A Christmas Carol
Dec. 2-4

It's Only a Play
Jan. 13-22

Toledo Voices
Feb. 11, 25 & March 11

Of Mice and Men
March 31-April 9

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


Of Mice and Men
Jan. 7, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage
Jan. 9, 6-8:30pm
Brown Building
Jan. 10, 6-8pm
Brown Building

Toledo Voices
Jan. 16, 7pm
10th St. Stage
Jan. 17, 7pm
10th St. Stage

Classes & Workshops:

The Best of Broadway
Ages 7-16
Jan. 7-Feb. 25
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Intro to Theatre
Design and Tech
- Workshop -
Ages 10-18
March 11 & 18
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre
Ages 7-12
March 25-May 20
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Intro to Playwriting
- Spring Mini Session -
Ages 10-13
March 25-April 22
(no class April 15)
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Ages 14-17
April 29-May 27
(no class May 20)
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
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 7:00pm and 8:00pm 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 4 / December  2016
Letter from the Artistic Director

With the holidays rolling in, we are frequently reminded to buy local, and with good reason. Supporting local businesses strengthens them, keeps money in the community, reduces environmental impact, and helps create more jobs, for starters.

But buying local doesn't only apply to hardware and housewares and clothing and Christmas trees. Spending your entertainment dollars on local artists benefits them and, in return, you and the community by helping to raise the quality of local entertainment. And it's usually more economical, to boot.

This month, the Rep is continuing a Toledo tradition with its 31st production of A Christmas Carol, a completely local production at the historic Valentine Theatre, with lavish sets and costumes, tuneful music, dancing, and a timeless story as relevant today as when it was first penned. Debra Ross Calabrese directs, choreographs and co-wrote the adaptation with David Jex, whose beautiful score combines carols of the Victorian era and his own original music. It's the perfect way to put yourself in a holiday mood, and give an early Christmas gift to you and your family.

And this year, we're offering another way to buy local, and make some inroads on your holiday shopping list. We'll be offering gift certificates, in all denominations, before and after the show as well as during intermission. Give the gift of local entertainment, and see a great show; an ingenious way to multi-task.   
See you at the (Valentine) theatre,

Dave De


A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
revised by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese

Directed by  Debra Ross Calabrese

December 2 & 3 at 8:00pm
December 4 at 2:30pm

A 31-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!

A Christmas Carol
 is made possible by a grant from Theater League and is sponsored by Yark Automotive Group

(Photo Credit: Todd Grinonneau)
Selfie with Scrooge Giveaway!

Are you on Social Media? 
Do you like to take selfies?
Would you like to win 2 tickets to an upcoming show?!
Well you are in luck!

When you come to see  A Christmas Carol this upcoming weekend, take a selfie with our Uncle Scrooge cutout located in the lobby and post it on social media using the hashtag:


You will be entered into a raffle to win 2 tickets to an upcoming production of your choice  (excluding A Christmas Carol)

The more you post the more entries you will receive!


A Holiday Fundraiser to Benefit the Rep!

Scrooge's Favorite Things


Just $20 for a chance to win 1 of 12 different prize packages.
If you are under the age of 21 
you have a chance to win 1 of 10 prize packages.

Scrooges Favorite Things Prize Packages
$130-$200 Value Per Package
A Taste of Toledo
($130 Value)
Anderson's $50 Gift Card
Beth's Gourmet Kitchen Artichoke Dip Mix & Dill Dip Mix
Jar of Betty's Salad Dressing
Fangboner Farms Herbal Rice Mix & Rosemary Blend Spices
1 Bottle of Grumpy's Poppyseed Dressing
Set of 4 Libbey Mini-Drinking Jars
Locally Grown Herbal Teas
2 Packs of Marsha's Buckeyes
Set of Schakolad Chocolate Masks
Farm Fresh
($140 Value)
Filled Fresh Market Basket
Balance $50 Gift Card
Fowl & Fodder $30 Gift Card
Toledo Botanical Gardens Pure Honey
Toledo Botanical Gardens: A Growing Story
Glitz and Decadence
($150 Value)
Morgana Swift Jewelry Bracelet
Set of Schakolad Chocolate Masks
Firenation Glass Ornament
Libbey B.I.G. Martini Glass
4 Packs of Marsha's Buckeyes
1 Bottle of Wine
Toledo Botanical Gardens Baker Eileen Hoffman's Caramel Corn & Nut Butter Crunch
Picture Perfect
($141 Value)
2 Steve Perry Framed Photographs
Pam Alspach Original Watercolor Greeting Card "A Snowflake"
4 Packs of Marsha's Buckeyes
Mud Hens and Walleye
($142 Value)
4 Mud Hens Tickets
4 Walleye Tickets
Spaghetti Warehouse Dinner for 2
4 Libbey Mini-Drinking Jars
Glass City
($155 Value)
2 Wine Glasses Hand Painted by Renée Obrock
Wine Tool Kit
4 Libbey Wine & Dine Etched Glasses
4 Libbey Etched Nebula Glasses
1 Bottle of Wine
Firenation Glass Ornament
Uptown Christmas
($145 Value)
2 Christmas Wine Glasses Hand Painted by Renée Obrock
'12 days of Christmas' Vintage Pewter Ornaments
Uptown Antiques $25 Gift Card
Manos $25 Gift Card
2 Packs of Marsha's Buckeyes
Downtown Delights
($150 Value)
1 Bottle of Grumpy's Poppyseed Dressing
Rustbelt Coffee $50 Gift Card
Oliver House $50 Gift Card
2 Tickets to a Toledo Rep Show (current season, excluding  A Christmas Carol)
All the World's a Stage
($160 Value)
1 Session of Toledo Rep Ed Classes (Adult or Child)
Toledo Rep T-shirt
Theatre Mask Ornament
A Year in the Theatre
($167 Value)
1 Toledo Rep Season Subscription for 2017-18 Season
Choice of Toledo Rep Merchandise (up to $25 value)
Theatre Mask Ornament
Wild Things
($200 Value)
Toledo Zoo Family Membership
African Safari 6-Person Pass
Flower Power
($200 Value)
Original Acrylic Painting "Azalias" by Paul Brand (11"x14", framed)

Winners will be drawn for 12 consecutive days starting on December 2!


