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"School of Rock"

Aug. 2 to 18, 2019

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"Bingo! The Winning Musical"

Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

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The 2019 Chanticleer Awards

Saturday, Aug. 26, 2019

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"The New Season!

Rock ’N’ Roll, Intrigue, Tony Award-Winners, Dancing, and Pinball!
Our 85th Season is Simply Spectacular!

On the heels of a record-breaking, ambitious, and artistically successful 2018-19 season, Weathervane Playhouse is excited to announce an equally impressive 2019-20 season.

Filled with rock ’n’ roll, mystery, intrigue, regional premieres, Tony Award-winners and classics, our 85th season is sure to delight.

Subscription packages start at $125 and can be purchased by calling 330-836-2626. (Online subscription sales are coming soon!)

Single tickets for all shows in the new season go on sale July 1, 2019.

The new season — which runs from August 2019 to July 2020 — offers seven Mainstage shows and three Emerging Artist shows. All 10 productions will be presented in the Playhouse’s 237-seat Founders Theater. Several special-event, “off-season” performances for the Playhouse’s “second stage,” the 50-seat John L. Dietz Theater, will be announced at a future date.

Most performance days and times are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. — though this can vary from show to show. Weekday "school matinees" will be offered for School of Rock, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Radium Girls and Memphis.

Weathervane's 2019-2020 season includes:

School of Rock 

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lyrics by Glenn Slater, Book by Julian Fellowes

August 2 to 18, 2019

An Emerging Artist Series Production

Sponsored by the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitor's Bureau 

A regional community-theatre premiere! In this musical comedy based on the hit movie of the same name, Dewey Finn is a failed, wanna-be rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight–A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands before the parents and the school find out?

The Who’s Tommy

Book by Des McAnuff & Pete Townshend, Music by Pete Townshend
Additional music and lyrics by John Entwistle & Keith Moon

September 12 to 29, 2019

A Mainstage Production

Based on the iconic 1969 rock concept album, The Who's Tommy is an exhilarating story of hope, healing and the human spirit. The story of the pinball-playing, "deaf, dumb and blind kid" who triumphs over his adversities has inspired, amazed and puzzled audiences for more than 40 years. This five-time Tony Award-winning musical is a high-energy, one-of-a-kind experience.

And Then There Were None

A murder mystery by Agatha Christie

October 17 to November 3, 2019

A Mainstage Production

This thriller is one of Christie’s darkest tales and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Its growing sense of dread and unfaltering tension will keep you guessing to the very end.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

November 26 to December 22, 2019

An Emerging Artist Series Production

“Sha la la, Joseph, you’re doing fine!” This holiday-season family favorite is back for its 18th outing at Weathervane.

Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

A drama by Jennifer Blackmer adapted from the novel by Margaret Atwood

January 16 to February 2, 2020

A Mainstage Production

A Northeast Ohio premiere! From the author of The Handmaid's Tale comes this true story of an Irish immigrant who worked as a household maid in the mid-1800s and was later convicted of murder. Although set in another era, Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace speaks specifically and almost uncannily to today's audiences. The show addresses issues such as the reception of immigrants, the predatory nature of the powerful, and how others in power conspire to keep their crimes hidden.

Memphis

Music and Lyrics by David Bryan, Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro

February 20 to March 8, 2020

A Mainstage Production

Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio disc jockey in the 1950’s who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves — filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards (including Best Musical!) and two 2015 Olivier Awards.

Radium Girls

A drama by D.W. Gregory

March 26 to April 5, 2020

An Emerging Artist Production

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, and luminous watches the latest rage — until the girls who painted them began to fall ill. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of a watch-dial painter as she fights for her day in court. Written with warmth and humor, Radium Girls offers a wry, unflinching look at the American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.

Kinky Boots

Music and Lyrics by Cindy Lauper, Book by Harvey Fierstein
Based on the Miramax motion picture of the same name, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth

April 23 to May 17, 2020

A Mainstage Production

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible...and discover that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world!

