UPCOMING EVENTS
Performances:

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

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

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



Auditions:
 
Bonnie & Clyde
Auditions:
June 8, 6:30-9:30 pm
10th St. Stage
June 10, 1:30-4:30 pm
10th St. Stage
Callbacks:
June 12, 6:30-9:30 pm
10th St. Stage

It Came From Mars
Auditions:
July 22, 1:00 pm
10th St. Stage
July 23, 1:00 pm
10th St. Stage
Callbacks:
July 24, 7:00 pm
Brown Building




Classes:

Broadway: Best of the 70s
(Ages 7-16)
Sept. 16 - Nov. 4, 2017
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

IMPROV!
(Ages 7-16)
Jan. 6 - Feb. 24, 2018
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Audition Bootcamp:
Cold Reading
-Workshop-
(Ages 7-16)
March 3, 2018
Saturday  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Audition Bootcamp:
Singing
-Workshop-
(Ages 7-16)
March 10, 2018
Saturday  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Playmaking 101
(Ages 7-16)
March 17 - May 12, 2018
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage




Summer Camps:

Hip Hop Broadway
(Ages 7-16)
June 26-30
Monday - Friday
9:00 am-3:00 pm
10th St. Stage

Enchanted Theatre
(Ages 7-16)
July 17-21
Monday - Friday
9:00 am-3:00 pm
10th St. Stage

Broadway Apocalypse
(Ages 7-16)
July 24-28
Monday - Friday
9:00 am-3:00 pm
10th St. Stage




Rep Ed Showcases:

Hip Hop Broadway
June 30
3:15 pm
10th St. Stage

Enchanted Theatre
July 21
3:15 pm
10th St. Stage

Broadway Apocalypse
July 28
3:15 pm
10th St. Stage

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Volume 40, Issue 10 / June  2017
     
Letter from the Artistic Director
   
Four musicals in four months? We must be crazy!

It's true. We're the Toledo. Repertoire. Theatre. And in the summer, we become musicalholics. With so many ambitious projects in the hopper, what we really need is...HELP! (for this healthy addiction, that is).

Right now, Amy Spaulding-Heuring's puckish production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is delighting our audiences with its hilarious hijinks and bubbly Sondheim score; running June 2 through June 18.
 
In July, a stellar teen cast brings the explosive musical Hairspray to vibrant life. It's nonstop dancing, exuberant energy, and a Tony-winning score. It runs July 13-16.
         
In August, our younger actors present the enchanting A Year with Frog & Toad, a story about community, kindness, and the value of friendship. Arnold Lobel's delightful animal characters come to life, and sing!
         
And in September, we kick off our 85th season with the Northwest Ohio premiere of the sexy and compelling musical Bonnie & Clyde, boasting an unforgettable score by Frank Wildhorn and Don Black.
         
Of course, we'd love to see you in our audience, but have you ever thought about...a larger role? 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 pick up the phone and call, 419-243-9277.
       
See you at the theatre,

Dave DeChristopher

 ON STAGE NOW:


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart 
music by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by  Amy Spaulding-Heuring


June 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 pm
and June 11 and 18 at 2:30 pm

   
Broadway's greatest farce! Originally a winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, this classic takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of traditional vaudeville. Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest with... "something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"



A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

(PHOTO CREDIT:  Amanda Aylwin Photography)

(PHOTO CREDIT:  Amanda Aylwin Photography )

(PHOTO CREDIT:  Amanda Aylwin Photography )

(PHOTO CREDIT:  Amanda Aylwin Photography )

(PHOTO CREDIT:  Amanda Aylwin Photography )

(PHOTO CREDIT:  Amanda Aylwin Photography )
(PHOTO CREDIT:  Amanda Aylwin Photography ) 

    
Bonnie & Clyde

Book by Ivan Menchell, Lyrics by Don Black, Music by Frank Wildhorn

 
Auditions:
June 8, 6:30-9:30 pm
10th Street Stage

June 10, 1:30-4:30 pm
10th Street Stage

Callbacks:
June 12, 6:30-9:30 pm
10th Street Stage



Singing Roles:
Prepare 16 bars of a show tune, an accompanist will be provided

Non-Singing Roles:
Prepare a one-minute monologue, or short speech to present
Arrive early to put your name on the audition list and complete an audition form (please list all conflicts and potential conflicts from the beginning of July through the run of the show).
Headshots are welcomed but not required.

