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Auditions for “Heathers- The Musical”

Western Reserve Playhouse auditions for

“Heathers- The Musical”

Written by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe

Directed by Kevin Kelly – Musical Direction by Deborah “Ingy” Ingersoll –

Choreography – Kristy Cruz

 

SYNOPSIS:

Based on the 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.

 

Audition Dates: April 22 & 23, 2019 from 6:30-9PM

Callbacks: April 24, 2019 from 6:30-9PM as needed

Please sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054EADA92AA5F85-heather

Rehearsals: Begin Sunday June 16th and continue Sunday thru Thursday 6:30 to 9:30PM Saturday rehearsals TBD by production team if necessary.

Performances: July 26-August 10, 2019 Friday & Saturdays at 8PM with a Sunday matinee on August 4th at 2PM

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

Audition requirements:

Please prepare two contrasting musical excerpts containing 32 measures or a short musical theatre song that displays contrasting styles. Please make selection that can present a demonstration of a belt. Those auditioning are required to bring sheet music in your appropriate key to the audition. (Bound and double sided would be appreciated). A piano accompanist will be provided. If you have a one-minute monologue to share, please do. Please bring a headshot and resume to auditions. Headshots and resumes are appreciated, but not required. Any headshots of resumes provided may not be returned. Please bring all conflicts for the proposed rehearsal schedule to the audition.

Audition and Callback:

During auditions you will be asked to read and sing provided excerpts from the show. Callbacks will include also include dance, please bring appropriate dance clothes and shoes for movement.

Casting:

ALL roles are open to all ethnicities. No equity contracts at this time.

The age requirement is 18+. While it is a high-energy black comedy, the show opens conversations about dark issues, including bullying, teen suicide, sexual assault and violence in schools. The ages of the “high school” characters will be determined from the audition pool.

Roles:

Veronica Sawyer: F, 18-30 She burns to be both cool and kind but doesn’t know yet how to be both at the same time. Fierce sense of right and wrong, keen sense of ironic humor. Thinks she’s an old soul, but she’s still innocent enough to be blindsided by love/hormones (or shocked by cruelty). Voice: high belting required, up to high G, high Ab preferable. Must have dynamic and stylistic range.

JD: M, 18-30 He is darkly charismatic, compelling, attractive, charming on the outside yet very damaged on the inside. Keen smarts and strong inventive comedy. Voice: strong, confident belt to at least an Ab, A preferable; wide emotional range.

Heather Chandler: F, 18-30 Richest, hottest, most magnetic, cruelest girl in town. Relishes power and wields it like a scalpel – no fear, no patience, no mercy. Voice: strong belt to D, Eb preferred.

Heather McNamara: F 18,-30 Beautiful, innocent, stupid, can be mean on command if Heather Chandler orders it, but actually quite vulnerable and fearful. Voice: strong belt to D, Eb preferred.

Heather Duke: F, 18-30 Whipping-girl of the three Heathers. When she finally becomes Queen Bee she wields power like a bulldozer. Voice: strong belt to C, D preferred.

Martha Dunstock: F, 18-30 Nicknamed “Martha Dumptruck,” the opposite of hot, confident, or popular. Beautiful soul, optimistic even in the face of rejection. Voice: strong belt to E or F, wide vocal expression.

Ram Sweeney: M, 18-30 Linebacker. Big, insensitive to the feelings of others, ruled by appetites. Voice: strong baritone, belt to F#, G preferred, some falsetto useful.

Kurt Kelly: M, 18-30 Quarterback and Captain. Big, chiseled, rude, entitled, cocky. Mean, thinks he’s the brains in the friendship with Ram. Voice: tenor, strong belt to Ab or A, some falsetto.

Ram’s Dad/Big Bud Dean: M, 40-55 Ram’s Dad is a former football player turned suburban dad who has never outgrown his glory days in high school. Hates weakness, but capable of soul-searching when tragedy strikes. Actor also plays Big Bud. Voice: baritone/tenor.

Dean: M, 40-55 JD’s single dad. Big jolly personality that barely conceals the enormous rage bubbling just below the surface. Quite possibly a serial bomber. Voice: baritone/tenor, power country/gospel belt to Ab.

