Holiday Cheer!

November 18th, 2015

Just a quick reminder that the holiday party will be one week earlier this year to accommodate rehearsals for Miracle on 34th Street.
Come on out to WDI on Tuesday, December 8 at 7:30 to enjoy an evening with all your crazy theater friends.
It’s a festive potluck so if your last name begins A-M please bring a sweet dish (dessert) to share, and if your name begins N-Z please bring something savory (hors d’oeuvres).
Also, if you wish to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange, please bring a White Elephant gift $5 or less.
And finally, if you wish to dress to impress, please wear something festive. More details will be forthcoming, but there will definitely be an Ugly Sweater Competition – so start digging out those forgotten or hard to forget sweaters.
Many thanks to Amy Johnson, Aimee Kennedy and Margie Gustafson for helping organize the event.
We look forward to seeing you all there.

Cast Announcement: Miracle on 34th Street

November 11th, 2015

WHEATON DRAMA is proud to announce the cast for the upcoming holiday fundraiser, “Miracle on 34th Street”, an adaptation in the style of a 1940s radio show.

Director Ben Dooley has assembled the following cast:



DORIS WALKER: Amy Brockman

HOST/GIMBLE: Dean Dranias

DR. PIERCE: Patrick Gallagher

ALFRED: Conor Gosain

MORTIMER: Cooper Gosain





TOMMY MARA, JR.: Fletcher Ogren

LOUIE: R.J. Ogren

“CELEBRITY”: Sande Ogren



MR. MACY: Tom Rieser


ANNOUNCER: Kevin Taylor



POSTMAN: Sean Wadzinski


JINGLE SISTERS: Julie Rodgers Baker, Erin Dameron, Claire Yearman

CHILDREN’S ENSEMBLE: Dane Hull, Maddie Austin, Ella Schuler



Production Manager – Elyse Wadzinski

Stage Manager- Amy Johnson

Sound Effects – RJ Ogren, Brock Royle and Sean Wadzinski

Piano – Jean Austin

Musical Director – Kathleen Dooley

Costumes – Heidi Schultz

Sound Design – Paula Rada

Hair and Makeup – Alexsandra Grabowski

Fundraising – Rebecca Poole

Tickets – Rebecca Poole



Thursday-Saturday, December 17-19 at 8:00 pm, Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 pm.  Go to for tickets and more information.


Audition Notice: Rabbit Hole

November 10th, 2015

Director Chuck Bergland will hold auditions for Rabbit Hole on Nov. 22 & 23 at 7 PM at Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111, 111 North Hale Street in Wheaton.
Callbacks (if needed) will be held November 24.

All the characters in the play are dealing with the accidental death of Becca and Howie’s 4 year son, Danny. They all use coping devices to manage their grief. It may sound heavy and it is at times but humor is used frequently as a powerful coping device.

BECCA – The Wife -late thirties/early forties ( trying to move on after the accidental death of her 4 year old son but too many reminders shatter what fragile self-control she has left.)
IZZY – Her Sister – early thirties (wild with men and partying in her youth and twenties but finally trying to settle down and take a more mature and responsible approach to life now that she’s 30.)
HOWIE – Her Husband – late thirties/early forties (dealing better with the loss of his son than his wife but getting back to a routine and supporting his wife may be rushed while he grieves in private.)
NAT – Her and Izzy’s Mother – mid-sixties (grandmother who is attempting to find a rational, logical and comforting answer for herself and daughter to the tragedy but many of her good intentions backfire.)

JASON – The Boy – seventeen years old (bright, sensitive high school student who writes science fiction good enough to be published in the school lit magazine while trying to manage his sense of guilt.)

Miracle on 34th Street Auditions

October 28th, 2015

Saturday, November 7 from 2-5 at WDI

Sunday, November 8 from 7 to 10

Wheaton Drama, Inc.

Playhouse 111

111 N. Hale Street, Wheaton

Show dates:  December 17, 18, 19, 20

Ben Dooley announces auditions for the radio version of Miracle on 34th Street. 

Groups will be taken every 20 minutes.  First come, first serve.

There will be no callbacks, so bring your best to the audition.

You MUST be available for all rehearsals and shows.

Ben has directed and produced over 100 recreations of old time radio programs and is looking for the following actors:  

MEN: 10-14

Host: 30 – 40s – Charming.  Engaging.  A straight man with personality.  He kicks everything off and keeps the energy of the show running.  Must be likable, energetic, with a touch of authority.  Think perhaps a late night host.

