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June 8 to July 2, 2017

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July 13 to 16, 2017

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"Disney's The Little Mermaid"

July 27 to Aug. 13, 2017

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Upcoming Events

"Hairspray" — JUne 8 to July 2, 2017

Running June 8 to July 2, 2017

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — June 8, 15, 22 and 29 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — June 9, 16, 23 and 30 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — June 10, 17 and 24 and July 1 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays, June 11, 18 and 25 and July 2 at 2:30 p.m.

"Hairspray" -- June 8 to July 2, 2017"Hairspray"
A musical comedy
Book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O'Donnell
Music by Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by March Shaiman and Scott Wittman
Based on the New Line Cinema film
   written and directed by John Waters

Directed and choreographed by Marissa Leenaarts
Musical Direction by John Ebner

You can't stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl's inspiring dream to dance!

The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.

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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 show...all without denting her 'do!

Hairspray is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. 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 $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $20 on Thursday, June 8 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$10 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after June 8
$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!

THE CAST

SARAH JANE TOY
Tracy Turnblad
 
PATRICK DUKEMAN
Edna Turnblad

TOM STEPHAN
Wilbur Turnblad

RYAN CIRIACO
Corny Collins

MEGHAN CORDIER
Penny Pingleton

SARAH CRAVEN
Amber Von Tussle

PEGGY COYLE
Velma Von Tussle

BRIAN HIRSCH
Link Larkin

JONATHAN MERECHANT
Seaweed J. Stubbs

SYDNEY THOMAS
Motormouth Maybelle
 
ALIYAH EVANS
Little Inez

BRONWYN CRAVEN
Prudy Pingleton/Gym Teacher/Ensemble Mom

SCOTT K. DAVIS
Mr. Pinky/Flasher/Police Officer

ALEXANDRA HARTENSTEIN
Prison Matron/Principal

RUSSELL B. KUNZ
Spritzer/Bum/Guard/Newscaster

JEFF BIXBY
Camera Man
 

Teen Council Members
 
GRACIE THANASIU
Tammy

GRANT CARR
Brad

HOPE SPINNER
Brenda

ZACHARY CHARLICK
Fender

MARY ROHRER
Shelly

MATTHEW BALSIO
Sketch

KAITLYN HARRIS
Louann

JARED SPARKS
I.Q./Hot Dog Man

ANNA CLAWSON
Doreen

ROBERT RUSH
Mikey
 
JEANNE LUSTER
Lucy/Beatnik Chick/Swing

 
The Dynamites
 
ELEASHA GARRETT
Judine

AMAYA MATHIS
Kamilah

JADA-LYNN PLEDGER
Shayna

 
The Ensemble
 
ANGELINA STALLINGS
Cindy

MARISSA DAVIS
Lorraine

ALDEN MUNNERLYN
Thad

ONANIAH GARRETT
Diana

ROCKY KUNZ
Nancy/Hooker/Cue Card Holder

LARRY SIMS
Duane/Photographer

DESTINEE THOMPSON
Francine

THE CREATIVE TEAM

MARISSA LEENAARTS
Director and Choreographer

JOHN EBNER
Musical Director

JEFF BIXBY & JERRY DORTON
Stage Manager

CHRIS SIMMONS
Properties Designer

KEVIN RUTAN
Lighting Designer

JOHN COYNE
Sound Designer

LOREN "COCO" MAYER & JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Co-Designers

RICHARD MORRIS, JR.
Scenic Designer & Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

KELLIE ROSSINI
Master Electrician

"The 2017 8x10 TheatreFest" — July 13 to 16, 2017

Running July 13 to 16, 2017

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 16 at 2:30 p.m.

The 8x10 TheatreFestThe 2017 8x10 TheatreFest
Weathervane's Annual Contest and Festival of 10-Minute Plays
July 13 to 16, 2017

Weathervane Playhouse celebrates the art of the short-format play with the seventh annual 8x10 TheatreFest. Eight plays, 10 minutes each!

Are you an aspiring playwright? Entries for the 2017 8x10 TheatreFest will be accepted up until May 12, 2017. Click the "INFO FOR PLAYWRIGHTS" tab for more information.

The "final eight" plays for the 2017 8x10 TheatreFest will be performed on the Weathervane stage from July 13 to 16, 2017. Audiences will vote to select the first-, second- and third-place winners of the festival. Audience members will also have the opportunity to help select the 2018 festival's inspirational prop! The Sunday matinee will be followed by a reception and the announcement of the winners.

LOOKING FOR THE 2016 WINNERS? Just CLICK HERE.
LOOKING FOR PAST WINNERS? Just CLICK HERE.

INFORMATION FOR PLAYWRIGHTS OVERVIEW

The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday, May 12, 2017

All entrants will receive:
• Acknowledgment of receipt of submissions and administrative fee.
• Notification of 8 Finalist plays, preceding TheatreFest.
• Notification of winners, following the conclusion of TheatreFest

All information will be posted to this website.

THE PRIZES

Each of the eight finalists will receive a full production of his or her play and two complimentary tickets to TheatreFest. (We can’t offer travel and room accommodations for finalists, those who are able to attend will be greeted, feted, and showered with recognition!)

