An Acting Class for Kids

Ballet for Beginners

This 6 weeks introduction to ballet for our very youngest dancers, ages 3-6 years old. (Must be potty trained) Come learn about the world of ballet in a relaxed and run atmosphere.

These classes are structured to  stimulate coordination skills, listening skills, balance, music interpretation, creative movement and motor development in the  youngest dancers. This program is an excellent introduction to the world of ballet. Limited to 10 students.

There will be a small program on the last day of class.


Booked! A Teen Audition Workshop (Ages 11-19)

Booked! A Teen Audition Workshop (Ages 11-19)

During this 6-week class, students will be taught one song and one monologue to prepare for auditions. Your student will be taught the tools needed to successfully prepare for a theatrical audition.

Skills taught will include monologue marking, cold readings, character development, resume writing, and how to present themselves at an audition.

There will be a performance during the last class.

This class is limited to 10 students.

Taught by artistic director Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski. Class requirements:

Please bring 1-2 prepared musical theater songs.


“Lost in Yonkers” by Neil Simon Opens January 26, 2018!


Adults – $16.00

Students/Seniors – $14.00

Lost in Yonkers

By: Neil Simon

Directed by: Keith Stevens

Performance Dates: January 26, 2018-February 10, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM; Sunday at 2PM)

By America’s great comic playwright, this memory play is set in Yonkers in 1942. Bella is thirty-five years old, mentally challenged, and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz. As the play opens, ne’er-do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.


Harriet Deveto – Grandma Kurnitz

Jay Hill – Eddie Kurnitz

Shani Ferry – Bella Kurnitz

August Scarpelli – Uncle Louie

James Patrick – Arty

Robert Rush – Jay

Beth Gaiser – Gert



Congrats to Western Reserve Playhouse for getting nominated for best play and musical of 2017! Congrats to the cast and Crew of “It Runs in the Family” and “Forbidden Broadway- Greatest Hits!”

So extreemly proud and honored. Thank you Rich Landocle! And a huge congrats to all as well!…/high-five-fifth-an

Thank You, Allstate!

Look at all these amazing classes coming this winter!

Thank You to The Bath Country Journal for This Great Article!

Western Reserve Playhouse recasts itself in a new role
by Wendy Turrell

When Western Reserve Playhouse (WRP) opens its 2018 season on Jan. 26 with Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers,” it will also raise the curtain on a fresh performance philosophy. New Co-Artistic Directors Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski and Brian Westerley want to build a theater family based on relationships with actors, audiences, volunteers and community partners.

The change from a summer stock theater to a varied year-round repertory that will include both comedic and dramatic plays, musicals, a regional premiere and a pop-opera is just one of the transformations in store. The new artistic directors’ goal is to have the theater dark just one month out of the year, mid-December to mid-January.

New leadership
Westerley and Sniadak-Yamokoski became new WRP board members last spring. Both were looking for opportunities to employ their theatrical experiences. They had complementary backgrounds – Westerley has theatrical acting and directing experience in New York and Los Angeles, and Sniadak-Yamokoski has a theater and musical performance background – and they worked well together. Both have acted in Akron-area theater companies.

The WRP board, led by Chairperson Marie Dusini, voted to give Westerley and Sniadak-Yamokoski artistic management beginning immediately with the 2017 summer season, creating the new positions of co-artistic directors, a first for the theater.

“It is no secret that I have long been looking to hand over my position to someone willing and able to fill it,” said Dusini, who has led the theater for over a decade. “With the expertise of our co-artistic directors and the many new people that they have brought to the board, I do feel the theater that I love is in excellent hands and will grow enormously. … While [my husband] Marc and I will remain on the board, neither of us will select to run for an office. Our time has come, and we look forward to less responsibility.”

Westerley and Sniadak-Yamokoski unveiled the first of their creative ideas this fall when they introduced the first annual 80 Minute Play Festival. Local authors submitted original 20-minute plays, and the four winning plays were performed.

Classes and programs
WRP has always had a long-standing summer theater program for teens. Sniadak-Yamokoski will expand that youth training with the Itty Bitty Theater program, where children ages 3-10 can take classes such as introduction to acting, dance and puppet theater. Acting opportunities increase for older youth, ages 11-19, in the Young Artists’ Theatre Program.

