Fun Home
September 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, & 30

October 26, 27, 28 & November 1, 2, 3, 4

A Christmas Carol
[The Valentine Theatre]
November 30, December 1 & 2

Bus Stop
January 11, 12, 13, 17, 18,
19, & 20


A Christmas Carol
September 20
Adults 17+
10th St. Stage

September 22
Youth 7-16
10th St. Stage

Adult Improv Classes:

Level 1
(Ages 18+)
October 7 - November 11
10th St. Stage

Level 2
(Ages 18+)
October 7 - November 11
10th St. Stage

Young Rep Ed
Classes & Workshops:

Make-Up & Costuming
- Workshop -
(Ages 7-17)
October 13
10th St. Stage

Stage Combat
- Workshop -
(Ages 7-17)
November 10
10th St. Stage

Student Showcases:

Fractured Fairy Tales
November 3
at The Rep

Improv at The Rep
November 19
at The Rep
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Toledo Performing Arts!
Volume 42, Issue 1 / September  2018
Letter from the President
It is a privilege to write to you all this month as we open our 86th season  here at The Rep, "Toledo's community theatre since 1933". As the 2nd oldest cultural arts institution in Toledo, we have been entertaining, educating, and serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan for going on 86 years! When I think about the thousands of people who have been impacted by The Rep over the years, it is truly humbling to have an opportunity to help continue this storied legacy of sharing the thrill and excitement of live theatre with the community. As we raise the curtain on our 86th season, it is an honor to have you here and we thank you for your continued support.

We aim to present the very best in live and local theatre here at The Rep and our 2018-2019 season is no exception. This year we're offering a diverse array of shows with something for everyone: multiple Tony-award winning works, a Pulitzer Prize winner, American classics, contemporary hits, and of course, our holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol. The season starts with the powerful musical Fun Home, recipient of multiple accolades, including the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical. Fortunately, season subscriptions are still available as well, where you can save the most money on tickets.

Beyond our shows, we continue to offer a diverse curriculum of classes and workshops year-round to both children and adults. Be sure to check them out if you've never done so before. Expect to see numerous partnerships throughout the year as well, as we continue to collaborate with other organizations in the community. Last but not least, we hope you'll start to notice some changes around the theatre this year as we work to make the necessary repairs, renovations, and improvements that will allow The Rep to continue to be a community leader for years to come.

Thank you again for playing a part in our story and letting us play a part in yours as well; for helping us create a vibrant community through live theatre. We look forward to presenting the high-quality productions and classes you have come to expect while continuing to provide a creative and supportive environment for our local theatre artists.  

I look forward to serving you and seeing you at The Rep!  

Christopher A. McAnall

An Opportunity, and a Challenge...can you help?

For more than 30 years, The Rep has enriched the holiday season  with its lavish and heartwarming annual staging of A Christmas Carol. First  presented at the theatre's 10th Street stage in 1983, then the Peristyle and  the Stranahan Theatre, this historic production has now found the perfect  home in the historic Valentine Theatre, where it has been  performed for many years. For many Toledo children, the school  performances of A Christmas Carol are their first exposure to the magic of  live theatre.

While the years have deepened and improved the show, they have  not been kind to the complicated Christmas Carol stage sets which, every  year, are taken down and taken apart and sent into storage for eleven  months. The process of loading, unloading, setting-up and taking down has  taken a natural toll, as has normal wear and tear. Factor in the occasional  unforeseen bump and bang, and the need for repairs and upgrades  becomes clear. For reasons of safety as well as aesthetics, the entire Christmas Carol set needs careful and thoughtful rehabilitation, and that  expense is not within our regular budget.

But with your help, there's a solution; a Christmas miracle, if  you will.

The Rep has received a challenge grant, from The Andersons Fund Supporting Organization of the Toledo Community Foundation. If we  can raise $12,500, they will match it, and Charles Dickens' London will be  reborn, more beautiful (and safer) than ever! Please consider a donation,  large or small, to keep this holiday tradition alive for years to come.

