2019 Scholarship Applications Now Available

February 2nd, 2019

Wheaton Drama is now seeking applications for our 2019 Scholarship Awards. Scholarships will be awarded to two qualified applicants.

Applications will be completed online this year, with a deadline of March 31, 2019.

All application information can be found here: http://www.wheatondrama.org/education/scholarship/.

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Audition Notice: SWEENEY TODD

February 2nd, 2019

Wheaton Drama announces auditions for SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, directed by Randall W. Knott, with production management by Elyse Willis, musical direction by Bryan McCaffery, and choreography by Katy Smith.

WHEN: Sunday, March 3 or Monday, March 4, beginning at 7 p.m..  Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, March 6, beginning at 7 p.m..

WHERE:  Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale St., Wheaton, IL

Auditions will be by appointment (see below). Please prepare 32 bars of a piece in the style of the show. There will be no movement/reading at the preliminary auditions, just singing. Callbacks will include some movement. Please plan to arrive as early as you need to prepare for your audition time. Note: we intend to be on time, if you are late, your spot will likely be forfeited. See below for character descriptions.

To schedule an appointment:  

Audition appointments have been filled and a waiting list has been started. Please email below to be added to the waiting list for an audition!

Please email toddwdi2019@gmail.com with a preferred audition night, NOT a preferred time. With the demand we expect, we will not be able to accommodate requests for appointment time. Audition appointments will be scheduled in 5 minute increments, and the Production Staff reserves the right to fill the slots as requests arrive. Please indicate that in the event your preferred night is not available, if you are available the other night as well. Auditions will be first come, first serve, and limited to the 72 slots we are creating. Audition appointments will close on March 1, 5:00 pm.  

SWEENEY TODDwill run May 24 through June 16, 2019. Performances will take place Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 3pm. All performances are staged at Wheaton Drama’s Playhouse 111, located at 111 N. Hale Street in downtown Wheaton.

Non-Mandatory Q&A with Production Staff

There will be a non-mandatory Q&A with the Director and Assistant Director on Saturday morning, February 9th, at Playhouse 111, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Audition expectations, a brief description of the vision of the show, and any questions from those attending will be the topics of the day.  There will be doughnuts, coffee, etc.  Mostly, it’s a way to break some of the tension before the auditions.  As stated, attendance is not mandatory, but we might have some fun.  

Character Descriptions:
Age ranges mean WHAT CAN BE VISUALIZED ON STAGE age ranges, not necessarily actual ages of actors.

Sweeney Todd– Baritone  (Age 35-45)  Primary male lead. A man out for revenge following his 15 year false imprisonment in Australia.  Will learn small amount of stage combat.

Mrs. Lovett– Mezzo (Age 45-55)  Primary female lead.  Opportunistic owner of a failing meat pie shop.  Comedic, for sure, but with an edge.

Judge Turpin– Baritone (Age 55-75) Supporting male lead.  Sanctimonious “honorable” man responsible for Todd’s imprisonment. 

Anthony Hope– Tenor  (Age  20-25) Supporting male lead.  Wide-eyed romantic ingénue.

Johanna– Lyric Soprano (Age 16) Supporting female lead.  Romantic ingénue who is perhaps not so wide-eyed.

Beggar Woman– Mezzo (Age – 35-45) Supporting female lead.  “Crazy” beggar woman with a tragic story to tell.

Tobias Ragg– Tenor (teenager-early 30s) Supporting male lead.  Mentally challenged, put-upon young man.  Will consider teenagers, but bear in mind that the role is demanding, vocally.  

Beadle Bamford– Tenor (Age 45-55) Supporting male lead.  Turpin’s lackey.  What Bill Sikes would be if he’d had someone spot his talent and groom him.  Must have a high falsetto range.

Adolfo  Pirelli– HIGH, crisp tone, tenor (Age 25-35) Pirelli is a theatrically comic Italian(?) barber with a soaring voice…and a secret.  

Ensemble– We NEEDbetween 5-16 ensemble members to act as a Greek Chorus throughout the play.  Stage time will be plentiful, and ALL will be featured, at least visually, at some point.  The Ensemble will be balanced based on strength of vocalists, it may be divided equally SATB, it may not.  We will be casting at least 3 males and 2 females in the ensemble. We would prefer a larger ensemble, as we want to fill the stage with sound.  This is a show that absolutely depends on its ensemble.

