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We are thrilled to announce our cast for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” by Edward Albee

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to announce the talented cast of our 2019 Season Production of

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” – By Edward Albee   

Directed by Kelly Strand

Staged Managed by Will Crosby

 

George- Dennis Runkle

Martha- Dede Klein

Nick- Max Winer

Honey- Kayla Lehman

 

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ” runs at Western Reserve Playhouse from May 31-June 15, 2019

For more information please go to westernreserveplayhouse.org.

Auditions for our staged reading of “The Boys in the Band”

Western Reserve Playhouse Auditions

“The Boys in the Band” by Mart Crowley

A rehearsed reading directed by Jim Fippin

SYNOPSIS:

The year is 1968. In his upper East Side apartment, Michael is throwing a birthday party for Harold, a self-avowed “thirty-two-year-old, pockmarked Jew fairy,” complete with a surprise gift: Cowboy, a street hustler. As guests arrive and the evening wears on, fueled by drugs and alcohol, bitter, unresolved conflicts and resentments come to light when a game of “Truth” goes terribly wrong.
This groundbreaking play premiered Off-Broadway in 1968 and ran for 1,001 performances, and was recently revived on Broadway.

 

Audition Dates: Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 7-9:30PM

Sign Up At : https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054eada92aa5f85-auditions2

Performances: Sunday July 14, 2019 2PM

Rehearsals will be created after casting and be limited to only six meeting.  There are no equity contracts at this time.

Location: Western Reserve Playhouse 3326 Everett Rd, Richfield, OH 44286

Audition requirements: Actors auditioning will be asked to read excerpts from the play, sides will be provided by the production staff.

 

The role of Harold has been cast.

Roles available are:

Michael: 30, average face, smartly groomed

Donald: 28, wholesome American good looks

Emory: 33, small, frail

Larry: 29, with a starkly simple sense of individual style and color in his clothes. Extremely handsome.

Hank: 32, tall, solid, athletic, attractive.

Bernard: 28, African-American, tall, gaunt, good-looking, dressed in Ivy League clothes.

Cowboy: 22, muscle-bound, “too pretty.”

Alan: 30, aristocratic Anglo-Saxon features.

Character descriptions are taken from the play and the ages and physical descriptions should NOT be taken as literal guidelines for casting. Bernard, however, will be cast as an African-American. They offer a very broad outline to give a rough idea of character types, or stereotypes, if you will. Before auditioning, actors are strongly encouraged to read the play. There will be very minum rehearsing for this staged reading. No equity contracts offered at this time.

Questions? Email the director Jim directly at jimfippin@gmail.com

Auditions for our Family Theater “Anne of Green Gables”

Western Reserve Playhouse auditions for

“Anne of Green Gables”

from the novel L.M. Montgomery, adapted by Joseph Robinette

Directed by Brianna Joi

 

Synopsis:

This new dramatization captures the charm and excitement of L.M. Montgomery’s enduring classic about an orphan girl, Anne Shirley, from her first encounter with her austere guardian to her thrilling graduation from Queen’s Academy. The play faithfully recreates the memorable events and characters from the brilliant novel. All the tragedies and triumphs that mark Anne’s growth from adolescence to early adulthood are here: her friendship with Diana, her feuds with Gilbert, her adoration of Matthew, the mistaken wine bottle, the cake disaster, the broken leg, the scholastic achievements, and the saving of Green Gables. Whether the playgoer is an “old friend” of Anne’s or meeting her for the first time, this play will solidify a lasting friendship between the audience and one of literature’s most unforgettable characters.

 

Audition Dates : June 10 & 11, 2019 from 6:30-9PM

Callbacks: 6:30-8pm  June 12, 2019

Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054eada92aa5f85-auditions1

Rehearsals: August 13, 2019 and continue Sunday thru Thursday 6:30 to 9:30PM Saturday rehearsals TBD by production team if necessary. A few rehearsals might be before August depending on cast availability.

Performances: September 13th -28th 2019 Friday & Saturday 8PM, Sunday matinee on September 22nd at 2PM

Location: Western Reserve Playhouse 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44286

 

Audition Requirements:

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before audition time slot to fill out required information and receive excerpt.
  • When possible, actors will be asked to stay to read scenes with other perspective actors.
  • Total audition time will not exceed 40 minutes.
  • Please bring all known conflicts to the auditions.
  • Please bring, if available,  headshots and resumes. (supplied material may not be returned)
  • Prospective cast, under the age of 18, will need to have a guardian attend the audition.

Casting:

ALL roles are open to all ethnicities. No equity contracts at this time.

Roles Available:

Anne Shirley (13-18): Anne is a spirited red-headed orphan who comes to Green Gables to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. She tends to talk too much, but loves deeply. She is passionate with a flare for the dramatic. Anne has a positive attitude, but her temper can get her in trouble. Throughout the course of the play, Anne transforms from a girl to a beautiful, intelligent young woman.

Marilla Cuthbert (40-60): An independent, private, no-nonsense unmarried woman who raises Anne with her brother Matthew at Green Gables in Avonlea. She struggles with Anne’s temper, dramatic tendencies, and wild imagination but over the years begins to care deeply for her.

