Following the recent announcement of The Oakville Centre For The Performing Arts decision to close for the remainder of 2020, The Oakville Drama Series will be cancelling it's 2020-2021 Season. The closure of the venue was anticipated, given the safe pace the province has mandated in its plans to re-open the economy.
The Oakville Drama Series has been presenting plays at the Oakville Centre For the Performing since 1979 and this will be the first time in our history that we are not returning this fall.
While we originally slated to open the season this October with “The Laramie Project”, the decision to cancel had been a topic of discussion soon after we presented “Footloose The Musical” in March. The musical's last performance was just 5 days before province wide closures put a halt to everything but essential services.
Other factors that led to this decision included studying the financial impact posed by proposed social distancing measures, even when venues do re-open. Limited seating capacity means insufficient revenue to offset production costs. In addition, ongoing safety concerns also mean, you may still not be comfortable enough to attend a show (at least initially). We also also need to continue researching ideas on revising production workflows, including developing Covid-19 related workplace safety plans for our cast and crew during rehearsals. This will require more time to prepare, and in all likelihood added expenses.
As much as we remained hopeful in returning next season, The Oakville Centre closure is one of many factors that has essentially left us with no other choice but to cancel. Both groups operate as nonprofits and are volunteer run. We’ve concluded that our limited resources are best served to find ways to remain sustainable for the coming months and focus on preparing for the 2021-2022 season.
We will miss rounding up our talented and eager volunteers to put on our shows, however accept that this decision was vital to our future. We look forward to keeping you up to date on our plans going forward and can't wait to see you back in 2021!
On behalf of everyone at The Oakville Players and West End Studio Theatre, thank you for all your support in the past, now and in the future!
Until then, take care!
The Oakville Drama Series
by Moisés Kaufman
Over the course of an year and a half over 200 people were interviewed to create this theatrical portrait of town coming to grips with the horrible, hate-fuelled violence in the aftermath of a brutal murder.
In October 1998, just outside the town of Laramie, Wyoming a 21 year university student was tied to a fence post, severely beaten, robbed, tortured and left, alone, to die. He succumbed to his injuries 5 days later.
The Laramie Project is hailed as one of the most captivating and encompassing pieces of contemporary theatre, the play shocks, challenges, and moves all who watch it as it reveals the lowest depths of hatred and greatest heights of compassion that lies within all human beings in any seemingly average community.
October 21-25 , 2020
by Reginald Rose
Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.
November 11- 15 , 2020
by Reginald Rose
This play is composed of eleven ten-minute monologues, each featuring a different woman who talks about her life. Idiosyncratic characters amuse, move and frighten, always speaking from the depths of their souls. They include a baton twirler, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex rodeo rider and an actress willing to go to any length to get a job.
January 6 - 10, 2021
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett’s luck sharply shifts when Todd’s thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!
February 3-7, 2021
by Jonathan Lynn, Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustin, Eric Price
Based on the iconic 1985 Paramount movie which was inspired by the classic Hasbro board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. The tale begins at a remote mansion, where six mysterious guests assemble for an unusual dinner party where murder and blackmail are on the menu. When their host turns up dead, they all become suspects. Led by Wadsworth – the butler, Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Colonel Mustard race to find the killer as the body count stacks up. Clue is the comedy whodunit that will leave both cult-fans and newcomers in stitches as they try to figure out…WHO did it, WHERE, and with WHAT!
March 3- 7, 2021