Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
[ Young Rep Musical]
[Ages 7-13]
August 2, 3, 4 & 5

Fun Home
September 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, & 30

October 26, 27, 28 & November 1, 2, 3, 4

A Christmas Carol
[The Valentine Theatre]
November 30, December 1 & 2


August 12
10th St. Stage

Young Rep Ed
Classes & Workshops:

Fractured Fairy Tales
(Ages 7-17)
Sep 15-Nov 3
10th St. Stage

Make-Up & Costuming
- Workshop -
(Ages 7-17)
Oct 13
10th St. Stage

Stage Combat
- Workshop -
(Ages 7-17)
Nov 10
10th St. Stage

Student Showcases:

Fractured Fairy Tales
November 3
at The Rep
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Toledo Performing Arts!
Volume 41, Issue 12 / August  2018
Letter from the President
August is here and that means we're approaching the end of our landmark 85th season. We finish it off this weekend with a delightful Young Rep production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr, put on by our extremely talented 7-13 year-olds. Our Young Rep kids are the future of theatre and I can't recommend watching and supporting them enough. Opening night was a near sellout and tickets are going fast, so don't wait too long if you're thinking about attending.

It's not just our 85th season that's coming to an end though. I have the dissatisfaction now of announcing that this will also be the last production for our artistic director Dave DeChristopher, who has accepted a director position at the Black Hills Community Theatre in Rapid City, South Dakota. It has been an honor to work with Dave over the past two and a half years and I can't thank him enough for the positive impact he has made here at The Rep. I wish him all the best in this next chapter of his life and encourage you to do the same.

That being said, I also can assure you that the future is still bright here in Toledo. We have a fantastic line up of shows for our 86th season, including our opener in September, Fun Home , winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical. Tickets are on sale now and Season Subscriptions are still available as well. We've also opened registration for our Young Rep Ed classes for 2018-2019 and our Adult Rep Ed classes should be announced in just a few weeks. Please click here  to check out all the fun and innovative classes and workshops we have lined up for our 7-17 year-olds this upcoming year.

If you liked what you saw this past season, I encourage you to get more involved. We are always welcoming new volunteers. And if you're thinking about making a financial contribution, would you consider being a season or show sponsor in 2018-2019?

Finally, we have a very exciting challenge before us for our holiday classic  A Christmas Carol. We have an opportunity to make some major improvements to the show's aging set, thanks in large part to a generous matching grant challenge of $12,500 from the Andersons Fund Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation. I hope you'll take the time to read more about it in the section below and consider making a donation.

Whatever your involvement at The Rep over the past year, on behalf of the entire board and staff, thank you for being a part of our community and we look forward to seeing you at the theatre!

Christopher A. McAnall

We are sad to announce that our Artistic Director, Dave DeChristopher, is stepping down from his position as Artistic Director of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Dave is moving on to the majestic landscapes, rolling prairies, beautiful wild life, and scenic byways of South Dakota in a Director position at a state of the art community theatre in Rapid City.

During his tenure at The Rep, Dave has been instrumental in creating new and exciting programming initiatives such as "Toledo Voices" and our "Rainbow Readings" and has made fundraising and community awareness a key component of his mission.

We are sad to see Dave leave his home at The Rep, but wish him all the best on his exciting new adventure and wish him, quite literally, happy trails!

(Photo Credits: Julie Zatko, Sarah Sobel, The Toledo Blade)

An Opportunity, and a Challenge...can you help?

For more than 30 years, The Rep has enriched the holiday season  with its lavish and heartwarming annual staging of A Christmas Carol. First  presented at the theatre's 10th Street stage in 1983, then the Peristyle and  the Stranahan Theatre, this historic production has now found the perfect  home in the historic Valentine Theatre, where it has been  performed for many years. For many Toledo children, the school  performances of A Christmas Carol are their first exposure to the magic of  live theatre.

While the years have deepened and improved the show, they have  not been kind to the complicated Christmas Carol stage sets which, every  year, are taken down and taken apart and sent into storage for eleven  months. The process of loading, unloading, setting-up and taking down has  taken a natural toll, as has normal wear and tear. Factor in the occasional  unforeseen bump and bang, and the need for repairs and upgrades  becomes clear. For reasons of safety as well as aesthetics, the entire Christmas Carol set needs careful and thoughtful rehabilitation, and that  expense is not within our regular budget.

But with your help, there's a solution; a Christmas miracle, if  you will.

The Rep has received a challenge grant, from The Andersons Fund Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation. If we  can raise $12,500, they will match it, and Charles Dickens' London will be  reborn, more beautiful (and safer) than ever! Please consider a donation,  large or small, to keep this holiday tradition alive for years to come.

