UPCOMING EVENTS
Performances:

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

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

Agatha Christie
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
April 8-10, 14-17


Auditions:

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 17 / March  2016
Letter from the Artistic Director

Entertainment is bombarding us from multiple directions, on various high-tech devices, on screens getting bigger (and smaller) every day. But there's still nothing like the immediacy and energy and electric give-and-take of live performance. Without the audience, the performance is incomplete, just (a) play. Now play is fun, and can even be therapeutic, but... Together, the audience and the performance make a memory, sometimes a magical one. That's why so many of us have devoted so much of our lives to the theatre.
 
At this point, I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Dave DeChristopher, and I'm very pleased to tell you that I'm the new Artistic Director of The Rep. I cut my theatrical teeth in Toledo decades ago, in a quirky little comedy called Round Trip Ticket at The Rep; as a teacher and director with the Children's Theatre Workshop; with Friar Tuck's Cabaret Theatre, Jim Rudes' Commodore Perry Dinner Theatre, The Village Players, Maumee Civic Theatre, et al.  
 
After this life-changing introduction to theatre, I spent more than 20 years in New York, acting professionally and directing and writing and teaching (google me for details). I did a lot of exciting things in New York, but I never got to Carnegie Hall until I went with the Toledo Symphony (as part of the cast of Every Good Boy Deserves Favour) in 2011. It's great to be back home!
 
My chief goal in the coming year is to reaffirm, as Toledo's premiere community theatre, The Rep's commitment to our community. Take advantage of our website to tell us what's on your mind regarding The Rep - programs or productions you would like to see, thoughts about our shows or systems, ways you think we can better serve you. Share your vision, your interests, and your talents with us.
 
In March, the variety of our work is on full display, with the delightful children's show, Tales from the Arabian Mice, playing March 11th, 12th, and 13th; a showcase from our Adult Improv class on Monday, March 14th at 7:00pm; and the wild, hilarious Christopher Durang Edgy Rep Reading Miss Witherspoon on March 18th and 19th at the Valentine Theatre's Studio A. March 19th also marks the beginning of Rep Ed's Spring Semester entitled "Show Your Class". For more details, visit Rep Ed or call (419) 243-9277. To register, please click here to complete the online form.
 
Thank you for your support,
 
Dave DeChristopher
Artistic Director  

ON STAGE NOW:

Young Rep Production
ages 7-13

Tales from the Arabian Mice
by Will Averill
Directed by Victoria Monhollen

March 11 & 12 at 7:00pm
March 13 at 2:30pm

Accompanied by his friends Ed and Moose, Pipsqueak the Mouse tells the story of his ancestor, Squeakherzade, a heroic young mouse who risks her tail to save her family by spinning tales for the evil Ali Catto. Mystical genies with bad attitudes, Sinbad's seven voyages and an impatient Forty Thieves all take the stage to present this inventive and irreverent post-modern take on the Arabian Nights.

Tales from the Arabian Mice is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.






EDGY REP READING

Miss Witherspoon
Directed by F. Scott Regan

March 18 & 19 at 8:00pm
Performed at The Valentine Theater's Studio A

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.

Mature subject matter




A Chorus Line
Directed by Stephanie Dennehy

Conceived, Originally Directed & Choreographed by Michael Bennett
Book by James Kirkwood & Nicholas Dante 
Music by Marvin Hamlisch 
Lyrics by Edward Kleban

Auditions:
April 7 at 7pm
Brown Building
April 9 from 1-4pm
10th St. Stage

Callbacks:
April 11 from 7-10pm
10th St. Stage


Audition requirements: be prepared to sing 32 bars of similar style song; bring clothes to move in there will be a small combination to learn.
Looking for various AGES and ETHNICITIES!!! Casting will be based on talent.