Thank you.

or call (419) 243-9277 to donate


In Partnership with Bartz Viviano, the Toledo Rep is proud to offer you flower bouquets for your favorite cast or crew member to be delivered to them in their dressings rooms before the show!

Small Bouquet - $15.00
A hand-tied bouquet of fresh seasonal flowers.

Large Bouquet - $20.00
A hand-tied bouquet of fresh seasonal flowers and 3 roses.

Roses - $25.00
A hand-tied bouquet of one dozen red roses.


Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Julie Zatko

Sponsored by: Bersticker-Scott Funeral Home Sarah Sobel-Poage and Christopher McAnall

"FUN HOME" Is presented through special arrangement with  SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
September 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29 at 8:00pm
September 23 & 30 at 2:30pm
A Northwest Ohio Regional Premiere Production!

Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile and brilliant father whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. 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.

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

Photo Credit: Elfhouse Photography
Did you know that to coincide with our run of Fun Home, the Toledo Rep is selling Alison Bechdel's book "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic"?!  We are offering this award-winning graphic novel for sale at a special price to our patrons during the run of the show.  Books may be purchased at the theatre's Box Office. Grab one and discover the entire backstory of this amazing Tony award-winning musical!

"Fun Home"
Only $14 at The Rep box office!
(that's cheaper than Amazon!)

A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.  This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel's sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, it's a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.

All proceeds go to benefit the Toledo Rep.

The mission of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre is to educate, entertain, and serve the Toledo area through live theatre. The Rep is also devoted to giving back to the community that has given so much to us over these past 86 years! As part of that pledge, we regularly join forces with other organizations in order to better serve the needs of our community.

As part of our ongoing outreach initiative, The Rep will be partnering with Harvey House of Northwest Ohio during our production of  FUN HOME. We will be holding a donation drive during the run to collect items for the Harvey House youth. Please see the list below for details. The best part is... they are requesting LBGTQ+ books for their kids!  We hope Alison Bechdel would be proud. They will also be accepting monetary donations for their LGBTQ+ youth at their table in the lobby set up during the September 21 and 22 performances of FUN HOME.

Donations may be dropped off or put in the allocated boxes in our lobby during normal Toledo Rep office hours or during any of our  FUN HOME performances!

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.

Visit the Harvey House table set up in our lobby during the September 21 and 22 performances of  FUN HOME! Representatives will be on hand with resource information and to answer any questions you might have about their organization or how you can get involved with Harvey House of Northwest Ohio!

A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Jex and Debra Ross Calabrese
Directed by Bill Quinlan

Adults 17+
September 20th
10th Street Stage

Youth (7-16)
September 22nd
10th Street Stage

Please bring something traditional to sing, a Christmas song is preferred, and comfortable shoes in which to move and dance.

Looking for actors ages 7+
All roles are open - (except Scrooge)

Note from the Director, Bill Quinlan
  A Christmas Carol is a holiday staple for many families because of you! I am incredibly excited to be working with our wonderfully talented production team as I take the helm of the good ship "God Bless Us... Everyone" for the first time. There will be some changes in the way we approach the show. But still, in the end, it's the classic Dickens' tale of Scrooge's redemption.

Toledo's best-loved and biggest theatrical event returns to the Glass City for its 36th straight year this November, when the Toledo Repertoire Theatre stages the holiday classic  A Christmas Carol.

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!

Show dates:
November 30, December 1 & 2, 2018

Questions or concerns, please call (419) 243-9277 or please feel free to contact the director, Bill Quinlan, at  bq1197@yahoo.com   or (419) 902-0608

Adult Improv Classes

Our Rep Ed program is excited to offer our Fall Adult Improv classes, for ages 18 years or older, beginning October 7th and running through November 11th! 

Improv at The Rep

October 7 - November 11
(Sundays, 1:00pm - 3:30pm)

October 7 - November 11
( Sundays, 4:00pm - 6:30pm)

* Level 2 classes are open to students with previous improv experience. *

Classes are held in the Toledo Rep's rehearsal space the "Brown Building", situated across the parking lot from our main theatre at 16 10th Street.

