Theatre Department Staff
Artistic Director of Theater
The 2019-2020 Wilmette Children's Theatre Season is underway! Find more information on the season and auditions on Children's Theatre tab below.
Theater Department Staff
Wendy Avon has been teaching performing arts to children for more than 15 years. She is a graduate of Columbia College, where she studied theater and dance. She has acted in Chicago theatrical productions, professional films and commercials.
Kate Black is a freelance stage manager living in Chicago Illinois. She stage manages for Wilmette Children's Theater and co-teaches the Technical Theater class. She holds a BFA in Stage Management from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Before moving to Chicago, Kate lived in and worked in New York City.
Alison Dornheggen has been working in the Chicago theatre community as an actor, director, fight choreographer and administrator for the past 15 years. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she majored in Acting and Directing. In 2008, she took a hiatus from Chicago to become the Graduate Theatre Fellow for the Arts Management program at American University in Washington, DC. She has worked with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Oak Park Festival Theater, Caffeine Theatre, Steep Theatre Company, Buffalo Theatre Ensemble, Women's Theatre Alliance, 20% Theatre Company, The Factory Theater and greasy joan & co. She currently is an ensemble member, as well as marketing and development coordinator, for Babes With Blades Theatre Company, a female based theatre company which specializes in the art of stage combat.
Announcing the 2019-2020 WCT Season...A season of well-intended mischief!
Fall 2019 Children's Production: ELF THE MUSICAL Jr
Our production has closed. Thank you for making it a great success!
Winter 2020 Mini Children's Production: HOW I BECAME A PIRATE Younger@Part
Show dates are 1/31/20 - 2/9/20 (6 shows total)
Tickets for HOW I BECAME A PIRATE will go on sale 1/3/20
Spring 2020 Children's Production: FREAKY FRIDAY One Act Edition
This show is open to actors in 5th through 8th grade
Audition appointments requests will be accepted starting via email 12/2/19
General Auditions: 12/16 and 12/17
Parent Meeting: 1/7/20
First Rehearsal: 1/7/20
Show dates are 3/6/20 - 3/15/20(8 shows total)
Spring 2020 Mini Children's Production: MISS NELSON IS MISSING Younger@Part
This show is open to actors in 1st through 4th grade
Audition appointments requests will be accepted starting 1/11/20 via email
General Auditions: 1/25/20
Parent Meeting: 3/2/20
First Rehearsal: 3/2/20
Show dates are 4/24/20 - 5/3/20 (6 shows total)
ELF JR and FREAKY FRIDAY One Act edition are presented through special arrangements with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com HOW I BECAME A PIRATE Younger@Part and MISS NELSON IS MISSING! Younger@Part are presented through special arrangements with and all authorized production materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide, 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com
Wilmette Improv Troupes
The Wilmette Improv Troupes are designed for students ages 9 and up, and are directed by acclaimed Wilmette Children's Theater Director, Wendy Avon. Students will master the craft of improvisation and show off their skills with a variety of performing opportunities both in house and in the community. Troupe members will have the pleasure of performing improv games designed to build self-confidence, as well as improve their audition and acting skills. Ten performances are scheduled for the season. For questions or concerns, contact Director Wendy Avon at email@example.com.
Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held October 14. For more information, contact Wendy Avon at firstname.lastname@example.org.