Of Mice and Men
March 31-April 9

Law & Order:
Fairy Tale Unit
YOUNG REP  (Ages 7-13)
April 28-30

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

(Ages 14-19)
July 13-16

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

(Ages 14-19)  
April 11, 5:30-8:30 pm
Brown Building
April 12, 5:30-8:30 pm
Brown Building
If Necessary
April 13, 5:30-8:30 pm
10th St. Stage


Intro to Playwriting
- Spring Mini Session -
(Ages 14-17)
April 29-May 27
(no class May 20)
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:

Young Rep Intro to Playwriting
April 22
12:15 pm
10th St. Stage

May 27
12:15 pm
10th St. Stage

Adult Improv at the Rep
May 8
7:00 pm
10th St. Stage

  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 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm 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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Toledo Performing Arts!
Volume 40, Issue 8 / April  2017
Letter from the Artistic Director
John Steinbeck's award-winning  Of Mice and Men is currently on the Rep's Mainstage and runs for two weeks. Tickets are going fast, so order now if you don't want to miss this show, a winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play.

First and foremost, this letter lands in your mailbox between weekends of an exciting Mainstage production, and I want to urge you to catch it before it's gone. You have four more chances to see Of Mice and Men - Thursday April 6th, Friday April 7th, Saturday April 8th, all at 8:00 pm; and Sunday April 9th at 2:30 pm. Sonia Perez directs a superb ensemble in this American classic.

And to close out our 84th Mainstage Season, we go from the sublime to the sublimely ridiculous with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. This hysterical and unforgettable musical has non-stop laughs and a winning score by Stephen Sondheim. Directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring, the show runs from June 2nd to the 18th, and tickets are going fast.

As summer approaches, our focus shifts more to education and we turn the theatre and our resources over to the young ones. Auditions for our teen production of Hairspray will be held on April 11th & 12th, and our Young Rep production of Law & Order: Fairy Tale Unit runs April 28th, 29th, and 30th. It's not too early to be thinking about Rep Ed summer camps, weeklong intensives that run from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Monday to Friday, and are very reasonably priced. The week of June 26th will be "Hip Hop Broadway," the week of July 17th "Enchanted Theatre," and the week of July 24th zombies invade the theatre for "Broadway Apocalypse." Look for more youth programming in upcoming REPorters, or on our user-friendly website  www.toledorep.org.

It's our commitment to keep bringing you both quality productions and diverse opportunities to work both back- and onstage, and to be responsive to your theatrical aspirations and wishes. Contact us with any ideas that you have; we'd love to hear them!

Finally, as we head into our 85th season, please consider sponsorship of the season or an upcoming Rep production. It's a great way to show your support for local theatre and/or promote your business. We offer various levels of patronage and, of course, it's tax deductible.
See you at the theatre,


Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

Directed by Sonia Perez

March 31 and April 1, 6, 7, 8, at 8:00 pm
and April 2 and 9 at 2:30 pm

A renowned classic recently seen on Broadway in 2014, the story 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.

Of Mice and Men is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York
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 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm 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.

  Photo Credit: Amanda Aylwin Photography


Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit
by Jonathan Rand

Directed by  Irina Zaurov

April 28 & 29 at 7:00 pm
April 30 at 2:30 pm

This hilarious one-act play parodies the long-running television series Law and Order. In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. These are their stories.

Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)


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
AGES 14-19

April 11, 5:30-8:30 pm
Brown Building
April 12, 5:30-8:30 pm
Brown Building

If Necessary:
April 13, 5:30-8:30 pm
10th Street Stage

Please prepare a song from the show. If you are auditioning for a certain role please audition with a song that character sings. Accompanist will be provided. Cold readings from the script. Bring clothes to dance in for the dance audition. 

For questions, please contact  vickimon36@gmail.com

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.

Show dates:
July 13-16, 2017
"Intro to Playwriting"
Young Rep Ed Spring Mini-Session

"Intro to Playwriting"
April 29 - May 27
(no class May 20)
Saturdays, 9 am-Noon
Ages 14-17
Showcase May 27 at 12:15 pm
Three three-hour classes will cover the fundamentals of playwriting - character, setting, conflict, plots, stakes, etc. - with ample time for students to write and share works-in-progress. During the fourth and final session, students will have a chance to work with adult actors interpreting their works and then hear their plays presented in a public reading.

Classes are held Saturday mornings at the 10th Street Theatre, starting promptly at
9:00 am and finishing at noon.
Please drop off and pick up your students on time.
Tuition Cost: $100

About the Instructor: Dave DeChristopher
Dave is an an actor, director, teacher, playwright with nine published plays, and author of  The Force, a series of spy novels. Before leaving for New York City in 1980 to establish his career in professional theater, the Toledo native, a 1971 graduate of St. John's Jesuit High School who earned a degree from Washington & Lee University, spent the late 1970s in Toledo, teaching and directing.  During his 24 years in New York, his career included being a company member and later Artistic Director of the Greenwood Theater Company, a theatre-in-education company, and a member of the resident acting company of the Castillo Theatre. He toured the United States and Israel as a member of the Jewish Repertory Theatre for Young Audiences and performed in regional and stock theater.