Additionally, we will send out press releases about the finalist playwrights to our local publications and to any of the playwrights’ respective outlets.  

First Place: $350
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $150
Five Runners Up: $50/each

THE RULES

EACH PLAY SUBMISSION MUST FOLLOW THE RULES BELOW:

  1. Each play must include the 2017 prop, a box of tarot cards.  See description below.
  2. Maximum running time is 10 minutes.  Less is fine.
  3. Cast maximum is three. Any combo, gender-wise.  No characters under the age of sixteen.
  4. Technical requirements must be minimal. Plays produced are performed on a bare stage utilizing wooden blocks and simple furniture to signify a variety of things. Costume, sound and lighting requirements must also be simple.
  5. No one-person plays, no musicals, or children’s plays.
  6. Playwrights must be at least 18 years old.
  7. Submitted plays must be un-produced and un-performed outside of readings, workshops, and festivals. Submitted plays may have been entered in other contests.
  8. You must be the sole creator of the play and entitled to confer performance rights.
  9. If chosen as a finalist, you grant performance rights, royalty-free, to Weathervane Playhouse for four performances during the 2017 8x10 TheatreFest.
  10. The play remains the sole property of the playwright.

THE 2017 INSPIRATION — A BOX OF TAROT CARDS

Each year at TheatreFest, the audience chooses a special prop that must be incorporated into the following year’s plays.

Our 2016 audience members chose a box of tarot cards.  The box is pictured below, tarot cards are inside.  The box and tarot cards cannot be damaged or destroyed in your script.

All plays must include a box of tarot cards.   It must be seen on stage -- talking about it does not count. The prop may be incidental, tangential, or the centerpiece of the play -- be creative in your use of it!

HOW TO ENTER

Please note, there is a $10 administrative fee per playwright. Scripts cannot be submitted without payment.
Please CLICK HERE to read why we charge a fee.

The first page of your play document must be a title page which should include:

  1. Contact info: name, mailing address, phone numbers, and e-mail address
  2. Title of play
  3. A short summary of the play
  4. Brief descriptions of the two to three characters in the play.
  5. Page numbers.

A few pointers:

  • Carefully read and review the rules and entry guidelines.
  • Whenever possible, give your characters names rather than Woman 1Man A, etc…
  • Your play can run less than 10 minutes, but cannot run over.  We suggest reading your play out loud before submitting.
  • Send your play in early for the best possible review and consideration of your work.

Questions? Contact Scott Davis HERE.

To submit a play, CLICK HERE

All eight finalist plays for the 2017 8x10 TheatreFest will be presented at each of the four performances listed below.

THE PERFORMANCES
Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 14, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 15, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

Single tickets are $12 each.

*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.

Ticket-holders for the Sunday, July 16 performance are invited to the post-performance reception in the Weathervane lobby, at which the 2017 TheatreFest winners will be announced.

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.

Fantasy and reality live side by side as Disney, Mel Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winners, and Akron-area premieres highlight our exciting new season!

With a wonderful mix of the fantastical and human, there is truly something for everyone who loves theater in our upcoming season.

The new season — which runs from July 2017 to June 2018 — offers seven Mainstage shows, three Emerging Artist shows and two Dietz Theater productions.

Season subscriptions are on sale now. Call the Box Office at 330-836-2626 for details. Tickets are on sale now for groups (of 12 or larger) only for Disney's The Little Mermaid, but single tickets (11 or fewer) will go on sale for this show on May 1. Single tickets for It's Only a Play will go on sale July 3. Single tickets for all other shows listed below will go on sale Aug. 1.

Here are the productions on deck for the 2017-2018 season:

Disney’s The Little Mermaid
July 27 to Aug. 13, 2017
An Emerging Artists Series production

A musical
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Sater, Book by Doug Wright

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages.

With its tuneful songs and compelling story, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."

Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

It’s Only a Play
Aug. 31 to Sept. 17, 2017
A Main Stage production

A comedy by Terrence McNally

It's the opening night of The Golden Egg on Broadway, and the wealthy producer Julia Budder is throwing a lavish party in her lavish Manhattan townhouse. Downstairs the celebrities are pouring in, but the real action is upstairs where a group of insiders have staked themselves out in the producer's bedroom, waiting for the reviews to come in. Included are the excitable young author; the brilliant but unstable director (who courts failure and is devastated when his work is well received); the pill-popping leading lady (who is hoping to revive her career after a series of flop movies); and the playwright's best friend, an egotistical but insecure comic actor who passed up a chance to star in the play for a television series—which has since been cancelled. Also present are a fawning, hypocritical drama critic (who is a closet playwright); a would-be singer working as a part-time servant; and a hard-boiled lady taxi driver who has seen it all, many times over. The good natured bonhommie with which the evening begins grows steadily bitchier—and funnier—as the reviews (all bad) come in, and those assembled seek desperately to pin the blame on each other. But, as euphoria slides into despair, the narcissism, ambition, childishness and just plain irrationality that infuse the theatre and its denizens take over, and as the curtain falls plans are eagerly afoot for their next venture—this one sure to be the hit they have all been hoping for.

