Auditions for Hay Fever are coming up….

 

Hay Fever by Noel Coward, directed by Kevin Kelly

Performances:

November 2 to 17, 2018. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm. And there will be one extra special Sunday Performance during this run TBD.

Auditions:

Take place on August 23 and 24, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Please sign up at

www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080E49A9AD29A2FC1-hayfever

Location:

Bethel Luthern Church

3852 Everett Road

Richfield, Ohio 44286

Callbacks:

Take place at Western Reserve Playhouse from 2 pm to 4 pm.

Preparation:

Cold readings from the script.

Rehearsals:

Begin Monday October 1 at 6:30 pm. Rehearsals will normally run Sunday through Thursday 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

THE PLAY
Hay Fever is a wonderful cross between high farce and an English comedy of bad manners. The play is set in an English country house in the 1920s, and deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish behavior when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend. Each – unbeknownst to the rest – invites down a house guest for a quiet weekend! The self-centered behavior of the hosts finally drives their guests to flee, while the Blisses are so engaged in a family row that they do not notice their guests’ furtive departure.

Hay Fever takes place in the comfortable English country house of the Bliss family. Judith, the mother, is a retired stage actress; David, the father, is a novelist. Their grown children, Simon and Sorel, still live at home. As the play opens, Simon and Sorel are exchanging insults about mutual friends and speculating that their mother is up to something in inviting a young man – who turns out to be called Sandy Tyrell – to the house for the weekend.

Meanwhile, Sorel has invited the diplomat Richard Greatham, while Simon adds to the growing household with his guest Myra Arundel. Finally, David comes downstairs from his study to add one last visitor to the list – a young woman named Jackie Coryton.

After some internecine squabble and banter, Judith announces her decision to come out of retirement and revive one of her greatest hits, Love’s Whirlwind. As she and the children begin to perform one of their favorite scenes from the play, they are interrupted by the arrival of their guests. The family members greet their visitors and then leave them to fend for themselves.

And that is just Act One!

 

THE CHARACTERS (5F, 4M)
Judith Bliss – an actress of a certain age who has retired (several times) from the stage.
David Bliss – her husband, a writer of novels that the entire family argue about; inclined to a little dalliance on the side
Simon Bliss – their son, a painter of aggressive daubs
Sorel Bliss – their daughter, an accomplished instrumentalist (but skills NOT required, though welcome!)
Both of the children are every bit as theatrical, as egomaniacal in the nicest possible way, as their parents.

Richard Greatham – a career diplomat who “always says something exquisitely diplomatic”
Myra Arundel – a society lady of whom Judith says “she uses sex like a shrimping net”
Sandy Tyrell – a younger “anyone for tennis” sporty chap who has fallen in love with Judith having seen her in some dreadful melodrama
Jackie Coryton – a scared little thing who has been picked by the husband David

Clara – the long-suffering maid, who used to be Judith’s dresser, and is quite coarse with it

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

 

MEET THIS GREAT CAST!!!!

 

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. This wonderful play runs August 17-September 1, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; with a 2PM Matinee on Sunday August 26th).

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.

Showtimes: 8PM Fridays and Saturdays and with a 2PM Matinee on Sunday August 26th.

Tickets are $17.00 for Adults and $15.00 for Seniors and Students.

Reserve tickets at westernreserveplayhouse.org or call 330-620-7314.

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.

Opening Night is HERE!! Get your tickets today!

MEET the AMAZING CAST of bare!

Opens in ONE WEEK!

Tickets are going fast so get yours today!!!!

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.