We are thrilled to announce our cast for our 2020 Season Opener, Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to announce the talented cast of our 2020 Season Production of:
“Blithe Spirit”
By Noel Coward
Directed by August Scarpelli- Stage Managed – Hannah Hilty-Costumes-Jasen Smith  –
Light Design- Daniel Hunsicker-Sound- Justin Herman-Assistant Directors – Lainee Davis & Kyle Huff
CAST:
Charles Condomine – Jim Fippin
Ruth Condomine – Shani Ferry
Elvira Condomine – Victoria Kirgesner
Madame Arcati – Valerie Young
Edith – Kaitlyn Poschner
Dr. Bradman – Zach Manthey
Mrs Bradman – Mia Raddabaugh
“Blithe Spirit” runs at Western Reserve Playhouse from January 24-February 8, 2020!
Again, Congratulations!!!!

 

Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins” Opens October 25 and it is so GOOD!

Western Reserve Playhouse  Presents

“Assassins

By Stephen Sondheim and  Book by John Weidman

Directed by Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski  – Musical Direction by Bryan Bird and Dave Stebbins

 

Synopsis:

A multiple Tony Award-winning theatrical tour-de-force, Assassin’s combines Sondheim’s signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America’s four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Bold, original, disturbing and alarmingly funny, Assassins is perhaps the most controversial musical ever written.

Assassins lays bare the lives of nine individuals who assassinated or tried to assassinate the President of the United States, in a one-act historical “revusical” that explores the dark side of the American experience. From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, writers, Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, bend the rules of time and space, taking us on a nightmarish roller coaster ride in which assassins and would-be assassins from different historical periods meet, interact and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of the American Dream.

This cast is filled with new talent on our stage and some fan favorites.  This ensemble cast features Adam Harris, Kyle Burnett (Dogfight), Jasen Leupold, Chirs Bizub, John Peters ($5 Bucks Readings), Kimberly Sullivan (Dogfight, Bridges of Madison County), Olivia Petrey,Jacob Gaspar, Derrick Winger, Patrick Dukeman (Boys in the Band), Daniel Hunsicker (Dogfight, Tartuffe), Braelin Andrzejewski, Patrick Hanlon,  Andrew Yamokoski, Jack Stulak, Ben Arrington(Dogfight, Heathers), Steven Schuerger (Heathers), Emily Shipley(Heathers, Emma)

Directed by Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski and Musical Directors, Bryan Bird and Dave Stebbins, Stage Managed by Hannah Hilty(Anne of Green Gables) , Costume Design by Kelsey Tomlinson (Little Women), Light Design by Kevin Rutan (The Bridges of Madison County), props by Sue Snyder (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Set Design by Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski, Scenic Painting by Noah Hrbek (The Bridges of Madison County/Dogfight) and Sound/Set Construction by Justin Herman and barn wood frames by The Funky Squirrel.

Assassins by Stephen Sondheim and Book by John Weidman  Shows run from October 25-November 9, 2019 Tickets are $17.00 for Adults and $15.00 for Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at WesternReservePlayhouse.org or at the door.

 

TITLE: Assassins 

BY:  Stephen Sondheim and Book by John Weidman

VENUE AND ADDRESS: 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44268

RUN DATES: October 25-November 9, 2019

TIMES OF SHOWS: Fridays and Saturdays 8:00PM – Sunday 2PM TICKETS: $17.00 for Adults and $15.00 for Seniors/Students

BOX OFFICE: 330-620-7314

WEB: WesternReservePlayhouse.org

Don’t Forget our 2020 Season Announcement is this SUNDAY!

HELP US CELEBRATE OUR NEW OUTDOOR CHANGES WITH OUR RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY  AND THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF OUR 2020 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT POTLUCK PARTY!

 

When: September 29, 2019

Where: Western Reserve Playhouse 

3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44286

 

Event Schedule:

5:00PM- Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

5:30PM- Karaoke, Potluck, and Family Fun and start of the Silent Auction and the Cash Bar is opened!

