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CLEVE REVIEW: School Musical ‘bare: a pop opera’ Offers Emotional Lessons at Western Reserve Playhouse

Cast members of “bare: a pop opera” at Western Reserve Playhouse

Photo Credit: Chris Douglas

WHO: Western Reserve Playhouse

WHAT: bare: a pop opera

WHEN: Now through July 28 — performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 6:30pm

WHERE: Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Road in Bath

HOW: To reserve tickets, please visit the company website at westernreserveplayhouse.org

High school is a challenging time when young people begin discovering themselves and each other. In bare: a pop opera, the students are exposed to a wide variety of hot topics, including homosexuality, self-doubt, unrequited love, and teen pregnancy.

Playgoers of all religions will relate to the kids attending this Catholic boarding school. Peter loves Jason and Jason loves him back but must mask his feelings while fending off the advances of Ivy. Meanwhile, Jason’s sister Nadia is having an identity crisis of her own. Between hallway hookups and midnight raves, the hormonal quartet and their classmates are faced with the prerequisite guilt that comes with a parochial school education.

Brian Westerley directs the show with a balanced blend of sensitivity and snark. He is aided by Dave Stebbins rhythmic musical direction and Kristy Cruz’s provocative choreography.

Westerley’s cast is convincing and confident beyond their youthful years. As the central couple, Nick Urbanic and Nick Sobotka earn the audience’s empathy while enduring a full curriculum of emotions. Laney Davis and Korinne Courtwright earn high grades as well with their honest and heartbreaking portrayals of Ivy and Nadia, respectively.

The effective and affecting ensemble includes Dominic Sonby, Daniel Hunsicker, Kayla Lehman, Khylee Kridler, Brooke Lytton, Austin Hopson, Ben Arrington, Stephanie Malfara, and David Rusnak.

Moving to the head of the class is Dayshawnda Ash, who is literally a holy terror as Sister Chantelle. Her high-spirited musical numbers are hilarious highlights of the evening.

The technical team at WRP wisely takes its cues from the title of the play. Westerley’s stark setting is literally empty, save for an ever-present cross and an occasional bed or two. Austin Hopson offers intense lighting, and Brianna Laybourn contributes the compelling sound design. Scott Zolkowski’s costumes will take you right back to freshman homeroom, completing the angst-filled flashback experience for past graduates from any era.

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A pulsating, electric contemporary rock musical, bare follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. Peter and Jason have fallen in love with each other, but Jason — a popular athlete — fears losing his status if he is discovered to be gay. Unpopular Nadia, Jason’s sister, is contemptuous of Ivy, a beautiful girl with a questionable reputation. As the group attempts to put up a production of Romeo and Juliet, tensions flare, self-doubt simmers, and God’s path seems more difficult to find than ever. bare rings with the sounds of youthful repression and revolt. With a unique sung-through pop score, heart-pounding lyrics, and a cast of bright young characters, bare is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.

This Show runs July 13-28, 2018 – Friday and Saturdays are a 8PM Show and Sunday July 22 is a 6:30PM Show. This musical has adult ideas and content and is for mature audiences. Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $15.00 for students and seniors.

New Education Classes Announced

Build Your Own Book: Audition Repertoire Class (13+)

Session One

Thursdays, August 2, 9, 16 & 23rd, 2018

Class times: 3:30-5:00 PM

Class Fee: $65.00              Limit 15 Students

This course is for those who are looking to build a repertoire book of songs to use for musical theatre auditions. This class will dissect the different styles of songs that you should have prepared, how to make audition cuts, how to find new material, and ultimately prepare you for any upcoming auditions. The final class will include a final mock audition and a filming session for 2 songs of your choice.


Build Your Own Book: Audition Repertoire Class (13+)

Session Two

Fridays, September 21, 28 October 5,12,19,26, 2018

Class Times: 3:30-5 PM

Class Fee: $100.00                Limit 15 Students

This course is for those who are looking to build a repertoire book of songs to use for musical theatre auditions. This class will dissect the different styles of songs that you should have prepared, how to make audition cuts, how to find new material, and ultimately prepare you for any upcoming auditions. The final class will include a final mock audition and a filming session for 2 songs of your choice.


