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WRP Announces “Lost in Yonkers” Cast!

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to announce the cast of “Lost in Yonkers”!

The cast stars talented young actors Robbie Rush & James Patrick, along with seasoned professionals Shani Ferry & August Scarpelli, as well as OCTA recipients Beth Gaiser & Jay Hill. Rounding out the ensemble is award-winning local legend Harriet DeVeto.

Keith Stevens directs this heartwarming memory play by Neil Simon.

Performance Dates: January 26 – February 10, 2018

Show Times: 8:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays; 2:00 pm  Sunday
Tickets: $17.00 Adults; $15.00 Seniors & Students

Get yours today!

Our New Itty Bitty Theater is Offering Some Amazing Classes! Class size is Limited, so Book Today!

  Thursdays 9:30-10:15AM – Starting November 9- December 21, 2017  (No Class November 23, 2017) – $65.00

Itty Bitty Ballet (Ages 3-6) This 6 week class is an introduction to ballet for our very youngest dancers, ages 3-6 years old. (Must be potty trained.) Learn about the world of ballet in a relaxed & fun atmosphere. These classes are structured to stimulate coordination skills, listening skills, balance, music interpretation, creative movement & motor development in the youngest dancers. This program is an excellent introduction to the world of ballet. Limited to 10 students. There will be a small performance on the last day of class.

 

 Thursdays 10:30-11:15AM – Starting November 9-December 21, 2017 (No Class November 23, 2017) – $65.00

Itty Bitty Tap (Ages 3-6) This 6 week class is an introduction to tap for our very youngest dancers, ages 3-6 years old. (Must be potty trained.) Learn about the world of tap in a relaxed & fun atmosphere. These classes are structured to stimulate coordination skills, listening skills, balance, music interpretation, creative movement & motor development in the youngest dancers. This program is an excellent introduction to the world of tap & rhythm. Limited to 10 students. There will be a small performance on the last day of class.

 

 Tuesdays  9:30-10:15AM – Starting November 7-December 12, 2017 – $65.00

Itty Bitty Acting (Ages 3-6) This 6 week class is an introduction to acting for our youngest actors, ages 3-6 years. (Must be potty trained.) Learn about the world of acting & imagination. Using acting terms & activities, your child will learn what it takes to become a character & become comfortable on stage. Through the use of fairy tales & magic, your child will become a star. These classes are structured to be fun, no pressure & filled with laughter & learning in a non-scary environment to help our youngest actors become “stars” on stage. There will be a small performance on the last day of class.

 

 Mondays 1-1:45PM – Starting November 13-December 18, 2017 – $70.00

 

Itty Bitty Theater – Puppet Theater (Ages 3-6) This six week class in an introduction to putting on our own show.  Each student will create a hand puppet, puppet theater and write their own show with their class.  Sure to be all time favorite as we use art, acting and our imagination to bring their story to life. This class is perfect for our artists.  There will be a small performance on our last day of class.

 

Meet some of our NEW INSTRUCTORS for these amazing classes:

  Meet Alex Petsche

Alex has been teaching & performing choreography throughout Northeast Ohio for almost 10 years.  She began studying dance when she was six years old & was performing on stage by age 11.  She has taught dance at various locations, such as Lisa’s School of Dance & The Little Gym.  She won a merit in choreography at the Ohio Community Theatre Association at both the regional & state level for “Spamalot”.  She currently works with Imaginos Productions, LLC as an event planner & performer for children’s parties & special events. Alex will be instructing our Itty Bitty Ballet & Tap Classes.

Miss Alex can’t wait to meet your child to help them learn & grow!

 

 Meet Kaitlyn Harris

Kaitlyn Harris has been performing on stage since the age of 3! She started taking classes at Weathervane Playhouse (& has taught there, as well!) & continued at Kent State University. She has worked as a princess for Tiaras & Treasures for 3 years & loves every minute of it! She has performed at a professional level at Carousel Dinner Theatre & has been seen in over 30 productions in Ohio!  She will nest be seen at Chagrin Valley Little Theatre as BELLE in their production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Miss Harris can’t wait to meet your little one & help them discover the world of acting!
 Meet Mrs. Sally Morris

Sally has been performing throughout the area for almost fifty years. She is currently in rehearsal as Miss Hannigan in Beachwood Community Theater’s upcoming production of “Annie”. Sally has directed several plays and pageants at her church. She is looking forward to working with the Itty Bitty Puppet Theater and introducing our youngest thespians to the magical world of theater. We will create our puppets and scenery and put on a lovely little show at the end of our time together.

