UPCOMING EVENTS
Performances:

Agatha Christie
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
April 8-10, 14-17

MOMologues 2: Off to School
Mother's Day Special Event
May 6-8

A Chorus Line
June 3-4, 10-12, 16-19



Auditions:

A Chorus Line
Auditions:
April 7, 7pm
Brown Building
April 9, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage
Callbacks:
April 11, 7-10pm
10th St. Stage

FAME
Young Rep ( Ages 14-19)
Auditions:
May 11 & 12, 7- 9pm
Brown Building

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
Young Rep ( Ages 7-13)
Auditions:
TBA



Classes & Workshops:

Improv Level 1, 2 and 3
ADULT IMPROV
Ages 18 and older
Auditions:
April 10-May 15
Brown Building

Theatre Through The Ages
INTENSIVE SUMMER CAMP
Ages 7-16
June 27-July 1
10th St. Stage

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Theatre
INTENSIVE SUMMER CAMP
Ages 7-16
July 18-July 22
10th St. Stage

Build Your Own Broadway
INTENSIVE SUMMER CAMP
Ages 7-16
July 25-July 29
10th St. Stage

Thrifty Thespian Thursday
 
Would you like to enjoy the excitement of live theatre on a budget? Take advantage of our Thrifty Thespian Thursday! 

Simply come to the box office in person between 7:00pm and 8:00pm prior to that same Thursday evening's Mainstage performance and if any available seats remain, you can purchase your ticket in person for that evening for just $10.00! That's a 50% savings off the regular ticket price!
 
This special applies to our Thursday night Mainstage plays only. No other discounts or coupons apply with this special.
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Volume 38, Issue 18 / April  2016
Letter from the President

REPorting on Backbones:

Just like the Toledo Repertoire Theatre greets you as the historic gateway to downtown
Toledo, so rises the skilled labor of this community who are helping to make our live performing arts venue great. The Rep expresses its most sincere thanks to the backbone team of manpower from LOCAL IBEW 8 who will be upgrading the electrical system in our rehearsal spaces with equipment and materials generously donated by Romanoff and Gross Electric in cooperation with Toledo Edison. The upgrade to an aging fuse box system is a much-needed improvement for Toledo's Community Theatre and the safety of our Young Rep students, our instructors, and many of our cast and crew holding rehearsals in our newest building space.

For spine-tingling entertainment in April, watch as the pretexts and ensuing plot unfolds when ten people invited to an island enjoy one another's company in Agatha Christie's masterpiece. As Director of the show, Ms. Sonia Perez has crafted a tantalizingly suspenseful production with many satisfying period touches. And Then There Were None will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing until the final curtain.

Lastly, do you have the backbone it takes to serve on a Board for the most developing entertainment and live performing arts venue in Toledo? The Board is now accepting applications for you to be a part of the improvement and development efforts taking place at our community theatre. Contact me at  president@toledorep.org

Oculorum fenestras anime sunt ("The eyes are the gateway to the soul"),

Samanthia Rousos

President, Toledo Repertoire Theatre


 ON STAGE NOW:



Agatha Christie
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

Directed by Sonia Perez

April 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 at 8:00pm
April 10 & 17 at 2:30pm


Ten strangers are invited to an isolated island off the southern coast of England for a weekend. They don't know each other, but they are all hiding something. Does one of them know their secrets? And, if so, who? That's the setting for Agatha Christie's classic murder mystery - And Then There Were None. One by one - and in accordance with a classic children's rhyme - the guests meet their fates and the decorative toy soldiers on the mantel disappear. Who will be next?


AGATHA CHRISTIE® And Then There Were None
is presented by special arrangement with  SAMUEL FRENCH. INC. 
┬ę1944, 1946, renewed 1971, 1974 Agatha Christie Limited. All rights reserved.







A Chorus Line
Directed by Stephanie Dennehy

Conceived, Originally Directed & Choreographed by Michael Bennett,  Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante,  Music by Marvin Hamlisch,  Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Auditions:
April 7 at 7pm
Brown Building
April 9 from 1-4pm
10th St. Stage

Callbacks:
April 11 from 7-10pm
10th St. Stage


Audition requirements: be prepared to sing 32 bars of similar style song; bring clothes to move in- there will be a small combination to learn.
Looking for various AGES and ETHNICITIES!!! Casting will be based on talent.



Synopsis:
A Chorus Line celebrates those unsung heroes of American Musical Theatre- the chorus dancers. Those valiant, over dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the star of the show. A Chorus Line takes the audience through the final grueling audition for a new Broadway musical, while presenting a true picture of what it's like to be in the theatre. It is a celebration of the American Musical itself, showing exactly the talent it takes to make it into-a chorus line!


