16 10th St. | Toledo, OH 
Bus Stop
January 11, 12, 13, 17, 18,  19, & 20

August Wilson's
March 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, & 10

A Flea In Her Ear
April  5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13 & 14
Special Events:
Toledo Rep
- A Toledo Rep Gala -
February 8
10th St. Stage

February 9
10th St. Stage
T.H.E. Fundraiser
- Partnership -
T.H.E. Modern Dance Co.
April 27
10th St. Stage
August Wilson's

December 15th
10th St. Stage

December 16th
10th St. Stage

December 17th
10th St. Stage
Adult Improv Classes:

Beginners Improv
(Ages 18+)
January 6 - February 17
No class Feb. 10
Brown Building

Advanced Improv
(Ages 18+)
January 6 - February 17
No class Feb. 10
Brown Building

Long Form Improv
(Ages 18+)
January 10 - February 21
No class Feb. 7
Brown Building
Young Rep Ed
Classes & Workshops:
The Rep Rocks!
(Ages 7-17)
January 5 - February 23
10th St. Stage

Building an Audition Portfolio
- Workshop -
(Ages 7-17)
February 16 - March 9
10th St. Stage
Student Showcases:
The Rep Rocks!
February 23
10th St. Stage

Improv at The Rep
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 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm 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.

Volume 42, Issue 4 / December  2018
Letter from the President
Dear Friend of The Rep,

What a wonderful year it has been!

As I reflect back upon the past twelve months, I can't express enough gratitude for the large community of supporters that I consider to be a part of our Toledo Rep family: our talented actors and production crews, our devoted students and instructors, our dedicated staff and volunteers, and last but not least, our loyal patrons and generous donors and sponsors.

Your ongoing involvement and support are what makes all of the magic at The Rep possible. So thank you. Thank you many times over for helping us to live out our mission, enriching the cultural arts in our region with high quality productions from talented local artists, while also offering top notch educational programs to youth and adults throughout the area.

Every donation is impactful, but given the time of year, I also want to especially thank the Andersons Fund and Toledo Community Foundation for the $12,500 matching grant to make repairs and enhancements to our  A Christmas Carol set in the coming year, as well as all of the generous individuals and groups that helped us reach this $12,500 matching goal. With over $25,500 currently raised, we are well on our way to making some splendid improvements to this Toledo holiday tradition. 

Wishing you all the best now and in the year ahead, as we continue to work together in striving to create a vibrant community through live theatre.

See you at the theatre!

Christopher A. McAnall

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre
Receives $25,500 for  A Christmas Ca rol !
The Board of Trustees of the Andersons Fund Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation has approved a matching grant to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre in the amount of $12,500.00.  The Andersons Fund Supporting Organization grant will be used to  support the construction of new sets and drops for the Toledo Rep's annual production of A Christmas Carol!

This $12,500 grant was graciously matched, and exceeded, by the following individuals:
Becky Evans
The Karakas Family
Sarah Sobel-Poage
Ilze & Jacob Lowenstein
Mark & Kathy McGovern
Christopher McAnall
The River Antiques
Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. Cast
Madge Levinson
As well as many anonymous donations from our generous patrons and subscribers!

For 86 years, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre has delivered entertaining, live theatrical performances to the residents of Northwestern Ohio and Southeastern Michigan. We have a beautiful home on 10th Street, and enjoy being part of the downtown Toledo arts community. We often refer to our Mainstage theatre as the unofficial "gateway" to downtown Toledo. In recent years, the expansion of our Education programs and of opportunities for local playwrights have cemented our position as the premiere Toledo community theatre.

And for 36 years now, The Rep has enriched the year¬≠ end holiday season with its lavish annual production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. First presented at the theatre's 10th Street stage in 1983, followed by the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle in the 1990s and the Stranahan Theatre in the 2000s, this historic production has been performed at The Valentine Theatre in downtown Toledo since 2011.

This production has evolved and deepened throughout its history, and has truly become a Northwest Ohio holiday tradition, annually bringing the spirit of Yuletide benevolence and charity to thousands of theatre¬≠goers of all ages. Many cast and crew members have come to think of it as an indispensable part of their holiday season. Families in the Toledo area consider the production a vital part of their holiday tradition.

Our plan is for this project to be spread over two years. Phase 1 will take place in 2018 and involves repairing and rehabilitating the current set pieces, as well as updating select costumes and technical elements. Phase 2 will take place in 2019 and involves the designing and building of new set pieces, updating additional costumes and technical elements, and creating our own new scenic backdrops. Throughout the process, the goal is to enhance the set with a fresh new look drawing upon the talents of local Toledo artists, while also providing and ensuring the utmost safety for our cast and crew

Properly and thoroughly done, with the generous support of the community, this project will facilitate the continuation of this beautiful production for years to come, keeping this priceless holiday tradition alive for tens of thousands of area theatre goers and performing artists in the region. With over $25,500 already raised collectively, we are well on our way to covering the full 2-year project budget of $37,650.

