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"Bye Bye Birdie"

Aug. 2 to 19, 2018

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"The Divine Sister"

Monday, Aug. 13, 2018

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The 2018 Chanticleer Awards

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018

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A SPECIAL EVENT

  • Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018

The 67th Annual Chanticleer Awards

Weathervane's Annual Volunteer-Recognition Event!
The Chanticleer Awards are Weathervane's version of the Tony Awards — but combined with the populist spirit of the People's Choice Awards!

Weathervane's friends and supporters will gather at the Playhouse on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, for a very special night to honor the Playhouse's volunteers — both on stage and behind the scenes — for their commitment, time and talents given during the 2017-2018 season.

And YOU -- if YOU have seen the shows in our 2017-2018 season -- can cast your votes for such categories as best actor, best actress, best production and many other awards, too!

CAST YOUR VOTES FOR THE 2018 CHANTICLEER AWARDS!

You are eligible to vote if you have seen the following 2017-2018 season productions:

Emerging Artist Series
Disney's The Little Mermaid
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Holes

The Mainstage Series
It's Only a Play
Young Frankenstein
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill
It Shoulda Been You
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Into the Woods

The John L. Dietz Theater Series
Talking With...
Doubt: A Parable

VOTING INSTRUCTIONS
1) CLICK HERE to download a copy of the 2018 Chanticleer Awards ballot.
2) PRINT the ballot.
3) SIGN the affidavit (page one of the ballot)
4) RETURN your ballot to Weathervane Playhouse no later than Friday, July 27, 2018.
5) HOW TO RETURN your ballot:
> SCAN IT and then E-MAIL it to us.
> MAIL IT to the following address:
Weathervane Playhouse
Attn: Nancy Humes
1301 Weathervane Lane
Akron, OH 44313

EVENT INFO AND TICKETS

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018

WHERE: Weathervane Playhouse — 1301 Weathervane Lane in Akron

TIME: 6:30 p.m. — Social hour in the main lobby. Dinner appetizers (courtesy of Pub Bricco) will be served in the main lobby. Cash bar opens for beer and wine sales; soft drinks and bottled water are free.

7:30 p.m. — The program begins in the Founders Theater.

Dessert and coffee will be served in the lobby after the program.

COST: $15 per person

If you were an on-stage performer, a technical designer or a stage manager for the 2017-2018 season — between Aug. 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018 — you are invited to attend FREE OF CHARGE. Any volunteer who logged a minimum of 75 hours during this same time period is also eligible for a FREE ticket. You can make this reservation using the code 17-18volunteer at the time of your purchase to receive your one free ticket. 

 

DEADLINE: Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.

OTHER WAY TO GET TICKETS: Call the Weathervane Playhouse Box Office at 330-836-2626. The Box Office is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" — September 6 to 23, 2018

Running September 6 to 23, 2018

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Wednesdays — Sept. 19 — at 10:00 a.m.
  • Thursdays — Sept. 6, 13 and 20 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Sept. 7, 14 and 21 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Sept. 8, 15 and 22— at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — Sept. 9, 16 and 23 — at 2:30 p.m.

"Into the Woods" — June 7 to July 1, 2018"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time"
A drama
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
adapted by Simon Stephens

Directed by Melanie YC Pepe
Choreographed by Kevin Lambes
 

15-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain: He is exceptional at mathematics, but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered his neighbor's dog. His detective work takes him on a thrilling journey that forever alters his world.

This Regional Premier production has received 7 Olivier Awards, the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play, and the 2015 Tony for Best Play.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 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

Single tickets range between $10 and $22

*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*A $4.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $16 on Thursday, Sept. 6 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$10 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after Sept. 6
$22 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$20 for seniors (ages 65 and older) on Thursdays and Sundays only
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$11 for college students (with current I.D.)

Group Discounts
$18 per ticket for groups of 12 to 99
$16 per ticket for groups of 100 or larger

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: CLOSED
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 11 a.m. to 5 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.

THE CAST

MAXWELL REES
Christopher
 
GRACE MITRI
Siobhan
 
RICHARD WORSWICK
Ed
 
JEANNIE CLARKSON
Judy
 
LAURA STITT
Voice One/Mrs. Shears/Gascoyne (and others)
 
SCOTT K. DAVIS
Voice Two/Roger Shears (and others)
 
STEPHEN PFISTER
Voice Three/Policeman (and others)
 
JOHN ZIDO
Voice Four/Rev. Peters (and others)
 
ALLISON KUMP
Voice Five/No. 40/Punk Girl (and others)
 
HARRIET DEVETO
Voice Six/Mrs. Alexander (and others)
 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

MELANIE YC PEPE
Director

KEVIN LAMBES
Assistant Director/Choreographer

TIFFANY BIRD
Stage Manager

CHUCK RICHIE
Voice and Dialect Coach

BARBIE TROTTER
Properties Designer

CHRISTOPHER PEPE
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

RICHARD MORRIS, JR.
Scenic Designer/Lighting Designer/Technical Director

DENISE ELETICH
Projection Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

KELLIE ROSSINI
Master Electrician

 

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" — Oct. 11 to 28, 2018

Running Oct. 11 to 28, 2018

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — Oct. 11, 18 and 25 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Oct. 12, 19 and 26 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Oct. 13, 20 and 27 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — Oct. 14, 21 and 28 — at 2:30 p.m.

"Bye Bye Birdie" — Aug. 2 to 19, 2018

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
A musical
Muisc by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell

Directed and Choreographed by Marissa Leenaarts
Musical Direction by Ed Ridley

As the bells of Notre Dame ring from the heights of the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris, Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer observes the city reveling in the annual Feast of Fools. Escaping the stoney prison of his caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated curelly by all but the gypsy Esmeralda. What follows is a timeless tale of love, power, and the value of all human life.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Hailed as an "instant classic," audiences will be swept away by the magic of this unforgettable musical.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is presented by 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

*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*A $4.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $20 on Thursday, October 11 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$10 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after October 11
$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: CLOSED
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 11 a.m. to 5 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.

THE CAST

Quasimodo
TONY HEFFNER

Dom Claude Frollo
THOMAS BAUMGARDNER

Esmeralda
BROOKE LYTTON

Phoebus Du Martin
JONATHAN MERECHANT

Clopin Trouillefou 
MICHAEL MOYSEENKO 

Jehan
BENJAMIN ARRINGTON

Saint Aphrodisius
DEVIN DAVIS

King Louis XI
BRIAN O. JACKSON

Florika
TÉA WITTMANN

Father Dupin/Tribunal
ADAM ALDERSON

Lt. Frederic Charlus
JASON COPEN

Madam
ANNEY JEANDREVIN

Congregants
MELISSA TIPPIN
MARGO TIPPING
DEVIN DAVIS

Gargoyles
ALEXANDRA VANALLEN
LAURA NIEHAUS
BRIAN O. JACKSON
SARAH JANE TOY
BENJAMIN ARRINGTON
JASON COPEN
ANNEY JEANDREVIN
TÉA WITTMANN

Choir/Ensemble
KATE JOHNSON
VANESSA YOVANOVICH
JASON MAURER
EMILY CONTI
MARY ROHRER
CONNOR MAST
OWEN CASINO
CASEY HA
 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

MARISSA LEENAARTS
Director/Choreographer

ED RIDLEY
Musical Director

JOSHUA LARKIN
Assistant Director

TBA
Stage Manager

RICHARD MORRIS, JR. 
Scenic Designer/Technical Director 

KAYA SANDEL
Properties Designer

TBA
Sound Designer

RICHARD MORRIS, JR.
Lighting Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

KELLIE ROSSINI
Master Electrician

 

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