A Monthly Newsletter from the Toledo Repertoire Theatre
The Reporter, Volume 35 Issue 9
August 2012
The mission of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, founded in 1933, is to educate, entertain and serve Toledo and the surrounding region through live theatre.

Letter from the Artistic Director


Well the dog days of summer are officially upon us. And speaking of dogs, it was so hot last week I saw my dog Sherman chasing the neighbor's cat...and they were both walking. (Is this microphone on?) Thank you...really, you're too kind.

As you can see the scorching heat has even gotten to me a little bit as I begin this high profile piece with useless drivel. I promise September's letter will be much more
informative as our humungous 80th Anniversary Season kicks into high gear with our
talk-of-the town production of Hamlet, directed by the one and only Matthew C. Gretzinger.

But we've still got a lot going on in August, with our Young Rep production of Once on this Island Jr., auditions for our second Mainstage production,
I Hate Hamlet, and
auditions for our three Edgy Rep productions of next season, November, The Pillowman, and You've Got Hatemail. Such a busy month, thank goodness we've got 31 days to pack
it all in.

Interested in volunteering? We're always on the search for folks willing to jump in the pool with us here. Just drop me a line at sburnette@toledorep.org and tell me a little
about yourself and what interests you have in the theatre, and we'll put you to work quicker than you can say, "Chick-fil-A!"

In closing, I urge you to check our website at www.toledorep.org for more details on everything touched on in this REPorter. In particular please take a look at the link entitled United We Weigh. We'd like to do our part to feed some hungry folks less fortunate than ourselves next season, and we're counting on you to help us make that happen.

Kindest of Regards,
Steve Burnette

Care to Join the Circle?

The educational arm of the Toledo Rep, affectionately known as "Rep Ed,"is looking to expand our file of teachers and directors.
Are you experienced in teaching music, choreography, or drama?
Have you directed children's or teen's theatre productions? Do you enjoy
working with young performers?

Rep Ed offers a full spectrum of opportunity for teachers and directors.
We have a school year program, divided into three trimesters of Saturday
morning classes. Dance, vocal music, and drama are taught to students
ranging in ages from 7 through 16. Our Showcase performance is a brief
program which is presented on the final day of each trimester session.
The Rep Ed students perform in age-division groups, and all join together for opening and closing numbers. We also offer three separate summer sessions, running for one week each, again for ages 7 through16.

Young Rep, part of the Rep Ed department, presents three productions per year; one musical and one straight play for ages 7 through 13; and one
musical for ages 14 through 19. The shows chosen for the 2012/2013 season are; It's a Wonderful Neverland, and Guys and Dolls Jr. for the 7 through 13 year olds, and Fiddler on the Roof for ages 14 through 19. Please note the students must be no older than 19 at the time of performance.

Interested? We'd love to hear from you. Send us your resume, with a brief
letter telling us why you'd like to join our band of merry men and women.
Send your information to Lois Dietzer, The Toledo Repertoire Theatre,
Rep Ed Department, 16 Tenth Street, Toledo, OH 43604, or email Lois at
Useless Theatre Trivia  

Annie Warbucks, the sequel to Annie was originally titled Annie 2, Miss Hanigan's Revenge
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Book by Lynn Ahrens 
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based on My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy
Directed by Shauna Newbold
Young Rep Production, Ages 6-13


August 16, 17, 18, & 19, 2012 


















With its beautiful story and catchy Caribbean inspired score, Once on This Island, Jr. is a feast for the heart, mind, and soul. The highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run.


The show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods, who rule the island, guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred, and death. The moving score includes such songs as "Waiting for Life," "Forever Yours," and "Pray." Once on This Island, Jr. has a moving message about the power of love and self-sacrifice.


Events Calendar
Once on this Island, Jr.
A Young Rep Production
August 16, 17, 18, 19, 2012
Tenth Street Stage
September 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 2012
Tenth Street Stage
For more information please click here
Casting Call

All auditions are at 1 PM at the Tenth Street Stage unless otherwise indicated.
I Hate Hamlet
Directed by Barbara Barkan
August 11 at 1 PM & 12 at 3 PM, 2012
Sides available August 1st 


November, The Pillowman, You've Got Hatemail
Edgy Rep Readings
Directed by Tracy Lustic, Stephen Harrick, Cindy Bilby
August 25, 2012


A Christmas Carol
Directed by Deb Calabrese
September 8 from 9-12 for children, 1-5 for adults, 2012
at the Toledo School of the Arts


The War of the Worlds
A Special Event
Directed by Kate Argow
September 15, 2012


The Fox on the Fairway
Directed by Carol Ann Erford
October 6, 2012 


It's a Wonderful Neverland
A Young Rep Production
November 17, 2012

Death of a Salesman
Directed by F. Scott Regan
December 8 & 9, 2012


The Laramie Project & The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later
A Special Event
Directed by Rosie Best
January 5, 2013


The MOMologues
A Special Event
Directed by Elizabeth Cottle
February 16, 2013


The Drowsy Chaperone
Directed by Deb Calabrese
March 23 & 24, 2013
at the Toledo School for the Arts


Fiddler on the Roof
A Young Rep Production
May 4, 2013


Guys and Dolls, Jr.
A Young Rep Production
May 18 at 2 PM, 2013

For more information please click here
Season Tickets
Our 80th Anniversary Season Tickets are on sale now! And while the per-show ticket is slightly more than last year, the season ticket price has remained the same, giving you greater savings with the same flexibility you've come to expect.
Wish List
Stage Crew Volunteers 
Additional consistent rehearsal space
If you would like to volunteer please contact Kathy at kmcgovern@toledorep.org

Contest?  Did someone say Contest?


Last month's intentionally misspelled word was "intentionaly". Congratulations to everyone that spotted it, you know who you are. Now spot this month's misspelled word and get your name in the hopper for a year-end special grand prize package chosen especially for you.

Theatre Manners and Advice with Entertainment Etiquette ExpertWilma Seatsbetaken

 J. Biden from Dover writes...Dear Wilma, I have appreciated your theatre etiquette advice over the past several months, especially your July column because I can't tell you how many times I've been in that fellow's situation. Your insight and clear message has been a Godsend to the theatre community. If I had one critique however it would be this; sometimes your answers get a little bit lengthy. Take it from an expert on hyperbole, once the writer's initial question has been answered there's no reason to drone on, elaborate or offer conjecture. It's simply a waste of time, and most readers have tuned out by then anyway. Plus, the longer you go, the more it starts to look like maybe you don't know what you're talking about. Been there! And remember, we're a microwave society now so in the future do you think maybe you could shorten your answers just a wee little bit?

Dear J. Sure.
Do you have a question for Wilma?  Please drop Wilma a line at Wilma@toledorep.org and perhaps your question will be published and answered in our next e-Newsletter.
"But probably not, so don't get your hopes up." -WS