Toledo Community Foundation, Inc. is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 800 funds with assets of approximately $287 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information on the Foundation, visit the organization's website at www.toledocf.org or follow them on Facebook.

If you have questions, please email president@toledorep.org

With the holidays just around the corner, consider giving your loved ones the gift of live theatre this giving season!

With an endless list of plays, readings, and musicals in our 2019 line-up and with educational opportunities from our Rep Ed program for adults, teens, and kids, you are sure to please everyone on your list this year!

Feeling extra giving? Consider giving an end of the year tax-deductible donation to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. The Rep strives to be a theatrical home for local actors, directors, designers, stage managers, techies, and playwrights. Ticket sales and tuitions cover only part of our operational costs, and so in this season of giving, we ask for your help. Every tax-deductible donation, large or small, makes a difference!

To purchase gift cards or Rep Merchandise, please visit us during normal office hours (1:30-6:00 pm M-F) at 16 Tenth Street in Downtown Toledo!

Questions? Please call us at (419) 243-9277
Selfie with Scrooge Giveaway WINNER!
CONGRATULATIONS to Lisa Flynn (@lizaluvu)!
Lisa was the winner of our #RepScroogeSelfie Giveaway!
She won 2 tickets to an upcoming Toledo Rep production of her choice.


By William Inge
Directed by Sonia Perez

Sponsored by:
January 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19 at 8:00pm
January 13 & 20 at 2:30pm
An American classic by the author known as "The Playwright of the Midwest." In the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a cheerful roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and a few weary travelers are going to have to hole up there until morning. Cherie, a nightclub chanteuse, is the passenger with the most to worry about. She's pursued by a young cowboy with a ranch of his own and the romantic methods of an unusually headstrong bull.

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

Photo Credit: Elfhouse Photography

August Wilson's
By August Wilson
Directed by Irina Zaurov
Performance Dates: March 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 & 10, 2019
December 15th
1:00-4:00 pm
10th Street Stage

December 16th
1:00-4:00 pm
10th Street Stage

December 17th
6:00 pm
10th Street Stage

Auditions will consist of reading sides from the script, which will be provided for you when you arrive at the auditions.
Looking for strong African American actors.

Troy Maxson - (Male, 50-60) Protagonist of "August Wilson's Fences."
Cory Maxson - (Male, 16-22) The teenage son of Troy and Rose Maxson. A senior in high school.
Rose Maxson - (Female, 40-50) A housewife, Troy's wife, and mother of his second child, Cory.
Gabriel Maxson - (Male, 50-60) Troy's brother. He exudes a child-like exuberance and a need to please.
Jim Bono - (Male, 50-60) Troy's best friend of over thirty years.
Lyons Maxson - (Male, 25-35) Troy's son, fathered before Troy's time in jail with a woman Troy met before he became a baseball player and before he met Rose.
Raynell Maxson - (Female, 8-11) Troy's daughter.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, this sensational drama tells the story of Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. Adapted into an award-winning film starring Denzel Washington.

Questions or concerns: If you have any questions or concerns, please visit www.toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277

Channel 11
Did you catch the Toledo Rep's President, Christopher McAnall, on WTOL Channel 11 promoting our upcoming auditions for "August Wilson's Fences" taking place THIS WEEKEND? Chris was also discussing our upcoming production of "Bus Stop". An American classic by the author known as "The Playwright of the Midwest", William Inge, which runs on our 10th Street Stage from January 11-20!

The Toledo Rep seeks new plays by local playwrights!
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is pleased to announce the continuation of its program aimed at local writers. "Toledo Voices" will present unproduced plays by local writers in a series of readings held at The Rep. Each reading will be followed by a talkback with the writer, cast, and director. Selected playwrights will have an opportunity to be involved in the creative process.

The deadline for submission is Friday, December 28th.
Both digital and hard copies will be accepted. Please include a cover letter.
Selected playwrights will be notified by the end of January.

Send DIGITAL COPIES of plays to:

Send HARD COPIES of plays to:
Toledo Repertoire Theatre
16 10th Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604
ATTN: "Toledo Voices"

If you have questions or concerns, please email SeasonSelection@toledorep.org

"The Rep Rocks"
(Ages 7-17)
8 Week Session

January 5 - February 23
9:00am - Noon
at The Rep

The School of Rock is in session! Scenes and songs and dances from some of Broadway's most popular rock musicals, from The Wiz to Hairspray to Jesus Christ Superstar to our upcoming production of Green Day's American Idiot.

