110 Stories
Sept. 9-11

The Complete Works of William Shakepeare (abridged) [revised]
Sept. 30-Oct. 2, Oct. 6-9

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


A Christmas Carol
Sept. 12, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building
Sept. 13, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building
Sept. 15, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building

Out of Sight... Out of Murder
Sept. 19, 6-8pm
Brown Building
Sept. 20, 6-8pm
Brown Building
Sept. 21, 6-8pm
Brown Building

It's Only a Play
Oct. 8, 1-3pm
10th St. Stage
Oct. 9, 1-3pm
Brown Building

Classes & Workshops:

Comedy Tonight
Ages 7-16
Sept. 10-Oct. 29
Saturdays 9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Improv for Kids
- Workshop -
Holy Toledo LaughFest
Ages 7-11
Oct. 15, 12:30-3:30pm
10th St. Stage

Improv for Kids
- Workshop -
Holy Toledo LaughFest
Ages 12-17
Oct. 22, 12:30-3:30pm
10th St. Stage

Brush Up Your Shakespeare
- Workshop -
Ages 14-18
Nov. 12 & 19
Saturdays 9:00am-Noon
10th St. Stage

Thrifty Thespian Thursday
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 7:00pm 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 39, Issue 1 / September  2016
Letter from the Artistic Director

For our 84 th season, we'll hit the ground running. Here's how.
Do you remember where you were on the morning of September 11, 2001, when the nation paused in disbelief as two airplanes destroyed our sense of security? Because theatre is live, person-to-person if you will, it has a unique ability to evoke emotions and memories with an immediacy that film and television just can't match. Nowhere is this more evident than in our September Special Event, 110 Stories, which runs September 9-11. Sarah Tuft's riveting play shares the first-person testimonials no one saw on the news. It's powerful, vivid, moving, poignant, exciting, and sometimes even humorous; altogether unforgettable. Don't miss it.
And then for something completely different, a hilarious romp through all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in a brisk and inventive evening of comic hijinks. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [revised] hits our stage on September 30th and runs through October 9. This production is part of "Holy Toledo" LaughFest, which will also include two nights of Comedy Improv at the Rep, October 14 & 15, featuring both our adult students and our sublime instructors.
There will also be a pair of special Comedy Improv for Kids Workshops, on October 15 & 22. We've expanded our entire Rep Ed curriculum this year, with a handful of new shorter workshops as well as a wider selection of classes. You should check it out.     
It's going to be a great year.
See you at the theatre.
Dave De


by Sarah Tuft

Directed by Angie Patchett

A Special Event Performance
Commemorating the 15-year Anniversary of 9/11

September 9 & 10 at 8:00pm
September 11 at 2:30 & 7:00pm

From the first crash at the Towers to a last goodbye at Ground Zero, 
110 Stories takes us through 9/11 as told by those who were there. Based on interviews, this docu-play weaves together stories not shown on the news, from people we can relate to... a mother, photojournalist, ironworker, chiropractor and a homeless man who saved lives that day. Their unflinching, freaked-out and occasionally funny accounts take us back to when 9/11 was unimaginable, capturing the shock and horror of the day as well as the resilience of New York City in its aftermath. Remaining apolitical,  110 Stories memorializes September 11th by humanizing history to reveal our innate compassion.

A portion of the proceeds will go to VOICES of September 11th

110 STORIES is sponsored by:
Sarah Sobel-Poage & Christopher McAnall

By Sarah Tuft
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)

Photo Credit: Todd Grinonneau
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is teaming up with 'VOICES of September 11th'

Founded in 2001 after the attacks of 9/11, 'VOICES of September 11th' helps families and communities heal after tragedy. The organization provides a wide range of support services to promote resiliency in all those impacted by 9/11, commemorates the nearly 3,000 lives lost and advocates for national preparedness. In 2006, they launched the Living Memorial Digital Archive Project, an online collection of photographs that chronicles the 2,983 lives lost on 9/11 and also documents stories of survivors. Today, the 9/11 Living Memorial is an extensive online collection of over 70,000 photographs that will expand over time. Through their partnership with the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City, the 9/11 Living Memorial is now a core component of their In Memoriam exhibition, which commemorates the lives lost in the attacks and provides visitors with the opportunity to learn about the men, women, and children who died.

