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Our FIRST of the $5 Bucks Series is January 20, 2019 at 2PM

Don’t miss our FIRST $5 Bucks Series Staged Reading Series

Noel Coward’s “Private Lives”

Directed by Nancy Cates


Western Reserve Playhouse kicks off the 2019 $5 Buck Play Reading Series with the classic comedy,
Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Nancy Cates

Private Lives, considered by many to be Coward’s masterpiece, is the story of Elyot and Amanda, a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, Victor and Sibyl, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, they realize that they still have feelings for each other.

Cast: Timothy H. Champion, Lara Mielcarek, John Peters, Karen L. Woods and Kelsey Tomlinson

Play contains adult themes and language. PG13 RATING
One Day ONLY – Sunday, January 20 @ 2PM
TICKETS: $5.00
BOX OFFICE: 330-620-7314


About the Director:


Nancy Cates is one of the two founding Artistic Directors of the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, an Equity company just finishing its fifteenth season producing Shakespeare and other classics at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens. Nancy has an undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Drama from the University of Virginia, and has been a professional director and producer for all of her adult life.
Nancy began her career in 1980, directing musicals in the popular venue of the day: dinner theatre. Show titles ranged from standards like West Side Story and The King and I, to (then) more contemporary fare like I Love My Wife and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Next, Nancy branched out into regional theatre with more wide-ranging pieces (The Road to Mecca, Keely and Du, and The Loves of Cass McGuire, starring movie actress Pat Carroll.) She has been a guest director for Longwood University (Best Little Whorehouse…) and Sweet Briar College (Crimes of the Heart) in Virginia, Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania, and Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

While in Virginia, Nancy wrote the book adaptation of a musical A Christmas Carol, with music and lyrics by the late, great composer-lyricists Jule Styne (Gypsy) and Bob Merrill (Gigi). Both gentlemen had not a word of complaint about their mutual collaboration. (Admittedly, both had passed away at the time.) Their A Christmas Carol was revived biannually for a decade at the Empire Theatre in Richmond, and still continues to tour nationally in a cut-down version for youth theatre.

After moving to Ohio in the late ‘90’s, Nancy has directed extensively for OSF (Barrymore’s Ghost, I Hate Hamlet, Swingtime Canteen), Coach House Theatre (Doubt, Deathtrap, Leading Ladies, The Glass Menagerie, Lend Me a Tenor), Weathervane Playhouse (All My Sons, A Man for All Seasons, Blithe Spirit), and Porthouse Theatre (The Foreigner, Pump Boys…, Ain’t Misbehavin’.)

Over the years, Nancy has developed a specialty in the musical revue, and has directed more than twenty, including seven (so far) productions of the Noel Coward tribute, Oh, Coward! Her affection for “The Master” has been fueled by the opportunity to direct many of his shows (most recently Present LaughterBlithe Spirit, Hay Fever, Tonight at 8:30 at Coach House), as well as the honor of being included as the only American speaking as an expert on Sir Noel for the BBC Radio series, Soul Music.

Nancy’s productions of Beehive, Biloxi Blues, Greater Tuna, I Love My Wife, and (the post-New York premiere of) Cowgirls all won regional newspaper critics’ awards for Best Director and Best Play. Recently, Nancy has won in-house awards for her productions of Lend Me a Tenor (Weathervane Playhouse), Driving Miss Daisy, Hay Fever, Leading Ladies, and The Glass Menagerie (Coach House Theatre.)

In her spare time, Nancy has produced, directed, cast, and/or done makeup and wardrobe for hundreds and hundreds of television commercials, training films and TV movies, including having had the pleasure of putting makeup on almost every NBA superstar of the 1980’s and ‘90’s, when each was hawking his own line of shoes








Auditions Announced for Jane Austen’s “Emma” – Adapted by Michael Bloom


Western Reserve Playhouse

Announces Auditions for

Michael Bloom’s adaptation of

Jane Austen’s “Emma”

Directed by Keith Stevens


Show Dates April 19th through May 4th, 2019



A highly theatrical adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s greatest novels. Pledging never to marry, the mischievous Emma Woodhouse is nevertheless the “matchmaker of Highbury.” Her newest project, Harriet Smith, has already received a proposal, but Emma insists she marry the eligible vicar Mr. Elton, while, an older family friend, Mr. Knightly, warns her to give up matchmaking. When Emma discovers Mr. Elton is more interested in her, she is forced to fend him off and find another suitor for Harriet. Highbury welcomes two new guests, a mysterious Jane Fairfax and the charming Frank Churchill, and Emma finds herself falling just a little in love with him. Ultimately, she decides that Frank is better suited to Harriet, but when she suggests the match, Emma is astonished to discover that Harriet has fallen for Mr. Knightly. A horrified Emma suddenly realizes she has always been in love with Mr. Knightley. In the end, all is set right as Frank reveals his secret engagement to Jane, Harriet receives a second offer from her first beau, and Mr. Knightley proposes to the deliriously happy Emma.


Audition Dates:

January 27th – 6pm-8pm

Jan 29th – 6:30-8:30PM

Location: 3326 Everett Road, Bath, Ohio 44286



Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Please bring a headshot (if you have one) and theatrical resume.


