June 17, 2020
The Grand Theatre today sent out the following announcement:
Due to the current Covid 19 situation The Grand Theatre has decided not to move forward with the 20-21 Season. This applies to both the Spriet and Auburn stages.
This decision was not made lightly and great attention was given to the health and safety of artists, staff, audiences, volunteers and our community.
More detail will be included in the media release tomorrow.
At the current time we cannot predict the reopening date as there are many factors which affect this, some of which are out of hands.
As detail regarding future reopening plans are developed we will keep you apprised. Until that time, thank you for your ongoing support of the Grand.
Please visit the Grand Theatre website for more details.
As a result the London One Act Festival will not be able to proceed this November, as hoped. We will keep in touch with our LOAF family to provide updates on any programs that can perhaps be implemented in these uncertain times.
Sincerely the London One Act Festival.
The London One Act Festival is a local four day festival of short plays of any genre running 30 minutes or less.
The plays are presented twice, with two nights of previews and two nights of adjudication.
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID 19.
CALL FOR SCRIPTS:
Updated information will be available as known.
The London One Act Festival (LOAF) began in 1999 with seven plays at the Old Factory Theatre. In 2000 the festival moved to The McManus Studio in the Grand Theatre.
As well as growing in length and number of performances, the Festival has also expanded its focus to encompass more of London's artistic community, including displays of artwork by area artists and preshow musical entertainment provided by local entertainers.
The Festival attracts people of all ages, experiences and backgrounds who are interested in the chance to have their work - acting directing, writing, technical skills - appreciated by a diverse audience in a creative environment.
The festival consists of two nights of previews and two nights of adjudicated performances. The professional adjudication gives the performers, writers and directors an opportunity to learn from the experience.
A workshop for participants takes place on the Sunday of the festival, followed by an awards ceremony. Each year the awards are made by local artisans. In the past we have had a blacksmith, potter, metal worker and painter create unique and cherished mementos.
PLEASE NOTE THAT LOAF IS NOT A PROFIT MAKING ENTERPRISE AND IS RUN BY VOLUNTEERS. ANY MONIES FROM TICKET SALES ARE USED TO FUND THE FESTIVAL.
A veteran committee member, Maridon enjoys interacting with the writers, performers and audience.
Sookie contributes her theatre expertise, curates the artwork and engages local musicians.
Debra oversees technical requirements, organizes the casts and maintains sanity.
Cameron caught the theatre bug performing in LOAF and has since been a great asset, helping out in a number of capacities.
As always remembering our dear friend, Lesleigh Turner.
SADLY, DUE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC, THE CALL FOR SCRIPTS HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. HOWEVER, WE ENCOURAGE PLAYWRIGHTS TO KEEP ON CREATING IN ORDER TO BE READY FOR WHATEVER COMES NEXT.
The festival, located in London, Ontario in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, features short plays of any genre running 30 minutes or less. Original scripts are encouraged. The number of plays accepted will be dictated by the total performance time. Competitors are responsible for acquiring rights to plays and paying any royalties. The London One Act Festival reserves the right to decline or accept material based on length, genre or graphic nature of subject material. There is a $50.00 registration fee, which is refunded depending on box office receipts.
Cheques will be returned to groups not selected. For those plays accepted, the registration money may be refunded, depending on ticket sales, at the end of the festival. Accepted plays that are withdrawn by the directors after the orientation date (TBA) will not have their registration fee refunded.
Participants must provide their own cast, crew, etc. The London One Act Festival and the Auburn Theatre will provide basic lighting, dressing room space, technical support, and front of house staff. MINIMAL SETS AND MINIMAL TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS are essential. To keep the sets to a minimum, sharing of set pieces among groups is encouraged.
The time limit of 30 minutes must be strictly adhered to. The London One Act Festival will look after ticket sales, posters, programs, publicity and adjudication.
Outstanding Supporting Actor - David Boegart, Beneath the Matala Moon
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Shelley Levi, Corner Cafe Coffee House
Outstanding Actor - Rob Deman, Beneath the Matala Moon
Outstanding Actress - Elizabeth Dundas - PEP!
Outstanding Original Script - PEP! by Michael Johnson
Outstanding Director - Mary Ann Ciuciura - In The Tank
Outstanding Production - In The Tank
Special Adjudicator's Award (Ensemble) - Beneath the Matala Moon
Special Adjudicator's Award (Comedy Duo) - Jim Kelch and Jason Freeman - In The Tank
Lesleigh’s Loafie (People’s Choice Award) – In The Tank
We will get back to you as soon as we can.