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Auditions for Hay Fever are coming up….


Hay Fever by Noel Coward, directed by Kevin Kelly


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.


Take place on August 23 and 24, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Please sign up at


Bethel Luthern Church

3852 Everett Road

Richfield, Ohio 44286


Take place at Western Reserve Playhouse from 2 pm to 4 pm.


Cold readings from the script.


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

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!


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 egomaniacal 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

Terms of Endearment Opens Friday August 17, 2018-September 1, 2018




Western Reserve Playhouse is thrilled to be bringing to its stage “Terms of Endearment”, adapted for the stage by Dan Gordon and based on the Oscar-winning film by James L. Bret. This wonderful play runs August 17-September 1, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; with a 2PM Matinee on Sunday August 26th).

Challenges in life and love test the resilience of a mother-daughter relationship in the stage adaptation, based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Larry McMurtry and the 1983 film.

Though Emma is often exasperated by her highly-opinionated mother, Aurora, they talk every day about their problems, from Aurora finding unexpected love even as she becomes a reluctant grandmother, to Emma’s struggle in her troubled marriage. When they need one another most, will they be able to find courage in each other? This funny and touching story captures the delicate, sometimes fractured bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, and lovers, both old and new.

Karen Rose directs this stage adaptation of the emotional movie, filled with tenderness and comedy.

This show features the amazing acting works of Kerry Scanlon, Annette Fernandez, Craig Webb, Corey East, Lisa Rupple, and Austin Sasser.

Showtimes: 8PM Fridays and Saturdays and with a 2PM Matinee on Sunday August 26th.

Tickets are $17.00 for Adults and $15.00 for Seniors and Students.

Reserve tickets at or call 330-620-7314.

MEET the AMAZING CAST of bare!

Opens in ONE WEEK!

Tickets are going fast so get yours today!!!!

A pulsating, electric contemporary rock musical, bare follows a group of students at a Catholic boarding school as they grapple with issues of sexuality, identity, and the future. Peter and Jason have fallen in love with each other, but Jason — a popular athlete — fears losing his status if he is discovered to be gay. Unpopular Nadia, Jason’s sister, is contemptuous of Ivy, a beautiful girl with a questionable reputation. As the group attempts to put up a production of Romeo and Juliet, tensions flare, self-doubt simmers, and God’s path seems more difficult to find than ever. bare rings with the sounds of youthful repression and revolt. With a unique sung-through pop score, heart-pounding lyrics, and a cast of bright young characters, bare is a provocative, fresh, and utterly honest look at the dangers of baring your soul, and the consequences of continuing to hide.

This Show runs July 13-28, 2018 – Friday and Saturdays are a 8PM Show and Sunday July 22 is a 6:30PM Show. This musical has adult ideas and content and is for mature audiences. Tickets are $17.00 for adults and $15.00 for students and seniors.

Meet our New Education Coordinators

Meet the NEW Education Coordinators and New Instructors to the WRP Education Staff

Kyle Burnett

Kyle Burnett is an Cleveland-based actor who graduated last year from Kent State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. You may recognize Kyle from the Western Reserve Playhouse stage for his performance as “Eddie Birdlace” in Dogfight. He has performed all over Northeast Ohio at Beck Center for the Arts, Blank Canvas Theatre, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Mercury Theatre Company, EJ Thomas Hall, and at many more theaters and companies. While at Kent, he had the chance to direct three staged readings, as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “21 Chump Street”, as part of the Student Theatre Festival. As a visual, hands-on pupil, Kyle hopes to bring the same energy and engaging quality from his training to students of all skill levels. Favorite subjects include: repertoire building, puppetry, and acting through song. He’s thrilled to be joining the WRP education team and he can’t wait to work with you soon!


Kayla Lehman

Kayla Lehman is an actor and choreographer in Northeast, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Mount Union in December 2017, with degrees in Theatre and Public Relations. Recently, Kayla has been seen on the WRP stage in Dogfight as an ensemble member. Favorite past roles include Audrey (Little Shop of Horrors), Silly Girl (Beauty and the Beast), and Anna (the Amish Project). From an education standpoint, Kayla has always been an eager learner. She is excited to bring engaging classes to WRP that are inclusive to all. Her special interests include acting, dance, vocal performance, and stage makeup. Kayla is so excited to get started and meet new students!


Auditions for the Musical, “Little Women”




Audition Information for LITTLE WOMEN We are currently looking for cast members for our upcoming of “Little Women: The Musical” which will be performed at The Western Reserve Playhouse at The Overture Center from October 5-20, 2018. There is also a possibility of this show touring in some schools too. (That is TBD)

Directed by: Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

Musical Direction: – Dave Stebbins

Choreographer: Jen Justice

Auditions will take place on Sunday, July 15 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm and on Monday, July 16 from 6-pm -8:30pm. Possible callbacks will be Tuesday, July 17 from 6-9pm (Only if needed) Individual auditions will be scheduled. Dance auditions will occur from 8:30-9:30PM the day of your audition, so please bring clothes to change into.




What to prepare: Please prepare a full contemporary musical theater piece (prefer legit with a mix of belt). PLEASE DO NOT SING FROM THE SHOW. Please have your music in original key and in a 3-ring binder with pages copied back to back. A headshot and resume will e helpful. A professional accompanist will be provided. You will be asked to dance, so please bring comfortable shoes.  NO EQUITY CONTRACTS AT THIS TIME.