The REPorter, volume 36 issue 3November 2012

Letter from the Artistic Director


As we welcome the month of November in this an election year, we'll soon be facing a very important decision which for many carries with it an incredible sense of responsibility. But no matter which way you lean please remember, it's important as Americans to make that effort and do your civic duty. For me, the choice is quite clear. I'll be going to opening night of I Hate Hamlet. But you'll have seven performances to choose from because I Hate Hamlet, written by Paul Rudnick and directed by Barbara Barkan plays November 9th through the 18th. And what better way to drown your post-election sorrows or celebrate your post-election joy than with a night of non-stop laughter? (Insert Biden joke here) For tickets please visit the Toledo Rep website at, or call (419) 243-9277.
We've also got this other little show that actually opens on the last day of November; perhaps you've heard of it? The beloved family classic that no Toledo Christmas would be complete without, with Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and all your favorites on hand to warm your heart and bless your holiday season. Dickens' A Christmas Carol  returns to The Valentine Theatre for three performances, November 30th and December 1st, at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, December 2nd at 2:30. Directed by Debra Ross Calabrese, tickets to the Rep's annual Christmas card to the community can be purchased by calling the Valentine Box Office at (419) 242-2787. The Valentine Theatre is located at 410 Adams Street. A Christmas Carol is made possible in part by a grant from Theater League, enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve with the thrill of live theater! 
In closing, on behalf of the Toledo Rep I would like to send a special thank you to our brave
men and women of the armed forces for all they have done and continue to do to keep us safe and secure. Veteran's Day is Sunday November 11th so please take a moment to share your appreciation with these generous men and women. Far too often their sacrifices have been ignored, and it's because of their selfless, heroic acts that we're able to enjoy this right to vote. And to not take advantage of that right in my opinion is disrespectful to all who served.

And finally, please keep in your prayers all those who suffered loss of family from Hurricane
Sandy. Thanks for reading, and have a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving!



Holiday Music from the Dickens Singers

If your group is looking for some unique entertainment why not let the Rep's very own Dickens Singers perform at your upcoming holiday shin-dig? The Dickens Singers is a group of performers with a long history of involvement in the Rep's annual production of A Christmas Carol, and they are available and eager to sing at your next function, and at a very reasonable rate. For more information please contact Eileen Eddy at (419) 344-2499.
I Hate Hamlet, a comedy     
Written by Paul Rudnick

Directed by Barbara Barkan

November 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2012



What's an actor to do when he's offered the role of a lifetime, but hates the play? Find out what happens when he faces off against the ghost of the most famous Shakespearean actor of all time, and laugh every minute as he tries to fulfill his destiny against the "slings and arrows" of outrageous comedy.






Andrew Rally - John DuVall

John Barrymore - Larry Farley

Deirdre McDavey - Marissa Rex

Lillian Troy - Pat Strobl

Gary Peter Lefkowitz - Nick Morgan

Felicia Dantine - Samanthia Rousos

Purchase tickets here.

A Christmas Carol, a tradition     
Revised by David Jex, Debra Ross Calabrese
& James M. Norman
Directed by Debra Ross Calabrese

November 30, December 1, 2, 2012

At The Valentine Theatre (410 Adams St.)



The beloved family classic that no Toledo Christmas would be complete without. Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and all your favorites will warm your heart and bless your holiday season with The Rep's special on-stage Christmas card to its home community.


Made possible by a grant from Theater League enhancing the quality of life in the communities we serve with the thrill of live theater! 



Purchase tickets here.

Useless Theatre Trivia

The 1962 musical Mr. President ran for 265 performances and proved to be Irving Berlin's final Broadway work. Two years later former President Harry S. Truman made a cameo appearance on opening night of a production of the show at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, but had to be taken away by ambulance at intermission due to an
appendicitis attack.
Wish List 

Consistent additional rehearsal space
Stage Crew Volunteers
Copy/Printer paper


If you would like to volunteer or donate an item from this list, please contact Kathy at
Events Calendar
I Hate Hamlet
Nov 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2012
Tenth Street Stage
A Christmas Carol
Nov 30, Dec 1, 2, 2012
Valentine Theatre (410 Adams St)
The Fox on the Fairway
Jan 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 2013
Tenth Street Stage


For more information please click here
Are you a Graphic Designer?
If you fancy yourself as the artistic type with a flair for graphics and such, then perhaps you might be the next creator of our 2013/2014 season posters.  If interested please email a sample of your work using any of the shows we're presenting this season, and forward your poster to  If selected you'll be asked to create all the posters for our 2013/2014 season that begins in September 2013.  This includes Main Stage, Edgy Reps, and Special Events.  Please understand you could be asked to create as many as 12 different posters.  For your work you'll receive two season tickets, a quarter-page ad in the program to use for your own purposes, and your name included in the production credits in the seasonal program as well.  Deadline for submission is Monday, November 12. We hope to announce the winner in the December REPorter. 
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Young Rep Auditions

It's a Wonderful Neverland

Young Rep, ages 7-13*

Auditions: November 17 at 1 PM.


Performances: February 22, 23, 24, 2013


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


* Ages 7-13 at the time of performance. Please note, if your 14th birthday lands on the closing performance date then you are still eligible to audition for this production. However, you must be at least 7 years old to audition for this production. If your 14th birthday falls prior to the closing performance date then we invite you to audition for another Rep production. 


For more information please click here
Casting Call 

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


It's a Wonderful Neverland

Young Rep, ages 7-13

November 17


Death of a Salesman
December 8 & 9
The Laramie Project & TLP: 10 Years Later
Special Event
January 5, 2013


The MOMologues
Special Event
February 16, 2013


The Drowsy Chaperone
March 23 & 24, 2013
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


For more information please click here
Theatre Manners and Advice with Entertainment Etiquette Expert, Wilma Seatsbetaken

Skip Toomalu from North Baltimore writes ... Dear Wilma, I noticed that the Rep ends their season with a musical, and aside from a few songs in your production of A Christmas Carol there's really no other musical presence in the Rep's season. Is there a reason for this?

Good question Skip. The answer to this is, in a word, "risk". Most musicals can easily
cost up to three or four times that of a standard play, not to mention utilizing at least
three times the manpower. Now if they're done well they can also bring in much greater
revenue. But, if the show turns out to be a stink bomb, watch out! Because community
theatres such as the Rep are on such fragile financial footing, one major flop could break
the bank. I think another reason for doing a musical in the spring is you're dealing
with nicer weather for more potential audience members to be able to get to the theatre.
And while you're correct that in recent years a season ending musical has been the
norm, it wasn't always that way. And very soon, as in perhaps next season I'm told
there might be an increased musical presence throughout the season. So aside from my
aforementioned conjecture, why we've been doing musicals at the very end of the season
is, for the most part, a mystery to me. But then again so are the ingredients of pimento
loaf. 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

Don't Forget...
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Thank you.
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