There will be a combined class level Improv Showcase the evening of
Monday, November 19th at 7:00pm at The Rep.

Registration for all levels of Adult Improv is $125.00

Further Class Details:

Level 1 Improv - Beginner's Introduction to Improv

Improv Level 1 will introduce students to the wonderful unscripted world of playing pretend with other adults. This class will introduce students to the foundations of improv, including the basics of creating that very first scene. Throughout these six weeks, students will learn object work, back-and-forth improv and the lost art of listening.

The course will introduce students to games and experiences designed to let creativity flow freely and foster a dynamic and collaborative environment.

No experience necessary! Come ready to play!

Level 2 Improv - Advanced Improv

In Improv Level 2, individuals who are more experienced with Improv have the opportunity to enhance their object work, scene work and scene creation abilities.

This course will build upon the skills and techniques learned in Level 1 and explore character development. Students will learn how to bring their improv characters to life and experiment with physical comedy.


Paul Fruhwirth

Paul was first bitten by the acting bug when he was only two months old. Once he recovered from the infection, he landed his first starring role as Baby Jesus in his neighborhood holiday pageant at only four months old. Later in life, Paul went on to have a love for the theatre, comedy, improv, sketch writing, and stand-up comedy. Beginning in 2012, Paul pursued a formalized education at The Second City Training Center in Old Town, a small neighborhood in the city of Chicago. Paul graduated from The Second City's Improv Program, the sketch comedy program, the stand-up comedy program, as well as the Writing for Late Night TV program.

While Paul's first passion is the stage, he has learned to expand that love into corporate America. In order to pay for his addiction to gummy bears and in-app purchases, Paul spends his days facilitating training sessions, sales presentations and traveling across the country on the speaking circuit.

Paul has appeared at Zany's Chicago, The Laugh Factory Chicago, The Second City Etc. Stage, and his sketches have appeared in The Second City's Skybox Theater. His mother is an Instructor of Performing Arts in Chicago, and specifically asked to be included in his biography. Paul's cat, "Melrose Place" or "Melly" for short, does not find him funny in the least.

If you have any questions about which level you should be in 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


"Rep tackles weighty issues with Fun Home"

Fun Home, the Tony Award-winning musical based on the book "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic", by cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, opens Friday at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre in the first of nine performances.

The musical deals with Bechdel's coming of age as she tries to understand her family, especially her volatile and secretive father, who she learns is gay, and understand her own sexuality.  The story is told through the experiences of three Alisons, said  Julie Zatko , The Rep's director. The first, Small Alison, is about 9 years old; but even at that young age she is trying to figure things out and deal with them. Medium Alison is going to college, has her first relationship, and comes out as a lesbian to her parents. The third is Alison in her 40s as she starts to write the book and works through the past, including her father's death.  

The musical is very moving, Zatko said. There are strong emotional moments, but there are joyous moments and moments of humor in the story too.  "There's a line in a song, 'Am I falling into nothingness or flying into something so sublime'," Zatko said. "All those situations in your life, you can either decide to let it beat you, or you can fly above it."


Toledo loves love- and equality- so it's no surprise that The Toledo Rep chose to debut Fun Home, the true story of lesbian graphic novelist Alison Bechdel. The musical moves fluidly between past and present, reliving Alison's unique childhood at the family's Bechdel Funeral Home.

Director Julie Zatko disclosed that she has always been a fan of the book and Alison Bechdel's works, which piqued her interest to  direct the musical adaptation. Zatko confesses, "I sometimes find myself at rehearsal overwhelmed by this opportunity that has been given to me, and how lucky I am to be where I am in this moment in time. [Bechdel's] story means so much to me; it means so much to many. No matter your background, you will relate to this story on some level."

Toledo Blade
"Campers learn the ins and outs of theater."

 Rainbow at The Rep!
In honor of our opening night of the Northwest Ohio regional premiere of Fun Home, Streetspun spun  some rainbow love to commemorate this event!  The front of the theatre is wrapped in a rainbow in honor of the opening of our 86th Season, the opening night of Fun Home, our wonderful LGBTQ+ community, and Alison Bechdel's inspiring story. Toledo really does love love!

