Category Archives: Performances

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.

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!

 

Early Review for “Half Dozen” Praises Playwright Brandi Eaton

CLEVE REVIEW: Secrets, Surprises, Second Thoughts & Second Chances Make a Heartfelt and Humorous ‘Half Dozen’ at Western Reserve Playhouse

WHO: Western Reserve Playhouse

WHAT: Half Dozen by Brand Eaton
WHEN: Friday, August 25th at 8:00 PM and Saturday, August 26th at 8:00 PM

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

HOW: To purchase tickets or get more info for Aug 25th:
https://westernreserveplayhouse.org/product/half-dozen-august-25-2017/

To purchase tickets or get more info for Aug 26th:
https://westernreserveplayhouse.org/product/half-dozen-august-26-2017/

Why see one play this weekend, when you can see a Half Dozen?

Playwright Brandi Eaton has combined six of her 10-minute works, and enlisted the talents of different directors to give each piece a unique perspective and vision. The shows also put the spotlight on some of the area’s brightest actors and actresses, in roles that offer both comedic and dramatic opportunities.

Half Dozen features a six-pack of shorts that revolve around secrets, surprises, second thoughts and second chances. First up, Tiny houses a very big disagreement in a very small space. It is smartly directed by Alex J. Nine and humorously performed by Grace Mitri, Mishal Sunaid, and Sue Jeromson.

Partners focuses on two ladies who are literally making a killing in their careers. Playwright Eaton directs and acts in the devious piece,  along with crafty actors Cristy Wright and Sally Morris.

Letting go of loved ones is never easy, but one couple decides to get a head start in A Telegram in the World of Smartphones. Sensitively directed by Karen Rose, the drama is heightened by powerful players Ryanne Fury, Tyler Barhorst, and Al Klesh.

Three daughters learn more about their parents than they wanted to in The Mike Reynolds Affair. Anna-Jeannine K. Herman helms this hilarious scene, with fun and funny performances from Grace Mitri, Brandi Eaton, Cristy Wright, and Al Klesh.

Idiots is about a pair of silly gooses who just happen to be fools in love. Deftly directed by Adam Alderson, the sketch stars a terrific trio including Sue Jeromson, Andrew Alderson, and Chelsea Young.

Matt’s First (Real) Thanksgiving turns the holiday upside-down when a man brings his boyfriend home to meet the family. Brian Westerley stages the show with plenty of heartfelt humor, and also performs in the piece along with his engaging, endearing ensemble including Adrienne Jones, Nicholas Peters, Rose Gabriele, and Harriet DeVeto.

The technical staff for the show adds just the right amount of ambiance to distinguish the locales for each play. Lighting, sound and set design and construction are all handled by Jim Gremba. Sue Snyder (along with the directors) contributed the props and set dressing.

Tickets on sale now! Two nights only and only $10.00! Get yours today.

Our Second Rave Review for “Forbidden Broadway”!

CLEVE REVIEW: There’s No Business Like Funny Business in Musical Revue ‘Forbidden Broadway’ at Western Reserve Playhouse

The ensemble cast of Western Reserve Playhouse’s “Forbidden Broadway”

WHO: Western Reserve Playhouse

WHAT: Forbidden Broadway, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 by Gerard Alessandrini; directed by Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski, musical direction by John Ebner, choreography by Samantha Woodill

WHEN: Now through August 12 — remaining performances July 28 & 29, August 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 8pm

WHERE: Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Road in Bath

HOW: Make your reservations on the company website at  www.westernreserveplayhouse.org
Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway has spoofed and skewered Broadway’s greatest shows and musical legends for the past 35 years. Northeast Ohio audiences who haven’t been able to see the show before are in for a treat, as Western Reserve Playhouse is bring the best of the series to its local stage with Forbidden Broadway, Greatest Hits Vol. 1.

Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski instills her expertise, admiration and passion for musicals into the show, ably aided by musical director John Ebner (who energetically accompanies and humorously interacts with the actors) and choreographer Samantha Woodill (who gets to incorporate a wide variety of dance styles into the proceedings).

Each member of the ensemble gets to steal the spotlight several times throughout the two-act show. The cast features Don Bernardo, Tina Davis, Jay Hill, Bernadette Hisey, Nicholas Peters, Luke Scattergood, Kimberly Sullivan, Nina Takacs, Mark Vandevender, and Kaleigh Velette.

