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"The Wizard of Oz"

July 25 to Aug. 10, 2014

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"Ordinary Days"

Aug. 11, 2014

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The 63rd Annual Chanticleer Awards

Aug. 16, 2014

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"The Great American Trailer Park
Christmas Musical"

Aug. 18, 2014

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Upcoming Events

"The Roar of the Greasepaint -- The Smell of the Crowd" -- Sept. 4 to 21, 2014

Running July 25 to Aug. 10, 2014

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • All Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
  • All Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 27 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 3 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m.
  • PLUS Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.

A Weathervane Playhouse Young Actor Series Production

Adapted from the book by By L. Frank Baum
With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg
Background Music by Herbert Stothart
Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard
Orchestration by Larry Wilcox
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the classic motion picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros.

Directed and choreographed by Sarah Elaine Bailey
Assistant Director Dane C.T. Leasure
Musical Direction by Sharon Dobbins Alberson

Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination!

Faithful to the classic 1939 movie version, this stage version includes all the beloved songs from the film, including "Over The Rainbow," "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead", "If I Only Had a Brain," If I Only Had a Heart," "If I Only Had the Nerve," "We’re Off to See The Wizard" "If I Were King of the Forest" and "The Merry Old Land of Oz."

BACKGROUND ON THIS STAGE VERSION

Although the 1939 Metro-Goldwin-Mayer film is the best-known dramatization of The Wizard of Oz, it was not the first adaptation for screen or stage. When it was first published in 1900, L. Frank Baum's children's novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, became a publishing sensation. In June 1902, an extravagantly mounted stage version opened in Chicago to great critical acclaim. The 1903 New York production became one of the greatest successes in Broadway history at that time and continued as a road-show for another decade.

In 1942 the St. Louis Municipal Opera (commonly known as “The Muny”) presented a new musical stage version. The script was adapted by Frank Gabrielson from the novel and uses most of the songs from the 1939 film. A new song was added for Dorothy to sing in the Emerald City, called “Evening Star.” Additional dance music is included, and the Wizard takes Dorothy home in a rocket ship instead of a hot air balloon. The song “The Jitterbug,” which was cut from the film, is inserted instead of the poppy field scene. In this version, there is no Toto, Miss Gulch, Professor Marvel, Winkies, Flying Monkeys or magic shoes.

This version of the script is still sometimes used, but it has been largely usurped by the version Weathervane Playhouse will be presenting. Seeking to more closely recreate the 1939 film on stage, the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) adapted the film's screenplay, also using the songs from the film, and produced a new version at London's Barbican Centre in 1987.

As RSC director Ian Judge told the Associated Press at the time, the company's new adaptation “came about when Terry Hands, artistic director of the company, asked for a show that could be performed annually over the Christmas season, as a revival of J. M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan had been previously. Judge obtained the rights to the [1939] film. An additional verse has been put back into the Academy Award-winning song ‘Over the Rainbow,’ as well as an entire number, ‘The Jitterbug,’ that was cut from the movie. Every word of the screenplay has been left in. We've just fattened it out a little bit because you need a few more words in the theater than you need in the movies.”

The RSC’s version of the show opened to great success and has been given many revivals since then in various formats. Beginning in 2008, this version of the musical toured the United States for several years — and it remains a popular staple for community theatres, schools and children's theatres in the United States and the United Kingdom.

TICKET INFORMATION

SINGLE TICKETS
$16 for ADULTS (ages 18 and older)
$12 for CHILDREN (ages 17 and younger)

GROUP TICKETS
$12 each for groups of 10 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

PRINCIPALS

 
Dorothy Gale KATE KLIKA
Aunt Em / Glinda ALI CALDWELL
Uncle Henry / Emerald City Guard / Winkie General MARCO COLANT
Hunk / Scarecrow J.R. HECKMAN
Hickory / Tin Woodsman AL OLIVER
Zeke / Cowardly Lion MICHAEL D. SWAIN
Professor Marvel / The Wonderful Wizard of Oz CODEY MONTECALVO
Miss Almira Gulch / The Wicked Witch of the West CAIT McNEAL
   

JUNIOR CHORUS

 
Mayor / Poppy / Jitterbug WILSON HA
Coroner / Poppy / Jitterbug SARA HA
Barrister / Poppy / Jitterbug GIOVANNA ABUCEJO
3 Mothers / Poppy / Margie Monkey GABI ILG
3 Mothers / Poppy / Jitterbug JESSICA THRASHER
3 Mothers / Poppy / Mokie Monkey HANNA KANCHERLA
Lullaby League / Poppy / Jitterbug CECILIA BAILEY
Lullaby League / Poppy / Jitterbug GIOVANNA NESTICO
Lullaby League / Poppy / Madeline Monkey LUCY KACZMAR
Lollipop Guild / Poppy / Jitterbug SOPHIA BAILEY
Lollipop Guild / Poppy / Jitterbug LOGAN CHAPMAN
Lollipop Guild / Poppy / Jitterbug JILL KLIKA
Fiddler / Poppy / Jitterbug ISABELLE BAILEY
Braggart / Poppy / Mildred Monkey JAMIE MAYFIELD
School Teacher / Poppy / Mac Monkey KENDYL RUDLOSKY
School Teacher / Poppy / Jitterbug KAITLYN PHILLIPS
School Teacher / Poppy / Jitterbug ISABELLA ABUCEJO
   

