UPCOMING EVENTS
Performances:

Toledo Voices
Local Playwright Readings
February 11, 25 & March 11

SHOWSTOPPERS:
A Toledo Rep Cabaret
- Fundraiser -
February 18

Of Mice and Men
March 31-April 9

A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum
June 2-18

Law & Order:
Fairy Tale Unit
YOUNG REP  (Ages 7-13)
April 28-30

Hairspray
YOUNG REP 
(Ages 14-19)
July 13-16

A Year With Frog and Toad
YOUNG REP 
(Ages 7-13)
August 3-6



Auditions:

Law & Order:
Fairy Tale Unit
Auditions:
February 11, 1-4 pm
10th St. Stage
February 12, 1-4 pm
10th St. Stage
Callbacks:
February 13, 5:30-7 pm
Brown Building


A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum
Auditions:
March 10, 6:30-9:30 pm
Toledo School for the Arts
March 14, 6:30-9:30 pm
Toledo School for the Arts
Callbacks:
March 24, 6:30-9:30 pm
Brown Building
 

Hairspray
Auditions:
April 11, 5:30-8:30 pm
Brown Building
April 12, 5:30-8:30 pm
Brown Building
Callbacks:
If Necessary
April 13, 5:30-8:30 pm
10th St. Stage




Classes & Workshops:

Intro to Theatre
Design and Tech
- Workshop -
Ages 10-18
March 11 & 18
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre
Ages 7-12
March 25-May 20
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Intro to Playwriting
- Spring Mini Session -
Ages 10-13
March 25-April 22
(no class April 15)
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Ages 14-17
April 29-May 27
(no class May 20)
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage




Rep Ed Showcases:

"The Best of Broadway"
February 25
12:15 pm
10th St. Stage

Adult Improv at the Rep
February 27
7:00 pm
10th St. Stage

  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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Toledo Performing Arts!
 
Volume 40, Issue 6 / February  2017
     
Letter from the Artistic Director
         
We have no Mainstage productions to offer this month, but don't wait to get your tickets for that American classic, John Steinbeck's incandescent  Of Mice and Men , which opens on March 31 and runs for two weekends.

In the meantime, we're trying to pack February with a full menu of smaller, more diverse events, and to reach out into the community.
         
On February 18, we're throwing a fundraiser for the Toledo Rep, with music, libations, hors d'oeuvre s, and a silent auction of custom paintings done by local area artists inspired by the song selections of the evening. The evening will also include a special guest performance by 13abc's Tony Geftos. Showstoppers:  A Toledo Rep Cabaret  promises to be a memorable evening. It all takes place at 8:00 pm at the beautiful 20 North Gallery at 18 North St. Clair Street. Tickets are available at toledorep.org, at the door, or by calling (419) 243-9277. All proceeds from the night will benefit the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

February 11 marks the inaugural performance of "Toledo Voices," a new series that brings you readings of works-in-progress by local playwrights. It's your chance to be the first audience for some exciting new plays, and to give your feedback to the playwrights and directors in a talkback that follows each reading. The lineup: February 11, Tania by Nina Wright; February 25, Life and Death by F. Scott Regan & Coffee Cream by Tanner DuVall; March 11, Sheba Rules by Deborah Coulter-Harris. Tickets are available at toledorep.org, at the door, or by calling (419) 243-9277.

Our classes for both young and old continue to thrive. You can see the young ones perform in a short performance on Saturday, February 25 at 12:15 pm, or catch the adults creating comic mayhem at the Adult Improv Showcase on Monday February 27 at 7:00 pm. Both of these events do not require tickets, but a donation is always appreciated.
         
So even though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, we can help take the bite out of winter with some live and local entertainment.
        
See you at the theatre,

Dave De
artistic@toledorep.org

 ON STAGE NOW:

A new series that brings you readings of works-in-progress by local playwrights. It's your chance to be the first audience for some exciting new plays, and to give your feedback to the playwrights and directors in a talkback that follows each reading.

Each reading will be followed by a talkback with the
writer, cast, and director.

All performances are held at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.


You may also call 419.243.9277 for tickets. If you have any questions, please email artistic@toledorep.org


 A TOLEDO REP FUNDRAISER:

Join us February 18 at 8:00 pm at 20 North Gallery in downtown Toledo for
Showstoppers: A Toledo Rep Cabaret, a fundraiser to benefit the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!