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Mainstage
6:30-7:15 - Reserved for the children and teenagers auditioning for Young Bonnie and Young Clyde (a note to parents, guardians, caregivers - only the actor auditioning will be allowed in the theatre during the audition. Please stay in the Rep lobby during your child's audition. Thank you for your cooperation).
7:15-8:30 - Singing and monologues
8:30-9:30 - Movement auditions (all except those auditioning for Young Bonnie and Young Clyde)

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - Mainstage
1:30-2:15 - Reserved for the children and teenagers auditioning for Young Bonnie and Young Clyde (a note to parents, guardians, caregivers - only the actor auditioning will be allowed in the theatre during the audition. Please stay in the Rep lobby during your child's audition. Thank you for your cooperation).
2:15-3:30 - Singing and monologues
3:30-4:30 - Movement auditions (all except those auditioning for Young Bonnie and Young Clyde)

Callbacks - Mainstage
Monday, June 12, 2017 from 6:30-9:30
During callbacks, individuals will read various scenes and will be asked to sing specific songs from the show (sheet music will be provided). A small ensemble movement audition will take place if time allows.


Questions or concerns, please call: (419) 243-9277

Synopsis:
America's most notorious lovers and bank robbers take the country by storm in this sexy and compelling adventure. A thrilling musical chronicling the lives of the infamous Depression-era outlaws, their forbidden story told with a score combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. Nominated for two Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, including Best New Musical, this Northwest Ohio stage premiere is a must-see!


Show dates:
September 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2017





It Came From Mars

By  Joseph Zettelmaier

Auditions:
July 22, 1:00 pm
10th Street Stage

July 23, 1:00 pm
10th Street Stage

Callbacks:
July 24, 7:00 pm
Brown Building



Quentin Farlowe- 40's-50's, director/writer
Maude Myrtles- 30's-40's, secretary
Werner Kreilig- 20's, sound technician
George Loomis- 40's, actor, former soldier
Dolores Breckinridge- 20's, actress
Julia Crane- 40's, actress


Questions or concerns, please call: (419) 243-9277

Synopsis:
"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 washedup 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 2009 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award.


Show dates:
October 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2017


 COMING UP!:


HAIRSPRAY
Young Rep musical (ages 14-19)
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

Directed by  Vicki Monhollen


July 13, 14, 15 at 7:00 pm
July 16 at 2:30 pm

Hairspray, winner of eight 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.



Hairspray is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)






Welcome to Our New Board Member!
(Photo credit: THE BLADE/JETTA FRASER)
 
Deborah M. Coulter-Harris: Deborah Coulter-Harris, Ph. D., a native of Massachusetts, currently teaches full time in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Toledo; she was awarded UT's Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2012. Deborah received her Ph.D. in 18th century British Literature and Linguistics from The University of Toledo in 1995; she also possesses a Master of Science degree in Business and Human Relations from Abilene Christian University in Texas, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Deborah has an Honors Diploma in the Russian language from the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, California, and is a graduate of the Sherman Kent School of Analysis, Career Analyst Program at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

During the 1970s, Deborah studied acting at the famous Abbey Theatre and Gate Theatre schools in Dublin, Ireland, and performed in numerous classical plays overseas. While in Ireland, Deborah published her first collection of poetry, wrote and performed a weekly radio show for RTE, Irish National Radio, and appeared on a weekly sitcom for RTE television. 

Dr. Coulter-Harris has also worked as speechwriter and Executive Assistant (EA) for Mr. L.J. Sevin, the CEO of Mostek Corporation. She has served as a Russian linguist in the United States Army and as a civilian at the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where she also studied an advanced Russian Language course. During her travels as an Army wife, she taught at colleges and universities in Greece, Ohio, New York, and Philadelphia. Just prior to coming to Toledo in 2003, she served as an officer and as a Middle East Political Analyst at Central Intelligence Agency where she wrote 52 pieces of Intelligence for President Clinton's and President George W. Bush's administrations; she won 5 Exceptional Performance Awards for her analysis and trade craft.

