Monthly Archives: June 2018

Meet our New Education Coordinators

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

Kyle Burnett

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!


Kayla Lehman

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!


Auditions for the Musical, “Little Women”




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.




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.



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 Tomorrow Morning, 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, Michael, Ian, Brian, Kevin, Whitney, Alex, Justin, Luke, and Jim.