Crash Course: Stage Makeup Basics (10-15) 

Session One

Wednesdays, August 22,29, September 5 & 12, 2018

Class Times: 3:30-5 PM

Class Fee $85.00                              Limit $15.00 Students

In the course of 4 weeks, students will learn the basics of many different types of stage makeup. The first three classes will incorporate cosmetic skill building, with an introduction to natural makeup, fantasy makeup, and special effects makeup. Students are invited to delve into their imaginations to create one-of-a-kind designs. The final class will feature a photo shoot after each student creates his/her own look.  (There will be a material list provided of items that must be purchased by the student).


Destined to Dance: Animated Boogie Woogie (4-8)

Session One

Mondays, July 16-August 6, 2018 from

Class Times: 3:30-5 PM

Class Fee $65.00                              Limit 15 Students

Students are invited to attend a class designed to teach beginner-level dance technique using dance numbers from their favorite movies. This 4-week class will teach students basic choreography moves, how to memorize choreography, and how to prepare for a recital. The class will be performing a short recital after the final rehearsal to showcase their hard work.


Destined to Dance: Broadway Showstoppers (9-13)

Session One

Mondays, October 1-November 5, 2018 from

Class Times: 4-5 PM

Class Fee: $85.00                    Limit 15 Students

Students are invited to attend a class designed to teach beginner/intermediate-level dance technique using Broadway showstoppers. Over the course of 6 weeks, students will review basic choreography moves, learn intermediate steps, and build on choreography memorization skills. At the end of the course, students will present a short recital to showcase their hard work.


Itty Bitty Theatre (3-8)

Session One

Wednesdays, October 3-24, 2018

Class Times: 4-5 PM

Class Fee: $65.00                    Limit 15 Students

This course is designed to cultivate the imagination in young artists. Throughout the course of 4 weeks, students will work on creating a short play and will bring their characters to life. The end of the course will feature a show of their play, inviting all friends and family to see their star in action.


 


Let’s Put on a Play (7-11)

Session One

Mondays, August 20-September 24, 2018

Class Time: 4:30-5:30 PM

Class Fee $85.00                                    Limit 15 Students

Let’s Put on a Play offers young artists the chance to get their feet wet in producing a theatre production. Students will be taught the basics of acting and preparing for a show. Throughout 6 weeks, students will spend classes creating a 10-15 minute play, designed to help them reach new limits in theatre. At the end of the course, the students will present their production on-stage to showcase their hard work.


Let’s Put on a Play (12-15)

Session One

Wednesdays, November 12- December 17, 2018

Class Times: 4-5PM

Class Fee: $85.00                                    Limit 15 Students

Let’s Put on a Play will provide intermediate students the chance to review their theatre technique and build upon it to reach their goals. Throughout the 6 week course, students will be exposed to all components of a production, including acting, costuming and marketing. The final presentation will be a showcase of the production and the hard work they put into it.  (Instructor Kayla Lehman).


Let’s Put on a Play (16+)

Session One

October 16-November 20, 2018

Class Times: 4-5:30 PM

Class Fee $85.00                              Limit 15 Students

This course is offered for our oldest age group, aimed for high schoolers of all skill sets to come together and work on building a production from a ground up. Students will experience the entire process of production, on and off stage, and work towards broadening their theatre knowledge, talent, and marketability for their future in the theatre, leading all up to a final presentation showcase.


Playhouse Puppet Productions (7-11)

Session One

Tuesdays, August 7-28, 2018

Class Times: 4:30-5:30 PM

Class Fee: $65.00                                    Limit 15 Students

This course is for those interested in the art of puppetry and our friends of the sock and felt variety. In 4 weeks, students will learn fundamentals of puppetry, how to build puppets, and how to act through your puppets. Students will work together in teams to create different puppet plays and will present for a final puppet showcase and students will be able to bring home each puppet they create to continue their puppet stories at home.


