Sweet Charity
June 1-17

Heathers the Musical
High School Edition
[Young Rep Musical]
[Ages 14-19]
July 12, 13, 14 & 15

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
[ Young Rep Musical]
[Ages 7-13]
August 2, 3, 4 & 5


Fun Home
July 16, Time TBA 
10th St. Stage
July 17, Time TBA 
10th St. Stage

Adult Rep Ed Classes:

(Ages 18+)  
June 2-23
Saturdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
10th St. Stage

(Ages 18+)  
June 30-July 21
Saturdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
10th St. Stage

Young Rep Ed
Summer Camps:

From Big Screen to Broadway
(Ages 7-16)
June 25-29
Monday - Friday
10th St. Stage

Best of the West End
(Ages 7-16)
July 16-20
Monday - Friday
10th St. Stage

Creating Theatre: Onstage/Offstage/Backstage
(Ages 7-16)
July 23-27
Monday - Friday
10th St. Stage

Student Showcases:

From Big Screen to Broadway
June 29
at The Rep

Best of the West End
July 20
at The Rep

Creating Theatre: Onstage/Offstage/Backstage
July 27
at The Rep
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Toledo Performing Arts!
Volume 41, Issue 10 / June  2018
Letter from the President
Dear Friends of The Rep,

The month of June is always an exciting time here at the theatre. Our 85th season of MainStage shows is wrapping up with the delightful Broadway musical, Sweet Charity, a Tony Award-winning hit featuring a book by Neil Simon and choreography inspired by Bob Fosse. This high energy show opens today, June 1st, and closes Sunday, June 17th.

June is also a time to celebrate our humble beginnings, for it was on June 8, 1933 - at the height of the Great Depression - that our "little theatre" was officially born with a production of Ibsen's A Doll's House. To commemorate The Rep's 85th birthday this year, we invite you to attend the Sweet Charity performance on Friday, June 8th and have some cake and refreshments with us in the lobby! We'll also be highlighting various moments from the past 85 years on our lobby TV and social media throughout the month of June.  

A birthday wouldn't be complete without a gift though, so we also want to invite you to participate in our 85th Birthday Trivia Contest, open to the public the entire month of June. There will be a few prizes for the highest scorers, including a Platinum Season Subscription for the 1st place winner!  Whether you win or not, we hope you have fun with this challenge!

One of the core components of our mission is to educate and this truly takes center stage in June with kids of all ages flooding into our theatre for summer camps and musical productions. Our week long camps take place in June and July and are filling up quickly, so don't wait too long to register. They include "From Big Screen to Broadway" from June 25-29; "Broadway: Best of the West End" from July 16-20; and "Creating Theatre: Onstage/Offstage/Backstage" from July 23-27.

We also have two summer Young Rep musicals to look forward to:  Heathers the Musical (High School Edition) , July 12-15; and  Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. , August 2-5.

If you like all that's happening at The Rep, would you consider supporting these efforts with a sponsorship for our 2018-2019 season? Season and show sponsorships play a vital role in helping us to fulfill our mission to educate, entertain and serve the area, creating vibrant community through live theatre. Whether it be a $25 donation or a $5,000 donation, I hope you'll consider this opportunity to play a larger role in helping to advance the performance arts in the Toledo area.

Whatever your involvement has been with The Rep this past season, whether it be as a patron, actor, crew member, instructor, staff, volunteer, or financial supporter, thank you as always for being a part of our family!

Christopher A. McAnall
President, Toledo Repertoire Theatre

The Toledo Rep's 85th Birthday Trivia Contest!
How well do you know The Rep?
In honor of our 85th Birthday on June 8th, we are giving away a Platinum Season Subscription Package to the individual who answers the most questions correctly!

HINT: If you're a good sleuth, you'll know that most of the answers to these questions have been published over the past 3 years in our monthly newsletter, The REPorter, in publications by or about The Rep, on our social media platforms, or around the Toledo Rep theatre itself!

See, it literally pays to visit, follow and subscribe to the Toledo Rep! So what are you waiting for? Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sign up to receive email announcements from us, including The REPorter, or purchase tickets to one of our many shows!

Contest runs through the month of June.




Sweet Charity
Book by Neil Simon, Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Directed by  Debra Ross Calabrese
June 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16 at 8:00pm
June 10 & 17 at 2:30pm
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".

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

PHOTO CREDIT: Elfhouse Photography


Heathers the Musical (High School Edition)
Book, Music and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurance O'Keefe
Based on the film written by Daniel Waters
Directed by Vicki Monhollen

July 12, 13 & 14 at 7:00pm
July 15 at 2:30pm
Young Rep Teen Musical, Ages 14-19

Based on the classic 1989 film,  Heathers the Musical (High School Edition) is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful group of shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing girls at Westerberg High. The Heathers are the hottest, cruelest, most ruthless clique in all of Ohio, but before Veronica can get comfortable atop the high school food chain, she falls in love with the dangerously handsome new kid J.D. When Heather Chandler, the Almighty, kicks her out of the group, Veronica and J.D. decide to put the Heathers in their place-six feet under. The New York Times calls this hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal new musical "a rowdy guilty pleasure," and Variety raves, " Heathers the Musical should score with just about everyone."

