Fall Production Tickets Are On Sale

If you are looking for tickets to our fall show, Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour, please call our ticket line (613-297-0097), go to our Purchase Tickets page to buy on line or in person at Agora, 501 Main St. Winchester.  Note that this play has mature contents and is not intended for children.

More Information on The Children’s Hour


Mark Twain once observed “A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes”.  Lillian Hellman’s drama, The Children’s Hour, deals with this very theme and takes the stage on Nov. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at the Old Town Hall in Winchester.  First written and produced in 1934, the play was a commercial and critical success.  In 1961 it was adapted for the screen, starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley Maclaine.

Set in 1930’s New England, “The Children’s Hour” tells the story of two young women, Martha Dobie and Karen Wright, who run a small private school for girls.  When one vindictive student invents a lie about her teachers, and convinces her influential grandmother as to its truth, lives come undone.

Director Terry Green is pleased to be working with a strong cast of local actors including nine young girls. “We have all experienced or heard about the devastating effects of false accusations” remarked Green.  “The corrosiveness of lies and slander is as relevant today as it was decades ago.  Audiences will see how a small lie can have a huge impact on someone’s life, to the point of ruining it.”

Theatre goers are advised that despite its title, the play’s serious subject matter is not suited for young children.

Performances will take place on Nov. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at the Old Town Hall in Winchester.  Evening performances start at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Nov. 21, 22, 28 and 29.   There’ll be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sundays, Nov. 23 and 30.

Tickets are $15 for adults ($10 for youths 18 and under) and are available through Paypal at dcplayers.ca, by contacting the DCP Ticket Line at 613-297-0097 or in person at Agora in Winchester (501 Main Street).

On the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL)

Over the years, DCP has explored options for communicating with our members, fans and the public in general. We have a website, a Facebook page and various email distribution lists.   We have considered web services like MailChimp.  Looking at their site I found useful articles about a new Canadian law. So here are a few factoids that will help DCP comply:

The Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) came in effect on Jul 1, 2014. There is a three-year transition ending on July 1, 2017. There are new and serious consequences for spammers, including fines of up to $10M per violation.  Individuals and organizations, including directors, officers and other agents, are responsible and liable for the messages they send. During the transitional period, Canadian Government agencies may investigate and litigate against entities who don’t adhere to CASL.  After July 1, 2017, any individual will also be able to sue any entity they believe is sending spam messages.  CASL regulations apply to any “Commercial Electronic Message” (CEM).

A CEM is any message that:

  • is in an electronic format, including emails, instant messages, text messages, and some social media communications;
  • is sent to an electronic address, including email addresses, instant message accounts, phone accounts, and social media accounts; and
  • contains a message encouraging recipients to take part in some type of commercial activity, including the promotion of products, services, people/personas, companies, or organizations.

Fax messages and fax numbers aren’t considered electronic formats or addresses under CASL.

Exempt messages are:

  • Messages to family or a person with established personal relationship.
  • Messages to an employee, consultant, or person associated with your business.
  • Responses to a current customer, or someone who has inquired in the last six months.
  • Messages that will be opened or accessed in a foreign country, including the U.S., China, and most of Europe.
  • Messages sent on behalf of a charity or political organization for the purposes of raising funds or soliciting contributions.
  • Messages that provide warranty, recall, safety, or security information about a product or service purchased by the recipient.
  • Messages that provide information about a purchase, subscription, membership, account, loan, or other ongoing relationship, including delivery of product updates or upgrades.
  • A single message to a recipient without an existing relationship on the basis of a referral. The full name of the referring person must be disclosed in the message. The referrer may be family or have another relationship with the person to whom you’re sending.

If your message does not meet one of these criteria, consent is required under CASL.

Implied vs. express consent

The law defines two types of consent: implied and express. Implied consent is a looser interpretation, whereas express consent requires action from both sender and recipient.

Implied consent includes when:

  • A recipient has purchased a product, service or made another business deal, contract, or membership with your organization in the last 24 months;
  • You are a registered charity or political organization, and the recipient has made a donation or gift, has volunteered, or attended a meeting organized by you; or
  • A professional message is sent to someone whose email address was given to you, or is conspicuously published, and who hasn’t published or told you that they don’t want unsolicited messages.

If your recipients don’t meet any of the above criteria, then express consent is required before you can send campaigns to them.

Express consent means written or oral agreement to receive specific types of messages, for example “You want to receive monthly newsletters and weekly discount notifications from Company B.”

Express consent is only valid if the following information is included with your request for consent:

  • A clear and concise description of your purpose in obtaining consent
  • A description of messages you’ll be sending
  • Requestor’s name and contact information
  • A statement that the recipient may unsubscribe at any time.

The requestor can be you or someone for whom you’re asking. If you’re requesting consent on behalf of a client, the client’s name and contact information must be included with the consent request.

During the transition period, July 1, 2014-July 1, 2017, you may continue to send messages to recipients from whom you have implied consent, unless they unsubscribe. After the 2017 cut-off date, you may only send to recipients with express consent or whose implied consent is currently valid under CASL—that is, 24 months after a purchase or six months after an inquiry.

It’s interesting to note that MailChimp’s Terms of Use are more strict than what’s outlined in CASL, particularly regarding third-parties and implied consent.

In addition to understanding what qualifies as CASL-regulated message, and what type of consent is needed, there are a few other details to keep in mind.

  • You must retain a record of consent confirmations.
  • When requesting consent, checkboxes cannot be pre-filled to suggest consent. Each subscriber must check the box themselves for consent to be valid.
  • All messages sent must include your name, the person on whose behalf you are sending (if any), your physical mailing address and your telephone number, email address, or website URL.
  • All messages sent after consent must also include an unsubscribe mechanism, and unsubscribes must be processed within 10 days.

In the next month, DCP will send a request for consent to our email list. If you receive this message and want to continue receiving information from DCP in email form, please reply positively, according to the email instructions. You will also be able to continue to view our information on the DCP website (DCPlayers.ca) and on our Facebook DCP group page.

JP Leduc
Dundas County Players

DCP Presents The Miracle Worker, May 2 – 11

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Spring 2014:
Dundas County Players will present The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, directed by Rachelle Eves May 2, 3 and 4 and May 9, 10 and 11, 2014 at the Old Town Hall, 478 Main Street, Winchester.

This play tells the story of Annie Sullivan and her blind and deaf student, Helen Keller. Trapped in a secret, silent world, unable to communicate, Helen is violent and spoiled by her family. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence.

Get your tickets soon. May 2nd is already sold out.

Goodbye Witness, Hello Miracle Worker

For those who may not have Facebook, here is a photo of an alternate ending to ‘Witness’ only Hamlet could have considered:


The dust still floats in the air from the demolition of the set for Witness for the Prosecution, yet Rachelle and Moira are hard at work preparing for Miracle Worker, our May 2014 production.  Tony has a design in mind and I am looking forward to the construction challenges it will bring.

The holidays are a break in theatre and hopefully will leave us rested and ready for more rewarding work.  So to all DCP members and friends, a merry Christmas and a joyful holiday season.