Dance Classes

February 16th, 2015

Gotta sing? Gotta dance?
Gotta a little problem with the latter?
Or maybe you want to try something new? We’ve got the class for
you!! Join us for a four week exploratory dance class where we’ll try out for different styles of dancing!

Week One, February 23,
7.30 on the stage – Strength and Conditioning
The most basic necessity for being successful at any level of difficulty for dance is to have a strong core. Come take this class to build a strong core. Class will include basic stretches, floor exercises and tasks that all help to achieve strength in the muscles.

Two, March 2, 7.30 on the stage – Ballet
One of the oldest forms of dance is ballet. Class will include basic to moderate skills that not only improve your dance ability, but also contributes to a great posture and centering of the body. Barre exercises, across the floor and center adagios will be the main focus of this class.

Three, March 9, 7.30 on the stage – Jazz
Jazz is a fun, energetic and lively form of dance that is as fun to participate in as it is to watch. Come learn across the floor exercises and small combinations in this class! Up tempo music, style and vitality will be the biggest factors in this class that is sure to be a blast

Week Four, March 16, 7.30 location TBA –
Musical Theatre
Over the years, iconic pieces have been performed on
stages across the world. Come take a chance and learn how to incorporate dance ability with acting and singing with some of the most well-known music theater songs.

Class Fee: $40 WDI Members
$45 Non-Members
This is an adults only class.
Class size is limited to 20 students so  call our ticket line at 630.260.1820 to register.

Membership Survey

February 16th, 2015

The Wheaton Drama Board of Governors is creating a new long term strategic plan. We would like to get some feedback from the members for the board to use in their discussions. You can share your thoughts either by using the link below to complete these sentences through an anonymous online survey, or if you’re more comfortable, feel free to complete the sentences in an email to strategic plan facilitator Debbie Trueblood at . Either way, the items are below. If you have questions, please email Debbie.
Please email us or take the survey by Friday, Feb. 20 at 5:00 PM. The survey link is available here:
Complete these thoughts:
1. I am excited about__________
2. I am worried about______________
3. I want to make sure that we_______________
4. I hope that we________________
5. What else do you want us to know?

Unarmed Stage Combat Course

February 16th, 2015

Ever needed to slap someone on stage? Come learn the proper techniques to perform unarmed theatrical violence safely, and how to look good doing it. This workshop offers participants an introduction into unarmed stage combat. Participants will learn basic slaps, punches, falls, chokes and more. No previous stage combat experience is required to take the class.
The instructor for this class will be Claire Yearman. Claire is a teacher, actor, and fight choreographer. She has choreographed for many local theaters and colleges, including Interrobang Theatre Project, Piccolo Theatre, Red Tape Theatre, Metropolis Performing Arts, Wheaton Drama, Dominican University, Harper College, and Elgin Community College. She received a Joseph Jefferson nomination for her fight choreography for Red Tape Theatre’s The Love of the Nightingale. Claire has an MFA in Acting from Western Illinois University, is an adjunct theatre professor at College of Dupage and is a member of The Society of American Fight Directors. She has taught stage combat classes around Chicagoland and at stage combat regional workshop around the United States.
Class Date: March 28, 2015 1 pm – 4.00 pm
Class Fee: $35 for WDI Members
$40 for Non-Members
Class size is limited to 20 people so register right away. Please  ticket line at 630.260.1820 to register.

“The 39 Steps” promotional video

February 13th, 2015

Ushers needed for ‘The 39 Steps’

February 5th, 2015

House Manager Sande Harris Ogren is looking for Wheaton Drama members who would like to offer a little time and a lot of smiles.

Ushering is an easy way to help the theater, and Sande has set up a page on the Sign Up Genius website to make it easy for you to see when you can help most and sign up for a particular performance.

Just visit and follow the prompts.


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