Young Frankenstein
Oct. 5 to 22, 2017
A Main Stage production

A musical comedy
Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy. The comedy genius Mel Brooks has adapted his legendarily funny film into a brilliant stage creation — Young Frankenstein!

Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced "Fronk-en-steen") inherits his family's estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced "Eye-gore"), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. "It's alive!" he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather's. Eventually, of course, the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.

Talking With…
Nov. 2 to 12, 2017
A Dietz Theater production

A dramatic comedy by Jane Martin

Talking With… is a play comprised of monologues, each eight to ten minutes long and featuring a different female character who talks about her life and her own personal ordeals.

These extraordinary monologues received a standing ovation at Actors Theatre of Louisville. These idiosyncratic characters amuse, move and frighten, always speaking from the depths of their souls. They include a baton twirler, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex rodeo rider and an actress willing to go to any length to get a job.

Many of the monologues are touching, some are intensely emotional, and a couple are even comical. All of the pieces, however, show how the varied experiences and events in one's life affect who we are as humans.

A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Nov. 21 to Dec. 17, 20017
An Emerging Artist Series Production

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Book by Lynn Ahrens and Mike Ockrent
Based on the story by Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge and his ghostly encounters come to life in this lavish and thrilling musical adaptation. Broadway heavy hitters Alan Menken (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Little Shop of Horrors) and Lynn Ahrens (Ragtime, Seussical, Once on This Island) breathe fantastic new life into the classic tale of A Christmas Carol.

Scrooge is a prosperous curmudgeon who believes personal wealth is far more valuable than the happiness and comfort of others. With an infuriated "Bah! Humbug!" Scrooge wants nothing to do with Christmas tidings and charitable giving — but he's forced to face his selfish ways when three ghosts on Christmas Eve lead him through his own past, present and future. Thanks to their guidance, Scrooge recognizes his faults and greets Christmas morning with a cheerful "Happy Christmas!" before spending the day reconnecting and sharing love with those that mean the most to him.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Jan. 11 to 21, 2018
A Main Stage production

A musical drama by Lanie Robertson

The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday's last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.

Doubt
Feb. 1 to 11, 2018
A Dietz Theater production

A drama by John Patrick Shanley

Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for best play, Doubt is set in a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964. Sister Aloysius, a strong-minded woman, wrestles with conscience and uncertainty when she is faced with serious concerns about one of her male colleagues, the young Father Flynn. Written by John Patrick Shanley — the Bronx-born-and-bred playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Moonstruck — dramatizes issues straight from today’s headlines within a world re-created with knowing detail and a judicious eye.

Holes
Feb. 21 to March 4, 2018
An Emerging Artist Series production

A play by Louis Sachar

Based on the young adult mystery/comic novel of the same name — and adapted for the stage by the author himself — Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, a boy who has endured nothing but bad luck thanks to a curse placed on his great-great-grandfather. His bad luck reaches its peak when he is sent to a juvenile detention camp — all for a crime he did not commit! Stanley and the boys are forced to dig large holes in the dirt every day. Hole by hole, day after day, Stanley and his friend Zero dig their destiny. But the play poses a philosophical question: Are we the people we are because of circumstance or do we become the people we were meant to be when we make different choices? 

It Shoulda Been You
March 22 to April 15, 2018
A Main Stage production

A musical
Book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove, Music by Barbara Anselmi, Additional Lyrics by Michael Cooper, Will Randall, Carla Rose Fisher, Ernie Lijoi, Jill Abramovitz, and based on a concept by Barbara Anselmi

This is a sweet and wild musical farce with blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing moms, unexpected guests and plenty of crazy twists and turns!

A world where nothing is what it seems, religions collide, Machiavellian plots are revealed, promises are broken, secrets are exposed and hope springs from the most unlikely of places.... Is it the latest conflict in the Middle East? No, it's just the Steinberg wedding. The charming, funny and original new musical, It Shoulda Been You invites you to a wedding day that you'll never forget, where anything that can go wrong does, and love pops up in mysterious places.

The bride is Jewish. The groom is Catholic. Her mother is a force of nature. His mother is a tempest in a cocktail shaker. And, when the bride's ex-boyfriend crashes the party, the perfect wedding starts to unravel faster than you can whistle "Here Comes the Bride!" It's up to the sister of the bride to turn a tangled mess into happily ever after in this musical comedy for anyone who ever had parents.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
May 3 to 20, 2018
A Main Stage production

Sex, intrigue, betrayal, and revenge! Two lovers conspire to ruin the reputation of a young innocent.  As their games of seduction become more intricate, the stakes become higher than either could imagine.This tale of seduction is set in France among aristocrats before the revolution.  Les Liaisons Dangereuses explores decadent sexuality, morality, and manipulation played as the ultimate game with tragic results.  

 

Into the Woods
June 7 to July 1, 2018
A Main Stage production

A musical
Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine

The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make.

James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and bring them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece...and a rare modern classic. The Tony Award-winning book and score are both enchanting and touching.

The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.

The 2018 8x10 TheatreFest
July 19 to 22, 2018
A Main Stage production

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

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