Playhouse Puppet Productions (7-11)

Session Two

Tuesdays, September 4-25, 2018

Class Times: 4:30-5:30 PM

Class Fee: $65.00                                    Limit 15 Students

This course is for those interested in the art of puppetry and our friends of the sock and felt variety. In 4 weeks, students will learn fundamentals of puppetry, how to build puppets, and how to act through your puppets. Students will work together in teams to create different puppet plays and will present for a final puppet showcase and students will be able to bring home each puppet they create to continue their puppet stories at home.


Playhouse Puppet Productions (3-6)

Session One

Fridays, November 2-30, 2018 4:30-5:30 PM

(NO CLASS NOVEMBER 23)

Class Fee: $65.00                                     Limit 15 Students

This course is for those interested in the art of puppetry and our friends of the sock and felt variety. In 4 weeks, students will learn fundamentals of puppetry, how to build puppets, and how to act through your puppets. Students will work together in teams to create different puppet plays and will present for a final puppet showcase and students will be able to bring home each puppet they create to continue their puppet stories at home.


Shakespeare (10-13)

Session One

Wednesdays, October 28-November 19, 2018

4:00-5:30 PM

Class Fee $75.00                        Limit 15 Students

This course allows students to learn the art of Shakespeare outside of the traditional classroom. Throughout the 4 weeks, students will learn how to read Shakespeare, how to decipher verse, and how to prepare a monologue or scene from his plays.  At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to present their monologues in a small showcase.


Shakespeare (14+)

Session One

Thursdays, September 20-October 11, 2018

Class Time: 4:00-5:30 PM

Class Fee: $75.00                               Limit 15 Students

This course allows students to learn the art of Shakespeare outside of the traditional classroom. Throughout the 4 weeks, students will learn how to read Shakespeare, how to decipher verse, and how to prepare a monologue or scene from his plays.  At the end of the course, students will have the opportunity to present their monologues in a small showcase.


 

Meet our New Education Coordinators

Meet the NEW Education Coordinators and New Instructors to the WRP Education Staff

Kyle Burnett

kyleBwrp@gmail.com

Kyle Burnett is an Cleveland-based actor who graduated last year from Kent State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. You may recognize Kyle from the Western Reserve Playhouse stage for his performance as “Eddie Birdlace” in Dogfight. He has performed all over Northeast Ohio at Beck Center for the Arts, Blank Canvas Theatre, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Mercury Theatre Company, EJ Thomas Hall, and at many more theaters and companies. While at Kent, he had the chance to direct three staged readings, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “21 Chump Street”, as part of the Student Theatre Festival. As a visual, hands-on pupil, Kyle hopes to bring the same energy and engaging quality from his training to students of all skill levels. Favorite subjects include: repertoire building, puppetry, and acting through song. He’s thrilled to be joining the WRP education team and he can’t wait to work with you soon! www.kyleburnett.net

 

Kayla Lehman

kaylaLwrp@gmail.com

Kayla Lehman is an actor and choreographer in Northeast, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Mount Union in December 2017, with degrees in Theatre and Public Relations. Recently, Kayla has been seen on the WRP stage in Dogfight as an ensemble member. Favorite past roles include Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), Silly Girl (Beauty and the Beast), and Anna (the Amish Project). From an education standpoint, Kayla has always been an eager learner. She is excited to bring engaging classes to WRP that are inclusive to all. Her special interests include acting, dance, vocal performance, and stage makeup. Kayla is so excited to get started and meet new students!

 

“Educating Rita” By Willy Russel

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to announce the inaugural performance of their new $5 Buck Series, a reading of Willy Russell’s Educating Rita, on Sunday, August 19th at 2:00 p.m.  Educating Rita by Willy Russell,  is the story of Frank, a disillusioned poet, turned professor of English literature, who has taken on the (in his eyes) unenviable task of tutoring non-traditional students enrolled in open university for their final exams. Enter Rita, an abrasively forthright hairdresser who is hungry for knowledge. An unexpected friendship blossoms, offering surprising rewards for both student and teacher.

Auditions for the Musical, “Little Women”

 

AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED FOR THE MUSICAL, “LITTLE WOMEN”!

