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Volume 41, Issue 3 / November
Letter from the Artistic Director
Only about 50 more shopping days until Christmas!
Okay, breathe. Then let us help you satisfy everyone on your list,
with...wait for it...the gift of entertainment. We're only in the second quarter (to strain a sports metaphor) of our landmark 85th season, and the 2018 portion offers comedy, drama, and rousing music, all performed by your friends and neighbors.
But we also have some exciting attractions. O
n Friday the 10th, our adult acting class, under the direction of Dr. Deborah Coulter-Harris, presents its first public showcase. Admission for this event is free and open to the public. No tickets required. If you've ever thought about giving our acting or improv comedy classes a try, please visit www.toledorep.org.
Of course, we'd love to see you in our audience or in a class, 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.
Come see what the amazing students from our Adult Acting Class, the "Craft of Acting" (Ages 17-97), have been up to for the past eight weeks as amateurs, semi-professionals, and professionals alike came together to improve their craft. In this class students learned the fundamental elements and methods of acting, stage movement, and creative expression, which included vocal and physical exercises, sensory awareness, improvisation, collaboration, organic instinctiveness, textual analysis, and scene performances. Students were introduced to varied methods that helped to create a character and articulate human emotions through voice, body, imagination, and experience. 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 Rep Ed Program.
Wine reception at 6:15 pm. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ON STAGE NOW!
By Eric Pfeffinger
Directed by F. Scott Regan
November 17 & 18 at 8:00pm
November 18 & 19 at
A Midwest 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.
Human Error is presented through special arrangement with the Dramatist Guild of America
A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese
Directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring
December 1 & 2 at 8
December 3 at 2:30pm
A 33-year Toledo Rep tradition! 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!
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
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.
March 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2018
Questions or concerns, please call: (419) 243-9277
Young Rep Ed Class
January 6 - February 24, 2018
Student Showcase will be on February 24th at 12:15 pm at The Rep
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.
The Toledo Rep seeks new plays by local playwrights!
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is pleased to announce the continuation of its program aimed at local writers. "ToledoVoices" will present unproduced plays by local writers in a series of readings held at the theatre. The 2018 readings will happen on three Saturdays, February 24, March 31, and April 28, with an 8:00 pm curtain time. Each reading will be followed by a talkback with the writer, cast, and director.
The deadline for submission is Friday, December 22. Only hard copies will be accepted, securely bound; no electronic submissions. Please include a cover letter. Selected playwrights will be notified by January 8, and will have an opportunity to be involved in the creative process.
Until December 20, readers can vote the Toledo Repertoire Theatre as best "LOCAL THEATRE GROUP" for the
Toledo City Paper's Best of Toledo Awards!
Please consider casting your vote for the Toledo Rep, "Toledo's Community Theatre since 1933"!
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!
With the help of volunteers, staff, and board members, as well as Girl Scout Troop 10415 and Boy Scout Troop 200, we had another productive day of cleaning, organizing, and making a few repairs on Saturday, October 21st!
A big thanks to the following people who participated in our clean up day: Jacob Gaietto, Darin Koesters, Emily Koesters, Florence Koesters, Chris McAnall, Caleb Nichols, Emily Nichols, Jim Norton, Rose Perry, Catherine Reef, John Reef, Summer Reef, Vincent Reef, Ava Salts,
There will be more improvements to come, so keep a look out to see how the Toledo Rep continues to improve our campus for our 85th Season!
Would you like to get more involved or lend a hand at the Toledo Rep? Call (419) 243-9277
TOLEDO CITY PAPER
TOLEDO REP'S IT CAME FROM MARS
LAUGHS AT "WAR OF THE WORLDS" PANDEMONIUM
What would you do if you thought the world was being invaded by aliens?
An event in American history caused people to believe that an actual invasion was happening: the infamous 1938 Orson Welles' broadcast of "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells caused a mild panic as people truly thought aliens were ravaging the countryside. The panic caused by that radio play is at the center of a new production at The Toledo Repertoire Theater.
It Came From Mars is a tongue-in-cheek tale of five radio professionals who, after listening to the dramatic reading, barricade themselves in their station, believing it's real. How will they survive the hoax, and what will they find out about each other?
