UPCOMING EVENTS
Performances:

First Do No Harm
- Toledo Voices Reading -
February 24

Photograph 51
March 9-25

Did You Mean To? 
The Minotaur 
Ghost Light 
- Toledo Voices Readings -
March 31

The Normal Heart
- Rainbow Series Reading -
April 6 & 7

The Children's Hour
- Rainbow Series Reading -
April 13 & 14

The Most Fabulous Story
Ever Told
- Rainbow Series Reading -
April 20 & 21

Charmed Like A Snake, 
I'm Sure
- Toledo Voices Reading -
April 28

Pirates!
Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard
[ Young Rep Play]
[Ages 7-13 ]
May 4, 5 & 6

Sweet Charity
June 1-17

Heathers the Musical
High School Edition
[Young Rep Musical]
[Ages 14-19]
July 12, 13, 14 & 15

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
[ Young Rep Musical]
[Ages 7-13]
August 2, 3, 4 & 5



Auditions:

- Rainbow Series -
The Normal Heart
Auditions:
March 10, 1:00-4:00 pm 
10th St. Stage
March 11, 4:00-7:00 pm 
10th St. Stage

- Rainbow Series -
The Children's Hour
Auditions:
March 10, 1:00-4:00 pm 
10th St. Stage
March 11, 4:00-7:00 pm 
10th St. Stage

- Rainbow Series -
The Most Fabulous Story
Ever Told
Auditions:
March 10, 1:00-4:00 pm 
10th St. Stage
March 11, 4:00-7:00 pm 
10th St. Stage


Pirates!
Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard
[ Young Rep Play, Ages 7-13 ]
Auditions:
March 11, 1:00-3:00 pm 
10th St. Stage
March 12, 6:00-8:00 pm 
10th St. Stage

Callbacks (if necessary):
March 13, 6:00-8:00 pm 
10th St. Stage


Sweet Charity
Auditions:
March 19, 6:00-9:00 pm 
10th St. Stage
March 20, 6:00-9:00 pm 
10th St. Stage

Callbacks (if necessary):
March 21, 6:00 pm 
10th St. Stage




Young Rep Ed Classes:

Audition Boot Camp:
Cold Reading
-Workshop-
(Ages 7-16)
March 3
Saturday  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Audition Boot Camp:
Singing
-Workshop-
(Ages 7-16)
March 10
Saturday  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Playmaking 101
(Ages 7-16)
March 17 - May 12
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage



Adult Rep Ed Classes:

The Craft of Acting II:
Advanced Course
February 24 - April 21
Saturdays, 12:30pm-3:00pm



Student Showcases:

Young Rep - IMPROV!
February 24
12:15pm
at The Rep

Adult Improv
February 19
7:30pm
at The Rep
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Volume 41, Issue 6 / February  2018
     
Letter from the President

Dear Readers,

First and foremost, thank you! Whatever your role, thank you for being a part of the Toledo Rep: coming out to our shows, participating in our classes, supporting us financially, and helping to bring our productions to life on the stage. No matter how big or small a part you have played, our 85th season could not be the success it has been without you.  

The excitement this season continues as we bring back our innovative Toledo Voices series for a second straight year. Toledo Voices showcases unproduced plays by local playwrights in a series of premiere readings, taking place on our 10th Street Stage on three Saturday evenings in February, March and April. The first reading will be of William McMillen's First Do No Harm on February 24th. Be sure to stick around after the performance for a talk back with the playwright, director, and cast!

That same Saturday, February 24th, marks the start of our winter session of Adult Acting, with Craft of Acting II. Dr. Deborah M. Coulter-Harris is returning to teach this advanced 8-week course and with enrollment more limited than the Craft of Acting I class in the fall, I wouldn't wait too long if you're thinking about signing up for this one!

One more upcoming event I want to highlight is our March play, Photograph 51, a moving portrait of female scientist Rosalind Franklin and her pivotal role in the discovery of DNA's double helix structure. For those of you interested in bringing students or school groups to see this play, as well as those of you with a love of science, I'm happy to announce that The Rep has partnered with Imagination Station, who will be doing live science demonstrations in our lobby before the show on the following dates: March 10th, 24th, and 25th. The demos will explore various science topics related to the subject matter of the show. You can contact our box office for further details on group discount rates.

As I bring this letter to a close, I'm pleased to share with you the announcement of our 86th season for 2018-19!  We're expanding our Mainstage series to six shows with numerous award winners and classics among them. We don't think you'll want to miss a single one! You can find the full lineup in the following section.

Last but not least, I want to make an invitation to anyone considering expanding their role in our story. If you have an interest in giving back to your community and playing a larger part as our theatre programming grows and develops, please check out the applications ( Committees, Board of Trustees) and consider applying.

