Young Rep Production
Ages 14-19
July 14-17

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.
Young Rep Production
Ages 7-13
August 4-7


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
(abridged) [revised]
July 8, 7-9:30pm
10th St. Stage
July 9, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage
July 10, 2-4pm

110 Stories
July 16, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage
July 17,  1-4pm
Brown Building

Out of Sight... Out of Murder
Sept. 26, 6-8pm
Brown Building
Sept. 27, 6-8pm
Brown Building

Classes & Workshops:

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Theatre
Ages 7-16
July 18-July 22
10th St. Stage

Build Your Own Broadway
Ages 7-16
July 25-July 29
10th St. Stage

Improv for Kids
Holy Toledo LaughFest
Ages 7-11
Oct. 15, 12:30-3:30pm
10th St. Stage

Improv for Kids
Holy Toledo LaughFest
Ages 12-17
Oct. 22, 12:30-3:30pm
10th St. Stage

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Toledo Performing Arts!
Volume 38, Issue 21 / July  2016
Letter from the Artistic Director...

I feel very fortunate to have joined The Rep family earlier this year, because we have been riding a wave of resounding successes lately (though I am quick to admit that I had almost nothing to do with it), from Calendar Girls to  One Slight Hitch to And Then There Were None to our big June musical, A Chorus Line. With the closing of that show on June 19th, the curtain came down on our Mainstage season. Time for (most of) the adults to take a break, refresh, and carbo-load for the fall.

Enter the younger generation. The high-octane teen musical FAME hits the stage on July 14th; and on August 4th , the even younger thespians will transport you back to the Russian village of Anatevka with Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.

Our first summer camp - "Theatre Through the Ages" - just finished, and we have two more coming up, with some space available. "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre" runs from July 18th to the 22nd, and "Build Your Own Broadway" starts on July 25th and runs to the 29th. Call or visit our website for more information.

Have you purchased your season tickets yet?

See you at the Theatre,

Dave De


Director: Victoria Monhollen
Choreographer: Dom Glover
Music Director: Tricia Kushen 

Book by José Fernandez 
Music by Steve Margoshes 
Lyrics by Jacques Levy 
Conceived and Developed by David De Silva

Young Rep Production, Ages 14-19

July 14, 15 & 16 at 7:00pm
June 17 at 2:30pm

FAME follows the final class of New York City's celebrated High School for the Performing Arts from their admission in 1980 to their graduation in 1984. All of the struggles, fears, and triumphs - from prejudice to substance abuse - are depicted with razor-sharp focus as the young artists navigate the worlds of music, drama, and dance. This high-octane musical features the Academy Award-winning title song and a host of other catchy pop numbers.

*** Show contains adult language and content. Parental discretion advised ***

FAME is produced by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International

FAME is sponsored by:

In partnership with:
Lucas County Sheriff's Office Drug Abuse Response Team (D.A.R.T.)

Photo Credit: Todd Grinonneau


The Toledo Repertoire Theatre  is teaming up with (D.A.R.T.) 
The Lucas County Sheriff's Office Drug Abuse Response Team 
for our upcoming Young Rep Production of FAME.

FAME explores issues such as prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, sexuality, drug abuse and perseverance, many themes that still face our youth today. With heroine being a huge epidemic in Toledo, we are partnering with D.A.R.T. in order to better educate and serve our community.
The Toledo Rep will be accepting donations during the entire run of FAME for D.A.R.T. By collecting these funds, we hope to raise awareness about the dangers associated with heroin and other drug usage and to help further D.A.R.T.'s efforts in providing assistance to those struggling with addiction in our community.


For more information about our community outreach initiative or to
donate to D.A.R.T., please call (419) 243-9277 or email outreach@toledorep.org

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
(abridged) [revised]

Directed by Macaela Whitaker
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

July 8, 7-9:30pm
10th St. Stage

July 9, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage

Callbacks If Needed:
July 10, 2-4
Brown Building

Wanted - 3 actors, 18-100 (any race, gender and body type) who are familiar with Shakespeare's work - this can range from "I sleep with Shakespeare's plays under my pillow" to "Who's this Shakespeare guy?" 

