Category Archives: Performances

The Ghost Light: An Update from Western Reserve Playhouse

A ghost light is a theatre tradition that means “the show will always happen.” It’s often turned on after one production closes and the next is ready to begin, but for many theatres around the world, this light has been turned on in hopes that postponed or cancelled shows will see a “light” at the end of this road.

This epidemic is a big scare for everyone. As companies shift their workers to their homes and students are given extended breaks, the arts community, especially theatre, does not have that ability. Our craft is people in every sense, and without patrons, we can’t make our art. We ask you, from the bottom of our hearts, to please consider donating to our theatre in any capacity. Any amount would be deeply appreciated.

Here are a few ways that you can help:

– If you’ve purchased tickets for any of our upcoming shows that have been postponed (“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” “The Thanksgiving Play,” or “Guide to Dating: Relationship Advice Said in Song”), consider donating the cost of your ticket back to our theatre.

– Consider purchasing a gift card for an upcoming show (they make great gifts!)

– A donation here on Facebook (any little bit counts!) Or you can become a sponsor to WRP – now’s a perfect time!

– Consider having your student join one of our summer camps! All of our camps will begin in June and will be the perfect way to spend some days off.

– Support other theatres and small businesses – we’re all in this together!

WRP wants to thank everyone so much for their generosity and kindness in this harsh time. To be blunt, we are scared, but confident. More information about the rest of our 2020 Season will be announced soon, and how it may affect our patrons.

We are the “little barn that could,” and that has never been more true than in this epidemic!

Looking for Something to Do This March?


Western Reserve Playhouse has got you

covered when it comes to entertainment!

The comedic musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” opens March 13th! This four-actor show is all about “The Relationship” and all the twists and turns it may take! This show runs three weekends, with our special matinee performance on March 22nd.

Did you miss our first $5 Buck Series of 2020? Worry not! Our second show of this season, “The Thanksgiving Play,” will be on Sunday, March 15h at 2pm! This R-Rated comedy shows what happens when people try to write a pageant that honors both Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month.

Finally, our CaBARet Series is BACK! Join us on Thursday, March 19th at 8pm for the next installment: “Guide to Dating: Relationship Advice Said in Song!” We have brand-new songs lined up for you, with some new AND returning performers!

As we welcome Spring back, WRP also wants to welcome YOU back through our doors!

Congratulations to the Casts of our Next TWO Musicals!


Coming up first, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” will be directed by Kevin Kelly and opening March 13th! This comedic musical is full of songs about “The Relationship,” and since we’re doing the 2018 Revised Edition, that means new songs and scenes!

Western Reserve Playhouse is proud to welcome back Emily Shipley (Heathers) and Ben Arrington (Assassins) to our stage! We’d also like to welcome our newest actors, Brian O. Jackson and Rebecca Riffle Polito!

And after that comes our second musical of 2020, “Violet” directed by Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski, opening April 24th! This American Southern show stars a young woman with a facial scar, and her journey to find a preacher who can heal her.

We have a lot of returning actors for this show, including Ben Arrington, Jacob Gaspar, Tom Hill, Hannah Hilty (WRP Staff), Dennis Runkle, Rosalie Sajovie, August Scarpelli (WRP Staff), Michael Knobloch, Dayshawnda Ash, and Emily Shipley. WRP is excited to welcome its many new actors: Clara Edleman, Sarah Farris, Maggie Stahl, Nate Summers, and Karen Wood!


Congratulations to everyone above! Rehearsals have begun on “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” and it’ll open to the WRP stage soon! Stay tuned for info on “Violet,” an upcoming $5 Buck Series reading, and our next CaBARet Night!

Our First CaBARet Night is TOMORROW!

Please join us for a night of


This night of antagonist-themed songs and acts will last about an hour and a half, including a ten minute intermission. Our stage is excited to welcome back so much WRP talent from shows such as Assassins, Heathers, Bridges of Madison County, Dogfight, and more! Not only that, but our very own Executive Artistic Director, Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski, and CaBARet Coordinator, Patrick Hanlon, will be representing the WRP staff onstage!

Western Reserve Playhouse can’t be more ecstatic to bring this new, recurring event to our community. We’d love to see everyone there! And don’t forget, this performance will complement the themes of “Blithe Spirit,” returning this weekend, so it won’t be a night to forget!

Show begins at 8pm, January 30th. Tickets are $15 for General Admission. Bar will be open continuously all night.

Questions? Feel free to contact our CaBARet Coordinator, Patrick Hanlon, at

“Blithe Spirit” Opens TOMORROW!

Make sure you get your tickets for this hauntingly funny show! From the director of Tartuffe, August Scarpelli, this show is sure to liven up your cold January weekends!

This farce is arguably Noel Coward’s most recognized work, and the show seeps as much in comedic timing as it does in the “otherworld.” First produced in 1941, this much-revived classic “improbable farce” from the playwright of Private Lives and Hay Fever offers up fussy, cantankerous Charles Condomine.

After his first wife, Elvira, died, Charles married Ruth, and they appear to live a pleasant, if uneventful and conventional, life. Charles is writing a book about spiritualism, and invites Madame Arcati, a medium, to join them and their friends, the Bradmans, for a séance, so that he can acquire the suitable “local color” an author needs. As (worldly and un-) personalities clash, Ruth, and the dead Elvira, haunt the hapless Charles into perpetuity.




Western Reserve Playhouse is excited to welcome some returning actors to our stage, as well as some new talent. You may recognize these actors: Jim Fippin (Tartuffe), Shani Ferry (Lost in Yonkers), Victoria Kirgesner (Happy Hollandaise!), Kaitlyn Poschner (Little Women), Zach Manthey (Anne of Green Gables), and Mia Radabaugh (Virginia Woolf). WRP welcomes our newest actor, Valerie Young!