Volume 38, Issue 11
September 2015
Letter from the President

REPorting on Scene Changing:

As David Levithan once bespoke in Every You, Every Me, "My mother said I should have a 'change of scenery.' The word scenery made me think of a play. And as we were driving around, it made sense that way.  Because no matter how much the scenery changed, we were still on the same stage." Similar to Mr. Levithan's sentiment, in the days of Greek and Roman theater, a change of scene was indicated by the movement of actors to a different area of the backdrop.1

The Toledo Repertoire Theater wishes Fair Winds and Following Seas as Chip and Eileen Eddy depart their beloved stage.  Among other building improvements, Chip has played an integral role in the refurbishment of our Brown Building while serving on the Board of Trustees for 2 years.  Eileen tirelessly devoted herself to education and to the productions of the Young Rep program, as well as a highly involved role in promoting the Dickens Singers.  I extend my personal gratitude to both Chip and Eileen for memorable contributions to Toledo's Community Theater.  May your next backdrop be as colorful as the last and filled with great adventure!

A new campaign is beginning for the Rep.  Look for details on our campaign to "Elevate the Rep" in your show program and in this issue of the REPorter.  We have some grant funding requirements in order to make our theater ADA accessible with a new elevator and greatly appreciate your help.

Our RepEd classes are starting soon on September 12th with some wonderful instructors in acting, music, and dance.  This, the first of three 8-week sessions during the 2015/16 school year will culminate in a "Spooktacular" performance!  These classes have become one of the best things we can do to encourage and involve children in activities outside of regular academic instruction.  Art instruction is reported to improve overall school climate, and has been associated with increased school participation and attendance as well as increased self-esteem and motivation.2 Additionally by patron request, we are thrilled to introduce our new Improv classes for adults starting October 11th.  Detailed information on classes can be found in this issue of the REPorter and also at toledorep.org, or please call Kathy our Business Manager at 419-243-9277 who would love to fill you in on the specifics.

Take a moment and reserve your spot for our Edgy reading The Mourners' Bench.   There are only two nights available for this dramatic reading showing at the Valentine Studio A, October 16 and 17.  Who better to direct this hypnotically and powerfully emotional play than karmic genius Paul Soska.

Amare et theatrum, (With Love for the Theater),

Samanthia Rousos
President, Toledo Repertoire Theater

1 Encyclopedia Britannica (Ref: Scene Shifting)
2 Rooney, R. (2004). Arts-based teaching and learning: A review of the literature [Electronic Version] Washington, DC: VSA Arts. Available at: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/resources/VSAarts_Lit_Rev5-28.pdf
 
Coming Soon:
  
September 25-27; October 1-4

Winner, 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical! Six mid-pubescent "super-nerds" vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While sharing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the pout-inducing, soul-crushing "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter-- one speller leaves! At least the losers get a hug and a juice box. Some mature content.
 
Audition Notice

A Toledo Rep Holiday Tradition.
The 30th Anniversary of: 
A Christmas Carol

Auditions: September 14&156-9pm, at the 10th St. Stage

Be prepared to sing 16 bars of your favorite song, does not need to be a Christmas song. You may be asked to do a cold reading from the script. No prepared monologues needed. All ages of men and women are needed, no children under the age of 6.

Please Note - The role of Scrooge has been pre-cast

Performance Dates are December 4, 5, 6 2015. 
Special School Performances December 3 and 4 at 10 am

A 'SPOOKTACULAR' Good Time!

The Rep Ed fall classes will take place Sept. 12 - Oct. 31. This year's theme is 'Spooktacular' and will culminate on Halloween with a performance showcase. Children ages 7 to 16 will receive instruction in singing, dancing, acting and theater basics from our newest team of Rep Ed instructors! Jill Reinstein, seasoned Young Rep music director, will be teaching Music; Amber Breault-Albain, a Music Education/Performance Concentration major at Owens Community College, will be teaching Acting; and Dom Glover, Company Principal dancer at The Toledo Ballet, will be teaching Dance.

Classes are held at the 10th Street Theatre, Saturday mornings from 9 am - noon. The eight-week course is $100 per student. For more information or to register, please call Kathy McGovern at 419-243-9277. Walk in registrations will be taken on the first day of classes if openings are available.

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!
Come try your hand at Improv at The Rep!

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.

For more information please contact education@toledorep.org or 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 issues 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 go to toledorep.org or contact development@toledorep.org or call 419-243-9277.

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Upcoming Rep Events

Performances: 

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 

Auditions: 
 
A Christmas Carol
Show dates December 4, 5, 6 
Auditions September 14&15, 6-9pm  

Calendar Girls
Show dates January 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24
Auditions Saturday, October 24, 1-3pm
Monday, October 26, 6:30-8pm
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
 
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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419-243-9277  www.toledorep.org