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script as well as selections from a few of Shakespeare's plays (such as Romeo & Juliet, Titus Andronicus, Macbeth, Hamlet, & Othello). If you would like to brush up on your Shakespeare visit the Folger Shakespeare Library at  www.folger.edu/shakespeares-works . There will also be improvisation exercises.

Bring a headshot and resume if possible.
Please wear comfortable shoes for movement. If you want to audition and cannot make it Friday or Saturday, please contact The Rep office at (419) 243-9277 (ext. 4) to schedule an audition time on Sunday.

Featuring all 37 plays, including sonnets, in 97 minutes! This updated 21st-century production is an irreverent, witty, fast-paced romp through the Bard's entire canon. If you like Shakespeare, you will love this show! If you hate Shakespeare, you will love this show!

Show dates:
Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 & 9


110 Stories

Directed by Angie Patchett
By Sarah Tuft

July 16, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage

July 17, 1-4pm
Brown Building

July 19, 7pm
Brown Building
(if needed)

2 men age 20's-30's
3 men age 30's-40's
3 men age 40'-50's (ideally need 1 each: Africa American, Latino, any other ethnicity)
1 female age 20's-30's
1 female age 30's-40's
2 females age 40's-50's (ideally at least one needs to be African American)

Looking for all ethnicities to play multiple roles. Must be able to play distinguishably different characters. Come prepared to read from the script. Script is available at  https://www.playscripts.com/sample/2487

A Special Event to commemorate the 15-year Anniversary of 9/11, 110 Stories shares the first person testimonials no one saw on the news. This is a powerful and humanizing account of New York City's darkest day, capturing the grief and resilience through the eyes of those who experienced it directly.

Show dates:
Sept. 9, 10 & 11



We would like to take this time to welcome our four new Board Members to The Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

Greg Kissner: Greg currently works as a Creative Producer for NBC 24 in Toledo, Ohio. He has years of experience working with performers and talent, on both stage and screen, locally as well as in and around New York City. He has trained and taught improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York City. Greg will be directing our upcoming fall production,  Out of Sight... Out of Murder .

Chris Monaghan: Chris is an officer of the Sheet Metal Workers' Local 33 and the AFL-CIO. He serves as Business Representative for the Local 33 and is the founder and current President of the non-profit, Northwest Ohio Labor Fest Inc.

Cindy Ursell: Cindy presently serves as a Board Member and Vice President for the Women's Entrepreneurial Network. She is the owner of the local business, Sociably Cindy.

Macaela Carder Whitaker: Macaela currently sits on the arts faculty at the University of Phoenix and received her doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University's theatre program. Macaela has served as an acting instructor for The Rep and will be directing our upcoming fall production, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridge) [revised].

Held At The Toledo Rep
Cost: $125

"Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Theatre"
July 18-July 22

(NO Showcase)

With just a little over a week to go before our second summer camp for Young Rep Ed, we wanted to give people a better idea of all the incredible subjects we're jamming into this 1-week camp! Listed below are the themes to be covered, as well as bios for all of the instructors involved with this camp. There are still some camp spots available, so don't miss out on this great opportunity! Scroll down for registration link.

Topics To Be Covered
(instructor name in parentheses)

Character Study: "What's My Motivation?"
Students will learn the keys to understanding character development in acting.

This session will focus on the 3 essential ways to costume a show and allow the students to engage in some simple hands on costuming techniques.

Here students will learn about the director's job in the theatre - from auditions to closing night.

Jobs in the Theatre
There's more to theatre than just acting!
Students will get an overview of all the jobs in the theatre.
(Kelly & Macaela)

This session will introduce the students to the fundamentals of theatrical makeup, covering design, materials and tools, and application.

Performing A Song
In this session, students will be taught audition techniques, undergo a "mock audition", and become acquainted with performance expectations in musical theatre. Students will develop skills that deepen their musical abilities, taking them from merely "singing a song" to "telling the story".

Empowering the voice, physicalizing the act, we'll get it on the page, on its feet, and into the mouths of the actors. Bring your wacky ideas to life. Setting, Character, Conflict, Style, Action. Plant some ideas here, and bring them to life later.

Prop Building
Students will get hands on experience creating props for a mainstage show at The Rep.