(Photo Credit: Streetspun)
"Photograph 51" at Imagination Station's Genetics Weekend!
  During Imagination Station's "Crack the Code: Genetics Weekend" from August 16-19, the Toledo Rep  provided their life-size 6' tall replica of Crick and Watson's 1953 DNA model that demonstrates one complete turn of DNA's helical structure. This model, along with the x-ray crystallography cameras, including a re plica of the Phillip's micro-camera, were used during the Toledo Rep's production of PHOTOGRAPH 51, which told the story of scientist Rosalind Franklin and the race to discover the structure of DNA.

The Rep has many exciting community outreach events and activities coming up this season, so be sure to follow us on social media to be kept up to date on all the exciting things happening at the Toledo Rep, "Toledo's Community Theatre Since 1933"!

(Photo Credit: Chris McAnall and Sarah Sobel)
On August 4th our phenomenal cast of Heathers the Musical (High School Edition) competed at OCTA Jr. Our teens did an outstanding job representing the talented youth that we have at the Toledo Rep  and took home many awards in recognition of their great accomplishments!

(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel, Dom Glover, Tristan Daniels, and Savannah Yepez)
The Toledo Rep Takes PRIDE In Our Community
On August 18th, the Toledo Rep and the cast of our upcoming musical Fun Home were out REPresenting The Rep and showing our support for Toledo PRIDE during Toledo's annual PRIDE parade and festival! We are so proud to live in a city that supports and loves our beautiful and diverse community!

(Photo Credit:  Julie Zatko, Ben Jameson,  Sarah Sobel, and Chris McAnall)
FUN HOME Special Delivery!
Our FUN HOME really started to take shape, thanks to our shiny new casket that was graciously gifted to us by
Bersticker-Scott Funeral Home!


(Photo Credit: Sarah Sobel)
Definition of This Gala
On August 11th, the Toledo Rep brought a little piece of Hollywood to Toledo during Thea Grabiec's "Definition of This" movie fundraiser gala!

Guests were a part of this Toledo Native making silver screen history as they arrived in style to a red carpet and a photographer waiting to snap their picture.  Hollywood actress Julie Dolan (Gilmore Girls and the voice of Princess Leia for Disney LucasFilm Projects) flew in from LA to take part in the event.

Thank you to all who took part in this memorable event and supported Thea on her road to silver screen stardom!

(Photo Credit: Ben Jameson )

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 and crew of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. for putting on such a fun and wonderful production last month. We are extremely grateful for the time and talent that these young actors gave to this show, as well as the amazing work of our crew and production team.
- The following individuals, businesses, and organizations who donated time, materials and tools to make significant renovations and improvements to our stage electrical and lighting systems: Mark Koester, James Norton, Scott Korczynski, Nate Eaton, Pete Meyer, Pat Cryan, Zachary Bailey, Tyler Bentley, Scott Cousino, Alexander Crosser, Nicholas Edgar, Austin Fleck, Kurtis Lucht, Christopher Puhl, RMF Nooter, Inc., The Toledo Electrical Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee (TEJATC), International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 8, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Ohio/Michigan Chapter.
- Everyone who participated with us in the Toledo Pride Parade, as well as those that volunteered at our Toledo Pride Festival booth.
- The R. A. Stranahan, Jr. Charitable Advised Fund and the Toledo Community Foundation for recently awarding The Rep a generous $2500 grant, as well as a $2500 matching challenge grant.
- Bersticker-Scott Funeral Home, Sarah Sobel-Poage, and Christopher McAnall for sponsoring our season opener, Fun Home.
- Bersticker-Scott Funeral Home for graciously donating a casket to the theatre for use in our season opener, Fun Home.
- The cast and crew of Fun Home for gracing us with such a beautiful, relevant, and powerful production. We cannot express enough gratitude for the time and talent that these actors are putting into this show, as well as the hard work of the crew and production team.

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.

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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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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