Monthly Archives: June 2020

MERCH ALERT: WRP Now Has T-Shirts!!


WRP Family, it’s time! After 64 years of being Western Reserve Playhouse, we FINALLY HAVE MERCH!

We’ve launched a T-shirt campaign with to finally get YOU WRP merch to show off to all your friends! There are 9 different styles of shirts and hoodies, and all different kinds of colors!

We hope to expand our online presence, but for now, we hope you enjoy some wearable swag!!

The campaign will only run for 20 days, so make sure to get your shirts while you can!

Click the link below to find your new summer look!!


WRP Announced its 2020 Summer Camp Schedule


Due to the current state of theater and public gatherings in Ohio, Western Reserve Playhouse is launching our first round of educational workshops and camps, generously supported by both the Akron Community Foundation and the Bath Community Fund. We’ll be offering these unique experiences, taught by some of the most talented educational artists in Northeast Ohio, FREE OF CHARGE, during our Summer Session 1 Program to any interested students! This summer, we have a variety of options in the performing and visual arts for all ages, offered at different times to accommodate any busy schedule! There’s something for everyone! Take a look through our catalog below to find the perfect way for you or your little learner to try a new skill, and have some fun at the same time!

The published cost of each camp is $45.00. However, through the generosity of the Akron Community Fund and the Bath Community Fund, these camps are offered free just by entering coupon code of WRPSUMMERFUN at checkout. Stay tuned in July as we will announce our Summer Session 2 camps and classes at an extreme discount!


Workshops/Camps in Session 1: 



Your favorite fairy tales given a unique spin by the entire class! In this course, the class will take a favorite fairy tale or folk tale of their choice and create their own brand new virtual production!


Instructor: Dayshawnda Ash 

Date/Time: Saturdays June 27th – August 1st @10:00am – 11:00am

For students ages 3-6




A new way to have crafts, story-time, theater games, songs, and more! This 45-minute class is filled with laughter and creativity and, better yet, it’s circus-themed! Let the creativity begin in this week-long camp!

Instructor: Jacob Gaspar

Date/Time: August 3-7, 2020 @10am-11AM

For students ages 3-8




Sometimes all you need is a little light to discover a lot of things, including art. In this course, you’ll learn about shadow puppets, make your own shadow creations, and put on your very own virtual shadow puppet play to share with the world.


Instructor: Kyle Huff

Dates/Times: Monday, July 6th through Friday, July 10th @10:00am – 11:00am

For students ages 7-13





Join us for this virtual, improvisation-based experience where each week we will either travel backwards or forwards in time to create brand-new characters, and an adventure with endless possibilities!


Instructor: Victoria Kirgesner

Dates/Times: Monday, June 29th through Friday, July 3rd @ 10:00am – 11:00am

For students ages 7-13





Beach City is in a lot of trouble, and the only ones that can save the day are Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems: Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl. Join us to create and record your very own virtual adventure as the cast of the show Steven Universe!


Instructor: August Scarpelli

Dates/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 7th through July 23rd @10:00am – 11:00am

For students ages 7-13





Join us to refine your skills of auditioning for and performing in musical theater. This is the perfect camp to get those songs added to your repertoire and get the best one-on-one coaching!



Instructor: Jacob Bremkamp

Dates/Times: Monday, June 22nd through Friday, June 26th @ 4:00pm – 5:00pm

For students ages 13-18



COSTUME DESIGN  – From Page to Stage 


Join us for an introduction to the beautiful world of what we wear. In this class, you’ll take a character from the script, all the way to costume rendering. Students will learn how to research historical periods, to read a script for character information, and to draw a costume rendering.


The project:
We will research Fashion styles and trends along with societal standards, to create a character based costume design. Each student will choose one character from a list to research and create a design for.
Week 1:
The script: students will learn how to read a script for costume and character information. Using that information, we will create a costume plot.
Research: taking the information from the script and the concept from the director, look into the fashions of the period and create simple silhouettes for the character.
Week 2:
Using the information from week one we will do research on style, trends and societal norms to create looks for each character.
We will use croqouis templates to create simple pencil renderings.
Week 3:
We will continue our work on renderings and character study.
During our final class each student will present their character design and talk about how the process works for them.

Instructor: Jasen Smith

Dates/Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 30th through July 16th @6:00pm – 7:00pm

For students 13+





Join us for an interactive exploration of many different painting techniques used in the world of scenic artistry, and learn about the career of freelance painting!



Instructor: Justine Schneider

Dates/Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from June 29th through July 15th @4pm – 5pm

For students ages 13+





Do you love to read? Do you live to discover cool new stories? In this course, we’ll take an in-depth look at the playwrights, artists, and plays that broke the rules and made new things possible in the theater, from antiquity to today.



Instructors: Victoria Kirgesner and August Scarpelli

Dates/Times: Wednesdays from July 8th through August 12th @6pm – 7pm

For students ages 18 +




Looking for monologues (classical, contemporary, or anything in between), tips, and feedback on your audition skills? Whether it be college auditions, or trying to get ahead of the curve for when the theaters reopened, here you can sign up for an individualized weekly session with the WRP Education Director, August Scarpelli, as well as other local professionals, where you can choose, discuss, and rehearse every facet of your audition.

Lessons will be once a week for 4 weeks. 

Instructor: August Scarpelli & Guest Instructors 

Dates/Times – Will be set up privately with your instructor 

For students and adults ages 13+