He is a member of Actors' Equity Association and the Dramatists Guild. Dave is the current Artistic Director at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre   and teaches the International Baccalaureate theater curriculum and creative writing at Notre Dame Academy, where he also is the assistant speech coach.

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

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


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

Anita Crane  has been involved in 24 shows at the Rep since 1999. She has stage managed 12 main stage productions, including last year's  And Then There Were None . This season she was stage manager for two of the three "Toledo Voices" readings,  Tania  and  Sheba Rules . Her favorite shows over the years include  Leading Ladies Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , and of course
Arcadia  in 2000, where she met her husband Brad Smith. She also maintains the Rep's website at  www.toledorep.org .
A Toledo native, Anita works as an application developer at The University of Toledo. She is currently writing her first novel, about a stage manager at a Midwestern community theater. There are lots of stories about performers, she says, but not enough about the crew. She is proud to be a part of this community, and grateful for the many wonderful relationships and experiences she has gained over the years.
Anita Crane and Brad Smith


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"!

The Toledo Blade
Of Mice and Men
PEACH WEEKENDER: Toledo Rep stages Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men'

"The work is renowned as a novel, written by Steinbeck in 1937, and as a play, adapted for the stage by the author. It won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1938. Its popularity hasn't faded; a revival of the play opened on Broadway in 2014."

The Toledo Blade
Spring Rep Ed Classes


Fred LeFebvre & The Morning News
Of Mice and Men

"Of Mice and Men will be performed at the 10th Street theater, March 31st through April 9th where classic themes resonate into modern times and audiences."

"Intro to Theatre Design and Tech"

Check out the crazy fun Cayden Greenblatt and Charlie Herrmann had during our Young Rep Ed "Intro to Theatre Design and Tech" workshop! Thanks to their energetic and technically skilled instructor, Meghan Johannes, they built a jet pack, programmed light and sound cues in our light booth and became pros with power tools!

Did you miss out on registering for our Young Rep Ed workshop? Visit www.toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277 to learn about all of the exciting classes, workshops and camps we have coming up!

Best of Toledo Awards
Board Members from the Toledo Rep were present at the Best of Toledo Awards Ceremony held at Premier Catering on March 10th to accept our Best of Toledo award for "Best Local Theatre Group"!

A great time was had by all!
Thank you to the Toledo City Paper for hosting a great party!

Our veteran Board Member, Lynn Brand, leaving the "Best of Toledo" Awards Party with a bouquet of balloons that are out of this world!
"Toledo Voices"
Sheba Rules
On March 11 we staged our final "Toledo Voices" production, entitled Sheba Rules. "Toledo Voices" was a new series that brought you readings of works-in-progress by local playwrights. Each reading was followed buy a talkback with the playwright, director, and cast.

UT's Big Event
Thank you to the UT Students who came out to lend a helping hand at the theatre on March 25th. Your commitment to serving the Toledo community is much appreciated!

Are you interested in volunteering your time or talents at the Toledo Rep? Please fill out the volunteer form found at the bottom of this Newsletter
or call (419) 243-9277

The Rep would like to thank:
- The Dana Foundation for your continued support of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre and for your dedication to the Toledo arts community.

To the numerous UT students who came out to lend a helping hand at the theatre on March 25th during the "Big Event". Your commitment to serving the Toledo community is much appreciated!

Mark Jacobs for donating balloon center pieces to decorate our lobby during our "Toledo Voices" production of  Sheba Rules . 

- Bonnie Herrmann for your time and donation in beautifying the flower planters in front of our theatre before the opening night of Of Mice and Men.

Bonnie & Clyde
by Ivan Manchell, 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!
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".

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.


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!

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When you shop at  smile.amazon.com Amazon  will donate a portion of your purchase price to the Toledo Rep!

Simply go to  smile.amazon.com and  select  TOLEDO REPERTOIRE COMPANY to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection and every eligible purchase you make will result in a donation. Products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages are eligible for donations.

Thank you for supporting the Toledo Rep!

Kroger Community Rewards Program!

By linking your Kroger shopping card to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, you can help us earn rewards from your purchases. This is a simple and easy way to give back every time you visit your local Kroger store!


Register online at  krogercommunityrewards.com  Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up. Note: If you don't have a Kroger Plus card, please visit the customer service desk at any Kroger.

Click on Sign In/Register. If you're a new online customer, click on SIGN UP TODAY in the 'New Customer?' box.

Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email address, creating a password, and agreeing to the terms and conditions.  You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.

Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.  Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards Information and input your Kroger Plus card number.  Update or confirm your information.

Select Toledo Repertoire Theatre from the list of organizations and click on confirm.  To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization's name on the righthand side of your information page.

Do you use your phone number at the register? Call  800-576-4377, select option 3 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

Your enrollment needs to be renewed each year. To check your enrollment, log in to your account at krogercommunityrewards.com and click on "Re-Enroll Now" at the bottom of the page.

   Thank you for supporting the Toledo Rep!

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