Mrs. Morris is thrilled to meet your child and have a fantastic time creating a show with your child!

Western Reserve Playhouse Plans First Year-Round Season

10/12/2017 – West Side Leader

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By Kathleen Folkerth

Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski and Brian Westerley are heading up a new era at Western Reserve Playhouse in Bath. They are shown seated at the theater’s new bar area.
Photo: Kathleen Folkerth

BATH — The lights will be on — and the heating and air conditioning, when needed — all year at Western Reserve Playhouse (WRP) starting in January.After 61 years as a summer-only venue, the theater housed in a 161-year-old barn at 3326 Everett Road will feature a greatly expanded schedule of shows, as well as theater education and community performance opportunities in 2018.

Earlier this year, the board overseeing the theater named Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski artistic director and Brian Westerley co-artistic director. Westerley said the paid staff positions were in the theater’s bylaws but had not been filled until now.

Sniadak-Yamokoski, a Peninsula resident and Woodridge High School graduate, said she ran her own theater in Cleveland for several years but put that on hold when she got married and had children. With her children now a little older, the idea of getting back into running a theater was appealing, she said.

At the same time, Westerley, of Stow, was also interested in working for a theater after directing and appearing in shows throughout the area. He is an Akron native who has also worked professionally in New York and Los Angeles.

The two knew each other through friends but only met about a year ago. After they both were added to the WRP board and found they worked together well, they proposed teaming up to take on greater roles in the organization. The board unanimously agreed, they said.

Once that happened, in May, they had less than a month before the start of the 2017 season, for which the shows had already been scheduled.

“We didn’t sleep a lot that first month,” Westerley said.

The two weren’t just focusing on the season’s three productions; they also delved into some projects to improve the theater’s space. They first launched a crowdfunding effort that quickly raised $2,600 to put toward new heating and air conditioning.

“People got excited when they saw what we were doing,” said Sniadak-Yamokoski.

Using volunteers and donations, other projects also got attention: a new bar was added to the back of the theater (which has a liquor license) to replace the old concession stand, the stage was extended and the lobby was refurbished. Wi-Fi was added to the entire building, and plans call for the addition of a few high-top tables to encourage socializing before shows and during intermissions.

With the 2017 season now complete, Sniadak-Yamokoski and Westerley are now looking ahead to their expanded 2018 season, which they just announced.

“I am thrilled by how well we worked on the second season,” said Sniadak-Yamokoski. “We didn’t have a lot of disagreements.”

Westerley added it helped that he’s more of a fan of plays and his colleague loves musicals. The season features a few of both styles, ranging from new works to old favorites.

The plays to be performed in 2018 are Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers,” Jan. 26-Feb. 10; “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” May 11-26; “Terms of Endearment,” Aug. 17-Sept. 1; “Little Women,” Oct. 5-20; and “Hay Fever,” Nov. 2-17.

Musicals on the schedule are “Tomorrow Morning,” March 9-24; “Dogfight,” April 13-28; Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.,” June 22-24; “Into the Woods,” June 29-July 1; and “Bare: A Pop Opera,” July 13-28.

The artistic directors said they are excited about bringing “Tomorrow Morning” to the stage. WRP will be the first theater to produce the work in the state. The book, music and lyrics are by Laurence Mark Wythe, based in London, and he will work closely with WRP on the show.

Also planned next October is the second annual 80 Minute Play Festival, which will feature performances of four new 20-minute plays submitted by the public. Submission information will be available in the near future.

In addition to the full year of shows, WRP also will begin to offer youth and adult theater classes. Sniadak-Yamokoski said she’d also like to offer workshops, such as dancing for actors, to help performers prepare for auditions. She and Westerley would also like to have a workshop on stage lighting design.

In the barn’s lower level, which still has part of the dirt floor from its early use as a dairy barn, Sniadak-Yamokoski and Westerley are planning to eventually build out an area for classrooms and better dressing rooms for performers. They’ve already added a “real” bathroom for performers so they no longer have to use the portable unit outside the barn.