Dr. Coulter-Harris is the author of six books, including two plays. She has been in 128 plays and her work was most recently seen on the Toledo Rep stage in Sheba Rules, a play she wrote that was staged during our "Toledo Voices" playwright inaugural event.

Content courtesy of Deborah M. Coulter-Harris/ McFarland & Company, Inc./ Amazon.com



   
  
For more information, please contact us at  (419) 243-9277
or email us at education@toledorep.org

TOLEDO BLADE
"Toledo Rep puts comedy in motion"

   
"Toledo Repertoire Theatre, has deep comedy roots, all the way back to ancient Rome.

It was inspired by the works of Plautus, born in third century B.C., but A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum has modern Broadway connections too. The show, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, opened there in 1962. It is the first show for which Sondheim is the composer and lyricist, said Amy Spaulding-Heuring, the Rep's director, who was drawn to it because she's always wanted to do a Sondheim show.

Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart wrote the book; Gelbart also was the creator and producer of TV's M*A*S*H.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is filled with bawdy humor and double-entendres, mistaken identities, pratfalls, disguises, and quick entrances and exits, and other farcical touches".


    

Channel 13
"The Rep caps 84th season with a musical"

 


Toledo Rep Board Members at the Farmers' Market
    
On Sunday, May 28th, Board members from the Toledo Rep were at the Farmers' Market "Flower Day" sale. Our Board members were out promoting the theatre, Young Rep summer camps, our upcoming 85th Season, and our musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum which opens THIS Friday!


Toledo Rep Farmers' Market


The Rep would like to thank:
  
- The adult actors who performed in the May 27th showcase for our Spring Mini-Session, "Intro to Playwriting" (ages 14-17): Alison Koch, Jon Masters, Eric Simpson and Morgana Swift.

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

America's most notorious lovers and bank robbers take the country by storm in this sexy and 
compelling adventure. A thrilling musical chronicling the lives of the infamous Depression-era 
outlaws, their forbidden story told with a score combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. Nominated for two Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, including Best New Musical, this Northwest Ohio stage premiere is a must-see.
 

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 washedup 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 2009 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 world premiere production by local playwright Eric Pfeffinger. This contemporary comedy-set right here in Toledo, Ohio-is full of warmth, heart, and outrageous humor. Through a medical mix-up, two couples (one red state-ish, the other blue) meet and have a kind of cultural exchange, reminding themselves, and the audience, that while much divides us, there is a large territory of common ground. Winner of the 2016 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 biting new comedy from Pulitzer Prize-winning author David LindsayAbaire. 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.

 
Photograph 51
by Anna Ziegler
March 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2018

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.
 

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, 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".
 
SEASON BONUS!

Rainbow Series
(three staged readings of classic gay plays)


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

Kramer's explosive autobiographical play chronicles 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 a prominent HIV advocacy group, Gay Men's Health Crisis. Winner of three Tony Awards in 2011 and the basis of an Emmy Award-winning HBO film adaptation in 2014.


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 two best friends, Karen and Martha. When a vindictive student starts a rumor that the two women are lovers, local tongues wag and the truth becomes murkier. The accusation proceeds to destroy the women's careers, relationships and lives.


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.


 
   
DID YOU KNOW?
    
Ticket sales only cover a portion of the costs to operate the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. In order to continue providing all that we do to the Toledo community, we rely upon the help of many generous sponsors every season.  Sponsors play a vital role in keeping our community theatre thriving. Without them, we could not survive. Presently, around 300 individuals, businesses and organizations sponsor or support the Rep financially in some capacity every season, donating anywhere from $25 to $10,000 or more. If you're not a sponsor yet, we hope you'll consider joining!

As a Rep sponsor, you'll be helping to share the arts with the entire
Toledo community. In gratitude for your support, we would like to give you a little something back in return. In the sections that follow, you'll find a breakdown of the various benefits of being a Toledo Rep sponsor.


  


For more information, please contact us at (419) 243-9277

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 contact specific committees directly and we'll find a role for you!



TOLEDO REPERTOIRE THEATRE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND COMMITTEE MEMBER
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.
 

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.

       


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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