Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard
[ Young Rep Play]
[Ages 7-13 ]
May 4, 5 & 6

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


Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
May 20, 3:00-6:00pm 
10th St. Stage
May 22, 5:30-7:30pm 
10th St. Stage

May 23, 5:30-8:30pm 
10th St. Stage

Adult Rep Ed Classes:

(Ages 18+)  
June 2-23
Saturdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Brown Building

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:

The Craft of Acting II
Adult Acting
May 11
at The Rep

Playmaking 101
May 12
at The Rep

Adult Improv
May 21
at The Rep
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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 41, Issue 9 / May  2018
Letter from the Artistic Director

Shiver me timbers! Fire the cannons! Swab the poop deck! All hands on the main stage deck for our comic extravaganza, Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest for Weird Beard. This Young Rep production, with swashbuckling sea dogs, mysterious mermaids, and a ghost named Harriet, runs one weekend only! Performances are Friday, May 4, at 7:00pm, Saturday, May 5, at 7:00pm, and Sunday, May 6, at 2:30pm.

Pirates! marks the unofficial kickoff of our Young Rep Summer, with classes, auditions, productions, and showcases all featuring the impressive junior members of our Toledo Rep family.

On Saturday, May 12 at 12:15pm, you can catch the free showcase of our Spring Rep Ed session, sharing the work of our "Playmaking 101" class. Did I mention that it's free?

That said, the adults still have some unfinished business. In the middle of YRS (that is, Young Rep Summer), our Mainstage Season comes to a close with the Tony Award-winning musical, Sweet Charity. With a book by Neil Simon, classic Broadway songs like "Big Spender," and that Fosse-inspired choreography, tickets are already going fast. Debra Ross Calabrese directs and choreographs.

Now, back to YRS. (Can't you just see that on a t-shirt?) We have three terrific summer camps, each with multiple instructors. Each camp runs a week, Monday through Friday, from 9:00-3:00pm, with a culminating showcase on Friday afternoon. "From Big Screen to Broadway" goes from June 25-29; "Broadway: Best of the West End" from July 16-20; and "Creating Theatre: Onstage/Offstage/Backstage" from July 23-27. Slots are filling up fast, so call soon.

Our summer Young Rep productions are Heathers the Musical (High School Edition), July 12-15; and Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., August 2-5. Auditions for Schoolhouse will be May 20 from 3:00-6:00pm and May 22 from 5:30-7:30pm.

I'm pleased to announce that The Rep was recently voted "Best Local Theatre Group" by the Toledo City Paper. If you're one of the 37,000 readers who cast a ballot, our sincerest thanks.

Finally, if there's something you'd like to see produced on our stage or offered as a class or brought to your venue, we're open to suggestions. Call 419-243-9277 or visit our user-friendly website - www.toledorep.org -- for more information.

See you at the theatre.

Dave De
Artistic Director, Toledo Repertoire Theatre
Thank you to our wonderful patrons!
With your immense generosity, we were able to raise over $1600 in monetary donations and collect 4 full full boxes of items including non-perishable goods, cleaning supplies, pots, pans, baking sheets, backpacks and so much more for Harvey House of Northwest Ohio!

The Toledo Rep along with everyone at Harvey House are sincerely grateful for your kindness!

Harvey House is a drop-in center, community center, and safe space for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies. They are the first and only LGBTQ+ community center in Northwest Ohio.

Harvey House works towards ending youth homelessness in Northwest Ohio by operating a community center for any youth who need a safe, judgement-free zone to spend time. They connect youth with necessary services and provide them with clothing and food.

We are pleased to announce our exciting upcoming 
Young Rep Ed Summer Camps for ages 7-16!


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 a.m. to  3:00 p.m., 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


Pirates! Theodore Thud and the Quest For Weird Beard
By Joshua Mikel
Directed by Julie Zatko
May 4 & 5 at 7:00pm
May 6 at 2:30pm
Young Rep Play, Ages 7-13
A friendly game of pirates becomes all too real when overzealous Theodore accidentally falls into a giant sinkhole and wakes up to find himself amongst real high sea swashbucklers. Before getting back to the real world, he is forced on an epic journey with his companion Harriet the Ghost in a quest to find the notorious pirate Weird Beard and foil the mutinous Mr. Clunky Bones. Will Theodore be able to save Captain Cramp Hand's ship from falling into evil clutches and return to his friends in time for ice cream?

