Children’s Workshops Jan. 10 to Feb. 14

December 1st, 2016

Know a child who loves acting? Give them the perfect gift—theater!

In this six-week course, young performers will learn basic acting techniques while developing their imagination and creativity. Through improvisational games, this ensemble-building class will foster students’ self-esteem and help them become independent thinkers, both on and off stage.

January 10 – February 14, 2017
(Makeup date, if necessary: February 21)

Tuesday afternoons

Grades K – 4: 4PM to 4:55PM

Grades 5 – 8: 5PM to 5:55PM

$100 per session, per child

*Note: Classes are subject to change, based on enrollment.

Registration is now open. For more information, please contact Elyse Wadzinski at wdieducation@wheatondrama.org or call 630.260.1820 and leave a message specifying your interest in these workshops.

‘Outside Mullingar’ auditions Jan. 22-23

November 30th, 2016

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Outside Mullingar

 


Auditions: Jan. 22–23, from 7–9 PM


Callbacks: Jan. 25, from 7–9 PM

Auditions will consist of readings from the script. Please arrive by 7 with your headshot and résumé.

To help the production team, please email mullingarwdi2017@gmail.com with your contact information, targeted role and the date you plan to attend. We will provide audition sides on or before Jan. 20.

Performances will be March 22 through April 15, 2017—Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. Performers must be available for Tech Week (March 17–21) and for strike (evening of Monday, April 17).

Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held at 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton, IL, 60187.

Characters
(All are native-born Irish farm people; actors must deliver authentic accents):

Tony Reilly (70s): A no-nonsense man of the land. He is sly, though, and rather unsentimental—until nature and the passing of time reveal to him the elemental connections in his life.

Anthony Reilly (Early to mid-40s): Tony’s youngest child and only son. Devoted to the family farm, but with a wistful, dreamy sensitivity. A deep emotional wound has persisted for decades.

Aoife Muldoon (70s): A recent widow in declining health, she is piecing together the meaning of life. Deeply devout, yet still sharp-tongued. Afraid of nothing—except her daughter, Rosemary.

Rosemary Muldoon (Mid-30s): Aoife’s only surviving child. Hell on wheels, yet with a deep well of emotions and keen vision of reality. Proud yet pragmatic, she is robust and sharp of wit.

About the play:

Outside Mullingar is a charming and compelling tale of two families, based on playwright John Patrick Shanley’s heritage. It is a tag-team sparring match, a testament to love in all its forms, a clever comedy, and a tale of an awkward romance that is anything but inevitable. This story of adjacent family farms in central Ireland spans several years and concerns property legacies and disputes, vendettas, questions about personal identity, wars against nature, and people’s connection to the land and to one another.

Outside Mullingar is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York.

Casting for “The Elephant Man”

November 8th, 2016
Director Sean Ogren and Assistant Director Suzanne Ogren are pleased to announce the cast for “The Elephant Man” at Wheaton Drama. We appreciate all those who came to audition.
The cast:
Peter Lemongelli as Treves
Christopher Williams as Merrick
Lisa Dawn Curran as Kendal
Lars Timpa as Gomm
Ric Holloman as Ross/Porter
Dave Amato as Bishop/Pinhead Manager/ Belgian Policeman / Conductor
Michael Albrow as Lord John/ Belgium Policeman/ London Policeman/ Snort / Voice
Erin Dameron as Pinhead 1/ Duchess/ nurse
Mary Kuhn as Pinhead 2/Countess/ Sandwich/ nurse
Jennifer Barber as Pinhead 3/ Princess/ nurse

Cast announced for “A Christmas Carol”

November 8th, 2016

Director Pam Turlow is thrilled to announce the following cast for this year’s holiday show; “A Christmas Carol”:

Charles Dickens — Rob Reinalda

Ebenezer Scrooge — Lars Timpa

Bob Cratchit — Jay Pauer

Caroler/Child at Alms House/Goose Boy — Christina Pettinger

Nephew Fred — Tony Kortas

Mr. Bentley/Belle’s Husband/Old Joe — Josh Brown

Mr. Charlton/Fezziwig/Topper — Stan Austin

Jacob Marley — James Turano

Ghost of Christmas Past — Leah Rae Witt

Fan/Belinda Cracthit — Ella Gosain

Boy Ebenezer/Peter Cratchit — Chris Picchione

Belle/Bess — Riya Aarini

Ghost of Christmas Present/Young Ebenezer — Matt Johnson

Mrs. Cratchit — Krystyn Wells

Martha Cratchit — Riley Sebby

Tiny Tim — Cooper Gosain

Charwoman/Nancy — Patti Kaden

Laundress/Wretched Woman — Lisa Wallace

Production Staff:

Director — Pam Turlow; Producer — Rebecca Poole; Assistant Director/Sound Design — Ben Dooley; Lighting — Jim Van DeVelde; Stage Manager — Michelle Ho; Props — Amy Johnson; Dickens’ costume — Susan Hajny


“A Christmas Carol” will be done in a readers theater style and will run Thursday; Dec. 15 through Sunday; Dec. 18. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 3 p.m. All seats are $15.

Please order tickets here.

Late-Fall Student Acting Workshops

October 11th, 2016

Kindergarten Through Eighth Grade Classes — A Fun Experience for All!

Young performers will learn basic onstage and acting techniques while they develop their imagination and creativity. All children will have a blast as they explore acting through a series of theater and improvisational games. This ensemble-building class will foster each student’s self-esteem and help him/her become an independent thinker both on and off the stage.

Six-week sessions will be offered at Wheaton Drama.

Late-Fall 2016 Session: Nov. 1 through Dec. 6
(Make-up date: Dec. 13)

All sessions will be Tuesday afternoons at these times:

$100 per session per child

Note: Classes are subject to change based on enrollment.

Please contact Elyse Wadzinski for more information at wdieducation@wheatondrama.org or
call 630.260.1820 and leave a message about registration.

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