The REPorter, volume 36 issue 1September 2012

Letter from the Artistic Director


 As many welcome in the new school year, complete with the smell of new textbooks, the feel of crisp fresh school clothes, (uniforms in my son's case, Yippee!), and unattainable expectations, we here at The Toledo Repertoire Theatre welcome in a brand new season, our 80th, with a modern-day version of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

While preparations continue for what is no doubt going to be a Hamlet to remember I want to take a moment to acknowledge the production personnel that in my opinion seem to be working in such a professional, cooperative manner, absent of the amateur pettiness that can sometimes permeate a community theatre production. It starts with the show's director Matthew Gretzinger and his assistant Cynthia Stroud. Then there's Judson Lohman our technical director, David Nelms the set designer, Kari Kapszukiewicz (that's easy for you to say) on costume design, Derek Hansen designing sound, Brad Riker on props, Rick Clever doing lighting design, Qari Marshall with the fight choreography, and Juan Rodriguez and Christy Prager handling stage managing duties, kudos to you all! Please know your hard work and dedication are helping the Rep reset the standard as a kinder, gentler, more professional place for all to participate, and exceeding expectations.



Hamlet, a tragedy
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Matthew Gretzinger

September 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 2012


Shakespeare returns to The Rep stage with a vengeance! This classic tragedy tells the story of a young prince tormented by the recent death of his father, the king; the remarriage of his mother to his uncle, and a desire for retribution that may just be the undoing of them all!  


Purchase tickets here.

Useless Theatre Trivia    

Actress Blythe Danner played the role of Martha Jefferson in the film version of the musical 1776. Twenty-three years later her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow played Martha Jefferson's daughter Patsy in the 1995 film, Jefferson in Paris.
Wish List 

Glass display case for our merchandise
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


An Edgy Rep Reading
Oct 13, 2012
Pam's Corner (116 10th St)
The War of the Worlds
A Special Event
Oct 26 & 27, 2012
Tenth Street Stage
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)


For more information please click here
Rep Ed Saturday Classes


Don't forget to sign up for our Rep Ed Saturday morning classes! From 9 AM-Noon your child will be immersed in theatre, including acting, singing, and dancing! Classes start September 8th! For more information or to sign up click here.
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Casting Call 

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

You've Got Hatemail
September 7 at 6 PM
(Auditions for women's roles only)

A Christmas Carol
September 8 from 9-12 (adults)
& 1-5 (children)
At Toledo School for the Arts


The War of the Worlds
September 15


The Fox on the Fairway
October 6


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


The MOMologues
February 16, 2013


The Drowsy Chaperone
March 23 & 24, 2013


For more information please click here
Rep Ed Intensive Classes


Do you want to take your acting skills to the "next level?" Would you like to go where no one has gone before? (Well, dramatically speaking!) Fret no more: Rep Ed has a solution to your problem. We're happy to announce the first Improvisation Workshop of our 2012-2013 Season.  
Rosie Best will take you from zero-to-hero in a mere 2 hours. You will get a wealth of training and practice in the art of "Improv." Any actor who has ever survived a trainwreck onstage will tell you that Improvisation can save the show. It's one of the vital tools in an actor's toolbox (and it's FUN).   
One day only: Saturday, Sept. 29th, 12:30-3:00 at the Rep. Register now and get the bargain price of $50. Class size is limited to 20 students, ages 10-19. Don't miss out. Call TODAY: 419-243-9277. 
Theatre Manners and Advice with Entertainment Etiquette Expert, Wilma Seatsbetaken
C. Sanders from Kentucky writes...Dear Wilma, Can we eat in the theater? I like to eat, especially fried chicken.


Dear C. The Toledo Repertoire Theatre isn't a Dinner Theatre where you're herded like cattle to an MSG-drenched salad bar, then served up a clump of unidentifiable meat with a shriveled up baked potato side, followed by show tunes performed by a bunch of folks in kilts singing about pots of gold and falling in love and such nonsense while you enjoy your mystery pudding-esque dessert. We suggest you patronize one of our local finer dining establishments prior to coming to the theatre. But 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...
Don't forget to check out these sections of the Toledo Rep website to find out how you can save some money, support your favorite theatre group, and support those less fortunate.

Thank you.
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