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Volume 41, Issue 8 / April
Letter from the President
Dear Friend of The Rep,
April is here and while the taxman is approaching, we hope he won't keep you away from the exciting shows that we have coming up on our 10th Street Stage!
The centerpiece of this month is our "Rainbow Series", consisting of three staged readings of classic gay plays. This weekend, you have two chances to see Larry Kramer's award-winning autobiographical play,
The Normal Heart, chronicling the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City. Then on
April 13th and 14th, we'll be presenting Lillian Hellman's classic,
The Children's Hour. Finally, the series will wrap up on the 20th and 21st with Paul Rudnick's hilarious play,
The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, telling the story of Adam and Steve, as well as Jane and Mabel (the first Lesbians).
All three of the aforementioned works are a delight in and of themselves, but another reason to come out to the shows this month is to support our show partner, Harvey House of Northwest Ohio. Harvey House is "a drop-in center, community center, and safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies." Boxes will be set up in our basement lobby where you can drop off items that we'll be collecting for Harvey House's wish list of needed supplies
(collection list can be found in newsletter below).
I also want to thank our "Rainbow Series" sponsor, Equitas Health, both for supporting this series as well as all that they do on a daily basis. Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio), is "regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system and federally qualified community health center look-alike." They are one of the nation's largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations.
To close out the month, we hope you'll consider supporting another local playwright by coming out to watch the final selection of our 2018 "Toledo Voices" series,
Charmed Like a Snake, I'm Sure, by Deborah M. Coulter-Harris, PhD. If you've ever wondered what a play about the CIA might look like, this is one you won't want to miss!
Of course, educational programming continues as well with our spring session of Adult Improv classes. Spaces are always limited and filling up fast, so don't wait too long!
Last but not least, in case you missed the news, The Rep was recently named "Best Local Theatre Group" for the Toledo City Paper's Best of Toledo Awards! We are always grateful for the support from so many people in the community and if you feel the same way about our educational programming, we would love to have your backing again with the Toledo Area Parent's Family Favorites Awards. You can
vote here for The Rep for best "Acting and Theatre Classes" and best "Summer Day Camp".
Thank you as always for listening and if there's any way we can serve you better, please let me know!
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is pleased to welcome new Board Member, Ryan Wright, and our new Production Manager, Benjamin Jameson, to the Toledo Rep family!
Our New Board Member!
Ryan earned his Master of Arts degree in English and Graduate Certificate in Teaching of Writing from The University of Toledo in 2012. Most recently, he was a Visiting Instructor at Miami University (Oxford, OH) where he held a joint appointment in the American Culture & English Program and Department of English from 2014-2017.
Ryan has extensive experience in politics and has collaborated with various public policy research think tanks and worked on political campaigns at the national, state, and local levels.
An engaged advocate for education, particularly the humanities, he has served on boards and committees for several non-profit organizations by assisting with efforts related to budgeting, strategic planning, fundraising, and membership engagement. Ryan's experience serving as both an educator and administrator in higher education environments make him uniquely qualified to serve on the Board of Trustees at the Toledo Rep.
Ryan has a vested interest in and strong allegiance to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre because he recognizes the important role that it has played in the city and region.
In his own words, "For multiple communities, the Theatre is a cultural space of learning: about the city, their communities, humanity, and the self." The Rep is unlike any other performing arts center in the city due to its history and commitment to education. As a Board Member of The University of Toledo's LGBTQA+ Alumni Affiliate, Ryan has a sincere admiration for the Theatre's "Rainbow Readings" Series. Ryan is the current Co-Chair of The Rep's Community Outreach Committee and hopes to help others of all ages to grow and be rewarded from the performing arts.
Our New Production Manager!
Benjamin is a graduate of The University of Toledo with numerous years of managerial experience, as well as a custom furniture and woodworking business. He has previously worked at The Rep on
A Year with Frog and Toad Jr., and
Ripcord, while also serving as the Assistant to the Director for the 2017 production of
A Christmas Carol at the Valentine Theatre. We are excited to have Benjamin on our team here at The Rep.
HAPPY TRAILS ROSE!
We are sad to announce that our Production Manager, Rose Perry, has decided to pursue professional photography with her husband and will be stepping down from her position on April 15th.
Rose first got involved with The Rep by helping with the set build for the Young Rep production of Jekyll and Hyde. After that, she was quickly brought on and contracted as the set builder for all but one show during the 2014-2015 season. Rose was hired as the theatre's Technical Director for the 2015-2016 season and became the theatre's Production Manager in 2017.
Over the course of her time at the theatre, she made great strides in building relationships with other local theatre groups, improving budgeting for productions, bringing our technical equipment up to date, and stepping in to help out wherever else she could, whether it be building repairs or running lights and sound for our Rep Ed showcases.
