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 – 

Facebook Page –

Our YouTube channel-


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

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

An exciting new virtual program at WRP

Western Reserve Playhouse is ecstatic to announce WRP Connect! This brand-new program will be our way of giving back to you while everyone is home during the quarantine.
WRP Connect will be creating online content for the whole family, ranging from monologues to songs, and from classes to tutorials, and everything in between! Join us every day at 2pm for a new video from one of your favorite WRP actors, directors, designers, or volunteers!
Our first video will be posted today at 2pm, and the event will officially begin Monday, April 6th at 2pm. We can’t wait for everyone to see what our wonderful WRP family has created!
Please remember to like, share, and leave feedback! Wanna see someone or something specific? Send us a message and we’ll see what we can do! #WeAreWRP #WRPConnect


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!

A note from Western Reserve Playhouse

A Message from Western Reserve Playhouse and our Executive Artistic Director, 

Valued patrons, students, parents, production teams and members of the community:

As you are all aware, over the last several weeks, the Coronavirus and its spread in the US as well as the State of Ohio has created a great deal of concern amongst our community and have required unprecedented actions. Yesterday, Governor Mike DeWine issued an order to postpone or cancel mass gatherings of a 100 or more until further notice.  Although “the barn” is only 95 seats, we are aware that we are an intimate space with seating that is extremely close and therefore a risk, even with all of the precautions we have taken. The Western Reserve Playhouse takes the health and safety of our patrons, students, production teams, volunteers and employees very seriously and are immediately following this order. 

We greatly appreciate the leadership that our federal, state and local agencies have provided to ensure transparency and awareness as well as the guidance we have received from local community agencies. 

The following changes are in effect immediately:


  • The current production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change!” that opens this evening March, 13, 2020 and runs till March 28, 2020 has been postponed until later this spring.  We are working on new dates.
  • Our $5 Bucks Series – “The Thanksgiving Play” that was to go on March 15, 2020 has been postponed to a later date, which has yet to be determined.
  • Our CaBARet Series production, “A Guide to Dating Cabaret” that was going to be performed on March 19, 2020 had been postponed to a later date, which has yet to be determined.
  • All theater workshops and classes have been postponed and e-mails will be going out to students soon with schedule revisions.


As we are working on rescheduling all of these performances, future events and classes, we ask for your patience and understanding, as this will take some time.

All ticket holders for these events will be contacted directly by email regarding the status of their event.  

For performances that cannot be rescheduled, patrons will be contacted regarding their preferred refund method. Refunds can be issued to the original payment method or a Western Reserve Playhouse gift card.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this has caused. Please know that this was not an easy decision and that we value your patronage and appreciates your support as we continue to navigate through this unprecedented time.

Please check out our website at, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.


Dawn Sniadak- Yamokoski

Executive Artistic Director 

Western Reserve Playhouse 

WRP Update Concerning Coronavirus and COVID19

Here at Western Reserve Playhouse, we are continuing to monitor developments regarding the Coronavirus, the health and safety of patrons, students and their families, faculty, staff, and volunteers. Visitors at WRP will always be our top priority. It is important to note, there are NO known cases of Coronavirus 19 or the flu at The Barn currently.

We want our WRP Patrons to know that all performances of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” as well as all scheduled special events and theater classes/workshops will continue as planned

However, following Governor DeWine’s recommendations, given the proximity of confirmed cases in Cuyahoga County, and in an abundance of care for everyone who works here or visits our location, we have begun implementing enhanced environmental cleaning throughout our facility, which include:

Additional cleaning of all frequently touched countertops, handrails, doorknobs, bathrooms, theater seats will occur throughout the day and before each performance, class, and rehearsal.
Use of cleaning agents which have appropriate disinfecting quantities will be used at all touch point (All cleaning agents are used according to directions provided by the manufacturer).
Adding hand sanitizer, touchless soap dispensers, touchless paper towel containers, disinfectant wipes and an air purifier in our main performance space. 
Adding disposable gloves for all concession volunteers and box office representatives. 
We will open our doors earlier so that we can try to lessen the amount of wait time in the box office.

Please note that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) stated this weekend that the “current risk to the American public is low.” As such, we intend to stay the course with our programming schedule. This is a community-wide issue, but each of us can take action to protect not only ourselves, but those we encounter as well. We encourage everyone to follow these simple steps that not only help prevent the spread of the flu and the common cold, but also Coronavirus. 

Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based sanitizer when you are unable to wash.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue (discarded in the trash after use) or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

We are seriously monitoring the global situation, and are receiving updates from Summit County Public Health ( and the Centers for Disease Control. 

The latest news from the CDC can be found at:  

The State of Ohio update:

Should an outbreak occur, we will prioritize the health of our community by implementing and communicating appropriate changes as recommended by Summit County Public Health and the CDC to ensure a safe environment.

In the event of a performance cancellation due to the Coronavirus situation, we’ll notify all ticket buyers at least 2–3 hours before the event via email, social media and our website ( However, if you are not feeling well and are unable to attend a performance, please contact Hannah or Dawn at 330-620-7314 or email us at or  to talk about exchanging your tickets for future performances.

We encourage you to do everything you can to stay healthy, including washing your hands frequently, getting enough sleep, and using appropriate sanitation procedures when you sneeze or cough.

We will remain vigilant and are prepared to make decisions based on current needs, as well as in response to changing conditions. We will base our decisions on sources such as the CDC and our state and local public health authorities. If we cancel any programs, you’ll be the first to know. You can also stay in touch with us on social media, linked below.

We hope you know how much we care about you all!

Love from WRP,

Dawn Sniadak-Yamokoski 

Executive Artistic Director

Western Reserve Playhouse