Weathervane Playhouse – A Look Behind the Scenes


Unbox Akron members received passes to Weathervane Playhouse in their February boxes. Here’s a behind the scenes look at how they pull it all together for each show.

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When I was little, my grandma would take my cousins, sister and me to the local playhouse and to high school theater productions. I grew up loving live theater – plays, musicals, you name it. So when the opportunity arose to get a behind the scenes tour of Weathervane Playhouse, I snatched it right up.

Last Saturday I spent the afternoon at the theater, which is located in the Merriman

Courtesy of Rachel Whinnery

Valley neighborhood. First I caught a performance of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” and then Aimee Lambes, Patron Services Manager, showed me around the theater. The play was part of the Emerging Artists Series, which allows young talent to develop their
skills. Nearly everyone on stage and working behind the scenes was under 21 years

The cast gave a wonderful performance and the production quality seemed flawless. The theater seats just 240 people, so we as the audience felt like we were also going on
the adventure with the cast. I doubt there’s a bad seat in the house. And, you might not
realize it from the outside or when sitting in the theater, but behind the scenes is a
seemingly endless maze of rehearsal rooms, offices, props and scenery, costume
storage, dressing rooms and more.
Weathervane-Playhouse-Unbox-Akron-Costume-DesignAs Aimee led me around, I met a few of the cast members and employees.
Weathervane Playhouse employs 11 people. Everyone else – nearly 350 people
throughout the year – is a volunteer. In one year alone, they rack up 50,000 volunteer hours. The playhouse produces 12 shows a year between the Mainstage, Emerging Artists and Dietz Theater Series, plus several fundraising and special events. The nonprofit
gets most of its funding from ticket sales and season subscriptions. The rest
comes from classes, fundraising and grants.
As part of Weathervane Playhouse’s mission, the organization has a great focus on
education. Through programs at their facilities and within the community, they’re able to
reach more than 9,000 youth and adult students.
You can tell that everyone involved at Weathervane is passionate about their job and
creating entertaining shows. Not only is what you see on the stage pure magic, but so
are the backstage areas and everyone who helps make the productions run smoothly.
In the February box, Unbox Akron members received a voucher for two tickets to an
upcoming Mainstage performance. The last of the 2015/2016 season shows include:

The Man Who Came to Dinner
Thurs. March 17 – Sun. April 2

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Thurs. April 21 – Sun. May 8

Monty Python’s Spamalot
Thurs. June 2 – Sun. June 26
*Voucher is valid as a Buy One, Get One Free for this show

The 2016/2017 season will be announced at a later date. The Unbox Akron voucher can
be used through October 31, 2016. However, it cannot be used for Dietz or Emerging
Artist Series Shows.

I really hope you take the opportunity to support a local theater. Whether you’re like me
and grew up watching musicals and plays, or haven’t been to one in your life, I can
guarantee you’ll have a good time at Weathervane Playhouse. So you better find a
date, grab your kid, or ask grandma to use your extra ticket.

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