Volume 38, Issue 3
January 2015
Letter from the President


 

Dear Theatre Colleagues,

 

Happy New Year! Have you made your New Year's Resolutions yet? What if I helped you make a resolution that you could keep? Intrigued? Read on... Make a resolution to see live theatre in the area in 2015. Of course, come and see us at the Rep.

 

Our first production in 2015 is Noel Coward's ethereal British comedy,  Blithe Spirit. A novelist, looking for inspiration for his next work, has a dinner party inviting a local medium to attend. After an eventful encounter with the "great beyond," his dead wife returns to haunt him and his new wife. Directed by Matthew Gretzinger, the stellar cast includes Matt Kizaur, Marissa Rex, Kate Abu-Absi, Cindy Bilby, Kate Argow, John Corcoran, and Kendra Beitzel. The production team includes Anita Crane (Stage Manager), David Nelms (Set Designer and Lighting Designer), Dorothy Johnson (Technical Manager), Bianca Naves (Costume Designer), John DuVall (Set Dresser), Deb Wallace (Property Master),and Scott Gage (Sound Designer). Please join us January 16-25 for a magical, mystical evening of theatre.

 

Love is in your future for 2015-at the Rep, of course. Join us Valentine's Day week-end (February 13, 14, 15) for the modern romantic comedy, All Aboard the Marriage Hearse. Director Irina Zaurov has put together a delightful cast that will bring contemporary romance to your evening and the Rep.

 

However, there is great live theatre all over the area for you to experience:

  • The Village Players will present the working-class romance, Good People, on January 9-24. The production will be directed by Derek Hansen.
     
  • Our friends at the Valentine Theatre have two shows that will be presented in Studio A, their black box theatre space. The raucous, Southern-fried comedy, Greater Tuna, will be performed January 16-18, 23-25, 30, 31, February 1 (week-ends only). One of the great Sherlock Holmes mysteries, The Hounds of the Baskervilles, will take the stage on March 6-8, 13-15, 27-29 (week-ends only). The Studio A productions are directed by James M. Norman and Elizabeth Cottle, respectively.
     
  • Cross the river to beautiful Oregon, Ohio to check out Oregon Community Theatre's heart-warming comedy, The Boys Next Door, directed by Kevin Harrington on February 13, 14, 20, and 21. OCT mainstage productions are performed in the newly renovated auditorium at Fassett Junior High.
     
  • The Waterville Playshop will present Ken Ludwig's popular comedy, Leading Ladies, on February 13-15 at the Maumee Indoor Theatre.
     
  • Take a scenic drive east out State Route 51 to Genoa, Ohio to Genoa Civic Theatre.Their upcoming production is Much Ado About Murder, directed by Cindi Bush. All productions are performed in the historic Genoa Town Hall on Main Street.
  • If you are a Monty Python fan, 3b Productions will be presenting Spamalot this spring. Take a look at their website for updates.
     
  • The Actor's Collaborative Toledo presents innovative theatre pieces that are performed in unique spaces around the city. Their latest production is Pretty Fire, directed by Barbara Barkan. Pretty Fire will be presented at Trinity Episcopal Church for one performance only February 28. All proceeds from the production will support the Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for their upcoming events.

Don't forget to see educational theatre performed by local student performers and technicians.  Our own student performers will get in the act in 2015. Rep Ed classes will begin on Saturday, January 10 and will continue for eight exciting sessions. The theme for our winter classes is "London Swings." In late February, the Young Rep will present the rollicking comedy, The Very Unmerry Adventures of Robin Hood, with our young performers aged 7-13. Seasoned director Jill Reinstein will helm this production.  

