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Saturday, May 30, 2015

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June 4 to 28, 2015

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July 10 to 12, 2015

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July 31 to Aug. 16, 2015

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"Oklahoma!" — June 4 to 28, 2015

Running June 4 to 28, 2015

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — June 4, 11, 18 and 25 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — June 5, 12, 19 and 26 — at 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays — June 6, 13, 20 and 27 — at 8 p.m.
  • Sundays — June 7, 14, 21 and 28 — at 2:30 p.m.

"Oklahoma!" — June 4 to 28, 2015

A musical
Directed and Choreographed by Sarah Elaine Bailey
Musical Direction by Sharon Dobbins Alberson
Dream Ballet Choreography by Marissa Montigney-Leenaarts
Fight Choreography by John Davis

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics and book by Oscar Hammerstein II
Original dances by Agnes de Mille
Based on the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs

A groundbreaking masterpiece that launched the golden age of the Broadway musical, Oklahoma! spins the tale of the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys in the Indian territory of Oklahoma at the turn of the twentieth century. This provides a colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

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Considered a revolutionary show in its 1943 debut, Oklahoma! challenged theatrical boundaries, traditions and conventions. The show was the first to introduce a “dream ballet,” in which a character’s inner thoughts are expressed through an extended dance sequence. And because the musical’s song lyrics were written before the music, the show became one of the first musicals in which the songs drove the dramatic action of the play. In so doing, composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II chose a notable departure from the popular musical plays and operettas of their day, in which songs were often just “dropped in” between plot-driving scenes of dialogue and action.

Featuring such unforgettable songs as “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Kansas City,” “I Can’t Say No” and the show’s stirring title song, Oklahoma! celebrates young love, the enduring spirit of American optimism and the triumph of hope over pessimism.

About the Show's Production History
Oklahoma! launched a new era in the American musical. It also began the most successful songwriting partnership in Broadway history.

In 1942, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart were at the top of their field, writing musical comedies universally praised for their wit, sophistication and innovation. A decade earlier Oscar Hammerstein II had been at the top of his field, writing operettas that consistently challenged and reshaped the art form; his Show Boat, written with Jerome Kern in 1927, is considered a landmark of the American stage.

Independent of each other, both Rodgers and Hammerstein were attracted to Lynn Riggs’ folk play of life in his native Oklahoma entitled Green Grow the Lilacs. When Kern declined Hammerstein’s invitation to write the musical adaptation with him, and when Hart bowed out of his commitment to musicalize the work with Rodgers, it was only inevitable that the ensuing musical play would become the first work by the team of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Directed by Rouben Mamoulian — and choreographed by a then-unknown ballet choreographer named Agnes de Mille — Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical version of Green Grow the Lilacs was first entitled Away We Go, and was given its world-premiere engagement at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut in March of 1943. Only a few changes were made on the road, but they were significant. One number, “Boys and Girls Like You and Me,” was cut, and a song about the land originally planned as a duet for Laurey and Curly became instead a show-stopping chorale called “Oklahoma!” So successful was this number during the musical’s pre-Broadway engagement in Boston that the decision was made to add an exclamation point to the title. The show’s creative team also decided to make it the name of the show.

Oklahoma! opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway on March 31, 1943. At that time, the longest-running show in Broadway history had run for three years. Oklahoma! surpassed that record by two more years, running for a marathon 2,212 performances before closing on May 29, 1948. The national tour played across the United States for an unprecedented 10 and a half years, visiting every single state, and playing before a combined audience of more than 10 million people. In 1947, Oklahoma! opened at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane in London, where it ran for 1,548 performances, the longest run of any show up to that time in the 267-year history of the theatre. In 1953, the Oklahoma State Legislature named “Oklahoma!” the official state song. In 1955, the motion picture version of Oklahoma!, starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones and produced by Rodgers and Hammerstein, was released to great success. Broadway has seen four revivals of the musical (in 1951, 1953, 1979 and 2002).

Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company (formerly known as The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization) reports that more than 600 production of Oklahoma! are licensed every year in the United States and Canada alone. Internationally, productions of Oklahoma! Worldwide, Oklahoma! has been translated into over a dozen languages, including French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Hebrew, Icelandic, Norwegian, Hungarian, Estonian, Dutch and Polish. English-language productions have been seen in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa.

SOURCE: Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $10 and $26

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $20 on Thursday, June 4 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$10 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after June 4
$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

MEG HOPP
Aunt Eller

JONATHAN GRUICH
Curly

ABBEY KANE
Laurey

KEVIN LAMBES
Ike Skidmore

KARDIERRE ALLEN
Fred

ZACHARY TROYER
Slim

JAY SIGLER
Will Parker

JASON CALVERT
Jud Fry

TIFFANY CAGWIN
Ado Annie Carnes

JONATHAN MERECHANT
Ali Hakim

JACQUELINE LEACH
Gertie Cummings

CHRIS MACCHIONE
Andrew Carnes

HANNAH VINOGRAD
Ellen

JANE ADAMS
Kate

KAITLYN HARRIS
Sylvie

JULIA FIGLER
Aggie

HAILEY GINESI
Edna LaRue

SARAH MONTGOMERY
Mertie Mae

DANIELLE GRUHLER
Dottie

ERIN ROSE HUNTER
Irene

BRAD FERGUSON
Cord Elam

SCOTT THANASIU
Mike

DANIEL WALKER
Joe

FRANK CASTORENA
Sam

LOGAN CHAPMAN
Billy

ANNA CLAWSON
Josephine

ALEXIS ROBLES
Dot

GIOVANNA ABUCEJO
Bessie

ANNABELLE OTTO
Myrtle

THE CREATIVE TEAM

SARAH ELAINE BAILEY
Director and Choreographer

SHARON DOBBINS ALBERSON
Musical Director

MARISSA MONTIGNEY-LEENAARTS
Dream Ballet Choreographer

JOHN DAVIS
Fight Choreographer

JERRY DORTON
Stage Manager

TODD DIERINGER
Assistant Stage Manager

JAMIE ORITI
Assistant Stage Manager

CHRIS SIMMONS
Properties Designer

HAZEN TOBAR
Sound Designer

JONATHON HUNTER
Lighting Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

"The 2015 8x10 TheatreFest" — June 10 to 12, 2015

The 8x10 TheatreFestCLICK HERE for information about the 2015 8x10 TheatreFest!

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 • 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 — Nov. 4 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.

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