Footloose

Music by Tom Snow, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford, Based on the screenplay by Dean Pitchford

June 4 to 28, 2020

A Mainstage Production

Transplanted from Chicago, newcomer Ren McCormack is in shock when he discovers the small Midwestern town he now calls home has made dancing and rock music illegal. As he struggles to fit in, Ren faces an uphill battle to change things. With the help of his new friend, Willard Hewitt, and a defiant teen named Ariel Moore, he just might loosen up this conservative town. But Ariel's influential father, the Rev. Shaw Moore, stands in the way. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar- and Tony-nominated Top 40 score (over 15 million copies sold) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

The 2020 8x10 TheatreFest

July 9 to 12, 2020

A Mainstage Production

Weathervane celebrates the art of the short-format play with our 10th annual 8x10 TheatreFest. Eight plays, 10 minutes each — and curated from submissions from across the globe.

"School of Rock" — Aug. 2 to 18, 2019

Running Aug. 2 to 18, 2019

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Tuesdays — Aug. 6 and 13 — at 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays — Aug. 7 and 14 — at 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays — Aug. 8 and 15 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays — Aug. 2, 9 and 16 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays — Aug. 3, 10 and 17 — at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sundays — Aug. 4, 11 and 18 — at 2:30 p.m.

"School of Rock" — Aug. 2 to 18, 2019

"School of Rock"
A musical comedy based on the Paramount movie by Mike White
Book by Julian Fellowes
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Glenn Sater

New Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed by Susan Wallin

Musical Direction by Ron Hazelett
Choreography by Marissa Leenaarts

A Weathervane Playhouse Emerging Artist Series Production

Rock got no reason, rock got no rhyme...You better get me to school on time!

School of Rock is the hilarious musical comedy based on the hit movie of the same name -- with new music by Broadway's legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber.

“Lovable loser” Dewey Finn is a failed, wanna-be rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There, he turns a class of straight–A pupils into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. But can he get them to the Battle of the Bands without their parents and the school’s headmistress finding out?

School of Rock — with its sensational live kids’ rock band — is a loving testimony to the transforming power of music. 

Audience Advisory: School of Rock is best enjoyed by audiences members ages 10 and older.

Weathervane Playhouse's production of School of Rock is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company LLC The videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.

TICKET INFORMATION

$21* for adults (ages 18 and older)
$17* for 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.

Group Discounts
$17 per ticket for groups of 12 or larger

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.

