Category Archives: Education Programs

Meet the Cast of “Dogfight”

Impressive Staff Announced for Youth Summer Camps

Into the Woods Instructors

Lisa Howard (Director) has been a professional actor for 28 years. A member of Actors’ Equity Association, she has performed all over the United States in shows varying from classic and contemporary musicals to readings of cutting- edge new plays, as well as Shakespeare. She has been active in television and commercial work- including winning a ‘Telly’ award. Regionally, Lisa has performed with The Porthouse Theatre, Actors’ Summit, Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Theatre Group, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Coach House Theatre, Playhouse Square, and more. Most recently she appeared as Heather Chandler in Heathers at Texas Tech University where she is pursuing her PhD in Fine Arts.

As a director, Lisa has mounted and choreographed acclaimed productions for the drama department at Copley High School. Those productions include:  The Sound of Music, All my Sons, Our Town, To Kill a Mockingbird, Little Shop of Horrors and Into the Woods. She served as coordinator for The Porthouse
Theatre’s high school and college summer academies, where she also taught improv, acting, and audition  techniques for high school and university students. Lisa recently taught Musical Theatre dance for Lubbock Community Theatre where she also choreographed the regional premiere of the Cinderella or
Prince Charming Gets the Boot: A West Texas Panto. Lisa has taught workshops in creative expressions, Acting for Dancers, tap and audition techniques for students ranging in age from kindergarten to college as well as coached at various dance studios and Texas Tech University.

Lisa holds a BFA in Acting and an MEd in School Counseling both from Kent State University.


 Adam Day Howard (Musical Director) is an American-born and British-trained actor, singer, musician, composer and writer. He has performed all over the world from Scotland to South Carolina to Monaco to Macau as a stage performer, cabaret singer and pianist, music director and more. Most notably he music directed the Number 1 UK tour of Dreamboats and Petticoats, appeared as Schlomo in Fame: The Musical at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, and was an assistant director for the First Annual Royal Scottish Variety Performance, a nationally televised charity event in Britain. He was a contributing writer and original developer of the musical From Up Here. The first  American certified to teach the Vocal Process Methodology developed by Gillyanne Kays and Jeremy Fisher he seeks to always blend the practical with the passionate for the sake of art and performance. He is currently an assistant professor of Musical  Theatre at Texas Tech University.


Kelsey Tomlinson (Costumer) is ecstatic to again be joining forces with an incredible team at Western  Reserve Playhouse. Audiences may remember her most recent design work for Merrily We Roll Along  (Lakeland Community College), Angels in America Part 1 (Ensemble), and The Three Musketeers: An  Adventure with Music (Ohio Shakespeare Festival). Other recent work includes  costume design for Its a Wonderful Life (Independence Community Theater), Lost  in Yonkers (WRP), and The Winters Tale (OSF). She currently serves as a  Resident Costume Designer for both Ohio Shakespeare Festival and Western Reserve Playhouse. When not doing theatre, she can be found rock climbing, reading, or trying her hand at music.


Lion King Jr. Instructors

 DAWN SNIADAK-YAMOKOSKI (Director) award winning director and actress and WRP’S Artistic Director Is thrilled to be directing at WRP’s Summer Camp Lion King. Jr. Past directing credits include, Forbidden Broadway, It’s a Wonderful Life, Dogfight, Godspell, Beauty and the Beast, Dummies Guide to High School, Midsummer Night’s Dream, All Shook Up and the regional premiere of the opera, Game of Chance. When not directing Dawn sings and acts her way on stage. Some of her favorites to date are Spamalot (Lady in the Lake), Next to Normal (Diana), Evita (Evita), Children of Eden (Eve/Momma Noah), My Mother’s Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Jane), and Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle). She has also performed at Aurora Community Theater, The Beck Center, The Player’s Guild,  Huntington Playhouse, Stow Players and Olde Towne Theater, BTOTS and Weathervane Playhouse. Dawn lives in Peninsula with her hubby Jeff and her sons Drew, Colin and her daughter, Nadia and pup, Kennan and Oscar, the bearded dragon.


Adam Fehrenbach (Musical Director) graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in piano and voice. Through the years, Mr. Fehrenbach has been a private piano and voice instructor in the Akron/Canton area, working with various adult and children’s choruses. Working with the University of Akron Concert and Chamber Choirs, Mr. Fehrenbach has been a part of several International Seggizzi Choral Competitions in Italy, and the Mozart Festival in Salzburg Austria. He has directed for the Unknown Theatre Company and co-directed for the Young Peoples Performing Arts. Most recently, was the chorus master for the Canton Comic Opera, and was the Director of the Greater Canton Men’s Chorus. Currently Mr. Fehrenbach is an organist and choir director at St. Juan Diego in Sharpsburg, PA. Under the tutelage of Dr. Ann Labounsky, he is finishing his Masters of Sacred Music and Organ at Duquesne University, and received his Diploma of Pastoral Liturgy and Music from St. Joseph  College in Rensselaer, Indiana.


