Adult Education Workshop Summer 2018

July 10th, 2018


Love theatre but don’t have time to do a full show?

Never been on stage and want to give it a try for the first time?

Always wanted to try your hand at the technical side of theatre but were nervous that you didn’t know anything?

New to the area and have no idea what Wheaton Drama is?

Well, we have the perfect answer to all of these questions and more!

Join us for our first-ever Adult Summer Theatre Workshop.
Participants will choose between acting (acting/singing/dancing) or technical theatre (stage management/lights/sound/props/costumes). We have the best of the best in each category here to help guide you on your journey throughout the workshop weekend.
Our workshop weekend schedule is:
Saturday, August 18 from 9AM – 4PM (with an hour break from 12 – 1 for lunch)
Sunday, August 19 from 1PM – 4:30PM
Monday, August 20 at 7:30pm Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday, August 21 at 7:30pm Performance at our monthly membership meeting
The cost of this workshop is only $20, which will cover the cost of special workshop shirt and a small stipend to our teachers.

Registration is open online at beginning July 11 through August 17.

There are only 15 spots available for acting and 10 spots available for tech so make sure to sign up TODAY. You do not want to miss out on this amazing new experience at WDI this summer.
Questions please feel free to email Elyse Willis (Education Governor) at



June 24th, 2018

Wheaton Drama proudly announces auditions for ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA on Sunday and Monday, July 22 and 23, with callbacks scheduled for Thursday, July 26. No appointments will be taken nor are they needed; auditioners will be seen in groups within the time frames shown below. Performances are scheduled September 14-October 7, 2018, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays @ 8PM; Sundays @ 3PM. Auditions & performances will take place at Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale Street, Wheaton, IL 60187.

Audition Schedule:

Sunday, July 22:

1-2:00pm Children 7-9 years of age

2:30- 3:30pm Children 10-14 years of age

4-5:30pm Adults

Monday, July 23:

4-5:00pm Children 7-9 years of age

5:30-6:30pm Children 10-14 years of age

7-8:30pm Adults

Thursday, July 26:

6:30-8:30pm Callbacks by invitation

Audition requirements: Director Maria Bakalis is seeking to cast a group of 24 imaginative, flexible, playful adults and children. Auditions will consist of learning and singing a 16-bar music selection, not from the show, along with cold readings of short scenes, also not from the show. Children will be taught some simple movement steps. All roles are available. Please bring a recent photograph; a selfie or snapshot is fine.

Character Descriptions Available HERE

Please contact director Maria Bakalis with questions at

Production Team:

Director: Maria Bakalis
Production Managers: Kate Quan and Katy Smith
Music Director: Bryan McCaffrey
Assistant Director: Krystyn Wells

This is a non-Equity production; there is no pay.

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Summer Workshop: REGISTER TODAY!

June 14th, 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.


Grades K-5 (half days): July 9-14, 2018 (choose MORNING or AFTERNOON)

Grades 6-12 (full day): July 16-21, 2018 (bring a sack lunch)


Grades 6-12 (see detailed schedule here): July 11-14, 2018 AND/OR July 18-21, 2018 (bring a sack lunch)

GRAND FINALE SHOWCASE: Performance & Technical students pool their new skills to stage a full production.

Grades K-5: July 14, 2018 10:30AM (MORNING CLASS)

Grades K-5: July 14, 2018 2PM (AFTERNOON CLASS)

Grades 6-12: July 21, 2018 10AM

Full dates & Tuition Information: Summer Workshop Info



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COMPANY Closing June 17

June 12th, 2018

Wheaton Drama finishes off their 2017/18 Season with COMPANY; Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and Book by George Furth. Audiences have given rave reviews since the show’s opening on May 25, highlighting the musicality, acting, & heart given by each performer of the ensemble cast of  14 actors

But a show would be nothing without the vision of its director. COMPANY director Pam Turlow shared some of her thoughts about her vision, the material & her hope for audiences in a recent interview.

Speaking of her vision for the show, Turlow shared, “In [this] production, each encounter [the main character] Bobby has teaches him one more thing about relationships. We’ll see Bobby grow from a man afraid of really connecting to a man who is truly ready to be vulnerable, to give and receive love.”

Turlow chose to set the production in 1970, “at the tail end of the 60s – a decade that reshaped the world and gave us a paradigm shift about relationships.” She has collaborated with her design team & dramaturg to immerse the audience in the year 1970 through art, clothing, hair, & movement. Dramaturg Rebecca Munoz also provided background information on the era, available to audiences before & after the show in the lobby.

Turlow’s hope for audiences enjoying COMPANY is one of vulnerability & self-understanding. “If you are willing to be vulnerable, to open yourself up to things new and different and (maybe) scary,” she encourages, “you might just find that brilliant light inside.”

For more info & tickets, visit the COMPANY show page:


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

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