The cast includes the following roles:

EMMA WOODHOUSE (Not auditioning at this time) – Very pretty, accomplished, willful, highly intelligent, sophisticated, and arrogant. Although often wrong, she is always confident of being right. A clever and spoiled young woman with a strong affection for her father

HENRY WOODHOUSE – Emma’s elderly father. An expert worrier whose hypochondria is a source of continual amusement, he basks in Emma’s attentions and resists any kind of change. Although he indulges his whims, he also expresses concern for the health of others

MR GEORGE KNIGHTLEY – A close friend of the Woodhouse family. A handsome, virile, rational gentleman farmer with great judgment and tact, who acts an adviser to—and finally lover of—Emma. A man’s man

MISS TAYLOR – Emma’s former governess and the new wife of Mr. Weston

WESTON – A kindly and cheerful neighbor of the Woodhouses, and the father of Frank Churchill by an earlier marriage. Genial, generous, easy-going, and warm-hearted

PHILIP ELTON – The 26-Year-Old rector of Highberry, who is looking for the right marriage

HARRIET SMITH – A soft, amiable, and adoring orphan, easily swayed, and of a class below Emma’s. Befriended by Emma, she eventually decides to marry the man for whom she was intended

ROBERT MARTIN – A capable young farmer, in love with Harriet Smith

MISS BATES – A middle-aged spinster, kind but terribly talkative. Lives in genteel poverty with her ailing mother

JANE FAIRFAX – A beautiful and talented young woman who is visiting her aunt Miss Bates in Highberry

FRANK CHURCHILL – handsome and well-mannered son of Mr. Weston, who was raised by his aunt, and is visiting Highberry for the first time

AUGUSTA HAWKINS – the vain, and vulgar wife of Mr Elton


At this time, we are not auditioning for the role of Emma.

All ages are approximate, and suggest the character rather than the actor.

All roles are open to actors of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

Any questions please feel free to contact, Keith Stevens at

We are thrilled to announce the cast of “Bridges of Madison County”


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

“Bridges of Madison County”

Book by Marsha Norman

Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown

Directed by Sarah Coon

Music Directed by Bryan Bird and Dave Stebbins


Francesca- Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

Robert Kincaid – Rob Albrecht

Richard “Bud” Johnson – Kevin Michael Myers

Marian/Chiara -Kimberly Sullivan

Michael-Cameron Zona

Carolyn – Kaity Poschner

Marge- Bernadette Hisey

Charlie – Rich Stimac


“Bridges of Madison County” runs at Western Reserve Playhouse from

March 1-16, 2019

For more information please go to


Again, Congratulations!!!!  


Tartuffe is HERE!

Western Reserve announces its 2019 Mainstage Season Opener


by Molière and translated by Richard Wilbur

Directed by August Scarpelli


Western Reserve Playhouse opens its exciting 2019 Mainstage Season with Tartuffe, a daring and witty classic comedy that tells the story of a crafty trickster who uses religion as a guise to flatter the vulnerability of a wealthy patriarch. Initially censored following its 1664 premiere, the play is one of Molière’s most famous works. Translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur, and directed by August Scarpelli.

A con-man disguised as a pious spiritual leader wheedles his way into the home of a gullible, affluent man in the midst of a mid-life crisis—and promptly sets the household topsy turvy. If not for the quick witted Dorine, grounded Elmire, and infinitely patient Cléante, all might be lost! Deception, lechery, egotism, young love, and delusion collide in Tartuffe. Molière’s classic work skewers religious hypocrisy and self-inflated egotism.

Tartuffe hits the heart of present and historical events. “I think it’s a perfect play for current times; this very moment in our history,” observes Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski. “In this production of Tartuffe, we can see a fresh outlook on this play. August Scarpelli magically breathes to life this play with humor and passion balancing the relevancy to our current times while keeping the history of this show intact.  It does make one wonder what a good con-man could make the naïve believe and see.”

WRP’s production of Tartuffe is filled with an extremely talent cast:

Tartuffe – Brian Pedaci, Orgon – Jim Fippin, Dorine – Kelsey Tomlinson, Elmire – Mia Radabaugh, Madame Pernelle – Harriet DeVeto, Flipote – Hannah Hilty, Damis – Daniel Hunsicker, Mariane – Kayla Lehman,Valere – Zach Manthey, Cleante – Jay Hill, Monsieur Loyal – Steven Schuerger, Officer – Jeff Bixby


Stage Managed by Brianna Laybourn

Light Design by Daniel Hunsicker

Set Design Daniel Hunsicker

Costume Design by Harry James

Set Construction by James Gremba and Justin Herman.


Tartuffe runs January 18-February 2, 2019. Tickets are $15 to $17 and can be purchased online at


TITLE: Tartuffe

WRITTEN BY: Molière and translated by Richard Wilbur

DIRECTOR: August Scarpelli  

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

RUN DATES: January 18-February 2, 2019

TIMES OF SHOWS:  Friday and Saturdays at 8PM, Sunday January 27 at 2PM

TICKETS: $17 for Adults and $15 for Students/Seniors      

BOX OFFICE: 330-620-7314