Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
Young Rep Production
Ages 7-13
August 5-7

110 Stories
Sept. 9-11

The Complete Works of William Shakepeare (abridged) [revised]
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Oct. 6-9


A Christmas Carol
Sept. 12, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building
Sept. 13, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building
Sept. 15, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building

Out of Sight... Out of Murder
Sept. 19, 6-8pm
Brown Building
Sept. 20, 6-8pm
Brown Building
Sept. 21, 6-8pm
Brown Building

It's Only a Play
Oct. 8, 1-3pm
10th St. Stage
Oct. 9, 1-3pm
Brown Building

Classes & Workshops:

Comedy Tonight
Ages 7-16
Sept. 10-Oct. 29
Saturdays 9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Improv for Kids
- Workshop -
Holy Toledo LaughFest
Ages 7-11
Oct. 15, 12:30-3:30pm
10th St. Stage

Improv for Kids
- Workshop -
Holy Toledo LaughFest
Ages 12-17
Oct. 22, 12:30-3:30pm
10th St. Stage

Brush Up Your Shakespeare
- Workshop -
Ages 14-18
Nov. 12 & 19
Saturdays 9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

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Toledo Performing Arts!
Volume 38, Issue 22 / August  2016
Letter from the Artistic Director...
Where did the summer go?

No, I mean it, you with the iced cappuccino that you shouldn't be drinking, tell me: Where did the summer go? It's almost back-to-school time, and we didn't get to Cedar Point, or a Mud Hens game, or even the new installment in that superhero movie franchise that wasn't as good as the last one. (Is it ever?) Not to mention purchasing your season tickets yet. Now's a perfect time. Check it out; we have a great 84th Season coming up, and you can pick your seats and attendance nights.

Sorry, I couldn't help it. Wait, that was just the appetizer, not the main thing I want to talk to you about.

It's this: We've been working to be more responsive to our patrons and our community. You'll see some new classes, social events and theatrical presentation popping up in our 84th Season. And for that trend to continue, we need to hear from you. What productions would you like to see on our Mainstage? What classes or programs would you like to see us offer? What Special Event ideas? In short, how can we serve you better?

Now don't say I didn't ask.

See you at the Theatre,

Dave De


Director: Jill Reinstein

Music by Jerry Bock 
Book by Joseph Stein
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick 
Based on Sholem Aleichem's stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

Young Rep Production, Ages 7-13

August 5 & 6 at 7:00pm
August 7 at 2:30pm

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to marry off his daughters and instill in them a sense of tradition. This special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical created by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion.

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. is sponsored by:

Photo Credit: Todd Grinonneau

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. CAST LIST


A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Revised by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese

Sept. 12, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building

Sept. 13, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building

Sept. 15, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building

All ages of men and women are needed, no children under the age of 6.

All roles are open for audition

except for the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, which is precast.

Be prepared to sing 16 bars of your favorite song, does not need to be a Christmas song (accompanist provided).  You may be asked to do a cold reading from the script. No prepared monologues needed.

A 30-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!

To be performed at The Valentine Theatre. Made possible by a grant from Theater League.

Show dates:
December 2-4, 2016



Fall Session
Comedy Tonight

September 10 - October 29
Saturdays 9:00am-Noon at The Rep
(Ages 7-16)

Eight weeks of laugh-out-loud fun-damentals! Crazy characters, silly stories, and a dash of musical mayhem. Take the first steps towards becoming the next breakout star on Saturday Night Live. Elementary edutainment in a supportive environment, culminating in a modest public performance.

Bonus Workshops
Comedy Improvisation for Kids

October 15
12:30pm-3:30pm at The Rep
(Ages 7-11)

October 22
12:30pm-3:30pm at The Rep
(Ages 12-17)

In conjunction with Toledo LaughFest, a crash course in instant performance, geared to the junior set. The same games and techniques you see on Whose Line Is It, Anyway? or in The Rep's Adult Improv showcase, but kid-friendly. Sure to whet the comic appetite for more.

Bonus Workshop
Brush Up Your Shakespeare

November 12 & 19
Saturdays 9:00am-Noon at The Rep

Don't fear the bard! Two lively sessions explore the world of the greatest playwright in history, and give students a chance to bring his timeless verse and classic stories to life. Fascinating and fun, as well as a great foundation for the inevitable classroom work that they'll encounter later in school.
Look at the fun our Young Rep Ed Program had in July!

"Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre" and "Build Your Own Broadway" Young Rep Showcase!

"Improv for Kids' Workshop
Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer its first ever 'Improv for Kids' Workshop!

In this family-friendly workshop, student's will study the fundamentals of improv comedy through games and exercises that help to develop strong ensemble and character work. This class will develop the student's stage presence, self-confidence, communication skills and respect for other performers and their creativity. The class culminates with a brief demonstration performance.