Show dates:
June 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19



Adult Improv Classes  at The Rep!



Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer its third round of Adult Improv classes beginning
Sunday, April 10th

Classes held every Sunday, April 10th - May 15th with NO CLASS on Mother's Day (May 8th)

Each class level will meet at the following time in The Rep's Brown Building:




Final class/rehearsal for all level students will be on Saturday, May 21st at 6pm.

There will be a combined level Improv Showcase on the evening of Sunday, May 22nd at 7pm at The Toledo Rep.

Registration for all levels of Improv is $125.00

Further details about instructors and classes:


Level 1 - Instructor Erin Kanary

Level 1 introduces students to the principles of improvisation. Learn improv in a pressure-free environment! No prior experience necessary! Through exercises and performance games, students will focus on short-form improvisation ('Whose Line is it Anyway?'). Upon completing Level 1, you will have learned the fundamentals of improv, while gaining the building blocks of long-form improvisation.

Erin Kanary is a graduate of The Second City Chicago's Improv and Comedy Writing programs. She has also studied comedy writing in Chicago at iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and long form improv at Planet Ant Theatre in Detroit. Erin was a featured writer/performer at Chicago's Sketchfest 2014 and The Second City's Best of the Box 2014. Erin is currently a house ensemble member at ComedySportz Detroit and performs improv in the back of many poorly-lit bars in Detroit.


Level 2 - Instructor Clint Lohman

Level 2 says 'yes, and...' to Level 1 and continues to reinforce and build upon the foundations established in Level 1. This class will focus heavily on object work, environment and emotions and introduce the class to the principles of long-form improvisation. The class will learn to string two-person and group scenes together in a montage centered around a single suggestion and theme.

Clint Lohman is in his 15th year of improvising and started teaching improv five years ago. Clint has performed at ComedySportz, Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, Planet Ant Theatre, The Second City and many other locations. Clint is very excited to be teaching here in Toledo so that he can help the improv community grow.


Level 3 - Instructor Nick Morgan

Level 3 continues to reinforce and build upon the foundations established in Level 2. This class will continue to build on scenes, group scenes and long form concepts. It will continue to focus on object work, environment and emotions and working on single suggested themes.

Nick Morgan trained in improv at The Second City Theater in Chicago, IL and iO (formerly Improv Olympic). He graduated the Conservatory program at The Second City, whose notable alumni include Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. Nick performed improv at The Playground Theater, with longtime house team 'Wing Night' and wrote and performed his original show 'Karl Lighter's Hour of Power' at The Second City's Skybox Theater. Nick is a former board member here at The Rep and is fortunate enough to have performed in two productions on the 10th St. stage.

* Level 2 Improv and Level 3 Improv are only open to those with previous improv experience *

Have questions about which level class you belong?Email: education@toledorep.org





Actor's Spotlight!


Sonia Perez is a New York native and has performed throughout New York City as a soloist, most notably in Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, The Brooklyn Museum and American Airlines Theatre. She has also performed as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has performed at Carnegie Hall and at the Opera Company of Brooklyn, where she was a resident artist.














At the age of 14, Ms. Perez started taking voice lessons from a singer with the Metropolitan Opera. That began her love affair with opera.  One of the most memorable experiences she has had as a performer was during a concert at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York. 'The concert took place in the Egyptian exhibit, with all of the ancient artwork all around me. I had the pleasure of singing the role of Cleopatra in selections from Handel's Giulio Cesare . It was truly magical to be standing in the midst of art that was around during the reign of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. I felt as though I had stepped back in time.'

Ms. Perez is a singer known coast to coast but recently moved to the Toledo area. She has performed across the United States in such musicals and plays as; I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Carousel, The Sound of Music, Forum, Two by Two, Man of La Mancha, My Way, Come Back to the Five and Dime... Jimmy Dean, Broadway Bound and Brighton Beach Memoirs. She has also performed in the national touring companies of Carmen and H.M.S. Pinafore and internationally with Phantom of the Opera. Ms. Perez collaborates with her husband Omaldo and performs concerts across the United States and Europe.

Sonia is delighted to be in the role of Director for The Toledo Rep's upcoming production of Agatha Christie AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, playing April 8-10 and 14-17 at The Rep.

*Photos courtesy of soniaperez.net. Content courtesy of soniaperez.net and seattleoperablog.com

Announcing our  2017
Young Rep Season!


Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit
By: Jonathan Rand
Young Rep play (ages 7-13)
April 28-30, 2017

This hilarious one-act play parodies the long-running television series  Law and Order. In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. These are their stories.