The evening will consist of performances of classic Broadway show tunes by local talent, including Matt Richardson, Eric Hillenband, Macaela Whitaker, Lydia Schafer, Colleen Geftos, Victoria Monhollen, and a special guest performance by 13abc's very own Tony Geftos! The evening will also include a silent auction of custom paintings done by local area artists, inspired by the song selections of the evening.
 
For the price of $20, your ticket will get you admittance into the show, an opportunity to participate in the auction, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres provided by Georgiz419.
A cash bar will be provided.
 
Show your support for the Toledo Rep, 'Toledo's Community Theatre since 1933'!




Can't attend the event, but would still like to support the Toledo Rep?



To purchase tickets or to make a donation over the phone or for more information, please call 419.243.9277


 ON STAGE NEXT:


Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

Directed by Sonia Perez


March 31 and April 1, 6, 7, 8, at 8:00pm
and April 2 and 9 at 2:30pm


A renowned classic recently seen on Broadway in 2014, the story is set in California during the Great Depression and follows two drifters, George and Lennie, who together hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George, now worried about his own safety, must choose between protecting his friend and staying the course towards his version of the American dream.



Of Mice and Men is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York



    
Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit
by: Jonathan Rand
Directed by Irina Zaurov

YOUNG REP PERFORMANCE
AGES 7-13

Auditions:
Feb. 11, 1-4 pm
10th St. Stage
Feb. 12, 1-4 pm
10th St. Stage

Callbacks:
Feb. 13, 5:30-7 pm
Brown Building




Please bring a headshot/photo and prepare a 10-12 line monologue, be ready to read from the script and do some improvisation scenes. We will rehearse 4 times per week from 5:30-8 pm. If some of you would like to read the play beforehand, pick up a script in the Toledo Rep box office. Please remember to bring it back on the day of your audition.


Synopsis:
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.


Show dates:
April 28-30, 2017
   
"Intro to Theatre Design and Tech"
Rep Ed Workshop

"Intro to Theatre Design and Tech"
March 11 & 18
(2 days)
Saturdays, 9 am-Noon
Ages 10-18
    
Go behind the curtain and into the lighting booth to discover how all the production elements of a show are devised and put together. Students will learn a bit about set design, sound, lighting, prop-building, and stage management. This workshop serves as a terrific foundation for further work on actual productions.

Classes are held Saturday mornings at the 10th Street Theatre, starting promptly at 9:00 am and finishing at noon.
Parents please drop off and pick up on time.
                          
Tuition Cost: $60

Education is one of the central aspects of our mission here at the Toledo 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, workshops and camps for children, teens and adults.

       






Welcome to Our New Board Members!


Victoria Monhollen:  Vicki is our current Chair of Fundraising. She is the  Operations Training Administrator at PBF Energy, a Toledo Refinery Company and a theatre graduate from Freed-Hardeman University. Vicki has previously taught Acting during our "Puppets and People" Winter Young Rep Ed Session and is a seasoned director at Cardinal Stritch High School and the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. She has directed the Toledo Young Rep productions of Tales From the Arabian Mice and FAME and will be directing our upcoming Young Rep teen production of Hairspray. Vicki is currently planning our Toledo Rep fundraiser, Showstoppers: A Toledo Rep Cabaret that is coming up on February 18th at 8:00 pm at 20 North Gallery in downtown Toledo.


Amy Weber:  Amy is our current Executive Treasurer. She is a financial business professional with a broad business perspective gained from unique opportunities in the manufacturing environment. Amy has experience in  all functional areas of Accounting and is adept at designing and implementing Financial and Manufacturing systems and processes to enhance business performance.

Amy has an Executive Masters of Business Administration from The University of Toledo and has worked as the Corporate Program Manager for The Andersons, Inc. in Maumee, Ohio. She has previously held the volunteer position of Treasurer for the St Ursula Athletic Boosters and Sylvania Franciscan Academy and has served as a Board Member on the University of Toledo EMBA Advisory Board.


TOLEDO REPERTOIRE THEATRE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS APPLICATION FORM

The Toledo Rep is looking for new Board and Committee members. Those wishing to serve should have a vested interest in the Toledo Rep and its continuation as a vital part of the cultural fabric of our community. The responsibilities for Board and Committee members are different. Due to bylaw guidelines, we have a limited number of Board seats. However, we have many more Committee positions available. If you should have an interest in either area, please complete the online form.
 



Bonnie & Clyde
by Ivan Manchell, Frank Wildhorn, & Don Black
September 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2017

A thrilling and sexy musical chronicling the lives of the infamous Depression-era duo. America's most notorious lovers and bank robbers take the country by storm, their forbidden story told with a score combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. A wonderful new show with a large ensemble cast and multiple Tony nominations, never before produced in Northwestern Ohio.
 

