“Blithe Spirit” Opens TOMORROW!

Make sure you get your tickets for this hauntingly funny show! From the director of Tartuffe, August Scarpelli, this show is sure to liven up your cold January weekends!

This farce is arguably Noel Coward’s most recognized work, and the show seeps as much in comedic timing as it does in the “otherworld.” First produced in 1941, this much-revived classic “improbable farce” from the playwright of Private Lives and Hay Fever offers up fussy, cantankerous Charles Condomine.

After his first wife, Elvira, died, Charles married Ruth, and they appear to live a pleasant, if uneventful and conventional, life. Charles is writing a book about spiritualism, and invites Madame Arcati, a medium, to join them and their friends, the Bradmans, for a séance, so that he can acquire the suitable “local color” an author needs. As (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Ruth, and the dead Elvira, haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

 

 

 

Western Reserve Playhouse is excited to welcome some returning actors to our stage, as well as some new talent. You may recognize these actors: Jim Fippin (Tartuffe), Shani Ferry (Lost in Yonkers), Victoria Kirgesner (Happy Hollandaise!), Kaitlyn Poschner (Little Women), Zach Manthey (Anne of Green Gables), and Mia Radabaugh (Virginia Woolf). WRP welcomes our newest actor, Valerie Young!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our First CaBARet is HERE!

Western Reserve Playhouse

Presents its first installment of its CaBARet Series:

“VILLAINS”

Songs from Broadway’s Greatest Villains

CaBARet Series Coordinator/Writer  – Patrick Hanlon * Musical Director – Jacob Bremkamp 

Show Date: January 30th at 8pm, 2020

Western Reserve Playhouse presents “Villains,” the first cabaret of the CaBARet series, in the little barn that could! This night of antagonist-themed performance is designed by: Patrick Hanlon (CaBARet Series Coordinator) and Jacob Bremkamp (Musical Director).

This new series offers an unforgettable nightlife experience, combining performances by Northeast Ohio’s best with world class cocktails in a calm bar-like environment. Grab a friend, a drink, a seat, and enjoy LIVE theatre, where our actors will both be sharing their talent, and a drink, with you. In this laid-back theatre experience, you will not only get to know how talented these actors are, but how human they are, as they share their stories and songs with you, all themed to “Villains.”

“Villains” CaBARet has a run time of 1 hour and 30 minutes including one 15-minute intermission. “Villains” will feature performers from our 2018 and 2019 hits: Ben Arrington (Assassins), Chris Bizub (Assassins), Jacob Gaspar (Assassins), Kirstin Henry (Heathers), Brian Hirsch (Heathers), Daniel Hunsicker (Assassins), Robert Kowalewski (New to the WRP Stage), Zach Palumbo (Dogfight), Olivia Petrey (Assassins), Kim Sullivan (Assassins), Anthony Williams (Violet), and Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski (Bridges of Madison County).

“Villains” of WRP’s CaBARet Series. Show runs 8pm on January 30th, 2020. Tickets are $15.00. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thewrp.org , or https://thewrp.org/2020-cabaret-series/ and tickets will be sold at the door!

Our First $5 Bucks Series Reading is Here Too!!

Western Reserve Playhouse

presents:

“What the Butler Saw”

A Comedy by Joe Orton

Directed by Jim Fippin

Show Dates: January 26, 2020 @ 2PM

Western Reserve Playhouse will kick off their 2020 $5 Play Reading Series with a rehearsed reading of Joe Orton’s savagely satirical farce, What the Butler Saw, a mind-bending mash-up of British sex-farce and Monty Python-esque outrageousness. “The Python analogy is apt,” says Jim Fippin, who, in addition to directing What the Butler Saw, is the $5 Series coordinator. “Orton was influenced by a lot the same things that drove the Pythons in the sixties, but he also had a genius for crafting dialogue rivaled only by Oscar Wilde. I have loved this play from the very first moment I read it, and am very excited to share it with an audience as part of the $5 Series.” What the Butler Saw will be performed as a rehearsed reading on Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Western Reserve Playhouse, 3326 Everett Road, in Bath, Ohio. General Admission Tickets are $5.00 each.

What the Butler Saw starts “innocently” enough, with an attempt by psychiatrist Doctor Prentice to seduce Geraldine Barclay, an applicant for the position of his secretary. But the unexpected arrival of Mrs. Prentice on the scene is only the first of many interruptions: the police, a government inspector, and a bell-boy are soon running amok in a flurry of mistaken and concealed identities, states of undress, gunfire, and the search for a missing “part” of a statue of Sir Winston Churchill.

