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:
Love Is In The Air
- A Toledo Rep Fundraiser -
February 8
10th St. Stage

February 9
10th St. Stage
T.H.E. Dance Event
- Partnership -
T.H.E. Modern Dance Co.
April 27
10th St. Stage
A Flea In Her Ear
Adult Improv Classes:

Beginners Improv
(Ages 18+)
February 10 - March 17
Brown Building

Advanced Improv
(Ages 18+)
February 10 - March 17
Brown Building

Long Form Improv
(Ages 18+)
February 14 - March 21
Brown Building
Young Rep Ed
Classes & Workshops:

Building an Audition Portfolio
- Workshop -
(Ages 7-17)
February 16 - March 9
10th St. Stage

Audition Bootcamp: Dancing
- Workshop -
(Ages 7-17)
March 23
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 5 / January  2019
Letter from the President
Dear Friend of The Rep,

Happy New Year!

We had a wonderful time with you in 2018 and we look forward to sharing a fantastic 2019 with you as well!

Things won't be slowing down anytime soon here at the Toledo Rep!  We open the new year with an American classic, Bus Stop , written by the "playwright of the Midwest", William Inge. With a stellar cast and a stunning set, you don't want to miss this production.

Following Bus Stop, we are excited to present another Toledo Rep cabaret fundraiser, "Love Is In The Air", at our 10th Street Stage on February 8th and 9th (yes, 2 nights!). Come out for a magical evening of food, cocktails, silent auctions, raffle prizes, a cabaret performance with songs full of love and heart.

Then in March, another critically acclaimed work will be coming to our stage: August Wilson's Fences, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards.

In between all of our shows, our Rep Ed program remains busier than ever! Our Young Rep Ed winter session, "Rep Rocks!", began last Saturday and we have two Audition Workshops for children and teens happening in February and March. Registration is still open for our winter session of Adult Improv, which starts in February, but space is limited, so don't wait too long to enroll. New acting classes will also be starting up in the coming months-stay tuned for more details!

If you are one of the many supporters who have already made a contribution to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre this season, we thank you! If not, we hope you will consider supporting us in the New Year, to help us continue to offer productions, classes, workshops, programming, and special events for all ages that are relevant, stimulating, and diverse.

But beyond attending shows, taking classes, and giving, the New Year is also a great time to get involved as a volunteer. So much of what goes on here at The Rep is dependent upon our hard working volunteers. If you've ever considered doing something more with us, we would love to have you! Of course, the size of your commitment is entirely up to you. If you would like to learn about the various opportunities, visit our volunteer tab at toledorep.org.

Thank you as always for being a part of our Toledp Rep family!

Christopher A. McAnall
President, Board of Trustees

"Love Is In The Air"
A Fundraiser to Support the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!

"Love Is In The Air" at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre February 8th and 9th with a fundraiser full of the best love songs from both stage and screen! Treat your loved one to a wonderfully fun and affectionate evening to support the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, "Toledo's Community Theatre Since 1933"!

The evening includes a magical night of food, cocktails, silent auctions, raffle prizes, a cabaret performance with songs full of love and heart, and one lucky guest will walk away with a Season Subscription to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's upcoming 87th Season! So bring your loved ones and celebrate Valentine's Day early with the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!

The cabaret features performances by some of the best talent the area has to offer including special performances from our Young Rep teens Tristen Daniels and Jadin Bader, and our adult cast of Craig Cousino, Eric Hillenbrand, Dom Glover, Victoria Monhollen, Colleen Geftos, Kristin Kukic, Matt Richardson, and 13abc's very own Tony Geftos!

Tickets may also be purchased by calling (419) 243-9277 or at the door.

Questions or concerns call (419) 243-9277


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

A Flea In Her Ear
By Georges Feydeau, adapted by David Ives
Performance Dates: April 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, & 14 2019



VICTOR CHANDEBISE - Managing Director of the Paris Life Insurance Company.
POCHE - A bellboy at the Frisky Puss Hotel.
RAYMONDE CHANDEBISE - The wife of Victor Emmanuel.
CAMILLE CHANDEBISE - The young nephew of Victor Emmanuel.
LUCIENNE HOMENIDES DE HISTANGUA - The wife of Carlos, she is the oldest and dearest friend of Raymonde Chandebise.
DON CARLOS HOMENIDES DE HISTANGUA - The husband of Lucienne and a potential client of the Paris Life Insurance Company.
DR. FINACHE - The chief medical examiner of the Paris Life Insurance Company. He is an old friend of the Chandebise family and Victor Emmanuel's closest confidant. 
ROMAJN TOURNEL - An employee of the Paris Life Insurance Company. He has worked for Victor Emmanuel for some time.
ANTOINETTE - The  cook in the Chandebise household and wife of Etienne.
ETIENNE - The Chandebise valet and the husband of Antoinette.
FERRAILLON -  The owner and manager of the Frisky Puss Hotel.
OLYMPIA - The devoted and loving wife of Ferraillon.
EUGENIE -  The young chambermaid at the Frisky Puss Hotel.
BAPTISTE - An old employee at the Frisky Puss Hotel.
RUGBY - An English guest at the Frisky Puss Hotel.

