Volume 37, Issue 4
February 2014
Letter from the Artistic Director

 

Dear Friend of the Rep,

 

2014 is off to a shining start. Not only was Noises Off a roaring success (Kudos to our talented cast and crew!)-but, with that production, we were also delighted to welcome a new member to The Rep's administrative staff, William J Priest, our new Technical Director!

 

Bill comes to us with an extensive background in theatre, both technical and on the stage (and a regular in A Christmas Carol); his energy, enthusiasm, creative talents and dedication to The Rep are already brightening our stage. Welcome Bill!

 

Our next production of 2014 is Love Letters, a show that's for anyone who has ever loved. Written by A. R Gurney, the epistolary two-character play follows the 50-year relationship between Andy, an ambitious, stuffy, liberal Republican and Melissa a free spirited and rich, but troubled, artist. The scope of their relationship is chronicled in a series of letters they write to each other over the years-a funny, bittersweet, charming and totally engaging look at two people and the bond they form.

 

In a unique twist that emphasizes the universal nature of love, we present this show with three separate casts of different generations and backgrounds: the Friday evening performance will feature Paul Causman and Shirley Williams; Joe Capucini and Kate Abu-Absi play the roles on Saturday evening; the Sunday matinee will feature Jeff Bell and Barbara Barkan.

 

Directed by Barbara Barkan, Love Letters will run for three performances, February 14th to the 16th. You can see the show once, or for $33 enjoy all three performances. Celebrate Valentine's Day with us on a perfect "date-night" (or three) at The Rep-Toledo's Community Theatre.

 

Coming up later in the spring is Tennessee Williams' classic drama, The Glass Menagerie, opening April 4th at our Tenth Street Theatre.

 

Although it's hard to believe, spring really is on its way. So, if you know of any young theatre fans who are suffering from cabin fever, don't despair-the spring semester of our weekly Rep Ed program is right around the corner. Classes begin Saturday, March 22nd and run through May 17th (no class on April 19th). The 9a.m. to Noon classes at our Tenth Street Theatre teach singing, dancing and acting, as well as stage craft and etiquette. At the end of each semester the students perform a showcase of talent, highlighting their new skills. Rep Ed classes build confidence and character in our students-and they have fun! I truly enjoyed my time last weekend teaching a stage craft class to so many of The Rep's future stars.

 

The theme for the Spring Rep Ed semester is "Living in the USA," classes are for children ages 7 to 16. To register, call 419-243-9277 (or you can register in-person on March 22nd at 8:45a.m.). Registration is $100 per child for the 8-week session and includes a Rep Ed T-shirt.

 

On behalf of The Rep, I wish to extend a special thank you to the Elsie And Harry Baumker Charitable Foundation, Inc. for their generous support in making our Young Rep and Rep Ed programs possible. The Baumker Family Foundation is also a sponsor of our Thrifty Thespian Thursdays-Thank you.

  

And don't forget to mark your calendars for the remaining performances of our 2013 - 2014 season: 

 

Love Letters, February 14, 15, 16

Macbeth: A Kid's Cautionary Tale, March 14, 15, 16 (a Young Rep production)

The Glass Menagerie, April 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13

Moonglow, May 8, 9, 10, 11

Young Frankenstein the Musical, June 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22

Jekyll and Hyde, March 17, 18, 19, 20 (a Young Rep production)

Bugsy Malone, Jr., August 7, 8, 9, 10 (a Young Rep production)

 

(All these performances will take place on our historic Tenth Street Stage.)

 

On with the Show!

Eric L. Hillenbrand
Artistic Director

Now Showing:

  

Love Letters

 

February 14, 15, 16

Directed by Barbara Barkan

 

This Pulitzer Prize-nominated play by A.R. Gurney follows Melissa and Andrew seated at separate tables and reading letters exchanged over a lifetime between the two. Their hopes and dreams, successes and failures are shared over the course of a 50-year relationship in such touching and often humorous honesty, until following an untimely death the very last letter is read, revealing just how much they really meant to each other: though physically apart for most their lives, as emotionally close as only a true lover could be.

 

Ticket Information

Auditions
 
Jekyll & Hyde 
Young Rep Production, Ages 14 - 19
Saturday, May 3
1pm
Performances: July 17-20, 2014

 

Bugsy Malone Jr
Young Rep Production, Ages 7 - 13 
Saturday, May 24
1pm
Performances: August 7-10
 

Wish List 

Consistent additional rehearsal space
Stage Crew Volunteers
Ushers for our shows
Reliable audio/sound and visual equipment 

 

If you would like to volunteer or donate an item from this list, please contact Kathy at kmcgovern@toledorep.org
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.

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