This production is non-equity & there is no pay.

SWEENEY TODD is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIshows.com

Director Application: 2019-2020 Season

January 21st, 2019

Wheaton Drama is now accepting applications from members who are interested in directing for the 2019-2020 Season.

If you are interested in directing one of these shows, please submit an application to Artistic Committee Chair Christine Pfenninger at: christine.pfenninger@icloud.com by FEBRUARY 15, 2019. A separate application must be filed for each show you are submitting to direct.

The Artistic Committee will interview all prospective Directors on Tuesday Feb. 26 or Wednesday Feb. 27 from 7-10pm in WDI’s Green Room (basement). If necessary, additional interviews may be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 from 7-10pm. The Artistic Committee Chair will contact prospective directors to schedule an appointment.

If selected to direct, part of your commitment to Wheaton Drama will be participation in a post-show survey/interview  with a Board liaison. Additional information and job descriptions will be forwarded once your appointment is set.

Announcement of the season’s shows and directors will be published in the April 2019 TYRO.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS 2/15/2019

2019-2020 Season Shows

  • The Addams Family (Sept 13-Oct 5, 2019 – 15 shows) (musical)
  • Moonlight & Magnolias (Nov 15-Dec 8, 2019 – 14 shows) (comedic play)
  • Little Women: The Musical (Jan 17-Feb 9, 2020 – 15 shows) (musical)
  • Hauptmann (Mar 20- Apr 5, 2020 – 11 shows) (dramatic play)
  • Peter & The Starcatcher (May 22-Jun 14, 2020 – 15 performances) (play with music)


Please note there is no pay or stipend for this position.

Casting Announced: MURDERED TO DEATH

January 9th, 2019

Director Annie Walker-Bright and her production team are pleased to announce the cast for MURDERED TO DEATH and would like to thank all those who auditioned for the production.

CAST

Mildred Mindy Kaplan
Dorothy Erin Payton
Bunting Jim Martin
Colonel Charles Craddock Stan Austin
Margaret Craddock Lynda Porter
Elizabeth Hartley-Trumpington Jami Johnson
Pierre Marceau Vince Scalone
Joan Maple Charmaine Jones
Constable Thompkins Geoffrey Maher
Inspector Pratt Keith deBolt

CREW

Director Annie Walker-Bright
Assistant Director Dee Hicks
Production Manager Rebecca Poole
Stage Manager Jackie Haiser
Properties Amy Johnson
Costume Design Susan Hajny
Set Design/Construction Don Dumper
Set Decoration Barb Giblin
Lighting Design Jim Van De Velde
Sound Design TBD

MURDERED TO DEATH will play at Wheaton Drama from March 22 through April 14, 2019. Tickets are available NOW by calling our ticket line at 630-260-1820 or online at http://www.wheatondrama.org/order-tickets/.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama Comes to Wheaton Drama Stage

December 18th, 2018

 

Wheaton Drama’s upcoming production, WIT by Margaret Edson, is currently in rehearsals, with cast & crew working delicately to bring this poignant drama to life.
WIT tells the story of Vivian Bearing, PhD, a literary professor who is grappling with a recent diagnosis of terminal ovarian cancer. As she reflects on her life between moments of decline & crisis, she uses her own grit, determination, & knowledge of John Donne’s sonnets to make meaning of the course of her life.
Director Lisa Dawn is crafting WIT to find the profound humanity that exists when we, as people, experience the most vulnerable, difficult moments of our lives. This humanity is reflected in the fear, humor, & calm resolve we all might experience in the face of adversity.

What does it take to stage a medical crisis?
The cast & crew of WIT are working with a medical consultant & fight choreographer in order to recreate realistic scenes of chaos that are sure to have audiences on the edge of their seats.
 
(Right: Cast & Crew of WIT rehearse bedside with medical consultant Katelyn McKeon)
WIT will be on stage at Wheaton Drama from January 18 through February 10, 2019. Performances are Thursdays/Fridays/Saturdays at 8pm & Sundays at 3pm.
Tickets available NOW at www.wheatondrama.org or by phone at 630-260-1820.
WIT is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
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