Christopher McAnall
President







ANNOUNCING OUR 86th SEASON!

We are pleased to announce our exciting upcoming 
2018-2019 Mainstage lineup!

Tickets for Season Subscribers and General Public will go on sale soon. Keep a lookout in your mail, email, and on social media for updates!


    
 

 ON STAGE NOW!


Toledo Voices
  
"Toledo Voices" will present unproduced plays by local writers in a series of readings held at the
Toledo Rep. Each reading will be followed by a talkback with the writer, cast, and director.


 COMING UP!


Photograph 51
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by David DeChristopher

March 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23 & 24 at 8 :00 pm
March 18 & 25 at 2:30pm

A moving portrait of British scientist Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive and often overlooked role in the discovery of DNA's double helix structure. This complex tale explores how a group of chemists and biologists raced to map the molecular structure of our genetic code, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. Winner of the 2016 WhatsOnStage Award, Photograph 51 is a fascinating play about science, ambition, isolation, the unique challenges of a woman operating in a field dominated by men, and the race for greatness.


If you are interested in bringing a class of students or a group of home schooled students to this show, we have student pricing and group discount pricing available.
For more information, please contact bherrmann@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277





Photo Credit: Amy Elfering
Rainbow Series
Staged Readings of Three Classic Gay Plays
(You may audition for one, two, or all three plays.)

Auditions:
March 10, 1:00-4:00 pm
10th Street Stage

March 11, 4:00-7:00 pm
10th Street Stage



The Normal Heart
by Larry Kramer
Directed by Wes Skinner
Performances April 6 & 7

CHARACTER DETAILS
1 woman, mid-to-late 30s, playing a doctor
8 men, from mid-20s to mid-50s. Several play various roles.

Synopsis:
The Normal Heart is a largely autobiographical play that focuses on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984 as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the founder of The Gay Men's Health Crisis. Ned prefers loud public confrontations to the calmer, more private strategies favored by his associates, friends, and closeted lover Felix Turner. Their difference of opinion lead to frequent arguments that threaten to undermine their mutual goal. Originally produced Off-Broadway, a revival opened on Broadway in 2011, and was adapted into an award-winning HBO movie in 2014



The Children's Hour
by Lillian Hellman
Directed by Irina Zaurov
Performances April 13 & 14

CHARACTER DETAILS
9 girls age 12-14 y/o
2 young women age 25-35 y/o
3 women age 60 y/o and older
2 men: Male #1: age 28-35 y/o, Male #2: 18-20 y/o

Synopsis:
The Children's Hour revolves around idle gossip between schoolgirls that escalates into a fiasco. The story is a powerful tale of truth and lack thereof. Hellman creates a tense atmosphere between teachers and pupils. Problem-child Mary Tilford accuses her teachers, Karen Wright and Martha Dobie, of foul play. She says she hears "strange noises" coming from their room and "gets scared" because she doesn't know what they are up to. Mary "confesses" her self-made lie to her grandmother, who begins the demise of the teachers. This attack on Dobie and Wright leads them to question their own relationships, in both personal and professional ways.



The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
by Paul Rudnick 
Directed by Bill Quinlan
Performances April 20 & 21

CHARACTER DETAILS
Stage Manager - female 20s aka God. A sense of authority and balance. The only one who knows how the story ends.
Adam - male 20s
Steve - male 20s
Jane - female 20s
Mabel - female 20s
Man # 1 (30s/40s)
Man # 2 (30s/40s)
Woman # 1 (30s/40s)
Woman # 2 (30s/40s)
These supporting roles are incredibly important to the telling of the story. Each actor will play as many as three characters each.

Synopsis:
Act One recounts the major episodes of the Old Testament, but instead of Adam and Eve, our lead characters are Adam and Steve, and Jane and Mabel, a lesbian couple with whom they start civilization. Act One covers the Garden of Eden, an ark, a visit with a highly rambunctious Pharaoh and finally even the Nativity. Along the way, Mabel and Adam invent God, but Jane and Steve are skeptical. Act Two jumps to modern day Manhattan. Adam and Steve are together again, and Steve is HIV positive. It's Christmas Eve, and Jane is nine months pregnant even though she always thought of herself as the butch one. The two women want to marry and want Adam and Steve to join them in the ceremony. A wheelchair-bound, Jewish lesbian Rabbi from cable access TV arrives to officiate.


Questions or concerns: (419) 243-9277 or email artistic@toledorep.org





Pirates!
Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard
Young Rep Play, Ages 7-13
by Joshua Mikel
Directed by Julie Zatko


Auditions:
March 11, 1:00-3:00 pm
10th Street Stage

March 12 6:00-8:00 pm
10th Street Stage

Callbacks (if necessary):
March 13, 6:00-8:00 pm
10th Street Stage



AUDITION DETAILS:
Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script and participate in several theatre exercises. No monologue required. Looking for real "characters" to bring this over the top swashbuckling comedy to life!
Please call (419) 243-9277 to schedule an audition time.


