Gerri Smith Weagraff
Gerri fell in
love with the theater in 1973, when she was cast in the role of Hodel in
Fiddler on the Roof in her hometown of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Since
then, she has appeared in more than 80 theatrical productions, both musicals and
Gerri's first career (after
receiving a Master's degree in Spanish) was radio news broadcasting. For nearly
nine years, Gerri worked full time as a radio newscaster and voice-over artist.
A career in public relations followed, while Gerri continued to act in her spare
In August 2010, a new chapter began for Gerri when she was cast in Troika Entertainment’s North American Tour of
Fiddler on the Roof, starring John Preece. She performed in the acclaimed production throughout the United States and Canada for two years, portraying the role of Golde
during the second year. Since then, Gerri has been performing at regional theaters around the country.
Gerri has also appeared in
many productions at New Candlelight Theatre in her home state of Delaware over the past 25 years,
including Miss Hannigan in Annie, Mayor Matilda Hyde in All Shook Up,
Aunt Eller in Oklahoma!, Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man, and Vi Moore
Favorite roles include Sister
Amnesia in Nunsense, Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Adelaide in
Guys and Dolls, Agnes Gooch in Mame, Essie Miller in Ah,
Wilderness!, and Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street.
In a 1986 Players Club of
Swarthmore production of Fiddler on the Roof, Gerri met Paul Weagraff,
whom she married in 1988. Their two children, Rebekah and Jordan, grew up
sharing their parents' passion for the theater. From 1997 until 2006 (shortly
before Rebekah went to college), the four Weagraffs performed in some 20
productions as a family. The Weagraffs reside in Wilmington, Delaware.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY…
"Pappas and Weagraff work superbly as a team turning the two murderesses into endearing and adorable, albeit slightly bemused, aunts."
Gotta Go (IN) review of Arsenic and Old Lace, 2013
“Gerri Weagraff has the
hardest part of all, as the affronted wife…She brings it off exceedingly well.”
Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) review of Any Wednesday, 2012
“Gerri Weagraff gives zip
to her Golde, she plays the role with a scolding, snappish anger that lifts it
from the put-upon wife that’s often seen.”
Naples Daily News (FL) review
of Fiddler on the Roof, 2012
“Gerri Weagraff is a pure
hoot as she gives the sadly comical Hannigan some necessary humanity.”
News Journal (DE) review of Annie, 2011
Read the reviews…