The roles of Doctor and Mrs. Prentice will be read by James Rankin and Holly Facer. Mr. Rankin was last seen by Western Reserve audiences in last season’s reading of Finks. Ms. Facer was a $5 Series regular in 2019, appearing in Finks, Sirens, and Dead Accounts. Erin Moore, most recently seen at Weathervane Playhouse in And Then There Were None, will play Geraldine Barclay, making her WRP debut. Akron theatre veteran Alex J. Nine will play Doctor Rance. Mr. Nine has appeared on stages throughout the area, including Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Weathervane, and most recently at Western Reserve Playhouse in Sirens.  Cameron Zona, last seen at Western Reserve in The Bridges of Madison County, will play Nicholas Beckett. Bob Maddox is an actor whose recent relocation to Northeast Ohio landed him in Weathervane’s And Then There Were None, and in the role of Sergeant Match

What the Butler Saw will be performed only once, on Sunday, January 26 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 each and may be purchased online at the Western Reserve Playhouse website (thewrp.org) or by calling the box office at 330-620-7314.

Our First Main-Stage Show Opens January 24, 2020

 

 

Western Reserve Playhouse presents:

“BLITHE SPIRIT”

A Comedy by Noel Coward

Directed by August Scarpelli

Show Dates: January 24th – February 8th, 2020

SYNOPSIS:  This farce is arguably Noel Coward’s most recognized work, and the show seeps as much in comedic timing as it does in the “otherworld.” First produced in 1941, this much-revived classic “improbable farce” from the playwright of Private Lives and Hay Fever offers up fussy, cantankerous Charles Condomine.

After his first wife, Elvira, died, Charles married Ruth, and they appear to live a pleasant, if uneventful and conventional, life. Charles is writing a book about spiritualism, and invites Madame Arcati, a medium, to join them and their friends, the Bradmans, for a séance, so that he can acquire the suitable “local color” an author needs. As (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Ruth, and the dead Elvira, haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.

Western Reserve Playhouse is excited to welcome some returning actors to our stage, as well as some new talent. You may recognize these actors: Jim Fippin (Tartuffe), Shani Ferry (Lost in Yonkers), Victoria Kirgesner (Happy Hollandaise!), Zach Manthey (Anne of Green Gables), Mia Radabaugh (Happy Hollandaise!), and Kaitlyn Poschner  (Little Woman). WRP welcomes our newest actress, Valerie Young!

Director – August Scarpelli * Assistant Director – Kyle Huff * Stage Manager – Hannah Hilty 

Costume Designer – Jasen Smith * Light/Set Designer – Daniel Hunsicker

2020 Education Classes

WRP is excited to announce its 2020 Winter Education Programs.

PLAY!  (The Joy of Creating Play in Performance)

Instructor: Victoria Kirgesner

Dates/Time: January 29th – March 18th / Wednesdays 4:30pm – 6:00pm (8 weeks)

Designed for students 8-13 years of age

Cost: $95.00/student

 

Putting on a play (performing in or participating in any way) is one of the most fulfilling experiences to the young student, as it engages the mind, especially the young mind, in all of the important facets of everyday life through a creative conduit. In this class, students will embrace and conquer all of the aspects of putting on a play: from basic acting/performance skills (including rhetoric, elocution, and memorization), to stage construction, crafting props, designing lights and costumes, marketing, and everything in between. Using theatre games designed by Viola Spolin and Paul Sills’ famed improvisation troupe Second City, the students will put on a very special performance: a play created and written by all of the students. Based on one or a series of stories that the group holds dear to their hearts, the ensemble will devise a brand-new performance never before-seen, and then go on to produce it to the fullest. Students will not only be introduced to how to put on a play in a technical sense but how to work together, problem solve in a group, and sharpen respectful public presentation skills. The course will conclude in a public performance on the last day of class.

Minimum of 4 enrolled to have class.

 

 


SHAKESPEARE IN PERFORMANCE

Instructor: Kyle Huff

Dates/Time: January 23rd – March 12th / Thursdays 4:30pm – 6:00pm (8 weeks)

Ages 13+

Cost: $95.00

 

Come and explore our greatest poet! On our journey we’ll not only find ourselves in some of the greatest plays ever performed and poems ever written; but, we will discover the true art of play and the joy of group creativity as we build a brand new performance based on The Bard’s work. In this course we will…

  • Introduce students to the significance of Shakespeare in our culture.
  • Introduce the students to and expand upon effective use of narrative storytelling, acting, memorization, relevant production elements (i.e. set creation, costuming, lighting, properties, marketing), elocution, rhetoric, and classical literature.
  • Discover the  joy of Shakespeare’s poetry by performing his speeches, soliloquies, and scenes.
  • Create an open and creative environment for all of our artists.