Thankfully, she will still be around the theatre serving as the Chair of our Building Committee and overseeing projects to repair, renovate, and improve our historic buildings. She will also remain as our OCTA representative.
We thank Rose for all that she's done, wish her all the best with her new adventures in photography, and look forward to still seeing her around the theatre!
THANK YOU ROSE!
ON STAGE NOW!
The Normal Heart
By Larry Kramer
Directed by Wes Skinner
April 6 & 7 at 8
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 mission of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre is to educate, entertain, and serve the Toledo area through live theatre. We have also, in our long history, always stood for diversity in programming, casting, and education.
With all of the recent developments in the LGBTQ movement, this seemed like an ideal moment to offer this unique series; each of the three plays casts a unique light on the LGBTQ movement and its history. Taken together, they offer an illuminating statement on diversity within the movement itself. Not to mention that all three are wonderful American plays!
Our "Rainbow Readings" will run 3 consecutive Friday and Saturday evenings during the month of April. In partnership with Harvey House of Northwest Ohio and Equitas Health, The Rep is collaborating with area organizations to increase our communities awareness about the wonderful work being done by these amazing LGBTQ organizations. The Toledo Rep is devoted to continuing to give back to the community that has given so much to us over these past 85 years!
Established in 1984, Equitas Health (formerly AIDS Resource Center Ohio), is a regional not-for-profit community-based healthcare system and federally qualified community health center look-alike. Its expanded mission has made it one of the nation's largest HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) healthcare organizations.
Their mission is to be the gateway to good health for those at risk of or affected by HIV/AIDS, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) community, and for those seeking a welcoming healthcare home. Equitas Health aims to provide quality healthcare for everyone!
Visit the Equitas Health table set up in our lobby during performances of "The Normal Heart"! Representatives will be on hand with healthcare information and resources and to answer any questions you might have about their organization or how you can get involved!
Harvey House is a drop-in center, community center, and safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. They are the first and only LGBTQ+ community center in Northwest Ohio.
Harvey House works towards ending youth homelessness in Northwest Ohio by operating a community center for any youth who need a safe, judgement-free zone to spend time. They connect youth with necessary services and provide them with clothing and food.
Visit the Harvey House table set up in our lobby during performances of "The Children's Hour"! Representatives will be on hand with resource information and to answer any questions you might have about their organization or how you can get involved with Harvey House of Northwest Ohio!
The Toledo Rep will also be holding a donation collection during the month of April to collect items for Harvey House. Please see the list below for details. Donations may be dropped off or put in the allocated boxes during normal Toledo Rep office hours or during any of our "Rainbow Readings" performances!
ON STAGE NEXT!
April 28 at 8:00pm
Charmed Like a Snake, I'm Sure
by Deborah M. Coulter-Harris, PhD.
"ToledoVoices" was initiated in 2017 and presents unproduced plays by local writers in a series of premiere readings held at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.
Each reading will be followed by a talkback with the writer, cast, and director.
If you have questions, please contact us at (419) 243-9277
Heathers the Musical (High School Edition)
Young Rep Teen Musical, Ages 14-19
Book, Music and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurance O'Keefe
Based on the film written by Daniel Waters
Directed by Vicki Monhollen
April 17, 5:00-8:00pm
10th Street Stage
April 18, 5:00-8:00pm
10th Street Stage
April 23, 5:00-8:00pm
10th Street Stage
Callbacks (if necessary):
April 22, 5:00pm
10th Street Stage
Those auditioning need to have 16 bars of your BEST vocal prepared. Musical Theatre songs only please. Please bring the sheet music for the accompanist. No CDs and no Acapella singing. Also be ready for a cold reading if asked.
Based on the classic 1989 film, Heathers the Musical (High School Edition) is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful group of shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing girls at Westerberg High. The Heathers are the hottest, cruelest, most ruthless clique in all of Ohio, but before Veronica can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, she falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica and J.D. decide to put the Heathers in their place-six feet under. The New York Times calls this hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new musical "a rowdy guilty pleasure," and Variety raves, "Heathers the Musical should score with just about everyone."
July 12, 13, 14 & 15
Questions or concerns, please call (419) 243-9277
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
Young Rep Musical, Ages 7-13
Book by George Keating, Kyle Hall & Scott Ferguson
Music and Lyrics by Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg,
George Newall, Kathy Mandry, Lynn Ahrens, & Tom Yohe
Based on an Idea by David McCall and a television series created by George Newall & Tom Yohe
Directed by Jill Reinstein
May 20, 3:00-6:00pm
10th Street Stage
May 22, 5:30-7:30pm
10th Street Stage
May 23, 5:30-8:30pm
10th Street Stage
Auditions will be scheduled in groups of 10-12, in 50-minute time blocks. Time slots are at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm on Sunday, and 5:30 and 6:30 on Tuesday. Unscheduled auditions may need to wait for an available time slot.
