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‘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.

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

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.

‘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.)

Cast announced for ‘The Cinnamon Bear’

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Director Ben Dooley has announced the cast of Wheaton Drama’s 2017 holiday show, The Cinnamon Bear.

The whimsical fairy tale, running Dec. 14-17 at Playhouse 111 in downtown Wheaton, is an onstage re-creation of the perennial WGN radio serial, which marks its 80th anniversary this year.

In addition to our usual Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday matinee performances, a Saturday matinee has been added on Dec. 16 for this family favorite.

Our cast:
Announcer = Patrick Gallagher
Captain Taffy = Rich Bucchi
Crazy Quilt Dragon = Rob Reinalda
Grand Wunkey = Jim Martin
Jimmy = Luke Grout
Judy = Riley Tomes
Mother = Krystyn Wells
Nicky Froodle = Ali Martin
Paddy O’Cinnamon = Ben Dooley
Presto = Craig Gustafson
Professor Whiz/Jack Frost = Dave Amato
Queen Melissa = Leah Rae Witt
Roly Poly Policeman = Tom Ochocinski
Santa Claus = Stan Austin
Snapper Snick = Sean Thomas
Wintergreen Witch = Patti Shore Kaden

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