09 Jan The Winter’s Tale
The Winter’s Tale is a show by William Shakespeare directed and adapted by August Scarpelli. PAY AS YOU CAN EVENT at the door only! No tickets will be sold online. Bar and restrooms will be open. This is WRP ‘s first outdoor event since 2021! Please bring your chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner. This is a fundraiser show for our 2023 remaining season. All ages are welcome.
Type: Special Events
The “tale” of The Winter’s Tale unfolds in scenes set sixteen years apart. In the first part of the play, Leontes, king of Sicilia, plays host to his friend Polixenes, king of Bohemia. Suddenly, Leontes becomes unreasonably jealous of Polixenes and Leontes’s pregnant wife, Hermione. Leontes calls for Polixenes to be killed, but he escapes.
Hermione, under arrest, gives birth to a daughter; Leontes orders the baby to be taken overseas and abandoned. The death of the couple’s young son, Mamillius, brings Leontes to his senses, too late. Word arrives that Hermione, too, has died. In Bohemia, a shepherd finds and adopts the baby girl, Perdita.
Sixteen years later, the story resumes. Polixenes’s son, Florizell, loves Perdita. When Polixenes forbids the unequal match, the couple flees to Sicilia, where the tale reaches its conclusion. Perdita’s identity as a princess is revealed, allowing her and Florizell to marry; Leontes and Polixenes reconcile; and Hermione returns in the form of a statue, steps down from its pedestal, and reunites with her family.
August Scarpelli (Director) is happy to be back home, guiding a group of actors towards glory ( or something like that) at the barn. You’ve likely seen him around. Maybe on stage in Lost in Yonkers, or WIT. Maybe as the director of Tartuffe, Blithe Spirit, or The Underpants. Maybe even doing his best to lead some educational programming for the youths that need it. But who are we kidding, you’ve most likely seen him tending bar in the back, making awful jokes and a fool out of himself attempting a curtain speech. Well, however you’ve seen him, know, if it’s been at the barn, it’s been at home.
Brittany Bizub (Stage Manager) is so excited to be back here at WRP, Brittany had the pleasure to stage manage here at Western Reserve Playhouse for WIT, John and Jen and Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. Other shows Brittany may have been seen in are Exit the Body at East Cleveland Theater as Helen, Gail in Almost Maine at Bay Theater and Bertha in The Dining Room at Bay Village Theater. When not on or backstage Brittany can be seen in the crowd laughing a bit too loud. Brittany would like to thank her husband Chris for all of his love and support Love you BIZ!!
Lauren Koleszar (Shepard) is delighted to be performing once again on the WRP stage. Her favorite past roles include Louise in The Underpants (Western Reserve Playhouse), Shelby in Steel Magnolias (Fine Arts Association), Viola in Twelfth Night (Geauga Center for the Arts), and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire (Brecksville Theatre). She extends a special thank you to Cyrano’s adaptor and director, August, for bringing the show to life with a fierce devotion and energy.
Kaity Hope Poschner (Mamilius/Time/Perdita) is excited to be back at WRP for her first ever Shakespeare show. She began her theater journey in 5th grade and since then, Kaitlyn has been involved in several different singing events, films, and theater productions. Some of her previous theater experience includes; Beauty & the Beast (Belle, Silhouette), Puffs (Susie Bones, Spotlights Theater), Little Women The Musical (Jo March, WRP), and American Idiot (Whatshername, Brecksville). She graduated from Kent State University with an Associates Degree in the Arts and is currently employed by Second Star to the Right LLC as a princess character. Kaitlyn wishes to thank her family and friends for the support and allowing her to chase her dreams.
Keenan John Carosielli (Florizel) Along with being a full-time student at Kent State University at Stark, Keenan enjoys “playing” the piano, and watching movies. Keenan would like to thank his brother, sister, aunt Theresa, grandmother, father, and most importantly his mother for all of their love and support. Like all productions he is apart of, Keenan would like to dedicate this performance to his grandfather, John Anthony Carosielli.
