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"Little Shop of Horrors"

Sept. 29 to Oct. 16, 2016

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"Miss Millie's Speakeasy"
Our Annual Gala

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

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"Red"

Oct. 27 to Nov. 12, 2016

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"Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Nov. 22 to Dec. 18, 2016

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Upcoming Events

"Little Shop of Horrors" — Sept. 29 to Oct. 16, 2016

Running Sept. 29 to Oct. 16, 2016

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 and 13 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 and 14 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Oct. 1, 8 and 15 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — Oct. 2, 9 and 16 — at 2:30 p.m.

"Little Shop of Horrors" — Sept. 29 to Oct. 16, 2016

"Little Shop of Horrors"
A musical comedy
Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith

Directed by Bob Russell
Musical Direction by John Ebner

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" — after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD! Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out-of-this-world origins and intent towards global domination!

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

Little Shop of Horrors premiered on May 6, 1982 at the Workshop of the Players' Art Theatre. It then opened off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City's East Village on July 27 of the same year. The production was directed by book writer and lyricist Howard Ashman and starred Canton, Ohio native Lee Wilkof as Seymour, Ellen Greene as Audrey and Ron Taylor as Mr. Mushnik. It closed on Nov. 1, 1987 with 2,209 performances under its belt. When propositioned for a Broadway transfer, Ashman elected not to, claiming the show was perfect for where it was. The musical also had its West End premiere at the Comedy Theatre, produced by Cameron Mackintosh. It ran for 813 performances from Jan. 1, 1983 to Oct. 5, 1985 and starred Barry James and Ellen Greene (reprising her role from New York).

Little Shop of Horrors is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $10 and $26

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $20 on Thursday, Sept. 29 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$10 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after Sept. 29
$26 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$22 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on Thursdays and Sundays only
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$13 for college students (with current I.D.)

Group Discounts
$20 per ticket for groups of 12 to 99
$18 per ticket for group of 100 or larger

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

NOTE: Group orders are not available online. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.

THE CAST

JUSTIN WILLIAMS
Seymour Krelborn

AMANDA BOUFFARD
Audrey

STEVEN BROWN
Mr. Mushnik

JOHNATHON JACKSON
Dr. Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., et al.

BENJAMIN BLACK
The Voice of Audrey II

FRANK LUCAS
Audrey II puppeteer/ensemble

SHAUNA OLDAKER
Chiffon

FATIMA IMANI SMITH
Crystal

BRIA NEAL
Ronnette

THE CREATIVE TEAM

BOB RUSSELL
Director

JOHN EBNER
Musical Director

KATIE ZARECKI
Choreographer

DENISE ELETICH
Stage Manager

APRIL HELMS
Properties Designer

JOHN COYNE
Sound Designer

SARAH RUSSELL
Costume Designer

RICHARD MORRIS, JR.
Scenic Designer

RALPH COOLEY
Puppet Designer

DAVID RUGGLES
Lighting Designer

ROB PECK
Interim Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

Weathervane's Annual Gala -- Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

A SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT

  • One night only: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.

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"Miss Millie's Speakeasy -- Weathervane's Annual Gala" -- Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.

Miss Millie's Speakeasy
Weathervane's Annual Gala
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Miss Millie has given you the password to the hottest spot in town!
Join your favorite Weathervane friends and supporters for a gala affair!

Come gather at the Playhouse on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, for a very special night of exquisite food, delicious drinks and amazing items and packages up for bid in both a silent-auction setup as well as an exciting live auction!

All proceeds from the night will benefit the general operating fund of Weathervane Playhouse — thus ensuring that the show will always "go on!"

The Evening's Honorary Chairpersons

Ms. Margaret J. Dietz was an instrumental part of Weathervane’s education division for many years. She was responsible for coordinating Youth Theater Workshop, Adult Workshop, Stage II and Play Selection Committee. Her four children were involved in various classes. This combined with her strong belief in the power of the “magic of make-believe” allowed for the creation of the John L. Dietz Theater, in memory of her youngest son. For the past 10 years, shows that previously might not have been produced locally were introduced in the Dietz Theater thanks to her continued support. Margaret was president of the Board of Trustees from 1982-1985. Along with James Kovack, she helped lead a successful campaign to make Weathervane accessible for people with disabilities, as well as installing restrooms on the first floor. She also is a wealth of knowledge of Weathervane’s past, but never wants to hear that something cannot be changed or grow.

