A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum
June 2-18

(Ages 14-19)
July 13-16

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

A Year With Frog and Toad
(Ages 7-13)  
May 13, 1:15-5:00 pm
10th St, Stage
May 21, 6:30-8:30 pm
10th St. Stage

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


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:

Hip Hop Broadway
(Ages 7-16)
June 26-30
Monday - Friday
9:00 am-3:00 pm
10th St. Stage

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:

Adult Improv at the Rep
May 8
7:00 pm
10th St. Stage

Young Rep Intro to Playwriting
May 27
12:15 pm
10th St. Stage
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Toledo Performing Arts!
Volume 40, Issue 9 / May  2017
Letter from the Artistic Director
Our 84th mainstage season closes with a bang, a pratfall or two, and a barrelful of laughter. Directed by Amy Spaulding-Heuring, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum features buoyant tunes by Stephen Sondheim, chockablock with his trademark wit and wordplay, as well as high-energy hijinks and an irreverent ensemble cast that is sure to delight. It's "something for everyone...a comedy tonight!" The hilarity begins on June 2nd and gallops along until the 18th. This one is not to be missed.

Summer's almost here. For most people, the merry month of May involves a good airing and cleaning of the house, or planning a vacation, or putting away the sweaters and the textbooks and dragging out the water skis, the boat, or maybe just the pool noodles.

School will be out as well, but at the Rep a full agenda of programming for kids and teens will be in session. Our three exciting camps are weeklong deep dives spanning a full day Monday through Friday and culminating in a Friday afternoon showcase. "Hip Hop Broadway" runs June 26-30, "Enchanted Theatre" runs July 17-21, and "Broadway Apocalypse" runs July 24-28.

Teens hit the boards for our production of Hairspray (July 13-16) and the younger kids perform A Year with Frog & Toad (August 3-6).

All of this, and more, can be found on our user-friendly web site, www.toledorep.org or you can pick up the phone and call for more information, 419-243-9277.

See you at the theatre,

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


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


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart 
music by Stephen Sondheim

Directed by  Amy Spaulding-Heuring

June 2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 at 8:00 pm
and June 11 and 18 at 2:30 pm

Broadway's greatest farce! Originally a winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical, 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!"

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)


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

Directed by  Vicki Monhollen

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

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)

A Year With Frog and Toad

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale, Music by Robert Reale
Based on the books of Arnold Lobel

Directed by  Amy Spaulding-Heuring

AGES 7-13

May 13, 1:15-5:00 pm
10th Street Stage

May 21, 6:30-8:30 pm
10th Street Stage

Dress comfortably for dance and movement.
2) Bring your favorite audition scenes. If you don't have them, don't worry. We'll have extras. 
3) Arrive 15 minutes before your assigned audition time to fill out your audition form. 
4) Be sure to list all your conflicts and potential conflicts (vacations, practices, family events, etc.). 
5) When you come in the theatre to audition, be confident and calm. 
6) First, you will sing; second, you will dance; third, you will act. The audition will last around 45 minutes. 
7) After your audition block is over, you are free to go. 
8) A note to parents, guardians, caregivers: Only the student performers will be allowed in the theatre during the audition. Please stay in the Rep lobby during your child's audition. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please call the Toledo Rep at 419-243-9277 during regular business hours (M-F; 1:00-6:00 p.m.) to sign up for a 45 minute audition time slot.

Mandatory Cast and Parent/Guardian Meeting: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Mandatory Full Cast Read-through: Thursday, May 25, 2017 4:15-6:00 p.m.

For questions, please contact (419) 243-9277

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.

Show dates:
August 3-6, 2017

Improv Showcase at The Rep!

Come see our talented Level 1, 2 and 3 Adult Improv students on May 8 at 7:00pm as they perform onstage at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!

The show is open to the public, no tickets required, but a $3 donation is suggested to help with the continued support of the program.

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


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

Madge Levinson has been involved with the Toledo Repertoire Theatre since she moved to Toledo in 1969. Her  first acting experience with the Rep came shortly after with the production  Summer and Smoke . Since then she has appeared in countless performances at the Rep, including Leading Ladies,   Moonglow  and  Calendar Girls In addition to appearing on our Mainstage, Madge has coordinated and been involved with the Rep's  Armchair Theatre  and  Young Playgoers  groups for many years.