A portion of all proceeds from our production of 110 Stories to benefit 'VOICES of September 11th'

Learn more at:

For more information about our community outreach initiatives please call (419) 243-9277 or email outreach@toledorep.org


A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Revised by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese

Sept. 12, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building

Sept. 13, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building

Sept. 15, 7-9:30pm
Brown Building

All ages of men and women are needed, no children under the age of 6.

All roles are open for audition

Except for the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, which is precast.

Be prepared to sing 16 bars of your favorite song, does not need to be a Christmas song (accompanist provided).  You may be asked to do a cold reading from the script. No prepared monologues needed.

A 30-year Toledo Rep 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. 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!

Performed at The Valentine Theatre. Made possible by a grant from Theater League.

Show dates:
December 2-4, 2016

Out of Sight... Out of Murder

By Fred Carmichael
Directed by Greg Kissner

Sept. 19, 6-8pm
Brown Building

Sept. 20, 6-8pm
Brown Building

Sept. 21, 6-8pm
Brown Building

4 Males - 5 Females
Comedic mystery. Character descriptions available at:
Be prepared to read for multiple roles and have fun. Cold read from script. See you there! Any questions contact Greg Kissner at (419) 450-2701

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 are 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.

Show dates:
November 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, & 20, 2016

Young Rep Ed   Classes
"Comedy Tonight"

September 10 - October 29

Eight weeks of laugh-out-loud fun-damentals! Crazy characters, silly stories, and a dash of musical mayhem. Take the first steps towards becoming the next breakout star on Saturday Night Live.  All of the above will culminate in rehearsal and preparation for a student showcase on October 29 at 12:15pm at The Toledo Rep.

For children ages 7-16, the fall session theme is "Comedy Tonight". Classes will include theatre basics as well as the core subjects of Acting, Dancing and Singing.
Classes are held Saturday mornings at the 10th Street Theatre, starting promptly at 9:00am and finishing at noon. Parents are expected to stay for a brief introductory meeting at the beginning of the first day of class.

Students will showcase what they have learned on October 29th at 12:15pm at The Toledo Rep. The eight-week course is $150 per student. For more information or to register over the phone, please call (419) 243-9277.  Walk in registrations will be taken on the first day of classes if openings are available. The online registration form and emergency contact sheet can be completed by clicking on the registration button below. The emergency contact sheet may also be downloaded from our website at  www.toledorep.org

Scholarship opportunities and payment plans available. For more information, please contact us at (419) 243-9277 or email us at education@toledorep.org

Further details about instructors and classes:

Malik Khalfani (Music):  Malik has been involved in music directing and musical theatre since his middle school and early high school years. He has music directed for Maumee High School and Children's Theatre Workshop. Malik will be music directing for the Toledo Repertoire Theatre's Young Rep production of  Hairspray  in summer 2017. He will also be the vocal director for  A Christmas Carol  this upcoming season He is excited to work with Rep Ed and bring new light to comedy in musical theatre.

Morgan McConnell (Dance): Morgan graduated with a focus in dance from the Toledo School for the Arts. She has been dancing for 16 years and has experience in ballet, tap, jazz, modern/lyrical and hip-hop. Morgan currently teaches at Mini Motions Dance Center in Toledo, Ohio. Her classes will include basic steps for Broadway numbers, how to add personality to dance and coordination with movements.

Angie Patchett  (Acting): Angie is a teacher at the Toledo School for the Arts in the theatre department. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with emphasis on design and technique from the University of Toledo where she is currently working on her Master of Education degree. She is the founding director of the Pemberville Children's Theatre Workshop which will be celebrating its 10th year next summer. She has taught various classes in dance and theatre at multiple schools, summer camps, churches, and YMCA's throughout the Toledo area for over 15 years. She is currently directing the Toledo Rep's production of 110 STORIES and is thrilled to be part of the education department at the Rep.