Thank you.

or call (419) 243-9277 to donate


Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
A Young Rep Production
 Book by Scott Ferguson, Kyle Hall and George Keating
Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, David Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe
Directed by Jill Reinstein

Originally Adapted and Produced for the Stage by Theatre BAM, From the Series Created by George Newall and Tom Yohe
Based on an Idea by David McCall, Originally Conceived and Directed by Scott Ferguson
Based on the ABC-TV educational animated series, which aired during the 1970s and 1980s

Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.MTIShows.com

August 2, 3 & 4 at 7:00pm
August 5 at 2:30pm
Young Rep Youth Musical, Ages 7-13

Based on the 1970s Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon, this fast-paced musical follows Tom, a nerve-wracked schoolteacher 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".

If you have questions, please contact us at (419) 243-9277

Photo Credit: Tim Fox Photography

by Allison Moore
Directed by Nancy Wright

August 12, 1:00-3:00pm
10th Street Stage

Come prepared to read from the script. And to scream.

(Cast: 2M/4W)
SHEENA - 20s, a survivor
HILDY - Still in high school. Sheena's smart younger sister.
FRANCES - 50s, Sheena's mom, an angry feminist with mobility and pain-pill issues.
MARC - 35-40. A D-list director with bad credit and a sex addiction.
JODY - Male in his 20s. A film school dropout with dreams.
CHRISTI/BRIDGET/MARCY/BETH/MADISON/ETC.- 25-30, multiple fun roles ranging from crafty social-justice activist to sexy slasher-film victims.

When she's cast as the "final girl" in a low-budget slasher flick, Sheena thinks it's the big break she's been waiting for. But news of the movie unleashes her malingering mother's thwarted feminist rage, and Mom is prepared to do anything to stop filming...even if it kills her. The hilarious hit of 2009's Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. "Screaming. Blood. Impalements. Meat hooks. Electric drills. Objectified women. Crazy mother in wheelchair. Whaddaya expect? It's a slasher movie." - Philadelphia Inquirer

Show dates:
Oct. 26-28 and Nov. 1-4

Questions or concerns, please call (419) 243-9277

If you have questions or would like further details about our classes, please contact education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277

The Toledo Rep's 85th Birthday Trivia Contest!
How well do you know The Rep?
In honor of our 85th Birthday on June 8th, we are giving away a Platinum Season Subscription Package to the individual who answers the most questions correctly!

HINT: If you're a good sleuth, you'll know that most of the answers to these questions have been published over the past 3 years in our monthly newsletter, The REPorter, in publications by or about The Rep, on our social media platforms, or around the Toledo Rep theatre itself!

See, it literally pays to visit, follow and subscribe to the Toledo Rep! So what are you waiting for? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sign up to receive email announcements from us, including The REPorter, or purchase tickets to one of our many shows!

Contest ends on August 15th.


"Conjunction junction, what's your function? School House Rock at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre"

"Young Rep to 'Rock' the stage"

"The Toledo Repertoire Theatre presents the musical Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., a Young Rep production, in four shows beginning  Thursday . Performances feature a cast of 42, ages 7-13, including 11 soloists, an extremely talented cast, director Jill Reinstein said. The musical is based on Schoolhouse Rock, the acclaimed series that made its mark in pop culture by showing how much fun lessons in math, grammar, history, and other subjects can be, taught with catchy tunes and fun lyrics. The entertaining and educational animated videos were broadcast between  Saturday  morning cartoons from 1973 to 1985."

Q105.5 with Denny Schaffer
"Young Rep performing Heathers The Musical"

"Heathers at the Toledo Rep"

"The darkly comic rock musical, with book, music, and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O'Keefe, is based on the film written by Daniel Waters. It follows three teenage girls named Heather who rule the school's social scene as members of a popular but feared clique, and Veronica Sawyer, who is invited to join the cruel threesome but soon realizes that she will have to turn on the kids who are now her friends. She and her new boyfriend, Jason Dean, join forces in a plan for revenge that sometimes ends in murder."

" Heathers deals with high school kids and the issues they confront, such as peer pressure, drugs, and alcohol, "the stuff that we as parents are telling the kids, 'No, all that stuff is bad.' " director Victoria Monhollen said. "It's all about popularity and how one girl, Veronica, wants to join [the clique] so bad. We hit the issues head on, but we try to do it tactfully and tastefully so people will have a good time here."

The Toledo Rep presents Heather the Musical (High School Edition)

"What's your damage? See Heathers at The Rep!"