Written in 2009 by playwright Joseph Zettelmaier, a Michigan native, this production's director, Aggie Alt, has worked in theater around the country from Colorado to California, received her master's degree from BGSU, and has previously directed at the Toledo Rep. While she hadn't seen the play before, she appreciates that "it's a fun piece with some great characters, and it doesn't hurt that the playwright is somewhat local."
Being local is one of the reasons The Rep chose to put on the play. Dave DeChristopher, artistic director for The Toledo Rep, explained that "Zettelmaier is well-known to theatre's in Southeastern Michigan, where he lives and his work is regularly done." The time of year also played a part in the decision: "We chose this slot in our theatre season because it's closest to the date of the actual 'War of the Worlds' broadcast (October 30, 1938)."
Artistic Director, Dave DeChristopher, and
It Came From Mars director, Aggie Alt, on Fred Lefebvre 1370 WSPD.
The story, set in New York in the 1930s, centers on actors in a radio show, "Farlowe's Mystery Theatre Hour," whose rehearsal is interrupted by an announcement that Martians have arrived in the city. The terrified actors barricade themselves in the studio, and before long the characters, which include a down-on-his-luck director and his ex, a scatterbrained actress, a sound effects expert, and a wannabe
war hero, fall into slapstick-style chaos.
Toledo Paranormal Group Investigates Local Haunts
Do you believe in ghosts?
There are people who claim to have heard noises or seen apparitions they simply can't explain, and there are skeptics who will deny the existence of spirits no matter how convincing a story sounds.
Then there are the select few who make it their mission - passion even - to capture concrete evidence of paranormal activity on videos, photographs, or audio recordings. Such was the case for local ghost hunting group Haunted Toledo on a recent October night at the Toledo Repertoire Theater.
"What's our mission tonight?" asked Christopher Tillman, founder of Haunted Toledo, while standing on the step to his team's RV camper.
"To find a ghost!" answered team member Sarah Chelten, standing in the theater's parking lot. As the sun was setting and the sky grew darker, the group formed a circle and said a prayer, asking God for protection before the start of the investigation. Ironically, the gusts of wind became stronger, and it started to rain as the prayer came to an end. A group member's watch read 8:45 p.m., and the night sky meant it was time to start the ghost hunt inside the dark theater.
Haunted Toledo Investigates The Rep!
On October 7th and 27th, Haunted Toledo underwent two 9 hour long ghost hunts at the Toledo Rep! They invested the main theatre and our rehearsal space, the Brown Building, to see what paranormal activity was lurking inside!
On October 27th, Haunted Toledo gave ghost hunt tours of the theatre to over 40 people. Participants, some sporting their own ghost hunting equipment, spent 3 hours investing the paranormal. Haunted Toledo filmed this event for their Docu-series!
Legends of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre include all friendly spirits such as a woman in white haunting the attic, a child who is often seen in the upstairs turret windows, and a man that haunts the back of the theatre and concession area who enjoys playing pranks on the actors and staff.
All proceeds from the ghost hunt tours on October 27th went to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, so we want to thank Haunted Toledo again for their support of our theatre!
"Broadway: Best of the 70s"
Young Rep Ed Showcase
Our amazing students from our Young Rep Ed Fall Session, "Broadway: Best of the 70s" (Ages 7-16) performed their Young Rep Ed Showcase on November 4th!
Level 1: Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, January 11 - February 15
Level 2: Sundays, 6:00-8:30 pm, January 14 - February 18
There will be a combined class level Improv Showcase the evening of
Monday, February 19th at 7:30 pm at the Toledo Rep.
The Rep would like to thank:
- The cast and crew of
It Came From Mars for such a wonderfully fun production.
- The anonymous donor who gave a gracious donation to our Young Rep program.
- EZ Shuttles for their dinner and show promotions, supporting The Rep and nearby restaurants in downtown Toledo.
- The volunteers, staff, Girl Scout Troop 10415, and Boy Scout Troop 200, for their help and hard work during our second Toledo Rep Clean Up Day.
- Haunted Toledo for their dedication to preserving the historic buildings and stories of Toledo and for their continued support of the Toledo Rep through their Ghost Hunting events and docu-series.
- Dr. Deborah Coulter-Harris for your tireless dedication to instructing our Adult Rep Ed students.
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.
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.
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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