HAIRSPRAY
Book by: Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan,  Lyrics by: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman
Music by: Marc Shaiman,  Based on the 1988 film by John Waters
Young Rep musical (ages 14-19)
July 13-16, 2017

Hairspray, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, tells the story of a quirky, energetic, teenage Tracy Turnblad, who has one dream: to dance on "The Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network.



A Year With Frog and Toad
Book and Lyrics by: Willie Reale,  Music by: Robert Reale,  Based on the books of Arnold Lobel
Young Rep musical (ages 7-13)
August 3-6, 2017

Based on Arnold Lobel's beloved children's books and nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Musical, this whimsical musical tells the story of two best friends: the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad.  A Year With Frog and Toad takes the audience on a journey through four, fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm,  A Year With Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.


ANNOUNCING OUR REP ED
SUMMER INTENSIVE CAMPS!
     
Held At The Toledo Rep
Cost: $125





The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is looking
for an individual to fulfill the voluntary position of Treasurer to oversee the management and reporting of our organization's finances to our Board of Trustees.


Primary duties included:
  • Bank account maintenance
  • Financial transaction oversight and management
  • Budget creation and management
  • Upholding and maintaining financial policies
  • Keeping the board and staff regularly informed of key financial updates, including providing monthly financial and budget reports.
  • Serving as Chair of the Finance Committee
Qualified Treasurer must have preferred knowledge of QuickBooks and monthly financial statements including P&L, balance sheets and cash flow; financial literacy; attention to detail;  punctuality in completing tasks on time; neat and accurate record keeping and a willingness to ask questions.

All qualified and  interested candidates  please email:



The Toledo Rep Is Seeking Directors !
 
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is currently seeking directors for both Mainstage and Young Rep! Interested directors, please visit www.toledorep.org to complete the online Director's Application. You may also email seasonselection@toledorep.org if you would like to receive the application via email.
 
Questions or concerns may be directed to artistic@toledorep.org or by calling The Toledo Rep at (419) 243-9277.
 
Come be a part of "Toledo's Community Theatre"!


Education is one of the central aspects of our mission here at The Rep and we are always looking for new instructors to include in our program. If you have any interest in being a part of our education program, please let us know! A background in teaching is desired, although not necessarily required. We are looking for people experienced in one or more of the many aspects of theatre, with a passion and desire to share those experiences and skills with others. Our program includes classes and workshops for children, teens and adults.

       

Volunteer at The Rep!

Want to be a star without being on stage? Whatever your interest or talent, we welcome your help at The Rep! It's a great way to make a difference and give back to your community. In most cases, no experience is needed - we'll train you! Here are just a few of the areas where we are looking for dedicated people:
  • Backstage Crew
  • Light Board Operator
  • Sound Board Operator
  • Stage Management
  • Set Construction/Painting
  • Props
  • Costumes
  • Makeup/Hair
  • Office Work
  • Usher (see the show for free!)
  • Marketing/PR Team
  • Fundraising/Development Team
  • Season Selection
  • Education Committee
  • Community Outreach
  • Hospitality
  • Cleaning/Janitorial Services
  • Building Committee

To get started, please complete and submit the form below:

   

You may also contact Susan McCann at  smccann@toledorep.org  or by contacting specific committees directly and we'll find a role for you!



The Rep would like to thank:

- The cast and crew of Tales from the Arabian Mice for putting on a very successful Young Rep Production and starting off our first of three Young Rep Productions with a bang... or squeak!

- The parents of the cast of Tales from the Arabian Mice for their willingness to go above and beyond for our Young Rep program and to help in the success of our youth show.

- The cast and crew of Miss Witherspoon for a successful run of packed houses for our Edgy Rep Reading.

- Page Armstrong and the honor students from The University of Toledo who cleaned up the premises at 10th Street during UT's "Big Event".

- Theater League for showing their continued support of our local community theatre by sponsoring A Christmas Carol.

- LOCAL IBEW 8 who will be upgrading the electrical system in our rehearsal spaces.

- Romanoff and Gross Electric in cooperation with Toledo Edison, who generously donated the equipment and materials for our electrical upgrade.




(click photo to be directed to THE BLADE article)

Dave DeChristopher is the new Artistic Director of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. The Toledo native, photographed here on The Rep's stage, is an actor, director, teacher, playwright with nine published plays, and author of 'The Force,' a series of spy novels.
THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT


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* 22-gallon plastic tubs  
* Consistent additional rehearsal space
* Stage Crew Volunteers
* Ushers for our shows
* Reliable audio/sound and visual equipment 
* Two 220 window air conditioning units for the newly renovated rehearsal space in the Brown Building
* Gift cards to Home Depot and Lowe's 

If you would like to volunteer or donate an item from this list, please contact Kathy McGovern
 at:
 kmcgovern@toledorep.org

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