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

Fun Home
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Graphic Novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by David DeChristopher

July 16, Time TBA
10th Street Stage

July 17, Time TBA
10th Street Stage

Auditionees will sing and read from the script. Please prepare a song that displays storytelling skill as well as vocal ability.

ALISON - 43 years old, a cartoonist
MEDIUM ALISON - 19 years old, a college freshman
SMALL ALISON - around 9 years old
BRUCE BECHDEL - Alison's father
HELEN BECHDEL - Alison's mother
CHRISTIAN BECHDEL - Alison's brother, around 10 years old
JOHN BECHDEL - Alison's brother, around 6 years old
JOAN - a college student
ROY/MARK/PETE/BOBBY - all played by a single actor, 20s

Winner of five Tony Awards in 2015, including Best Musical. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the unanswered questions about her early years. A wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Show dates:
September 14-30

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

June 30 - July 21
Saturdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
10th St. Stage at The Rep

Any Level of Actor
Age 18+
Class Size Limit 8 Students
You want to act, so you are probably going to have to audition. Auditions can be nerve-wracking, but they are also creative treasures if you have the tools and confidence to make them so. In this class you will work on monologues, sides, and cold reads, learning tips and techniques that will allow you to shine. You will discover the importance of making strong choices and the necessity of learning to decipher "director speak."

Adult actors of any level of experience are welcome. This class is only 4 weeks, so in order to make the most of the time, you will be required to bring 3 copies of a monologue and 3 copies of a scene you would be thrilled to perform to the first class.

Fran Martone has an MFA in acting from DePaul University and is a proud member of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) and AFTRA. Throughout her peripatetic odyssey, Fran has acted and directed across a wide range of media, including theatre, film, and television. Spending over four decades bouncing from city to city, she finally landed back in her hometown of Toledo in 2016.

Some of Fran's more recent accomplishments include appearances in the film Observe and Report with Seth Rogen,  as well as a starring role in the  award-winning short film,  Good Luck, Mr. Gorski . Her recent t elevision credits include   Breaking Bad with Aaron Paul and  In Plain Sight  with  Mary McCormack.  Fran most recently appeared on the Toledo Rep stage in January playing the lead role of Abbey Binder in David Lindsay-Abaire's  Ripcord .

If you would like to see more of Fran's work check out her reel at https://vimeo.com/34569505

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

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

The Toledo Rep Seeks Summer Interns, Ages 16-19

Are you interested in theatre? Do you enjoy working with kids? Gain  valuable theatrical experience and build your resume by assisting with our  Young Rep Summer Camps!  Three one week sessions, from 9:00 am to  3:00 pm, June 25-29, July 16-20, and July 23-27. Apply for one, two, or all  three. 

Send a letter of interest to Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 Tenth  Street, Toledo, OH, 43604. Tell us about yourself, your work history, and  your theatrical background, and be specific about your availability. 

For  more information, e-mail education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243- 9277

Toledo Rep Stages 'Charity' in Honor of 85th Birthday

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre on Friday stages the first of nine performances of the flamboyant musical  Sweet Charity - and celebrates its 85th year June 8 with some birthday cake.

Sweet Charity has been around a long time, but is it a classic musical? The Toledo Repertoire Theatre's artistic director Dave DeChristopher says it is.  "Like another big Bob Fosse musical,  Chicago Sweet Charity  was a solid hit in its first production but not a blockbuster. In 1966,  Sweet Charity  was overshadowed by  Man of La Mancha  just as  Chicago  took a back seat to  A Chorus Line  in 1975. But both shows proved to be ahead of their times, flourishing in subsequent Broadway revivals. (The current revival of  Chicago  has played on Broadway for more than 20 years, and is the second-longest run ever ... and still going.)

The Rep plans to celebrate the 85th anniversary on June 8 and beyond.  The Rep's 85th season has been something to celebrate. "We had a variety of award-winning plays and musicals grace our stage, including several area premieres. We've had strong support from our patrons and donors, and also been able to develop a number of new partnerships with local businesses, schools, and nonprofits.  "Our education program continues to expand, with an increasing demand for theater classes for youths and adults, from acting, singing, and dancing to improv and technical theater.

