An updated letter from WRP about COVID-19

April 10, 2020

 

Dear WRP Family, Season Ticket Holders, Volunteers, Students and Patrons,

 

I first want to say how much I miss seeing everyone and having “the barn” filled with your love and support.  I miss the sounds of laughter and the backstage filled with excitement as we get ready to put on a show. With these times upon us I wanted to take a moment and update you on what we are working on at Western Reserve Playhouse.  (Please note, any and all updates will be posted on our website and Facebook page as needed)

 

We, at Western Reserve Playhouse, are currently shifting our energy to long-term sustainability.  Like many nonprofits across the country and within the State of Ohio, we have made heartbreaking decisions to drastically cut back our staff hours. We have been busy applying for assistance grants and loans that are designed to support “the barn” and help keep operating expenses covered.

 

Although we do not know when our next show or activity will resume, we can promise that we are working diligently to safely reopen your beloved theater as soon as possible.

 

  • Following the advice of the Ohio Arts Council and several other arts organizations, we are currently budgeting for a 10 week closure. We are praying to be back sooner, but we must heed the guidance of those in charge of the State of Ohio.
  • WRP’s  productions of “Violet” and “My Favorite Year”  have been cancelled. 
  • Our Winter Final Class Projects have been postponed until we reopen. 
  • “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is currently postponed and we are working with the rights company on new date possibilities. In the event of a cancellation, ticket holders are asked to donate their tickets back if they are able or will be given a non-expiring gift certificate equal to the cost of their ticket.
  • We are working on date adjustments to our remaining 2020 Season as well as additional events we can add once we are opened. 
  • We have postponed our next CaBARet Series performance. We can’t wait to bring that to our stage once we re-open. 
  • We have cancelled our $5 Bucks Series, “The Thanksgiving Play”. Ticket holders are asked to donate their tickets back if they are able or will be given a non-expiring gift certificate equal to the cost of their ticket.
  • Our $5 Bucks Series – “Hand To God” has been postponed.
  • There are no changes to our Youth Summer Camps at this time. 
  • Our Artistic staff is now donating their time to keep WRP alive until grants and loans have been received.

 

No doubt, these are tough times for all. Parents and guardians have become educators, their jobs may be on hold or lost all together. Stress, worry and fear are emotions felt on a day to day basis. We want you to know we understand, we care and we are here for you in whatever way we can help.

To our senior patrons and health compromised patrons, let us know if we can help! Do you need a call from Dawn? A song? A letter or card from one of our students? We can help! Just ask!  

We have been asked to come together to fight a war with an enemy that we cannot see, and we are proud, so very proud, of all that everyone is doing.  We are working on building a small little library that we can fill with scripts and food to help feed your tummy and soul. Be on the lookout for that.

Last, WRP has launched a new virtual online source of arts entertainment and education, it is called  WRPConnect –  a nice break from everyday life for you and the children in your home.  Our Administration Assistant, Hannah Hilty has come up with this “give back” idea and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring it to you all! It can be found on the:

Website – www.TheWRP.org 

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/WRPlayhouse/

Our YouTube channel- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTWk2jTuvLTmZjnx9sz8IdA?view_as=subscriber

 

There you will find songs, classes, story-time, monologues and tips. It is a small way we can help! We hope you love it!

We miss you, I miss you more than you know. We cannot wait to see you, and most importantly bring you the best live theater ever. Now, more than ever before, we consider ourselves “the little barn that could.” 

If you are wondering how to help WRP, we offer gift cards, we accept donations and you can sponsor a show, so when we finally open we can hit the ground running. Reach Dawn or Hannah at 330-620-7314 or go to our website at www.thewrp.org

We need your love, support, understanding and help more than ever. 

 

With love and appreciation, 

 

Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoksi 

Executive Artistic Director 

The Western Reserve Playhouse

 

Enjoy a song from our Executive Artistic Director:

To all those performers we will be back…… my voice isn’t quite there yet….. but, I need sing… sorry for any mistakes….Edit: I choked up with the line …. “whispered conversations…. in over crowed hallways” made me think of our Hudson teacher, WRP teacher and all of those who teach who might miss your kiddos…..#WeAreWRP #WeAreWRPConnect

Posted by Dawn Yamokoski on Friday, April 3, 2020