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“Little Women” The Musical presented at
Western Reserve Playhouse

The novel “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott comes alive as a captivating all-new Broadway musical adaptation, opening October 5, 2018 at Western Reserve Playhouse. This family friendly, high-energy production is directed by WRP’s Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski, and choreographer, Jen Justice, with musical direction by Dave Stebbins.

“Little Women” follows four sisters—the independent, aspiring writer Jo, the romantic Meg, the pretentious Amy, and the kind-hearted Beth, all under the watchful eye of their beloved mother, Marmee, while their father is away serving in the Civil War. Each sister follows a different path but not necessarily what is expected. This coming-of-age tale is filled with drama, romance, humor, and music.
“Little Women, The Musical,” book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, soars with vibrant sweeping song and dance, featuring: Kaity Poschner (Jo), Bernadette Hisey (Marmee), Kayla Lehman (Meg), Tenley Stitzer (Amy), Abigal Lehman (Beth), Shelly Palumbo (Aunt March), Jay Sigler (Professor Bhaer), Michael Knobloch (Laurie), Steven Schuerger (Mr. Brooke), and Walt Kaminiski (Mr. Laurence). The principle characters are backed by live musicians and an ensemble of singers and dancers, including: Molly Kessler, Dorota Zarzycka, Emily Shipley, and Christina Worcester. This timeless tale about the power of family, friendship, and romance will delight the entire family.
Costume designed by Kelsey Tomlison, Set Designed Todd Plone, Light Designed Kevin Rutan, and Stage Managed by Brianna Laybourn.

“Little Women” The Musical opens with a cake reception on October 5, 2018 and runs through October 20, 2018.

Reserve your seat at westernreserveplayhouse.org or call 330-620-7314.

Little Women, The Musical
Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 20, 2018 8pm Fridays & Saturdays,
2pm matinee on Sunday October 14th
Western Reserve Playhouse
3326 Everett Road
Bath, Ohio 44268
Tickets: $17 adults, $15 seniors/student

 

Terms of Endearment Opens Friday August 17, 2018-September 1, 2018

Western Reserve Playhouse is thrilled to be bringing to its stage “Terms of Endearment”, adapted for the stage by Dan Gordon and based on the Oscar-winning film by James L. Bret.

Challenges in life and love test the resilience of a mother-daughter relationship in the stage adaptation, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry and the 1983 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. 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.

Karen Rose directs this stage adaptation of the emotional movie, filled with tenderness and comedy.

This show features the amazing acting works of Kerry Scanlon, Annette Fernandez, Craig Webb, Corey East, Lisa Rupple, and Austin Sasser.

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Review ONE in for bare-a pop opera! Get your tickets today!

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.