In this class, students will learn proper technique, posture, and projection to improve their vocal range and overall vocal capacity. They will be introduced to a variety of styles, techniques, and methods to further their knowledge and ability as singers and performers.

Stage Combat
Students will learn some basic stage falls and learn safe ways to sell a stage fight.

Stage Managing
In this class, students will learn the steps to being a successful stage manager and come to a greater appreciation of the work involved in this behind-the-scenes role. Students will have the chance to communicate scene changes and queues over headsets.

Technical Theatre Basics
From set design and construction to lighting and sound components, this session will cover over the basics of what goes into putting a production together. Students will also have an opportunity to learn and operate some of the functions on light and sound boards.

Theatre Basics: "Exit stage right."
Students will be introduced to theatre layouts, stage directions, and the show process.

Theatre Games
In this session, students will be introduced to the wonderful world of improv. They will learn and develop the ability to think on their feet, communicate effectively with fellow actors, and learn how to further engage the world of a play or scenario. These games will develop skills of quick thinking, imagination, and collaboration.

Scene Study
We'll read and rehearse a handful of scenes using a few different techniques: Objectives, Subtext, Offers, Improvisation. Students will learn both by doing and by observing, and hopefully take away some methods that work well for them.

Voice For Actors
In this session, students will learn and develop skill-sets for dialects, accents, and character voices. Students will also learn proper vocal technique for projection, warm-up activities, as well as the care and keeping of their vocal instrument.
Further details about our instructors:

Primary Instructor Bios:

Kelly Fandrey (Acting & Singing):  Kelly is a theatre graduate of Siena Heights University with experience and training in acting and vocal performance. Kelly has taught music and singing previously at The Rep and looks forward to her involvement with the camps this summer. Kelly will also be attending the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City This fall.

Macaela Carder Whitaker "Dr. Mac" (Acting, Directing, Props):  Macaela currently sits on the arts faculty at the University of Phoenix and received her doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University's theatre program. Macaela has been an acting instructor for The Rep in the past and will also be directing our upcoming fall production, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised).

Guest Instructor Bios:

Dave DeChristopher (Acting & Playwriting):  Dave teaches the International Baccalaureate in Theatre and Creative Writing at Notre Dame Academy. His recently produced plays include Juno Agonistes (Fusion Theatre, Albuquerque), Among My Souvenirs (Theatre for the New City, New York), and In (Ringwald Theatre, Detroit). He is also the Artistic Director of The Rep.

Morgan McConnell (Dance):  Morgan graduated with a focus in dance from the Toledo School for the Arts. She has been dancing for 16 years and has experience in ballet, tap, jazz, modern/lyrical and hip-hop. Morgan also currently teaches at Mini Motions Dance Center in Toledo, Ohio. 

Mark McGovern (Makeup):  Mark's practice in theatre began when he was ten years old and continued through college. He has been associated with The Rep since 2009, regularly doing makeup for shows.

Angie Patchett (Costuming):  Angie teaches costuming and theatre at the Toledo School for the Arts, serves as the director of the Children's Theatre Workshop in Pemberville, Ohio, and works in many shows throughout the Toledo area in costuming, directing, and acting.

Grant Perry (Stage Managing):  Grant has been involved in theatre in the area for a number of years, either on stage or behind the scenes. He has stage managed local productions of Les Miserables, The Little Mermaid, Urinetown and Tales from the Arabian Mice. He has also recently assistant stage managed for The Rep's annual holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, at the Valentine Theatre.

Rose Perry (Technical Theatre: Set, Lighting, Sound):  Rose has been the Technical Director for the Toledo Rep for just over a year, but has been involved with our productions since 2014.

Look at the fun our Young Rep Ed Program had in June!

"Theatre Through The Ages" Young Rep Showcase!

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Young Rep Ed Summer Camp - Commedia dell'arte

Young Rep Ed Summer Camp - Commedia dell'arte

Young Rep Ed Summer Camp - Greek Tragedy and Shakespeare

Young Rep Ed Summer Camp - Greek Tragedy and Shakespeare

Young Rep Ed Summer Camp - Something Rotten

Young Rep Ed Summer Camp - Something Rotten "A Musical"

"Improv for Kids' Workshop
Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer its first ever 'Improv for Kids' Workshop!

