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"Dreamgirls"

Feb. 21 to March 17, 2019

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"The Diary of Anne Frank"

April 4 to 20, 2019

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Monte Carlo Night:
The Weathervane Gala

Saturday, March 23, 2019

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"Noises Off"

May 9 to 26, 2019

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Upcoming Events

A Special Event!

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at 10 a.m.

"Storytime with Hassan" — Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019"Storytime with Hassan:
Black History Month Celebration"

Storytime with Hassan celebrates Black History Month with one special performance!

Hassan Rogers, one of America’s favorite storytellers, creates fully dramatized African folktales featuring Anansi the Spider.

Sometimes Anansi is the teacher (and sometimes the student) and always remains a friendly spider with a lesson to teach — and a lesson to be learned.

What is Storytime with Hassan?

Storytime with Hassan is theater through participation that meets early-learning development and state education standards. It engages students, from toddlers to school age, in life sciences, gross motor skills, counting and memorization to rhythm and movement, just to name a few learning experiences.

Through Storytime with Hassan, the audience becomes an actual facet of the story. With one sweep of the storyteller's hand, all the hundreds of little feet suddenly become one of the many migrating herds along the Serengeti. Young learners can imagine themselves in a river in Alaska, with a bear, as they catch salmon leaping upstream. As a result, students find themselves involved in cooperative learning and a fantastical expedition in geography.

Master storyteller Hassan Rogers is a modern-day griot — which, according to Wikipedia, is defined as "a West African historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet, or musician. The griot is a repository of oral tradition and is often seen as a leader due to his or her position as an advisor to royal personages. As a result of the former of these two functions, they are sometimes called a bard."

The Storytime with Hassan experience can be a valuable curriculum supplement for meeting children’s English and/or language-arts needs.

Educators' Testimonials about the Show

“The students in my classroom were mesmerized, and so was I! If I could only bring in one, resource specialist, it would be Storytime with Hassan. We look forward to his visit every week.” — Shaundallah Carter, Teacher, in the East Cleveland school district.

“Exciting, entertaining, enriching, when Hassan performs, the students and teachers are in the palm of his hand.” — Mrs. Eileen Hickerson, retired teacher, Oberlin, Ohio

“I’ve been client of Storytime with Hassan since 2008. Hassan’s ability to engage with the young learner is like nothing I’ve ever seen. If you have a chance to book him, do it!” — Robin Hicks, Owner/Operator, Heights Room to Grow, Cleveland Heights

“If you only have budget for one special, and you want the biggest bang for your buck, call Hassan – His folktales and performance are worth it!” — Gloria Chambers, The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland.

“I’ve marveled at Hassan’s way with children for more than a decade. He somehow manages to build students cognitive awareness, large motor skills, socialization and creativity all in one, fun, high-energy session. Amazing!” — Marketi Robinson, East End Settlement House in Cleveland

TICKET INFORMATION

Group Cost: $7 per student/teacher
Non-Group Cost: $10* per person

*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

GROUPS should contact the Weathervane Playhouse Box Office to book their groups.
Call 330-836-2626 or SEND AN E-MAIL.

NON-GROUP tickets can be purchased in person, by telephone or online.

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.

 

"Rules of the Playground" — March 22 to 31, 2019

Running March 22 to 31, 2019

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Fridays — March 22 and 29 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — March 23* and 30 — at 8 p.m.
  • Sundays — March 24 and 31 — at 2 p.m.

* The March 23 performance is sold out to a private group.

"Rules of the Playground" -- March 22 to 31, 2019"The Rules of the Playground:
An Evening of Works by Carolyn Gage"

Produced by Queen Bee Production

Directed by Deb Lemire

Rules of the Playground presents six of Carolyn Gage’s hardest-hitting plays — daring, heartbreaking, principled, bitter and often very funny — exploring cultural norms, expectations and gender roles.

Even though these plays were written in the last several decades, some as early as 1987, the subject matter is still relevant. Given today’s rising, global fundamentalism, the #MeToo movement, and the ever-present threat to women’s reproductive autonomy, Gage’s plays inform the important conversations we are having right now.

Plays being presented are: The Gage and Mr. Comstock, A Labor Play, The Clarity of Pizza, Black Eye: A Knockout in Nine Minutes, The Rules of the Playground and At Sea. CLICK HERE to read summaries of these short plays.

Audience advisory: This production is rated PG-13 due to references to sex, violence, mild drug use, and language.

Rules of the Playground is produced and presented by Queen Bee Productions through special arrangement with playwright Carolyn Gage.

TICKET INFORMATION

$22* for adults
$20* for seniors (ages 65 and older)
$15* for college students (with current I.D.) and children ages 17 and younger

*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

The Rules of the Playground 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.

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

DONNA RIZOR-LONGFELLOW
LINDSAY IBOS
TABITHA ROX
KENDALL ACKERMAN

THE CREATIVE TEAM

DEB LEMIRE
Director

MARK ROSS
Technical Director

KELLI ROSSINI
Lighting Designer

MARY KATE CLANCY
Stage Manager

ROCKY KUNZ
Assistant Stage Manager

 

Weathervane's Annual Gala -- Saturday, March 23, 2019

A SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EVENT

  • One night only: Saturday, March 23, 2019

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"Monte Carlo Night -- Weathervane's Annual Gala" -- Saturday, March 23, 2019

Monte Carlo Night
Weathervane's Annual Gala
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Try your luck at our annual gala fundraiser!

Join your favorite Weathervane friends and supporters for a fun-filled affair!

We'll gather for a very special night of delicious food, tempting 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 Event

Saturday, March 23, 2019
6 to 10 p.m.
St. Sebastian Zwisler Hall
476 Mull Ave., Akron, 44320

Refreshments
Heavy hors-d'oeuvres, cocktails, beer, wine, and soft drinks

Casino-Style Games
Live and Silent auctions, reverse raffle, — and more!

LEVELS OF SUPPORT

I'm an ACE! (single)
$100 per single person
Includes heavy hors-d'oeuvres, two beverage tickets and $500 worth of "Fun Money."

I've got a WINNING PAIR! (couple)
$175 for two people
Includes heavy hors-d'oeuvres, two beverage tickets per person and $500 worth of "Fun Money" per person.

Suggested Attire
Cocktail party-style attire encouraged!

Reverse Raffle
"Reverse raffle for a chance to win $2,500! Tickets are $50. Only 100 tickets will be sold! CLICK HERE for your chance to win $2,500 

Interested in Sponsoring a Table?
Contact Josh Larkin via e-mail or call 330-836-2626 (ext. 20) for more information!

Unable to Attend?
Become a Spirit Sponsor for the Gala!
Donate any amount and receive a listing in the souvenir program!
CLICK HERE to go to our donation page!

 

GET TICKETS

BY PHONE
Call the Weathervane Box Office at 330-836-2626 (Tuesdays through Fridays between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.).

ONLINE

 

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