 The Road to OCTA!
Our Young Rep teens are hard at work rehearsing their excerpt of Heathers the Musical (High School Edition) for the OCTA Jr. competition.  If you were one of the many individuals who couldn't secure a ticket to this sold-out production or if you just want to come out and support our Young Rep teens, you can see them compete at Owen's Community College  on August 4th at 11:00am! Tickets are $10 at the door.

  (Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)
The Heathers Visit "Heathers"!
The Toledo Rep had some very special guests on July 13th!
These lovely young ladies came to see the show all dolled up as their favorite Heathers! Needless to say, our entire cast including our very own Heathers (Paige Titsworth, Olivia Gierke, and Casey Merren) loved their superfans!

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)

Our second Adult Rep Ed session of "AUDITIONS!" taught by the talented Fran Martone was another sold out success! Students were taught how nerve-wracking auditions can be creative treasures and were given the tools and confidence to make them so. In this class the students worked on monologues, sides, and cold reads, learning tips and techniques that would allow them to shine. They discovered the importance of making strong choices and the necessity of learning to decipher "director speak."

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)
Paranormal Investigation at The Rep
On July 8th, Haunted Toledo conducted an almost nine hour paranormal investigation at The Rep! The spirits were extremely talkative that night. In the very wee hours of the morning,  Sarah Chelten from Haunted Toledo  decided to use the trapped door to take an adventure through the crawl space between our lobby ceiling and stage floor. When our President, Chris McAnall, saw all the fun she was having, he decided to join in on the late night shenanigans!

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)
YOUNG REP ED Summer Camp
"Best of the West End" Student Showcase
On July 20th, the amazing students from our Young Rep Ed Summer Camp, "Best of the West End" (Ages 7-16) showcased what they had been up to for the past week!  In this week-long, 6 hours a day, intensive session, stude nts took inspiration from the biggest New York hits that got their start on the London stage!

For more information about Rep Ed classes, camps, and workshops, visit  toledorep.org, call (419) 243-9277 or email education@toledorep.org

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)
YOUNG REP ED Summer Camp
"Creating Theatre: Onstage/ Offstage/ Backstage" Student Showcase
On July 27th, the amazing students from our Young Rep Ed Summer Camp, 
"Creating Theatre: Onstage/ Offstage/ Backstage" (Ages 7-16) showcased what they had been up to for the past week!  In this week-long, 6 hours a day, intensive session, students  learned about the many aspects of theatre from Acting, Directing, and Playwriting to Lighting, Set Design, and Stage Management, by creating their own small theatre companies!

For more information about Rep Ed classes, camps, and workshops, visit  toledorep.org, call (419) 243-9277 or email education@toledorep.org

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)
"Heather Is The Me Inside of Me"
Our wonderful Heathers the Musical (High School Edition) teens gifted our production team with their very own "Heathers" shadowboxes and signed, personalized Heathers croquet mallets depicting their individual Heather personality.  The Rep  really does have the best, most giving and thoughtful youth around! Thank you to the cast for this beautiful gesture for our hard-working production staff!

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)

The Rep is Looking For Videographer Volunteers!

The Toledo Rep is looking for qualified individuals to perform freelance videography work for our marketing/advertising team. The goal of our marketing department is to strengthen the Toledo Rep brand and to promote all events, programs, classes, productions and outreach initiatives of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

As a videography volunteer, you should be prepared to work in an exciting, creative and fast-paced environment. Candidates should have an entrepreneurial mindset for project development and a strong drive to take on challenges. They must be self-motivated, a strong team player, able to think outside the box, and be comfortable taking the lead in facilitating, planning and executing the digital video productions of the Toledo Rep.

If you are interested or have any questions, please email marketing@toledorep.org

The Rep would like to thank:
- The cast and crew of Heathers the Musical (High School Edition) for such a "killer", sold out run and your  dedication to making this beautiful, relevant, and deeply emotional production come alive on our stage. We are so very grateful for the  time and talent that these young actors gave to this show. We are proud to live in a city that has such wonderfully gifted young individuals!
The Andersons Fund Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community, for their generous $12,500 matching grant challenge.
- Haunted Toledo, for their recent visit to the theatre and ongoing promotion and support of our events.
- The parents of our cast and crew of Heathers The Musical: High School Edition, for all of their help with the production.
- The parents of our cast and crew of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., for all of their help with the production.
- All of our wonderful summer interns, for all of their help with our summer camps and day to day activities at the theatre.
Become a Board Member!

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.
Questions or for more information, please contact president@toledorep.org

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.
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"!

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!

To get started, please complete and submit the form below!
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. 

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