Please call (419) 243-9277 to schedule an audition time.
Based on the 1970's Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon, this fast-paced musical follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is anxious about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win over his students with imagination and music. A pop-culture phenomenon, this story teaches history, grammar, math and much more through clever, tuneful songs including "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction".
August 2, 3, 4 & 5
Questions or concerns, please call (419) 243-9277
If you have questions or would like further details about our classes, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (419) 243-9277
It's time for the Toledo Area Parent's 2017 Family Favorites!
Vote the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!
1) After School Activities - Acting and Theatre Classes
2) Get Active - Summer Day Camp
Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer Adult
Improv classes, for ages 18 years or older, beginning
April 10th and running through
April 12 - May 17
April 10 - May 15
April 15 - May 20
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, May 21st at 7:00pm 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 email@example.com or call (419) 243-9277
* Level 2 and Level 3 Improv are only open to those with previous improv experience *
TOLEDO CITY PAPER
Toledo Rep's Rainbow Series Brings Back LGBTQ Classics
This month, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre is extending its season, offering audiences the chance to experience three classics in LGBTQ-centric theater.
The Rainbow Series at the Toledo Rep kicks off April 6 and runs for three weekends, with presentations of Larry Kramer's "The Normal Heart" (1985), Lillian Helman's "The Children's Hour" (1934), and Paul Rudnick's "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told" (1998). Each of the Rainbow Series productions are award-winning, critically acclaimed shows following their respective debuts, and all of them are considered hallmarks of gay stage literature.
Although the shows are from different eras, all of them lead audiences through complex LGBTQ issues, such as the HIV scare of the mid-1980s ("The Normal Heart"), or conflicting issues with Christian religion ("The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told").
"When audiences see these plays, I think they will be surprised at how well they hold up," said Dave DeChristopher, the theatre's Artistic Director.
Toledo Voices Showcases Local Plays
Three short plays make their debut Saturday on the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's stage as part of "Toledo Voices", the theater's series showcasing new works by local writers.
The evening also features performances by popular local actors, including Madge Levinson and Paul Causman.
Opening the evening is a reading of
Did You Mean To?, a comedy by Kate Argow.
"Did You Mean To? conforms precisely to what people in theater have come to know as 'a 10-minute play,' a relatively new phenomenon that has sprouted and grown rapidly," said Dave DeChristoper, The Rep's Artistic Director. "It's an engaged and provocative [and funny] exchange between two characters, with a stingy little twist at the end. Its piquancy is very characteristic of the writer, Kate Argow."
The second play of the evening,
The Minotaur, by K.S. Hardy, "...
was one of a few short pieces I was sent by K.S. Hardy, and the most fully realized, in my opinion," DeChristopher said. "I was very impressed by his writing altogether, its specificity and economy and tone, though it often feels more like narrative prose than playwriting. (He is a prolific writer of fiction.) The Minotaur has a little more heft and a more pointed dramatic question, as well as a lovely reflective voice. I'm curious to hear how an audience reacts to it."
The evening closes with Ghost Light by Tanner DuVall. "His writing feels very immediate. There is no pretentious layering or a feeling that the playwright is hovering over the shoulders of the characters telling the audience what to think," DeChristopher said in a recent interview. "What that means is that the work comes alive in front of an audience."
Local Playwright Has a Passion For Telling Stories
[Tanner DuVall's] play
Ghost Light will be one of three works by local writers presented March 31 as part of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's "Toledo Voices" series. The program showcases previously unproduced plays.
Dave DeChristopher, the Toledo Rep's Artistic Director who initiated the "Toledo Voices" Series and selects its plays, says, "[DuVall's] writing feels very immediate. There is no pretentious layering or a feeling that the playwright is hovering over the shoulders of the characters telling the audience what to think. What that means is that the work comes alive in front of an audience. Often it's what is not said, what is left for the audience to infer, that makes an exciting playwright. It brings the audience into the process and makes for a genuine experience.
The setups in his writing tend to be elemental; direct one-on-one conversations that can twist and turn and travel in various directions," DeChristopher said.
DuVall's new piece is full of heart. "It's a veteran theatre director sitting in his darkened theatre and interacting with the most pivotal people/ghosts from his past. I'm very curious to hear how it plays."
Dave DeChristopher and our very own Rosalind Franklin, Marissa Rex, on Fred LeFebvre's iHeartRadio, 1370 WSPD on March 14th talking all things
Photograph 51 and the Toledo Rep!