Ages 7-11 
(Oct. 15 from 12:30-3:30pm)

Ages 12-17 
(Oct. 22 from 12:30-3:30pm)

Workshops held at The Toledo Rep.  Registration $15.00

Further details about our Improv Program Director:

Nick Morgan trained in improv at The Second City Theater in Chicago, IL and iO (formerly Improv Olympic). He graduated the Conservatory program at The Second City, whose notable alumni include Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. Nick performed improv at The Playground Theater, with longtime house team 'Wing Night' and wrote and performed his original show 'Karl Lighter's Hour of Power' at The Second City's Skybox Theater. Nick is a former Board member here at The Rep and is fortunate enough to have performed in two productions on the 10th St. Stage.

Have questions about our Improv for Kids Workshop?Email: education@toledorep.org

"Young Rep stages 'Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.'"

Participation in the Young Rep productions is a good way to keep busy for the summer while working as a team to create something beautiful, Reinstein said. It encourages the children to respect each other as performers, and trust each other.

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr., helps them grow as young actors because they portray different emotions - sadness, frustration, but also joy and humor, love and faith, change, and going against traditions, she added. "The performers think about feelings and emotions, about real people in real situations; they learn how adults feel."

"FAME program hosted by
Toledo Repertoire Theatre"

Check out Director Victoria Monhollen being interviewed on Channel 11 about FAME and our Community Outreach initiative with D.A.R.T.


"Fame" to shine spotlight on heroin abuse

Check out our Artistic Director Dave DeChristopher and Director Victoria Monhollen being interviewed on Channel 13 about FAME and our Community Outreach initiative with D.A.R.T.

FAME Teamed Up With D.A.R.T

On July 16, our wonderful cast and director of  FAME participated in a talk back session with Lt. Bobby Chromik from D.A.R.T..

The mission of D.A.R.T is  to raise awareness about the dangers associated with heroin and other drug usage and to provide assistance to those struggling with addiction in our community.

Please take our survey!

The purpose behind these questions is to help us mainstream our efforts. This survey will also help us get a better handle on what you, our audience, would like to see produced on our 10th Street Stage.

As a thank you for taking our survey, one lucky patron will win a Gold Package season subscription! The Gold Package includes all five Mainstage productions, excluding A Christmas Carol.

2016-2017 Season Subscriptions

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield
September 30-October 9, 2016
Featuring 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!
Out of Sight... Out of Murder
by Fred Carmichael
November 11-20, 2016
Encounter 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.
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, revised by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese.
December 2-4, 2016
at the Valentine Theatre
A 30-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!
It's Only a Play
by Terrence McNally
January 13-22, 2017
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!
Of Mice And Men
by John Steinbeck
March 31- April 9, 2017
A renowned classic recently seen on Broadway in 2014,  Of Mice And Men 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.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart 
music by Stephen Sondheim
June 2-18, 2017
Broadway's greatest farce! 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!"

*** Show times for all Mainstage shows: Thursday - Saturday at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:30pm ***
Special Event

110 Stories
by Sarah Tuft
September 9-10, 2016 at 8:00 and September 11, 2016 at 2:30 and 7 pm
Special Event to commemorate the 15-year Anniversary of 9/11,  110 Stories 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.
* A portion of the proceeds from this production will go to a 9/11 charity *
Young Rep

Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit
by Jonathan Rand
Young Rep play (ages 7-13)
April 28-30, 2017
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.

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
Young Rep musical (ages 14-19)
July 13-16, 2017
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.
A Year With Frog and Toad
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale, Music by Robert Reale, Based on the books of Arnold Lobel
Young Rep musical (ages 7-13)
August 3-6, 2017
Based on Arnold Lobel's beloved children's books and nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Musical, this whimsical show tells the story of two best friends: the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad.  A Year With Frog and Toad takes the audience on a journey through four, fun-filled seasons as the two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.

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The Rep would like to thank:

- M&M Heating and Cooling for updating and installing our two new furnaces and one new air conditioner in time for our opening night of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. Both our patrons and cast are endlessly grateful.

- Mercy Children's Hospital for sponsoring our upcoming production of  Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.

- To the instructors and interns of our Young Rep Ed Summer Camps. Thank you for investing so much or your time and energy into our youth here at The Toledo Rep.

- Our Season Patrons and Sponsors for their continued support. Thank you for making our 83rd Season such a success!

- Our wonderful cast, crew and parents of FAME for completing an amazing run of almost all sold out shows!

- To our patrons for generously donating to D.A.R.T., The Lucas County Sheriff's Office Drug Abuse Response Team, during our Young Rep Production of
FAME. Your donation will help D.A.R.T. in providing education and assistance to those struggling with addiction in our Toledo community.

- To Lt. Bobby Chromik from D.A.R.T. for conducting our audience and cast talk back session during our run of FAME.

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:


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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

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