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The 2018 8x10 TheatreFest

July 19 to 22, 2018

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Announcing the 2018-2019 Season

Celebrating 84 Years!

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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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Upcoming Events

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. These 10 productions will be presented in the Playhouse's 240-seat Founders Theater. 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 all other shows listed below 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.

Dreamgirls
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!

Mamma Mia!
June 13 to July 7, 2019
A Mainstage production

A musical
Music and Lyrics by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Book by Catherine Johnson

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! ABBA's hit songs tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. Over 60 million people worldwide have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show!

The 2018 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.

"Bye Bye Birdie" — Aug. 2 to 19, 2018

Running Aug. 3 to 19, 2018

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Tuesdays — Aug. 7 and 14 — at 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays — Aug. 8 and 15 — at 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays — Aug. 2, 9 and 16 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Aug. 3, 10 and 17 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Aug. 4, 11 and 18 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — Aug. 5, 12 and 19 — at 2:30 p.m.

"Bye Bye Birdie" — Aug. 2 to 19, 2018

"Bye Bye Birdie"
A musical comedy
Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams

Directed by Susan Wallin
Musical Direction by Ron Hazelett
Choreography by Marissa Leenaarts

A Weathervane Playhouse Emerging Artist Series Production

A loving send-up of early 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.

Weathervane Playhouse's production of Bye Bye Birdie is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

TICKET INFORMATION

$20* for adults (ages 18 and older)
$16* for children (ages 17 and younger)

*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.

Group Discounts
$16 per ticket for groups of 12 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Online ticketing will be down during the first two weeks of July due to system upgrades.

(NOTE: Group orders are not available online. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.)

THE CAST

Albert Peterson
JOSHUA LARKIN
 
Rose Alvarez
BRIDGETT MARTINEZ

Conrad Birdie 
MAX WINER
 
Mr. Harry MacAfee 
TOM STEPHAN
 
Mrs. Doris MacAfee
TONYA DUUS
 
Kim MacAfee
LAUREN ODIOSO
 
Randolph MacAfee 
CONOR CLAWSON
 
Hugo Peabody
CONNOR MCFALLS
 
Ursula Merkle  
ABBEY LYMAN
 
Mrs. Mae Peterson -
PATRICK MICHAEL DUKEMAN
 
Gloria Rasputin/Nancy/Dance Captain
MARY ROHRER
 
Mayor/Maude/Bartender/Ensemble 
RICK TAYLOR
 
Mayor’s Wife, Edna
MARI MCCLOUD
 
Mrs. Merkle
LAURA NIEHAUS
 
Helen 
KATY FROELICH
 
Alice
JULIA MULLIN 
 
Margie
KATLYN RANKINS
 
Penelope
GRACE BAILEY
 
Deborah Sue
CORINA RIVERA
 
Suzie 
ABBY WHITNEY
 
Harvey Johnson/First Customer
ELEK KITCHEN
 
Karl/Dishwasher 
JAHLIL UNDERWOOD
 
Freddie/Second Customer 
JOHN KRAUS
 
One Girl 
ANGELINA STALLINGS
 
Ensemble
ILONA KITCHEN, SERENA NAIZER, SKYE KUBINSKI, JONATHON YOKIEL, NATE VANDERNEUT, LUCAS CINKO, JACKSON BIRD, SARA HA, PRUDENCE STEPHENSON, AURORA McCLOUD, LUKAS LEYDEN
 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

SUSAN WALLIN
Director

RON HAZELETT
Musical Director

MARISSA LEENAARTS
Choreographer

JASON BRYAN MAUER
Stage Manager

KAYA SANDAL
Assistant Stage Manager

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

TIFFANY BIRD
Properties Designer

HAZEN TOBAR 
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

KELLIE ROSSINI
Master Electrician

 

"The Divine Sister" -- Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

A Special Event Benefit Performance

"The Divine Sister"
A comedy by Charles Busch

Directed by Curt Arnold

Original artwork logo by Chuck Ayers

Once a year, Weathervane Playhouse plays host to a special-event, one-night-only benefit performance. This year, our "usual suspects" of Cleveland-area theater artists have chosen The Divine Sister — an outrageous comic homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns!

CANAPI

PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT CANAPI

Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative

AND

Evoking such films as The Song of Bernadette, The Bells of St. Mary's, The Singing Nun and Agnes of God, comic mastermind Charles Busch’s The Divine Sister tells the story of St. Veronica's indomitable Mother Superior, who is determined to build a new school for her Pittsburgh convent. Along the way, she has to deal with such challenges as a young postulant who is experiencing "visions," sexual hysteria among her nuns, a sensitive schoolboy in need of mentoring, a mysterious nun visiting from the Mother House in Berlin, and a former suitor intent on luring her away from her vows! This madcap trip through Hollywood religiosity evokes the wildly comic but affectionately observed theatrical style of the creator of Die, Mommie, Die! and Psycho Beach Party.

The performance will be presented in a staged-reading format; it will be performed in costume with some props, but will not feature sets, lighting effects, etc. The show is performed in two acts with an intermission.

The Divine Sister is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: The Divine Sister is recommended for mature audiences. The show is filled with adult humor and sexual situations. Parents are requested to use their discretion in determining if this production may be suitable for their children.

TICKET INFORMATION

All tickets are $25 each*

*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.

This special event will feature RESERVED seating.

Group Discounts
No group-ticket discount is available for this special-event performance.

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 and CREATIVE TEAM

The cast features many favorites of Northeast Ohio theatre fans:

BRIAN ALTMAN
TREY GILPIN
TIM KEO
JONATHAN KRONENBERGER
PAT MILLER
RACHEL GREEN SPENCE

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