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Volume 40, Issue 12 / August
Letter from the Artistic Director
We're bringing down the curtain on our 84th season with a delightful musical that's also a perfect late summer getaway. A Year with Frog and Toad, based on the series of beloved children's books by Arnold Lobel, played to sold-out audiences in its initial New York run, and was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. It's a fun and quirky tale of friendship and community, with a cast of colorful creature characters (the postman is a snail!) and a highly hummable score. Our production runs August 3-6 and features the best of our Young Rep, ages 7-13, talent.
Then we'll take a break, for a hot minute, before our exciting 85th season kicks off with the exhilarating musical,
Bonnie & Clyde. The Tony-nominated score uses gospel, blues and rockabilly music to tell the story of the doomed Depression-era lovers and their notorious crime spree. The show opens on September 8th for a three-week run.
The rest of our season includes another big, brash musical, two winning comedies by area playwrights, two recent New York successes, our annual production of
A Christmas Carol at the historic Valentine Theatre, and more! The best way to get your choice of seats is with season tickets, and we offer a variety of Season Ticket packages.
All of this, and more, can be found on our user-friendly web site,
www.toledorep.org. Or you can pick up the phone and call for more information, (419) 243-9277.
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale, Music by Robert Reale,
Based on the books of Arnold Lobel
Directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring
August 3, 4 & 5 at 7:00 pm
August 6 at 2:30 pm
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.
A Year With Frog and Toad is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Stay after our Sunday, August 6th matinee performance of "A Year With Frog and Toad" and meet some real life exotic amphibians courtesy of Frogtown Exotics!
Frogtown Exotics specializes in birthday parties, school presentations, libraries, summer camps, church events, carnivals, fundraisers and any special event. To contact them, please call (419) 350-7453 or email FrogtownExotics@gmail.com
Here we have "Pickles" a giant pixie frog and "Candy" the Cane toad. Pickles is the 2nd largest species of frog in the world! Adult males can get to be the size of a medium basketball! And Candy is the biggest species of toad in the world!
Come see Pickles, Candy and their friends this Sunday in the lobby of the Toledo Rep after the show!
Bonnie & Clyde
by Ivan Manchell, Frank Wildhorn, & Don Black
Directed by Macaela Carder Whitaker
September 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8
September 17 & 24 at 2:30pm
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.
Bonnie & Clyde is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI
- A World Premiere Special Event-
By Eric Pfeffinger
Directed by F. Scott Regan
September 23, 1:00-3:00 pm
10th Street Stage
September 25, 6:00-8:00 pm
10th Street Stage
September 26, 6:00-9:00 pm
10th Street Stage
Madelyn- female, 30s
Keenan- male, 30s, Madelyn's husband
Jim- male, 30s
Heather- female, 30s, Jim's wife
Dr. Hoskins- male, 50s
Questions or concerns, please call: (419) 243-9277
A world premiere production by local playwright Eric Pfeffinger. This contemporary comedy-set in Sylvania, 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.
November 17, 18 & 19, 2017
"The Craft of Acting"
ADULT ACTING CLASSES
September 10th - November 5th
(no class October 29th)
At the Toledo Rep
Open to adults 17 years or older
Student Showcase will be on Friday, November 10th at 7:00pm
*Enrollment limited to 20 students*
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Have you ever imagined yourself performing onstage? Do you want to take your acting skills to a new level? Do you simply need to develop your self-esteem and confidence? This eight-week acting class is for adults from ages 17 to 97 years old and is designed for amateurs, semi-professionals, and for professionals who seek to improve their craft. This class is entirely experiential; students will learn the fundamental elements and methods of acting, stage movement, and creative expression, which include vocal and physical exercises, sensory awareness, improvisation, collaboration, organic instinctiveness, textual analysis, and scene performances. Class members will be introduced to varied methods that help to create a character and articulate human emotions through voice, body, imagination, and experience. The course will end with a showcase of monologues or multi-actor scene presentations.
For questions or further details please email email@example.com or call (419) 243-9277
BROADWAY: BEST OF THE 70s
Young Rep Ed Class
September 16 - November 4, 2017
Student Showcase will be on November 4th at 12:15 pm
From "A Chorus Line", "Chicago", and "Grease" to "Jesus Christ Super Star", "Annie", and "Godspell", the 1970s produced some of the most groundbreaking shows in musical theater history! It was a decade of innovation and excitement that gave rise to two of the most famous composers the "Great White Way" has ever seen; Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Gone were the days of the traditional Broadway musical as the birth of the "rock opera" began to dominate the stage. Come experience the excitement of 1970s musical theatre first hand in this 8-week course which includes singing, dancing, and acting.
