CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2017 LAND OF CLEVE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS!

Congrats to Western Reserve Playhouse for getting nominated for best play and musical of 2017! Congrats to the cast and Crew of “It Runs in the Family” and “Forbidden Broadway- Greatest Hits!”

So extreemly proud and honored. Thank you Rich Landocle! And a huge congrats to all as well!

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Tonight @7:30PM hope to see you there!

Tonight is the night! Doors open at 7PM and the music gets started at 7:30PM.  Tickets are only $10.00 and can either be bought on line at westernreserveplayhouse.org or at the door. We are also fundraising for the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter so if you want to bring something in for the dogs and puppies that live there, please do!  Lets help as many as we can this holiday season!

 

Look at all these amazing classes coming this winter!

Thank You to The Bath Country Journal for This Great Article!

Western Reserve Playhouse recasts itself in a new role
by Wendy Turrell

When Western Reserve Playhouse (WRP) opens its 2018 season on Jan. 26 with Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers,” it will also raise the curtain on a fresh performance philosophy. New Co-Artistic Directors Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski and Brian Westerley want to build a theater family based on relationships with actors, audiences, volunteers and community partners.

The change from a summer stock theater to a varied year-round repertory that will include both comedic and dramatic plays, musicals, a regional premiere and a pop-opera is just one of the transformations in store. The new artistic directors’ goal is to have the theater dark just one month out of the year, mid-December to mid-January.

New leadership
Westerley and Sniadak-Yamokoski became new WRP board members last spring. Both were looking for opportunities to employ their theatrical experiences. They had complementary backgrounds – Westerley has theatrical acting and directing experience in New York and Los Angeles, and Sniadak-Yamokoski has a theater and musical performance background – and they worked well together. Both have acted in Akron-area theater companies.

The WRP board, led by Chairperson Marie Dusini, voted to give Westerley and Sniadak-Yamokoski artistic management beginning immediately with the 2017 summer season, creating the new positions of co-artistic directors, a first for the theater.

“It is no secret that I have long been looking to hand over my position to someone willing and able to fill it,” said Dusini, who has led the theater for over a decade. “With the expertise of our co-artistic directors and the many new people that they have brought to the board, I do feel the theater that I love is in excellent hands and will grow enormously. … While [my husband] Marc and I will remain on the board, neither of us will select to run for an office. Our time has come, and we look forward to less responsibility.”

Westerley and Sniadak-Yamokoski unveiled the first of their creative ideas this fall when they introduced the first annual 80 Minute Play Festival. Local authors submitted original 20-minute plays, and the four winning plays were performed.

Classes and programs
WRP has always had a long-standing summer theater program for teens. Sniadak-Yamokoski will expand that youth training with the Itty Bitty Theater program, where children ages 3-10 can take classes such as introduction to acting, dance and puppet theater. Acting opportunities increase for older youth, ages 11-19, in the Young Artists’ Theatre Program.

In addition to year-round classes, both age groups can take a three-week summer camp at the theater, and the camps will culminate in fully staged productions. In 2018, younger kids will perform Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.,” making their own headgear costumes and learning African drumming. The Young Artists’ Theatre group will perform “Into the Woods Jr.”
Westerley will concentrate on teaching adult classes. His experience includes directing two world premieres in Los Angeles, “Shark Tank” and “The Day I Said Goodbye.” His class offerings will include acting, directing, dance, audition workshops and lighting design.

Sniadak-Yamokoski earned an opera performance degree from the University of Akron and has taught vocal lessons for 17 years. At press time, she was in negotiations with an opera company to offer opera evenings for the 2019 season.

Building renovations
The WRP building is evolving to support its new performance format. Two years ago, the house of 95 received new, raised seating. Over the summer, Westerley and Sniadak-Yamokoski oversaw a sizable expansion of the stage, the addition of a bar with seating at the rear of the house, installation of a new furnace and replacement of the actors’ portable toilet with indoor plumbing in the dressing room area downstairs.

Much remains to be done, said Sniadak-Yamokoski. She is passionate about making the public restroom compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This will allow her to achieve a cherished goal: offering acting classes and production roles to children and adults with special needs.

To reach the goal of $14,000 for bathroom renovations and $8,000 to bring the entrance up to ADA standards – as well as raising funds for other projects, such as building dressing and prop rooms in the dirt-floor basement – Westerley and Sniadak-Yamokoski hope to develop partnerships with Bath businesses.