The greatest of French farces, perhaps the greatest farce ever written. Raymonde Chandebise suspects that her husband, Victor, a placid and successful insurance executive, is secretly having an affair. To find out, she and her friend Lucienne write him an anonymous love letter suggesting a rendezvous at the shady Frisky Puss Hotel. Thinking the letter was intended for his coworker, the gigolo Tournel, Victor sends Tournel off to make the rendezvous in his place. And after that...Ives' adaptation maintains the original's dazzling plot while communicating Feydeau's playful use of language to an American audience.

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

"Building an Audition Portfolio"
(Ages 7-17)
4-Week Workshop

February 16 - March 9
1:00 - 4:00pm
at The Rep

Picking the right song, the right monologue, learning how to nail a dance audition (especially if you're not a dancer), tips on cold readings, resumes, proper attire; all this and more in an informative workshop designed to help you get the part.

Headshot sessions will be offered for an additional cost.

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 February 10th and 14th and running through March 17th and 21st!

Improv at The Rep

    February 10 - March 17
    ( Sundays, 1:00-3:30 pm)

    February 10 - March 17
    ( Sundays, 3:30-6:00 pm)
    February 14 - March 21
    ( 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 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
Toledo Area Parent's

It's that time of year again and nominations for Toledo Area Parent's 2018 "Family Favorites" has begun!

Now through February 28th, nominate your favorite businesses in at least 10 categories on the online ballot to determine the 2018 Toledo Parent "Family Favorites"!

Nominate the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!
1) Enrichment Activities - Acting and Theatre Classes
2) Get Active - Summer Day Camp


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!


"Bus Stop" arriving at the Toledo Rep

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre will present William Inge's 1955 classic Bus Stop in seven performances beginning Friday.

The setting is a diner in the middle of nowhere, Kansas, on a desolate winter night. Five passengers had been traveling by bus from Kansas City when a fierce snowstorm has forced them to make the diner their last stop for the night.

Sonia Perez, director of the Toledo Rep's production of Bus Stop, said she is drawn to stories that are character-driven, shows that deal with an ensemble cast. "I like exploring relationships between characters as opposed to spectacles."

Bus Stop's script offers a twist of comedy and drama, something that Inge does as a playwright, Perez said. "He mixes it up and splices drama with comedy. I would say there are amusing sections, and would definitely say this is a story about people and their relationships."  There is a strong sense of realism to this play, she added, so the characters are very relatable; one could say, "I know someone like that."

"We are hopefully looking to take [audiences] on a journey through the lives of characters in this wonderful setting of the 1950s Midwest," Perez said.

Perrysburg Messenger Journal
Two Perrysburg residents have parts in "Bus Stop"

Fred LeFebvre & The Morning News
1370 WSPD

"Bus Stop" director, Sonia Perez on the Fred LeFebvre & The Morning News talking about our upcoming production of William Inge's American classic "Bus Stop".

"Love Is In The Air"
Toledo Rep Fundraiser Rehearsal

Get your tickets now for the Toledo Rep's "Love Is In The Air" Fundraiser on February 8th and 9th! All proceeds benefit the Toledo Rep, "Toledo's Community Theatre Since 1933"!

Thank you to Tony Geftos for the wonderful "behind the scenes" shots!

(Photo Credit: Tony Geftos)
Scenes of Wonder
The Toledo Zoo Lights Before Christmas

Did you see our very own Tiny Tim, Abby Karakas, and her family on the w all of the  CafĂ©  during the
"Scenes of Wonder" video at the Toledo Zoo's Lights Before Christmas?!

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)

The Rep would like to thank:
- Our generous supporters who thought of the arts during the holidays and made a financial contribution to The Rep.
- Our large donor, Season Sponsors: The Andersons, Ohio Arts Council, Sylvania Graphics Inc., The Toledo Rotary Foundation, Theater League, the Robert A. Stranahan, Jr. Charitable Advised Fund, Community Shares Northwest Ohio, and the Dana Foundation.
- Our Season Partners: Lamar Advertising, The Blade, Toledo City Paper, Haunted Toledo, Bartz Viviano, Channel 13, Channel 11, Fred Lefebvre and WSPD, Steve Lark, Mark Koester, and James Norton.
- Our dedicated Board of Trustees, Staff, and subcontractors for their continued support of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.
- Our volunteers, families, parents, and "mom squads", for your willingness to always pitch in to lend a helping hand. Thank you for your continued support and assistance.
- The cast, crew, and Director of our upcoming "Love Is In The Air" Fundraiser for working so hard to put together a beautiful cabaret to support the Toledo Repertoire 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.

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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