 

There are many local educational theatre productions for you to attend. The University of Toledo Theatre Department will present Twelfth Night in late February. Bowling Green State University will present The Memory of Water in mid-February at the Eva Marie Saint Theatre. Two other local universities can help you keep your theatre resolution into the spring. Take a 15 minute drive south on I-75 to Owens Community College. Their theatre department will present A.R. Gurney's modern classic, The Dining Room. Directed by Jeremy Meier, the production will take the stage at the modern Owens CC Center for Performing Arts on April 9-12. The following week-end, be sure to take in the Lourdes University Drama Society's Festival of One Acts, April 17-19 at the Franciscan Center.

 

Area high schools, and even junior highs, also present quality theatre for the entire family. Taking in one of these productions is a great way to introduce the children in your life to live theatre. Be sure to support these students. They are the future of theatre in Northwest Ohio.

 

If you read on in our REPorter, you will find all the upcoming productions at the Rep this season. We will have even more theatre in 2015-look for our 2015-2016 season announcement coming soon! So theatre friends, resolve to support live theatre this year! By supporting one, you support us all!

 

Happy Theatre New Year,

Amy Spaulding-Heuring
President, Toledo Repertoire Theatre

Coming Soon:

  

Blithe Spirit

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

 

A worldly novelist invites the eccentric clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a sťance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his temperamental first wife, while his second wife cannot see or hear the ghost.

 

Ticket Information

Rep Ed Returns

 

Do your kids need a fun activity to shake the winter blahs? Sign them up for our winter Rep Ed session of "London Swings." Classes begin Saturday, January 10 at 9:00 a.m. and run through Saturday, February 28.

 

The classes will have instruction in acting, singing, and movement.  The session will end with a showcase where all students will perform. Contact the Rep office or website for more information.

Thank You to the R.A. Stranahan Foundation!

 

The R.A. Stranahan Foundation in conjunction with the Toledo Community Foundation has awarded the Toledo Rep a $5000 grant. The monies will be used for general operations and our upcoming capital campaign. 

 

We deeply appreciate the generosity of the R.A. Stranahan Foundation and the Toledo Community Foundation.

Thanks, Scrooge!


 

Scrooge's  Favorite Things was another holiday success. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets, we were able to raise over $1000 to help The Rep. Listed below are our winners and generous sponsors. Let's play again in 2015.

 

2014 Winners:

Day 12, December 12: Jaquelyn K. Bancroft

Day 11, December 11: Kris Parker

Day 10, December 10: Elizabeth Emmert

Day 9, December 9: Rose Perry

Day 8, December 8: Sharon Hoppert

Day 7, December 7: Rick Thomaswick

Day 6, December 6: Beth Como

Day 5, December 5: Jane Fulkert

Day 4, December 4: Tim Teague

Day 3, December 3: Don McCardle

Day 2, December 2: Susan Van der Veer

Day 1, December 1: Bev Wolcott


 

Thanks to the following organizations and people for their generosity:

The Andersons
Ice Restaurant and Bar
The Toledo Club
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre
The Toledo Walleye
Tranquil Touch Massage
The Valentine Theatre
Elizabeth Cottle
Anita Crane
Eileen Eddy
Jori Jex
Kathy McGovern
Julie Payeff
Rose Perry
Heidi Reed
Andi Roman
Drs. Patrick and Lydia Schafer

Upcoming Events in 2015

 

Productions:

Blithe Spirit

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

 

All Aboard the Marriage Hearse
February 13, 14, 15

 

The Very Unmerry Adventures of Robin Hood (Young Rep)

February 27, 28, and March 1

 

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

 

Taming of the Shrew

April 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19

 

South Pacific

June 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21

 

Dear Edwina, Junior (YR)

 July 16, 17, 18, 19

 

State Fair                                             August 6, 7, 8, 9                      
 

 

Auditions:

 

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

January 10

1:00 p.m. at the 10th Street Stage.

 

The Taming of the Shrew
February 7 & 8
1:00 p.m. at the 10th Street Stage.

 

South Pacific
Sunday, March 15       

2:00 p.m. at the Valentine Theatre
Call-backs  Monday, March 16 at the Valentine Theatre at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

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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