If you have any questions or would like further details about our Young Rep Ed classes, workshops, camps or productions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (419) 243-9277
September 28 - November 2
October 1 - November 5
October 1 - November 5
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, November 6th at 7:00 pm
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 *
"Hairspray" at OCTAFest Jr.!
Our Young Rep Teens (ages 14-18) Will Be Competing In A
Statewide Competition This Saturday!
Our amazing cast of Young Rep Teens from our recent musical "Hairspray" will take their talents to The Ohio Community Theatre Association's OCTAFest Jr. 2017 Saturday, August 5 at Owens Community College! OCTAFest Jr. is a st
atewide excerpt festival for children ages 18 and younger. Awards are presented to the winners.
Please plan to join the fun and support our Young Rep Teens as they compete on behalf of the Toledo Rep at 11:05am on Saturday! Audience members will be admitted for $10 on the day of the event.
Frog and Toad and 17 of their friends leap onto the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's stage this week to charm young audiences - and their adult companions too. This Young Rep production tells the story of two good friends, Frog and Toad, as they and their woodsy friends have adventures from spring though winter, and around to spring again.
Frog and Toad rely on each other for fun and companionship. Frog is more optimistic and adventurous, director Amy Spaulding-Heuring said, while Toad is a little more fearful of life and more down to earth. "It shows that with friends, we choose them not always on how they're like us, but how they make us better by bringing to us qualities we don't have," she added.
Young Thespians Show Their Stuff at
Toledo Repertoire Theatre
Above, students Sadie Walters, Zara Sedique, Vivenne Slade, Audrey Bellfy, and Mei-Lin Walters, from left, portray various characters from films and plays during a student showcase at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre on 10th Street.
Toledo Repertoire Theatre Youth Showcase
Pictured above, students enact 'The Real Housewives of Disney.' The showcase Friday enabled those in summer classes at The Rep to demonstrate what they've learned for friends and family members.
Toledo Rep Talks "Hairspray"
Did you catch our Hairspray Director, Victoria Monhollen and our Choreographer, Dom Glover's radio interview with Fred LeFebvre on 1370 WSPD?!
Improv Show is '5 Months and Rolling' and
Adult Improv Classes Return to the Toledo Rep
The first half of the performance will be short-form improv in the style of the TV show Whose Line is It Anyway?, featuring six guests from Unfiltered, a fledgling improv community in Toledo that grew from the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's improv instructional program, Nick Morgan said. Morgan will be joined by Erin Kanary and Martin Verni, who form the Rep's improv teaching team and developed their improv skills on stages in Detroit, Chicago, and New York.
Adult improv classes taught by Morgan, Kanary, and Diana DePasquale at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre this season will run for six weeks, with a showcase at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Class fees are $125. Visit
www.toledorep.org for more details.
Young Rep Ed Summer Camp
On July 28th, the amazing students from our Young Rep Ed Summer Camp "Broadway Apocalypse" (Ages 7-16) showcased what they learned during the week as they took inspiration from classic Broadway scenes and songs and honed their improv, playwriting, and technical skills by transforming these works into apocalyptic encounters of the undead!
No one can deny that the Toledo Rep has the cutest zombie kids in town!
Humans vs. Zombies "West Side Story"
Young Rep Ed Summer Camp
On July 21st, the talented students from our Young Rep Ed Summer Camp "Enchanted Theatre" (Ages 7-16) showcased what they learned during the week as they created and explored characters through musical moments and scenes from popular animated and Broadway shows, with a focus on acting, singing, and dancing.
"One Fine Day in the Emerald City"
"Into The Woods"
The Rep would like to thank:
- Tony Packos for catering a meal for our "Hairspray" cast, crew and parents after our Saturday matinee performance.
- To the parents, friends and family of our cast of "Hairspray" for all of your help in making our Young Rep production such a success.
- Eleanor Sobel for sponsoring our Young Rep production of "A Year With Frog and Toad".
- To the parents, friends and family of our cast of "A Year With Frog and Toad" for all of your help in making our Young Rep production such a success.
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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.
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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