In this family-friendly workshop, student's will study the fundamentals of improv comedy through games and exercises that help to develop strong ensemble and character work. This class will develop the student's stage presence, self-confidence, communication skills and respect for other performers and their creativity. The class culminates with a brief demonstration performance.

Ages 7-11 
(Oct. 15 from 12:30-3:30pm)

Ages 12-17 
(Oct. 22 from 12:30-3:30pm)

Workshops held at The Toledo Rep.  Registration $15.00

Further details about our Improv Program Director:

Nick Morgan trained in improv at The Second City Theater in Chicago, IL and iO (formerly Improv Olympic). He graduated the Conservatory program at The Second City, whose notable alumni include Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. Nick performed improv at The Playground Theater, with longtime house team 'Wing Night' and wrote and performed his original show 'Karl Lighter's Hour of Power' at The Second City's Skybox Theater. Nick is a former Board member here at The Rep and is fortunate enough to have performed in two productions on the 10th St. Stage.

Have questions about our Improv for Kids Workshop?Email: education@toledorep.org

"Local playwright wins national contest"

Check out Dave DeChristopher's article in last week's Toledo City Paper!

Our Artistic Director Dave DeChristopher's play June Agonistes received the honor of being chosen for performance at the FUSION Theater's prestigious 11th Annual Short Works Festival. The theme of this year's festival was Strange Bedfellows. The play received a full production in Albuquerque, NM on June 12 to a sold out audience.

"Children's theater camps offered in  Toledo"
Summer can be a rich learning experience

A Chorus Line Interview Channel 11

Check out our Artistic Director Dave DeChristopher, Dom Glover (Mike) and Neil Powell (Bobby) being interviewed on Channel 11 about A CHORUS LINE!

A Chorus Line Performed at The Wernert Center

On June 8, our wonderful cast of  A Chorus Line  performed and gave a brief talkback for the members of The Wernert Center in Downtown Toledo.

The mission of The Thomas M. Wernert Center is to improve the quality of life for persons living with mental illness through peer-driven and focused programs which address recovery through education, peer support and advocacy.

Click On The Images To Watch Videos

Nothing - The Toledo Rep
"Nothing" - The Toledo Rep A Chorus Line

What I Did For Love - The Toledo Rep
"What I Did For Love" - The Toledo Rep  A Chorus Line

One - The Toledo Rep
"One" - The Toledo Rep  A Chorus Line

Last year The Toledo Repertoire Theatre joined over 15,000 people in Downtown Toledo to celebrate diversity, acceptance and unity during Toledo PRIDE and we had so much fun, we are doing it again!

On Saturday, August 27  in  Levis Square, located at Madison Ave and N St. Clair Street, The Rep will be participating in the Toledo Pride Parade and Festival.

Would you like to REPresent The Rep during this year's Toledo Pride and join 15,000 of your closest friends, food & merchandise vendors, community organizations and more for an amazing day of live entertainment?!

We are looking for outgoing individuals who love The Rep and who want to show their support for the LGBT Community. If you are interested in...
-Helping us organize our participation in the event
- Design and decorate our float
- Walk with us in the parade
- Man The Rep's booth during the festival
- Or anything else you would want to contribute!

Please email us at marketing@toledorep.org

2016-2017 Season Subscriptions

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield
September 30-October 9, 2016
Featuring all 37 plays, including sonnets, in 97 minutes! This updated 21st-century
production is an irreverent, witty, fast-paced romp through the Bard's entire canon. If you like Shakespeare, you will love this show! If you hate Shakespeare, you will love this show!
Out of Sight... Out of Murder
by Fred Carmichael
November 11-20, 2016
Encounter the mysterious evening of an author who is grinding out a murder story in an old mansion when an electrical storm creates a cosmic snafu and his characters come to life! There is a series of murders with Peter, the author, as the intended victim and the culprit among his characters. Can Peter find the killer before the killer gets him? All is solved ingeniously with romance, suspense and wit.
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, revised by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese.
December 2-4, 2016
at the Valentine Theatre
A 30-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!
It's Only a Play
by Terrence McNally
January 13-22, 2017
A celebration of theatre at its best! Written by four-time Tony winner Terrence McNally, last seen on Broadway in 2015, It's Only a Play details the opening night anxiety of a new Broadway play. With the playwright's career hanging in the balance, a group of insiders have staked themselves out to await the reviews. This hilarious play proves that sometimes the biggest laughs happen offstage!
Of Mice And Men
by John Steinbeck
March 31- April 9, 2017
A renowned classic recently seen on Broadway in 2014,  Of Mice And Men 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.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart 
music by Stephen Sondheim
June 2-18, 2017
Broadway's greatest farce! This classic takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000-year-old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of traditional vaudeville.  Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest with... "something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"