BEST OF TOLEDO AWARDS!
On March 9th, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre accepted our award for
"Best Local Theatre Group" during the Toledo City Paper's, Best of Toledo Party! The Board of the Toledo Rep had a great time under the big top with our fellow winners. Thank you Toledo for your continued support and for voting us Best of Toledo!
WEST SIDE MONTESSORI VISITS
On March 16th, the Toledo Rep was visited by the wonderful students of West Side Montessori!
Thank you to the students, teachers, and parents for coming out to support
Photograph 51. The cast had a great time meeting with the students and discussing the inspiring life of Rosalind Franklin and the fun and hectic life of being a stage actor!
On March 18th, our wonderful panel of scientists from The University of Toledo and audience members participated in an exciting and informative 40-minute
Photograph 51 talkback!
Not only did these wonderful scientists see our matinee performance of Photograph 51, some for the second time!... they also gave an in-depth discussion on DNA, Photograph 51, Rosalind Franklin, and women in science. The most exciting part was when this esteemed panel used the actual props from the production to teach the audience about x-ray diffraction, how DNA is used in pharmaceutical research and the importance of solvent structures around biomolecules.
It was definitely an experience that the Toledo Repertoire Theatre will not soon forget!
PHOTOGRAPH 51 DNA EXPERIMENTS!
On March 10th, 24th, and 25th, Imagination Station was in the house extracting DNA from strawberries, giving our patrons genetic surveys, and testing people to see who in our group of ticket holders were one of the elite few to call themselves "supertasters"!
YOUNG REP ED AUDITION WORKSHOPS!
On March 3rd and 10th, the Toledo Rep held Audition Bootcamp Workshops for
Cold Readings and Singing for youth ages 7-16!
"TOLEDO VOICES" READINGS!
On March 31st our second round of "Toledo Voices" readings performed for the public onstage at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!
DID YOU MEAN TO? by Kate Argow A piquant polemical pas de deux set in a gynecologist's waiting room.; THE MINOTAUR by K.S. Hardy A bittersweet drama inspired by the life of Tennessee Williams.; and GHOST LIGHT by Tanner Duvall A veteran stage director reminisces in a darkened theatre with the ghosts of his past.
"TOLEDO VOICES" TALKBACK!
On March 31st, after our "Toledo Voices" Readings, playwrights Kate Argow, K.S. Hardy, and Tanner Duvall, along with Toledo Rep's Artistic Director, Dave DeChristopher and the casts of
DID YOU MEAN TO?,
THE MINOTAUR, and
GHOST LIGHT held a talkback session with the audience.
Our swashbuckling young pirates from our upcoming Young Rep production of
Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard (ages 7-13) are hard at work rehearsing for their production which will run May 4-6!
"TOLEDO VOICES" REHEARSALS!
Our talented actors from our staged reading of
Charmed Like a Snake, I'm Sure written by Deborah M. Coulter-Harris, PhD. are hard at work rehearsing for their upcoming performance, and final reading of our "Toledo Voices" series, on April 28th at 8:00pm at the Toledo Rep. The reading will be followed by a talkback with the playwright, director, and cast!
"THE CRAFT OF ACTING II"
ADULT ACTING CLASSES!
Our talented students from our advanced adult acting class, "The Craft of Acting II", are busy rehearsing for their upcoming showcase of scenes on May 11th at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!
The Rep would like to thank:
- Dr. Kristin Kirschbaum, Dr. B. Leif Hanson, Dr. Amanda C. Bryant-Friedrich, and Veronica Livingstone of The University of Toledo, for consulting work, help with props, and participation in Science Q&A after performance of
- Ellen Gaietto, Jacob Gaietto, Christopher McAnall, and Sarah Sobel-Poage for going the extra mile with props for
- Imagination Station, for the wonderful science demos done in our theatre lobby, as well as the lab glassware loaned to us for usage as props in
- The University of Toledo Instrumentation Center, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, and School for Visual & Performing Arts.
- Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Northwest Ohio Chapter.
- Muriel Bailly and the Science Museum, London.
- King's College London.
- Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, and wife Sarah for coming out to support our production of
- Equitas Health for sponsoring our production of
The Human Heart.
- Christopher McAnall and Sarah Sobel-Poage for sponsoring the "Rainbow Series" readings.
- Equitas Health for providing representatives and information for our resource table during our production of
The Normal Heart.
- Harvey House of Northwest Ohio for providing representatives and information for our resource table during our production of
The Children's Hour.
- Dana Foundation for the generous program funding grant.
- Theatre League for generous program funding grant for
A Christmas Carol and for your continued support of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!
- HCR ManorCare for generous program funding grant.
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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.
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