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November 2 at 10 AM till noon: Audition Notice for the Musical "The Thing About Men" - to be performed, Live on The Valentine Theatre's Studio A Stage - performance dates are as follows

Friday, February 28, 2014 through Sunday, March 16, 2014 (Weekends Only)

Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.

Book and Lyrics by Joe DiPietro | Music by Jimmy Roberts Based Upon The Screenplay “MEN” by Doris Dorrie

Tom is cheating on his wife Lucy (with several women). Lucy is cheating on her husband Tom (with Sebastian). Tom moves out on Lucy and, in disguise, moves in with Sebastian. These are the circumstances that set the mood of hilarious intrigue in this often moving but always light-hearted musical about men.

Those auditioning should prepare a Broadway style ballad and upbeat number and bring sheet music with them.  they will read from the script. No dance is required. 

Appointments and walk-ins welcome. To arrange an appointment, please phone The Valentine Theatre at 419/242-3490. 

PRINCIPALS
2 Women (1 woman plays multiple roles; see list below)
3 Men (1 man plays multiple roles; see list below)

CHARACTERS
Tom Ambrose - A middle-aged, middle class, overworked husband who struggles to stay faithful to his wife
Lucy Ambrose - Tom's wife, who turns to Sebastian upon learning of Tom's infidelity
Sebastian - Lucy's lover, a poor artist 
Woman - Jessica (Tom's colleague with whom he's having an affair); a Mother; Okasana (Sebastian's roommate); a Bar Fly; Edith, Sebastian's Neighbor; Janice, a Gym Employee; Cindy, a Model; Juke Box Singer; a Sushi Deliverywoman; a Stylist; Vivian, a Secretary
Man - Darryl, Tom's Assistant; Manuel, a Taxi Driver; a Grunge Teenager; a Bartender; a Priest; Bernard, a Maitre D'; Lance, a Waiter; Another Bartender; a Sushi Deliveryman; a Stylist

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Moscow Festival Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty at The Valentine

Sleeping Beauty, a crowning jewel of Marius Petipa's career, is often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet. Tchaikovsky was delighted with the invitation to write the music for a ballet based on Charles Perrault's well-known fairy tale. Moscow Festival ballet dances The Sleeping Beauty Ballet at The Valentine on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

A baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy, who declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince.

The fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lent itself perfectly to the full evening ballet that was Petipa's pride.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.

Leading dancers from across the Russias have forged under Radchenko’s direction an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics such as Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita and Carmen.

"THIS WAS AN AFTERNOON THAT DESERVED "BRAVOS" WITHIN MINUTES OF THE OPENING STEPS" —Las Vegas Review-Journal

Tickets for Sleeping Beauty are available at The Valentine box or online at valentinetheatre.com  To Charge-By-Phone, call 419.242.2787. Ask about student rush pricing!


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We’re Not In Kansas Anymore…

THE WIZARD OF OZ Travels

Over the Rainbow to Toledo!

The greatest family musical of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ, is touching down in Toledo as The Valentine Theatre brings this national treasure to The Valentine stage on Friday, January 13 at 8 PM.

This magical production, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, is presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.

Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are transported “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City. Local children from the Toledo area will be performing the roles of “munchkins,” with the participation of the Young Rep and Dance (  ) .  Singing timeless classics such as “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” the children help bring this beloved classic to the stage of their hometown as part of their continuing performing arts education.

Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If  I Only Had A Brain,” along with the beloved characters, THE WIZARD OF OZ will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening at the theater.

Tickets for THE WIZARD OF OZ are available at The Valentine box or online at valentinetheatre.com  To Charge-By-Phone, call 419.242.2787.


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Capitol Steps returns to the valentine

Thirty years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Desperate Housemembers and their special holiday release,Barackin' Around the Christmas Tree. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was President when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin! So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. No matter who holds office, there's never a shortage of material. Says Elaina Newport, "Typically the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That's what we call the two-party system."

Although the Capitol Steps are based in Washington, DC, most of their shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences, whether it's the National Welding Supply Association, a University audience, High Schoolers, or State Legislators. In fact, the Capitol Steps have performed for the last 5 Presidents (6, if you include Hillary). The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program!

The material is updated constantly. Current examples include the Tea Party's colorful invasion into the political spectrum ("Fun Fun Fun 'til Obama Takes Our Tea Bags Away") and the Democrats' plan to defeat the deficit ("Return to Spenders"). In addition, we offer our own take on such trending topics as the T.S.A. pat downs, Facebook and illegal immigration according to Arizonians! No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy!

