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Meet the Cast and Creative Team of “The Maids”


Have you gotten your tickets yet for our special benefit show????

Western Reserve Playhouse and ORMACO are pleased to announce a joint production of “The Maids”

Jean Genet’s THE MAIDS
Translated from French by Bernard Frechtman
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Two maids escape their doldrums by entering into a vicious game of role play and fantasy. When they attempt to transcend their position in society and overthrow their mistress, they find themselves reeling out of control. Illusion, deception, and murder collide in this, Genet’s taut psychological drama.

This dramatic show is full of the most seasoned actresses in Northeastern Ohio, Shani Ferry, Adrienne Jones, and Rose Gabriele Foti. “The Maids” will leaving you breathless and in awe of this classic piece of theater of the absurd.

Directed by Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski and assisted a dream team of, August Scarpelli and Keith Stevens, (from highly acclaimed, Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers”). Stage Managed by Brianna Layborn, Sound Design by Justin Herman, Light Design by Daniel Hunsicker, Set Design August Scarpelli, and costumes by Kelsey Tomlinson.  This one weekend show will be a change and one you won’t want to miss.

On December 15, 2018 a special gala will be held starting at 6:30PM . Tickets for this exciting event will include tickets to the show, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a cast meet and greet, and pre-show holiday and operatic music sung, by the award winning, WRP Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoksi. This unique private event will start at 6:30PM before the doors open for the general public at 7:30PM. Gala tickets are $50 per person and can be ordered online or via the box office. Come dressed to impress!


TITLE: The Maids

WRITTEN BY: Jean Genet

DIRECTOR: Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

ASSISTED BY: August Scarpelli & Keith Stevens

VENUE AND ADDRESS: 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44268

RUN DATES: December 14-16, 2018

TIMES OF SHOWS: Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, 2pm matinee on Sunday December 16th

SPECIAL GALA EVENT: December 15, 2018 @ 6:30PM

TICKETS: $17 adults, $15 students

BOX OFFICE: 330-620-7314



Western Reserve Playhouse  is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 3326 Everett Rd, Bath, Ohio 44268 and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.


WRP Announces the cast of Moliere’s “Tartuffe”

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to announce the talented cast of our opening  2019 Season Production of


by Moliere/ adapted by Richard Wilbur

Directed by August Scarpelli


Tartuffe – Brian Pedaci

Orgon – Jim Fippin

Dorine – Kelsey Tomlinson

Elmire – Mia Radabaugh

Madame Pernelle – Harriet DeVeto

Flipote – Emmy Cohen

Damis – Daniel Hunsucker

Mariane – Kayla Lehman

Valere – Zach Manthey

Cleante – Jay Hill

Monsieur Loyal – Steven Schuerger

Officer – Jeff Bixby


“Tartuffe” runs at Western Reserve Playhouse from

January 18-February 2, 2019

For more information please go to


Again, Congratulations!!!!

Western Reserve Playhouse Announces for

Jason Robert Brown’s

“Bridges of Madison County”

Show Dates March 1-16m 2019

The Bridges of Madison County is based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 best-selling novel, and was developed by the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color Purple). This 2014 Broadway musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question” “What if…?” Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Score and Orchestrations, this sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave audiences breathless.

Francesca Johnson, a beautiful Italian woman who married an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy, looks forward to a rare four days alone on her Iowa farm when her family heads to the 1965 State Fair. When ruggedly handsome, National Geographic photographer, Robert Kincaid, pulls into her driveway seeking directions, though, what happens in those four days may very well alter the course of Francesca’s life.
With a soaring score and a heartbreaking story, The Bridges of Madison County is a touching and powerful addition to any theatre’s season. The tour de force roles of Francesca and Robert are a dream come true for any actor, while the ensemble is rich with characters that tell their own individual stories and receive plenty of focus on stage.