SIGN UP AT: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e49a9ad29a2fc1-little  (ALL CAST BREAKDOWN IS FOUND ON THIS SITE)

Audition Information for LITTLE WOMEN We are currently looking for cast members for our upcoming of “Little Women: The Musical” which will be performed at The Western Reserve Playhouse at The Overture Center from October 5-20, 2018. There is also a possibility of this show touring in some schools too. (That is TBD)

Directed by: Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

Musical Direction: – Dave Stebbins

Choreographer: Jen Justice

Auditions will take place on Sunday, July 15 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm and on Monday, July 16 from 6-pm -8:30pm. Possible callbacks will be Tuesday, July 17 from 6-9pm (Only if needed) Individual auditions will be scheduled. Dance auditions will occur from 8:30-9:30PM the day of your audition, so please bring clothes to change into.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT:

BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH

3852 EVERETT ROAD, RICHFIELD, OHIO 44286

What to prepare: Please prepare a full contemporary musical theater piece (prefer legit with a mix of belt). PLEASE DO NOT SING FROM THE SHOW. Please have your music in original key and in a 3-ring binder with pages copied back to back. A headshot and resume will e helpful. A professional accompanist will be provided. You will be asked to dance, so please bring comfortable shoes.  NO EQUITY CONTRACTS AT THIS TIME.

 

We are thrilled to announce the cast for “Terms of Endearment”

We are happy to announce the cast of “Terms of Endearment”!

Kerry Scanlon as Aurora

Annette Fernandez as Emma

Craig Webb as Garrett Breedlove

Corey East as Flap

Lisa Rupple as Patsy/ Doris/Nurse

Austin Sasser as Rudyard/Dr. Maize

 

Terms of Endearment

Adapted for the Stage By: Dan Gordon

Based on the Screenplay By: James L. Bret

Directed by Karen Rose

Performance Dates: August 17-September 1, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

Challenges in life and love test the resilience of a mother-daughter relationship in Dan Gordon’s adaptation of Terms of Endearment, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry and James L. Brooks’ screenplay of the Oscar-winning film. Though Emma is often exasperated by her highly-opinionated mother, Aurora, they talk every day about their problems, from Aurora finding unexpected love even as she becomes a reluctant grandmother, to Emma’s struggle in her troubled marriage. But when they need one another most, will they be able to find courage in each other? This funny and touching story captures the delicate, sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both old and new.

 

Into the Woods Jr. OPENS this FRIDAY!! TICKETS ON SALE NOW…

Part of our Young Artists’ Theatre Program, the musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Directed by Lisa Howard

Musical Direction by Adam Howard

Costumes – Kelsey Tomlinson

Performances: June 29-July 1, 2018 • (Fri/Sat. 8PM; Sun. 2PM)

Tickets are $10.00 for all (3 and under are FREE)

Meet the Cast:

Cinderella: Tenley Stitzer
Jack: Tyler Montgomery
Baker: Robbie Rush
Baker’s Wife: Elizabeth (Beth) Messing
Cinderella’s Stepmother: Ellie Price
Florinda: Kayla Kephart
Lucinda: Margaret Messner
Little Red Riding Hood: Avery Brobby
Jack’s Mother: Nana Kyei
Witch: Hannah Case
Cinderella’s Mother: Elisa Spears
Mysterious Man: Annie Jonda
Wolf: Grace Deliberato
Rapunzel: Abby Brockway
Rapunzel’s Prince: Shane Yankovitz
Granny: Sophia Becker
Cinderella’s Prince: James Patrick
Featured Storytellers: Allie Brockway, Sophie Hill

The role of the Narrator will be divided throughout the cast. As we are truly an ensemble of storytellers!

 

Congratulations to the cast of “Tomorrow Morning” they are heading to the State OCTA Competition in August!

 

Congratulations to Western Reserve Playhouse for advancing to the Ohio Community Theater Association’s state final.   A 40 minute excerpt of the Lawrence Mark Wythe musical took many honors at the Northeast Regional competition June 17.  The final competition will be Labor Day weekend in Columbus, Ohio.  Break a leg, Maddie, Tony, Dawn, and Michael,  Ian, Brian, Kevin, Whitney, Alex, Justin, Luke, and Jim.