CHARACTER DETAILS


Synopsis:
A friendly game of pirates becomes all too real when overzealous Theodore accidentally falls into a giant sinkhole and wakes up to find himself amongst real high sea swashbucklers. Before getting back to the real world, he is forced on an epic journey with his companion Harriet the Ghost in a quest to find the notorious pirate Weird Beard and foil the mutinous Mr. Clunky Bones. Will Theodore be able to save Captain Cramp Hand's ship from falling into evil clutches and return to his friends in time for ice cream?

Show dates:
May 4, 5 & 6

Questions or concerns: (419) 243-9277





Sweet Charity
by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, & Dorothy Fields
Directed by Debra Ross Calabrese

Auditions:
March 19, 6:00-9:00 pm
10th Street Stage

March 20 6:00-9:00 pm
10th Street Stage

Callbacks (if necessary):
March 21, 6:00 pm
10th Street Stage



AUDITION DETAILS:
Bring 16 bars of your best vocal with sheet music for accompanist, be dressed to move if asked to dance. Also be ready for a cold reading if asked.

CHARACTER DETAILS
Charity Hope Valentine:  A taxi dancer who desperately wants to be loved.

Oscar Lindquist: A man whom Charity befriends and eventually falls in love with.

Charlie: Charity's boyfriend at the top of the show, a silent hunk.

Nickie and Helene: Charity's closest friends, also taxi dancers at the Fandango Ballroom.

Herman: The authoritarian owner of the Fandango Ballroom; Charity's boss.

Vittorio Vidal: A famous Italian movie star.

Ursula March: Vittorio's girlfriend.

Daddy Johann Sebastian Brubeck: The enigmatic leader of the Rhythm of Life Church.

Carmen: A dancer at the Fandango Ballroom who is friends with Nickie, Helene, and Charity.

Rosie: The new dancer at the Fandango Ballroom.

Suzanne, Frenchie, Betsy, and Elaine: Dancers at the Fandango Ballroom.


 

Sweet Charity has a large Ensemble that sings, dances, and plays an assortment of small character roles. 


Synopsis:
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, this five-time Tony Award winner includes the iconic musical numbers "Big Spender", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", and "I'm a Brass Band".

Show dates:
June 1,2,8,9,10,14,15,16 & 17

Questions or concerns: (419) 243-9277


 

Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer our next round of Adult Acting Classes for ages 18 years or older, beginning February 24!

"The Craft of Acting II: Advanced Course"
Instructor: Dr. Deborah M. Coulter-Harris

DATE:
February 24-April 21

TIME:
Saturdays,  12:30-3:00 p.m.

COST:
$200

LOCATION:
The Toledo Rep's Mainstage and Brown Building


Open to adults 18 years or older

Student Showcase on  Friday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This eight-week acting class is designed for those who seek to improve their  craft. The class will focus on physical and vocal characterization and stage presence; actors will participate in learning how to create a character's purpose and complexity and develop the skills to use their bodies and voices to reflect a character's personality.

Students will participate in several one-act plays, monologues, or scenes that offer exceptional challenges for actors in terms of physicality, vocalization and accents, characterization, style, content, and textual analysis. Actors will explore and develop advanced acting methodologies and will learn varied approaches for creating authentic and credible characters through reacting to other actors, objects, and, the physical environments. The course will end with a public showcase of monologues and multi-actor scene presentations.


*Limited Enrollment*
*Must Have Previous Training or Theatre Experience*

If you have questions or would like further details about our classes, please contact  education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277




Further details about the instructor:
   









Adult Improv Comedy Showcase
     
Monday, February 19
7:30 PM
at The Rep

Come see our talented Level 1, 2, and 3 Adult Improv students as they perform onstage at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!

The show is open to the public, no tickets required, but a suggested $3.00 donation is appreciated to help support the continued success of the Improv Program.

If you have any questions about the showcase or our classes, please visit www.toledorep.org, call (419) 243-9277 or email education@toledorep.org

MATURE CONTENT MATTER


   


Young Rep Ed Showcase - "Improv!"
    
Saturday, February 24
12:15 PM
at The Rep

Come see what the amazing students from our Young Rep Ed Winter Session, "IMPROV!" (Ages 7-17) have been up to for the past eight weeks as they studied the fundamentals of improv comedy through games and exercises that help to develop strong ensemble and character work. In this family-friendly session students developed stage presence, self-confidence, communication skills and respect for other performers and their creativity.

The showcase is open to the public, no tickets are required, but a suggested $3.00 donation is appreciated to help support the continued success of the Young Rep Ed Program.

