The REPorter, volume 36 issue 4December 2012

Letter from the Artistic Director


As I write this on the afternoon, or the "eve" if you will of the drawing for the 500+ million dollar Powerball lottery I would be less than honest if I didn't admit I have contributed my share to the Powerball jackpot fund.  My wife asked me what I would do if we won.  I corrected her, "You mean if I won?"  Once she finally let me back in the house we continued the conversation and she asked me what portion of that jackpot I would contribute to The Rep.  I reminded her that while the jackpot is indeed over 500 million dollars, once you take the taxes out it's only slightly more than 325 million.  Then you've got to figure in the soon-to-be expiration of the Bush-era tax cut for us rich folks, so there goes another chunk of change.  Then I've got to pay a lawyer to keep me anonymous and out of the newspapers.  And I'm sure I've got to tip some folks for something.  And then there's the dry cleaning bill for my pants after learning that I won... and the next thing you know we're down to a mere 100 million dollars or so.


Now as you read this, the drawing has already taken place.  And while my family may not be the lucky winner, there is a chance that perhaps one of you is.  If that is indeed the case then we urge you to consider making a contribution to The Rep.  And it doesn't even have to be the remaining 100 million.  It can be less.  And on behalf of all of us at The Rep, I thank you in advance for your generosity.


Another busy month for us here, coming right out of the gate with A Christmas Carol at the beautiful, historic Valentine Theatre, November 30 and December 1 at 8:00 and December 2 at 2:30.  Do yourself and your family a favor and take in this great annual tradition directed by the one and only Debra Ross Calabrese, and starring everyone's favorite Ebenezer Scrooge, Paul Causman.  If you haven't seen the show lately, this would be the ideal year to visit us again.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Valentine box office directly at (419)242-2787.  A Christmas Carol is made possible by a grant from the Theater League, enhancing the quality of life in the community we serve with the thrill of live theater.


Then on Saturday and Sunday December 8 and 9 we'll be holding auditions for our April production of Arthur Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning drama, Death of a Salesman, directed by F. Scott Regan right here at our 10th Street location.  Auditions are by appointment so we urge you to call the Rep at (419) 243-9277 to set your audition time.  For more info on the audition please go to and click on the audition link.


We're also well into our rehearsals for our January production of Ken Ludwig's hysterical comedy, The Fox on the Fairway, directed by Carol Ann Erford.  This promises to be another hit, and tickets are on sale now.  By the way, theatre tickets make a great Christmas present as one size does fit all.  And  think about it, you might be giving that gift of theatre to a future Powerball winner, and just imagine how well they'll take care of you if and when they win...after taxes of course.


Thank you all for your continued patronage of YOUR Toledo Rep.


Have a very Blessed and Merry Christmas folks, and a Peaceful, Safe New Year.



A Christmas Carol, a tradition     
Revised by David Jex, Debra Ross Calabrese
& James M. Norman
Directed by Debra Ross Calabrese

November 30, December 1, 2, 2012

At The Valentine Theatre (410 Adams St.)



The beloved family classic that no Toledo Christmas would be complete without. Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and all your favorites will warm your heart and bless your holiday season with The Rep's special on-stage Christmas card to its home community.


Made possible by a grant from Theater League, enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve with the thrill of live theater! 



Purchase tickets here.

Holiday Music from the Dickens Singers

If your group is looking for some unique entertainment why not let the Rep's very own Dickens Singers perform at your upcoming holiday shin-dig? The Dickens Singers is a group of performers with a long history of involvement in the Rep's annual production of
A Christmas Carol, and they are available and eager to sing at your next function, and at a very reasonable rate. For more information please contact Eileen Eddy at (419) 344-2499.
The Fox on the Fairway, a comedy     
Written by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Carol Ann Erford

January 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2013



Mile-a-minute laughs are par for the course with this hysterical farce from the author of the Rep's wildly successful Leading LadiesIt's the annual Interclub Championship and the director of the Quail Valley Golf and Country Club has made a bet he can't afford to lose. The tournament gets turned on its ear with laughter, high jinks, and mistaken identities. 

Purchase tickets here.

REP Ed Saturday Morning Theatre Classes


There's still room for our next session of theatre classes for the young thespian in the family, ages 7 through 16.  Classes are held for eight Saturdays from 9 AM through Noon.  


Our next session begins January 5th, running through February 23rd, 2013.  Cost is $100.00. 


For more information please visit our website and click on the REP Ed link.  To register please call (419) 243-9277 or click here

Events Calendar
A Christmas Carol
Nov 30, Dec 1, 2, 2012
Valentine Theatre (410 Adams St)
The Fox on the Fairway
Jan 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2013
Tenth Street Stage
The Pillowman
An Edgy Rep Reading
Feb 2, 2013
It's a Wonderful Neverland
A Young Rep Produciton
Feb 22, 23, 24, 2013
Tenth Street Stage


For more information please click here
Wish List 

Consistent additional rehearsal space
Stage Crew Volunteers
Copy/Printer paper


If you would like to volunteer or donate an item from this list, please contact Kathy at
Casting Call 

All auditions are at 1 PM at the Tenth Street Stage unless otherwise indicated. 


Death of a Salesman
December 8 & 9
By Appointment, call (419) 243-9277 


The Laramie Project & TLP: 10 Years Later
Special Event
January 5, 2013


The MOMologues
Special Event
February 16, 2013


The Drowsy Chaperone
March 9 & 10, 2013  CHANGE  OF DATE!
at The Toledo School for the Arts
Fiddler on the Roof
Young Rep, ages 14-19
May 4, 2013
Guys and Dolls, Jr.
Young Rep, ages 7-13
May 18 at 2 PM, 2013


For more information please click here
Useless Theatre Trivia

The Cratchit family in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is based loosely on Dickens' own childhood.  And oddly enough, The Rep's own Ebenezer Scrooge Paul Causman actually dines with his feet, manipulating the silverware quite handily with his toes. He also happens to be allergic to plum pudding. Okay, we made the stuff up about Paul.  We just wanted to reward those who were still reading this.

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Thank you.
Theatre Manners and Advice with Entertainment Etiquette Expert, Wilma Seatsbetaken


J. Marley from London writes... Dear Wilma, Sometimes I'll be watching a show, and I really like a certain performer and can't wait to show my appreciation for them with my applause at the end, only to discover they didn't show up to bow.  What's up with that?


Dear J., I can only assume it's a parking meter issue.  One doesn't stand a ghost of a chance beating a ticket in the downtown area since there are so many events going on and so few available parking spaces.  Thanks for writing and have a great Christmas.  


Do you have a question for Wilma?  Please drop Wilma a line at 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

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