It Came From Mars
by Joe Zettelmaier
October 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2017

Farlowe's Mystery Theatre Hour is in rehearsal for its weekly radio show when an alarming announcement comes over the radio - Martians have landed! The actors fly into hysterics, barricading themselves in the studio, not expecting to live to see the next day. Passions ignite, secret identities are revealed and slapstick mayhem ensues when a washed-up director, his drama queen ex, a wannabe war hero, a ditzy actress, and a German sound effects wiz all think they are about to be annihilated by men from Mars. Winner of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award!
 

Human Error
by Eric Pfeffinger
(Special Event)
November 17, 18 (two shows) & 19, 2017

A contemporary comedy set right here in Toledo and written by a local playwright in which, through a medical mix-up, two couples (one red statish, the other blue) meet and have a kind of cultural exchange, learning a lot and reminding themselves, and the audience, that while much divides us, there is also a large territory of common ground. Full of warmth, heart, and outrageous humor. And there's a scene at Cabela's. Winner of an Ohio Arts Council award for Individual Excellence.
 

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, revised by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese
December 1, 2 & 3, 2017

A Toledo Rep tradition for more than 30 years, this timeless tale of redemption follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he is transformed by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future from a miserly old curmudgeon into a man who embodies the true meaning of Christmas. With lavish costumes, spectacular sets and a musical score rich with carols of the era, this production is one you will not want to miss!
 
Ripcord
by David Lindsay-Abaire
January 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 & 28. 2018

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.
 
Photograph 51
by Anna Ziegler
March 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2018

A humorous and moving portrait of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A pack of chemists and biologists relive the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. A fascinating play about science, ambition, isolation, the unique challenges of a woman working in a man's world, and the race for greatness.
 

Sweet Charity
by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, & Dorothy Fields
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2018

Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Sweet Charity, who sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances. Her world is the all too real world of Times Square, and the people who pass through are as deceptively charming a group as ever swept across any stage. With a book by the king of comedy Neil Simon and wonderful musical numbers including 'Big Spender', 'If My Friends Could See Me Now', and 'I'm a Brass Band'.


SEASON BONUS!

Rainbow Series
(three staged readings of classic gay plays)


The Normal Heart
by Larry Kramer
April 6 & 7, 2018

Kramer's explosive 1985 autobiographical play chronicles the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York, and the founding of the advocacy group, Gay Men's Health Crisis. Basis of an Emmy-winning 2014 HBO film.


The Children's Hour
by Lillian Hellman
April 13 & 14, 2018

Hellman's trailblazing 1934 drama is set in an all-girls boarding school run by best friends Karen and Martha. A vindictive student starts a rumor that the two women are lovers. As local tongues wag, the truth becomes murkier.


The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
by Paul Rudnick
April 20 & 21, 2018

Rudnick's audacious 1998 comedy tells the story of Adam and Steve, as well as Jane and Mabel (the first Lesbians) from the Old Testament to modern-day Manhattan. A no-holds-barred comedy that skewers both religious hypocrisy and political correctness.


 


The Toledo Rep Is Seeking Directors For Its 
2017-2018 Season!
 
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is currently seeking directors for their upcoming 85th Season. Interested directors, please click on the link below 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"!




Bill Quinlan appeared in the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's production of Terrence McNally's comedy 'It's Only a Play'

Q: What would you like us to know about you?

A: I am the inspiration for a well-known Saturday Night Live character. I was an administrator at San Jose Repertory Theatre in the early '80s when we brought in a semi-well known Bay Area comedian, Rob Schneider, to do an original musical satire called UP the Yup written by the great musical satirist Roy Zimmerman (I was Rob's understudy as well in the show). Rob would come into my office every now and then and ask, "What's up, Bill?" and I would answer "Oh, I'm just copying some scripts for the reading..." or whatever. Rob would immediately start riffing, "The Q man, Qmeister, makin' copies ..." and thus I became the subject of one of his most famous SNL characters. Immortalized! LOL!



The art, the ego, and the wit of theater take center stage in the comedy It's Only a Play, opening Friday at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

The setting for Terrence McNally's play is a party in a Manhattan town house on opening night of playwright Peter Austin's newest work, The Golden Egg. He and a cast of theater people are waiting anxiously for the critics' appraisal - is it good or bad, a hit, or a flop?





For actors, directors, producers and  crew, preparing for a show can be a lot  of fun. The really nerve-wracking part  comes afterward - waiting for reviews,  worrying about attendance, second  guessing every choice made on stage.  "What did we do right? What did we do  wrong?"