Not only are these performers strong singers and comedians, but they are equally adept at celebrity impersonations, which feature in many of the musical numbers.

Forbidden Broadway also sparkles thanks to the efforts of the WRP creative team. Technical director Jim Gremba worked on the stunning set with Jack Steele, and heads up a talented group that also includes costumer Kelsey Tomlinson, lighting designer Kevin Rutan.

Under the artistic direction of Sniadak-Yamokoski and Brian Westerley, the Western Reserve Playhouse is getting a major makeover these days, which will lead to year-round programming and many more chances for the company to shine in the future.

Our First Rave Review for “Forbidden Broadway”!

Broadway comes to Western Reserve Playhouse

7/27/2017 – West Side Leader
By David Ritchey

Performers are shown in Western Reserve Playhouse’s “Forbidden Broadway.”
Photo courtesy of Western Reserve Playhouse

BATH — Western Reserve Playhouse has turned another page in its theater history.The theater hired Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski and Brian Westerley as co-artistic directors, who have brought the musical revue “Forbidden Broadway,” created and written by Gerard Alessandrini, to the theater. The show runs through Aug. 12. When I saw the show July 21, the small theater was almost sold out.

“Forbidden Broadway” has been updated several times to celebrate the shows currently playing on Broadway. “Forbidden Broadway” makes fun of the music, the lyrics and various Broadway characters. In truth, the script is lovingly set to entertain the audience with funny stories of what’s happening on Broadway.

For example, Annie appears in the Annie dress and wig, but she’s 30 years older than when she originated the role. She has a cigarette in one hand and a bottle of beer in the other. Nina Takacs plays this older Annie, who is unhappy about being unemployed for such a long time.

In another sequence, Bernadette Hisey and the ensemble sing three songs from “Hello, Dolly” — “Call On Dolly,” “Dolly Is A Girl’s Best Friend” and “Oh No, Carol.” Each song is a parody of Carol Channing and her frequent attempts to revive “Hello, Dolly.”

In one segment, the Phantom from “Phantom of the Opera” and Ethel Merman sing a duet about the elaborate sound systems designed to get the voices of the singers out to the audience. Luke Scattergood plays the Phantom and Hisey plays Merman.

In a salute to “Rent,” which is called “Rant,” the company sings “Seasons of Hype,” which is based on the favorite song “Seasons of Love.”

The production ends with “What I Did For Laughs,” a parody of “What I Did For Love” from “A Chorus Line.”

The set was perfect for this musical revue. The actors worked on a three-level playing area. The background was a silver curtain, which provided a perfect backdrop for the performers.

Musical director John Ebner wore tails, plaid shorts and a white shirt. Ebner was once again excellent in his role.

Choreographer Samantha Woodill brought out the best in the cast. She had the cast dancing on the small stage as real Broadway professionals.

Director Sniadak-Yamokoski told me this production had over 100 costumes, 32 wigs and help from five theaters. Costumer Kelsey Tomlinson and Brandon Applegarth, assistant to the costumer, were responsible for the many costumes.

The production has a cast of excellent performers, including Don Bernardo, Tina Davis, Jay Hill, Hisey, Nicholas Peters, Scattergood, Kimberly Sullivan, Takacs, Mark Vandevender and Kaleigh Velette. Most of these performers are new to Western Reserve and they bring a bright, happy addition to the show.

In addition, tonight, July 27, the theater will offer a one-night special, “Twisted.” This show will include about 30 performers singing twisted versions of Broadway hits.

For tickets, call 330-620-7314.

 

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

When Bernadette Hisey Talks, We Listen!

Versatile Actress Bernadette Hisey Channels Channing, Merman, Neuwirth and McKechnie in ‘Forbidden Broadway’ at Western Reserve Playhouse

If you are a theatre-goer in Northeast Ohio, then chances are you have seen actress Bernadette Hisey before. Her impressive list of past character assignments include Kate/Lilli Vanessi in Kiss Me, Kate (Fine Arts Association), Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret (Blank Canvas Theatre), Vi Moore in Footloose (Porthouse Theatre), Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! (Carnation City Players), and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Salem Community Theatre).

