The REPorter, volume 36 issue 6February 2013

Letter from the Artistic Director


My father used to say to me, "Steve, there are two kinds of people in this world."  I asked him to elaborate, but he just drifted off to sleep.  Dad had a thyroid issue.


Welcome to our February letter.  Ah yes, February...the shortest month of the year yet jammed pack with so many 'special' days.  The month that gives us Valentine's Day, President's Day, Ground Hog Day, Artistic Director Appreciation Week, Mardi gras, Sword Swallower's Day (the 28th) and the Super Bowl, just to name a handful.  Of course having been a lifelong Detroit Lion's fan, Super Bowl Sunday has never really held too much weight for me as my Lions are usually out of contention in early October, just after the start of the new theatre season.


And speaking of the new theatre season, we are inching ever so close to announcing our big 81st season.  A season filled with lots of laughter, and perhaps a little more music than we've offered in the past as of late. So stay "tuned", we hope to announce our season by the first of April.


But let's not get ahead of ourselves, because there's far too much still going on in this our 80th Anniversary season.  And this month is certainly no exception, with our sold out Edgy Rep Reading of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, directed by Stephen Harrick, kicking things off right out of the box on February 2.  Shortly following The Pillowman we have auditions on February 16 for our Special Event production of The Momologues, directed by Elizabeth Cottle and set to play the Tenth Street Stage on Mother's Day weekend, May 9 to 12.  This comedic tribute to Moms everywhere is a great gift idea to help celebrate Mom's special day.


And finally, February 22-24 you'll have the chance to see some of the most talented kids in Northwest Ohio as they take to our stage in the Rep Ed production of It's a Wonderful Neverland.  Billed as a perfect blend of It's a Wonderful Life and Peter Pan, with just a pinch of music, It's a Wonderful Neverland is directed by long-time favorite and invaluable contributor to the Rep in so many ways, Eileen Eddy.


Remember to check out our links, Thrifty Thespian Thursday, United We Weigh, The Legacy Project, and Auditions as well as others. And if you happen to be interested in volunteering, because we're always looking for folks to volunteer in any number of capacities, then please contact Kathy McGovern or Scott Heuerman, and before you know it we'll have you hauling lumber, seating a patron, hanging a stage light, gathering props, helping with costumes, or washing Kathy's hair in no time.    


So as the biting, frigid air of February makes us long for the warm days of spring, I am reminded by what my oft drowsy and sometimes prophetic father used to say to me, "Steve, there are two kinds of weather... sssnnnzzzzzzz."



It's a Wonderful Neverland, Young Rep Production, Ages 7 - 13 
by Patrick Greene & Jason Pizzarello

February 22, 23, 24, 2013 


A clever blend of It's a Wonderful Life and Peter Pan, with a pinch of music. 


Purchase tickets here.

The Laramie Project The Laramie Project/ The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, a special event     
by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project 
Directed by Rosie Best   

March 7-10, 2013


Back to back productions of the two docu-dramas based off the interviews with Laramie Wyoming residents, 1) immediately after the murder of gay college student, Matthew Sheppard, and then 2) the return trip 10 years later. The original will move you, the follow-up will shock you.



Purchase tickets here.

Events Calendar
The Pillowman - SOLD OUT
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
Casting Call 

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


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


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Wish List 

Consistent additional rehearsal space
Stage Crew Volunteers
Grants writer
Ushers for our shows


If you would like to volunteer or donate an item from this list, please contact Kathy at
Useless Theatre Trivia

Prior to just recently becoming available for any amateur theatre group in the country to present, the musical Les Miserables, which opened on Broadway in March of 1987, played for 6,680 performances. A number of national tours and international productions later, Les Miz returned to Broadway in 2006 for another lengthy run, and is tentatively scheduled to return to Broadway for a third time in early 2014.

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Rep Ed Director Opening


Do YOU have what it takes to be the Toledo Rep's next Rep Ed Director?


Our wonderful Rep Ed Director, Lois Dietzer, is moving on. She is joining the circus as a tutor for the children of the clowns.  Actually, after far too many years of a long-distance marriage Lois will be joining her husband in Grand Rapids, MI.  (She tells me she can't wait to meet him) We at the Rep are happy for Lois and this wonderful opportunity for her personally, but saddened that she will be leaving us.  We thank Lois for her hard work, long hours, and dedication to the program, and wish her the very best in her future endeavors.


With Lois's departure comes an opening for the position of Rep Ed Director.  The qualified candidate must have theatrical experience, both in performing and directing. Teaching experience or having worked with children/teens is vital. This person must be responsible, organized, and communicate clearly and regularly with the Artistic Director, Business Manager, Board President, teachers, staff, students and parents.  The Rep Ed Director must be flexible with his/her time, self-motivated, disciplined, and able to devote time to the details of the job. Responsibilities include being part of the teaching team for Rep Ed classes and summer camps. Meetings with the teaching staff to decide upon the materials to use for each session are required. The director should be able to choose appropriate material for the students so that their performance is a positive experience for them, as well as for the Rep.


The Rep Ed Director works with the Artistic Director in selecting the Young Rep plays, as well as interviewing and hiring directors and Rep Ed staff. The Rep Ed Director is a part-time position, and more a labor of love than a compatible compensation, though there is a small stipend offered.


We are looking to fill this position soon.  If interested please send an email notice of interest along with an attached resume to      

Theatre Manners and Advice with Entertainment Etiquette ExpertWilma Seatsbetaken


L. Gaga from Temperance writes... Dear Wilma, when the Toledo Rep does a musical are all the performers actually singing live, or are some lip-syncing to a pre-recorded tape?


Dear L.  While lip-syncing, or as I like to call it, "phoning it in" may seem all the rage recently at certain major political shin-digs and sporting events, you can rest-assured that any song sung from the Tenth Street stage is coming straight out of our performer's mouth, complete with passion, honesty, and perhaps sometimes a little too much spit.  My closer than the fourth row for the musicals.  Thanks for writing.     


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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