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Announcing the 2018-2019 Season!

Friday, February 16, 2018 11:55:00 PM

Weathervane Playhouse announced its 84th season at a special Valentine’s Cabaret event on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

The new season — which runs from August 2018 to July 2019 — offers seven Mainstage shows and three Emerging Artist shows. Several special-event performances for the Playhouse’s “second stage,” the John L. Dietz Theater, will be announced at a future date.

Season subscriptions are on sale now. Call the Box Office at 330-836-2626 for details.

Tickets for groups only (12 or more people) for Bye Bye Birdie go on sale Feb. 20; single tickets for this show go on sale May 1. Single tickets for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will go on sale July 3. Single tickets for all other shows listed above will go on sale Aug. 1.

Here are the productions on deck for the 2018-2019 season:

Bye Bye Birdie
Aug. 2 to 19, 2018
An Emerging Artist Series production

A Musical Comedy
Book by Michael Stewart, music by Charles Strouse and lyrics by Lee Adams

A loving send-up of the 1960s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock ‘n’ roll, Bye Bye Birdie remains as fresh and vibrant as ever. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted into the army, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss.

Featuring a tuneful, high-energy score — with such memorable songs as “Put on a Happy Face,” “One Last Kiss,” “One Boy,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do,” “Kids!” and “Rosie” — and a hilarious script, Bye Bye Birdie continues to delight audiences after nearly 60 years since its debut.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Sept. 6 to Sept. 23, 2018
A Mainstage Series production

A drama by Simon Stephens
Adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon

Adapted for the stage from the bestselling, award-winning novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time offers a richly theatrical exploration of a touching and bleakly humorous tale. Christopher, 15 years old, stands beside Mrs Shears's dead dog. It has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in the book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington. He has an extraordinary brain and is exceptional at mathematics, but he is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. But Christopher's detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that turns his world upside-down.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Oct. 11 to 28, 2018
A Mainstage Series production

A musical
Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film

From an Academy Award-winning team of songwriters comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero. Based on the Hugo novel and featuring 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 Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book for this stage adaptation embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies — and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Nov. 20 to Dec. 22, 2018
An Emerging Artist Series production

A musical
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable!

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a reimagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, his 11 brothers and the coat of many colors. It’s an irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son.

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.

Back by popular demand on the Weathervane Playhouse stage, it is no exaggeration to say that Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has become an Akron holiday-season tradition!

Almost, Maine
Jan. 17 to Feb. 3, 2019
A Mainstage Production

A play by John Cariani

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend — almost — in this delightful midwinter night's dream.

Feb. 21 to March 17, 2019
A Mainstage production

A musical
Book and lyrics by Tom Eyen
Music by Henry Krieger

Dreamgirls is a show about a time in American musical history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music creating a new American sound. Act One is set in the fabulous 1960s — a time when we were still screaming at Elvis and listening to the Beatles, but were dancing to the new beat of countless girl and boy groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations and The Shirelles. Dreamgirls is not just about the singing and the dancing and the performing. The play is also about the behind-the-scenes reality of the entertainment industry — the business part of show business that made possible this cultural phenomenon. Act Two shows the creation and the arrival of disco — though the word is never used in the script. The subject matter of this play deals with a musical contribution to America of such importance that only now — decades later — are we beginning to understand.

The Diary of Anne Frank
April 4 to 20, 2019
An Emerging Artist Series production

A drama adapted by Wendy Kesselman from the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

In this transcendently powerful new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges from history as a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, The Diary of Anne Frank captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence — their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!" This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

Noises Off
May 9 to 26, 2019
A Mainstage production

A comedy by Michael Frayn

Often called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off is the hilarious play-within-a-play that takes a peek behind the curtain as a crazy troupe of second-rate British theater actors rehearse for a show called Nothing’s On. During the first act, we see the harried director attempting to rein in the chaos as his hapless actors stumble through a painfully bad rehearsal. In Act II, Nothing’s On has opened on the road, and this time we in the audience get to see how things are going from backstage. And things do NOT go well! The actors cannot remember their lines, off-stage love triangles begin to unravel, sardines fly everywhere and general pandemonium ensues. Full of side-splitting, laugh-out-loud physical comedy, Noises Off promises a guaranteed good night out at the theater!

Season-Finale Musical: To Be Announced in Fall 2018
June 13 to July 7, 2019
A Mainstage production

Stay tuned! An exciting musical for this slot will be announced in the fall of 2018!  Take a Chance with us on this musical -- Knowing me and knowing you, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do think you will love it!

The 2019 8x10 TheatreFest
July 18 to 21, 2019
A Main Stage production

Eight plays, 10 minutes each! Weathervane Playhouse’s ninth annual contest and festival of new works celebrates the art of the short-format play.

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