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

“THE SEAGULL”

A Drama by Anton Chekhov

Directed and Adapted by August Scarpelli

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

 

SYNOPSIS:

 

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 www.thewrp.org. 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

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: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTWk2jTuvLTmZjnx9sz8IdA

 

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.

 

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

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

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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!