Out of Sight... Out of Murder
Nov. 11-20

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 2-4

It's Only a Play
Jan. 13-22

Of Mice and Men
March 31-April 9

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


Of Mice and Men
Jan. 7, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage
Jan. 9, 6-8:30pm
Brown Building
Jan. 10, 6-8pm
Brown Building

Classes & Workshops:

Brush Up Your Shakespeare
- Workshop -
Ages 12-18
Nov. 12 & 19
Saturdays 9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

The Best of Broadway
Ages 7-16
Jan. 7-Feb. 25
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Intro to Theatre
Design and Tech
- Workshop -
Ages 10-18
March 11 & 18
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Theatre
Ages 7-12
March 25-May 20
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Intro to Playwriting
- Spring Mini Session -
Ages 10-13
March 25-April 22
(no class April 15)
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Ages 14-17
April 29-May 27
(no class May 20)
Saturdays  9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

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Simply come to the box office in person between 7:00pm and 8:00pm 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 3 / November  2016
Letter from the Artistic Director

Nasty election got you down?
Fuggedaboutit! Wash your brain out with comedy this month at the Toledo Rep.
Our blissfully batty mystery comedy Out of Sight...Out of Murder opens this Friday, November 11 for a two-week run. It's surefire laughs, as a hapless writer finds himself confronted by a cast of whodunit characters that he's unwittingly brought to life; one with a fatal grudge against his increasingly frazzled creator. Ferret out the would-be killer, or just enjoy the fun.
And just a hot minute after the final curtain falls on this production, we present our latest Improv Showcase. On Monday, November 21, our Adult Improv classes will take the stage to show their comic chops, and it's free to the public. (Though we wouldn't say no to donations, to help keep this program running.)
On a more classical note, we're offering "Brush Up Your Shakespeare," a special workshop for teens, running November 12 & 19. Call 419-243-9277 or visit our web site for more information, and to register. 
And with the holidays marching in, don't miss out on a Toledo holiday tradition. Our rousing production of  A Christmas Carol, now in its 31st year, runs at the historic Valentine Theatre on December 2, 3, & 4. Chockablock with Yuletide music, it will delight both children and adults, and is sure to put you in the holiday spirit.
Finally, we can help you get a jump on your Christmas shopping. Give the gift of live entertainment; season tickets keep on giving all through the year. Or purchase a gift certificate for one of our many classes, workshops or camps. For more details visit toledorep.org or call  419-243-9277.
See you at the Theatre,

Dave De


Out of Sight... Out of Murder
by Fred Carmichael

Directed by  Greg Kissner

November 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 8:00pm
November 13 & 20 at 2:30pm

NOW PLAYING at the Toledo Rep - 'Out of Sight... Out of Murder'

NOW PLAYING at the Toledo Rep
'Out of Sight... Out of Murder'

Out of Sight... Out of Murder depicts 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.

Out of Sight... Out of Murder
 is produced  by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


(Photo Credit: Amanda Aylwin)

Of Mice and Men

Directed by Sonia Perez

Jan. 7, 1-4pm
10th St. Stage

Jan. 9, 6-8:30pm
Brown Building

Callbacks if needed:
Jan. 10, 6-8pm
Brown Building

9 men - ages 20's to 70's
1 woman - age 20's

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Please bring a list of any conflict dates between the auditions and opening dates. Bring a headshot and resume if available.

A renowned classic recently seen on Broadway in 2014, 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.

Show dates:
March 31-April 9, 2017

"Brush Up Your Shakespeare"

"Brush Up Your Shakespeare"
November 12 & 19 (2 days)
Saturdays, 9am-Noon
Ages 12-18

This two (2) day workshop will begin with an introduction to Shakespeare's works, how this one man has had such a profound influence on the English language, and why we still perform his plays and poetry today. The first day will revolve around discussion of important plot themes in Shakespeare's works and how to understand his language. From there, students will get to choose specific scenes or monologues to work on in preparation for the second day. 