STUDENT SHOWCASE: February 23 at 12:15 pm at the Toledo Rep

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

Adult Improv Classes

Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer our Winter Adult Improv classes, for ages 18 years or older, beginning January 6th and 10th and running through February 17th and 21st!

Improv at The Rep

    January 6 - February 17
    - No class on February 10 -
    ( Sundays, 1:00-3:30 pm)

    January 6 - February 17
    - No class on February 10 -
    ( Sundays, 3:30-6:00 pm)
    January 10 - February 21
    - No class on February 7 -
    ( Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm)

There will be a combined class Improv Showcase TBA at the Toledo Rep.
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.

  • Beginners Improv
    Beginners Introduction to Improv will introduce students to the wonderful unscripted world of playing pretend with other adults. This class will introduce students to the foundations of improv, including the basics of creating that very first scene. Throughout these six weeks, students will learn object work, back-and-forth improv, and the lost art of listening.  The course will introduce students to games and experiences designed to let creativity flow freely and foster a dynamic and collaborative environment.
    No experience necessary! Come ready to play!

    Advanced Improv
    Advanced Improv will give more experienced students the opportunity to enhance their object work, scene work, and scene creation abilities.
    This course will build upon the skills and techniques learned in Beginner's Improv and explore character development. Students will learn how to bring their improv characters to life and experiment with physical comedy.
    Previous improv experience necessary!

  • Long Form Improv
    Long Form Improv will give experienced students the opportunity to explore a method of improv where a group of performers take one suggestion and create a theatrical piece inspired by that proposed idea.  Students will build upon the skills and techniques learned in Advanced Improv and what it means to create a piece by ensemble. Warm-Ups, Ice Breaker Games, and the structure of the class will all focus on team work to prepare students for the long haul of Long Form. The most popular and common forms will be studied during this program.
    Previous improv experience necessary!

  • Paul Fruhwirth

  • Paul was first bitten by the acting bug when he was only two months old. Once he recovered from the infection, he landed his first starring role as Baby Jesus in his neighborhood holiday pageant at only four months old. Later in life, Paul went on to have a love for the theatre, comedy, improv, sketch writing, and stand-up comedy. Beginning in 2012, Paul pursued a formalized education at The Second City Training Center in Old Town, a small neighborhood in the city of Chicago. Paul graduated from The Second City's Improv Program, the sketch comedy program, the stand-up comedy program, as well as the Writing for Late Night TV program.

    While Paul's first passion is the stage, he has learned to expand that love into corporate America. In order to pay for his addiction to gummy bears and in-app purchases, Paul spends his days facilitating training sessions, sales presentations and traveling across the country on the speaking circuit.

    Paul has appeared at Zany's Chicago, The Laugh Factory Chicago, The Second City Etc. Stage, and his sketches have appeared in The Second City's Skybox Theater. His mother is an Instructor of Performing Arts in Chicago, and specifically asked to be included in his biography. Paul's cat, "Melrose Place" or "Melly" for short, does not find him funny in the least.
  • If you have any questions about which level you should be in or would like further details about our classes, please contact education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277

Now through December 18, vote for your favorite nominee in each category on the online ballot to determine the "Best of  Toledo".


On February 8th and 9th at 7:00pm, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre will be hosting a fundraising gala to support the Toledo Rep!

The evening will consist of performances of classic Broadway show tunes by local talent including Matt Richardson, Colleen Geftos, Dom Glover, Tristan Daniels, Craig Cousino, Jadin Bader, Sabriyah Davis, Kristin Kucik, Victoria Monhollen, and a special guest performance by 13abc's very own Tony Geftos!

Show your support for the Toledo Rep, "Toledo's Community Theatre since 1933"!


On April 27th, Toledo's Human Experience Modern Dance Company, in partnership with the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, will be holding a night of dance, music and merriment!

T.H.E. Modern Dance Company was created to celebrate dancers in the Toledo and NW Ohio area as well as the artistry of Modern Dance as it relates to the human experience. 
Co-directed by Ashley Hill and Allie Batey of Toledo, OH - the company serves the community by providing a place for performing and developing artists. 

T.H.E. Modern Dance Co. is also a resident dance company at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. Keep a look out for other exciting offerings from them throughout the year on our 10th St. Stage!


"A Dickens of a tradition: Rep's "A Christmas Carol" returns to the Valentine!"

"For the Rep, this is the 36th year of doing an adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol.