Have questions about the class?

"Improv for Kids' Workshop
Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer its first ever 'Improv for Kids' Workshop!

In this family-friendly workshop, student's will study the fundamentals of improv comedy through games and exercises that help to develop strong ensemble and character work. This class will develop the student's stage presence, self-confidence, communication skills and respect for other performers and their creativity. The class culminates with a brief demonstration performance.

Ages 7-11 
(Oct. 15 from 12:30-3:30pm)

Ages 12-17 
(Oct. 22 from 12:30-3:30pm)

Workshops held at The Toledo Rep.  Registration $15.00

Further details about our Improv Program Director:

Nick Morgan trained in improv at The Second City Theater in Chicago, IL and iO (formerly Improv Olympic). He graduated the Conservatory program at The Second City, whose notable alumni include Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. Nick performed improv at The Playground Theater, with longtime house team 'Wing Night' and wrote and performed his original show 'Karl Lighter's Hour of Power' at The Second City's Skybox Theater. Nick is a former Board member here at The Rep and is fortunate enough to have performed in two productions on the 10th St. Stage.

Have questions about our Improv for Kids Workshop? Email: education@toledorep.org

Adult Improv Classes  at The Rep!

Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer Adult Improv classes beginning
Sunday, October 16th

Classes held every Sunday, October 16th - November 20th

Each class level will meet at the following time in The Rep's Brown Building:

Level 1:
6pm - taught by Erin Kanary
Level 2:
Noon - taught by Martin Verni
Level 3:
3pm - taught by Nick Morgan

There will be a combined level Improv Showcase on the evening of Monday, November 21st at 7pm at The Toledo Rep.

Registration for all levels of Improv is $125.00

Further details about instructors and classes:

Level 1 - Instructor Erin Kanary

Level 1 introduces students to the principles of improvisation. Learn improv in a pressure-free environment! No prior experience necessary! Through exercises and performance games, students will focus on short-form improvisation ('Whose Line is it Anyway?'). Upon completing Level 1, you will have learned the fundamentals of improv, while gaining the building blocks of long-form improvisation.

Erin Kanary is a graduate of The Second City Chicago's Improv and Comedy Writing programs. She has also studied comedy writing in Chicago at iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and long form improv at Planet Ant Theatre in Detroit. Erin was a featured writer/performer at Chicago's Sketchfest 2014 and The Second City's Best of the Box 2014. Erin is currently a house ensemble member at ComedySportz Detroit and performs improv in the back of many poorly-lit bars in Detroit.

Level 2 - Instructor Martin Verni

Level 2 says 'yes, and...' to Level 1 and continues to reinforce and build upon the foundations established in Level 1. This class will focus heavily on object work, environment and emotions and introduce the class to the principles of long-form improvisation. The class will learn to string two-person and group scenes together in a montage centered around a single suggestion and theme.

Martin Verni  has taught and performed improvisation for over a decade in both New York City and Chicago. He began at Second City's NYTC and has performed at the Upright Citizen's Brigade and Gotham City Improv. Upon moving to Chicago, he continued his training at iO (formerly Improv Olympic) and performed with Cowlick at The Playground Theater. Martin is proud to have shared the stage with such emerging comedic luminaries as Lauren Lapkus, Lennon Parham and Leslie Meisel. In addition to improvisation, Martin has performed in numerous plays, was a background performer for Saturday Night Live and appeared as an Eminem look-a-like for the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.

Level 3 - Instructor Nick Morgan

Level 3 continues to reinforce and build upon the foundations established in Level 2. This class will continue to build on scenes, group scenes and long form concepts. It will continue to focus on object work, environment and emotions and working on single suggested themes.

Nick Morgan trained in improv at The Second City Theater in Chicago, IL and iO (formerly Improv Olympic). He graduated the Conservatory program at The Second City, whose notable alumni include Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey. Nick performed improv at The Playground Theater, with longtime house team 'Wing Night' and wrote and performed his original show 'Karl Lighter's Hour of Power' at The Second City's Skybox Theater. Nick is a former board member here at The Rep and is fortunate enough to have performed in two productions on the 10th St. stage.