Matthew Cuthbert (45-60): Marilla’s brother. He is quiet and a man of few words. He is irresistibly drawn to Anne from the moment he meets her. He often helps Anne through some of her toughest moments and helps Marilla see the good in her.

Gilbert Blythe (15-20): Gilbert quickly becomes Anne’s adversary when he calls her “carrots”. Their rivalry extends to their schoolwork as well, but the two have a mutual admiration for each other which blossoms into love.

Diana Barry (13-18): Diana is Anne’s bosom friend. She is sweet and adores Anne’s vitality. She comes from a wealthy home. She has dark hair that Anne envies.

Rachel Lynde (40-55): Long time neighbor of Matthew and Marilla. Rachel wants to know all the business of everyone in Avonlea. She loves to gossip, and offers unsolicited advice freely.

Mrs. Barry (30-45): Diana’s mother. She is wealthy and difficult to please. She is unsure of Anne, but eventually grows to love her just as the others do.

Minnie May Barry (7-11): Diana’s younger sister who gets very ill and Anne comes to her rescue.

Josie Pye (13-18): Anne’s classmate and often times, rival. She is typically snobbish and comes from wealthy family.

Jane Andrews (13-18): One of Anne’s classmates and friends. She is often with Anne for parties and adventures.

Ruby Gillis (13-18): One of Anne’s classmates and friends. She is often with Anne for parties and adventures.

Moody MacPherson (13-18): One of the boys in Anne’s class at the Avonlea school. He plans to be a minister.

Ensemble Parts Available :

  • Stationmaster, Mr. Phillips, Jerry Buote, Reverend Allen (15-30)
  • Charlie Sloane, Mr. Saddler (15-25)
  • Reverend Bentley, Jimmy Glover, President of Queen’s Academy (15-30)
  • Mrs. Blewett, Tillie Boulter, Miss Susan Stacy, Carrie Sloane (15-30)
  • Prissy Andrews, Aunt Josephine Barry (15-35)
  • Miss Rogerson, Bessie Wright, Mary Jo, Mrs. Allan (15-30)

Direct any questions to the Director Brianna Joi, she can be reached via text at 330-461-2906 or email wimseywilde@gmail.com.

Auditions for “Heathers- The Musical”

Western Reserve Playhouse auditions for

“Heathers- The Musical”

Written by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe

Directed by Kevin Kelly – Musical Direction by Deborah “Ingy” Ingersoll –

Choreography – Kristy Cruz

 

SYNOPSIS:

Based on the cult classic film of the same name, Heathers is the story of Veronica Sawyer, a senior at the fictional Westerberg High. Veronica longs to be cool like the clique of it-girls that runs Westerberg: the unaffected, unattainable Heathers. Unfortunately, in addition to awesome levels of popularity, the Heathers are also cruel, choosing to mock and bully their kingdom into submission. When Veronica uses her skills as a forger to get the Heathers out of detention, she impresses their leader Heather Chandler— so much so that they agree to let her into their exclusive club. At first, Veronica is thrilled—until she finds out that being one of the Heathers means bullying the same kids she used to call friends. Meanwhile, Veronica finds herself attracted to a mysterious newcomer at school named Jason Dean (JD). When an innocent drink mix-up results in the accidental poisoning of Heather Chandler, JD convinces Veronica to stage Heather’s suicide. The results are so successful that Veronica and JD, exhilarated with their newfound power, resolve to rid Westerberg of the cruelly popular elite forever. Featuring a raw, edgy, and culturally relevant score.

 

Audition Dates: April 22 & 23, 2019 from 6:30-9PM

Callbacks: April 24, 2019 from 6:30-9PM as needed

Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EADA92AA5F85-heather

Rehearsals: Begin Sunday June 16th and continue Sunday thru Thursday 6:30 to 9:30PM Saturday rehearsals TBD by production team if necessary.

Performances: July 26-August 10, 2019 Friday & Saturdays at 8PM with a Sunday matinee on August 4th at 2PM

Location: Western Reserve Playhouse – 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44286

Audition requirements:

Please prepare two contrasting musical excerpts containing 32 measures or a short musical theatre song that displays contrasting styles. Please make selection that can present a demonstration of a belt. Those auditioning are required to bring sheet music in your appropriate key to the audition. (Bound and double sided would be appreciated). A piano accompanist will be provided. If you have a one-minute monologue to share, please do. Please bring a headshot and resume to auditions. Headshots and resumes are appreciated, but not required. Any headshots of resumes provided may not be returned. Please bring all conflicts for the proposed rehearsal schedule to the audition.

Audition and Callback:

During auditions you will be asked to read and sing provided excerpts from the show. Callbacks will include also include dance, please bring appropriate dance clothes and shoes for movement.

Casting:

ALL roles are open to all ethnicities. No equity contracts at this time.

The age requirement is 18+. While it is a high-energy black comedy, the show opens conversations about dark issues, including bullying, teen suicide, sexual assault and violence in schools. The ages of the “high school” characters will be determined from the audition pool.

