Wheaton Drama Scholarships

February 28th, 2015


I am pleased to provide an application for the Wheaton Drama, Inc. 2015 Scholarship.  Two $1,000 awards will be provided to graduating seniors from a Wheaton Drama area high school entering a post-secondary institution in the subsequent academic year.  Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the student’s account at the post-secondary institution to be used at the student’s discretion.  This student must have actively participated in theatre arts in school and/or the community.  Participation should include coursework and/or volunteer work.

Please distribute the application to all potential applicants and encourage them to apply. Applications are attached as both a Word document as well as a PDF.  All applications must be postmarked no later than May 15th, and mailed to:

Wheaton Drama, Inc.


111 North Hale Street

Wheaton, IL 60187

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at trishambrosio@gmail.com.

Thank you for your support of the arts and our community’s students!

2015 WDIScholarshipApp (Word format)

2015 WDIScholarshipApp (PDF format)

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 debbietrueblood@hotmail.com . 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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/37BJPR9
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

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