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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.

Opening Night is HERE!! Get your tickets today!

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!

 

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).

Into the Woods, Jr. Summer Camp Registration Now Open

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

Age Group: 11 to 19

Camp runs June 11-29, 2018 – Monday-Fridays 1PM-3PM

Performances: June 29-July 1, 2018 • (Fri/Sat. 7PM; Sun. 2PM)

The registration fee is $150.00 and there are discounts available for returning students and siblings. If you need further information or want to register, please call (330) 620-7314.