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“The Seagull” Performed Virtually for One-Night Only!


A Drama by Anton Chekhov

Directed and Adapted by August Scarpelli

Releasing: October 9th at 7:30pm, 2020




As one of the greatest playwrights of the modern era, Anton Chekhov brings to life stories of familial drama that poke fun at the melodramas of the late 19th century while creating a style of his own. August Scarpelli brings this story to life, who has previously directed Tartuffe and Blithe Spirit at Western Reserve Playhouse. This production is completely virtual, has been pre-recorded, and will be available for viewing for 24-hours after its release, for ticket holders only. “The Seagull” is being released in conjunction with WRP Connect, Western Reserve Playhouse’s virtual play performance program.


In the Russian countryside, a family struggles to find happiness as their fortune depletes. Konstantin, a novice playwright, falls for Nina, an aspiring actress. However, Nina falls for another man, a successful writer, and hearts and promises are both broken.


As always, WRP is excited to have such amazing returning actors such as Mia Radabaugh, Chris Bizub, Jim Fippin, Eli Ravenson, Victoria Kirgesner, and Daniel Hunsicker. Returning actors who have done a previous virtual show with us include Robert Hawkes, Simon Sedmak, and Katie Wells. And a special welcome to our brand-new performers, Lauren Koleszar, Andrew Keller, and Nici Romo!


This production will be released virtually only. Tickets can be purchased at Ticket holders will be sent an email with a private link to access the show starting at 7:30pm on Friday, October 9th. The show will then only be available for 24-hours, and the link will expire at 7:30pm on Saturday, October 10th.


To celebrate the beginning of this brand-new series, tickets will be the promotional price of $5 per person.


Director and Adaptor – August Scarpelli * WRP Connect Coordinator – Hannah Hilty * Executive Artistic Director – Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski






A virtual production with WRP Connect

By Tohmas Dekker, John Ford, and William Rowley

In a version adapted by August Scarpelli


An unsettling tale of witchcraft, betrayal, and murder in a small town. Persecuted by her neighbors, Elizabeth Sawyer turns to the devil – who appears in the form of a black dog – for consolation and revenge. Once unleashed, the canine makes his own forays into the lives of the citizens of Edmonton.


We are looking for a diverse group of actors to place this story in our present day and use the lens of our current social circumstances.


Virtual auditions will be held via Zoom on  Wednesday 9/30/2020, Thursday 10/01/2020, and Friday 10/02/2020, from 7pm-10pm. 


Email for a 20 minute audition slot. When you have secured a slot you will receive a link to the Zoom meeting.


Please prepare one approximately 90-second speech from the English early modern canon (Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries, i.e. plays from about 1580-1642)


If you are not able to attend one of the above audition times, pre-recorded auditions will be accepted to no later than Saturday, 10/03/2020 @ 10pm. 


Production Schedule: We will be rehearsing and recording scenes over the first three weeks of the month of October 7pm-10pm, including weekdays and potentially weekend afternoons, depending on the actor’s availability. This will be a fairly minimal time commitment. Actors in the largest number of scenes will be asked to rehearse and record on approximately 8-12 occasions maximum.


Available roles:


Elizabeth Sawyer, The witch

Dog, a “familiar”

Old Thorney

Frank, Thorney’s son

Winifred, Frank’s wife

Sir Arthur Clarirington, Master to Frank and Winifred

Old Carter, a wealthy yeoman

Susan, Carter’s daughter (Frank’s other wife)

Katherine, Carter’s daughter

Warbeck, Suitor to Susan

Somerton, Suitor to Katherine

Old Banks, a countryman

Cuddy Banks, his son

Old Ratcliffe, a countryman

Anne, his wife


Countrymen and Morris Dancers


Production requirements: A free Zoom account, a stable wifi connection, a clean and quiet room to record in, a microphone that picks up speech cleanly, and the ability to have at least one isolated light source that you are able to control.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about the play or project, please email

WRP Connect Presents AS YOU LIKE IT


Ready for a change of pace as autumn looms around the corner?

Join us for our virtual production of William Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” directed by Chris Bizub! This fun summer show features the outstanding cast seen above, and is all about the twists and turns of love in the forest.

Come for the performance, stay for the wrestling, cross-dressing, love rectangles, and more!

Act 1 will be posted Monday, September 7th, on our YouTube Channel and Facebook page. We’ll post an act a day, all next week! Don’t wanna miss it? Make sure to subscribe to us on YouTube to get all our videos on your homepage! Check us out here:


Special thanks to all our actors who gave their time and energy for this production! We had a lot of fun making it, and we hope our audiences have just as much fun watching! Edited by Hannah Hilty.


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+


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