* Level 2 Improv and Level 3 Improv are only open to those with previous improv experience *

Have questions about which level class you belong?Email: education@toledorep.org

Holy Toledo LaughFest!

We are thrilled to announce the first-ever Holy Toledo LaughFest coming to the Glass City this October!

Holy Toledo LaughFest is a community-wide festival of laughter. The event will feature a diverse lineup of stand-up comedy, improvisational groups, film, comedic authors, live theatre and a showcase for local talent. The month-long celebration of comedy includes events throughout Northwest Ohio at multiple venues including The Stranahan Theatre, Hensville, The Valentine Theatre, Huntington Center, Imagination Station, The Toledo Repertoire Theatre and many more!

Friday, September 30 - Friday, October 28

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is excited to offer the following events and programs during Holy Toledo LaughFest:

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]
September 30, October 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8:00pm
October 2 & 9 at 2:30pm

Featuring all 37 plays, including sonnets, in 97 minutes! This updated 21st-century production is an irreverent, witty, fast-paced romp through the Bard's entire canon. If you like Shakespeare, you will love this show! If you hate Shakespeare, you will love this show!

A Night of Improv at The Toledo Rep
Oct. 14 & 15 at 8:00pm

A weekend dedicated to improv comedy featuring Toledo's finest improvisers, performers include graduates of Chicago's famed Second City Conservatory, former ComedySportz ensemble members and graduates of our very own Rep Ed Improv Program!

Laughing matters at the
Toledo Repertoire Theatre

Photo Credit: Heather Ballmer Meyer

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is going for laughs along with the learning in its Fall Young Rep offerings. One workshop, "Comedy Improvisation for Kids," will even be part of the Holy Toledo Laughfest.

Toledo Production of Documentary Play Reflects on Terrorist Attacks

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 left an indelible mark on the  soul of America. All who witnessed that day have their own story of how the events affected them. At the crossroads of these stories lies the emotional truth.  This idea- to bring together numerous narratives in an effort to construct a more complete picture of the events of 9/11- is the heart of 110 Stories, Sarah Tuft's "docu-play" to be performed in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the attacks.


'110 Stories' echoes the voices of 9/11

Photo Credit: Todd Grinonneau

This weekend the Toledo Repertoire Theatre will present a special event, the play  110 Stories, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

The work, by Sarah Tuft, is based on interviews she conducted as a volunteer in New York after Sept. 11th. The two act play takes the audience through the heart-wrenching, graphic, and unimaginable events of that day, Sarah Sobel-Poage, a member of the Rep's board of trustees, said in an email. She and Christopher McAnall, also a board member, are sponsors of the event.

"I chose to sponsor this production because I think there is human value in being reminded of these tragic events as adults, as well as introducing them to younger generations that did not experience them directly," McAnall said. "I also think this particular retelling of the attack on the World Trade Center is moving precisely because it consists entirely of raw human testimonies. There is nothing sensational or political here.


Sarah Tuft, the playwright of our upcoming production of 110 Stories  sent our cast and crew 'virtual flowers' and 
wished us luck on our performance!

The official account for 110 Stories tweeted our cast and crew wishing them luck this weekend!

The Rep would like to thank:

T he cast and crew of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.  for putting on a very successful production to finish off our Young Rep Season. Mazel tov!

-  Our Season Patrons and Sponsors for their continued support. Thank you for contributing to our 84th Season.

- Off Contact Productions for their donation of our Season Lobby Sign.

- Bob Welly for the donation of a projector for our production of 110 STORIES.

- Kathy McGovern for her 9 devoted and tireless years of service to the Toledo Rep. Your presence will be missed in our office. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.



PLEASE CALL (419) 243-9277
Education is one of the central aspects of our mission here at The 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 and workshops 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
  • 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.

As a thank you for taking our survey, one lucky patron will win a Gold Package season subscription! The Gold Package includes all five Mainstage productions, excluding A Christmas Carol.

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