Roles:

Veronica Sawyer: F, 18-30 She burns to be both cool and kind but doesn’t know yet how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she’s an old soul, but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love/hormones (or shocked by cruelty). Voice: high belting required, up to high G, high Ab preferable. Must have dynamic and stylistic range.

JD: M, 18-30 He is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside yet very damaged on the inside. Keen smarts and strong inventive comedy. Voice: strong, confident belt to at least an Ab, A preferable; wide emotional range.

Heather Chandler: F, 18-30 Richest, hottest, most magnetic, cruelest girl in town. Relishes power and wields it like a scalpel – no fear, no patience, no mercy. Voice: strong belt to D, Eb preferred.

Heather McNamara: F 18,-30 Beautiful, innocent, stupid, can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful. Voice: strong belt to D, Eb preferred.

Heather Duke: F, 18-30 Whipping-girl of the three Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee she wields power like a bulldozer. Voice: strong belt to C, D preferred.

Martha Dunstock: F, 18-30 Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck,” the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. Beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection. Voice: strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.

Ram Sweeney: M, 18-30 Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: strong baritone, belt to F#, G preferred, some falsetto useful.

Kurt Kelly: M, 18-30 Quarterback and Captain. Big, chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. Mean, thinks he’s the brains in the friendship with Ram. Voice: tenor, strong belt to Ab or A, some falsetto.

Ram’s Dad/Big Bud Dean: M, 40-55 Ram’s Dad is a former football player turned suburban dad who has never outgrown his glory days in high school. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes. Actor also plays Big Bud. Voice: baritone/tenor.

Dean: M, 40-55 JD’s single dad. Big jolly personality that barely conceals the enormous rage bubbling just below the surface. Quite possibly a serial bomber. Voice: baritone/tenor, power country/gospel belt to Ab.

Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom: F, 40-45 Ms. Fleming is an aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Hungry for the spotlight, resentful of entitled youth. Actor also plays Veronica’s Mom, who is easygoing, distant, yet capable of laying down the law. Voice: great belt up to C

 

Review Number TWO for “The Bridges of Madison County”

Western Reserve Playhouse brings love story to stage

3/7/2019 – West Side Leader
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By David Ritchey

‘Bridges of Madison County’ features strong acting

Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski (Francesca) and Rob Albrecht (Robert) star in Western Reserve Playhouse’s “The Bridges of Madison County.”
Photo: Chris Douglas

BATH — “The Bridges of Madison County” is now playing at Western Reserve Playhouse through March 16.“The Bridges of Madison County” is based on the novel by Robert James Waller. The book for this musical version was written by Marsha Norman, who received the Pulitzer Prize for “’night, Mother.” The music and lyrics are by Jason Robert Brown, who received the Tony Award for this score in 2014.

This is the first stage production of the musical version of this play in this area of the state. The music helps open the story line from what was told in the novel and in the movie.

The show is about Iowa housewife Francesca and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid.

Francesca (Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski), a native of Italy, met her husband, Bud (Kevin Myers), when he was stationed in Italy during World War II. She wanted to see the world and thought her way to explore the world was with an American soldier. Bud was lonely and married Francesca and took her home to the U.S.

This version of the production starts more than 20 years after the end of World War II. Francesca and Bud have two children and a large vegetable garden. Francesca doesn’t get to see the world. She gets to see Des Moines and the neighbors are kind and dull. Francesca’s daughter, Carolyn (Kaity Poschner) has raised a steer, which will be exhibited in the state fair. If the steer wins the top prize, the award money will pay for her college education. So, Bud, Carolyn and Michael, her brother (Cameron Zona), leave for the state fair.

As they leave, a truck pulls into the driveway. It’s Robert Kincaid (Rob Albrecht), a photographer for National Geographic. He’s lost and needs someone to help him find one of the covered bridges of Madison County. He has been places and has an interesting career. He is intriguing to Francesca. She agrees to ride with him and point out the route to the bridge he can’t find.

After they find the bridge, he goes home with her and they make dinner together.

Her family will be at the state fair for four days. Their affair starts and has limited time and plenty of heat. He asks her to leave with him. What’s a woman to do?

The pit orchestra is small but does an excellent job of supporting the singers.

The musicians are Bryan Bird and Dave Stebbins (keyboards); Alex Kenrick-Kupiec and Chandler Carpenter (guitar); and Kate Robarge (cello).

Set designer Patrick Ciamacco created a functional set that helps tell the story in a cinematic style.

Director Sarah Coon makes good use of the small set and deals well with the complicated, female-focused plot. Coon has a talented cast, all of whom have extensive experience singing.

Sniadak-Yamokoski and Albrecht have strong, lovely singing voices. Others in the cast also hold their own as singers.

For tickets, call 330-620-7314 or visit westernreserveplayhouse.org.

 

David Ritchey has a Ph.D. in communications and is a professor emeritus of communications at The University of Akron. He is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and the Cleveland Critics Circle.