For more information on all of our upcoming youth and adult classes, camps, and workshops, please visit our website at  www.toledorep.org ,  call (419) 243-9277 or email education@toledorep.org

It's time for the Toledo Area Parent's
2017 Family Favorites!

Nominate the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!


Get Active

      
BCAN
  
Can you think quick on your feet?
The kids at the Toledo Rep sure can!
     

Check out what our amazing Toledo Young Rep Ed comedians have been up to in our 8-week Youth Improv Class!

In this family-friendly session, students are studying the fundamentals of improv through games and exercises that help to develop strong ensemble and character work. Students are developing stage presence, self-confidence, communication skills, and respect for other performers and their creativity.

Come see them show off the skills they learned in their Student Showcase on Saturday, February 24th at 12:15 pm at The Rep!  


BROADWAY ACTRESS AND YOUNG REP ALUM
SARA SHEPERD!



In honor of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical's recent visit to the Stranahan Theatre , here is an interview with the Toledo Rep's  very own Young Rep Alum and Understudy for Carole King on Broadway, Sara Sheperd!


WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Are you a Toledo Rep Alum? Are you doing something wonderful in your career or community utilizing the training you received and the lessons you learned during your time at the Toledo Rep? If so, we cant to hear from you!

Email alumni@toledorep.org and tell us about all the exciting things you are doing, include photos if possible!
 
The Rep is Looking For Videographer Volunteers!
   

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is looking for qualified individuals to perform freelance videography work for
our marketing/advertising team. The goal of our marketing department is to strengthen the
Toledo Rep brand and to promote all events, programs, classes, productions and outreach
initiatives of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

As a videography volunteer, you should be prepared to work in an exciting, creative and fast-paced environment.
Candidates should have an entrepreneurial mindset for project development and a strong
drive to take on challenges. They must be self-motivated, a strong team player, able to
think outside the box, and be comfortable taking the lead in facilitating, planning and
executing the digital video productions of the Toledo Rep.


Responsibilities
* To create promotional videos which will be used and distributed online through the
Toledo Rep website, email announcements, video sharing sites, social media
networking, and lobby displays, with a possibility of footage being used in larger
markets in the future.
* Video coverage expected of, but not limited to, all Mainstage productions, all Young Rep
productions, all special events, all readings, all fundraisers, all Rep Ed classes,
workshops and showcases, and general season promotion.
* Integrate photography, text, graphics, animation, voice over, testimony, etc. to create
vibrant videos that bring the Toledo Rep to life.
* Consult with directors, casts, and the marketing department to create premium content.
* Other responsibilities might include, but are not limited to, creating educational footage
to accompany the staged productions in the form of informational, historical videos that
will play in the lobby for our patrons and guests.

The is an unpaid, volunteer position.


If you are interested or have any questions, please email marketing@toledorep.org

   
The Toledo Rep Is Seeking Directors! 
Interested directors, please click on the link below to complete the online Director's Application.
 
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"!
    


ADULT IMPROV OUTREACH!
 
Alumni and current students from the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's Adult Improv
Program performed during "Family Fun Day" hosted by the City of Toledo and Toledo
Lucas County Public Library.

  
YOUTH IMPROV!
    
Our wonderful students from our Young Rep Ed Winter Session, "IMPROV!" (Ages 7-17) have been studying the fundamentals of improv comedy for the past eight weeks. Come see their student  showcase on Saturday, February 24th at 12:15pm at The Rep!




Photo Credit: Christopher McAnall & Dayna Triplett


The Rep would like to thank:
  
- The cast and crew of  Ripcord  for such a wonderfully funny and heart warming production.
Carol Ann Erford for stepping into the role of Marilyn Dunne!
- Master electricians Mark Koester and Jim Norton for the many hours of work put into electrical updates and upgrades at the theatre.
- Scott Korczynski and RMF Nooter, Inc., for sharing company resources to assist with the aforementioned electrical updates and upgrades.
- Christopher Tillman and Sarah Chelten for their continued support of the Toledo Rep, it's mission, and it's historical importance to the city of Toledo!
Become a Board Member!
 
TOLEDO REPERTOIRE THEATRE  BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND
COMMITTEE MEMBER  APPLICATION FORM

Do you have the passion and drive it takes to be an advocate for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre?
Serving on the board of a nonprofit organization is a wonderful, enriching experience and is a fulfilling way in which you can give back to the community that we call home.

The Toledo Rep is always looking for new Board and Committee members.  Those wishing to serve should have a vested interest in and a strong allegiance to the Toledo Rep and its continuation as a vital part of the cultural fabric of our Toledo 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.
Questions or for more information, please contact president@toledorep.org



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 are interested 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.
The Toledo Rep Is Seeking Directors !  
Interested directors, please click on the link below to complete the online Director's Application.
 
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"!



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