The first adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol to be performed on The Rep's stage came in the form of a musical titled Mr. Scrooge, performed in 1983. Mr. Scrooge was produced for two seasons before the theater opted to go with an adaptation under the more common title of Dickens' book itself, A Chris tmas Carol. This year's adaptation marks the 36th retelling of Charles Dickens' classic, adapted by Bill Quinlan, David Jex, and Debra Ross Calabrese".


"Very few actors get an opportunity to return to a role, even twice," said Paul Causman (R, as Scrooge). "But with Christmas Carol, I've gotten to revisit this now 16 times. And that is so rare for an actor. It's a real honor."  When the Toledo Rep's production of A Christmas Carol takes to the stage at the Valentine Theatre on November 30, it will mark the 16th year that veteran actor Paul Causman will p ortray Ebenezer Scrooge.

Well, actually the 17th year. But Causman himself doesn't count the first one. It was back in 1987 when Causman - then the Artistic Director of the Toledo Rep - got a call from the actor playing Scrooge in that year's production of the Charles Dickens' classic.

"He called me on a Tuesday during the run of the show. We used to do these shows at the 10th Street Theatre," Causman said. "He called from the hospital with pneumonia, he couldn't come and do the role. So I learned it overnight and went on stage the next day."

On November 28th our very own Eric Hillenbrand, Melissa Napier, and the men's chorus from the Toledo Rep's production of "A Christmas Carol" were on Channel 11!

BCAN Minute

Go behind-the-scenes of the Toledo Rep's 2018 production of the Charles Dickens classic, 'A Christmas Carol.'

The Rep's annual production at The Valentine Theatre in Toledo!

A Christmas Carol
Local School Performances

One of the Toledo Rep's most anticipated annual events during "A Christmas Carol" are the Thursday and Friday mornings where we perform the show for local school children!  To hear the 'oooh's' and 'aaah's' of youth experiencing the excitement of live theatre is definitely something that warms our hearts every season!

  (Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)
A Christmas Carol
The Toledo Blade Holiday Parade

On November 17th, the Toledo Rep and our cast of "A Christmas Carol", participated in The Toledo Blade's 31st Annual Holiday Parade!

(Photo Credit: Various Cast Members)

Adult Improv at The Rep
Student Showcase

  On November 19th, the amazing students from our Beginners and Advanced Adult Improv Classes showcased what they had been up to for the past six weeks as they performed on our 10th Street Stage!

To keep up to date on all of our exciting Adult Rep Ed Class and Workshop offerings visit www.toledorep.org

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)

Toys for Tots Drive
"A Christmas Carol" Toy Drive

Thank you to our patrons for supporting the United States Marine Corps in their annual Toys for Tots drive at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre! 

Because of the generosity of our patrons, we collected two full boxes worth of toys for all ages. With your help, the local Marines will be able to provide over 4500 children in Lucas County with a happier holiday!

(Photo Credit: Chris McAnall)

Young Rep Ed Workshop
"Stage Combat"
On December 8th, the amazing students from our Young Rep Ed Workshop "Stage Combat" (Ages 7-17 ) learned  the art of using their bodies to tell a story, and practice the skills of fight choreography in a safe and supportive environment.

To keep up to date on all of our exciting Young Rep Ed Class and Workshop offerings visit 

(Photo Credit: Chris McAnall)

Behind The Scenes
"A Christmas Carol"

Some fun behind the scenes photos from our "A Christmas Carol" cast!

(Photo Credit: Various Cast Members)

T.H.E. Modern Dance Company

Some fun photos from The Human Experience - Modern Dance Company's "Elevate" Fundraiser that graced our 10th Street Stage on November 17th!

(Photo Credit: 
Caroline Leigh photography
Rocky Horror Show
"Let's Do The Time Warp Again!"

These BEAUTIFUL Transylvania's were geared up to Time Warp at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre on November 9th and 10th!

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)

The Rep would like to thank:
- To the cast and crew of A Christmas Carol for working so tirelessly to make this 36-year Toledo holiday tradition a cherished experience for all who are involved with the production or see this wonderful, magical, Dickens' classic. We are grateful  for your continued support of the Toledo Rep.
- To the Andersons Fund and Toledo Community Foundation for their generous $12,500 matching grant for A Christmas Carol. Thank you  as well to the generous donors that helped us in securing this fund.
- To the Theatre League for your continual support of A Christmas Carol.
- To our generous patrons who donated toys during our "Toys for Tots" holiday toy drive.
- To Lilly Buck and Ben Bascuk for dedication to the Toledo Rep and for doing an outstanding job with our Instagram A Christmas Carol Takeover!

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.

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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Simply go to  smile.amazon.com and  select TOLEDO REPERTOIRE COMPANY to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages are eligible for donations.

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Register online at  krogercommunityrewards.comSelect Toledo Repertoire Theatre from the list of organizations.  Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

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