UPCOMING EVENTS
Performances:

Ripcord
January 12-28

Photograph 51
March 9-25

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

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:

Photograph 51
Auditions:
January 3, 6:00-9:00 pm 
Brown Building
January 4, 6:00-9:00 pm 
Brown Building

Callbacks (if necessary):
January 6, 1:00-3:00 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




Young Rep Ed Classes:

IMPROV!
(Ages 7-17)
January 6 - February 24
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

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:

Adult Improv
LEVEL 1
January 11 - February 15
(Thursdays, 6:30pm-9:00pm)
Brown Building
LEVEL 2
January 14 - February 18
(Sundays, 6:00pm-8:30pm)
Brown Building
LEVEL 3
January 14 - February 18 
(Sundays, 3:00pm-5:30pm)
Brown Building
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Volume 41, Issue 5 / January  2018
     
Letter from the Artistic Director

Happy New Year!

While we're all barricaded in our homes, waiting for this frigid wave  to pass, we have even more time to reflect upon the past year, and carve  out a new set of resolutions for 2018, and carbo-load for the coming  months. (Not necessarily in that order.)

We've been told that modest and measurable resolutions are best;  not "I'm going to spend less and save more," or "I'm going to drop a ton,"  but "I'm going to bank an extra $20 dollars a month" and I'm going to go  to the gym twice a week."

Almost every week, somebody enthusiastically tells me that they love T he Rep. But when I ask when they last saw a production, the answer is  usually last year, or two years ago, or even longer.

So here's the pitch (you knew it was coming, right?): Come back to T he Rep, just once, although more often would be even better. We're in the  middle of a terrific season, our 85th, and we've expanded our programming.  In addition to our Mainstage productions (the hilarious Ripcord opens on  January 12th), we have classes for both children and adults, and readings, of  both classic plays and new plays by local playwrights, and other coming  attractions. Read this monthly newsletter to stay abreast of what we're up  to...

Once you rediscover us, we bet you'll be back for more.

And while you're in the mood to contemplate new activities in this  new year, have you ever thought about taking a more active role at The  Rep? Virtually every task - both backstage and on - is performed by volunteers, and the size of your commitment is up to you.  We would love  to have you. For more information, visit our user-friendly web site, 
www.toledorep.org. Hit the tab near the top of our homepage marked  "Volunteer."  Or, just call, (419) 243-9277.

See you at the theatre.

Dave DeChristopher
Artistic Director






TOLEDO MAGAZINE
"The Rep Through The Years"

Did you see our wonderful full page story in the Toledo Blade celebrating our milestone  85th season?
   
    



 

 ON STAGE NOW!


Ripcord
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Matthew Gretzinger

January 12, 13, 19, 20, 25, & 26 at 8:00pm
January 21 & 28 at  2:30pm

  
A biting new comedy from Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Lindsay-Abaire. The 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.


Ripcord is presented through special arrangement with the Dramatist Guild of America

 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

Photograph 51
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by David DeChristopher

Auditions:
January 3, 6:00-9:00 pm
Brown Building

January 4, 6:00-9:00 pm
Brown Building

Callbacks  (if necessary):
January 6, 1:00-3:00 pm
10th Street Stage



AUDITION DETAILS:
Cast -5M (ages 25-55), 1W (age 25-50)

Characters:
ROSALIND FRANKLIN - a scientist
MAURICE WILKINS - a scientist
RAY GOSLING - a scientist
DON CASPAR - a scientist
JAMES WATSON - a scientist
FRANCIS CRICK - a scientist


Synopsis:
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.

Show dates:
March 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2018


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


Youth Improv Classes

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


Improv!
January 6 - February 24
(Ages 7-17)

Classes are Saturday mornings at the Toledo Rep and start promptly at 9:00 am and finish at Noon.   Please make sure you drop your student off and pick them up on time.


There will be a Student Showcase
Saturday, February 24th at 12:15 pm at The Rep.




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



Details about the instructors:

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.

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.

Kelly Fandrey is a theater graduate of Siena Heights University with an expertise in acting and vocal performance. She has also studied at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Conservatory program in New York, NY. Most recently, Kelly has been a regular Young Rep Ed instructor at The Rep since the spring of 2016.


Adult Improv Classes 

Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer a new session of Adult Improv classes, for ages 18 years or older, beginning January 11th!