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

THE CAST

Dewey Finn 
CASEY HA
 
Rosalie Mullins 
MARGO TIPPING 

Ned Schneebly/Mr. Hamilton/Mr. Green
LOGAN CHAPMAN
 
Patty 
JORDAN BOUGHNER

THE KIDS
 
Summer Hathaway
JORDYN FREETAGE
 
Tomika
KALYA HASKINS
 
Zack Mooneyham 
AIDEN BRUECK
 
Katie 
MABEL JENNINGS 
 
Lawrence 
STANLEY NIEKAMP
 
Freddie Hamilton 
JACK JUDGE
 
Billy Sandford
CHASE OBERHAUS  
 
Marcy
ADELINE PELLETIER
 
Shonelle 
ANNABELLE OTTO
 
Sophie
MAGGIE VOLLMAN
 
Madison
GIANNA TURANO
 
James
BRYCE GOODIN
 
Mason
ANDREW HUDSON
 
Lucy
AVA INGLETT

 
THE PARENTS 
 
Ms. Mooneyham 
DREW BERKSHIRE
 
Mrs. Hathaway/Ms. Janes
EMILY CONTI
 
Mr. Williams/Stanley
DOMINIC GOMEZ

 
Mr. Kevin Spencer/Gabe Brown 
LUKAS CINKO
 
Mr. Sandford/Doug - No Vacancy
JOEL MODLIK
 
 
THE TEACHERS 
 
Mrs. Scheinkopf/Security Guard 1 
LUCY GEISER 
 
Mr. Noble/Jeff Sanderson
NATE BRINKHOFF
 
Mr. Sanders/Theo - No Vacancy 
JACK FROMET
 
Ms. Gordan/Mrs. Travis
SKYE KUBINSKI
 
Ms. Bingham/Mrs. Turner/Security Guard 2
REBECCA LaGUARDIA
 
Ms. Woodard/Snake- No Vacancy
CAROLINE KOURY
 
Ms. Wagner/Ms. Ward
MAKENNA BIRD
 
Bob - No Vacancy (Drummer)/Announcer/Cop
KADE DAVIS 
 
 
THE ENSEMBLE
 
DREW BERKSHIRE
MAKENNA BIRD
NATE BRINKHOFF
LUCY GEISER
CAROLINIE KOURY
SKYE KUBINSKY
REBECCA LaGUARDIA
JOEL MODLIK
 

THE CREATIVE TEAM

SUSAN WALLIN
Director

RON HAZELETT
Musical Director

MARISSA LEENAARTS
Choreographer

J. J. McADAMS
Stage Manager

TIFFANY BIRD
Properties Designer

KATIE ROWLAND
Sound Designer 

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

RICHARD MORRIS, JR.
Lighting/Scenic Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

KELLIE ROSSINI
Master Electrician

 

 

 

"Bingo! The Wining Musical " -- Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

"Bingo! The Winning Musical"A Special Event Benefit Performance

"Bingo! The Winning Musical"
A musical comedy
Book by Michael Heitzman and Ilene Reid
Music and Lyrics by Michael Heitzman, Ilene Reid and David Holcenberg

Directed by Jonathan Kronenberger
Musical Direction by Butch Marshall

Original artwork logo 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 Bingo! The Winning Musical — a splashy, zippy and fun new musical comedy about a group of die-hard bingo players who stop at nothing to miss their weekly game!

CANAPI

PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT CANAPI

Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative

AND

It’s Bingo Night at Minnie’s Bing-o-Rama, and even a torrential storm won’t keep Patsy, Honey, and Vern from their weekly ritual. Armed with troll dolls and lucky charms, Patsy is still waiting for a big win, while Honey is hoping to win the heart of the handsome Bingo caller, Sam. Vern, a self-proclaimed professional Bingo player, is focused on winning at all costs — even after a dispute over a game 15 years ago caused a falling out with her former best buddy, Bernice.

When mysterious newcomer Allison shows up at the hall, Vern shows her the ropes…until Allison’s identity is revealed, forcing Vern to come to terms with her past behavior. As the storm rages and the numbers are called, relationships are sorted out and everyone comes out a winner — including some lucky audience members as the crowd plays Bingo along with the cast!

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.

Bingo! The Winning Musical is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

AUDIENCE ADVISORY: Bingo! The Winning Musical is recommended for mature audiences. It contains suggestive dialogue. Parents are requested to use their discretion in determining if this production may be suitable for their children.

TICKET INFORMATION

All tickets are $25 each*

*A $2.00 per-ticket facility fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*A $4.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.

This special event will feature RESERVED seating.

Group Discount
No group-ticket discount is available for this special-event benefit performance.

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

KEVIN KELLY, a favorite of the Cleveland theatre community, leads the cast as Vern. Mr. Kelly has appeared in nine previous AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland (ATGC) and CANAPI (Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative) benefits, most recently in 2017. CAITLYN ELIZABETH REILLY, returning to Northeast Ohio after several years in Pennsylvania, returns to our cast in the role of Patsy, after previous appearances in our 2013 and 2014 productions. Joining our cast for the first time is TRINIDAD SNIDER as Honey; local audiences will recognize Miss Snider from many leading roles, most recently in West Side Story with the Akron Symphony. The role of Allison, the Bingo newcomer with a hidden agenda, will be played by NEELY GEVAART, who also appeared in the 2014 and 2016 ATGC/CANAPI benefits. TREY GILPIN, who will appear as Miss Trunchbull in Beck Center’s production of Matilda, remains in heels and a wig to play Bernice; Mr. Gilpin has performed in our 2016, 2017, and 2018 productions. RACHEL SPENCE, a five-time veteran of our stage (2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) and a regular performer in the murder-mystery community, brings her comedic skills to the role of Minnie, proprietress of the Bing-o-Rama. Rounding out the cast is BRIAN ALTMAN (2017 and 2018 productions) as Bingo caller Sam; Mr. Altman appeared most recently in Little Miss Sunshine at Blank Canvas Theatre.

THE CREATIVE TEAM

JONATHAN KRONENBEGER
Director

BUTCH MARSHALL
Musical Director

 

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