In addition to year-round classes, both age groups can take a three-week summer camp at the theater, and the camps will culminate in fully staged productions. In 2018, younger kids will perform Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.,” making their own headgear costumes and learning African drumming. The Young Artists’ Theatre group will perform “Into the Woods Jr.”
Westerley will concentrate on teaching adult classes. His experience includes directing two world premieres in Los Angeles, “Shark Tank” and “The Day I Said Goodbye.” His class offerings will include acting, directing, dance, audition workshops and lighting design.

Sniadak-Yamokoski earned an opera performance degree from the University of Akron and has taught vocal lessons for 17 years. At press time, she was in negotiations with an opera company to offer opera evenings for the 2019 season.

Building renovations
The WRP building is evolving to support its new performance format. Two years ago, the house of 95 received new, raised seating. Over the summer, Westerley and Sniadak-Yamokoski oversaw a sizable expansion of the stage, the addition of a bar with seating at the rear of the house, installation of a new furnace and replacement of the actors’ portable toilet with indoor plumbing in the dressing room area downstairs.

Much remains to be done, said Sniadak-Yamokoski. She is passionate about making the public restroom compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This will allow her to achieve a cherished goal: offering acting classes and production roles to children and adults with special needs.

To reach the goal of $14,000 for bathroom renovations and $8,000 to bring the entrance up to ADA standards – as well as raising funds for other projects, such as building dressing and prop rooms in the dirt-floor basement – Westerley and Sniadak-Yamokoski hope to develop partnerships with Bath businesses.

Two have already stepped up. MR Remodeling built the new bar and lounge with donated labor. Parsons Grounds Maintenance donated labor to clean the entrance of the theater and will do so again when the grounds are re-landscaped in spring.

Fundraisers and fresh faces
The artistic duo hopes to institute monthly karaoke bar nights to help raise funds and is always looking for new ideas to introduce and include new people in the WRP experience.
Sniadak-Yamokoski said she hopes for a mix of new and seasoned actors in productions.

“If you’re ‘green’ to acting, come and try out,” she said. “… We want to create a theater family, to be that place where when people in the area are looking for something to do for the weekend, they go online to see what WRP has to offer.”

Westerley added, “Western Reserve Playhouse has never been a ‘home theater’ before, because it was only a summer season. We want to give this theater the love and attention it deserves. … If you have happy actors and a happy audience, you will succeed.”

Sniadak-Yamokoski said subscribers are a vital part of the theater family, and she and Westerley look forward to knowing all of them by name.

“If we get 100 people, at $100 per subscriber, that will fund the whole season,” she said.

Subscribers receive two free shows with membership. Flex ticket packages of four shows for $55 are also available and include a free show.

For more information, visit Ticket purchase is available online or by calling 330-620-7314. WRP has a Facebook page,Western Reserve Playhouse, and can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @WRPlayhouse.

WRP is Proud to Announce Our BroadwayWorld Cleveland Nominations!

Western Reserve Playhouse would like to congratulate our 2017 BroadwayWorld Cleveland Nominees:

Jim Hagan for Best in Actor in a Comedy or Drama for “Scotland Road”

Adrienne Jones for Best Actress in a Comedy or Drama for “Scotland Road”

Nicholas Peters for Best Actor in a Comedy or Drama for “Matt’s First (Real) Thanksgiving”

WRP would also like to congratulate our Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski for her nomination for Best Scenic Design for a Comedy or Drama for her work on “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Weathervane Playhouse.

We’d also like to congratulate our Co-Artistic Director, Brian Westerley, for his TWO nominations: Best Actor in a Comedy or Drama for “A Kid Like Jake” at Weathervane Playhouse & Best Director for “Thumbs” at Hudson Players.

Please use this link to vote for your favorites!

WRP Announces “Lost in Yonkers” Cast!

Western Reserve Playhouse is pleased to announce the cast of “Lost in Yonkers”!

The cast stars talented young actors Robbie Rush & James Patrick, along with seasoned professionals Shani Ferry & August Scarpelli, as well as OCTA recipients Beth Gaiser & Jay Hill. Rounding out the ensemble is award-winning local legend Harriet DeVeto.

Keith Stevens directs this heartwarming memory play by Neil Simon.

Performance Dates: January 26 – February 10, 2018

Show Times: 8:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays; 2:00 pm  Sunday
Tickets: $17.00 Adults; $15.00 Seniors & Students