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"The Curious Incident
of the Dog in the Night-Time"

Sept. 6 to 23, 2018

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"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"

Oct. 11 to 28, 2018

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"Storytime with Hassan"

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

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Upcoming Events

"Clue-time" — Friday, Oct. 5, 2018

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

"Clue" — Friday, Oct. 5, 2018"Clue" — A Staged Reading

Adapted from the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
Additional materials by Hunter Foster, Eric Price and Sandy Rustin
Adapted from the Paramount Pictures film written by Jonathan Lynn and the board game from Hasbro, Inc.

Directed by Pat Robertell-Hudson

On a dark and stormy night, six unique guests — plus a butler and a maid — assemble for a dinner party at the home of Mr. Boddy. When their host turns up dead, it is clear that no one is safe! Soon the guests are racing to find the killer and keep the body count from stacking up!

Based on the popular board game and adapted from the cult classic film, Clue is the comedy whodunit that will keep you guessing (and laughing!) to the very end.

The performance will be presented in a staged-reading format; it will be performed on Weathervane's Dietz Theater stage with actors reading from their scripts and will not feature scenic elements, costumes, lighting effects, etc. The show is performed in one act with no intermission.

Clue contains adult humor and mild violence. Clue is presented through special arrangement with Broadway Licensing.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets are $10* 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.

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE VENUE

Clue is presented in Weathervane Playhouse's John L. Dietz Theater, the intimate 48-seat "second stage." All seats are sold on a general-admission basis ("first come, first seated"). Typically, seating for the performance begins 30 minutes before curtain. Ticketholders are encouraged to arrive no later than 10 minutes before the performance. Latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate break in the play's action. Clue is performed with NO intermission. The show has a running time of approximately 90 minutes.

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

BRANDI EATON
Reader

ROB WALTER
Wadsworth

CHARLOTTE SENTERS
Yvette

ROSE GABRIELLE
Miss Scarlett

DARLENE ROCCO
Mrs. Peacock

LOREENA GOOLD
Mrs. White

ADAM ALDERSON
Colonel Mustard

SCOTT K. DAVIS
Professor Plum

DAN WILLIAMS
Mr. Green

ANNETTE FERNANDEZ
Woman

JOE DILULLO
Man

THE CREATIVE TEAM

PAT ROBERTELL-HUDSON
Director

TBA
Stage Manager

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" — Oct. 11 to 28, 2018

Running Oct. 11 to 28, 2018

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

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

"Bye Bye Birdie" — Aug. 2 to 19, 2018

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
A musical
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell

Directed and Choreographed by Marissa Leenaarts
Musical Direction by Ed Ridley

As the bells of Notre Dame ring from the heights of the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris, Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer observes the city reveling in the annual Feast of Fools. Escaping the stony prison of his caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the gypsy Esmeralda. What follows is a timeless tale of love, power, and the value of all human life.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and 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 Menken and Schwartz. Hailed as an "instant classic," audiences will be swept away by the magic of this unforgettable musical.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets range between $10 and $26

*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.

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $20 on Thursday, October 11 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$10 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after October 11
$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: 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

Quasimodo
TONY HEFFNER

Dom Claude Frollo
THOMAS BAUMGARDNER

Esmeralda
BROOKE LYTTON

Phoebus Du Martin
JONATHAN MERECHANT

Clopin Trouillefou 
MICHAEL MOYSEENKO 

Jehan
BENJAMIN ARRINGTON

Saint Aphrodisius
GARY DAVIS

King Louis XI
TYLER FERREBEE

Florika
TÉA WITTMANN

Father Dupin/Tribunal
ADAM ALDERSON

Lt. Frederic Charlus
JASON COPEN

Madam
LAURA NIEHAUS

Congregants
MELISSA TIPPIN
MARGO TIPPING
GARY DAVIS

Gargoyles
ALEXANDRA VANALLEN
LAURA NIEHAUS
TYLER FERREBEE
SARAH JANE TOY
BENJAMIN ARRINGTON
JASON COPEN
TÉA WITTMANN
PATRICK SULLIVAN

Choir/Ensemble
KATE JOHNSON
VANESSA YOVANOVICH
JASON BRYAN MAURER
EMILY CONTI
MARY ROHRER
CONNOR MAST
OWEN CASINO
CASEY HA
SYDNEY BANKS
SARAH LAVENDAR NEES
MADISON PELLE
JASEN J. SMITH
PATRICK RYEL

THE CREATIVE TEAM

MARISSA LEENAARTS
Director/Choreographer

ED RIDLEY
Musical Director

JOSHUA LARKIN
Assistant Director

KELLIE ROSSINI
Stage Manager/Master Electrician

RICHARD MORRIS, JR. 
Scenic Designer/Technical Director 

AYRON LORD
KAYA SANDEL
Properties Designers/Assistant Stage Managers

TOM LIGGETT
Sound Designer

RICHARD MORRIS, JR.
Lighting Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

A Special Event!

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

"Storytime with Hassan" — Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018"Story Time with Hassan"
A Special Event

Weathervane Playhouse is excited to announce a new partnership with Story Time with Hassan!

This program has been around for over two decades serving students in the Cleveland area. Weathervane Playhouse is excited to now bring this program to Akron!

To celebrate this new partnership, Weathervane Playhouse will host two performances on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

To learn more about Story Time with Hassan CLICK HERE

PERFORMANCE AND TICKET INFORMATION

Matinee Performance for Students
Teachers! Bring your students to come experience Story Time with Hassan live!
When: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at 10 a.m.
Cost: $7 per student/teacher

Evening Performance
When: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at 7 p.m.
Cost: $10* per person
The evening performance with feature Cleveland percussionist Bill Ransom.
Pre-show activities for kids will start at 6 p.m.
Kids will get to make their own instruments, enjoy light refreshments, and more!

*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.

HOW TO GET TICKETS

For the 10 a.m. performance, school groups should contact the Weathervane Playhouse Box Office to book their groups. Call 330-836-2626.

Tickets for the evening performance can be purchased in person, by telephone or online.

*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.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

For the evening performance, 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.

ABOUT THE PERFORMER

"Hassan Rogers"In 1991, Hassan Rogers began his work with children in the East Cleveland School District’s early childhood/special education program. Hassan’s desire to help unlock the creative potential in children led him to join Karamu House’s Drama/Theatre for Youth (DTY) project. An educational theater-outreach initiative that began in 1992, DTY garnered the Ann Flagg Award for Excellence in Arts Education during Hassan’s first season with Karamu.

During his time with Karamu, Hassan showed his breadth and depth as an actor, gaining acclaim as a powerful presence on stage. Storytime with Hassan was launched in 1993. This touring, interactive storytelling production was designed to provide unique Language Arts curriculum supplements and performances. Some 25 years later, Storytime with Hassan has toured to 10 school districts in three states, impacting over 200,000 children and adults to discover the magic that happens in the classroom and on stage.

In 1999, Hassan won a national playwrights' competition for his autobiographical play, Mrs. Rogers’ Back Porch. The critically acclaimed production featured Hassan in multiple capacities: writer, director and principal actor. That year, he began a 10-year guest directorship at Karamu House Theater, one of the nation’s oldest theatre companies. While pursuing his love of theater arts, he concurrently began to make a name for himself as a voice-over artist and segment producer in the world of sports journalism and broadcasting.

Hassan’s voice-character creations are heard worldwide on the internationally syndicated radio program Your Story Hour. Hassan’s most recent accomplishment is becoming a contributing writer for The Regal Media Group. Now, Hassan’s singular perspectives can be read worldwide.

 

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