Lori Rodeman (Chorographer) is happy to be helping out with the Summer Youth Theater Program.  This is her 3rd year choreographing the kid’s summer production.
She has always had a love for childrens theater and is enjoying this even more because her own kids are a part of the production too!  She is mother of four kids and  an Classical Education Director in Fairlawn.  She is looking forward to being a part of  many future productions at WRP!



 Luke Scattergood (Costumer) – Luke is excited to be a part of his third production with WRP. Recently he was seen in stage in last season’s
“Forbidden Broadway”. His costumes have been seen on stage at  numerous theaters throughout the greater Cleveland area, including  Blank Canvas, True North, Brecksville Theatre, Strongsville Community Theatre and many others. Luke is the Drama Director for Bay Village High School and resident costumer for St. Ignatius High School.


 

Into the Woods, Jr. Summer Camp Registration Now Open

Part of our Young Artists’ Theatre Program, the musical centers on a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse and wind up changed forever.

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Directed by Lisa Howard

Musical Direction by Adam Howard

Costumes – Kelsey Tomlinson

Age Group: 11 to 19

Camp runs June 11-29, 2018 – Monday-Fridays 1PM-3PM

Performances: June 29-July 1, 2018 • (Fri/Sat. 8PM; Sun. 2PM)

The registration fee is $150.00 and there are discounts available for returning students and siblings. If you need further information or want to register, please call (330) 620-7314.


 

Disney’s The Lion King, Jr. Summer Camp Registration

Part of our Young Artists’ Theatre Program, Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life on our stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Music & Lyrics by Tim Rice & Elton John Additional Music & Lyrics by Will Van Dyke, Lebo M, Marc Mancina & Jay Rifkin

Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi

Directed by Artistic Director Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

Musical Direction by Adam Ferenbach

Choreography by Lori Rodeman

Costumes – Luke Scattergood

Age Group: 3 to 12

Camp runs June 4-22, 2018 – Monday-Friday 9AM-12PM

Performances: June 22-24, 2018 • (Fri/Sat. 8PM; Sun. 2PM)

The registration fee is $150.00 and there are discounts available for returning students and siblings. If you need further information or want to register, please call (330) 620-7314.

Dance Animations Ages 7-10


Dance Animation (Ages 7-10)

During this 4-week class, we will teach you choreography to some of your favorite children’s movie soundtracks. What a wonderful way to get your kids to unplug and get their groove on! Instructor: Lori Rodeman.

Starting Monday February 5th through February 26th
Monday’s @  3:30-4:30PM
Classes are only 4 weeks!
Cost is $65 per student

Kids Pop Dance Camp 9-12


Kid Pop Dance Camp (Ages 9-12) Come and learn choreography and dance to your favorite kid’s pop songs! This fun-filled 4-week class will get you up on your feet and get you to groove. What a great introduction to see how choreography works in a show! Instructor: Lori Rodeman.

Starts Monday February 5th through February 26th
Monday  4:30-5:30PM
Ages 9-12
Classes are only 4 weeks
Cost: $65

Pokemon Improv and Acting Class (Grades K-4)


Pokemon Improv and Acting Class (Grades K-4) Come and catch the buzz! This 6-week hour-long class will develop your child’s acting and improv skills while using the world of Poke-Mon. We will develop our characters, train our improv skills, and create our own Poke-mon ball and Poke-Mon character by using arts and crafts.

This is a beginner level class taking place in a nurturing and fun environment taught by artistic director Dawn Sniakdak-Yamokoski.

This class is limited to 15 kids.

Starting Saturday February 17th until March 10th

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Cost: $85.00

 

Let’s Put on a Play – Grades K – 3


Let’s Put on a Play! (Grades K – 3) Your child will be immersed in a fun filled six weeks, where they will design their own theater, collectively create their own logo, all while learning the art of acting.

Each student will learn skills to audition, characterization and work as a team to produce a 15-20 minute play on the last day of class. Every child will have their moment to shine. The program will be taught be Artistic Director Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski. Class size is limited to 15.

Sign up today; let’s put on a play!

Saturday February 17th through March 10th

10:00 AM – 11:00AM

Cost: $85

 

Let’s Put on a Play – Grades 4 – 6


Let’s Put on a Play! (Grades 4 – 6)  Your child will be immersed in a fun filled six weeks, where they will design their own theater, collectively create their own logo, all while learning the art of acting.

Each student will learn skills to audition, characterization and work as a team to produce a 15-20 minute play on the last day of class. Every child will have their moment to shine. The program will be taught be Artistic Director Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski. Class size is limited to 15.

Sign up today; let’s put on a play!

Tuesday February 13th through March 2oth.

4:30 PM – 5:30PM

Cost: $85