Member Vote: Proposed Board of Governors

May 10th, 2018

A reminder to our members that the annual election of Governors will be held at our general meeting on Tuesday, May 15 at 7:30. The following slate was presented by the Nominating Committee at the April membership meeting:

Wheaton Drama, Inc. Board of Governors Proposed Slate FY 2018-19

Nominees – to take office July 1, 2018

Education – Elyse Willis (running for 2nd term)

Secretary – Jackie Haiser (running for 1st term)

Treasurer – Jim Van De Velde (running for 1st term)

Facilities – Don Dumper (running for 1st term)

Current Governors

President – Stan Austin (continuing term)

Vice President – Jay Pauer (continuing)

Sales – Barb Giblin (continuing)

Past President – Mike Boyna (continuing)

Marketing – Zach Gibson (mid-term replacement for Rob Reinalda)


As per our bylaws, there can be additional nominations made at the meeting, but any person being nominated must be present and agree to be nominated.

Questions? contact Past President Mike Boyna at

Artistic Committee Chair deadline June 15, 2018

April 25th, 2018
WDI President Stan Austin is accepting applications from members for the position of 2018-19 Artistic Committee Chair. This individual will work with the chairs of the Play Reading and Musical Play Reading Committees, WDI Board representative(s), and at-large members to propose a slate of shows for the 2019-20 season.
Download the application form: WDI Artistic Chair Application 18-19
Deadline to submit the application has been changed to Sunday, June 15, 2018. The term of this position runs from Sept. 1, 2018 through Aug. 31, 2019.
More details can be found in the WDI bylaws, which can be found on our website. Other specific questions can be sent to

WDI Children’s Summer Workshop Registration

April 6th, 2018
Do you know a child who enjoys theatre and wants to learn more about performance or technical skills? Wheaton Drama workshops will help build confidence by giving the attendees first hand experience in creating a live production. Your child will learn how teamwork works in building a theatrical presentation…besides having fun and making new friends. The place to be this summer is Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111.
Registration available online starting April 9, 2018 at
July 9 – 13, 2018 (Performance July 14)
Performance Theatre
Grades 1-5* morning session: 8:30 am-12:00 pm
Grades 1-5* afternoon session: 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
(Choose one session only)
July 11–14, 2018
Technical Theatre
Grades 6-12*
July 11, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
July 12-14, 9 am-4:30 pm
(Bring a sack lunch)
For TECHNICAL THEATRE, choose area in which you would like to study:
Stage managing/back stage crew, Sound design, costume design or Lighting Design
July 16–20, 2018 (Performance July 21)
Performance Theatre
Grades 6-12* full day session 9:00 am-4:30 pm
(Bring a sack lunch)
July 18–21, 2018
Technical Theatre
Grades 6-12*
July 18, 1:00 pm-4:30 pm
July 19-21, 9:00 am -4:30 pm
(Bring a sack lunch)
For TECHNICAL THEATRE, choose area in which you would like to study:
Stage managing/back stage crew, Sound design, costume design or Lighting Design
*Please note that the grade level is indicated as to what grade they just completed.
Grade 1-5 morning class: July 14 –10:30 am
Grade 1-5 afternoon class: July 14 –2:00 pm
Grade 6-7, Grade 8 – 12: July 21 –10:00 am
$100 for K-5th grades (half days)
$100 for Technical Theatre (per week)
$200 for 6th-12th grades (full days)
All staff members are certified teachers themselves and thus have gone through an extensive background check. Specific Staff is TBA
If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at

Wheaton Drama casts ‘Company’

March 29th, 2018

Director Pam Turlow proudly announces the cast for Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy “Company,” running May 25 to June 17.

The cast:

Bobby: Garrett Ard
Sarah: Claire Yearman
Harry: Rod Kelly
Susan: Erin Creighton
Peter: Mike Frale
Jenny: Morgan Dietkus
David: David Korzatkowski
Amy: Sara Malloy
Paul: Matt Whalen
Joanne: Christine Pfenninger
Larry: Dennis McGuire
Marta: Jessica Sheffield
Kathy: Rachel Carreras
April: Mary McCormack

Production manager is Leah Rae Witt. Musical director is Bryan McCaffrey. Choreographer is Katy Smith. Assistant director is Ben Dooley.

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 Wit, 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 24 – June 16, 2019.

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