Monthly Archives: January 2020

Our First CaBARet Night is TOMORROW!

Please join us for a night of

VILLAINS!

This night of antagonist-themed songs and acts will last about an hour and a half, including a ten minute intermission. Our stage is excited to welcome back so much WRP talent from shows such as Assassins, Heathers, Bridges of Madison County, Dogfight, and more! Not only that, but our very own Executive Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski, and CaBARet Coordinator, Patrick Hanlon, will be representing the WRP staff onstage!

Western Reserve Playhouse can’t be more ecstatic to bring this new, recurring event to our community. We’d love to see everyone there! And don’t forget, this performance will complement the themes of “Blithe Spirit,” returning this weekend, so it won’t be a night to forget!

Show begins at 8pm, January 30th. Tickets are $15 for General Admission. Bar will be open continuously all night.

Questions? Feel free to contact our CaBARet Coordinator, Patrick Hanlon, at patrick@thewrp.org

“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