Audition Dates:

December 15, 2018 from 1-3PM

December 17, 2018 from 6:30-8PM

Callbacks if necessary after 8PM December 17, 2018

Location: 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44268


Directed By Sarah Coon

Musical Direction by Bryan Bird and David Stebbins

Please prepare one song in the style of the show but, not from the show. Callbacks (If needed) will consist of singing and cold reading from the show. There will be no dance audition for this show.

There are no equity contracts available for this show at this time.

Rehearsals will start early February 2019. This will be a short rehearsal period.

Roles Available:

Richard “Bud” Johnson – 40’s – Francesca’s husband

Marian -30’s – Robert’s former wife. A musician, with an artist’s style and soul. 

Michael -16+ (needs to play 16-20’s- Francesca and Bud’s son. Headstrong, and finding himself.

Carolyn –14+ (needs to play 14-20’s) – Francesca and Bud’s daughter. Sensitive, but strong.

Marge –40’s-60’s – Francesca’s neighbor, sassy and nosy, but a caring and loyal friend.

Charlie –50’s-60’s – Marge’s husband. A good Iowa man.

***The Roles of Robert and Francesca are not available at this time. ***

All ages are approximate, and suggest the character rather than the actor. 

All characters will double as ensemble roles, including some featured solos.

All roles are open to actors of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Any questions please feel free to contact, Sarah Coon at

Review No. 1 is in for “Hay Fever” and it is a HIT!



By Kerry Clawson
Beacon Journal/

The Blisses are the most self-absorbed, ill-behaved hosts you’ll ever see. And, boy, are they funny on stage at Western Reserve Playhouse’s production of Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever.”

Leading the way in the local production of this 1925 comedy is Bernadette Hisey as diva Judith Bliss, a retired actress who revels in playing elaborate dramatic games. Her repeated melodramatic behavior is something her two children Simon (Zach Manthey) and Sorel (Rachel Szeles) gamely join in on, presumably to spare themselves from complete boredom in their home in the English countryside.

Directed by Kevin Kelly in his first time at the helm at the playhouse, Hisey, Manthey and Szeles play off each other quite humorously in the opening scene as they openly insult each other as well as each person’s choice for a weekend guest. Each family member, including father David, has invited a member of the opposite sex, unbeknownst to the others.

Manthey and Szeles show us just how spoiled these young adults are as Sorel cries against a wall and the impetuous Simon throws a temper tantrum when each hears that other guests have been invited. Coward has created choice insults in this family banter, including Judith telling Simon that his guest Myra “goes about using sex as a sort of shrimping net.”

Szeles is charming as Sorel, alternating between calling her mother out on her affectations and going along with her egotistical games. The retired Judith still seeks out her adoring public, especially younger men, which Sorel calls undignified.

In this play, nothing much happens, other than the blithe Blisses toying with their unsuspecting guests. These family members are fully aware that they’re bad mannered, but they can’t stop themselves.

We get the feeling the Blisses have played this game many, many times when, as Judith puts on one of her many overly dramatic acts, Simon tells her she’s “being beautiful and sad.”

“But I am beautiful and sad,″ she responded.

The dry humor of “Hay Fever” starts to grow as each Bliss family member couples up with a guest whom he or she hasn’t invited. Novelist father David (Vincent Sarowatz) also gets in on the action later as each family member flirts, is found in a compromising position or makes bold proclamations of love, merely for effect.

Director Kelly adds some fun touches that make the whole premise even more ridiculous, including Hisey’s very married Judith playing footsies with boxer Sandy (Danny Simpson) on the couch. Other put-upon guests are the nervous Jackie (Emmy Cohen), whom Kelly does not choose to dress as a flapper; the worldly Myra (Linda Schneider) and the “diplomatist” Richard (Eric Coublourne).

Rounding out the cast is Susan Wagner as ill-tempered maid Clara, who’s Judith’s former dresser for the theater.

The Blisses are so full of themselves, they force their increasingly uncomfortable guests to play an adverb game in the evening but don’t even notice them sneaking out the next morning, during their zealous family quarrel at the breakfast table.

Arts writer Kerry Clawson may be reached at 330-996-3527 or Follow her at @KerryClawsonABJ or