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Audition Notice: SILENT LAUGHTER

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Wheaton Drama, Inc. (WDI) announces auditions for the next show in its 2018-2019 season, Silent Laughter by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore (Love, Sex and the IRS, Confessions of a Dirty Blonde, The Senator Wore Pantyhose).  An homage to the slapstick days of early silent movies, Silent Laughter is the story of Billy, a hapless schnook in New York, 1917.  Not just a retread of pie fights and pratfalls (although they are certainly present), Silent Laughter takes up the challenge of presenting death-defying Buster Keaton/Charlie Chaplin/Harold Lloyd style gags, with a bit of Laurel & Hardy and Musty Suffer.  If you love this type of comedy, now is your chance to perform it.

What to expect at auditions:

“DELIGHTFUL! An affectionate amusing tribute to the heyday of silent film comedy with romance, high and low jinks and a climactic pie fight.”– The New York Times

“A tour-de-force! Hilarious! Clever! This is one crowd-pleaser where you needn’t feel embarrassed to be part of the crowd. Van Zandt directs the uproarious proceedings with precision and flair. An ensemble of 10, which executes gifted mime, balletic pratfalls, and operatic emotions, all with brio.”– The Village Voice

“An adoring salute to the golden age of film and an innovative twist on live theater! You won’t hear a single word uttered in Silent Laughter, but the show offers quite a bit to see and hear.Silent Laughterdisplays a wholly original brand of ‘musical theater.’ There is considerable sophistication and subtlety in this production.” – Associated Press

“An imaginative, respectful, reverential stage recreation of the slapstick antics of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Mack Sennett’s Keystone Kops, and the rest. Cleverly devised. The silence may be on stage, but the laughter is in the audience!” – Two River Times

Craig Gustafson is directing.  Production Manager: Elyse Willis.  Stunt Choreographer: Andrew Trygstad.

To get a feel for what the show will be like, check out the commercial for the original off-Broadway production:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fPxYPWtJDI, or start watching all the Buster Keaton silent films you can find; especially Sherlock, Jr.

In order to best utilize the time of actors auditioning for Silent Laughter, auditions are by appointment only at Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale Street in downtown Wheaton.

When asked what actors will have to do for auditions, director Gustafson’s response has been, “Monologues.”  Well… not exactly.  When you apply for an appointment, you will be sent audition sides unrelated to the show.  “These will be dialogue scenes,” explains Gustafson.  “People talk to each other in silent movies; we just don’t hear them. What I will be looking for is how you physicalize the scene; how visually expressive you can be.” Additionally, stunt choreographer Andrew Trygstad will have exercises to gauge how physically adept the actors are.  Dress to allow movement.

The process is as follows:

Beginning on September 16 (and not before): to schedule an appointment, please e-mail SilentWDI@comcast.net.  State your name and which day you would like to audition.  Attaching a headshot and resume is acceptable but not required.  Audition sides will be sent to you when your appointment is scheduled.

  1. Actors will be scheduled for October 1 or 2.If all slots fill up on those dates, other dates will be added.
  2. Actors will be assigned a call time, either 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 or 9:30 p.m.
  3. Actors will be assigned to a group and will spend 30 minutes in the audition.
  4. Walk-ins will be seen onlyif there are any cancellations or open slots, so making an appointment is strongly encouraged.
  5. Those cast or called back will be called by noon on Wednesday, October 3.Actors who are not cast or called back will be contacted by e-mail.  If necessary, callbacks will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3.

Performances of Silent Laughter are November 16 – December 9, 2018.  Shows are Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm.  There will be no performance on Thanksgiving. Auditions, rehearsals, & performances will take place at Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale Street, Wheaton, IL 60187.

For tickets and information, please visit http://www.wheatondrama.org.

Silent Laughter is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

 

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

Cast size is eight men and two women.  All actors must be able to perform dexterous physical comedy. Any actor cast as someone other than those listed below will play many characters.  Many, many characters.  It is truly an ensemble show with major comedic moments for all.

 

BILLY – The Hero.

RUTH – The Heroine.

BILLY’S PAL – Billy’s Pal.

LIONEL DRIPPINWITHIT – Billy’s Arch-Enemy.

BREWSTER THICKWAD – Billy’s Boss and Future Father-in-Law.

MAX THE THUG – Billy’s Cellmate and Foxhole Buddy.

SARGE – Billy’s Nemesis.

And a Cast of Hundreds.

 

If you have any questions, contact Craig Gustafson at SilentWDI@comcast.net.

Audition Notice: ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Wheaton Drama proudly announces auditions for ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA on Sunday and Monday, July 22 and 23, with callbacks scheduled for Thursday, July 26. No appointments will be taken nor are they needed; auditioners will be seen in groups within the time frames shown below. Performances are scheduled September 14-October 7, 2018, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays @ 8PM; Sundays @ 3PM. Auditions & performances will take place at Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale Street, Wheaton, IL 60187.

