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Sing a favorite tune at the March meeting

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Craig Gustafson is proposing something different for the Wheaton Drama meeting program for March. He writes:

Because there are a lot of people who would like to be onstage but don’t get a chance, I would like to do a variation on a meeting program gimmick I did a few years ago.

Do you have a Broadway song you love and which you do well, but nobody gets to hear it outside of auditions? I’m also open to duets, if you have a song you want to do with a buddy. Come sing it for the March meeting program.

I have a couple of people involved already. I’m looking for four women and four men. More, in case of duets. There will be a total of 10 to 14 songs.

Here are the rules:
1. If you’re interested, e-mail here: Craig@Bozolisand.com and tell me. The first four women and four men who apply are in, no questions asked, except:

2. Tell me what you want to sing. We’re not having an accompanist, so if I can find a music track for it online (and I’m a very persistent researcher), or if you have the track, or if you want to get somebody to play piano for you and record it, you’re in. No track, no sing.

3. You must be available the following dates:
A. Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m. – Initial rehearsal, singing your song and learning the group number.
B. Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. – Whole show, in order, on stage.
C. Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 – WDI monthly meeting.
That’s it. Total commitment – 3 days.

4. No songs over four minutes long. If you have a long song, we need to make cuts. I don’t want to keep people there all night.

5. No Andrew Lloyd Webber or Les Miserables. I want to give people a chance to be heard; there’s no reason why I should be tortured for it.

6. No songs from Company, WDI’s upcoming production. Make an audition appointment.

Come and sing! I will check my e-mail at noon on Monday (or later, depending on when this is sent to everybody), then notify the cast after I ascertain the music track situation.

Auditions for ‘Company’ set for March 25-26

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Wheaton Drama proudly announces auditions for the brilliant Stephen Sondheim musical, “Company” at 7 o’clock the evenings of Sunday, March 25th, Monday, March 26th, and Tuesday, March 27th (if necessary), with callbacks scheduled for Wednesday, March 28th. Auditions are by appointment. Audition slots will be scheduled in 5-minute increments, and will be followed with a short dance audition. Auditions will take place at Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111 located at 111 N. Hale Street, Wheaton, IL 60187.

Beginning Sunday, February 25th, email wdicompany18@gmail.com with your preferred appointment time ( i.e., 7:00 p.m or 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25th). We will respond to your request with an email containing an audition form, your scheduled appointment time, and further instructions. We will do our best to honor your choice. However, we reserve the right to issue a different appointment time if the one you choose is already full. Appointments will be given on a first come, first serve basis. If there are walk-ins, they will be seen as time allows.

Audition requirements: Director Pam Turlow is seeking to cast an ensemble of exceptional actors who sing well and are adept at treating songs as monologues. All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Come prepared with a 1-minute contemporary monologue. Prepare 32 bars of a Sondheim song. You must provide your own sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. You will also be asked to learn a simple dance combination, so please dress to move. All roles are available. This is a non-Equity production; there is no pay.

    Show description:

On the night of his 35th birthday, Robert struggles to think of a wish to make. The lone bachelor, surrounded by “those good and crazy people” — his married friends – Robert struggles with finding his way out of his self-made constriction, yearning to embrace vulnerability but not sure how. Over a series of dinner parties, first dates, and thoughtful conversations, Robert attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage from his diverse and frequently hilarious friends, and begins to make sense of his own persistent bachelorhood. Set in 1970, at the tail end of the turbulent 60s, Company, Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking modern musical, is a mature, intelligent, and wildly funny look at relationships, vulnerability, and “being alive.”

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Robert. Age range: must be able to believably portray age 35.
The story’s protagonist, the “constant in a world of variables”. He is the only one of his friends who is still single. Terrified of marriage yet fearing lifelong loneliness, he slowly learns how to embrace vulnerability, in all its messiness and uncertainty. Requires an exceptional actor who can take the audience along on his journey. Vocal range top: G5. Vocal range bottom: G3 (Baritone)

The Couples. Age range: 30s to 50s
Sarah
Harry’s often critical wife. She is an avid learner of karate and tends to overeat as a way of filling a void. Requires an excellent physical comedienne. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: A3 (Alto)

Harry
Sarah’s husband. He is a recovering alcoholic continually falling off the wagon. Talks a big game. Believes the advantages of marriage outweigh the disadvantages. Requires an actor with excellent comic timing and physicality. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: A3 (Baritone)

Susan
A delicate southern belle. Peter’s perfect wife. Motherly in her affection towards Robert. Requires a light Southern accent. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: A3 (Mezzo)

Peter
Susan’s perfect husband … and ex-husband. We learn he is questioning his sexuality. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: B3 (Baritone)