Improv at The Rep

LEVEL 1
January 11 - February 15 
(Thursdays, 6:30pm-9:00pm) 

LEVEL 2
January 14 - February 18 
(Sundays, 6:00pm-8:30pm) 

LEVEL 3
January 14 - February 18 
(Sundays, 3:00pm-5:30pm)



Classes are held in the Toledo Rep's rehearsal space the "Brown Building", situated across the parking lot from our main theatre at 16 10th Street. 


There will be a combined class level Improv Showcase the evening of
Monday, February 19th at 7:30 pm at The Rep.


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



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 Diana DePasquale

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. 

Diana   DePasquale has trained and performed improv all over New York City at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, the Magnet Theater, the Peoples Improv Theater in NYC and is a founding member of Foreplay. She hosted Improdome!, a competitive improv show, between 2005 and 2006 and has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon, and in several improvised films, television pilots, and web shorts.  Diana  also appeared in Romancing the "Terrorist: Tajiki Nights" in the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival and is a winner of the Moth Story Slam in Detroit. 


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 Street Stage. 


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




 
The Rep is looking for Building Committee Volunteers!
   

85 years is certainly a long time to be around, but did you know that our two buildings have been around even longer? Our theatre building at 16 10th St was constructed in 1916 and is now over 100 years old!

The Building Committee's mission is to lead and guide the process of maintaining and enhancing The Rep's historic theatre building and rehearsal building. Do you have any interest in helping us with our efforts to preserve and enhance our historic buildings? Whether you have experience in one of the building trades, knowledge about various aspects of construction, or just a passion for this kind of work, we would love to have you on board!

If you are interested in joining the committee or have any questions, please email  building@toledorep.org

      
TOLEDO BLADE
  
Toledo theatre has nurtured love of the stage since 1933
     

On April 16, 1933, Fred S. Emmett wrote to six others with a big idea, the creation of a "little theatre". The group got together on April 23, and the Toledo Repertoire Company was born!

By June 8, 1933, the group was presenting its first production, Henrik Ibsen's  A Doll's House, and the company's first full season began September 21 with  The Shelf, a 1926 comedy/drama. In 1935, The Rep moved into its home at 16 10th St., and the show has gone on ever since.

"It's a privilege to be part of a theatre with such a long history, but even more than that, it's an honor to be part of a theatre that is still relevant and enriching so many people's lives in our community today," said Chris McAnall, president of The Rep's board of trustees.

The Rep's goal is to entertain but also to educate. Through its Rep Ed programs, it offers a series of performances, classes, workshops, and summer camps for children and teens in acting, singing, dance, and more. There also are adult classes in acting and improv comedy.
  
 


HAVE YOU SEEN?...
New Rep Merchandise, Gift Cards, and Limited Edition 85th Season Commemorative Prints!
 

Have you checked out the latest Rep merchandise? We have everything from t-shirts and hoodies to our limited edition signed and dated commemorative 85th Season prints and gift cards in any denomination!

We have shirts designed specifically for all of the actors, stage crew "techies", and theatre parents in your lives and our commemorative prints and gift cards are sure to please even the most discerning Rep fan!

Stop by the 10th Street theatre to see all of our exciting new swag and
to  purchase your new items in person!

  
#BestNine2017
    
This was one AMAZING year for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre and our #BestNine2017 on Instagram proves it!
We received a Proclamation from the City of Toledo, expanded our Rep Ed program, had a record-breaking run of our teen musical Hairspray, won 17 awards including "Best of Show" at OCTA Jr. Fest, staged premiere productions, introduced thousands of young playgoers to the joys of live theatre, and showcased the work of several local playwrights through our "Toledo Voices" series. We know that we couldn't have done it without the continued support of our devoted volunteers, actors, crew members, parents, families, staff, board members, and patrons!

Our Toledo community helps us succeed and we can't wait for you to see what we have in store for you for 2018!
Here is to another amazing year at the Toledo Rep, "Toledo's Community Theatre since 1933!"




The Rep would like to thank:
  
- The cast, crew, parents, and family of A Christmas Carol  for such a wonderful production.
- The Toledo Rotary Foundation for the generous grant to our Young Rep program.
- Madge Levinson for your continued support of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.
- Theater League for your generous grant to support A Christmas Carol.
- Master electricians Mark Koester and Jim Norton for the many hours of work put into electrical updates and upgrades, including fixing our marquee sign and updating or adding LED security lighting to all of our building entrances.
- Scott Korczynski and RMF Nooter, Inc., for sharing company resources to assist with the aforementioned electrical updates and upgrades.
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"!



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!

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