Volume 38, Issue 12
October 2015
Letter from the President

REPorting on the Art of being Unconventional:

I'll never forget my first Edgy Rep Reading in what is lovingly known as the old Secor Hotel.  On the corners of Superior Street and Jefferson Avenue surrounded by a backdrop of windows and grand ballroom-esque architecture, seven women assembled as a cast to be directed by my very own surrogate mom, Carol Ann. We gathered to hear the story of the physical and emotional struggles of Bosnian women refugees and we shared their pain. And I cried. Of course I cried - emotional struggles are relatable at every stage of life, some of course being deeper than others. We end up not only having lived our own emotional experiences, but share and connect with others through the characters in these readings. There's nothing quite like the spirit, the power, and the raw emotion of Edgy Rep Readings. I have a fondness for the old Secor Hotel now...though I have never known it in its heyday, only for its unconventional use as a theatrical setting amongst contemporary artwork decades later.

Join us in the "living room" of the Valentine Theatre, Studio A, for our fall Edgy Rep Reading, The Mourners' Bench written by George Brandt. Create your own memory with a friend or with the characters on stage. Feel the walls of the room hold you in close, in a space where it's safe to share your emotion. Savor your Edgy experience, because it will stay with you. Or if you'd like, complete a Season Suggestion ballot in the lobby of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre building with your thoughts on future readings that are typically characterized as bold, provocative, or that merit our focus as a community.

Adult Improv classes (Level 1) begin October 11th. Go ahead, do something unconventional...!

We've recently simplified your ability to donate to our Elevate the Rep campaign through the use of PayPal. Click on the link to reach additional information about making our theater ADA accessible and to make a donation http://toledorep.org/news/elevate.html  We want to entertain ALL patrons in our community. You are the difference.  

Audentes fortuna iuvat, ("Fortune favors the bold..."),

Samanthia Rousos
President, Toledo Repertoire Theatre

Up Next:

The Mourners' Bench

October 16, 17, 2015
By George Brant  
Directed by Paul Soska III
Edgy Rep Reading. An emotional puzzle-play that skips back and forth in time as it tells the story of a living room and its three sets of inhabitants, all struggling to overcome the tragedy that took place within its walls.
Mature subject matter.

To be performed at the Valentine Theater's Studio A.

Calendar Girls
Saturday, October 24, 1-3pm 
Monday, October 26, 6:30-8pm 
Callbacks Tuesday, October 27, 6:30
Be a part of THE show everyone has been waiting to be in. It will make you laugh and cry, but most of all love yourself and others a little more.

Winner! What's On Stage Award for Best New Comedy 2010. After Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and best friend Chris devise an innovative way to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar. The news of the women's charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and the calendar is a success. Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.

We are looking for (4) four men ages 21 and older and (9) nine very individual ladies ages 21 and older. Yes there are parts for senior ladies as well. Scene selections will be provided

Calendar Girls 
Improv at The Rep

Level 1: Introduction to Improv
Where: The Rep's Brown Building 
When: Starts Sunday Oct. 11th at 3pm
(6-week session. Running 2.5 hrs per class)
Cost: $125

The Toledo Rep is proud to announce this Fall we will begin offering an adult improv class!
'Level 1: Introduction to Improv' introduces students to the principles of improvisation. No prior experience necessary! Through exercises and performance games, students will focus on short-form improvisation ('Whose Line is it Anyway?'). Upon completing Level 1, you will have gained the basic fundamentals of improv, while gaining the building blocks of long-form improvisation. The 6-week session will culminate with a performance on The Rep's 10th St. stage.
This class will be taught by Nick Morgan. Nick was trained in improv at The Second City theater in Chicago, IL and iO, (formerly Improvolympic) and has graduated the Conservatory program at The Second City whose notable alumni include Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Bill Murray, John Candy, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert and Tina Fey.
Come try your hand at Improv at The Rep! Improv is not only for those interested in performance, but for anyone interested in developing their presentation or public speaking skills! 
For more information please contact education@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277

Theatre Badge Workshop   
Are you a troop leader or do you know one? Are you looking for a fun way to earn a badge for your troop?

The Toledo Rep can help!
The Rep will be holding workshops, where your girls can earn a Girl Scout badge. The goal of the workshops will be to introduce the girls to theater by giving them both a chance to learn and see what happens behind stage as well as giving them a chance to perform on stage. This is a great opportunity for the girls to learn firsthand from female professionals in the field.