This simple truth - that anxiety will  come - is the central idea behind "It's  Only a Play," a Terrence McNally comedy  about a group of actors stressing  out at a party after opening night of a  new show.


   
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre saw a string of box-office successes in 2016, said Artistic Director Dave DeChristopher, beginning with Calendar Girls in January. "There was a special alchemy in that production, and part of it was having all those veteran actresses that people know, including Madge Levinson, onstage together.

"After that show the hits just kept on coming in terms of box office," he said, citing Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, and A Chorus Line, "which was enormous - we could have run that for more weeks on end."

A Christmas Carol was a highlight for DeChristopher. "I've always been involved from the outside," he said, but this year he was the assistant director of the play. "From the inside, it is really special because of how many children are involved, and how the adults who have done the show often nurture [the children] and make sure they have a magical experience."



"The Best of Broadway!

Our first Young Rep Ed session of 2017 began on January 7 and our theatre was packed full of young, talented artists! What a great way to start the new year! 
If you haven't considered a Rep Ed Youth or Adult class, what are you waiting for? Check out our website for details about all of our upcoming Youth and Adult classes, workshops and camps!







Girl Scouts at the Rep!

Girl Scout Troop 10415 came to the Toledo Rep and participated in our Girl Scout Badge Workshop!

These creative Girl Scouts earned their Screenwriter Badge!
 
Are you a troop leader or do you know one? Are you looking for a fun way to earn a badge for your troop? The Toledo Rep can help!
  
For questions or more details, contact us at education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277































A preview to our upcoming Toledo Rep fundraiser from our very own Fundraising Chair, Victoria Monhollen. Showstoppers: A Toledo Rep Cabaret. February 18 at 8:00 pm at 20 North Gallery in downtown Toledo, Ohio.

Showstoppers: A Toledo Rep Cabaret Fundraiser Preview - Victoria Monhollen
(CLICK TO WATCH)

Showstoppers: A Toledo Rep Cabaret Fundraiser Preview - Victoria Monhollen


During intermission at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's 31st annual production of A Christmas Carol, the cast and two audience members participated in a Lipsync Battle!

Toledo Rep 'A Christmas Carol' - Lipsync Battle
(CLICK TO WATCH)

Toledo Rep A Christmas Carol
 Lipsync Battle

During intermission at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's 31st annual production of
A Christmas Carol, the cast and audience participated in a theatre wide Mannequin Challenge!

Toledo Rep 'A Christmas Carol' - Mannequin Challenge
(CLICK TO WATCH)

Toledo Rep A Christmas Carol
Mannequin Challenge


THEATRE BADGE WORKSHOPS
    
 
Are you a troop leader or do you know one? Are you looking
for a fun way to earn a badge for your troop?
The Toledo Rep can help!
  
The Rep is holding workshops, where your girls can earn a Girl Scout badge. The goal of the workshops will be to introduce the girls to theatre by giving them both a chance to learn and see what happens behind stage as well as giving them a chance to perform on stage.

For questions or more details, contact us at  education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277



The Rep would like to thank:

- The cast, crew, and director of It's Only a Play for portraying the real life anxiety that comes with opening a show. This slapstick comedy was a great way to begin our 2017 year!

- Matt Richardson, Eric Hillenband, Macaela Whitaker, Lydia Schafer, Tony Geftos, Colleen Geftos and Victoria Monhollen for contributing their talent and time to help make our upcoming Toledo Rep fundraiser Showstoppers: A Toledo Rep Cabaret, such a success!

- Eric Hillenband for hosting our upcoming fundraiser at your beautiful establishment, 20 North Gallery.

- Georgiz419 for catering our upcoming fundraiser.

- To the many talented fine artists that donated custom, music inspired, paintings to the silent auction for our upcoming fundraiser.

- Luke Rosen for donating your time and talents to accompany our wonderful cabaret cast for our upcoming fundraiser.

- USW Local 912 for your assistance and support of our upcoming fundraiser.

- To the actors, directors and especially the playwrights who are making our inaugural 'Toledo Voices' event a success!


We are excited to announce that Season Tickets for our upcoming 85th Season are on sale NOW!

What's better yet, is that you can now purchase your Season Tickets ONLINE!



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
  • Groundskeeping
  • Building Committee

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

   

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


Please take our survey!

The purpose behind these questions is to help us mainstream our efforts. This survey will also help us get a better handle on what you, our audience, would like to see produced on our 10th Street Stage.


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