is a principal means of advancing these aims. Each year the EODL organizes a festival of one-act shows that is professionally adjudicated, followed by an awards ceremony. Additionally, the EODL organizes a festival of full-length theatre productions, also adjudicated and followed by an awards ceremony, with one production chosen to represent the EODL at the Theatre Ontario Festival.

Founded in 1933 The Eastern Ontario Drama League (EODL) is an affiliation of Community Theatre in Eastern Ontario, governed by an elected board of Directors, and registered as a Charitable Organization in Ontario.  Our groups range from Haliburton to Cornwall and Ottawa to Cobourg.  The EODL is also a participating member of Theatre Ontario , thereby establishing an important information link between them and member groups.
The Eastern Ontario Drama Festival came into being as a direct result of the intense interest in theatre of Canada's then Governor-General, Lord Bessborough, and his desire to initiate a Dominion-wide Amateur Theatre  Festival. 
Sixty people from across Canada were invited to a meeting in Ottawa at which time his proposal was enthusiastically endorsed and plans were made for a series of preliminary regional festivals.  Rupert Davies of the Kingston Arts and Music Group was one of those present; on his return to Kingston, he was instrumental in organizing what turned out to be the first regional festival in Canada.
Convocation Hall, Queen's University, was chosen as the site for the inaugural Convocation HallEastern Ontario Drama Festival. On the night of February 23rd 1933, the curtain rose on thirteen one-act plays and scenes.  The Festival continued to be held in Convocation Hall until 1939, and again after the war, until 1948.  It was then decided that the Festival should travel from city to city in the region, which it has done ever since.  At first, entries were limited to one-act plays or scenes, until 1938, when full-length plays were introduced and Festivals included some of each category.  By 1961, full-length plays had become the rule, and Region introduced its separate One-Act play festival.
Two festivals are held each year providing theatre groups the opportunity to learn and improve their skills through professional adjudications. The Full-Length Festival is held in the spring and the One-Act Festival in the fall. 
Notes from Barbara Kobolak, EODL historian


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