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Upcoming Events

Weathervane Playhouse's 2015-2016 season kicks off in July 2015 with the high-flying musical delight Peter Pan. The 81st season closes in June 2016 with the wildly wacky musical comedy Monty Python's Spamalot.

Subscriptions are on sale now! Call or stop in at the Box Office at 330-836-2626. We are open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Group tickets (12+) are on sale now for Peter Pan; single tickets go on sale May 1, 2015.

Tickets for all other shows listed below go on sale Aug. 1, 2015.

The 2015-2016 Mainstage Productions

Hair — Sept 3 to 20, 2015
Book and Lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni • Music by Galt McDermott • Directed by Gwen Arment • Musical Direction by John Ebner

Featuring such phenomenal musical numbers as “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” “Easy to Be Hard” and “Let the Sun Shine In,” this landmark musical tells the story of the “Tribe,” a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against being drafted into the Vietnam War.

Dracula — Oct. 1 to 18, 2015
Adapted by William McNulty • Originally dramatized by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston from Bram Stoker’s Dracula • Directed by John Davis

Professor Van Helsing and his brave comrades must hunt down and destroy the profoundly evil Count Dracula in this action-packed, blood-soaked, thrilling, chilling retelling of the classic tale of horror!

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee — Dec. 3 to 19, 2015
Music and Lyrics by William Finn • Book by Rachel Sheinkin • Conceived by Rebecca Feldman • Additional Material by Jay Reiss • Directed by Melanie YC Pepe • Musical Director TBA

Six mid-pubescent kids vie for to win the spelling championship of a lifetime! A hilarious, charming musical, it also won the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award!

Clybourne Park — Jan. 14 to 31, 2016
A comedic drama by John Norris • Directed by Jimmie Woody

Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park examines the “life” of one house over a 50-year span. In Act I, community leaders anxiously try to stop a black family from moving into a house in an all-white neighborhood. In Act II, set 50 years later, we encounter the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.

The Man Who Came to Dinner — March 17 to April 3, 2016
A comedy by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman • Directed by Jim Fippin

They say that fish and houseguests stink after three days. That old saying is proven true indeed in this delightful comedy from the late 1930s. Upon arriving to dine at the Ohio home of rich factory owner, a grumpy New York theater critic slips on ice and breaks his hip — forcing him to stay at the house for weeks! In no time at all, the hapless houseguest proceeds to drive his hosts mad by monopolizing their house, terrorizing their staff, running up large phone bills and inviting strange guests!

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — April 21 to May 8, 2016
A comedy by Christopher Durang • Directed by Eileen Moushey

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play (and the Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League and the Drama Desk), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a “sunny new play about gloomy people” (New York Times). Siblings Vanya and Sonia live out their days in an endless, bleak tableau in Bucks County, PA. All seems numbingly mundane until in sweeps hurricane Masha, their fading movie star sister, with her shiny new boy toy and a big announcement. Brimming with outrageous dialogue, Christopher Durang’s latest madcap masterpiece serves up family drama with comic savagery and poses the question: if you could choose your family, would you necessarily choose your family?

Monty Python’s Spamalot — June 2 to 26, 2016
Music by John Du Prez • Book and Lyrics by Eric Idle • Directed by Dave Stebbins, Musical Direction by John Ebner

Lovingly “ripped off” from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the uproarious musical comedy Spamalot re-tells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful showgirls — not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. Did we mention the bevy of beautiful showgirls?

The 2015-2016 Dietz Theater Productions

Ordinary Days — October 29 to 14, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon • Directed by Alan Scott Ferrall • Musical Direction by John Ebner

This refreshingly honest and funny musical tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs!

The Lyons — Feb. 4 to 14, 2016
A comedy by Nicky Silver • Directed by Fred Gloor

In describing this comedy about death, New York magazine put it best: “The Lyons isn't trying to make a case for freshness or formal innovation. It's simply trying tell a funny, furious little tale of family annihilation with honesty, savagery, and humanity, a story about how we all, ultimately, pick out our own urns. It succeeds marvelously."

The 2015-2016 Emerging Artist Series Productions

Peter Pan – July 31 to Aug. 16, 2015
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh • Music by Morris "Moose" Charlap • Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green • Additional Music by Jule Styne • Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie • Directed by Sarah Bailey • Musical Direction by Sharon Alberson

Broadway's timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up!

A Christmas Carol: The Musical — Nov. 24 to Dec. 20, 2015
Music by Alan Menken • Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens • Book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens • Based on the book by Charles Dickens • Directed by Sarah Bailey • Musical Direction by Sharon Alberson

Ebeneezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling Broadway adaptation.

The Breakfast Club • Feb. 25 to March 6, 2016
Adapted from the 1985 Universal Pictures motion picture screenplay by John Hughes • Directed by Melanie YC Pepe

They were five total strangers, with nothing in common, meeting for the first time. A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. Before the day was over, they broke the rules. Bared their souls. And touched each other in a way they never dreamed possible.

"Peter Pan" -- July 31 to Aug. 16, 2015

Running July 31 to Aug. 15, 2015

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Fridays — July 31, Aug. 7 and 14 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Aug. 1, 8 and 15 — at 2:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — Aug. 2, 9 and 16 — at 2:30 p.m.

AND...

  • Tuesdays — Aug. 4 and 11 — at 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays — Aug. 5 and 12 — at 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays — Aug. 6 and 13 — at 12:30 p.m.

