Volume 38, Issue 2
December 2014

Letter from the President


Dear Theatre Colleagues,

 

December is a month of preparation. For many of us, we "shop 'til we drop" then wrap gifts for family and friends.  We may decorate our homes with garland, mistletoe, and, of course, the family Christmas tree. Our Jewish friends ready their hearts for Hannukah, the Festival of Lights. Our Christian friends prepare for the birth of Christ in this season of Advent. The Rep has been carefully preparing for our holiday gift to Toledo, A Christmas Carol.

 

This year's production has a much-needed technical update thanks to The Andersons and dedicated volunteers. The Andersons gave us a generous sponsorship that allowed us to make necessary repairs to our set, purchase and renovate the costumes, and update our props and set pieces. Chip Eddy, Rose Perry, Mark McGovern, Kathy McGovern, Eileen Eddy, Jamie Naragon, and her student crew spent countless hours repairing Scrooge's home and the city of London. Costumer James M. Norman created new dresses for Melinda Cratchit and Fan, along with purchasing new frock coats for the men's ensemble. The entire production of A Christmas Carol is now truly dressed in its "holiday best."

 

Our eighty-member cast and top-notch production team have been hard at work to create entertaining and inspiring performances. Deb Calabrese and David Jex return to helm to the show. Paul Causman and Heath Huber reprise their roles as Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit, respectively. We also have some new faces in the cast: David Daniel Scott as Mr. Fezziwig, Katie Driscoll as Mrs. Fezziwig, and Jennifer Braun as Millie, to name just a few. Patrick Barrett joins us this season as vocal director. We return to the beautiful, historic Valentine Theatre for three joyful performances on December 5, 6, 7. Call 419-242-2787 for tickets. We hope you and your family can join us for this Toledo holiday tradition.

 

Do your kids need some winter fun? The Rep's education wing can help with two adventurous happenings. Auditions will be held on Saturday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m. for the Young Rep production, The Very Unmerry Adventures of Robin Hood. Directed by Jill Reinstein, this high-energy show has many roles for your talented young performers. Do your children have stars in their eyes? Consider signing them up for Rep Ed classes in January. The classes will meet on eight consecutive Saturdays from January 10 through February 28. The young performers will work on acting skills, movement, and singing. Each session culminates with a performance showcase for family and friends. Let your children experience the thrill of theatre this winter season!

 

The New Year will ring in the classic, Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward. Under the direction of Matthew Gretzinger, his other-wordly cast, Kendra Beitzel (Edith), Marissa Rex (Ruth),Matt Kizaur (Charles), John Corcoran (Dr. Bradman), Kate Argow (Mrs. Bradman), Cindy Bilby (Madam Arcati), and Kate Abu-Absi (Elvira) will create an ethereal evening of entertainment. Make plans January 16-25 to see this supernatural comedy. 

 

We hope your holidays are filled with joy and wonder. The Rep sends you and your family our best wishes for the happiest of holiday seasons!

 

Theatrically yours,

Amy Spaulding-Heuring
President, Toledo Repertoire Theatre

Coming Soon:

  

A Christmas Carol

December 5, 6, 7

 

This timeless tale of redemption follows Ebenezer Scrooge as he is transformed by the spirits of Christmases 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!

 

To be performed at The Valentine Theatre (410 Adams St.)


 

Ticket Information

The Feast of Christmas Present

 

Please join us for a special holiday treat at Manhattan's Restaurant on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 5 - 8p.m., immediately following the matinee performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

 

Let the Spirit of Christmas Present bestow upon you good cheer, an opulent repast, mirth-and, oh yes, plenty of wassail at a fundraiser hosted by our dear friends at Manhattan's (located at 1516 Adams).

 

Revelers will enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet, holiday raffles, live music and, of course, spirited songs of the season by the Dickens Singers. All proceeds of the event benefit The Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

 

Tickets are $20, purchased in advance by calling Manhattan's Restaurant at 419-243-6675. Tickets also available at the door for $25.

Do Your Holiday Shopping At The Rep!

 

Are you looking for gifts for that theatre person in your life? Consider shopping at the Rep. During the production of A Christmas Carol, we will be selling poinsettias and Foodie cards. We also have new t-shirts, sweatshirts, and reusable cloth totes.

 

Purchase a gift certificate for any of our upcoming productions. For the child in your life, give the gift of theatre by purchasing a session of Rep Ed classes. All the sales will support Rep programming.  

Scrooge Is Finally Here!

 

Scrooge's Favorite Things went live today! Winners will be announced every day until December 12. Check the website daily to see if you're a winner. 

 

Thank you to all who purchased tickets this year. Your donation will support Rep programs in the coming year!  

Thank You To France Stone!

 

The France Stone Foundation has awarded the Toledo Rep a $2500 grant for a second year in a row. The monies will be used to purchase tools for our scene shop, continue Thrifty Thespian Thursdays, and support our excellent programming. We deeply appreciate the generosity of the France Stone Foundation.  

#GivingTuesday

 

Join the national movement to help non-profits by supporting the Toledo Rep on Giving Tuesday. Please support the Rep and its family programming by making a tax-deductible contribution on December 2. The Toledo Rep is the second-oldest continuously operating arts organization in Toledo. Our legacy of excellence can only continue from the generosity of our patrons sustaining the talent of our local artists. Thank you!  

Upcoming Events

 

Productions:

A Christmas Carol

December 5, 6, 7

 

Blithe Spirit

January 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25

 

All Aboard the Marriage Hearse
February 13, 14, 15

 

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot March 20 & 21 
Studio A at the Valentine Theatre

 

Auditions:

The Very Unmerry Adventures of Robin Hood

December 13

1:00 p.m.

(Young Rep performers, ages 7-13)

 

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

January 10

1:00 p.m.

 

The Taming of the Shrew
February 7 & 8
1:00 p.m.


 

(All auditions are on Saturday at the 10th Street Stage.)

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Thrifty Thespian Thursday
 
If you like to go to the theatre on Thursday nights, while saving a little bit of green to use towards that empty gas tank of yours, then you might want to take advantage of our Thrifty Thespian Theatre Thursday!  Simply come to the box office in person between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM prior to that same Thursday evening's Mainstage performance, and if there are any available seats you can purchase your ticket in person for that same evening for just $10.00!  That's a 50% savings off the regular single ticket price!
 
This special applies to our Thursday night Mainstage plays only. The season-ending musical and our special events are excluded.  No other discounts or coupons apply with this special.

Thrifty Thespian Thursdays are made possible by generous grants from the Baumker Family Foundation and the France Stone Foundation
Wish List 

Consistent additional rehearsal space
Stage Crew Volunteers
Ushers for our shows
Reliable audio/sound & 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 volunteer or donate an item from this list, please contact Kathy at kmcgovern@toledorep.org

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre
16 10th Street, Toledo, OH 43604
419-243-9277  www.toledorep.org