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"The Secret of the Old Queen" -- July 29 to Aug. 14, 2016

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

A Special Event Benefit Performance

The Secret of the Old Queen
A musical comedy
Book by Timothy Cope
Music and lyrics by Paul Boesing

Directed by Curt Arnold
Musical Direction by Butch Marshall

Original logo artwork 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 a sweetly hilarious send-up of a classic detective series: The Secret of the Old Queen.

CANAPI

ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT CANAPI

Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative

Teenaged sleuths Frank and Joe Hardy are up to adventure in The Secret of the Old Queen, an affectionate musical parody of the Hardy Boys mystery novels.

When a number of cultured, middle-aged bachelors fall victim to a string of robberies, local recluse Cornelius Digby hires the Hardy Boys to guard the priceless statue that he is donating to the Bayport Art Museum. With the encouragement of their father, noted private detective Fenton Hardy, Frank and Joe accept the job and enlist the aid of their best chum, Chet Morton. The statue will be unveiled at a costume ball, so the Boys seek the assistance of eccentric costumer Electra Carstairs to outfit them and their dates, Callie Shaw and Iola Morton, for the big night. In the middle of the party, the lights go out and screams are heard – suddenly, the statue has disappeared, and so has Chet! Police Chief Collig is leading the investigation, but it’s Frank and Joe who find the clues, rescue Chet, and solve the case. Who is the shady lout who keeps crossing the Boys’ path? Why does Mrs. Carstairs act so mysteriously? Why has Mr. Hardy been oddly absent while all of these events unfold? And what does the future hold in store for Iola and Joe, Callie and Frank? These questions and more are answered as Frank and Joe unravel the mystery and bring the culprit to justice!

The performance will be a staged concert production; 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.

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: The Secret of the Old Queen is recommended for mature audiences. While the characters do embody the innocence of the Hardy Boys novels and the script does not include any adult language, 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 $22 each.

This 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: 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 the performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Merriman Road is CLOSED between Sunnyside Avenue and Kingswood Drive now through Dec. 23, 2016. The posted detour to Weathervane Playhouse is to head west on Memorial Parkway, turn right on North Portage Path and follow it down into the Merriman Valley to re-connect to Merriman Road.

Riverview Road is CLOSED between Bath Road and Smith Road. This closure began May 31, 2016, and (except for a couple weeks during July) will remain closed until approximately July 2017. The posted detour routes will utilize Smith Road, Sand Run Road, Yellow Creek Road, Bath Road, and Akron Peninsula Road. Merriman Road/ Riverview Road will have construction activities performed from Lock 22 Plaza (on Merriman Road) to Smith Road and this portion of roadway will continue to have lane restrictions during this period.

THE CAST and CREATIVE TEAM

The cast features many favorites of Northeast Ohio theatre fans.

The fearless brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, are portrayed by PAT MILLER and MICHAEL MAJER, both of whom also appeared in our 2015 benefit production of Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens; Pat previously appeared in the 2013 and 2014 benefits as well.

The family also includes JONATHAN KRONENBERGER (2011, 2012, 2013) as famous private detective Fenton Hardy and TREY GILPIN as the Boys’ Aunt Gertrude. Though Trey, who also appears as Mrs. Carstairs, is new to our stage, he has performed in numerous local venues, most recently Cain Park.

PATRICK CIAMACCO (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) takes the role of Chet Morton, the Boys’ best chum. CANAPI benefit veteran AMIEE COLLIER (2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) appears as Frank’s love interest, Callie Shaw, while NEELY GEVAART (2015) performs the role of Joe’s would-be girlfriend, Iola Morton.

A longtime favorite of our audiences, KEVIN JOSPEH KELLY (2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), plays Cornelius Digby, a refined gentleman of a certain age.

Rounding out the cast are RACHEL SPENCE (2012, 2013, 2014) as Police Chief Collig, and MATTHEW RYAN THOMPSON (2015) as a shady man of mystery.

The orchestra, led by BUTCH MARSHALL, features HAYLEY WARD on keyboards, TIM KEO on bass, and GREGORY KOSS on drums.  (Mr. Keo is the only person to have appeared on stage in every CANAPI benefit since 2003.)