For questions or more details, contact us at education@toledorep.org

The Rep Ed fall classes will culminate on Halloween, Oct. 31st at 12 noon, with a performance entitled 'Spooktacular'. Children ages 7 to 16 will perform in a Halloween themed recital at The Rep to showcase what they have learned during the course of their 8-week Rep Ed Fall Session.  

For more information please call (419) 243-9277 

You Can Help Elevate the Rep!

The Toledo Rep has enjoyed a terrific home at 16 Tenth St. for many years! Because our beautiful theatre is located in a historic building, the magic of live theatre has not been accessible to all. Through generous local and state grants, we've secured starter funds to proceed with an elevator addition so those with mobility concerns can safely enter the theatre. The grants are just the beginning and require matching funds, so we are asking you to help take The Rep to the top!
By supporting our appeal you'll make Toledo Rep productions available for all to see for many years to come. Your gift can make all the difference and Elevate The Rep!

Thank you for your generous support!

For more information please contact development@toledorep.org or call (419) 243-9277

Help Us Select Next Year's Season!
Do you have a favorite show or playwright that you would like to see performed on the Rep Stage? We are planning the 2016-2017 Season and would like to ask you, our patrons, to help!
Write down your ideas on the provided ballots when you are at The Rep and place them in the suggestion box located underneath the headshot display in the lobby. You can also email your suggestions to:
Thank you for helping us make our 84th Season the best one yet!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Season Selection Committee at

The Rep Gives Back!

School Supply Drive - Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

During the entire run of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee', The Toledo Repertoire Theatre will participating in a community outreach initiative with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
We will be collecting school supplies to help better serve the needs of the youth in our community. Please place all donations, such as construction paper, glue, crayons, markers, scissors, pens, pencils, notebooks, ruled paper, etc. in the provided decorated boxes located in the lobby. 

Thank you so very much for helping us give back to the community that supports our Theatre on a daily basis!

Community Outreach:

Susan G. Koman - Race for the Cure

The Toledo Repertoire Theatre was PINK with pride this past weekend in support of the Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure that took place in downtown Toledo this past Sunday! 

The beautiful ladies of our cast of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' honored Breast Cancer Awareness and the Susan G. Komen Northwest Ohio Race for the Cure by wearing pink ribbons during their Sunday production.
The Toledo Repertoire Theatre is proud to support the community that supports us!

Girl Scout Big Event
Rep Ed participated in the Believe In Girls event for The Girl Scouts of America at BGSU last weekend. With over 50 vendors, interactive displays and live staged demonstrations, there were over 1,000 Girl Scouts in attendance at this amazing event! 

With the help of two of our Young Rep actors, Grant Perry and Sara Young, Rep Ed held a rousing interactive youth improv session that taught the girls both improv skills and teamwork. The Rep also participated in the "Mascot Parade" with the help of Chris McAnall, Grant Perry and Sara Young. 

Rep In The News

Blade Staff Writer, Sue Brickey interviewed 'Spelling Bee' director Amy Spaulding-Heuring.
To quote: 'Toledo Rep production casting a spell', '25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' called funny and sensitive'   

If you haven't seen the article yet, check it out below!


Thank You!

The Rep would like to thank our many Celebrity Spellers that participated in our production of 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'! Especially:Tom Walton, veteran Blade reporter and Pulitzer Prize nominee; Sandy Spang, Toledo Mayoral candidate; Tony Geftos, WTVG reporter and weekend anchor; Tahree Lane, Blade specialty staff writer and WTVG contributor and Chrys Peterson, former WTOL NEWS 11 anchor.


Scrooge's Favorite Things Coming Soon...

A Holiday Fundraiser to benefit the Rep!

You can purchase your tickets for Scrooge's Favorite Things starting Nov. 1
st! Drawings will be held from December 1-12 with one winner and one prize announced daily on the Rep website and social media. All prizes are worth at least $100.00. Tickets will be sold until November 30th. 

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Upcoming Rep Events

The Mourner's Bench
(Valentine's Studio A)
October 16, 17

Tartuffe, or The Impostor
November 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22

A Christmas Carol
December 4, 5, 6


Calendar Girls

Saturday, October 24, 1-3pm
Monday, October 26, 6:30-8pm
One Slight Hitch
December 12, 1pm, 10th St. Stage
Callbacks December 13, 1pm 
Wish List 

* 22-gallon plastic tubs  
* 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
Would you like to enjoy the excitement of live theatre on a budget? Take advantage of our Thrifty Thespian 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 any available seats remain, you can purchase your ticket in person for that evening for just $10.00! That's a 50% savings off the regular ticket price!
This special applies to our Thursday night Mainstage plays only. 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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