"The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd" photographs
Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio presents "The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd" -- on stage from Sept. 4 to 21, 2014.

Directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Rupert, "The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd" is a comical, allegorical satire on the British class system of the 1960s.

Through a series of sketches and songs served up in a style reminiscent of vaudeville, we meet the show’s two central characters: the pompous Sir (who represents “the Establishment”) and the downtrodden Cocky (who stands in for “the little guy”). Sir and Cocky meet to play “The Game,” which symbolizes the eternal struggle between “The Haves” and “The Have Nots.”

Because Sir changes and manipulates the rules of The Game, Cocky always ends up with the short end of the stick. Sir’s disciple and sidekick, known as The Kid, is eager to learn from his master while keeping an eye on the upstart Cocky, who desperately wants to beat Sir at The Game. As the mighty battle wages between Sir and Cocky, a group of young children known as the Urchins comments through song and dance (as a sort of Greek chorus).

Ultimately, Sir and Cocky are forced to realize that their interdependence is more complicated and thorny — and perhaps more potentially variable — than either “Have” or “Have Not” originally thought. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, many of the songs from "The Roar of the Greasepaint — The Smell of the Crowd" have become musical standards: “Who Can I Turn To?,” “The Joker,” “The Beautiful Land,” “A Wonderful Day Like Today” and “Feeling Good” (which was a hit song for both Nina Simone and Michael Bublé).

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THE CAST

PATRICK MICHAEL DUKEMAN
Sir

RYAN BERGERON
Cocky

ASHLEY BOSSARD
The Girl

KATE KLIKA
The Kid

MARCUS MARTIN
The Outsider

WILL PRICE
The Bully

THE URCHINS (in alphabetical order)
Noah Casino
Anna Clawson
Zachary Charlick
Sarah Craven
Haley Gallagher
Sean Giannetti
Charlie Gruhler
Wilson Ha
Sara Ha
Emma Ilg
Gracie Thanasiu
Zack Troyer

THE CREATIVE TEAM

MICHAEL RUPERT
Director

LORA WORKMAN
Choreographer

JOHN EBNER
Musical Director

JILL FORSTER
Stage Manager

CHRISTOPHER J. HA
Assistant Stage Manager

JOHNATHON HUNTER
Lighting Designer

BRIANNA MACHUGA
and JORDAN PRIDDY
Properties Co-Designers

AUDREY FLIEGEL
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director
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