Announcing the 2016-2017 Season!

7/18/2016 - 8/31/2016
12:00 AM
11:59 PM

Two Pulitzer Prize winners, five musicals, a classic comedy, three powerful dramas and one dramatic comedy.

Weathervane Playhouse's just-announced 2016-2017 season promises all this — and more!

Artistic Director Melanie YC Pepe and Managing Director Lisa Mansfield were pleased to announce the new season to a gathering of Weathervane subscribers and friends on April 6.

The new season — which runs from July 2016 to June 2017 — offers seven Mainstage shows, three Emerging Artist shows and two Dietz Theater productions. Additionally, the 8x10 TheatreFest (Weathervane's 10-minute play festival) will cap the season in July 2017.

Season subscriptions are on sale now. Call the Box Office at 330-836-2626 for details. Tickets are on sale now for groups only for Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, but single tickets will go on sale for this show on May 2. Single tickets for You Can't Take it With You will go on sale July 1. Single tickets for all other shows listed below will go on sale Aug. 1.

Here are the productions on deck for the 2016-2017 season:

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka

A musical
Music and Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Adapted for the Stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 
An Emerging Artist Series production
Directed by Sarah Elaine Bailey
Musical Direction by Sharon Dobbins Alberson
Assistant Director and Choreographer: Marissa Leenaarts

On stage July 29 to August 14, 2016

Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory — or suffer the consequences!

You Can't Take it With You

A comedy by George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart
A Mainstage production
Director Fred Gloor

On stage Aug. 25 to Sept. 11, 2016

At first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder! In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. The plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with Alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. The shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows Alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. The Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to Alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores.

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
A Mainstage production
Directed by Bob Russell
Musical Direction by John Ebner

On stage Sept. 29 to Oct. 16, 2016

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 drama by John Logan
A Dietz Theater production
Directed by Melanie YC Pepe

On stage Oct. 27 to Nov. 12, 2016

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.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

A musical
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
An Emerging Artist Series production
Directed by Sarah Elaine Bailey
Musical Direction by Sharon Dobbins Alberson
Assistant Director and Choreographer: Marissa Leenaarts

On stage Nov. 22 to Dec. 18, 2016

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable! Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

The Santaland Diaries

A comedy by David Sedaris
Adapted by Joe Mantello
A Mainstage production
Directed by Melanie YC Pepe

On stage Dec. 1 to 17, 2016

The Santaland Diaries is a brilliant evocation of what a slacker's Christmas must feel like. Out of work, our slacker decides to become a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply humiliating — but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa's workshop, he becomes battle weary and bitter. Taking consolation in the fact that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and parents alike.

A Kid Like Jake

A drama by Daniel Pearle
A Mainstage production
Directed by Bob Belfance

On stage Jan 12 to 22, 2017

On the eve of the admissions cycle for Manhattan's most exclusive private schools, Alex and Greg have high hopes for their son Jake, a precocious four-year-old who happens to prefer Cinderella to G.I. Joe. But as the process continues, Jake's behavior becomes erratic and perplexing, and other adults in his life start to wonder whether his fondness for dress-up might be cause for concern. The story of a husband and wife struggling to do right by their son, A Kid Like Jake is a study of intimacy and parenthood and the fantasies that accompany both.

I Love You Because

A musical
Music by Joshua Salzman
Book and lyrics by Ryan Cunningham
A Dietz Theater production
Directed by Will Crosby
Musical Direction by John Ebner

On stage Feb. 2 to 18, 2017

I Love You Because is a modern twist on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, set in New York City. A young, uptight greeting card writer’s life is changed when he meets a flighty photographer. Along with their eccentric friends and siblings, they learn to love each other not in spite of their faults, but because of them.

To Kill a Mockingbird

A drama
Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the novel by Harper Lee
An Emerging Artist Series production
Directed by Jimmie Woody

On stage Feb. 23 to March 12, 2017

One of the most honored and beloved novels of all time comes to life on stage in this tender and powerful adaptation. Set in a small town in the Deep South in the 1930s, racial injustice envelops a community and transfigures one girl's life in astonishing ways.

Jesus Christ Superstar

A musical
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
A Mainstage production
Directed by Melanie YC Pepe
Musical Direction by Sharon Dobbins Alberson
Choreography by Kevin Lambes

On stage March 30 to April 23, 2017

It seems especially fitting that the first rock opera, created as a concept album at the end of the turbulent '60s, should have at its center a social and political rebel. Jesus' meteor-like rise in renown provides, as the title suggests, a parallel to contemporary celebrity worship. As his radical teachings are evermore embraced, Judas increasingly questions the enlightened motives of this new prophet, resulting in betrayal. Christ's final days are dramatized with emotional intensity, thought-provoking edge and explosive theatricality. Propelled by a stirring score, by turns driving and majestic, satirical and tender, Jesus Christ Superstar illuminates the transcendent power of the human spirit with a passion that goes straight to the heart.

The Flick

A dramatic comedy by Annie Baker
A Mainstage production
Directed by Craig Joseph

On stage May 4 to 14, 2017

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With a keen insight and finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


A musical comedy
Book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell
Music by Mark Shaiman
Lyrics by Mark Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters
A Mainstage production
Directed and choreographed by Marrissa Leenaarts
Musical Direction by John Ebner

On stage June 8 to July 2, 2017

The 1950's are out and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs. It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire — to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network — all without denting her 'do!

The 8x10 Theatrefest

A special event
On stage July 13 to July 16, 2017

Eight plays, 10 minutes each! Weathervane Playhouse celebrates the art of the short-format play in this annual contest and festival of 10-minute plays!

Box Office Info

Mondays: CLOSED
Tuesdays—Fridays: 11 am to 5 pm
Performance Saturdays: Noon to 5 pm

The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the end of each performance.

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