Wheaton Drama, Inc. (WDI) has cast its first show of the 2012-2013 season, the Tony® Award winning drama, The Heiress.
The cast is: William Austin of Wheaton as Arthur Townsend; Lisa Baggott-Miller of Villa Park as Elizabeth Almond; Larry Boller of Elgin as Dr. Austin Sloper; Ellen Daschler of Lisle as Maria; Sean Ogren of Villa Park as Morris Townsend; Lisa Schmela of Wheaton as Catherine Sloper; Megan Skord Campbell of Chicago as Marian Almond; Annie Slivinski of Forest Park as Lavinia Penniman; Joann Smith of Naperville as Mrs. Montgomery.
Set in New York City in the 1850s, The Heiress is the Ruth and Augustus Goetz adaptation of Henry James’ novel, Washington Square. Shy and plain Catherine Sloper was raised by a cold, difficult physician father who finds her lacking in every way. When a young man finds his way into Catherine’s heart, her successful father is sure he is a fortune hunter. Catherine’s search for herself and her place in society, as well as her relationship with both of these men, is at the heart of The Heiress.
Marge Uhlarik-Boller, assisted by Barb Giblin, directs The Heiress. Mike Boyna is the production manager. Jackie Haiser is the stage manager.
Additional production staff include: Tracy Adams (hair and makeup design); Daniel and Lisa Baggott-Miller (properties); Ken Beach (production photography); Traci A. Cidlik (graphic design); Keith deBolt (set design and construction); Craig Gustafson (Starboard design); Susan Hajny (costume design); Melissa Heischberg (website); Jo-Ann Ledger (publicity); Steven Merkel (publicity photography); Rebecca Poole (tickets); Jim Quan (sound design); Katy Smith (set decoration and programme); Jim Van de Velde (lighting design).
Performances of The Heiress are September 7 through September 30, 2012. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. The Heiress is licensed by Dramatists Play Service. Tickets are $13 for Thursdays; $16 for Fridays-Sundays.
Wheaton Drama’s upcoming shows are: Broadway Ballot (August 17-19); The Sound of Music (November 9–December 9); It’s A Wonderful Life (radio show, December 14-16); Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (January 25-February 17, 2013); Full Circle (March 15-April 7, 2013 – confirmation of rights pending) and Into the Woods (May 17-June 9, 2013).
For show tickets and information, please visit http://www.wheatondrama.org, or call 630-260-1820. Follow on Twitter at WDIpublicity.