Synopsis:
A Chorus Line celebrates those unsung heroes of American Musical Theatre- the chorus dancers. Those valiant, over dedicated, underpaid, highly trained performers who back up the star of the show. A Chorus Line takes the audience through the final grueling audition for a new Broadway musical, while presenting a true picture of what it's like to be in the theatre. It is a celebration of the American Musical itself, showing exactly the talent it takes to make it into-a chorus line!


Show dates:
June 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18 and 19






Announcing Our 2016-2017 Season!


Starting in September with a Special Event to commemorate the 15-year Anniversary of 9/11,  110 Stories by Sarah Tuft, shares the first-person testimonials no one saw on the news. This is a powerful and humanizing account of New York City's darkest day, capturing the grief and resilience through the eyes of those who experienced it directly.
September 9-10 at 8:00pm and September 11 at 2:30 and 7pm
A portion of the proceeds from this production will go to charity
 
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield features all 37 plays, including sonnets, in 97 minutes! This updated 21st-century production is an irreverent, witty, fast-paced romp through the Bard's entire canon. If you like Shakespeare, you will love this show! If you hate Shakespeare, you will love this show!
September 30-October 9
 
Out of Sight... Out of Murder by Fred Carmichael depicts the mysterious evening of an author who is grinding out a murder story in an old mansion when an electrical storm creates a cosmic snafu and his characters come to life! There is a series of murders with Peter, the author, as the intended victim and the culprit among his characters. Can Peter find the killer before the killer gets him? All is solved ingeniously with romance, suspense and wit.
November 11-20
 
A Christmas Carol, a 30 year Toledo Rep tradition, written by Charles Dickens, revised by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese. 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!
December 2-4 at the Valentine Theatre
 
It's Only a Play is a celebration of theatre at its best! Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally, last seen on Broadway in 2015,  It's Only a Play details the opening night anxiety of a new Broadway play. With the playwright's career hanging in the balance, a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. This hilarious play proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage!
January 13-22, 2017
 
Of Mice and Men, a renowned classic by John Steinbeck recently seen on Broadway in 2014, 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.
March 31-April 9, 2017
 
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum  by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart with music by the great Stephen Sondheim, is Broadway's greatest farce, taking comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest with..."something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
June 2-18, 2017

Young Rep Youth  Theatre  Classes
"Show Your Class"

March 19-May 14

REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!!!


The Young Rep Ed spring session for children ages 7-16 will take place March 19 - May 14. The spring session's theme is "Show Your Class". Classes will include theatre basics as well as the core subjects of Acting, Dancing and Singing.
 
Classes are held Saturday mornings at the 10th Street Theatre, starting promptly at 9:00am and finishing at noon. Parents are expected to stay for a brief introductory meeting at the beginning of the first day of class.

Students will showcase what they have learned on May 14th at 12:15pm at The Toledo Rep. The eight-week course is $100 per student. For more information or to register over the phone, please call (419) 243-9277.  Walk in registrations will be taken on the first day of classes if openings are available. The online registration form and emergency contact sheet can be completed by clicking on the registration button below. The emergency contact sheet may also be downloaded from our website at  www.toledorep.org


 

Further details about instructors and classes:

Kelly Fandrey (Music): Kelly is a theatre graduate of Siena Heights University with experience and training in acting and vocal performance. Core components of her class will feature mastering proper technique, control, voice, diction and stage presence. Students will gain confidence and be able to utilize this training for theatrical and musical endeavors including auditions and future performances.

Morgan McConnell (Dance): Morgan graduated with a focus in dance from the Toledo School for the Arts.  She  has  been dancing for 16 years and  has 
experience in ballet, tap, jazz, modern/lyrical and hiphop. Morgan  currently teaches at Mini Motions Dance Center in Toledo, Ohio. Her classes will include basic steps for jazz and Broadway numbers, how to add personality to dance and coordination with movements.

Macaela Carder Whitaker  (Acting): Macaela currently sits on the arts faculty at the University of Phoenix and received her doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University's theatre program. Macaela's classes will include an introduction to classic acting styles, audition techniques and character development.


Improv  Showcase  at The Rep!

