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Meet the directors for our 2018-19 season

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The Wheaton Drama Board of Governors, on advice from the Artistic Committee, has approved the following slate of directors for next season:

Maria Bakalis will direct Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, running Sept.14 – Oct.7, 2018.

Craig Gustafson will direct Silent Laughter, an homage to silent film comedies, running Nov.16 – Dec.9, 2018.

Lisa Dawn will direct the poignant drama Wit, running Jan. 18 – Feb. 10, 2019.

Annie Walker-Bright will direct Murdered to Death, a murder-mystery spoof running March 22 – April 14, 2019.

Randall W. Knott will direct Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, running May 24 – June 16, 2019.

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:

Show titles, performance dates and script links appear below:
Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: Sept.14 – Oct.7, 2018
Silent Laughter: Nov.16 – Dec.9, 2018
Wit: Jan. 18 – Feb. 10, 2019
Murdered to Death – March 22 – April 14, 2019
Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: May 17 – June 9, 2019

Our 2018/19 season: A bounty for theatergoers

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Wheaton Drama proudly announces its 2018/19 season, bookended with starkly different musicals and featuring two comedies and a provocative drama.

Here’s what’s in store for our audience:

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a family-friendly musical based on the Roald Dahl book, tells of a boy named Charlie who, along with four other children, get to tour the inner workings of an extraordinary candy manufacturing plant—guided by the mysterious genius Willy Wonka himself. Will the array of sweets and treats prove too great a temptation for the young visitors? (Sept. 14 to Oct. 7, 2018)

Silent Laughter, Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore’s homage to silent comedy films, teems with slapstick and sight gags and features lovable lovers, greedy villains and an array of stock characters. Audiences familiar with the works of Charlie Chaplin, Mack Sennett, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd will howl with laughter, and those just discovering the genre will see just how much fun they’ve been missing. (Nov. 16 to Dec. 9, 2018)

Our annual holiday show is still TBA. (Dec. 13 to Dec. 16, 2018)

W;t, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by Margaret Edson, focuses on a brilliant professor whose perspectives on life evolve after she is diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Despite the poignancy of the storyline, the play brims with gentle humor and offers uplifting insights into the human condition and the importance of recognizing and appreciating those around us. (Jan. 18 to Feb 10, 2019)

Murdered to Death affectionately spoofs murder mysteries in the vein of Agatha Christie. Intrigue abounds as homicide and side-splitting humor intertwine as guests gather at an English manor house. Certainly there would be multiple suspects, but multiple detectives trying to crack the case? Don your deerstalker, grab your magnifying glass and guess along with them as to whodunit. (March 22 to April 14, 2019)

Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, is master composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s take on the classic Victorian tale of vengeance, justice and injustice, and pie fillings. Rife with dark humor, unforgettable characters, desperate love, unbridled lust, and a gripping score, the show will have audiences alternately gasping and cheering from start to finish. (May 17 to June 9, 2019) Update: Rights for this show have been secured.

Our 2017-18 season brochure

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Please join us for a season filled with classics that have delighted audiences in greater Chicago and around the world.


Check out our 2017–18 auditions calendar

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Wheaton Drama announces its audition dates for the 2017–18 season.

Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Carrie Dabelow: Auditions are July 24–25 at 7 p.m. for adults; July 29 at 10 a.m. for children; callbacks are July 27 at 7 p.m.

Sense and Sensibility, directed by Randall W. Knott: Auditions are Sept. 17–18 at 7 p.m.; callbacks are Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

The Cinnamon Bear, directed by Ben Dooley: Auditions are Nov. 4–5 at 2 p.m.; callbacks are Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

Sex in the Title, directed by Jay Fontanetta: Auditions are Nov. 19–20 at 7 p.m.; callbacks are Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

A Piece of My Heart, directed by Mike Boyna: Auditions are Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.; callbacks are Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

Company, directed by Pam Turlow: Auditions are March 25–27 at 7 p.m.; callbacks are March 28 at 7 p.m.

Auditions and callbacks, unless otherwise specified, will be held at Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Main St., Wheaton.

Audition dates are subject to change; please check our website for updates as audition dates approach.

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