Meet the directors for our 2018-19 season

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 W;t, 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 17 – June 9, 2019.

Apply for the 2018 Wheaton Drama Scholarship

March 8th, 2018

The Wheaton Drama Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from a Wheaton Drama area high school who are entering a post-secondary institution in the subsequent academic year. Students will be evaluated on their theater arts activities in the school and community, including coursework and volunteering. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2018.

Please see form for specific instructions:
Wheaton Drama Scholarship Application 2018

Our ‘thank you’ to military personnel and veterans

February 21st, 2018

Our military personnel give so much of themselves. Wheaton Drama wants to give something back.

As part of our community outreach program, our theater troupe, founded in 1931, proudly offers free tickets for “A Piece of My Heart” to military veterans, current military members and local high school classes studying the Vietnam War era.

“A Piece of My Heart” is a true story of six women—three nurses, a Red Cross volunteer, a USO entertainer and an Army intelligence officer—who share their stories about the experience and aftermath of women’s service in Vietnam. Joining the six women is one man who plays 28 male roles.

A limited number of free tickets for each performance will be available (first-come, first-served) until one week before each performance date (listed below).

Please note:

These tickets cannot be reserved online. Please direct all inquiries to the Wheaton Drama box office, at (630) 260-1820. Please leave a message specifying the date you would like tickets, the total number of tickets desired, and the number of military or students in your group.
The free ticket offer applies only to military personnel and veterans. Guests joining them must buy a ticket. For educational groups, any teacher escorting a group of 10 or more students will also receive a free ticket.

“A Piece of My Heart” runs March 23 through April 15, 2018. (There is no performance on Easter Sunday, April 1.) Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays. The theater is located at 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton, Illinois.

Playhouse 111 is wheelchair accessible. Audio-enhancement devices are available at no charge. For further details, please visit

Wheaton Drama Inc. is a volunteer-based 501(c)3 charitable organization.

Deadline extended to 3/10: Teach a July workshop

February 13th, 2018

Wheaton Drama seeks teachers for our 2018 Summer Workshop, a weeklong experience in which students learn about theatre, dance and music.

Students will spend time with each teacher (dance and theatre), learning about each performance process and developing lifelong skills. We stress process over product, but parents will see what their children have been working on during a showcase performance at week’s end.

The Wheaton Drama Summer Workshop provides comprehensive theatre instruction for children in grades 1–5 during Week One and in middle school (grades 6–8) and high school students during Week Two.

Teachers will be hired in two areas:
1. Theatre
2. Dance

Hours and dates:
Elementary Week One (July 9–14) 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., performances on Saturday, July 14.
Middle and High School Week Two (July 16–21) 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., performance on Saturday, July 21.

Each teacher will be paid $500 per session.

Please fill in and submit the WDI_2018 Summer Workshop teacher application form by March 10, 2018, to

If you have any questions please contact Elyse Willis, Wheaton Drama Education Governor, at

Sing a favorite tune at the March meeting

February 11th, 2018

Craig Gustafson is proposing something different for the Wheaton Drama meeting program for March. He writes:

Because there are a lot of people who would like to be onstage but don’t get a chance, I would like to do a variation on a meeting program gimmick I did a few years ago.

Do you have a Broadway song you love and which you do well, but nobody gets to hear it outside of auditions? I’m also open to duets, if you have a song you want to do with a buddy. Come sing it for the March meeting program.

I have a couple of people involved already. I’m looking for four women and four men. More, in case of duets. There will be a total of 10 to 14 songs.

Here are the rules:
1. If you’re interested, e-mail here: and tell me. The first four women and four men who apply are in, no questions asked, except:

2. Tell me what you want to sing. We’re not having an accompanist, so if I can find a music track for it online (and I’m a very persistent researcher), or if you have the track, or if you want to get somebody to play piano for you and record it, you’re in. No track, no sing.

3. You must be available the following dates:
A. Sunday, March 4, 2 p.m. – Initial rehearsal, singing your song and learning the group number.
B. Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. – Whole show, in order, on stage.
C. Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 – WDI monthly meeting.
That’s it. Total commitment – 3 days.

4. No songs over four minutes long. If you have a long song, we need to make cuts. I don’t want to keep people there all night.

5. No Andrew Lloyd Webber or Les Miserables. I want to give people a chance to be heard; there’s no reason why I should be tortured for it.

6. No songs from Company, WDI’s upcoming production. Make an audition appointment.

Come and sing! I will check my e-mail at noon on Monday (or later, depending on when this is sent to everybody), then notify the cast after I ascertain the music track situation.

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