Mark Cipra on Stage in “The Westing Game” at Geauga Theater

No stranger to the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild (GLTG) stage, director Mark Cipra is returning there as an actor for the first time in seven years. Previously seen with the GLTG in Proof, and You Can’t Take It With You, Mr. Cipra is cast in the role of “Sandy” in the current production of The Westing Game.

When asked why he showed an interest in this show, Cipra replied, “I’ve long admired Angela Miloro-Hansen’s work. She’s been in the two GLTG productions I directed, and I’ve seen some of the shows she’s directed. I wanted the chance to work with her. I am enjoying working with such talented actors and the director.”

It is a mutual admiration society, as he is also one of Miloro-Hansen’s favorite directors. The fact that she met her husband after they were cast together in Mr. Cipra’s production of Romeo and Juliet probably also adds points to his favor.

Mr. Cipra is a well respected regional actor, IT consultant, and an adjunct professor at Lake Erie College with many roles to his credits at theaters ranging from the Beck Center to The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival. This production of The Westing Game interests him because of the mystery. “The author sets up multiple mysteries, actually “Who took Sam Westing’s life?”, “Who is the ‘mistake’?”, “Which characters are not what they seem?” and more … and there’s a bit of a mystery in whether or not those are even the right questions to be asking. I hope we puzzle the audience right up to the last moment.”

The audience has the opportunity to play investigator from March 14 to 30 when Cipra and the rest of this talented ensemble are pawns in The Westing Game. Friday and Saturday evening performances are at 8 p.m.; Sunday performances at 2 p.m. Marquee sponsor is Middlefield Bank. Tickets are $15.00 for adult, $13.00 student/senior, and a special child price for ages 12 and under of $8.00.

The historic Geauga Theater is located on beautiful Chardon Square at 101 Water Street, in Chardon, Ohio. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 440-286-2255.

Through support provided by Middlefield Bank, an opportunity for youth groups to attend a special March 20 performance at a discounted rate is available. If you are a teacher, or lead a youth group, please call the business office at 440-285-7701 for more information.

PHOTO: Mark Cipra rehearsing as “Sandy” (standing center with tie) with fellow cast members

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Author: Geauga News