Monthly Archives: May 2020

Announcing Our Next TWO Virtual Play Readings!

WRP has got two new play readings coming to your screens soon! Rehearsals begin soon, and we’ll make sure to have another announcement when these plays are uploaded!

 

William Shakespeare’s “King Lear”

Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.

King Lear – Robert Hawkes

Goneril – Shani Ferry

Regan – Kelsey Tomlinson

Cordelia – Kelly Strand

Albany – Jim Fippin

Cornwall – Aaron Elersrich

Kent – Keith Stevens

Gloucester – Rick Hyde

Edgar – August Scarpelli

Edmund – Kyle Huff

Oswald – Hannah Hilty

Fool – Mitch Rose

Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest”

I am sick to death of cleverness. Everybody is clever nowadays.

Jack Worthing – August Scarpelli

Algernon Moncrieff – Jason Leupold

Gwendolyn Fairfax – Shani Ferry

Cecily Cardew – Adrienne Jones

Lady Bracknell – Kevin Kelly

Miss Prism – Mia Radabaugh

Dr. Chasuble – Eric Coulbourne

Lane – Daniel Hunsicker

Merriman – Zach Manthey

Important Update on our 2020 Youth Summer Camps

A letter from our Executive Artistic Director:
 
 
May 15th, 2020
My Dearest Patrons, Families, and Campers,
As we all know, we are living through a historic COVID-19 pandemic like we have not seen before. This is causing many lives to be turned upside-down, and we know this first hand.
Since March 13th, 2020, Western Reserve Playhouse had to shut its doors. Our beloved barn has sat there cold, quiet, and waiting for life to return. We had hoped that we would be reopened right now and art could be made on our stage, classes could be taught, and love could wrap its arms around us and help us heal. But this is not the case. We are still waiting for our artistic lives to return.
I have been following Governor DeWine’s talks everyday, speaking to task forces about the arts, working with other arts organizations to come up with a plan to reopen, and making list after list on how to make WRP safe for all of our patrons, volunteers, students, and actors.
As I do see some light at the end of the tunnel, I believe that arts organizations like ours will have to wait longer to reopen and bathe in that light we so desperately want to see. I am redeveloping our 2020-2021 Season, working alongside my wonderful staff to come up with exciting ways to reinvent the artistic wheel, and going over the budget to find room for the expenses needed to make the barn fit the new government guidelines, as well as our own guidelines that we at WRP are going to implement.
With that being, said I have had to make some more hard decisions, and these are mine and mine alone. I am blessed to have a board that is standing beside me.
*All 2020 Summer on-sight YAT Camps are cancelled.*
 As I am  typing these words I am crying, this wasn’t an easy decision to make and anyone who knows me knows that arts education is one of those platforms I believe in, to the core of my being. But with the uncertainty of what this virus can still do, as a mother I can’t put children in harm’s way. 
 
(We ask at this time that you please do not call the theater, as our staff is working remotely and will be in touch with you as soon as possible)
We will be contacting those who have signed up with these several options:
– A gift certificate in the value of the camp
– Credit for any online virtual classes we will be offering later this summer
– Donation to WRP
– Refund of the camp price.
*The $5 Buck Series “Hand to God” by Robert Askins that was to be performed May 17, 2020 is cancelled.
*The performances of Checkov’s “The Seagull” that was to run June 5-20 have been postponed.
*The $5 Buck Series, “The Cake” by Bekah Brunstetter has been cancelled.
I hope you all know this wasn’t an easy decision for me or WRP to make. However, I value the health and safety of our students, patrons, staff/volunteers, and actors. If there is anything we can help you with during this time, please, please ask.
If, by any chance, you have some extra finances and want to know what to do to help, we are accepting donations through our website:

It’s a horrible thing to ask in a time like this, but WRP is enduring hit after hit during this pandemic, and the cancellation of our summer camps is hurting far more than we could ever imagine.
We can never thank you enough for all your support over the years.
Sincerely,
Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski
Executive Artistic Director
Western Reserve Playhouse
330-620-7314

Introducing… WRP’s Virtual Play Reading Series!

WRP is excited to announce its…

Play Reading Series

As a part of WRP Connect!

 

 

If you’ve been staying up-to-date with WRP, you’ve most likely seen us posting for WRP Connect, whether it be solo videos of our actors singing or performing, or the beginning of our latest project, “Much Ado About Nothing.” We’re glad to say more projects are on their way for you!

 

We’ll be putting together a list of plays of all kinds to share with our patrons! We’re looking into classic plays as well as brand-new ones, comedies and dramas, kid-friendly and adult-themed, so that everyone can fall in love with a new show!

 

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for new announcements from this exciting series! You can “Like” our page here: https://m.facebook.com/WRPlayhouse/

 

Have you scene Act 1 of “Much Ado About Nothing” yet? Check it out here! https://youtu.be/cHmZTvJ4XOA

#WeAreWRP #WRPConnect

Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” At WRP!

 

Need a break from quarantine lifestyle? Looking for a new show to binge? WRP has got you covered!

 

Our actors have been putting together a performance of “Much Ado About Nothing” over Zoom, and a new episode will drop each day this week at 4pm!

Starting today, May 11th, a new video will be posted every day at 4pm for each of the five acts of the show. Each video will be about 20-30 minutes long – perfect for a quick afternoon break!

Videos will be posted on our Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/WRPlayhouse as well as our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/

 

This is the perfect show to introduce to kids just starting out on Shakespeare, as well as adults wishing to have more verse and prose in their lives. This show has been adapted for the virtual format, and a short synopsis of each act will be posted alongside the main video for an easier understanding.

 

One of Shakespeare’s classic comedies, “Much Ado About Nothing” is the original rom com. Lovestruck Claudio meets lovestruck Hero, and a wedding is planned. Meanwhile, Claudio’s friend Benedick finds his ex, Beatrice, and bickering ensues. But when the villainous Don John interferes, one couple breaks up, another gets together, and a mysterious death occurs, breaking the hearts of all. Will this flirty comedy have a happy ending for everyone?

 

Our WRP Connect Players for this production include Mia Radabaugh, Jason Leupold, Ben Arrington, Kayla Lehman, Kevin Kelly, August Scarpelli, Kyle Huff, Jim Fippin, Daniel Hunsicker, Victoria Kirgesner, Hannah Hilty, Brittany Bizub, Chris Bizub, and Simon Sedmak. They are all WRP returners!

We need your help to keep the lights on at WRP!

 

 

Dear Patron and WRP Family,

#GivingTuesday – as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. At a time when we are all experiencing the pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races, faiths, and political views together across the globe. Generosity gives everyone power to make a positive change in the lives of others and is a fundamental value anyone can act on. It’s a day for everyone around the world to stand together and give back in all ways, no matter who or where we are.

Western Reserve Playhouse has been hit hard by this epidemic and needs help from YOU! Every dollar given will help know when the time comes we will be able to open our doors to bring you live theater in the safest way possible.

We miss telling you the stories, songs that we tell. We miss the hugs laughter and love our of patrons and WRP Family.

We can’t wait to celebrate and bring you the best live theater we can…

If you can please give to our non profit 95 seat theater or share this post, we thank you!

The arts are here to inspire and heal you.

(If you donate through our page make sure you type in US under country)

Thank you! We miss you, we love you and we WILL be BACK……