UPCOMING EVENTS
Performances:

Valentine's Day Special Event
February 12-14

Young Rep Production 
(ages 7-13)
March 11-13

Edgy Rep Reading
Valentine Theatre's Studio A
March 18 & 19


Auditions:

February 13, 1pm
10th St. Stage
Callbacks:
February 16, 6pm 
Brown Building

A Chorus Line
Auditions:
April 7, 7pm
Brown Building
April 9, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage
Callbacks:
April 11, 7-10pm
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 16 / February  2016

Letter from the President

REPorting on Rehearsals:

Our often used rehearsal space in the Brown Building is finally our own. We successfully refinanced and acquired the Brown Building and parcels of the parking lot formerly under land contract. As a result, our efforts at repair and renovation will increase, so please pardon our dust when you run into some scaffolding. It's a good measure for introducing our February special engagement production, One Slight Hitch written by comedian Lewis Black. It's an incredibly cute show that is sure to elicit laughter and lightness in your heart when an ex-boyfriend encroaches on a family gathering and pending nuptials as a newly enlightened man.

I'm a believer that anyone who is presenting material, whether on stage, at a conference, a video recording session, or even at a family gathering, wants to present themselves in the best manner possible. We strive for our best regardless of the situation because our perception of how others see us is important. Our image is who we are and who we become. In cognitive psychology, rehearsals are processes to repeat over and over so that learning and role-playing get into the mechanics of our working memory.

Unbeknownst to all of us, one of our area's finest and most reputable thespians has been rehearsing for a role at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. You might have seen Dave DeChristopher in our recent production of  Tartuffe, or perhaps even viewed him in 'The Rep Spotlight Series' on our YouTube Channel . Dave has distinguished himself as an actor, playwright, director and teacher. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to welcome Dave DeChristopher as the new Artistic Director of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Look forward to hearing more from and about Dave in the coming month!

When "All the World's a Stage", then our everyday experiences are rehearsals for lifetime productions. This is the reason we should live what we practice and practice what we live. Any amount of Love you are able to share with the Rep - whether it be time, skilled services or monetary donations, will be put toward a better theatre and rehearsal space for performing arts education programs. Not to mention a theatre built on Love.

Cum amor et humilitas ("With Love and Humility"),
Samanthia Rousos
President, The Toledo Repertoire Theatre

ON STAGE NOW:


A Valentine's Day Special Event!

One Slight Hitch
Directed by Greg Kissner

February 12 & 13 at 8:00pm
February 14 at 2:30pm

Photo Credit: Todd Grinonneau

It's Courtney's wedding day and her mother Delia is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce, the doorbell rings and all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect!

WGTE members can use their membership card to take advantage of our BOGO promotion!



Miss Witherspoon
By Christopher Durang

Directed by  Scott Regan
EDGY REP READING

Auditions:
February 13 at 1pm
10th St. Stage

Callbacks:
February 16 at 6pm
Brown Building


The script calls for 4 females (one African American and one sub continent Indian) and two males. Actors will be required to depict multiple characters in multiple dimensions of reality. Additionally, one narrator and one sound effects person will be needed.

Questions may be referred to Scott Regan (419) 352-3257 or  fsregan16@gmail.com

Rehearsals limited to the weeks of Feb. 28-March 4 and March 13-17


Synopsis:
Veronica, scarred by too many failed relationships, finds the world a frightening place. To escape her life, she has committed suicide. Veronica does not find herself in heaven but in the Tibetan netherworld, Bardo (the netherworld in Tibetan Buddhism), and the forces there keep trying to make her reincarnate. Her Indian spirit guide Maryamma (along with Jesus and Gandalf) convinces Veronica that she with her newly-evolved soul must save the world she fears.

To be performed at the Valentine Theater's Studio A
Mature subject matter


Show dates:
April 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, and 17



Adult Improv Classes at The Rep

Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer
its second round of Adult Improv  classes beginning Sunday, Feb. 7 and r unning 6 weeks through Sunday,  March 13. A Level 1 course for beginners will run from noon-2:30pm and a Level 2 course for intermediate  students will run from 3:00-5:30pm each Sunday. There will be a combined level improv showcase on the evening of Monday, March 14. Registration is $125.00

Further details about instructors and classes:

Level 1- Instructor Martin Verni

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 basic fundamentals of improv, while gaining the building blocks of long-form improvisation.