"The Magic of David Anthony" — One Night Only! Sept. 17, 2016

One night only: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

"The Magic of David Anthony" — One Night Only! Sept. 17, 2016

The Magic of David Anthony

Audiences of all ages have been thrilled with The Magic of David Anthony. In this special show, you will experience cutting-edge illusions, and audience participation, that brings the magic up close to you.

The winner of national magic performance awards, David Anthony's show combines exciting music and choreography with family-friendly humor and mystifying magic that you'll talk about on the way home.

TICKET INFORMATION

Reserved Seats
$20 each for adults (ages 18 and older)
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)

V.I.P. Experience Tickets
$35
This exclusive ticket package is limited to up to 22 ticket holders and includes the following:
> Preferred seating in the third and fourth rows of the center section.
> A private pre-show reception with appetizers and a meet-and-greet with the performer.

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!

ABOUT THE ARTIST

A native of Cleveland, DAVID ANTHONY started his love of magic when he was five years old and his uncle got him a magic kit. He shared his love as a performer for the first time when he was 12 years old.

He worked vigorously on his show with the help of Rodney Whitlock, the owner of a local magic shop. He attended his first magic convention when he was 15 years old. Since then he has won competitions with his award-winning act, “A Tale of Serendipity.” These have included 3rd place in the 2008 International Battle of Magicians, 1st place at the Magi-Fest in 2009, and 1st place at the International Brotherhood of Magicians in 2009 (where he also won the prestigious Fantasma Award).

David continues to work with his theater director, Art Thomas, in developing bigger and better routines. Throughout the United States, David has entertained thousands.

CLICK HERE to visit David Anthony's website.

 

"Little Shop of Horrors" — Sept. 29 to Oct. 16, 2016

Running Sept. 25 to Oct. 16, 2016

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Thursdays — Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 and 13 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 and 14 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Oct. 1, 8 and 15 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — Oct. 2, 9 and 16 — at 2:30 p.m.

"Little Shop of Horrors" — Sept. 29 to Oct. 16, 2016

"Little Shop of Horrors"
A musical comedy
Book and lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith

 

Directed by Bob Russell
Musical Direction by John Ebner

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" — after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it BLOOD! Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out-of-this-world origins and intent towards global domination!

A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, Little Shop Of Horrors has devoured the hearts of theatre goers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty a nd the Beast and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world.

Little Shop of Horrors premiered on May 6, 1982 at the Workshop of the Players' Art Theatre. It then opened off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in New York City's East Village on July 27 of the same year. The production was directed by book writer and lyricist Howard Ashman and starred Canton, Ohio native Lee Wilkof as Seymour, Ellen Greene as Audrey and Ron Taylor as Mr. Mushnik. It closed on Nov. 1, 1987 with 2,209 performances under its belt. When propositioned for a Broadway transfer, Ashman elected not to, claiming the show was perfect for where it was. The musical also had its West End premiere at the Comedy Theatre, produced by Cameron Mackintosh. It ran for 813 performances from Jan. 1, 1983 to Oct. 5, 1985 and starred Barry James and Ellen Greene (reprising her role from New York).

Little Shop of Horrors is presented through special 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

Special Preview Night Savings!
All adult and senior tickets are $20 on Thursday, Sept. 29 only.
$10 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$10 for college students (with current I.D.)

For Performances after Sept. 29
$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.

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

THE CAST

JUSTIN WILLIAMS
Seymour Krelbourne

AMANDA BOUFFARD
Audrey

STEVEN BROWN
Mr. Mushnik

JOHNATHON JACKSON
Dr. Orin Scrivello, D.D.S., et al.

BENJAMIN BLACK
The Voice of Audrey II

FRANK LUCAS
Audrey II puppeteer/ensemble

SHAUNA OLDAKER
Chiffon

FATIMA IMANI SMITH
Crystal

BRIA NEAL
Ronnette

THE CREATIVE TEAM

BOB RUSSELL
Director

JOHN EBNER
Musical Director

KATIE ZARECKI
Choreographer

DENISE ELETICH
Stage Manager

APRIL HELMS
Properties Designer

JOHN COYNE
Sound Designer

SARAH RUSSELL
Costume Designer

RICHARD MORRIS, JR.
Scenic Designer

JOHN EBNER
Lighting Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

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