Announcer: 30s – 50s – Keeps the show flowing.  Can make anything sound interesting and inviting and delivers important information without it sounding boring and reading off a list.  Reads with an authoritative smile.

Dr.  Pierce: 40s  – 50s – He cares about Kris.  He’s a good man.  A respected doctor who believes that Kris believe who he says he is, and just may be open to the fact himself.  In any event, he sees Kris as sweet and endearing and posing no threat.  He wants to help Kris however he can.

Kris Kringle: 50s – 60s – Must sound sweet and caring, with perhaps a slight British lilt.  There is a childlike wonder and magic in his voice, but he doesn’t talk down to children.  We have to believe that he just might be Santa.   (When in doubt, watch the movie.  Other roles can be flexible and up to interpretation, but this one needs to deliver pretty much what Edmund Gwenn brought to the screen.  That’s what the audience is going to expect and want.  Not necessarily an imitation, but to capture the character.)

Mr. Shellhammer: 40s – 50s – Nervous.  Always on edge that he’s going to lose his job.  Not a bad man, but cautious and conservative.

Fred Gailey: 30s – 40s – Ever the optimist.  He’s the one man who believes in Kris.  He is open to possibility, rather than probability.  He’s a dreamer who hasn’t lost his childhood faith.

Janitor: 15-18 – A teen boy who still enjoys the magic of Christmas.  He may not believe in Santa Claus, but he believes in the power and joy that Santa brings.  He loves to dress up and play Santa for the kids, so he, too, must be sweet and engaging, but also, perhaps a little shy and uncertain.

Mr. Macy: 50s to 60s – Gruff, but lovable.  He’s the CEO of the company.  At first he’s all about business and the bottom line.  Even when they create the campaign about love and helping others and being “the Friendly Store” it’s about how Macy’s will make money. 

Mr. Sawyer: 40s – 50s – Suspicious.  Nervous.  Shifty.  Doesn’t trust anyone and certainly doesn’t buy into this Santa Claus business.  Is only looking out for his own interests.  If anyone, he is the antagonist of the story who creates problems for our heroes.

Judge Henry X. Harper: 50s – 60s – A good man caught up in a mess.  He’s trying to do the right thing, but is also afraid to make a wrong political move.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Mara 30s – 50s – Also a good man, just trying to do his job.

Charles Halloran: 40s – 50s – Politically savvy.  He’s Judge Harper’s advisor.

Stage Manager 

Drunk Santa

Parade Announcer

Mr. Gimble 




WOMEN: 4-6

Doris Walker: late 20s – early 40s – Practical.  Protective.  She has authority and responsibility in her job as well as at home.  She has worked hard to keep her guard up and not get hurt.

These are all open agewise-20s-50s

Mort’s Mama

Girl’s Mama 

Dutch Girl’s Mama 

Mrs. Shellhammer

Secretary Miss Pall


CHILDREN: (Ages range from 8-12)

Susan Walker – Precocious.  Very wise and mature beyond her years.

Tommy Mara Jr. – Eager and honest.


Mortimer (Little Boy)-

Child #1

Child #2

Roller Skate Girl

Little Dutch Girl – Must be able to pronounce the Dutch script comfortably.

Additional children for parade and “letters”


  Jingle Sisters – have already been cast



Descriptions are provided  for major and other important secondary characters.  

Smaller roles will be double, and even triple, cast.

It’s important to be familiar with a 1940s style acting.  

Here is a link to the LUX Radio theater adaptation of “Miracle on 34th Street”.

Listen to the pace, the style of the read, the quality.  It’s different than how we typically act today.

Also, remember this is Radio Style, which is different from stage style.  Everything is conveyed with sound-voice, music and sound effects.  Characters are heightened and exaggerated slightly.

Therefore we are primarily casting for voice.  You don’t have to look like the character, but that will also be considered when it’s appropriate.  (i.e. we are looking for someone who can look like Santa to play Kris.  No 20-somethings need apply for that role.)  The age ranges after some of the roles suggest the age range that you need to sound and look.

This is a 1940s period piece so hair and makeup will be a factor.  You must be able to look period.  If you’re not willing to cut your hair, shave or make other adjustments to fit the period then please don’t audition.

We are also wanting to make sure everyone is consistent with the style and overall sound and read.  

Looking forward to having you attend auditions.

Second Fall Session Starts Soon

October 23rd, 2015

The second session of fall classes will start November 3rd.  Please check our classes page to see what your children could be learning this fall!

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