The barn’s top level is full of costumes and props from years of shows — 2,400 square feet, to be exact. Sniadak-Yamokoski said she would like the theater to have a resident costumer to oversee a costume shop.

The two are also hoping the addition of activity at the theater will bring in more volunteers.

“If anyone wants to be involved, we want to grow this family,” Sniadak-Yamokoski said. “We’ll put you to work, and we’ll appreciate you.”

With the Akron area full of several small theater groups, WRP’s new artistic directors said they believe their changes can help the theater stand out.

“We’re not the richest theater, but that’s where creativity comes in,” Sniadak-Yamokoski said. “I want every person to leave and go, ‘Wow, I was moved by their artists.’”

The two also did a comprehensive study of ticket prices and found there was room for a slight increase. Single tickets are $17, or $15 for seniors 65 and older and students.

“We didn’t raise it much, but it will support the season,” Sniadak-Yamokoski said.

Season tickets are available for $100 for eight shows or $55 for a Flex Pass that allows admittance to four shows. Those options do not include the “Lion King Jr.” and “Into the Woods” performances, which are part of the WRP’s Young Artists’ Theatre Program. Those single tickets will be $10.

For more information, go to westernreserveplayhouse.org or call 330-620-7314.

AND THE WINNER IS…

Congratulations to Amanda Terman, the playwright of “A Rematch Made in Heaven”, for winning our inaugural 80 Minutes Play Festival!
 
A special thanks to the cast, crew & director of this show for helping to bring Amanda’s words to life!

Auditions for our 2018 Season Opener, “Lost in Yonkers” by Neil Simon Announced

 

Western Reserve Playhouse announces auditions for our 2018 Season Opener

Lost in Yonkers” by Neil Simon

Show dated are every Friday and Saturday from January 26-February 10, 2018 with one Sunday Matinee on February 4, 2018 @ 2PM

REHEARSALS WILL START DECEMBER 18, 2017

 

By America’s great comic playwright, Neil Simon, this memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is thirty-five years old, mentally challenged, and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne’er-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.

Directed by Keith Stevens

Staged Managed by Brianna Laybourn

Costumed by Kelsey Tomlinson

Light Designed by Kevin Rutan

Set Design by Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski and Jim Grumba

Cast

JAY – 16 ARTY – 13 1/2

EDDIE – their father, 41

BELLA – mid-thirties, neat and sweet and pretty

GRANDMA KURNITZ – Eddie and Bella’s mother, a big woman, buxom, with a strong and erect body, 70 odd years of age

LOUIE – her other son, 36, doesn’t look like he’d be the hugging type

AUNT GERT – mid-to-late thirties, another of Grandma Kurnitz’s children

 

Auditions will be October 8 and 10, 2017 from 6:30-9:30P. Please sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080E49A9AD29A2FC1-lost

Please bring a current headshot and resume. All auditioning will do a cold reading from the show. There will be no equity contracts available for this production and no parts have been precast. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the director, Keith Steven at keithstevens@aol.com

Tickets on sale for our 1st Annual New Work Festival “80 Minutes”

 

This weekend only! Come and see four original 20 minute plays, four amazing directors, 10 superb actors and enjoy some of Ohio’s best theater.

October 6 & 7, 2017 @ 8PM and October 8, 2017 @ 2PM

Get your $10.00 ticket today! westernreserveplayhouse.org

 

 

CLEVE REVIEW: ‘Scotland Road’ is a Twisting, Turning Avenue to Theatrical Suspense at Western Reserve Playhouse

CLEVE REVIEW: ‘Scotland Road’ is a Twisting, Turning Avenue to Theatrical Suspense at Western Reserve Playhouse

Harriet DeVeto, Jim Hagan, Rose Gabriele and Adrienne Jones
in a scene from Western Reserve Playhouse’s “Scotland Yard”

WHO: Western Reserve Playhouse

WHAT: Scotland Road, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Brian Westerley

WHEN: Now through Sept. 30 — performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

WHERE: Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Rd., Bath, OH 44286.

HOW: To reserve tickets, visit www.westernreserveplayhouse.org

Western Reserve Playhouse is currently mounting a production of Titanic proportions — literally. Scotland Road, from playwright  Jeffrey Hatcher, delves deep into the subject of the doomed ocean liner and its surviving passengers.