With almost 50 YEARS of service to the Toledo Rep, few people have had as much of an impact upon the history of our theatre as Madge Levinson. She has devoted much of her free time as a volunteer, doing everything from preparing bulk mailings and working the box office, to ushering and helping with costumes and sets. All of this work was recognized in 2010 when she was named the recipient of the Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award by the American Association of Community Theatre, honored for 40 years of service to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

We are extremely grateful to have Madge as part of the Toledo Rep family and our Toledo community! THANK YOU MADGE!

It's time for the Toledo Area Parent "Family Favorites" voting!

Vote the Toledo Repertoire Theatre for best "Acting and Theatre Classes".

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre, "Toledo's Community Theatre Since 1933", is the longest running community theatre in the greater Toledo area with a strong education program that has been in existence for over 80 years!

To find out more about our Rep Ed program or our theatre, visit www.toledorep.org


The Toledo Rep is looking for new Board and Committee members. Those wishing to serve should have a vested interest in the Toledo Rep and its continuation as a vital part of the cultural fabric of our 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.

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"!


"Steinbeck has the great ability to bring forth characters that are real people with all their attributes and flaws. The subject matter of the play is also very relevant today: the human struggle of finding one's place in the world is universal," Perez said.

"Better Living" Channel 24
Of Mice and Men

Channel 13
Of Mice and Men


Leadership Toledo Event
On Friday, May 5th, the members of Leadership Toledo visited the Toledo Rep to learn how the arts play a vital role in the cultural fabric of our community. A very special thanks to Dave DeChristopher, Macaela Whitaker, Kelly Fandrey, Christopher McAnall, Lynn Brand, and Rose Perry for your assistance in making Friday such a success. Also thank you to Anna (Malone) Toney for bringing your Leadership Toledo members to the 10th Street and sharing the Toledo Rep with the leaders in our community. Many of whom were coming to the Toledo Rep for the very first time!

Christopher McAnall, Chair of Education, telling the members of Leadership Toledo the history of the Toledo Rep.

Macaela Whitaker and Kelly Fandrey present a reading from "Human Error".

Nick Morgan, Director of Improv at the Rep, shows the members of Leadership Toledo how improv can improve their corporate lives.

Nick Morgan and our adult improv students get a little help from members of Leadership Toledo and Ryan Bunch from The Toledo Arts Commission.

Intro Intro to Playwriting (ages 10-13) 
Our Intro to Playwriting students learned the fundamentals of playwriting: character, setting, conflict, plots, stakes, etc. During the fourth and final session, students had the chance to work with adult actors interpreting their works and then hear their plays presented in a public reading live on stage at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

Intro to Playwriting (ages 10-13) - Spring Mini Session

Intro to Playwriting (ages 10-13) - Spring Mini Session

Intro to Playwriting (ages 10-13) - Spring Mini Session

Intro to Playwriting (ages 10-13) - Spring Mini Session
Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit
Thank you to the cast and crew of our first Young Rep production of our season, Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit.

Are you interested in our Young Rep Ed productions or classes? Check us out at www.toledorep.org  or call (419) 243-9277 to find out more!

Whitmer High School Student Talk-Back
Of Mice and Men

During our production of Of Mice and Men we hosted a talk-back session with our cast and the wonderful students of Whitmer High School.

Thank you to the cast and our director, Sonia Perez, for your beautiful insight and thoughts. A huge thank you to the amazing students of Whitmer High School and their teachers Katie Lindberg Peters and Matt Kizaur for introducing them to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

If your school or group is interested in a group ticket purchase or a talk-back se ssion with the cast and director of one of our upcoming productions, please call us at (419) 243-9277.

The Rep would like to thank:
- T he cast, crew and director of our production of  Of Mice and Men  on a truly beautiful staging of the John Steinbeck classic!

- Jay & Tina Jindal for your generous donation and support of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre and the Toledo arts community.

- Morgana Swift, Kate Argow, Michael Rywalski, and Joe Pisido for assisting with our Intro to Playwriting (ages 10-13) Spring Mini Session.

- The cast of  Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit for your hilarious portrayal of the fairy tale criminal justice system!

- The crew, parents and guardians of  Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit for your assistance and support with helping our young actors stage such a wonderful production.

- To Dave DeChristopher, Macaela Whitaker, Kelly Fandrey, Christopher McAnall, Lynn Brand, and Rose Perry for your assistance in making our Leadership Toledo event such a success.

Bonnie & Clyde
by Ivan Manchell, 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.


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!

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.

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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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