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Auditions for “Moonlight and Magnolias”

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Wheaton Drama, Inc. (WDI) will hold auditions for Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias on Sunday, September 15 and Monday September 16 starting at 7pm. Callbacks: Tuesday, September 17, also at 7pm. All at WDI’s Playhouse 111 (111 N Hale, Wheaton, Il 60172). Show runs November 15 – December 8, 2019.

(Loosely) Based on real events, this fast-paced comedy recreates the finalization of the 1939 screenplay for Gone with The Wind. The cast is three men and one woman, featuring producer David O. Selznick, screenwriter Ben Hecht, and director Victor Fleming, supported throughout by Selznicks’s intrepid assistant, Miss Poppenghul.

Five-minute audition slots are available by appointment only. For initial auditions, Director Doug Long would like to see 1-minute monologues, preferably memorized. Callbacks will feature scene work in various combinations of characters. Headshots are helpful – we can take pics at auditions if necessary.

To request an audition time or to ask questions, please write to the show’s email: wdimam2019@gmail.com and indicate a Sunday/Monday and/or early/late preference. We will do our best to accommodate your requests. No auditions will be scheduled after 9:45pm. Audition forms can be downloaded by clicking the link below:

Download Audition Forms Here (Word doc).

Available roles:

Ages are stage ages, not necessarily your age

  • David O. Selznick, 37 – Large man with a large personality. Controlling, enthusiastic film producer obsessing over his biggest project, Gone with the Wind.
  • Ben Hecht, 46 – Wise-cracking screenwriter, probably smaller than Selznick and Fleming. Dry wit, Midwestern, militant for Jewish causes. Brought in by Selznick to overhaul the screenplay for Gone with the Wind.
  • Victor Fleming, 50 –Tall, handsome, and robust, known as a “man’s director.” Pulled off The Wizard of Oz at MGM to direct Gone with the Wind for Selznick.
  • Miss Poppenghul – Could be 30s-60s. Selznick’s efficient and loyal secretary, probably the element that keeps her boss from breaking down. She has learned to hear his incessant questions not as condescension but as the paranoia that they reflect. 

Merry Mad Mid-Mod Cast Announced

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Wheaton Drama is thrilled to announce the cast for its December holiday show, “Merry Mad Mid-Mod”. Thanks to all who auditioned!

Garrett Ard
Erin Creighton
Lisa Dawn Curran
Andy Dameron
Ben Dooley
Don Gingold
Mackenzie Grattan
Craig Gustafson
Mary Hefferman
Rod Kelly
Steven Krage
Jim Martin
Heather Miller
Julie Rodgers-Baker
Katy Smith
SarahAnn Sutter
Pam Turlow
Claire Yearman

The production will run December 13th through 15th. Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM, Sunday matinee at 3:00 PM. Tickets are available on the Wheaton Drama website: www.wheatondrama.org

Adult Theatre Workshop Weekend @ Wheaton Drama

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Love theatre but don’t have time to do a full show? Never been on stage and want to give it a try for the first time? Always wanted to try your hand at the technical side of theatre but were too nervous you wouldn’t know what you were doing? New to the area and have no idea what Wheaton Drama is all about? Well we have the perfect answer to all these questions and more! 

Join us for our second annual Adult Theatre Workshop Weekend. Participants can choose between:

  • Acting – including instruction in a bit of acting, singing and dancing, or
  • Technical Theatre – including stage managing, lights, sound, props and costumes.

We have fantastic instructors in each discipline here to help guide you on your journey throughout the weekend.

Our workshop weekend is:

Saturday, October 19, from 9AM – 4PM (with a break from 12 – 1 for lunch),

Sunday, October 20, from 1PM – 4:30PM

Monday, October 21, Dress Rehearsal at 7:30pm, and we would showcase our mini performance on

Tuesday, October 22, at 7PM at the monthly membership meeting. 

The cost of this workshop is $20, which covers the cost of a special workshop shirt and a small stipend to our teachers. 

Registration is open online at www.wheatondrama.org from August 5 – October 13. There are only 15 spots available for acting and 10 spots available for tech, so make sure to sign up TODAY. You do not want to miss out on this amazing new experience at WDI this fall. 

Cast of Addams Family Announced

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

Wheaton Drama is proud to announce the cast for their upcoming production of Addams Family – A New Musical. The cast of this funny, explosive, and upbeat musical includes:

Gomez – Mike Placzek

Morticia – Tracy Kay

Wednesday – Julia Roskopf

Pugsley  – Ali Martin

Fester – Glenn Leslie

Grandmama – Katy Smith

Lurch – Stuart Vance

Mal Bienke – Jim Martin

Alice Bienke – Kate Loeffler

Lucas Bienke – Mitch Karmis

Addams Ancestors

Salem Elizabeth

Jackson Gabel

Gretchen Gannon

Ed Garzaro

Taylor Gottsman

Drew Hartzell

Yvette Herczeg

Andy Kanturek

Renee Kosiarek

Elise Lech

Jessica Pouranfar

Geoffery Rommel

Riley Tomes

Lauren Werkmeister

Lauren Wood

The Addams Family is directed by Dan Hitzemann, assistant directed by Leah Rae Witt, musical direction by Amy Brockman, Choreography by Kate McIlvain, with production management by Pat Daly. Performances are Sept 13th – Oct 16th, and more information and tickets can be found at

Auditions for “Merry Mad Mid-Mod” Set for August 4th

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Wheaton Drama proudly announces auditions for their original holiday revue, “Merry Mad Mid-Mod”,  a retro holiday spectacular in the vein of the old Dean Martin and Andy Williams holiday specials from the 60s. Auditions are being held in August so the creative team will have plenty of time to tailor the content to the performers cast. The show will be comprised of vintage holiday songs, wacky comedy skits, and assorted surprises.
Auditions will take place on Sunday, August 4th from 7 to 10 PM at Wheaton Drama, 111 Hale Street, Wheaton, IL. Performances run December 13 through December 15th, 2019, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 3 PM. Production week will run Sunday, December 8th through Thursday, December 12th. Rehearsals will be on a flexible, intermittent schedule from August through December, with the majority being held late November through production week.
Director Pam Turlow is looking to cast between 12 – 16 adult performers, ages 21+, for the production. Actors of all ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Those auditioning are asked to prepare a 16-32 bar retro holiday song. Please bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided.
To secure an audition slot, please email pamagogogo@aol.com. An audition time will en assigned and an audition form and further materials will be sent to you.

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