The play is a perfect example of the whole “tip of the iceberg” rule, in that there is so much more below the surface than one would suspect. A modern-day woman of mystery is whisked away to an interrogation room in Maine after mentioning the sunken ship.

The interrogator works with a female doctor to uncover what the woman’s connection is to the Titanic. Only when the duo brings in the last living survivor does the truth begin to surface.

To give away more would be a crime. Suffice to say that director Brian Westerley has staged an evocative, intelligent and intriguing night in the theatre. His cast features a compelling quartet of accomplished actors — Adrienne Jones as the mischievous mystery woman, Jim Hagan as the interrogator with an agenda, down-to-earth Rose Gabriele as the skeptical doctor, and Harriet DeVeto as the strong-willed survivor.

The stark white setting for Scotland Road was designed by Westerley and constructed by Jim Gremba and Walt Kaminski. T.L. Codella adds the equally stark lighting, Westerley also provides sound, and Evelyn Stevens handles props.

Alluring Actress Adrienne Jones Moves in Mysterious Ways in Western Reserve Playhouse’s ‘Scotland Road’

It’s no mystery that Adrienne Jones is an alluring actress who is currently lighting up the Northeast Ohio theatre scene. She does, however, play a woman of mystery in her latest stage assignment,

Western Reserve Playhouse’s production of Scotland Road.
Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Brian Westerley, the psychological drama is being presented now through Sept. 30, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Western Reserve Playhouse is located at 3326 Everett Road in Bath. To reserve tickets and for more information, visit their website atwww.westernreserveplayhouse.org.

Adrienne is a graduate of DePaul University’s Theatre School. Since returning from Chicago, she has been seen in various venues throughout Northeast Ohio including Coach House Theatre and Weathervane Playhouse. She is making her debut at Western Reserve Playhouse in the haunting production ofScotland Road.

LandOfCleve: Describe yourself in 25 words or less. 

Adrienne: I am an aspiring actress, a dreamer, and a quirky, curious 26-year-old who contemplates the meaning of life far too often.

LandOfCleve: Where were you born, and where did you grow up? 

Adrienne: I was born and grew up in Northeast Ohio.

LandOfCleve: Where do you live now, and where do you work?

Adrienne: I currently live in Hiram, Ohio. I work for a company called Monica Potter Home — which has a skincare and home fragrance line — created and owned by actress Monica Potter, who originally hails from Cleveland.

LandOfCleve: What are your other Northeast Ohio connections? 

Adrienne: Since returning from Chicago, I have been lucky to work with some excellent theatres including Weathervane Playhouse and Coach House Theatre. I hope to establish working relationships all over Northeast Ohio and eventually delve much more into the film industry.

LandOfCleve: How did your background and education prepare you to work as an actor? Adrienne: I studied acting in Chicago at DePaul University’s Theatre School. The strict, focused conservatory experience taught me so much about the business and myself. I knew the reality of choosing this line of work and embraced it.

One of the greatest gifts of my education and being in Chicago was getting to study improv with some amazing teachers. Improv was once the scariest notion to me, but I’ve learned to embrace the unknown. I was lucky enough to follow my passion in school, and I get to use the tools I learned there every day.
Adrienne and Scott Shriner in “Lend Me a Tenor” at Coach House Theatre
LandOfCleve: Tell us about a few of your favorite past theatre and/or film experiences. Adrienne: My first experience with Shakespeare will always be one of my favorites — playing Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s a role I hope to revisit someday. And I always enjoy comedy — a recent favorite was playing Maggie in Coach House Theatre’s Lend Me A Tenor.

LandOfCleve: How did you get involved with Western Reserve Playhouse?

Adrienne: Our director, Brian Westerley, forced me… Only kidding (a little)! I had been wanting to work with Brian for a long time, and this opportunity finally came together at the perfect time.

I feel grateful for this timing — Western Reserve Playhouse’s new Co-Artistic Directors, Brian and Dawn Sniadak Yamokoski, are doing amazing things. It is inspiring to see all of the passion they carry and the improvements they are making on a daily basis.

Adrienne (right) with castmates Harriet DeVeto, Jim Hagan and Rose Gabriele
in a scene from Western Reserve Playhouse’s “Scotland Yard”

LandOfCleve: Tell us about your character and how she fits into the storyline of Scotland Road.

