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"Little Shop of Horrors"

Sept. 29 to Oct. 16, 2016

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"Miss Millie's Speakeasy"
Our Annual Gala

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

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"Red"

Oct. 27 to Nov. 12, 2016

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"Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolor Dreamcoat"

Nov. 22 to Dec. 18, 2016

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Upcoming Events

Weathervane's Annual Gala -- Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

A SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT

  • One night only: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.

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"Miss Millie's Speakeasy -- Weathervane's Annual Gala" -- Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at 5:30 p.m.

Miss Millie's Speakeasy
Weathervane's Annual Gala
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Miss Millie has given you the password to the hottest spot in town!
Join your favorite Weathervane friends and supporters for a gala affair!

Come gather at the Playhouse on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, for a very special night of exquisite food, delicious drinks and amazing items and packages up for bid in both a silent-auction setup as well as an exciting live auction!

All proceeds from the night will benefit the general operating fund of Weathervane Playhouse — thus ensuring that the show will always "go on!"

The Evening's Honorary Chairpersons

Ms. Margaret J. Dietz was an instrumental part of Weathervane’s education division for many years. She was responsible for coordinating Youth Theater Workshop, Adult Workshop, Stage II and Play Selection Committee. Her four children were involved in various classes. This combined with her strong belief in the power of the “magic of make-believe” allowed for the creation of the John L. Dietz Theater, in memory of her youngest son. For the past 10 years, shows that previously might not have been produced locally were introduced in the Dietz Theater thanks to her continued support. Margaret was president of the Board of Trustees from 1982-1985. Along with James Kovack, she helped lead a successful campaign to make Weathervane accessible for people with disabilities, as well as installing restrooms on the first floor. She also is a wealth of knowledge of Weathervane’s past, but never wants to hear that something cannot be changed or grow.

MS. Helen D. Fleming has been involved at Weathervane for over 50 years. She served in many endeavors over those years including President of The Women’s Board, head of the Youth Theater Workshops, coordinator of the Christmas Show and recruitment of volunteers. She pioneered a play reading group which outgrew her living room to become Weathervane’s Stage II and served on the Board of Trustees. Helen did everything from selling season tickets to serving as Marketing Manager for the playhouse. Helen’s talents onstage include performances on the mainstage in: Guys and Dolls, Summer and Smoke, The Male Animal, and Snow White as well as performing on Stage II in Gideon. Helen and her family were instrumental in the establishment of Weathervane in the Merriman Valley and husband Cue left an indelible mark on Weathervane. Helen’s continued support and attendance at the theater fills all of our days with the stories and memories of our history and an eye to our future.

The Evening's Timeline

5:30 p.m.
Ritz Soiree Patron Party begins in the lobby
Soiree guests will enjoy drinks and appetizers and an exclusive hour for silent auction bidding and entertainment

6:30 p.m.
Ritz Soiree Patron Dinner begins on the Founders and Dietz Theater stages

6:30 p.m.
The Flapper Parlor opens in the lobby
Flapper guests will enjoy drinks, appetizers and silent auction bidding

All Guests - starting with Ritz Soiree at 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Enjoy 1920's inspired music stylings of The Angie Haze Project (a local Akron talent)
Participate in the Wine Pull
Purchase your Heads-or-Tails raffle beads

8 p.m.
Silent Auction Closes

8:15 p.m.
The Live Auction Commences in the Founders Theater

9 p.m.
Dessert in the lobby

9:15 p.m.
Silent and Live Auction Checkout

LEVELS OF SUPPORT

Ritz Soiree Patron Party Beginning at 5:30 p.m.
$200* per person or $350* per couple
Includes Patron Party with hors d’oeuvres, two (2) drink tickets per person and cash bar, dinner, auctions and dessert
* $155 or $260 is tax deductible, respectively

The Flapper Parlor Beginning at 6:30 p.m.
(aka the Main Lobby)
$50* per person or $75* per couple
Includes two (2) drink tickets per person, cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, auctions and dessert
* $35 or $45 is tax deductible, respectively

Suggested Attire
“Black Tie” optional; Flapper or 1920's style optional

GET TICKETS

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

You may also make reservations by phone. Just call 330-836-2626.

Unable to attend? Become a Spirit Sponsor for the Gala. Donate any amount and receive a listing in the souvenir program. Be sure to put "Gala Spirit Sponsor" in the PayPal comment line.  CLICK HERE to go to our donation page.

If you have any questions, please call the Playhouse at 330-836-2626!

 

"Red" — Oct. 27 to Nov. 12, 2016

Running Oct. 27 to Nov. 12, 2016

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 and 10 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Oct. 28 and Nov. 4 and 11 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 and 12 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • PLUS Saturdays, Nov. 5 and 12 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — Oct. 30 and Nov. 6 — at 2:30 p.m.

"Red" -- Oct. 27 to Nov. 12, 2016"Red"
A drama by John Logan

Directed by Melanie Y.C. Pepe

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.

Red was first produced by the Donmar Warehouse in London in December 2009. The original production was directed by Michael Grandage and performed by Alfred Molina as Rothko and Eddie Redmayne as his fictional assistant Ken. The production, with its two leads, transferred to Broadway at the John Golden Theater for a limited engagement which began on March 11, 2010 and closed on June 27. It was the 2010 Tony Award winner for Best Play. Additionally, Redmayne won a 2010 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play.

Audience Advisory: Due to adult language and themes, this play is not suitable for children.