For more information visit www.toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277

PHOTO CREDIT: Elfhouse Photography



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


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

Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
Young Rep Musical, Ages 7-13
Book by George Keating, Kyle Hall & Scott Ferguson
Music and Lyrics by Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, 
George Newall, Kathy Mandry, Lynn Ahrens, & Tom Yohe
Based on an Idea by David McCall and a television series created by George Newall & Tom Yohe
Directed by Jill Reinstein

May 20, 3:00-6:00pm
10th Street Stage

May 22, 5:30-7:30pm
10th Street Stage

May 23, 5:30-8:30pm
10th Street Stage

Auditions will be scheduled in groups of 10-12, in 50-minute time blocks. Time slots are at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm on Sunday, and 5:30 and 6:30pm on Tuesday. Unscheduled auditions may need to wait for an available time slot.
Please call (419) 243-9277 to schedule an audition time.


Based on the 1970's Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon, this fast-paced musical follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is anxious about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win over his students with imagination and music. A pop-culture phenomenon, this story teaches history, grammar, math and much more through clever, tuneful songs including "Just a Bill" and "Conjunction Junction".

Show dates:
August 2, 3, 4 & 5

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

June 2 - June 23
Saturdays, 11:00am-1:00pm
Brown Building 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

It's time for the Toledo Area Parent's  2017 Family Favorites!

Vote the Toledo Repertoire Theatre!
1) After School Activities - Acting and Theatre Classes
2) Get Active - Summer Day Camp
Rep Series
Enjoy "Toledo Voices" at the Toledo Rep

Dave DeChristopher of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre invites you to enjoy a series written by local playwrights. 

Local Writer Sets Black Comedy Amid Events of 9/11

"The Toledo Repertoire Theatre wraps up the second season of its "Toledo Voices" series Saturday evening with Charmed Like a Snake, I'm Sure, by Deborah Coulter-Harris.

"Toledo Voices" premieres previously unproduced plays by local writers in a series of staged readings at the theater. Another of Coulter-Harris's plays, Sheba Rules, was among the works chosen for the series' inaugural season in 2017.
Coulter-Harris describes Charmed Like a Snake, I'm Sure as "a mysterious and farcical tragedy/black comedy set during the chaos surrounding 9/11; it involves several fictional characters and events at the Central Intelligence Agency." Coulter-Harris once worked for the CIA as a Middle East political analyst".


Dr. Deborah Coulter-Harris will debut her second play, Charmed Like a Snake, I'm Sure, Saturday, April 28, at 8 p.m. at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. The event is part of the Toledo Rep's "Toledo Voices" staged readings series.

"This play is not so much about the CIA as it is with human nature, with its Nietzschean impulse for power and authority over others," said Coulter-Harris, senior lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature. "The play also touches on current universal political themes of instability, mendacity and untrustworthiness. The ending of the play will leave the audience in shock."

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

94th Birthday Celebration!
On April 14th, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre celebrated our beloved Madge Levinson's birthday! The entire cast and crew of The Children's Hour, along with our theatre audience, Board members, and staff took a moment to honor this wonderful lady, amazing actor, and cornerstone of our Toledo theatre community!

"Rainbow Series" Reading
On April 6th and 7th, the Toledo Rep staged a reading of Larry Kramer's explosive autobiographical and profoundly powerful play,  The Normal Heart, to kick off our "Rainbow Series" readings.

"Rainbow Series" Reading
On April 13th and 14th, the Toledo Rep staged a reading of Lillian Hellman's trailblazing drama,  The Children's Hour  as the second installment in our "Rainbow Series" readings.

"Rainbow Series" Reading
On April 20th and 21st, the Toledo Rep staged a reading of Paul Rudnick's audacious comedy,  The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told,  to conclude our "Rainbow Series" readings.

 "Toledo Voices" Reading
On April 28th, the Toledo Rep staged the mysterious, farcical tragedy, Charmed Like a Snake, I'm Sure, written by local playwright Deborah M. Coulter-Harris, PhD to conclude our "Toledo Voices" series.

Cast, Director and Playwright Talkback
On April 28th, the cast, crew, director, and playwright of Charmed Like a Snake, I'm Sure, held a talkback session following the reading to allow audience members to give feedback and ask questions to the cast and playwright about the play.

The Rep would like to thank:
The cast, crew, and director of  A Normal Heart  for such a truly powerful and touching performance.
- The cast, crew, parents, and director of The Children's Hour for such a heartfelt performance.
- The cast, crew, and director of The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told  for such a fun and wonderful performance.
The cast, crew, playwright, and director of Charmed Like a Snake, I'm Sure  for such a wonderful production and talkback.
- Our generous patrons for your support and donations to our Harvey House of Northwest Ohio collection.
- Equitas Health for sponsoring our "Rainbow Series" reading, The Normal Heart.
- Harvey House of Northwest Ohio for partnering with the Toledo Rep during our "Rainbow Series" productions of The Children's Hour and The Most Fabulous Story Every Told.
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!
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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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Simply go to  smile.amazon.com and  select TOLEDO REPERTOIRE COMPANY to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages are eligible for donations.

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Register online at  krogercommunityrewards.comSelect Toledo Repertoire Theatre from the list of organizations.  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.

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