Two have already stepped up. MR Remodeling built the new bar and lounge with donated labor. Parsons Grounds Maintenance donated labor to clean the entrance of the theater and will do so again when the grounds are re-landscaped in spring.

Fundraisers and fresh faces
The artistic duo hopes to institute monthly karaoke bar nights to help raise funds and is always looking for new ideas to introduce and include new people in the WRP experience.
Sniadak-Yamokoski said she hopes for a mix of new and seasoned actors in productions.

“If you’re ‘green’ to acting, come and try out,” she said. “… We want to create a theater family, to be that place where when people in the area are looking for something to do for the weekend, they go online to see what WRP has to offer.”

Westerley added, “Western Reserve Playhouse has never been a ‘home theater’ before, because it was only a summer season. We want to give this theater the love and attention it deserves. … If you have happy actors and a happy audience, you will succeed.”

Sniadak-Yamokoski said subscribers are a vital part of the theater family, and she and Westerley look forward to knowing all of them by name.

“If we get 100 people, at $100 per subscriber, that will fund the whole season,” she said.

Subscribers receive two free shows with membership. Flex ticket packages of four shows for $55 are also available and include a free show.

For more information, visit westernreserveplayhouse.org. Ticket purchase is available online or by calling 330-620-7314. WRP has a Facebook page,Western Reserve Playhouse, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @WRPlayhouse.

We are only $250.00 away from our goal!

Please think about supporting Western Reserve Playhouse in this giving campaign.  All monies raised will go towards our exciting 2018 Season! Thank you so much for those who have helped and for sharing the word!

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Look at ALL of our amazing events in December 2017

Look at all the AMAZING events!

Look at all the AMAZING events happening at Western Reserve Playhouse in DECEMBER!! #magisto

Posted by Western Reserve Playhouse on Saturday, November 25, 2017

 

Storytime with our Holiday Princess

 

Calling all Princess and Knights! Come and celebrate the holidays with our Holiday Princess! You and your child can enjoy stories, craft and cookies and coco and a photo with our Holiday Princess.

December 16, 2017 from 1-2:30PM

The event is free, but donations would be appreciated! .

The World Premiere of “Matt’s First (Real) Thanksgiving”

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to present the world premiere of Matt’s First (Real) Thanksgiving by award-winning & internationally produced local playwright, Brandi Eaton, which will run ONE NIGHT ONLY December 15 at 8PM.

Matt’s was originally done as a 10-minute play during the theatre’s Half-Dozen show in August. It was such a big hit, that Ms. Eaton developed it into a full-length script. Matt’s tells the story of Matt, who brings home his younger boyfriend, Jason, on Thanksgiving to meet his family for the first time. Unfortunately, Matt’s family doesn’t know that he’s gay. Add to that a drunken aunt, a wise-cracking grandma & an unwanted ex-boyfriend & you’ve got an hilarious holiday!

The performance will be a staged reading of the script & a talkback session with the playwright & cast will follow.

The cast features a who’s who of talented local performers: Theatre luminaries Tom Stephan & Harriet DeVeto, OCTA & Chanticleer award winner Meg Hopp, BroadwayWorld Cleveland Award nominees Rose Gabriele, Adrienne Jones, Nicholas Peters & Mason Shuman & Co-Artistic Director (& multiple award winner) Brian Westerley as Matt.

Show Time: 8:00 PM on Friday, December 15th. Open Seating.

Admission is free, but donations are gladly accepted!

 

“Heavy Lies the Crown” Staged Reading on December 10!

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to present a staged reading of Heavy Lies the Crown which will run for ONE PERFORMANCE ONLY December 10 at 2PM.

Heavy Lies the Crown is the lively history of the life & death of the kings & queens of England told through tales, poems, letters & dialogue. It gives audiences insight into stories of the succession of royalty & how it shaped our world. At times, the monarchs own words are used to describe their lives.

The cast features theatre luminaries Tom Stephan & Harriet DeVeto, as well as Co-Artistic Director Brian Westerley.

Show Time: 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 10th.

Admission: $10 for everyone

To reserve tickets, please visit our website: www.westernreserveplayhouse.org

The venue is located at 3326 Everett Rd., Bath, OH.