On day two, students will continue to work on selections with guidance from the instructor on the context of the work and communicating Shakespeare's text, taking into consideration the intentions of the original language as well as how to make it interesting to a contemporary audience. The second day will culminate with students performing their selections for one another and discussing what they've done.

Classes are held Saturday mornings at the 10th Street Theatre, starting promptly at 9:00am and finishing at noon.
Parents please drop off and pick up on time.
Tuition Cost: $60

Further Details About Our Instructor:

Dr. Macaela Carder Whitaker:  Dr. Macaela Carder Whitaker received her doctoral degree from Bowling Green State University's theatre program. She currently sits on the arts faculty at the University of Phoenix, teaches in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University, and is a guest director at the University of Findlay. 

Dr. Whitaker has served as an acting instructor for the Rep and also directed our recent production,  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. She has been studying Shakespeare for twenty years, including for a portion of her dissertation "Women in Stage Combat". In addition to previously acting in plays such as  Midsummer Night's Dream and  Twelfth Night, Dr. Whitaker has directed selections from the following works of the Bard: Hamlet, Macbeth, The Merchant of VeniceThe Taming of the Shrew, and  Titus Andronicus.


A Christmas Carol

December 2 & 3 at 8:00pm
December 4 at 2:30pm

By Charles Dickens
Directed by Debra Ross Calabrese
Music Director, David Jex

Join us at the beautiful Valentine Theatre and experience the musical version of this classic holiday 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.

Lavish costumes, spectacular sets and a musical score rich with carols of the era. This production is the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's Christmas gift to the community!

Performed at The Valentine Theatre (410 Adams St.)
Made possible by a grant from Theater League
Sponsored by

For Tickets: Call The Valentine Box Office at (419) 242-2787 or click below

The Toledo Rep's
Dickens Singers to Perform

The 29th annual Blade Holiday Parade, presented by Taylor Automotive Family, will step off on November 12th at 10:00am in downtown Toledo! With nearly 20,000 spectators and more than 80 participating organizations, this is one of the largest holiday parades in the Midwest.

The parade will extend its route this year through the Warehouse District. It begins at the corner of North Summit and Jefferson streets, turning left onto Adams Street and making its way to Huron Street, going left to Lafayette Street, left again on St. Clair Street, and finishing at Monroe Street.

This year's Grand Marshal will be Calysta Bevier, an Otsego High School student from Grand Rapids who advanced to the semifinal round on this summer's season of America's Got Talent. After the parade, Calysta will conduct a meet-and-greet and perform holiday songs and singles from her new album at the Kris Kringle Village in Hensville Park.

The Blade Holiday Parade presented by Taylor Automotive Family will be hosted by Rick Woodell of 101.5 The River. A taped-delay broadcast of the parade will be shown on Buckeye Broadband Channel 69 at noon on November 24 and November 26.



A Holiday Fundraiser to Benefit the Rep!

Scrooge's Favorite Things


Scrooges Favorite Things Gifts Include:
- Glassware courtesy of Libbey Glass Factory Outlet
- Season Subscription from the Toledo Repertoire Theatre
- Mud Hen's/Walleye Tickets courtesy of The Toledo Mud Hens
- Gift Basket courtesy of Fresh Market
- A membership courtesy of the Toledo Zoo
- Gift Certificates courtesy of Fowl and Fodder
- And MUCH, MUCH more!


You may purchase tickets by calling (419) 243-9277 or by visiting the Rep's Box Office during normal office hours, during our upcoming production of Out of Sight... Out of Murder or in the lobby of The Valentine Theatre during the run of A Christmas Carol.


See the Rep's Adult Improv Classes perform in their combined level showcase on November 21 at 7pm! Come join us for short-form and long-form improv games, as the teams perform 'never seen before and never to be seen again' material based on you, the audience's, suggestions!

Where: The Toledo Rep
When: November 21st at 7:00pm
Cost: $3.00 suggested donation

Were you considering signing up for our Adult Improv classes, but were unable or unsure? Well, this is a great opportunity to see what Improv at the Rep is all about!

