Volume 38, Issue 8
June 2015

Letter from the President

 

June 1, 2015

 

Dear Theatre Friends,

 

"You say good-bye, and I say hello; Hello, hello! I don't know why you say good-bye, I say hello..."

-  The Beatles

 

The month of June has traditionally been a time of good-byes and hellos. We say good-bye the comfort of kindergarten naps, tables, and extra recess and hello to 1st grade with real student desks in straight rows and the beginning of homework. Fast forward to us leaving behind junior high school with smiling friends, school dances in the gym, and passing notes to the challenges of high school. There are then the graduations from high school and college-saying good-bye to one phase of life and hello to another. In June, the Rep says good-bye to its mainstage season and hello to the Young Rep summer season. We will say a fond farewell to our loyal staff and board members and a hearty welcome to our new folks. June is a month of change, so let's see what's in store.

 

Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific opens this Friday, June 5 and runs through June 21 on the 10th Street stage. Director James M. Norman and his gifted production team (Josh Glover-music director, Brian Rodabaugh-choreographer, Jeremy Allen-lighting and set designer, Karen Landrus-stage manager) have assembled an amazing cast who will bring to life this classic musical of love, loss, and friendship set against the backdrop of World War II. We hope you join us for this special show. In July and August, the Young Rep will be performing to very special musicals. Our youngest performers (ages 7-13) will be presenting Dear Edwina, Junior on July 16, 17, 18, 19. Our teen performers (ages 14-19) will present another Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite, State Fair, on August 6, 7, 8, 9. Say hello and good-bye to summer by joining us for all these fabulous shows.

 

One of the saddest parts of June in school was saying good-bye to our dear friends as we left for summer vacation. As June arrives at the Rep, we need to say good-bye to some very important people who have been integral to our success. First, we say good-bye to Rick Bush, our Production Manager for the 2014-2015 season. We appreciate Rick's work on our new internship program and his leadership during the production meetings this past season. We wish him well as he continues to help Children's Theatre Workshop expand and grow. Secondly, we say farewell to several board members-Cheri Kizaur (past treasurer), Nick Morgan (past treasurer), and Elizabeth Cottle (season selection, director/designer selection, and marketing committee). Cheri, Nick, and Elizabeth have been dedicated and committed board members. Through their work, they have made the Rep a stronger organization and helped perpetuate our success through their efforts and artistry. We wish them all the best. 

 

We also greet new friends of the Rep to help carry on our tradition of excellence. Rose Perry, technical manager and master carpenter on a number of shows this past season, has been promoted to Technical Director for 2015-2016. Rose's energy, work ethic, and willingness to learn are unparalleled. We are certain our productions will be better because of her attention to detail. The Toledo Rep Board of Trustees is proud to introduce three new board members to our ranks. We would like to welcome Adrian Hoffer, Sarah Sobel-Poage, and Gayle Young. All three have exceptional backgrounds in communication. They will bring fresh ideas and great vigor to our organization. Best wishes to our departing staff and board members! Congratulations to our new staff and board members!

 

As our 2014-2015 season ends, we are on the cusp of a new season with exciting productions. We hope you become a season subscriber and join us for another fabulous, ground-breaking season of shows. With that, it is time for me to say good-bye, as well. A new president will say hello on July 1. My term as president will end with elections on Monday, June 8; on June 30, I will also leave board after seven years. I would like to thank Kathy McGovern and Anita Crane for their support and expertise; I couldn't finish the REPorter without you! I would also like to thank the board for their trust. Lastly, I would especially like to thank my family and friends for their love and patience with all this "theatre stuff." I hope I have made the Rep a better place to learn, perform, and grow.

   

Theatrically yours,

 

Amy Spaulding-Heuring
President, Toledo Repertoire Theatre

Coming Soon:

  

South Pacific

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

 

An American nurse, stationed in the South Pacific during World War II, falls in love with an older expatriate French plantation owner. She struggles to accept his mixed-race children while a fellow U.S. lieutenant battles the consequences of marrying his Asian sweetheart-all as the war looms ever closer. .

 

Ticket Information

Summer Rep Ed Classes Are Starting Soon

 

We invite your children to be part of our summer programs. There are three summer sessions at the Center for Performing Arts at the University of Toledo scheduled for July and August. The first session will be held on July 20-24 with the theme "All That Jazz!" There will be some jazzy tunes and bit of Fosse. The second session will be held on July 27-31 with the theme "Beach Boys . . . . And Girls." The sounds of summer will be performed in the style of the "Beach Boys" with surfer songs for boys and girls! The last session will be held on August 10-14 with the theme "Animated Adventures," featuring favorite music from popular animated movies. 

 

All classes are geared for ages 7-16 and will meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All sessions will end with a performance showcase on Fridays for family and friends.  Be sure to call the Rep to make your reservation or fill out the form on our website because classes fill up fast. 

Call For Directors And Designers

 

Our great season needs some great directors, designers, and stage managers. The director's application is available on our website. Designers and stage managers should submit a letter of interest and a resume.  Please send your information to our business manager Kathy McGovern at kmcgovern@toledorep.org or to the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th Street, Toledo, Ohio 43604. Consider applying to share your vision and talent with the Rep in 2015-2016.  

Upcoming Rep Events

 

Performances: 

South Pacific

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

 

Dear Edwina, Junior (YR)

 July 16, 17, 18, 19

 

State Fair (YR)
August 6, 7, 8, 9  

 

Picnic

September 4, 5, 6

 

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

September 25, 26, 27, October 1, 2, 3, 4

 

The Mourner's Bench (Valentine's Studio A)

October 16, 17      

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
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

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