(Ages 14-19)
July 13-16

A Year With Frog and Toad
(Ages 7-13)
August 3-6

Bonnie & Clyde
September 8-24

It Came From Mars
October 13-29


It Came From Mars
July 22, 1:00 pm
10th St. Stage
July 23, 1:00 pm
10th St. Stage
July 24, 7:00 pm
Brown Building

Human Error
Sept. 23 , 1:00-3:00 pm
10th St. Stage
Sept. 25, 6:00-8:00 pm
10th St. Stage
Sept. 26, 6:00-9:00 pm
10th St. Stage


Broadway: Best of the 70s
(Ages 7-16)
Sept. 16 - Nov. 4, 2017
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

(Ages 7-16)
Jan. 6 - Feb. 24, 2018
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Audition Bootcamp:
Cold Reading
(Ages 7-16)
March 3, 2018
Saturday  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Audition Bootcamp:
(Ages 7-16)
March 10, 2018
Saturday  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Playmaking 101
(Ages 7-16)
March 17 - May 12, 2018
Saturdays  9:00 am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Summer Camps:

Enchanted Theatre
(Ages 7-16)
July 17-21
Monday - Friday
9:00 am-3:00 pm
10th St. Stage

Broadway Apocalypse
(Ages 7-16)
July 24-28
Monday - Friday
9:00 am-3:00 pm
10th St. Stage

Rep Ed Showcases:

Enchanted Theatre
July 21
3:15 pm
10th St. Stage

Broadway Apocalypse
July 28
3:15 pm
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.
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Toledo Performing Arts!
Volume 40, Issue 11 / July  2017
Letter from the President

Dear Friends of the Rep,

My name is Chris McAnall and I've been enjoying the magic of live theatre at the Rep since I was a child. Starting in the fall of 2015 however, I began volunteering my time here to give back to the place that has entertained me so much over the years, serving on the board of trustees and the education committee. I'm now privileged and honored to have the opportunity to serve you as the president of the board.

I'm also happy to announce some more recent recognition that we've received, including the 2017 Best of Toledo Award in the "Performing Arts Theater" category from the Toledo Award Program and Runner-Up for the Family Favorites Awards in the "Best Kids Theatre Classes" category from the Toledo Area Parent. For those who voted for the Rep, thank you for your support!

Things are as busy as ever right now, with our energetic teen production of the Tony Award-winning hit,  Hairspray, opening this weekend,  July 13-16. This cast is extremely talented and you won't want to miss this musical - opening night is already sold out!

From  August 3-6, our younger actors will be presenting the charming and whimsical musical,  A Year with Frog and Toad, based upon the famous children's books by Arnold Label. It's truly a show that all ages will enjoy.

In between musicals, we have two week long theatre camps coming up for kids, ages 7-16. Our "Enchanted Theatre" camp runs  July 17-21, while our "Broadway Apocalypse" camp is  July 24-28. If these themes interest you, just note that spaces are filling up fast for both. Additional information and registration are available on our website at  www.toledorep.org.

Last but not least, we'll soon be going into our 85th Season with the thrilling musical,  Bonnie & Clyde. As president, I'll be doing all I can to assist our artistic director, staff, and countless production crew and volunteers in making this season truly worthy of its milestone anniversary. In addition to your hopeful attendance in the audience, if you'd like to contribute in any way, whether joining a production, volunteering, making a financial contribution, or even simply with some words of advice, we always welcome your support.

I look forward to serving you.
Christopher A. McAnall

Toledo Area Parent
2016 Family Favorites - Runner-Up
"Best Kids Theatre Classes"


Young Rep musical (ages 14-19)
Book by Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan, Lyrics by Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman,
Music by Marc Shaiman
Based on the New Line Cinema film written and directed by John Waters
Directed by Vicki Monhollen

July 13, 14 & 15 at  7:00 pm
July 15 & 16 at 2:30pm

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.