You may purchase tickets by calling (419) 243-9277, by visiting the Rep's Box Office during normal office hours, on toledorep.org or in the lobby of The Valentine Theatre during the run of
A Christmas Carol.

Of Mice and Men

Directed by Sonia Perez

Jan. 7, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage

Jan. 9, 6-8:30pm
Brown Building

Callbacks if needed:
Jan. 10, 6-8pm
Brown Building

9 men - ages 20's to 70's
1 woman - age 20's

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of any conflict dates between the auditions and opening dates. Bring a headshot and resume if available.

A renowned classic recently seen on Broadway in 2014, 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.

Show dates:
March 31-April 9, 2017

Calling All Playwrights!

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre has a new program,  Toledo Voices , aimed at fostering the work of local writers and developing new plays.  Unproduced plays by area writers will be presented in a series of staged readings at the theatre. 

The deadline for play submissions is December 2. Only hard copies securely bound will be accepted.

Mail plays to:
Toledo Repertoire Theatre
16 10th St.
Toledo, OH 43604
ATTN: Toledo Voices

If you would like to schedule a time to drop off your submission at the theatre, please call our Business Manager, Bonnie Herrmann at 419-243-9277 to make arrangements.

Please include a cover letter with your submission.

Playwrights selected will be notified by Jan. 1, and will have an opportunity to be involved in the creative process.

The first readings will be at 8:00pm on February 11, February 25, and March 11 and will be followed by a talkback with the writer, cast, and director.

For more information email:  artistic@toledorep.org

"The Best of Broadway"
Winter Rep Ed Classes

"The Best of Broadway"
January 7-February 25
Saturdays, 9am-Noon
Ages 7-16

Calling all wannabe "triple threats" for this session built around the blockbuster scenes and songs and dances of Broadway musicals, taught by our team of experienced musical performers. Students can specialize in one area while trying out the others, or dive into all three. The session culminates with a public performance.

Classes are held Saturday mornings at the 10th Street Theatre, starting promptly at 9:00am and finishing at noon.
Parents please drop off and pick up on time.
Tuition Cost: $150

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.



Dear friends,
It's that time of year again, time to vote for the Toledo City Paper's "Best Of Toledo Awards"!
Please help spread the word and vote for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre - 'Toledo's Longest Running Community Theatre Since 1933'.
Ballots are due by December 19th, 2016
We appreciate your support and loyalty and hope to see you soon down at the Toledo Rep!


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.

Looking for a unique gift for your loved ones? Let The Rep help you out!

Treat your family and friends, old and young alike, to the gift of the Rep this holiday season!

With tickets to one of our many productions, a gift certificate to our Rep Ed Children's Theatre classes or a gift certificate to our Adult Improv classes, you are sure to please everyone on your list this year!

Call (419) 243-9277 to purchase or for more details!

Theatre Badge Workshops
Are you a troop leader or do you know one? Are you looking
for a fun way to earn a badge for your troop? 

The Toledo Rep can help!
The Rep will be holding workshops, where your girls can earn a Girl Scout badge. The goal of the workshops will be to introduce the girls to theatre by giving them both a chance to learn and see what happens behind stage as well as giving them a chance to perform on stage.

For questions or more details, contact us at  education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277

With the holidays just around the corner, please think of the Toledo Rep when you begin your holiday shopping!

AmazonSmile  is a simple and automatic way for you to support the TOLEDO REPERTOIRE COMPANY every time you shop, at no cost to you! 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!

"Murder mysteries and laughter don't usually go together,
but in Out of Sight ... Out of Murder, they do".

Billboards around town!

Have you seen any of our A Christmas Carol billboards around town?

29th Annual Blade Holiday Parade

On November 12th, the Dickens Singers from our upcoming production of A Christmas Carol sang in the Blade Holiday Parade in Downtown Toledo.

'A NIGHT OF IMPROV' at the Rep

A Night of Improv at the Toledo Rep held on November 21st featured our talented Level 1, 2 and 3 Adult Improv students. If you have any questions or are interested in our classes, please contact  education@toledorep.org

The Rep would like to thank:

- The cast, crew and director of Out of Sight... Out of Murder for their dedication and commitment to the Toledo Rep.

- Theater League for their generous contribution to A Christmas Carol.

- Yark Automotive Group for sponsoring our production of A Christmas Carol.

- The Spaghetti Warehouse for their "Dinner and Dickens" partnership with the Toledo Rep during our upcoming production of A Christmas Carol.

- To our generous donors who gave to the Toledo Rep during this year's #GivingTuesday

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 by contacting specific committees directly and we'll find a role for you!

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.

Kroger Community Rewards Program!

Go to:
to sign up for the 
Kroger Community Rewards Program!

You need to re-enroll yearly for this program.

Thank you for supporting 
the Toledo Rep!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support the 
every time you shop!

Simply go to:
Products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages are eligible for donations!

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 donate an item from this list, please contact
Bonnie Herrmann at: bherrmann@toledorep.org

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