Ms. Fleming/Veronica’s Mom: F, 40-45 Ms. Fleming is an aging hippie teacher, still yearning for the day the Age of Aquarius reaches Ohio. Hungry for the spotlight, resentful of entitled youth. Actor also plays Veronica’s Mom, who is easygoing, distant, yet capable of laying down the law. Voice: great belt up to C

 

Review Number TWO for “The Bridges of Madison County”

Western Reserve Playhouse brings love story to stage

3/7/2019 – West Side Leader
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By David Ritchey

‘Bridges of Madison County’ features strong acting

Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski (Francesca) and Rob Albrecht (Robert) star in Western Reserve Playhouse’s “The Bridges of Madison County.”
Photo: Chris Douglas

BATH — “The Bridges of Madison County” is now playing at Western Reserve Playhouse through March 16.“The Bridges of Madison County” is based on the novel by Robert James Waller. The book for this musical version was written by Marsha Norman, who received the Pulitzer Prize for “’night, Mother.” The music and lyrics are by Jason Robert Brown, who received the Tony Award for this score in 2014.

This is the first stage production of the musical version of this play in this area of the state. The music helps open the story line from what was told in the novel and in the movie.

The show is about Iowa housewife Francesca and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid.

Francesca (Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski), a native of Italy, met her husband, Bud (Kevin Myers), when he was stationed in Italy during World War II. She wanted to see the world and thought her way to explore the world was with an American soldier. Bud was lonely and married Francesca and took her home to the U.S.

This version of the production starts more than 20 years after the end of World War II. Francesca and Bud have two children and a large vegetable garden. Francesca doesn’t get to see the world. She gets to see Des Moines and the neighbors are kind and dull. Francesca’s daughter, Carolyn (Kaity Poschner) has raised a steer, which will be exhibited in the state fair. If the steer wins the top prize, the award money will pay for her college education. So, Bud, Carolyn and Michael, her brother (Cameron Zona), leave for the state fair.

As they leave, a truck pulls into the driveway. It’s Robert Kincaid (Rob Albrecht), a photographer for National Geographic. He’s lost and needs someone to help him find one of the covered bridges of Madison County. He has been places and has an interesting career. He is intriguing to Francesca. She agrees to ride with him and point out the route to the bridge he can’t find.

After they find the bridge, he goes home with her and they make dinner together.

Her family will be at the state fair for four days. Their affair starts and has limited time and plenty of heat. He asks her to leave with him. What’s a woman to do?

The pit orchestra is small but does an excellent job of supporting the singers.

The musicians are Bryan Bird and Dave Stebbins (keyboards); Alex Kenrick-Kupiec and Chandler Carpenter (guitar); and Kate Robarge (cello).

Set designer Patrick Ciamacco created a functional set that helps tell the story in a cinematic style.

Director Sarah Coon makes good use of the small set and deals well with the complicated, female-focused plot. Coon has a talented cast, all of whom have extensive experience singing.

Sniadak-Yamokoski and Albrecht have strong, lovely singing voices. Others in the cast also hold their own as singers.

For tickets, call 330-620-7314 or visit westernreserveplayhouse.org.

 

David Ritchey has a Ph.D. in communications and is a professor emeritus of communications at The University of Akron. He is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association and the Cleveland Critics Circle.

Review Number One for “The Bridges of Madison County”

Photo Credit: Chris Douglas

The tension is so palpable in a scene where Francesca feeds a stranger dinner in “The Bridges of Madison County,” it’s almost unbearable at Western Reserve Playhouse.

But in this beautifully performed scene between Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski and Rob Albrecht, it’s not just sexual tension between striking, middle-aged Italian woman Francesca and ruggedly handsome National Geographic photographer Robert. Under the direction of Sarah Coon, it feels as if something very important needs to be said between these kindred souls, who have just met that day but are almost immediately finishing each other’s sentences.

The musical by Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown, based on the best-selling 1992 romance novel by Robert James Waller, premiered on Broadway in 2014, where it won Tony Awards for best original score and best orchestrations. The book also was adapted into a 1995 film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.

In the local production, which continues through March 17, Sniadak-Yamokoski and Albrecht create an arresting chemistry. In this story about a lonely war bride on an Iowa farm and an equally lonely itinerant photographer, we see by the fluttery way that Francesca touches her neck and hair that her world is upended the minute Robert walks into it.