Adrienne: My character is Winifred Coutts. She is discovered on an iceberg and says only one word: “Titanic.” The course of the play follows those attempting to learn her story — some of which she does eventually reveal. She’s a complex creature and brings about the chaos that ties these characters together. I’d say more, but then there’d be no need to come see our show!

LandOfCleve: How have the director, co-stars and creative team collaborated together to bring the play to life?

Adrienne: This entire creative team is a joy to work with. Brian has guided us from the beginning — he is an excellent director and gives his actors the gift of choice; he wants us to find our way in this world, not force a preconceived idea. He brings out the purest honesty in his actors.

Brian also made sure we did our homework, which is essential to this play. We worked with a local Titanic expert, researched on our own and shared our back stories with one another. The strangeness of this play means we must trust each other entirely and trust that we are telling this story the best way we can.

My castmates — Jim Hagan, Rose Gabriele and Harriet DeVeto — are acting veterans, and I learn so much from simply watching each of them. The design team has worked tirelessly to perfect the mood and ambiance of this show. Once all of these forces combine, you really do lose yourself in the story.

LandOfCleve: What can audiences expect when they come see the show?

Adrienne: Hmm… this is the toughest question. I don’t even know what to tell my family and friends — so I just say “Come with an open mind, and be ready to leave with more questions than answers!”

Adrienne Jones (right) with Jim Hagan in “Scotland Road” at Western Reserve Playhouse

LandOfCleve: What are some of your dream roles or types of characters you’d like to play in the future? 

Adrienne: I would love to play Lady M. someday.

LandOfCleve: What advice do you have for aspiring actors and actresses?

Adrienne: Well, I am an aspiring actress myself so I don’t know that I’m qualified to give advice, but the best advice I’ve received and can give in return is: Do the work. Half the battle is being prepared. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard!”

LandOfCleve: Anything else you would like to add or promote? 

Adrienne: I’d like to encourage everyone to stay tuned to Western Reserve Playhouse — their entire team is dedicated and passionate, and next year’s season will blow you away!

SHOW DETAILS

WHO: Western Reserve Playhouse

WHAT: Scotland Road, written by Jeffrey Hatcher, directed by Brian Westerly

WHEN: Now through Sept. 30 — performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

WHERE: Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Rd., Bath, OH 44286.

HOW: To reserve tickets, please visit their website: www.westernreserveplayhouse.org

Western Reserve Playhouse continues its 2017 season by presenting Scotland Road, a creepy mystery written by Jeffrey Hatcher, which will run now through September 30.

In the last decade of the twentieth century, a beautiful young woman is found floating on an iceberg in the middle of the North Atlantic. The woman is taken to an isolated spot on the coast of Maine where an expert on the sinking of the liner, a mysterious man named John, has arranged to interrogate her.

In a stark, white room, John, assisted by a skeptical doctor named Halbrech, plays a cat-and-mouse game with the woman. As time runs out, Halbrech tracks down the last living survivor of the disaster, a reclusive old woman named Frances Kittle, who has lived in seclusion for seventy-five years. By the play’s end, one of the characters is dead, all of the character’s identities have been questioned, and John and the woman’s shared secret is revealed as they make one final journey to Scotland Road.

Co-Artistic Director Brian Westerley directs this nail-biting mystery. The cast stars talented young actress Adrienne Jones, along with seasoned professionals Jim Hagan and Rose Gabriele. Rounding out the four-person ensemble is award-winning local legend Harriet DeVeto.

Tickets: $13.00 Adults; $11.00 Seniors & Students

The 4 Finalist for our 1st Annual 80 Minutes Play Festival. Tickets on Sale Now!

 

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to present our 2017 four finalist plays!

 

Thank you to all of those who entered! We were honored by so many submission.

 

The plays selected:

 

 

 

 

“Intermission” written by Harlan Friedman-Romell, Directed by BrandiEaton

“A Match Remade in Heaven” written by Amanda Terman, Directed by Brianna Laybourn

MixMatched.com” written by S. Von Schmedelson, Directed by Keith Stevens

”The Interview” written by Peter Fields, Directed by Karen Rose

 

These performances will be held October 6 and 7 at 8 pm with a matinee at 2 pm on Sunday October 9, 2017 as part of our 80 Minute New Works Play Festival!

 

Tickets are on sale now!

Westernreserveplayhouse.org                             TICKETS ONLY $10.00

Come and support our new works festival and vote for your favorite show!