Santino Montanez (Leontes) is proud to be appearing on stage at WRP again after having previously appeared in The Underpants (Theo) and Cyrano (Ragueneau). He is grateful for the opportunity to perform alongside such an amazingly talented group of people and breathe life into one of The Bards lesser known works. He is also tremendously grateful to you, the audience , because without your willingness to undertake this adventure with us, theatre would simply not be possible .
Victoria Kirgesner-Hunsicker (Antigonus/Clown) is thrilled to be returning to the Western Reserve Playhouse stage. She was last seen at WRP in Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery (Woman 1) The Weir (Valerie); other past WRP credits include Blithe Spirit (Elvira), Happy Hollandaise (Claire), Wit (Resident/Student 2), and Emma (Mrs. Weston). Other notable past productions include Five Times in One Night (Kacy) and Disaster! (Wealthy Wife) at Broadview Heights Spotlights, Pride and Prejudice (Jane) with the Millennial Theater Project, Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine Harper) with the Hudson Players, Miracle on 34th Street (Doris) at Chagrin Valley Little Theater, and A Streetcar Named Desire (Eunice Hubbell) at Brecksville Theatre. She hopes you enjoy this night of madcap sleuthing, and crazy characters. Thank you for supporting local theater!
Zach Manthey (AUTOLYCUS) was last seen in the WRP stage just a couple of days ago as Sherlock Holmes in Baskerville and a couple months ago as Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac. He is beyond thrilled to keep his theatrical run going strong with Western Reserve Playhouses first ever Shakespeare in the parking lot series. As always Zach dedicates his performance to his first love – the late, great Brittany Murphy, who taught him all he knows about being cool.
Casey McMann (Man 2) is absolutely thrilled to once again be on the stage at WRP. He recently starred for WRP as Carbon in Cyrano de Bergerac and Tom in Fat Pig. Other credits include Agent Frank in Unnecessary Farce, Chris in Becky’s New Car, Narrator in Drunk Lovecraft and so many more! He is grateful for another opportunity to learn and expand his craft. As always he would like to thank his loved ones for their love and support and thank the audience for supporting live theater!
Sullivan Ratcliff (Actor 1) – is thrilled to be a part of Western Reserve’s production of Baskerville. His previous roles include Moon from The Real Inspector Hound, Luke in The Haunting of Hill House, Sean Bateman in American Psycho: The Musical, Le Bret in Cyrano de Bergerac, and Jetsam in The Little Mermaid. He would like to thank his best friend Lauren, as well as his biggest fans Katie and Emily Dushek for their love and support respectively.
Jill Kenderes (Hermione) is delighted to be performing at The Western Reserve Playhouse for the first time. Previous credits include Barbara Fordham in August: Osage County , Twelfth Night (Olivia), The Taming (Katherine ), A Streetcar Named Desire (Blance DuBois) and Sylvia (Sylvia).
In addition to performing, she is a costume designer with her work appearing on stages throughout the area. Thank you to Joe, Anthony and Samantha
Kyle Huff (Polixenes) is grateful and honored to be working with this crew of wonderful people. Kyle has been in a few plays once upon a time. Kyle would like to thank all the people who have helped him get to today.
Meghan Barylak (Paulina) is delighted to join Western Reserve Playhouse for the first time. She was last seen in Weathervane Playhouse’s The Mousetrap (Miss Casewell). Recent productions also include Five Times in One Night (Heloise) and costume design for Silent Sky and Disaster! at Broadview Heights Spotlights, the 2023 8×10: The Eileen Moushey TheatreFest (Jeannie in “The Funeral”) and The Play That Goes Wrong (ensemble, u/s Sandra) at Weathervane Playhouse, documentary feature Bloodlines: The Jersey Devil Curse (Midwife) for Small Town Monsters and upcoming short film The Beast (Victoria) with Santino Vitale Films.
Casidy Thomas (Camillo/Emilia) – Casidy is delighted to be joining the cast of “The Winter’s Tale” for her
first show here at Western Reserve Playhouse. Some of her past roles include Rizzo (Grease), Mrs. Webb
(Our Town), Alice Sycamore (You Can’t Take It with You), and Chief Jim (A #1 with a Side of Crime). She
would like to thank August & Brittany for their leadership and kindness throughout the production
process. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their never-ending support.