*** Show times for all Mainstage shows: Thursday - Saturday at 8:00pm, Sundays at 2:30pm ***
Special Event

110 Stories
by Sarah Tuft
September 9-10, 2016 at 8:00 and September 11, 2016 at 2:30 and 7 pm
Special Event to commemorate the 15-year Anniversary of 9/11,  110 Stories shares the first-person testimonials no one saw on the news. This is a powerful and humanizing account of New York City's darkest day, capturing the grief and resilience through the eyes of those who experienced it directly.
* A portion of the proceeds from this production will go to a 9/11 charity *
Young Rep

Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit
by Jonathan Rand
Young Rep play (ages 7-13)
April 28-30, 2017
This hilarious one-act play parodies the long-running television series  Law and Order. In the fairy tale criminal justice system, the characters from fairy tales and nursery rhymes are represented by two separate yet equally ridiculous groups: the fairy tale police who investigate fairy tale crime and the fairy tale district attorneys who prosecute the fairy tale offenders. These are their stories.

Book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc
Shaiman, Music by Marc Shaiman, Based on the 1988 film by John Waters
Young Rep musical (ages 14-19)
July 13-16, 2017
Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, tells the story of a quirky, energetic, teenage Tracy Turnblad, who has one dream - to dance on "The Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network.
A Year With Frog and Toad
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale, Music by Robert Reale, Based on the books of Arnold Lobel
Young Rep musical (ages 7-13)
August 3-6, 2017
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.

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Season and Show Sponsorship

In operation since 1933, The Rep is a cornerstone of Toledo's artistic tradition. We rely on the generous support from individuals and organizations to help keep live theatre thriving here in the Toledo area.

Please consider becoming a partner with the Toledo Rep and help us provide year-long theatrical programming and outstanding educational classes for people of all ages!  Your tax-deductible donation will help us continue our tradition of great live theatre for many years to come. 

 If you would like to support The Rep, please select one of the sponsorship packages below. The Season Sponsorship Level allows donors to give directly to the theatre, while the Show Sponsorship Level allows you to support the show or shows or your choice.


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The Rep would like to thank:

- Bomar Glass and Mirror for their contribution to our upcoming production of  FAME.

- Ye Olde Durty Bird for sponsoring our upcoming production of  FAME.

- Warren Eckles and Ann Murray from American Health Group, Inc. for the donation of two scanners.

- Our Season Patrons and Sponsors for their continued support. Thank you for making our 83rd Season such a success!

- Our wonderful cast and crew of A Chorus Line for completing an amazing run of almost all sold out shows!

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.

As a thank you for taking our survey, one lucky patron will win a Gold Package season subscription! The Gold Package includes all five Mainstage productions, excluding A Christmas Carol.

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is looking
for an individual to fulfill the voluntary position of Treasurer to oversee the management and reporting of our organization's finances to our Board of Trustees.

Primary duties included:
  • Bank account maintenance
  • Financial transaction oversight and management
  • Budget creation and management
  • Upholding and maintaining financial policies
  • Keeping the board and staff regularly informed of key financial updates, including providing monthly financial and budget reports.
  • Serving as Chair of the Finance Committee
Qualified Treasurer must have preferred knowledge of QuickBooks and monthly financial statements including P&L, balance sheets and cash flow; financial literacy; attention to detail;  punctuality in completing tasks on time; neat and accurate record keeping and a willingness to ask questions.

All qualified and  interested candidates  please email:

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
  • Building Committee

To get started, please complete and submit the form below:


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!
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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 volunteer or donate an item from this list, please contact Kathy McGovern

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