Sniadak-Yamokoski sings in lush operatic style in the opening number “To Build a Home,” which tells of her running away from Italy with American soldier Bud. She recounts her journey to life on a farm in Iowa, a life she never dreamed of. Audiences learn that Francesca has given up on her own dreams and taken on the roles of wife and mother. But for 18 years, she has never asked for anything or complained.

Both Francesca and Robert are artistic souls who connect through his photography and her yearning for her homeland, which he has recently visited. They don’t realize they were hungry for meaningful human connection until they meet each other, when each experiences a reawakening.

One of the most beautiful scenes in the musical is the sultry “Falling Into You,” in which they open their hearts to each other. Sniadak-Yamokoski and Albrecht’s voices complement each other beautifully in this duet. Throughout the show, Sniadak-Yamokoski makes graceful use of her arms as her character embraces Robert.

This show about an extramarital affair is sensual but never lurid. Through Coon’s sensitive direction and Brown’s gorgeous score, we understand both of the lovers’ hearts.

The orchestra, led by Bryan Bird and Dave Stebbins on keyboards, also features Alex Kenrick-Kupiec on guitar and Kate Robarge in a beautiful cello part. This backstage ensemble strikes a good sound balance.

Other actors who give nice turns are Kevin Michael Myers as Bud in the ballad “Something from a Dream,” in which he reveals his original awestruck love for Francesca, and Bernadette Hisey as nosy neighbor Marge. For tickets to this musical, which is seldom produced locally, see www.westernreserveplayhouse.org.

“The Bridges of Madison County” by Jason Robert Brown opens Friday, March 1, 2019

OPENS THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019 and RUNS TILL MARCH 16, 2019

Western Reserve Playhouse is thrilled to announce our second show of the 2019 Season

“The Bridges of Madison County”  by Jason Robert Brown

 

Newcomer director, Sarah Coon, brings to life this acclaimed musical based on the best-selling novel, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY which was developed by the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning creative team of Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade, Songs for a New World) and Marsha Norman.

A sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross, this 2014 Tony Award-winner for Best Score and Orchestrations captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland and the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if…?”

This story of an Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It’s an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more. A musical that you don’t want to  miss and an Akron Area premiere.

Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski as Francesca and Robert Albercht as Robert Photo Credit: Chris Douglas

The star studded cast filled with some of WRP’s favorites, Artistic Director Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski as Francesca (Tomorrow Morning), Bernadette Hisey as Marge (Hay Fever and Little Women), Kaity Poschner as Caroline (Little Women), Kim Sullivan as Marian/Chiara (Dogfight), and newcomers, Rob Albrecht as Robert, Kevin Michael Myers as Bud, Cameron Zona as Michael, and Rich Stimac as Charlie.

 

Rob Albrecht as Robert Photo Credit: Chris Douglas

  • Directed – Sarah Coon
  • Musical Direction – Bryan Bird & Dave Stebbins
  • Stage Managed – Tiffany Bird
  • Light Design – Kevin Rutan
  • Costume Design – Luke Scattergood
  • Set Design – Patrick Ciamacco
  • Scenic Painting – Noah Hrbek
  • Props – Sue Snyder
  • Set Construction – James Gremba

RUN DATES: March 1-16, 2019
TIMES OF SHOWS: Friday & Saturdays at 8PM, Sunday March 10, 2019 at 2PM
TICKETS: $17 for Adults and $15 for Students/Seniors
BOX OFFICE: 330-620-7314

We are thrilled to announce our cast of Jane Austin’s “Emma” adapted by Michael Bloom

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

“Emma”

By Jane Austen
Adapted by Michael Bloom
Directed by Keith Stevens

OUR CAST

  • Emma                               Shani Ferry
  • George Knightley       Eli Ravenson                 
  • Harriet Smith              Emily Shipley
  • Henry Woodhouse     Dennis Runkle    
  • Mr. Weston                   Sid Freeman
  • Miss Bates                     Mia Radabaugh
  • Robert Martin             Eric Coulbourne
  • Frank Churchill          Michael Knoblock
  • Augusta Hawkins       Kelsey Tomlinson
  • Jane  Fairfax                Kayla Lehman
  • Phillip Elton                 Zach Manthey
  • Mrs. Weston                Victoria Kirgesner

“Emma” runs at Western Reserve Playhouse from April 19-May 4, 2019

Again, Congratulations!!!!