"Peter Pan" -- July 31 to Aug. 16, 2015Peter Pan

A Weathervane Playhouse Emerging Artist Series Production

Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Music by Morris "Moose" Charlap
Additional Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Additional Music by Jule Styne
Based on the play by Sir James M. Barrie

Directed by Sarah Elaine Bailey

Broadway's timeless classic musical whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up!

Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale and featuring an unforgettable score by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Peter Pan is one of the most beloved and frequently performed family favorites of all time. This high-flying Tony Award-winning musical has been performed around the world and delighted audiences for 60 years.

Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick Tinkerbell visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and with a sprinkle of pixie dust begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. In the adventure of a lifetime the travelers come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook.

Featuring the iconic songs "I'm Flying," "I've Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," and a rousing story full of magic, warmth, and adventure, Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us who dreamed of soaring high and never growing up.

TICKET INFORMATION

$18 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$14 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$14 for groups of 12 or larger

A special discounted ticket price is also available for groups from schools, day-care centers and summer-camp programs for the six 12:30 p.m. performances only. Group leaders should contact the Box Office directly at 330-836-2626.

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

PRINCIPALS

LOST BOYS

PIRATES

INDIANS

GRACIE THANASIU
Peter Pan
WILSON HA
Slightly
JONATHAN MERECHANT
Starkey
AUTUMN REED
First Brave
EMMA ILG
Wendy Darling
HENRY GRUHLER
Tootles
JULIA MERCIER
Cecco
ISABELLE BAILEY
Rising Tide
JAKE SPENCER
Michael Darling
ANDRE RUDLOSKEY
Curly
JAMIE MAYFIELD
Noodler
HANNAH COLEMAN
Lotus Blossom
STANLEY NIEKAMP
John Darling
LUCY JANE GEISER
Nibs
ELEK KITCHEN
Mullins
KENDYL RUDLOSKY
Little Big Panther
MARY GRACE CORRIGAN
Mrs. Darling/Grown Wendy/
Rising Flower (Indian)
GIA ABUCEJO
1st Twin
ALEXIS ROBLES
Jukes
MOLLY HOLLENBAUGH
Resting Waters
DOUGLAS LIZAK
Mr. Darling/Hook
GIOVANNA NESTICO
2nd Twin
PAUL CINKO
Mulroy
MADISON RENNER
Kocoum
CONOR CLAWSON
Nana/Crocodile
CASEY HA
Shorty
PARKER THOMPSON
Grapple
SYDNEY GROSSMAN
Willow Feather
SABRINA REED
Liza/Tiger Lily
SOPHIA BAILEY
Slim
LUKAS CINKO
Weatherby
LUCY KACZMAR
Dancing Coyote
CHARLIE GRUHLER
Smee
TYLER MONTGOMERY
Gerber
GABI ILG
Madeye
ILONA KITCHEN
Cuyahoga
  BELLA ABUCEJO
Spanky
MORGAN ISABELLA
Gully
 
  SARA HA
Froggie
   
  WESLEY NELSON
Scout
   
  LYDIA ILG
Crimp
   
  JOSHUA ABUCEJO
Twigg
   
  GABRIELLA NESTICO
Blightly
   

 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

SARAH ELAINE BAILEY
Director and Choreographer
SHARON DOBBINS ALBERSON
Musical Director
DANE C.T. LEASURE
Assistant Director and Fight Choreographer
JERRY DORTON
Production Stage Manager
CHRISTOPHER J. HA
Stage Manager
MADDIE MILLER
Assistant Stage Manager
JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer
JONATHON HUNTER
Scenic and Lighting Designer
ED BUTCH
Properties Co-Designer
JAMIE ORITI
Properties Co-Designer
JOHN COYNE
Sound Designer
 

 

The 64th Annual Chanticleer Awards -- Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

A SPECIAL EVENT

  • Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015 at 6 p.m.
The 64th Annual Chanticleer Awards -- Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

The 64th 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. 22, 2015, 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 2014-2015 season.

About the Awards

The Chanticleer Awards honor the talents of our on-stage and backstage volunteers during the 2014-2015 season. Additionally, the Aug. 22 Chanticleer Awards event will celebrate Weathervane's Top 25 Volunteers (based on the number of recorded volunteer hours in service to the Playhouse).

Although the voting period has concluded, awards for achievement in performance and technical design will be presented to individuals who worked on the following productions:

The 2014-2015 Mainstage Shows

The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd
Relatively Speaking
Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)
A Raisin in the Sun
A Delicate Balance
Unnecessary Farce
Oklahoma!

The 2014-2015 Emerging Artist Shows

The Wizard of Oz
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Hamlet

The 2014-2015 Dietz Theater Shows

4000 Miles
Crazy Man

The Chanticleer AwardsWHEN: Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

WHERE: Weathervane Playhouse — 1301 Weathervane Lane in Akron

TIME: 6 p.m. — Opening of the dinner-appetizer buffet and the cash bar (soft drinks are free).
7:30 p.m. — Welcoming remarks/introductions begin in the Founders Theater, followed by the awards presentation and program.

COST: $15 per person.

If you were an on-stage performer, a technical designer, a stage manager or a 75-hour volunteer for the 2014-2015 season — between Aug. 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015 — you are invited to attend FREE OF CHARGE.

If you are eligible for a FREE ticket, please simply R.S.V.P. via e-mail.

DEADLINE: Friday, Aug. 14, 2015.

HOW TO GET TICKETS:

1) CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

2) CALL the Weathervane box office at 330-836-2626.

 

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