Now she gets to add a few more leading lady roles to her resume in Forbidden Broadway, Greatest Hits Vol. 1. Western Reserve Playhouse is presenting the satirical musical revue now through August 12. The show is written by Gerard Alessandrini and directed by Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski, with musical direction by John Ebner and choreography by Samantha Woodill. WRP is located at 3326 Everett Road in Bath. For tickets and more information, visit the company website at westernreserveplayhouse.org.

Bernadette Hisey as Carol Channing playing Dolly Levi
in a scene from “Forbidden Broadway” at Western Reserve Playhouse

LandOfCleve: Describe yourself in 25 words or less. 

Bernadette: I am a retired music teacher (as of 2015) with a new goal of performing on as many stages as possible. I’ve been in over 50 shows on 26 stages in 5 counties.
LandOfCleve: Where were you born, and where did you grow up? 
Bernadette: I was born at the old Bay View hospital and grew up in Avon Lake.
LandOfCleve: Where do you live now, and where do you work? 
Bernadette: We downsized to a condo in Westlake after becoming empty nesters, and I am enjoying retirement. We also have a home on Middle Bass Island which is very therapeutic for me.
LandOfCleve: What are your other Northeast Ohio connections? 
Bernadette: Most of my connections had to do with my teaching career, theatre work, and Middle Bass Island. I taught in Lorain, Bay Village, and 22 years in Lakewood. We’ve had our home on the island for 30 years.
Bernadette playing the title role in “Hello, Dolly!” for Carnation City Players
 
 
LandOfCleve: How did your background and education prepare you to work in the theatre? 
 
Bernadette: My family is very musical. I took ballet, tap, jazz, baton, piano, and voice lessons growing up. Having two degrees in music and working in church music positions and schools has given me a career of working with people in the arts. Theatre was always my “side” thing to do. Now it is my main thing to do!
LandOfCleve: What roles are you playing in Forbidden Broadway and how are you approaching each character?
Bernadette: Hmmmm. With guidance from our director Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski, each character I portray is unique. Bebe Neuwirth is burlesque. Carol Channing is big. The Chanteuse is sexy. Ethel Merman is loud! Lady of the Lake is a diva. Rentensemble is angsty. Les Miz ensemble is angry. Fiddler on the Roof ensemble is tired but hopeful. Donna McKechnie is pretty much the most straight forward of all the characters I play.
LandOfCleve: How are the director, cast and crew at Western Reserve Playhouse collaborating to bring the show to life? 
Bernadette: Dawn is loaded with ideas, but is also willing to hear suggestions from the cast and crew. It’s a real collaborative effort.
LandOfCleve: What can audiences expect when they come to see the show?
Bernadette: The audience can expect to laugh! And — starting this weekend — get a glass of wine!
Bernadette (right) with Rock Passalacqua in CAMEO’s “The King and I”

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

Bernadette: There are roles I would do again if I could (Mrs. Anna, Dolly, Mrs. Lovett). There are so many new shows (by new, I mean not of the golden era which I am most familiar with), that there are roles I’m sure I’d like, but don’t even know about. I’m doing my research!

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

Bernadette: If you don’t get cast in something you thought you were perfect for, it means there’s something else waiting for you that is a better fit. Keep auditioning. The right director will find the right role for you.

Bernadette as Mrs. Lovett in “Sweeney Todd” at Salem Community Theatre
LandOfCleve: Anything else you would like to add or promote? 
Bernadette: Cleveland has a plethora of theatres with phenomenal actors. I don’t think any other city in the country can measure up to it. (Correct me if I’m wrong, but, I believe Cleveland is second to New York in the number of theatre seats. And that’s not even counting all of the community theatres.) If you live in Northeast Ohio, there’s a show near you. Check out Cleveland Stage Alliance with a listing of everything going on in your local community theatre.

Also, support the arts! Theatre, dance, visual art, choral music, instrumental music. And raise your kids to support it as well!!! (Okay. Retired music teacher off of her soapbox now.)

Bernadette (right) with Noah Hrbek in “Cabaret” at Blank Canvas Theatre

Only One Night! Get your tickets before it sells out! Limited Seating.

 

Come and see 20 North Eastern Ohio amazing talents come together in one night to perform this “twisted” cabaret.  We gave these actors 48 hours to put together a cabaret with a twist.  Their “twist” they have to sing a song from the opposite gender.  100% of the proceeds from this even will help pay for our extended season next year! Get your tickets today for “Twisted”.

Enjoy!

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Posted by Western Reserve Playhouse on Thursday, July 20, 2017