Hairspray  is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

(Photo Credit: Amanda Aylwin Photography)

It Came From Mars

By  Joseph Zettelmaier

July 22, 1:00 pm
10th Street Stage

July 23, 1:00 pm
10th Street Stage

July 24, 7:00 pm
Brown Building

Quentin Farlowe- 40's-50's, director/writer
Maude Myrtles- 30's-40's, secretary
Werner Kreilig- 20's, sound technician
George Loomis- 40's, actor, former soldier
Dolores Breckinridge- 20's, actress
Julia Crane- 40's, actress

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

"Farlowe's Mystery Theatre Hour" is in rehearsal for its weekly radio show when an alarming announcement comes over the radio: Martians have landed! The actors fly into hysterics, barricading themselves in the studio, not expecting to live to see the next day. Passions ignite, secret identities are revealed, and slapstick mayhem ensues when a washed up director, his drama queen ex, a wannabe war hero, a ditzy actress, and a German sound effects wiz all think they are about to be annihilated by men from Mars. Winner of the 2009 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award.

Show dates:
October 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2017

For more information, please contact us at  (419) 243-9277
or email us at education@toledorep.org



A Year With Frog and Toad
Young Rep musical (ages 7-13)
Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale, Music by Robert Reale, 
Based on the books of Arnold Lobel
Directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring

August 3, 4 & 5 at 7:00 pm
August 6 at 2:30 pm

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.

A Year With Frog and Toad is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)

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

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Tony Geftos #ToledoME Commercial
Rep to host 3 summer youth camps

"In Toledo Repertoire Theatre's new series of Young Rep summer theater camps, children and teens can be onstage learning about dancing, singing, and acting, and have fun while they're doing it.  Each of the three weeklong camps, for ages 7 to 16, will meet Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rep, 16 10th St., and close with a showcase starring the young performers".

Talented teens taking over The Rep next week

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre  gives a little
taste  of 'Hairspray'

"Hairspray" Cast To Compete At OCTAFest Jr.!

On August 5 at Owens Community College, the Toledo Young Rep will be competing in OCTAFest Jr.!

OCTA is a statewide service organization that promotes excellence and creativity in live theatre by providing its members educational opportunities for growth in artistic and technical aspects of theatre, and to promote community awareness and understanding of, and access to, live theatre alone or in conjunction with other arts organizations, educational institutions and other theatre organizations. OCTAFest Jr. is a statewide excerpt festival and competition for children ages 18 and younger. 

Please consider attending to support our Young Rep teens. Tickets are $10 on the day of the event.
A Congrats From NBC!

    Young Rep Ed Summer Camp
"Hip-Hop Broadway"

   "I'm a Rep Theatre Kid"

"He's the Wizard"

"Rapper's Delight"

"It's a Hard Knock Life"

    Behind the Scenes Fun At Channel 11
(Photo Credit: Kyle Omlor)

The Rep would like to thank:
- USW Local 912 and Ye Olde Durty Bird for sponsoring our Young Rep production of "Hairspray".

Bonnie & Clyde
by Ivan Menchell, Frank Wildhorn, & Don Black
September 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2017

America's most notorious lovers and bank robbers take the country by storm in this sexy and 
compelling adventure. A thrilling musical chronicling the lives of the infamous Depression-era 
outlaws, their forbidden story told with a score combining blues, gospel and rockabilly music. Nominated for two Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards and five Drama Desk Awards, including Best New Musical, this Northwest Ohio stage premiere is a must-see.

It Came From Mars
by Joe Zettelmaier
October 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 & 29, 2017

"Farlowe's Mystery Theatre Hour" is in rehearsal for its weekly radio show when an alarming announcement comes over the radio: Martians have landed! The actors fly into hysterics, barricading themselves in the studio, not expecting to live to see the next day. Passions ignite, secret identities are revealed, and slapstick mayhem ensues when a washedup director, his drama queen ex, a wannabe war hero, a ditzy actress, and a German sound effects wiz all think they are about to be annihilated by men from Mars. Winner of the 2009 Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award.

Human Error
by Eric Pfeffinger
(Special Event)
November 17, 18 (two shows) & 19, 2017

A world premiere production by local playwright Eric Pfeffinger. This contemporary comedy-set right here in Toledo, Ohio-is full of warmth, heart, and outrageous humor. Through a medical mix-up, two couples (one red state-ish, the other blue) meet and have a kind of cultural exchange, reminding themselves, and the audience, that while much divides us, there is a large territory of common ground. Winner of the 2016 Ohio Arts Council Award for Individual Excellence.

