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MEET the AMAZING CAST of bare!

Opens in ONE WEEK!

Tickets are going fast so get yours today!!!!

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.

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 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.

Summer Camp Performances


Tickets on Sale for these two amazing shows!  Our camps have been working so hard and we could not be more proud!

All tickets are only $10.00 and children under three are free.

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7Pm and Sundays at 2PM.

We can’t wait to see you!!

Looking for Submissions for Our Second Annual 80 Minutes Festival!

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to announce the second-annual 80 Minutes New Works Festival!

We are currently seeking original, unpublished plays to be featured in the festival. If the play that is being submitted has been previously performed (outside of a staged reading or a workshop), please include that information with your submission.

Our theme for 2018 is Holidays – any holiday: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Mother’s/Father’s Day, Boxing Day…

Submissions are open now and the deadline for submitting is October 31st 2018 at 12:59 PM EST. We are currently only seeking submissions from local playwrights (Northeast Ohio), but if there are any questions about that, please contact us.


1. The play must run 15 – 20 minutes long. The maximum is 20 minutes.

2. The maximum number of actors involved in each play is 4. If there are additional characters that will be doubled, please indicate that information on the character list.

3. The play must be set inside a house, to utilize the set that will be existing on our stage.

4. Please include the following information in the Word Document or PDF: Name, Mailing Address, E-Mail Address, Phone Number. Please also include a short synopsis and a list of characters.

5. Please submit your play as an attachment to an e-mail, sent to Please put “2018 80 Minutes Submission” in the Subject Line.

6. There is no fee for submission, but we ask that each playwright send no more than two scripts.

7. If the playwright’s script is chosen for the New Works Festival, the playwright grants Western Reserve Playhouse three (3) royalty-free performances in November/December 2018.

Teen Acting & Coaching Workshop Announced

The class is open to high school age students for a four week run of 1.5 hours each class. The cost is $100.

The class starts July 5th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Week 1: Intro & expectations
Week 2: Choosing projects
Week 3: Analyze, develop, discuss
Week 4: Justify results, perform, critique

“I have made theatre my life. As a former professional Equity actor, I have performed from New York to California & in most of the regional & community theatres in Northeastern Ohio, starting with the Cleveland Playhouse as a child. Western Reserve Playhouse has become a favorite theatre of mine after performing in six shows here in the past eight years. Teaching & sharing some of my theatre knowledge & experiences will hopefully benefit young people with similar interests.” (Harriet DeVeto).

Announcing the Cast of “bare: A Pop Opera”!

Western Reserve Playhouse is thrilled to announce the cast of “bare: A Pop Opera”!
JASON – Nick Urbanic
PETER – Nick Sobotka
IVY – Laney Davis
NADIA – Korinne Courtwright
MATT – Dominic Sonby
LUCAS – Daniel Hunsicker
TANYA – Kayla Lehman
KYRA – Khylee Kridler
DIANE – Olivya DeLuca
RORY – Brooke Lytton
ZACK – Mark David
ALAN – Ben Arrington
CLAIRE – Stephanie Malfara
SR. CHANTELLE – Dayshawnda Ash
PRIEST – David Rusnak
The show runs July 13-28, 2018!