Our Rep Ed Program is excited to
announce  an Improv Showcase the evening of Monday, March 14 at 7pm at The Toledo Rep. This showcase will feature the talents of our Level 1 and Level 2 Improv Classes.

The show is free and open to the public, but a $3 donation is suggested to help with the continued support of the program.

Hope to see you there!


If you have any questions about the showcase or our classes, please contact education@toledorep.org

We Are Having A Spring T-Shirt Sale!

Starting Friday, March 11 we will be selling our unisex crew neck t-shirts for $8. That's a 20% savings!

Sizes: Medium, Large and XL

Only good on $10 unisex t-shirts. Excludes totes, women's v-neck, long sleeve and hoodies.


Young Rep Ed "Puppets and People"
Check out what winter Rep Ed, "Puppets and People", did this session!


"Puppets and People" Showcase

The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show
 
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!






Making the Puppets!

















Learning to use the Puppets!








 


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

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!




The Toledo Rep Is Seeking Directors For Its 
2016-2017 Season!
 
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is currently seeking directors for their upcoming 2016-2017 Season. Interested directors, please visit www.toledorep.org 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"!


Education is one of the central aspects of our mission here at The Rep and we are always looking for new teachers 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 and workshops for children, teens and adults.



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
  • Cleaning/Janitorial Services
  • 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 One Slight Hitch  who played to a weekend of sold out performances! Thank you Toledo for making our Valentine's Day Special Event so successful and for supporting 'Toledo's Community Theatre since 1933'!

- Jim Norman and Jill Reinstein for the donation of fabric for 'Puppets and People'.

- Rose Perry, Chris McAnall, Sarah Sobel-Poage, Dom Glover, Amber Breault-Albain , Victoria Monhollen and   Keely-Rain Battle  for their willingness to go above and beyond for our Young Rep Ed program for the success of their recent showcase entitled "Puppets and People". The Rep Ed students and everyone here at The Toledo Rep thank you for your generosity!

- The Dana Foundation for their grant to help support our Education Program and Staff, as well as our overall mission to help serve, educate and entertain Toledo and the surrounding region through live theatre entertainment.


Lewis Black, the famous comedian and playwright of our Valentine's Day Special Event production, One Slight Hitch, tweeted about The Rep and our production of his show on his personal Twitter account!



Voted The Toledo City Paper's BEST OF TOLEDO Runner-Up!
 
Thank you Toledo for your continued support of The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, "Toledo's Community Theatre since 1933"!




Toledo learns to improvise!
Improv classes offered through The Rep 
BY EMILY REMAKLUS

"Toledo holds its own when it comes to the arts, but one art form hasn't been quite as prevalent... until now. Improv, the theatrical technique of creating something with no previous preparation, is making a presence in the community with help from The Toledo Rep".

Read the entire TCP article HERE



Toledo Rep Presents a Reading of Afterlife
Comedy "Miss Witherspoon" Dead Again (and Again)
BY JEFF MCGINNIS

"Discouraged with the inhumanity in our world, the main character has committed suicide and continually finds herself being reincarnated and sent back to Earth," said F. Scott Regan, the show's director. "She experiences life as a baby, a dog, a teenager and even meets Jesus, Gandalf and Rex Harrison."

Read the entire TCP article HERE



The Toledo School For The Arts write up in their newsletter about the paper sunflowers that were located in our lobby during the run of Calendar Girls.

The flowers were created by Elizabeth Hayes' 7th grade class and were donated to the patients at The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center at The University of Toledo Medical Center. It is the hope of The Rep along with the TSA students that created them, that the flowers  containing  quote cards of encouraging and uplifting words of wisdom for those impacted by cancer brought joy to all those who encounter them.


Kroger Community Rewards Program!

Go to:
to sign up for the 
Kroger Community Rewards Program!

You need to re-enroll yearly for this program.

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The Toledo Rep!
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Thank you for supporting 
The Toledo Rep!
* 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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