Audition Schedule:

Sunday, July 22:

1-2:00pm Children 7-9 years of age

2:30- 3:30pm Children 10-14 years of age

4-5:30pm Adults

Monday, July 23:

4-5:00pm Children 7-9 years of age

5:30-6:30pm Children 10-14 years of age

7-8:30pm Adults

Thursday, July 26:

6:30-8:30pm Callbacks by invitation

Audition requirements: Director Maria Bakalis is seeking to cast a group of 24 imaginative, flexible, playful adults and children. Auditions will consist of learning and singing a 16-bar music selection, not from the show, along with cold readings of short scenes, also not from the show. Children will be taught some simple movement steps. All roles are available. Please bring a recent photograph; a selfie or snapshot is fine.

Character Descriptions Available HERE

Please contact director Maria Bakalis with questions at wheatondramawonka@gmail.com.

Download Audition Forms here to complete in advance:

Wonka Audition Form Children

Wonka Audition Form Adults

Production Team:

Director: Maria Bakalis
Production Managers: Kate Quan and Katy Smith
Music Director: Bryan McCaffrey
Assistant Director: Krystyn Wells

This is a non-Equity production; there is no pay.

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

Auditions for ‘Company’ set for March 25-27

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’ audition slots filled

Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

As of Dec. 22, all available audition slots for Wheaton Drama’s production of A Piece of My Heart have been filled. If you would like to place your name on a waiting list for either Sunday, Jan. 7, or Monday, Jan. 8, please contact director Mike Boyna at wdiheart2017@gmail.com.

‘A Piece of My Heart’ auditions extended: Jan. 7-8

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Director Mike Boyna has added a second night of auditions for Wheaton Drama’s production of A Piece of My Heart, a drama about the role of women in the Vietnam War.

Auditions will run from 7–10 p.m. on Sunday and Monday, Jan. 7-8, 2018. Callbacks are scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 9. Read-through will be Thursday, Jan. 11.

The director seeks exceptional actors: five women of diverse ethnicity, and one man who will play dozens of roles. Please see character breakdowns below. (Auditions for MaryJo have been held, and that role has been cast.) The director is especially looking for African-American and Amer-Asian actresses, for the roles of Steele and LeeAnn, respectively.

All auditions, rehearsals (unless otherwise specified) and performances will take place at Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton, IL.

A Piece of My Heart is a powerful true drama about three nurses, a Red Cross volunteer, a USO entertainer, and an Army intelligence officer who bare their souls and share their experiences before, during and after their service in Vietnam. In addition to telling their own stories, all actors also appear as characters in the other women’s stories.

Audition details: Auditions will begin at 7 p.m.; 15-minute auditions slots are by appointment only. The women will deliver selected monologues; the man will perform scene readings, both of which will be provided once audition appointments are set. Monologues and scenes do not have to be memorized, but it would be helpful to both the actors and the director.

Note: Don’t get hung up on the stage ages shown; Martha, Sissy, Whitney and LeeAnn are all about the same age; Steele has to play a bit older, and MaryJo a bit younger.

To schedule an audition appointment for Jan. 7,
please contact director Mike Boyna at Wdiheart2017@gmail.com. Copies of the script are available upon request.

AVAILABLE ROLES:
Martha (22–42): Navy Nurse. Born in central Georgia. Strong, self-composed, aura of self-discipline, military bearing. Strong face, American, almost pioneer in feeling.
Sissy (20–40): Army Nurse. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania. Sweet, feminine, outgoing. Sense of fun. Also, a sense of harmony and warmth to her personality.
Whitney (21–41): Red Cross volunteer. Born in New England. Tall, slender, withdrawn, contained. Very aristocratic in bearing and quality. A Vassar graduate.
LeeAnn (20–40). Army Nurse. Born in New York. Great role for an Asian or Amerasian actress; she describes herself as half Italian and half Chinese. Attractive. Strong, tough, determined in nature. An urban, hip quality to her personality.
Steele (35–55). Intelligence Officer. Born in Jackson, Mississippi. Great role for an African-American actress. Extremely strong, military bearing. Very intelligent, outgoing, great sense of humor. A pragmatist.
All the American Men (18–60). ONE versatile actor plays a total of 28 parts: various military ranks; Gold Star father; talent agent; family member; TV announcer and much more. Physical and vocal flexibility are a plus.
NOTE: The actor playing Mary Jo (cast via November auditions) will attend callbacks to read with other actors.

SCHEDULING:
Rehearsals: 3-4x per week, except for weeks of Feb. 11 and Feb. 18 (no rehearsals; actors will have time to get off script and do background reading). All actors will not need to be at all rehearsals—until Tech Week (mandatory attendance): Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, March 18, 19 & 21 (off day Tuesday, March 20). Preview performance Thursday March 22.
Performances: March 23 – April 15. Thursday-Saturday performances at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances at 3 p.m. (No show on Easter Sunday, April 1.)

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