Martin Verni has taught and performed improvisation for over a decade in both New York City and Chicago. He began at Second City's NYTC and has performed at the Upright Citizen's Brigade and Gotham City Improv. Upon moving to Chicago, he continued his training at iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and performed with Cowlick at The Playground Theater. Martin is proud to have shared the stage with such emerging comedic luminaries as Lauren Lapkus, Lennon Parham and Leslie Meisel. In addition to improvisation, Martin has performed in numerous plays, was a background performer for Saturday Night Live and appeared as an Eminem look-a-like for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.


Level 2- Instructor Nick Morgan

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.

Nick Morgan was trained in improv at The Second City theater in Chicago, IL and iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and has 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 is only open to those with previous improv experience *

If you have any questions about which level class you should be in, please contact education@toledorep.org







In Memoriam
Actor's Spotlight
The Toledo Rep would like to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Rosemary O'Brien, who played her last act on January 20, 2016.

 

Rosemary (Rosie) Geary O'Brien was born July 30, 1937 in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. She grew up in Point Edward, Ontario, but lived most of her adult life in Toledo, where she enjoyed a lengthy career in teaching. She had a beautiful singing voice and, as a young woman, was offered a chance to perform on Broadway. She declined the offer to stay true to her calling of teaching.

She contributed to her Toledo community in many ways, including being Choir Director at Regina Coeli Catholic Church for more than 20 years, then after retirement as an active member of The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, both as an actress and on the Board of Trustees.
 
Her most memorable role at
The Toledo Rep was that of Mother  Superior the Reverend Mother, a role that she played three times in  Nunsense, Nunsense II and Meshuggah-Nuns!. Rosemary was also seen in The Rep's productions of Big River; Noises Off (Dottie Odey); Deathtrap (Helga Ten Dorp); Betty the Yeti (Clare) and as Nell in The Rep's yearly production of A Christmas Carol.
Rosemary spent summers acting at Utah Musical Theatre and Capital Theatre in Olympia, WA and later fell in love with Hendersonville, NC where she moved in 1998.
 
She led Hendersonville's Little Theatre and the Hendersonville Chorale, as well as being the "Cruise Director" for her friends at the Oaks Condo Community. More recently, she had been responsible for much of the entertainment at her home of
Carolina Village Retirement Community, including performing solo concerts and organizing a Readers' Theatre. 

The joys of her life were her two sons, Kelly and Tim. She said that being a mother was the greatest role she had ever played!
 
As Scott Greggory, a longtime friend of hers, 
put it:  "[Rosie was] full of
an amazing energy. And boundless joy. Full of a willingness to try things. And a devilish sense of humor. She was completely full of life and light. She was full of all the stuff that made you feel loved in her presence; all sorts of good stuff that made you want to be around her... my heart is full of vivid memories of her, her infectious laugh and her almost piercing smile. You probably didn't know Rosemary, or maybe even anyone quite like her... But our lives are fuller because she was a part of them".
 
Rosemary O'Brien had a special gift of making everyone feel like they were the most important person in her life. 
Her charm, love and enthusiasm will be missed by all.
 

*Photos courtesy of The Toledo Rep, Susan McCann and Amy Slupe

Youth  Theatre  Classes
"Puppets and People"

Check out what the winter Rep Ed session has been up to in their "Puppets and People" classes!











The Rep Ed spring session, "Show your Class", for children ages 7-16 will take place March 19-May 14.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

To Register Click Below!




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:

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
  • 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  Calendar Girls for staging an amazing and heartfelt production! Your time, talent and efforts were rewarded in sold out performances!

- Wes Skinner and the cast of  Calendar Girls for participating in our director's talk back session after the January 22nd performance. Your show perspective and backstage secrets helped the audience members in attendance have a deeper appreciation for the staging of this production.

- The parents of our "Puppets and People" Rep Ed students. Thank you for your donation of craft supplies to use in our puppet making.

-  Ryan Mahaffey for the donation of tickets to Rossford High School Drama Club's production of Tom Griffin's,  The Boys Next Door.
Rep Fun!

From our  Calendar Girls Director's Talk Back after the 
January 22nd sold out performance!





The 30th Anniversary alumni photo of
A Christmas Carol! 
We had almost 100
ACC alumni in our
anniversary 
group photo!



Kroger Community Rewards Program!

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Kroger Community Rewards Program!

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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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