7:00PM- Season Announcement and close of Silent Auction 

8:30PM- Silent Auction Winners Announced

Be the first to get a sneak peek of Western Reserve Playhouse’s  upcoming season! Come and see the changes to the building and the unveiling of the WRP Classroom Project!

Sign up to reserve a red seat at www.WesternReservePlayhouse.org or

https://westernreserveplayhouse.org/2020-season-announcement-event/

SEE YOU SEPTEMBER 29, 2019

Final Weekend to see “Anne of Green Gables”

Talented actors featured in WRP’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’

9/19/2019 – West Side Leader
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By David Ritchey

Molly Kessler (Anne), at left, and Tenley Stitzer (Diana) star in Western Reserve Playhouse’s “Anne of Green Gables.”
Photo: Chris Douglas

BATH — “Anne of Green Gables” has been a favorite of young girls since 1908, when Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote the novel of the adventures of Anne Shirley. Joseph Robinette adapted the novel to the stage.Now, Western Reserve Playhouse (WRP) is staging the show through Sept. 28. On opening night Sept. 13, the show attracted almost a capacity audience.

The story concerns siblings Marilla Cuthbert (Harriet DeVeto) and Matthew Cuthbert (Stephen Morse), who made plans to adopt a boy who could help them with their farm. What they got was orphan Anne Shirley (Molly Kessler) and a world of adventures with their new daughter.

The play is episodic — the program lists 23 scenes. But overall, the story deals with Anne’s adapting to her new parents and their adapting to her. A second story arc concerns Anne’s success in school. Anne is competitive with Gilbert Blythe (James Patrick). By the end of the play, they embrace (remember it’s 1908) and we have the promise they might live happily ever after.

In one humorous scene, Anne invites her classmate Diana Barry (Tenley Stitzer) to tea. But Anne accidently serves her friend several glasses of homemade wine and gets her very drunk.

The play is gentle and kind. Problems are solved quickly, although not always quietly.

The script has 21 actors playing about 30 characters. With that many characters, the story is sure to be long. On opening night, the performance ran 2-1/2 hours, with one intermission.

Director Brianna Joi could have shortened the production by helping the cast pick up their cues faster and by making the scene changes move faster. Each of the 23 scenes requires a set change, and those set changes move too slowly. By having a technical crew, Joi could have cut some of the running time.

Kessler makes Anne a delight. She could be heard from the back row (where I sat for the first act).

As always, DeVeto contributed her experience and skills to the production. She seems to pull the younger cast members along — they should learn from working with this talented performer.

Patrick has developed a good deal as a performer since his first production, “Lost in Yonkers,” at WRP.

Stitzer, in her first role at WRP, created a memorable character. She plays comedy well and we should look forward to seeing her in other productions.

Some of the performers did not speak to the whole audience. They need to know the audience absorbs much of the sound. WRP is a small theater and any of us could speak loudly enough to be heard back at the concession stand.

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.

Congratulations! Our Final Show Has a Cast!

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

 

“Happy Hollandaise”

By Tim Koenig

Directed by Ian Atwood- Stage Managed – Hannah Hilty-
Costumes-Michael James  – Light/Set Design- Daniel Hunsicker Sound/Set Build- Justin Herman-Props – Brianna Joi

 

George Finley – Christian Achkar

Father William Abbott – Ben Arrington

Claire Finley – Victoria Kirgesner

Irene Quigley – Kayla Lehman 

Vilma/Helga Hasenpheffer – Mia Radabaugh

Alice Abernathy –  Kristina Rivera

Philip Finley – Dennis Runkle

Larry Finch – Shane Stahl 

Mary Abbott – Leah Thompson 

“Happy Hollandaise” runs at Western Reserve Playhouse from December 6-21, 2019

For more information please go to www.westernreserveplayhouse.org. 

Again, Congratulations!!!!