Minimum of 4 enrolled to have class.

 

 


PLAYER UNIVERSE!

(An introduction to performance withSteven Universe”)

Instructor: Jacob Gaspar

Dates/Time: February 1st – March 21st / Saturdays 10:00am – 11:30am (ages 6-11) –  (8 weeks)

Cost: $95.00

Join us for an epic mission to save the universe from evil with Steven, the Crystal Gems, and the rest of Beach City! This famed cartoon is known for embracing the beautiful imperfections of life and telling a coming-of-age by showing that it’s not only okay, but beautiful, to accept all beings as they are; furthermore, to love what you love and never be ashamed. Using this and theatre games designed to teach skills such as acting, group problem solving, and public speaking, this class will also guide students into creating their own, brand-new performance! Designed for children 8 years or older, we will save the universe with play, storytelling, music, and much, much more.

Minimum of 4 enrolled to have class.

 

 


THE ACTOR AT WORK

(An advanced look at all the actor is tasked with. From the Audition to the Audience)

Instructor: August Scarpelli

Dates/Time: January 28th – March 17th / Tuesdays – 4:30pm – 6:00pm (8 weeks)

Ages: 13+

Cost: $95.00

Acting: one of the oldest and most celebrated arts. We have had “actors” in our culture for as long as we can tell. We are all natural storytellers. Acting today comes with a lot of obstacles and requires a lot of preparation. Tasks such as how to prepare most effectively and efficiently for an audition, rehearsals, and performances is what we will be discovering in this course. In this course students will…

  • Explore a series of techniques geared towards performing a successful audition.
  • Learn how and what to prepare, as well as how to behave and perform in this unique setting.
  • Students will be required to “audition” for a specific play in front of a panel of local professionals.
  • Teach and sharpen the technical skills that an actor uses to do their work.
  • Study the great acting teachers and innovators from Stanislavski to Chekov, Brecht, Spolin, Brook, and well beyond (all will be taught).
  • Prepare a scene with a partner(s) from a classic and challenging play – this scene will be the final presentation in front of local professionals.

Minimum of 4 enrolled to have class.

 

 


LET’S  PUT ON A PLAY!

(Six weeks to put on a play? We can do it!)

Instructor: Zachary Manthey and Executive Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski

Dates/Time: February 10th – March 16th / Mondays 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm (6 weeks) 

Ages (4-8)

Cost: $75.00

 

This course is offered for our youngest age group and our newest “thespians.” In this class students will be introduced to the basics of the stage and what all goes into putting on a production. Students will spend classes working on 10-15 minute plays that will have them delving into new worlds and broadening their imagination, while learning introductory skills in theatre arts. The final class will be a showcase of all our students’ hard work! 

Minimum of 4 enrolled to have class.

 

 


WRP WORKSHOP SERIES 


The Wide World of Accents 1

(How to discover your own accent and master others)

Instructor: Shley Snider

Dates/Time: January 13th – February 3rd / Mondays – 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm (4 weeks)

Ages: 13+

Cost: $55.00 

Everyone has an accent and using different ones from all over the world can be a big part of our theatrical endeavors. Come and learn how to discover your own accent and how to successfully deliver an RP British, New York, Scottish, and German accent. Not only a useful skill for auditioning, but one of the most fun tricks in theatre!

Minimum of 4 enrolled to have class.

 

 


Enhancing Musical Theater Performance

Instructor: Jacob Bremkamp

Dates/Time: January 25th – February 15th / Saturdays –  2:00pm – 3:30pm (4 weeks)

Ages: 8th – 12th Grade

Cost: $55.00

 This course is designed to help the musical theater performer advance their stagecraft, focusing on three core elements: Specificity, Authenticity, and Vocal Performance. Through one-on-one training, this class will be an intimate group of people who wish to bring in specific songs that they are interested in exploring dramatically (either audition pieces or musical numbers that will challenge them).

Once the class is assembled, all participants will bring in sheet music of one full song that they wish to work on throughout the course, along with the choice of a 16 bar cut of audition material they would like to have for their audition books. We will work both one-on-one and as a group, analyzing, interpreting, and ultimately cleaning/polishing final performances of these musical numbers.

The goal is to help identify what we connect with on a personal level in the songs we bring to the table, and how we can find new ways of giving them authentic life on stage, utilizing these core elements. This class is for those who are interested in taking their musical theater performance to the next level, and to ultimately help give performers a “boost” in the effectiveness of their unique interpretations of modern and classical musical theater repertoire.

Minimum of 4 enrolled to have class.