Red is presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

TICKET INFORMATION

$22
$20 for seniors on Thursdays and matinees only
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$11 for college students

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE VENUE

Red 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 each 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. Red is performed with NO intermission.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

TICKETS GO ON SALE AUG. 1, 2016.

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

RUSSELL KUNZ
Mark Rothko

JOSHUA LARKIN
Ken

THE CREATIVE TEAM

MELANIE YC PEPE
Director

AL COSTA
Stage Manager

ROB PECK
Scenic Designer

PAM PARKS COSTA
Properties Designer

SUE STOUT-DAVIS
Lighting Designer

CHRISTOPHER PEPE
Sound Designer

JASEN SMITH
Costume Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" -- Nov. 26 to Dec. 22, 2013

Running Nov. 22 to Dec. 18, 2016

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

FRIDAYS: Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAYS: Nov. 26 at 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 3:30 p.m.
► PLUS Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17 at 11:30 a.m.

SUNDAY, Nov. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
SUNDAYS, Dec. 4 and 11 at 4:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

WEEKDAY SCHOOL MATINEES
Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.

►Our schedule of YOUTH CHORUSES and their performances is listed below.

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

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. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar — but then he finds that thwarting romantic advances from Potiphar's wife lands him in jail! When news of Joseph's gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as a rock star!), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command.

SPONSORSHIP SUPPORT PROVIDED BY

 

THIS YEAR'S YOUTH CHORUSES SCHEDULE

RITZMAN CLC
Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m.

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES SCHOOL
Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 3:30 p.m.

MILLER SOUTH /
MRS. HEFFERNAN’S CLASS

Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17 at 3:30 p.m.

MILLER SOUTH / MRS. HAZLETT’S
AND MRS. GALAMBOS'S CLASSES

Thursday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m.

Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. 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!

As in previous years’ productions of the musical, the 2016 production will also employ the use of a youth chorus. Students from local schools will perform in rotation with the young actors in Weathervane’s production. This year’s participating schools are Ritzman Community Learning Center, Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts, and St. Francis de Sales School. (Please see this year's schedule of youth choruses on the right side of this page.)

• Cool facts about this show: Since 1972, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has had four major productions in London’s West End theater district and two on Broadway in New York City – in addition to numerous national touring productions in the United Kingdom, the United States and in international locales. The show’s licensing agent, the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, estimates that more than 20,000 productions have been staged over the years by schools and amateur-theater groups.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is presented through special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company (formerly The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by R&H. The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

TICKET INFORMATION

Single Tickets
$14 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$18 for adults (ages 18 and older)

Group Discounts
$14 per ticket for groups of 12 or larger.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

TICKETS GO ON SALE AUG. 1, 2016!

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!

NOTE: Tickets for either groups or for the 10 a.m. performances are NOT available for purchase online.
Instead, please contact the Box Office directly at 330-836-2626.

"WHEN PERFORMANCES ARE SOLD OUT,
CAN PEOPLE GET THEIR NAMES ON A WAITING LIST FOR TICKETS?"

Beginning one hour before the performance, the Box Office takes names for a stand-by list.

Those who wish to be on the stand-by list must be present beginning one hour before the performance.

Sometimes, during the last hour before a sold-out performance, ticket holders “turn back” tickets to the Box Office if they cannot use all of their tickets.

If any tickets are turned back to the box office in the hour leading up to the performance, we will re-sell these tickets to those people whose names are on the stand-by list for that performance.

The stand-by list is NOT a guarantee that you will see the show. The Box Office cannot predict with any accuracy whether any tickets will become available for purchase during this last hour leading up to the performance.

THE CAST

CHARLIE GRUHLER
Joseph

KATE KLIKA
Narrator

MICHAEL GAULT
Pharaoh / Potiphar / Reuben

JEFF BIXBY
Jacob

JOCELYN SCOTT
The Baker / Asher's Wife

MARY GRACE CORRIGAN
The Butler / Mrs. Potiphar / Reuben's Wife

ALDEN MUNNERLYN
Simeon

AUDREY HALVORSON
Simeon's Wife

THEODORE MANSFIELD
Levi

MARY ROHRER
Levi's Wife

CHRISTIAN THOMAS
Naphtali

SARAH CRAVEN
Naphtali's Wife / Dance Captain

PAUL CINKO
Issachar

ALEXIS ROBLES
Issachar's Wife

ELEK KITCHEN
Asher

NOAH VEGA
Dan

ANNA CLAWSON
Dan's Wife

ZACHARY CHARLICK
Zebulun

ALIYAH EVANS
Zebulun's Wife

CONNOR McFALLS
Gad

JILL KLIKA
Gad's Wife

LOGAN CHAPMAN
Judah

ABIGAIL LYMAN
Judah's Wife

CASEY HA
Benjamin

GIOVANNA ABUCEJO
Benjamin's Wife

JACKSON BIRD
Ishmaelite

ISABEL GILL
Ishmaelite

LUKAS CINKO
Ishmaelite

ILONA KITCHEN
Ishmaelite

THE CREATIVE TEAM

SARAH ELAINE BAILEY
Director and Choreographer

SHARON DOBBINS ALBERSON
Musical Director

MARISSA LEENAARTS
Assitant Director and Choreographer

JAMIE ZAHLER
Stage Manager

PARKER THOMPSON
Assistant Stage Manager

CHRIS SIMMONS
Properties Designer

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Lighting Designer

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

ROB PECK
Interim Technical Director/
Scenic Designer

 

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