Jenny
Quietly manipulative, simultaneously square and wise. Loves her husband, David, and will indulge him from time to time. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: A3 (Soprano)

David
Jenny’s husband, he is relaxed and always in control. Believes a man should be married and that the sacrifice of freedom is worth what you get in return. Vocal range top: A5.Vocal range bottom: B3 (Tenor)

Amy
A frantic neurotic engaged to Paul but terrified of marriage. After a mental breakdown, she finally realizes that Paul is, in fact, her soulmate. Requires a fearless comedic actress. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: G3 (Alto)

Paul
Amy’s fiancé. Mildly clingy, but patient to her neurotic nature. He is fully committed to the idea of marriage and encourages Robert to do the same. Requires a strong vocalist. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: B3 (Tenor)

Joanne
Acerbic, demanding, and blunt,, but extremely loving in her own way. Puts on a brassy front that melts when she is alone with her husband. Requires a strong, fearless, dynamic actress. Vocal range top: B5. Vocal range bottom: G3 (Alto)

Larry
Joanne’s husband. He is solid and centered, but is also comfortable with letting his hair down. Indulges his wife’s behavior but knows when to rein her in. Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: B3 (Tenor)

The Girlfriends. Age range 20s to 30s:
Marta
A girlfriend of Robert’s. A free spirit, an unbridled soul, who dives into the energy of NYC. She’s part muse, part mystic, and part Greek chorus. Requires an actress with a strong belt voice. Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: A3 (Mezzo)

Kathy
An old girlfriend of Robert’s, who is now considered a good friend. She plans to leave the City for a life of domesticity. Sweet and loving, she may be the “one who got away”. Vocal range top: A5 Vocal range bottom: A3 (Mezzo)

April
A girlfriend of Robert’s. Flight attendant who is, at turns, ditzy, wise, and innocent. Requires an actress who is able to tap into those layers. Vocal range top: A5. Vocal range bottom: A3 (Mezzo)

Please note, this is an ensemble cast. Ages listed above are approximations. Ages could be skewed depending on those auditioning. Any questions, please contact the director, Pam Turlow, at wdicompany18@gmail.com or message her on Facebook.

    Production Team:

Director: Pam Turlow
Production Manager: Leah Rae Witt
Music Director: Bryan McCaffrey
Choreographer: Katy Smith
Assistant Director: Ben Dooley

‘Piece of My Heart’ cast: WDI veterans, newcomers

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Director Mike Boyna proudly announces the cast of “A Piece of My Heart,” running March 23 through April 15.

In this powerful true drama, three nurses, a Red Cross volunteer, a USO entertainer, and an Army intelligence officer bare their souls and share their stories about the experience and aftermath of women’s service in Vietnam.

The cast comprises Wheaton Drama newcomers and veterans, as well as familiar faces returning to Playhouse 111:

Martha: Lisa Savegnago

MaryJo: Sara Cate Langham

Sissy: Leah Rae Witt

Whitney: Ellen Hill

Leeann: Johanna Medrano

Steele: Sierra Johnson

All the American Men: Garrett Ard

Please note: This production deals with adult themes, including raw language and depictions of violence, including sounds of gunfire and explosions.

Wheaton Drama seeks a Design Director

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

The Board of Governors seeks a talented visual artist to be its next Design Director, beginning with work for the 2018-19 season.

Those interested in applying should fill out and return (by March 15) the application form: WDI-Design-Director-application-revised_2-14-18

The job description is below:

The Design Director is responsible for the concept to completion of all print and online promotional materials for Wheaton Drama.
These include a unique concept and design for each season, based on the shows to be produced, in the form of a large banner, brochure, etc. Each individual production will require a unique design, as well as multiple print and web pieces based on that design.

There is some pay.

Download the application here: WDI-Design-Director-application-revised_2-14-18

Apply by Feb. 15 to direct a 2018-19 season show

Friday, December 29th, 2017

Artistic Committee Chair Joan Morrissey is accepting applications from anyone wishing to direct a Wheaton Drama production during the 2018-19 season.

A separate application must be filed for each show you are submitting to direct, and all applications must reach Joan by Feb. 15, 2018. Download the application form here:
2018-2019 SEASON-DIRECTOR APPLICATION.

Show titles, performance dates and script links appear below:
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Sept.14 – Oct.7, 2018 https://www.mtishows.com/roald-dahls-willy-wonka
Silent Laughter: Nov.16 – Dec.9, 2018 http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/786/silent-laughter
Wit: Jan. 18 – Feb. 10, 2019 https://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=2834
Murdered to Death – March 22 – April 14, 2019 https://www.dramatists.com/cgi-bin/db/single.asp?key=3439
Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: May 17 – June 9, 2019 https://www.mtishows.com/sweeney-todd

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