2019 Summer Camp Registration Now Open

WRP is excited to announce that we will be offering three camps this summer!

Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon KIDS

For ages 6 – 12  Camp Fee is $150.00 Limited to 30 campers

Camp runs from  June 3-20, 2019 from  9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Performances run June 21-23, 2019 • (Fri. & Sat. 7:00 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM)

Book by Jenny Laird Music and Lyrics by Randy Courts Additional Lyrics by Will Osborne

Based on Magic Tree House #4, Pirates by Noon by Mary Pope Osborne


An adaptation of the fourth of Mary Pope Osborne’s award-winning fantasy adventure books from the Magic Tree House book series, which has sold more than 100 million copies and is available in more than a hundred countries around the world. This time around, Jack and Annie’s tree house takes them to an exotic island with pirates, where the two discover the power of friendship and the simple pleasures in everyday life. The two siblings return to visit the magic tree house on a dreary, rainy day. They find a book where the sun is shining and the waves are crashing, so they wish to travel to this tropical place. They realize that they are in the eighteenth-century Caribbean, the time of pirates! The siblings meet Captain Bones, a mean old pirate who captures the two and forces them to help him find buried treasure. It’s up to Jack and Annie to find their way back to the tree house and make their way home.

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

Harry’s Hotter at Twilight

For Ages 12 – 19

Camp Fee is $150.00 • Limited to 25 campers

Camp runs from June 10-27, 2019 from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Performances run June 28-30, 2019  (Fri. & Sat. 7:00 PM; Sun. 2:00 PM)

Show Tickets are $10.00; Age 3 and under are free.

This crazed mash-up parody of the Harry Potter and Twilight series (with nods to Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Alice in Wonderland, and other stars of the pop culture pantheon) features invisible rabbits, armies of babies, murderous lunatics, evil gourmets and much more. Hilarity ensues as everyone’s favorite wizards, vampires, and werewolves battle to save the gloomy town of Spork — and indeed the world — from certain destruction at the hands of the nefarious Fine Diner and the bloodthirsty Euphoria.

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

Fractured Fairy Tales: the Play

For Ages 3-6

Camp Fee is $75.00 • Limited to 20 campers

Camp runs from July 8-12, 2019 from 9-11 AM
Performance is  July 12 (Fri. 6:30PM)

Show tickets are $2. ; Age 3 and under are free.


This exciting one week Young Artist’s Theater camp is for our youngest students ages 3-6. This camp’s focus is art, crafts,acting and putting on a 20-minute delightful play Older siblings are allowed to participate too! What a fun and new way to introduce your child to the world of theater arts!

The registration fee is $75.00 and there are discounts available for siblings. If you need further information or want to register, please call (330) 620-7314.



Akron Beacon Journal Review is in…..and “Tartuffe” is a HIT!

Review: Strong cast carries witty ‘Tartuffe’ at Western Reserve Playhouse

Photo Credit: Chris Douglas

By Kerry Clawson
Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

Tartuffe is the ultimate master manipulator. And in the hands of Brian Pedaci, he also comes across as dangerously charismatic in Moliere’s classic comedy “Tartuffe” at Western Reserve Playhouse.

This 1664 French play, done in verse, is performed in a highly accessible English translation by Richard Wilbur. And the strong cast at Western Reserve Playhouse makes all of Moliere’s witty rhymes crystal-clear in terms of understanding.

This “Dr. Seuss for adults,” as artistic director Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski refers to the play, is directed by August Scarpelli. The lively combination of insulting rhyming couplets and zany physical humor in this production brought plenty of laughs on opening night Friday, including from my 11-year-old son.

The show features a gracious-looking set by Daniel Hunsicker depicting the wealthy Orgon’s home and elegant costumes and wigs by Harry James. All of the characters in this comedy wear heavily rouged cheeks except for Tartuffe, the villain, who also is the only bald character in this show where the other older males wear elaborate white wigs.

Pedaci doesn’t play Tartuffe as an over-the-top villain or do an oily, desperate characterization like others I’ve seen in the past. He doesn’t play the role for laughs. Instead, he presents a suave man who dominates the stage and seems to be enjoying bamboozling the master of the house, Orgon. For that reason, one can see why people could at first be drawn to Tartuffe.

Much of the humor comes from how ridiculously blind Jim Fippin’s Orgon is in his admiration for this houseguest. But everyone in this story soon sees clearly what a con man he really is, except for the easily duped Orgon and his mother, Madame Pernelle (Harriet DeVeto).

Orgon thinks he owes everything to Tartuffe but it’s the other way around: The previously homeless Tartuffe is living the high life eating well at Orgon’s home, where he makes a big display of his supposed piety while wearing a black robe that looks like a cleric’s.

Fippin’s comical Orgon is so completely “hoodwinked by this rascal’s art,” he offers his new “spiritual adviser” his daughter in marriage and practically hands him his wife on a platter, without realizing it.

The danger here serves as a warning in any time period: Orgon won’t think for himself or question what is going on around him. Moliere’s work stirred controversy when it premiered in 1664 and was censored by King Louis XIV.

Kelsey Tomlinson is wonderfully saucy as the mouthy maid Dorine, who inserts herself into the Orgon household’s controversy and schemes to expose Tartuffe for the hypocrite he is. She uses one of the best words in the play when she tells another character, “You deserve to be Tartuffified,” or duped.

This is the largest and funniest role I’ve ever seen Tomlinson play, and she performs it with zest. Dorine, one of the smartest characters in “Tartuffe,” sets about a scheme to expose this fraud. One naughty moment in a seduction scene may go over younger viewers’ heads but is appropriate for older audiences.

Friday night’s audience laughed hard at young lovers Mariane (Kayla Lehman) and Valere (Zach Manthey), who engage in a very stubborn, tantrum-like fight. Manthey’s physical humor is priceless, whether he’s sliding down a wall crying or literally running into walls as his riled-up character throws a fit.

Arts writer Kerry Clawson may be reached at 330-996-3527 or kclawson@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her at @KerryClawsonABJ or www.facebook.com/kclawsonabj.

Additional showing of Tartuffe has been added

Because of last weekend’s snow storm, we’ve added another showing of Tartuffe.

February 3rd and 2:00PM.

You can even be home in time for the Super Bowl!

Buy tickets for this showing here.



January 19th Performance of Tartuffe Canceled

Dear Western Reserve Playhouse Patrons:

This message is to inform you that the January 19, 2019, performance of Moliere’s “Tartuffe” has been cancelled, due to severe snowfall and high winds.  

The safety of attendees, cast and crew always comes first.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to having you at another show during this run.

“Tartuffe” has 5 more performances and we are looking into adding an extra show due to this cancellations.  Please make sure you check on our website and social media outlets for that potentially added show.

If you have purchased tickets online for this evening’s performance one of our staff will be in contact shortly about your options. Always feel free to call and leave a message at 330-620-7314. For questions, please contact us at dawnsy@westernreserveplayhouse.org


Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski
Artistic Director
Western Reserve Playhouse