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March Projects At Wheaton Drama

March is proving to be another busy month at Wheaton Drama, Inc. (WDI). Major projects underway include rehearsals for WDI's next show, "All My Sons", and preparations for "1776" auditions.

"All My Sons", which opens March 25, is Arthur Miller's Tony® Award winning drama about families, secrets, and morality. Miller’s first commercial success, “All My Sons” secured his place in theatrical history and became an American classic.

Director Marge Uhlarik-Boller describes the show as "a cautionary tale of the danger of living in an insulated, non-connected and selfish manner." The "All My Sons" cast, of which Ms. Uhlarik-Boller says she is "very proud", is: Larry Boller, Catie Early, Toria Hollyn, Michael McLean, Joseph Mennella, Sean Ogren, William Richards, Justin Schaller, Annie Slivinski, T.J. Watson, and Dianne Wawrzyniak.

Tickets for the show are on sale now at http://www.wheatondrama.org. Those who prefer to order tickets over the phone can do so by calling 630-260-1820.

"All My Sons" will be performed Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm through April 17. Tickets are $13 for Thursday shows; $16 for Fridays-Sundays. It is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Opening Sunday of "All My Sons" also marks the first night of auditions for WDI's 2010-2011 season finale,"1776". With book by Peter Stone, music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, based on a concept by Sherman Edwards, “1776” is another Tony® Award winner. This musical follows the weeks leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

As "1776" director Charles A. Berglund notes, "Comedy, drama, humor, conflict, romance, history, and exhilaration - '1776' has them all!"

Charles and his production staff are utilizing a process which should make it easy for actors of all levels of experience to audition. Musical accompaniments, audio files, and helpful tips from music director William Rush are all available on the Wheaton Drama website. For best use of actor's time, auditions are by appointment only. Actors at initial auditions will all have the chance to sing, read, and perform simple dance steps (lead by choreographer Harmony Barry). Audition monologues and necessary forms are emailed to actors when they schedule their audition time.

All roles in “1776” are open, and newcomers are welcomed. More information is available at http://www.wheatondrama.org in the "News and Auditions" section.

While preparations for "All My Sons" and "1776" tend to be the public focus, WDI members are also involved in a number of other activities this month.

At the WDI Board meeting on March 14, the proposed 2011-2012 season will be presented, thus concluding the work of the current Artistic Committee. Also in process: work from the committee that selects nominees for the next WDI board; preparations by the Colby committee, which puts together WDI's annual awards ceremony; ongoing work from the Marketing committee; preparations for the 2011 Children's Workshop; rehearsals for entertainment at the monthly meetings; and work by the Scholarship committee, which oversees the awarding of a theatre scholarship to a local high school student. Of course, the maintenance and improvement of Wheaton Drama's Playhouse 111 is an ongoing project.

There are opportunities for existing and new members to become involved in many areas of Wheaton Drama. Prospective members are invited to attend a monthly meeting. The March meeting is Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30pm. After a short business meeting, there will be free entertainment and refreshments.

At play since 1931, Wheaton Drama's performances and activities take place at Playhouse 111, 111 N. Hale Street in Wheaton, IL. Visit http://www.wheatondrama.org for information.

Article by Jo-Ann Ledger for Wheaton Drama. Contact: publicity@wheatondrama.org

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