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Auditions Sunday and Monday for Stephen Sondheim’s “Assassins”

Western Reserve Playhouse auditions for 


By Stephen Sondheim and Book by John Weidman

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


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.

Auditions: July 28 & 29, 2019 from 6:30PM-9PM; Callbacks if needed July 30, 2019 from 6:30-8:00PM

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

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Audition Requirements: One song that shows off your story telling. Please do not sing from the show. We will fit you in if all the slots are full!

All parts are available at this time and there are no Equity contracts at this time. All ethnicities will be considered.

Rehearsals will start September 15, 2019 and run Sunday-Thursday from 6:30-9:30PM.

Show dates are October 25-November 9, 2019 with a bonus show November 10, 2019


  • ENSEMBLE: (F & M, 20s – 50s) All vocal ranges.  An Ensemble of 5-6 people that play such characters as Emma Goldman; Presidents Garfield and Ford; Union soldiers and the Secret Service; and have important solo and group parts in the songs “How I Saved Roosevelt”, “The Ballad of Czolgosz”, and “Something Just Broke”.  Must be strong singers and actors.
  • BALLADEER(S) (M & F, 20-70) Tenor/Alto C3 – G4. A folk singer and the narrator of the show. The “good” voice of America.  Part may be split between two actors, a man and a woman. The male actor will also play Lee Harvey Oswald. (Ability to play the guitar a plus, but not required.)
  • JOHN WILKES BOOTH/PROPRIETOR: (M, 25 – 40) Tenor, F2 – G4. Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln during a performance at Ford’s Theater. Foreman and inspirational celebrity to the other assassins. Will also play the part of the Proprietor, the “dark” voice of America. (Requires a Southern Accent.)
  • SARA JANE MOORE (F, 40- 50) Alto, F3 – Eb5. Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, CA, on September 22, 1975. A frazzled housewife with little sense.
  • CHARLES GUITEAU (M, 40s-50s) Tenor, A2 – Ab4. Assassinated President James Garfield in the waiting room of the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad Station, Washington, D.C., on July 2, 1881. Dashing but mad.
  • LYNETTE “SQUEAKY” FROMME (F, 25 – 35) Soprano, A3 – G5. Attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Park in Sacramento, CA on September 5, 1975. A pixie hippie in love with Charles Manson.
  • LEON CZOLGOSZ (M, 25 – 35) Baritone, G#2 – G4. Assassinated President William McKinley at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 6, 1901. A young poverty-worn radical. (Role requires a Polish Accent.)
  • GIUSEPPE ZANGARA (M, 25 – 35) Tenor, B2 – A4. Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt as he greeted well-wishers in Bayfront Park, Miami, FL on February 15, 1933. An angry, heavily-accented Italian immigrant. (Role requires an Italian Accent and to speak some phrases in Italian.)
  • SAMUEL BYCK (M, 40s-50s) Baritone, D3 – G4. Attempted to assassinate President Richard Nixon by hijacking a commercial jetliner. Hysterically irate schlep in a Santa Claus suit.
  • JOHN HINCKLEY (M, 20-35) Tenor, A2 – G4. Attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan as he left the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. on March 30, 1981. A love-obsessed and depressed college student. (Ability to play the guitar a plus, but not required.)

If you have any questions please feel free to email the director at

Opening this Friday, July 26, 2019 – Heathers- The Musical



Western Reserve Playhouse Presents

“Heathers – The Musical”

Written by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe

Show Dates: July 26-August 10, 2019



Based on the 80’s dark comedy 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.

The star studded cast is full of excitement and energy and most are new to the WRP Stage. Leading this wonderful cast are: Kirstin Henry (Veronica), Brian Hirsch (J.D.), Megan Polk (Heather C.), Abby Stoffel (Heather M.), Emily Shipley (Heather D.), Mary Fowler (Martha), Jordan Potter (Ram), Mark Vandevender (Kurt) and filling out the rest of the cast, Steven Schuerger, Tom Hill, Paige Cummings, Hannah Stephens, Katie Jerome Taylor, Kate Breiding, Edward Ahwajee, Ben Arrington, and James Elliott.

Directed by Kevin Kelly (Hay Fever), Musical Direction – Bryan Bird (Bridges of Madison County), Choreographer Kristy Cruz (Bare), Stage Managed by Shane Stahl, Costumed by Scott Zolkowski (Bare), Lights/Set Design by Daniel Hunsicker (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), and Props Sue Snyder (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).

“Heathers- The Musical” Written by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe.  Shows run from July 26 – August 10, 2019 tickets are $17.00 for Adults and $15.00 for Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door.  This show has adult themes.


TITLE: Heathers – The Musical

BY: Written by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe

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

RUN DATES: July 26-August 10, 2019

TIMES OF SHOWS: Friday and Saturday 8PM, Sunday, 4, 2019 at 6:30PM

TICKETS: $17.00 for Adults and $15.00 for Seniors/Students

BOX OFFICE: 330-620-7314