TEEN CHORUS

 
Crow / Beautician / Jitterbug / Watto Winkie GRACIE THANASIU
Crow / Ozian / Jitterbug / Wilhelm Winkie ALEXIS ROBLES
Crow / Ozian / Jitterbug / Wanda Winkie HALEY GALLAGHER
Apple Tree / Manicurist / Jitterbug / Wendola Winkie SARAH CRAVEN
Apple Tree / Nikko / Wizard (u/s) / Wacky Winkie TED MANSFIELD
Apple Tree / Polisher / Jitterbug / William Winkie CHARLIE GRUHLER
Wilburt Winkie / Jitterbug / Ozian SABRINA REED
Webster Winkie / Jitterbug / Ozian KATIE KIDWELL
Wicked Winkie / Jitterbug / Ozian ELEK KITCHEN
Ozian / Jitterbug CAROLINE PALI
Ozian / Jitterbug ELENA GABRIELLE FLAUTO
Ozian / Jitterbug ILONA KITCHEN
Ozian / Jitterbug EMMA ILG
Wonderful Winkie / Ozian / Jitterbug BRYSON LAMBES
Ozian / Jitterbug ELISE CLAWSON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

SARAH ELAINE BAILEY
Director and Choreographer

DANE C.T. LEASURE
Assistant Director

SHARON DOBBINS ALBERSON
Musical Director

J.J. McADAMS
Stage Manager

CALI PEPE
Assistant Stage Manager

ZACH NUSBAUM and ADDISON HAAS
Lighting Co-Designers

JAMIE ORITI and ED BUTCH
Properties Co-Designers

RUSSELL CRAVEN
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

"Ordinary Days; -- Monday, Aug. 11,2014 at 7 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at 7 p.m.

A musical
Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon

Staging by Alan Scott Ferrall
Musical Direction by John Ebner

Clockwise from top left: Melanie Y.C. Pepe, Alan Scott Ferrall, Sarah Elaine Bailey and Colin Cook

From one of musical theater's most exciting new composers comes Ordinary Days, a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point.) This musical tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love and cabs. Through a score of vibrant and memorable songs, their experiences ring startlingly true to life. Ordinary Days is an original musical for anyone who's ever struggled to appreciate the

simple things in a complex place. With equal doses of humor and poignancy, it celebrates how 8.3 million individual stories combine in unexpected ways to make New York City such a unique and extraordinary home.

Weathervane Playhouse's special-event, one-night-only performance of Ordinary Days will be presented in a semi-staged concert version/staged reading. The performance will feature simple costume with some basic props, but will not feature sets, lighting effects, etc. The actors in the performance will at times read from their scripts. A staged reading of a play or musical allows the audience to engage directly with a theatrical piece, focusing not on "the action" but rather the show's themes and music.

TICKET INFORMATION

All tickets are $5 each.

This event will feature general-admission seating (first-come, first seated). The 240-seat Founders Theater will open for seating approximately 30 minutes before the performance.

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 each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online.

THE CAST

SARAH ELAINE BAILEY
COLIN COOK
ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
MELANIE Y.C. PEPE

THE CREATIVE TEAM

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Staging

JOHN EBNER
Musical Director

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Stage Manager

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Lighting Designer

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Properties Designer

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

The 63rd Annual Chanticleer Awards -- Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

A SPECIAL EVENT

  • Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014
The 63rd Annual Chanticleer Awards -- Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

The 63rd Annual Chanticleer Awards

Weathervane's Annual Volunteer-Recognition Event!
The Chanticleer Awards are Weathervane's version of the Tony Awards — but combined with the populist spirit of the People's Choice Awards!

Weathervane's friends and supporters will gather at the Playhouse on Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, for a very special night to honor the Playhouse's volunteers — both on stage and behind the scenes — for their commitment, time and talents given during the 2013-2014 season.

THE 2014 CHANTICLEER AWARDS

Voting for the 2014 Chanticleer Awards has ENDED.

Audience members who qualified as voters have already cast their votes for their favorite on-stage performers and back-stage designers.

In addition to these awards, the Aug. 16 Chanticleer Awards event will also bestow special recognition to our youth volunteers and other important behind-the-scenes contributors who made our 2013-2014 season one to remember!

The 63rd Annual Chanticleer Awards

The 63rd Annual Chanticleer Awards -- Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014

WHERE: Weathervane Playhouse — 1301 Weathervane Lane in Akron

TIME:  6 p.m. — Opening of the dinner-appetizer buffet and the cash bar (soft drinks are free).

7:30 p.m. — Welcoming remarks/introductions begin in the Founders Theater, followed by the awards presentation and program.

COST: $15 per person.

> FREE for Weathervane Playhouse volunteers who have logged 75 hours in the 2013-2014 season (between Aug. 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014).

> If you are eligible for a free ticket, please R.S.V.P. via e-mail with Weathervane Playhouse Coordinator of Volunteers Barbie Trotter.

DEADLINE: Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

HOW TO GET TICKETS: 1) Visit or call the Weathervane Playhouse Box Office at 330-836-2626 and buy tickets with Visa, MasterCard or Discover. The Box Office is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

2) CLICK HERE to buy tickets online (with NO service charges!).

2) CLICK HERE to download a copy of the R.S.V.P. form to return via mail (to 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron, 44313) or via fax (at 330-873-2150).

 

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