‘Fiddler on the Roof’ auditions July 24, 25, 29

June 21st, 2017

Wheaton Drama announces auditions for “Fiddler on the Roof.”

This poignant classic musical, running Sept. 15 through Oct. 8, kicks off our 2017–18 season. Theater veteran Carrie Dabelow is directing.

Sign up for an audition slot here.

Auditions for adults (age 16+) will be Monday, July 24, and Tuesday, July 25, starting at 7 p.m. Adult callbacks will be Thursday, July 27, beginning at 7 p.m.

Auditions for performers 15 and younger will be Saturday, July 29, starting at 10 a.m.

Auditions, rehearsals (unless otherwise specified) and performances will be held at Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton. Rehearsals will be Sundays through Thursdays; tech week is Sept. 10–14. Performances are Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Auditions will include cold readings from the script. Performers will be asked to sing 32 bars of a song from musical theater. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring sheet music in the proper key; no CDs or a cappella singing, please.

Please wear comfortable shoes; a short dance audition will be required for those interested in the bottle dance or the daughters’ ballet.

Tevye, the dairyman: Baritone, 40–65
Golde, his wife: Mezzo-soprano, 35–60
Tzeitel, their eldest daughter: Mezzo-soprano, 17–25
Hodel, their second daughter: Mezzo-soprano, 17–25
Chava, daughter: Mezzo-soprano, 17–25
Shprintze, daughter: Soprano/Alto, 9–15
Bielke, the youngest daughter: Soprano/Alto, 7–15
Yente, the matchmaker: Alto (character), Any age
Lazar Wolf, the butcher: Baritone, 30–65
Motel, the tailor (loves Tzeitel): Tenor, 17–35
Perchik (loves Hodel): Tenor, 17–35
Fyedka (a Russian): Tenor, 17–35
Constable: Spoken, Any Age
Rabbi: Baritone, 30 +
Grandma Tzeitel: Mezzo-soprano, Any Age
Fruma-Sarah: Mezzo-soprano (belt), Any Age
Nachum, a beggar: Lines/Ensemble, Any Age
Yussel (male): Lines/Ensemble, Any Age
Shaindel (Motel’s mother): Lines/Ensemble, Any Age
Sasha (male): Lines/Ensemble, Any Age
Mendel (male): Lines/Ensemble, Any Age
Mordcha (male): Lines/Ensemble, Any Age
Avram (male): Baritone/Ensemble, Any Age
Fiddler: Must play the violin, Any Age
Ensemble members will sing and have some movement in various scenes.

New Board of Governors elected

May 17th, 2017

At the monthly meeting on May 16, the membership in attendance unanimously elected a new president, vice president, sales governor and marketing governor. The new board, as of July 1, will be:

President: Stan Austin
Vice President: Jay Pauer
Past President: Mike Boyna
Secretary: Christine Cloutier Pfenninger
Treasurer: Eileen Gilligan
Facilities: Randall W. Knott
Marketing: Rob Reinalda
Sales: Barb Giblin
Education: Elyse Willis

Check out our 2017–18 auditions calendar

May 16th, 2017

Wheaton Drama announces its audition dates for the 2017–18 season.

Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Carrie Dabelow: Auditions are July 24–25 at 7 p.m. for adults; July 29 at 10 a.m. for children; callbacks are July 27 at 7 p.m.

Sense and Sensibility, directed by Randall W. Knott: Auditions are Sept. 17–18 at 7 p.m.; callbacks are Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

The Cinnamon Bear, directed by Ben Dooley: Auditions are Nov. 4–5 at 2 p.m.; callbacks are Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

Sex in the Title, directed by Jay Fontanetta: Auditions are Nov. 19–20 at 7 p.m.; callbacks are Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

A Piece of My Heart, directed by Mike Boyna: Auditions are Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.; callbacks are Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

Company, directed by Pam Turlow: Auditions are March 25–27 at 7 p.m.; callbacks are March 28 at 7 p.m.

Auditions and callbacks, unless otherwise specified, will be held at Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Main St., Wheaton.

Audition dates are subject to change; please check our website www.wheatondrama.org for updates as audition dates approach.

Sign up now for our kids’ summer workshops

April 18th, 2017


Do you know a child who enjoys theater and wants to learn more about performance or technical skills? Wheaton Drama workshops will help build confidence by giving the attendees firsthand experience in creating a live production. Your child will learn how teamwork works in building a theatrical presentation—in addition to having fun and making new friends. The place to be this summer is Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111.

Registration is now available: wheatonDrama.org/order-tickets

July 10–15, 2017

Performance Theater

Grades K5* morning session: 8:30 a.m. to noon

Grades K5* afternoon session: 1 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

(Choose one session only)


July 12–15, 2017

Technical Theater

Grades 612*

July 12: 1 p.m.4:30 p.m.

July 1315: 9 a.m.4:30 p.m.

(Please bring a sack lunch.)

Choose an area that you would like to study:

  • stage managing/backstage crew
  • sound design
  • costume design
  • lighting design


July 17–22, 2017

Performance Theater

Grades 6-12* full-day session 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(Bring a sack lunch)


July 19–22, 2017

Technical Theater

Grades 6-12*

July 20, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

July 21-22, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(Bring a sack lunch)

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 which grade they just


Saturday Performance

Grades K5 morning class: July 15, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Grades K5 afternoon class: July 15, starting at 2 p.m.

Grades 68 and high school: July 22, starting at 10 a.m.



$100 for grades K5 (half days)

$100 for Technical Theater (per week)

$200 for grades 612 (full days)


All staff members are certified teachers and have gone through an extensive
background check. Specific staff is TBA.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at workshop@wheatonDrama.org. 


New Artistic Committee chair deadline May 28

April 5th, 2017
WDI President Mike Boyna is accepting applications from members for the position of 2017-18 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 2018-19 season.
Download the application form: 04 05 17 – 2017-18 WDI Artistic Chair Application
Deadline to submit the application has been changed to Sunday, May 28, 2017. The term of this position runs from Sept. 1, 2017 through Aug. 31, 2018.
More details can be found in the WDI bylaws, which can be found on our website. Other specific questions can be sent to wdipres2015@gmail.com.
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