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens, revised by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese
December 1, 2 & 3, 2017

A Toledo Rep tradition for more than 30 years, 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!
by David Lindsay-Abaire
January 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 & 28. 2018

A biting new comedy from Pulitzer Prize-winning author David LindsayAbaire. The sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden.

Photograph 51
by Anna Ziegler
March 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24 & 25, 2018

A moving portrait of British scientist Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her fervid drive and often overlooked role in the discovery of DNA's double helix structure. This complex tale explores how a group of chemists and biologists raced to map the molecular structure of our genetic code, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. Winner of the 2016 WhatsOnStage Award, Photograph 51 is a fascinating play about science, ambition, isolation, the unique challenges of a woman operating in a field dominated by men, and the race for greatness.

Sweet Charity
by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, & Dorothy Fields
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2018

Have you ever known a girl who wanted something so badly that she tried too hard to get it? Meet Sweet Charity, who sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances. Her world is the all too real world of Times Square, and the people who pass through are as deceptively charming a group as ever swept across any stage. With a book by the king of comedy Neil Simon, this five-time Tony Award winner includes the iconic musical numbers "Big Spender", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", and "I'm a Brass Band".

Rainbow Series
(three staged readings of classic gay plays)

The Normal Heart
by Larry Kramer
April 6 & 7, 2018

Kramer's explosive autobiographical play chronicles the rise of the HIV/AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984 as seen through the eyes of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group, Gay Men's Health Crisis. Winner of three Tony Awards in 2011 and the basis of an Emmy Award-winning HBO film adaptation in 2014.

The Children's Hour
by Lillian Hellman
April 13 & 14, 2018

Hellman's trailblazing 1934 drama is set in an all-girls boarding school run by two best friends, Karen and Martha. When a vindictive student starts a rumor that the two women are lovers, local tongues wag and the truth becomes murkier. The accusation proceeds to destroy the women's careers, relationships and lives.

The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
by Paul Rudnick
April 20 & 21, 2018

Rudnick's audacious 1998 comedy tells the story of Adam and Steve, as well as Jane and Mabel (the first Lesbians), from the Old Testament to modern-day Manhattan. A no-holds-barred comedy that skewers both religious hypocrisy and political correctness.

Ticket sales only cover a portion of the costs to operate the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. In order to continue providing all that we do to the Toledo community, we rely upon the help of many generous sponsors every season.  Sponsors play a vital role in keeping our community theatre thriving. Without them, we could not survive. Presently, around 300 individuals, businesses and organizations sponsor or support the Rep financially in some capacity every season, donating anywhere from $25 to $10,000 or more. If you're not a sponsor yet, we hope you'll consider joining!

As a Rep sponsor, you'll be helping to share the arts with the entire
Toledo community. In gratitude for your support, we would like to give you a little something back in return. In the sections that follow, you'll find a breakdown of the various benefits of being a Toledo Rep sponsor.


For more information, please contact us at (419) 243-9277

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

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.


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"!

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!

Kroger Community Rewards Program!

By linking your Kroger shopping card to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, you can help us earn rewards from your purchases. This is a simple and easy way to give back every time you visit your local Kroger store!


Register online at  krogercommunityrewards.com  Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up. Note: If you don't have a Kroger Plus card, please visit the customer service desk at any Kroger.

Click on Sign In/Register. If you're a new online customer, click on SIGN UP TODAY in the 'New Customer?' box.

Sign up for a Kroger Rewards Account by entering your zip code, clicking on your favorite store, entering your email address, creating a password, and agreeing to the terms and conditions.  You will then get a message to check your email inbox and click on the link within the body of the email.

Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.  Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards Information and input your Kroger Plus card number.  Update or confirm your information.

Select Toledo Repertoire Theatre from the list of organizations and click on confirm.  To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization's name on the righthand side of your information page.

Do you use your phone number at the register? Call  800-576-4377, select option 3 to get your Kroger Plus card number.

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.

Your enrollment needs to be renewed each year. To check your enrollment, log in to your account at krogercommunityrewards.com and click on "Re-Enroll Now" at the bottom of the page.

   Thank you for supporting the Toledo Rep!
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