Questions about the showcase or our Adult Improv Classes?
Contact us at education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277

Calling All Playwrights!

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre has a new program,  Toledo Voices , aimed at fostering the work of local writers and developing new plays.  Unproduced plays by area writers will be presented in a series of staged readings at the theatre. 

The deadline for play submissions is December 2. Only hard copies securely bound will be accepted.

Mail plays to:
Toledo Repertoire Theatre
16 10th St.
Toledo, OH 43604
ATTN: Toledo Voices

Please include a cover letter

Playwrights selected will be notified by Jan. 1, and will have an opportunity to be involved in the creative process.

The first readings will be at 8:00pm on February 11, February 25, and March 11 and will be followed by a talkback with the writer, cast, and director.

For more information email:  artistic@toledorep.org

Theatre Badge Workshops
Are you a troop leader or do you know one? Are you looking
for a fun way to earn a badge for your troop? 

The Toledo Rep can help!
The Rep will be holding workshops, where your girls can earn a Girl Scout badge. The goal of the workshops will be to introduce the girls to theatre by giving them both a chance to learn and see what happens behind stage as well as giving them a chance to perform on stage.

For questions or more details, contact us at  education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277

#GivingTuesda y™  is a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season that celebrates and enco urages charitable activities that support  nonprofit organizations. 

Toledo Community Fo undation and The Blade have partnered to support local nonprofits in this effort by promoting the program and encouraging donations through a matching grant opportunity. This year's day of giving is November 29, 2016.

Toledo Community Foundation is promoting local giving by dubbing their  giving day  #GivingTuesdayNWO .

On November 29, 2016 we are asking donors to consider making a gift to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre. When you do, charities that are registered with NWO are eligible for up to $1,000 in matching grant funds!

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, please think of the Rep when you begin your holiday shopping!

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!

'A NIGHT OF IMPROV' at the Rep

A Night of Improv at the Toledo Rep held on October 14 & 15 as part of Holy Toledo Laughfest was dedicated to improv comedy featuring Toledo's finest improvisers. Performers included graduates of Chicago's famed Second City Conservatory, former ComedySportz ensemble members and graduates of our very own Rep Ed Improv Program!


On October 15 & 22, in conjunction with Holy Toledo Laughfest, students got a crash course in instant performance, geared to the junior level. The same games and techniques you see in Whose Line Is It, Anyway?  and in the Rep's Adult Improv showcases, but kid-friendly!

'COMEDY TONIGHT' Fall Young Rep Ed Session

Crazy characters, silly stories, and a dash of musical mayhem was all a part of our Young Rep Ed Fall Class 'Comedy Tonight'! 

Here is what you missed if you didn't catch the Young Rep Ed Fall Showcase on October 29!

Young Rep Ed

'Steal the Food'
Young Rep Ed "Comedy Tonight" Fall Class

October 26, Artistic Director, Dave DeChristopher performed at the
Toledo Museum of Art for their 
Midweek Shakespeare performance in Libbey Court.

This midweek, mid-afternoon series celebrated the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare, plus music and other Shakespeare-inspired creative works. 

The Rep would like to thank:

- The cast and crew of  The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] for a HILARIOUS jont through all 37 plays and sonnets of the Bard!

- Ye Olde Durty Bird for sponsoring our opening night reception for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised].

- Ye Olde Durty Bird for being a show sponsor for our production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised].

- Michael Keedy and everyone at Hensville involved with Holy Toledo Laughfest. Thank you for going out of your way to promote our Holy Toledo Laughfest offerings! We are looking forward to many more years of collaboration to come!

- The Spaghetti Warehouse for their "Dinner and a Murder Mystery" partnership with the Toledo Rep during our production of Out of Sight... Out of Murder.

- Channel 24 for sponsoring and covering our 84th Season.


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.


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

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.

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!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support the 
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 donate an item from this list, please contact
Bonnie Herrmann at: bherrmann@toledorep.org

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