MS. Helen D. Fleming has been involved at Weathervane for over 50 years. She served in many endeavors over those years including President of The Women’s Board, head of the Youth Theater Workshops, coordinator of the Christmas Show and recruitment of volunteers. She pioneered a play reading group which outgrew her living room to become Weathervane’s Stage II and served on the Board of Trustees. Helen did everything from selling season tickets to serving as Marketing Manager for the playhouse. Helen’s talents onstage include performances on the mainstage in: Guys and Dolls, Summer and Smoke, The Male Animal, and Snow White as well as performing on Stage II in Gideon. Helen and her family were instrumental in the establishment of Weathervane in the Merriman Valley and husband Cue left an indelible mark on Weathervane. Helen’s continued support and attendance at the theater fills all of our days with the stories and memories of our history and an eye to our future.

The Evening's Timeline

5:30 p.m.
Ritz Soiree Patron Party begins in the lobby
Soiree guests will enjoy drinks and appetizers and an exclusive hour for silent auction bidding and entertainment

6:30 p.m.
Ritz Soiree Patron Dinner begins on the Founders and Dietz Theater stages

6:30 p.m.
The Flapper Parlor opens in the lobby
Flapper guests will enjoy drinks, appetizers and silent auction bidding

All Guests - starting with Ritz Soiree at 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Enjoy 1920's inspired music stylings of The Angie Haze Project (a local Akron talent)
Participate in the Wine Pull
Purchase your Heads-or-Tails raffle beads

8 p.m.
Silent Auction Closes

8:15 p.m.
The Live Auction Commences in the Founders Theater

9 p.m.
Dessert in the lobby

9:15 p.m.
Silent and Live Auction Checkout

LEVELS OF SUPPORT

Ritz Soiree Patron Party Beginning at 5:30 p.m.
$200* per person or $350* per couple
Includes Patron Party with hors d’oeuvres, two (2) drink tickets per person and cash bar, dinner, auctions and dessert
* $155 or $260 is tax deductible, respectively

The Flapper Parlor Beginning at 6:30 p.m.
(aka the Main Lobby)
$50* per person or $75* per couple
Includes two (2) drink tickets per person, cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, auctions and dessert
* $35 or $45 is tax deductible, respectively

Suggested Attire
“Black Tie” optional; Flapper or 1920's style optional

GET TICKETS

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

You may also make reservations by phone. Just call 330-836-2626.

Unable to attend? Become a Spirit Sponsor for the Gala. Donate any amount and receive a listing in the souvenir program. Be sure to put "Gala Spirit Sponsor" in the PayPal comment line.  CLICK HERE to go to our donation page.

If you have any questions, please call the Playhouse at 330-836-2626!

 

"Red" — Oct. 27 to Nov. 12, 2016

Running Oct. 27 to Nov. 12, 2016

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 and 10 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 and 11 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 and 12 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • PLUS Saturdays, Nov. 5 and 12 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 — at 2:30 p.m.

"Red" -- Oct. 27 to Nov. 12, 2016"Red"
A drama by John Logan

Directed by Melanie Y.C. Pepe

Master abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art: a series of murals for New York's famed Four Seasons restaurant. In the fascinating two years that follow, Rothko works feversishly with his young assistant, Ken, in his studio on the Bowery. But when Ken gains the confidence to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Raw and provocative, Red is a searing portrait of an artist's ambition and vulnerability as he tries to create a definitive work for an extraordinary setting.

Red was first produced by the Donmar Warehouse in London in December 2009. The original production was directed by Michael Grandage and performed by Alfred Molina as Rothko and Eddie Redmayne as his fictional assistant Ken. The production, with its two leads, transferred to Broadway at the John Golden Theater for a limited engagement which began on March 11, 2010 and closed on June 27. It was the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play. Additionally, Redmayne won a 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.

Audience Advisory: Due to adult language and themes, this play is not suitable for children.

Red is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

TICKET INFORMATION

$22
$20 for seniors on Thursdays and matinees only
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$11 for college students

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE VENUE

Red is presented in Weathervane Playhouse's John L. Dietz Theater, the intimate 48-seat "second stage." All seats are sold on a general admission basis ("first come, first seated"). Typically, seating for each performance begins 30 minutes before curtain. Ticketholders are encouraged to arrive no later than 10 minutes before the performance. Latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate break in the play's action. Red is performed with NO intermission.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

TICKETS GO ON SALE AUG. 1, 2016.

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

THE CAST

RUSSELL KUNZ
Mark Rothko

JOSHUA LARKIN
Ken

THE CREATIVE TEAM

MELANIE YC PEPE
Director

AL COSTA
Stage Manager

ROB PECK
Scenic Designer

PAM PARKS COSTA
Properties Designer

SUE STOUT-DAVIS
Lighting Designer

CHRISTOPHER PEPE
Sound Designer

JASEN SMITH
Costume Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

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