"The Rep has been a cornerstone of Toledo's cultural identity for the past 85 years. With a mission to entertain, educate, and serve, we will continue to strive to be a leader in artistic excellence by creating a vibrant community through live theater for many years to come," McAnall said.
How Sweet It Is: Classic 'Sweet Charity' at The Rep
One of the most enduring - and endearing - characters in musical history, her sweet disposition and eternal optimism has resonated with audiences for over 50 years. And soon, Charity will return to a Glass City stage.  The classic 1966 musical  Sweet Charity  - written by Neil Simon and originally directed and choreographed by the legendary Bob Fosse - will be staged at the  Toledo Repertoire Theatre , beginning June 1 for a three week run.

Toledo Rep performs a taste of show 'Sweet Charity'

Debra Ross Calabrese and David DeChristopher of the Toledo Rep tell you the story of Sweet Charity, and you even get a little taste of the performance!

Hey Big Spender, spend a little time at The Rep!

The Rep is ready to knock your socks off.  Those with the community theater are putting the finishing touches on Sweet Charity If you've never heard of the musical, chances are you've heard the songs such as "Big Spender" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now."  Even though The Rep has an intimate setting with 210 seats, the show still has a big Broadway feel!

Elaborate Theater Sets Begin With a Tiny Replica
Today, scale set models are built for Toledo Repertoire Theatre by several local set designers. Paul Alday, who holds a master's degree in scenic design from Eastern Michigan University, designed the sets for The Rep's productions of The Taming of the Shrew and Moliere's Tartuffe in 2015, Of Mice and Men in 2017, and this season's production of Photograph 51 .

For The Rep's production of Photograph 51, the story of British scientist Rosalind Franklin and her key role in the discovery of the structure of DNA in the 1950s, lots of research went into the time period. "We had to nail it down to a specific series of months of the year, so the research I did came down to what was happening in those months," Alday said. "In Photograph 51, events are based on actual historical events, so I took into consideration the date that things happened and how this impacted the environment. For example, the events in the play took place shortly after a World War II German bomb was dropped on King's College, so I incorporated shattered plaster on the columns to symbolize the reconstruction of the college."

The play was set in King's College London in a basement research room. Alday obtained photos of the actual building and the room the scientists worked in and measured everything down to the size of the crown molding on the ceiling. "I like to create what I like to call play-grounds; the directors appreciate having options so they can play with them and see what their actors will look like on the set and things of that nature. I give them lots of options and negotiate what the set will look like from there. It really helps to keep the set designer and director on the same page."

 Leadership Toledo
On Friday, May 4th,  Leadership  Toledo stopped by The Rep to celebrate their annual Arts Day! They were given a slideshow presentation on the history of the Toledo Rep by our President, Christopher McAnall, a question and answer session with our Artistic Director, Dave DeChristopher, and a brief performance from Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard by our wonderful Young Rep actors. Board members then provided the group with tours of our theatre and Toledo Rep campus, followed by a catered lunch in our lobby!

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)
"Craft of Acting II" Student Showcase
On Friday, May 11th, the wonderful students from our "Craft of Acting II" class showcased their talent on the 10th St. Stage!

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)
"Playmaking 101" Student Showcase
On Saturday, May 12th, the amazing students from our Young Rep Ed Spring Session, "Playmaking 101" (Ages 7-16) showcased what they had been up to for the past eight weeks.  In this session, students were able to specialize in one of two areas: Performance or Technical Design.  Students learned fundamental theatre and performance skills while getting a hands-on, real-world understanding and experience of what it actually takes to stage and run a production.

Our students partici pated in devised theatre, frequently called collective creation, a method of theatre in which the script or performance originates from collaborative, often improvisatory work by a performing ensemble. Our young actors were tasked with telling the story of what happened to fairytale characters after the "happily ever after".

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel and Ben Jameson)
Level 1, 2 & 3 Student Showcase
On Monday, May 21st, the wonderful students from Adult Improv Class Levels 1, 2 and 3, showcased their talent on the 10th St. Stage!

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)

The Rep is Looking For Videographer Volunteers!

The Toledo Rep is looking for qualified individuals to perform freelance videography work for our marketing/advertising team. The goal of our marketing department is to strengthen the Toledo Rep brand and to promote all events, programs, classes, productions and outreach initiatives of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

As a videography volunteer, you should be prepared to work in an exciting, creative and fast-paced environment. Candidates should have an entrepreneurial mindset for project development and a strong drive to take on challenges. They must be self-motivated, a strong team player, able to think outside the box, and be comfortable taking the lead in facilitating, planning and executing the digital video productions of the Toledo Rep.

If you are interested or have any questions, please email marketing@toledorep.org

The Rep would like to thank:
- The cast, crew, parents, and director of Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard for such a fun, swashbuckling performance!
- Thank you to Anna Malone Toney and the wonderful individuals from Leadership Toledo for visiting The Rep and sharing with us your excitement and vision for our wonderful community.
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

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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