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Our 2019 Season

SEASON TICKETS GO ON SALE OCTOBER 5, 2018!  WE only have a limited amount so you don’t want to wait to be apart of something amazing!

 

TONIGHT AT 8PM, SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Join us tonight at WRP or Facebook LIVE to hear our 2019 Season!!  We are so excited to tell you!!!!

Get your tickets for Little Women

“Little Women” The Musical presented at
Western Reserve Playhouse

The novel “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott comes alive as a captivating all-new Broadway musical adaptation, opening October 5, 2018 at Western Reserve Playhouse. This family friendly, high-energy production is directed by WRP’s Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski, and choreographer, Jen Justice, with musical direction by Dave Stebbins.

“Little Women” follows four sisters—the independent, aspiring writer Jo, the romantic Meg, the pretentious Amy, and the kind-hearted Beth, all under the watchful eye of their beloved mother, Marmee, while their father is away serving in the Civil War. Each sister follows a different path but not necessarily what is expected. This coming-of-age tale is filled with drama, romance, humor, and music.
“Little Women, The Musical,” book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland, and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, soars with vibrant sweeping song and dance, featuring: Kaity Poschner (Jo), Bernadette Hisey (Marmee), Kayla Lehman (Meg), Tenley Stitzer (Amy), Abigal Lehman (Beth), Shelly Palumbo (Aunt March), Jay Sigler (Professor Bhaer), Michael Knobloch (Laurie), Steven Schuerger (Mr. Brooke), and Walt Kaminiski (Mr. Laurence). The principle characters are backed by live musicians and an ensemble of singers and dancers, including: Molly Kessler, Dorota Zarzycka, Emily Shipley, and Christina Worcester. This timeless tale about the power of family, friendship, and romance will delight the entire family.
Costume designed by Kelsey Tomlison, Set Designed Todd Plone, Light Designed Kevin Rutan, and Stage Managed by Brianna Laybourn.

“Little Women” The Musical opens with a cake reception on October 5, 2018 and runs through October 20, 2018.

Reserve your seat at westernreserveplayhouse.org or call 330-620-7314.

Little Women, The Musical
Friday, October 5 – Saturday, October 20, 2018 8pm Fridays & Saturdays,
2pm matinee on Sunday October 14th
Western Reserve Playhouse
3326 Everett Road
Bath, Ohio 44268
Tickets: $17 adults, $15 seniors/student

 

Announcement – Congrats to the cast of Hay Fever!

We are thrilled to announce the cast of Noel Coward’s ” Hay Fever”!!! Congratulations!

Judith Bliss –  Bernadette Hisey

David Bliss  – Vincent Sarowatz

Sorel Bliss  – Rachel Szeles

Simon Bliss  – Zach Manthey

Clara  – Susan M Wagner

Sandy Tyrell –  Danny Simpson

Myra Arundel  – Linda Schneider

Richard Greatham  – Eric Coulbourne

Jackie Coryton  – Emmy Cohen

 

Producer  – Dawn Sniadak Yamokoski

Stage Manager  – Whitney Miller

Light Designer – Daniel Hunsicker

Set Designer – August Scarpelli

Costumer – Kelsey Tomlinson

Director –  Kevin Kelly

 

 

Auditions for Hay Fever are coming up….

Hay Fever by Noel Coward, directed by Kevin Kelly

Performances:
November 2 to 17, 2018. Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 2 pm. And there will be one extra special Sunday Performance during this run TBD.

Auditions:
Take place on August 22 and 23, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Please sign up at:
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/5080E49A9AD29A2FC1-hayfever

Location:
Bethel Luthern Church
3852 Everett Road
Richfield, Ohio 44286

Callbacks:
Will take place at Western Reserve Playhouse from 2 pm to 4 pm on August 25, 2018

Preparation:
Cold readings from the script.

Rehearsals:
Begin Monday October 1 at 6:30 pm. Rehearsals will normally run Sunday through Thursday 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

THE PLAY
Hay Fever is a wonderful cross between high farce and an English comedy of bad manners. The play is set in an English country house in the 1920s, and deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish behavior when they each invite a guest to spend the weekend. Each – unbeknownst to the rest – invites down a house guest for a quiet weekend! The self-centered behavior of the hosts finally drives their guests to flee, while the Blisses are so engaged in a family row that they do not notice their guests’ furtive departure.

Hay Fever takes place in the comfortable English country house of the Bliss family. Judith, the mother, is a retired stage actress; David, the father, is a novelist. Their grown children, Simon and Sorel, still live at home. As the play opens, Simon and Sorel are exchanging insults about mutual friends and speculating that their mother is up to something in inviting a young man – who turns out to be called Sandy Tyrell – to the house for the weekend.

Meanwhile, Sorel has invited the diplomat Richard Greatham, while Simon adds to the growing household with his guest Myra Arundel. Finally, David comes downstairs from his study to add one last visitor to the list – a young woman named Jackie Coryton.

After some internecine squabble and banter, Judith announces her decision to come out of retirement and revive one of her greatest hits, Love’s Whirlwind. As she and the children begin to perform one of their favorite scenes from the play, they are interrupted by the arrival of their guests. The family members greet their visitors and then leave them to fend for themselves.

And that is just Act One!

THE CHARACTERS (5F, 4M)
Judith Bliss – an actress of a certain age who has retired (several times) from the stage.
David Bliss – her husband, a writer of novels that the entire family argue about; inclined to a little dalliance on the side
Simon Bliss – their son, a painter of aggressive daubs
Sorel Bliss – their daughter, an accomplished instrumentalist (but skills NOT required, though welcome!)
Both of the children are every bit as theatrical, as ego-maniacal in the nicest possible way, as their parents.

Richard Greatham – a career diplomat who “always says something exquisitely diplomatic”
Myra Arundel – a society lady of whom Judith says “she uses sex like a shrimping net”
Sandy Tyrell – a younger “anyone for tennis” sporty chap who has fallen in love with Judith having seen her in some dreadful melodrama
Jackie Coryton – a scared little thing who has been picked by the husband David

Clara – the long-suffering maid, who used to be Judith’s dresser, and is quite coarse with it