Tickets for The Valentine Theatre’s Saturday, October 22 8 PM performance are available at The Valentine Box Office 400 Adams Street, by phone at 419.242.2787 or online at valentinetheatre.com

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The Valentine Theatre
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Experience a Grand Evening of Entertainment at
the Valentine Theatre with Pianist Ryan Behan

Blade-Sponsored Recital is Free; Honors Patron’s Gift of Yamaha Grand Piano

TOLEDO, Ohio, October 14, 2011 – The Valentine Theatre announces today a free piano recital featuring acclaimed piano soloist Ryan Behan performing compositions by Franz Liszt, Friday, November 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m., on stage at the historic downtown theatre, 400 N. Superior Street, Toledo, Ohio. The concert is sponsored by The Blade and will be free to the public with a General Admission ticket available through the Valentine box office, 419-242-2787. Seating is limited and tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

The recital was arranged in recognition of the Yamaha C6 Concert Grand Piano donated to the Valentine by arts patron Dorothy MacKenzie Price. It is a gift valued at $30,000—and one the theatre staff and area arts groups will put to extraordinarily good use. “A grand piano has been on the Valentine’s wish list for a long time,” states the theatre’s Director of Marketing Matt Lentz. “In the past, when we’ve needed one—which has been often—we’ve been forced to rent it.”

It was Dorothy MacKenzie Price who stepped forward to remedy that situation. “I am pleased to be able to give this Yamaha Grand Piano to the Valentine Theatre for the community and for the benefit of young people,” she explained. Her tone emphasizes “young people.” Ms. Prize strongly believes it is the area’s youth who will spearhead the future of culture in the local community.

The evening’s star performer, Ryan Behan, is a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University and has won acclaim from audiences in Europe and the United States for his performances as a soloist and collaborative pianist.  Dr. Behan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the OSU School of Music, graduate degrees in piano from both the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and The University of Utah, and an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University. His principal instructors included Jerome Rose, Imre Rohmann, Vedrana Subotic, Caroline Hong. Dr. Behan also studied with Leslie Howard at the International Keyboard Institute in New York City, and has been awarded top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Chautauqua Concerto Competition, the Utah Arts Concerto Competition in Salt Lake City. Performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 with the Ohio State Symphony under conductor Marshall Haddock, Dr. Behan was first prize winner in the The Ohio State University D.M.A. Concerto Competition.  An active chamber musician, he performs with members of the Columbus Symphony and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio, NPR, WGTE Live in Toledo, and WOSU in Columbus.  As a strong proponent of new music he has premiered works at the Contemporary Music Festival in Columbus, and performed and written on the solo works of Alexander Müllenbach.  He joined the American Institute of Musical Studies as a collaborative pianist in Graz, Austria, where he has performed with leading artists from around the United States and in chamber music concerts with members of the AIMS Festival Orchestra. Locally, he has performed at the Toledo Museum of Art and in Columbus on the Young Professionals Signature Concert Series at the Columbus Museum of Art. This summer Dr. Brehan recorded the complete Ballades of Chopin and the Fantasie Op. 17 of Schumann to be released early next year.

His recital on Friday night, November 11, at the Valentine Theatre will feature many of the best known and most loved works of Romantic composer Franz Liszt, including virtuosic pieces from Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) and Isolden’s Liebestod, the final scene from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

The Valentine Theatre is an arts icon located at 400 Superior Street in downtown Toledo. For further information about the facility and its current schedule of performances, or to order tickets, call 419.242.2787 or visit online at valentinetheatre.com.

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Contact: Matt Lentz, Director of Marketing
The Valentine Theatre
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Oh, Mama! What Spamtacular Entertainment Awaits at the Valentine.

Vickie Lawrence, Monty Python, and Silver Screen Fundraiser Offer Options for All Tastes.

TOLEDO, September 6, 2011 – The curtain is up on another season of live and classic entertainment at Toledo’s crown jewel of entertainment, The Valentine Theatre. And, oh mama, it aims to please, featuring a variety of shows for every taste and age group.

Vicki Lawrence: “A Two Woman Show” opens Sunday, October 2, 2011, offering a bit of nostalgia and a whole lot of laughs for fans of Ms. Lawrence and the beloved “Carol Burnett Show.” Staged in two acts, the first revisits characters and comedy sketches from the Emmy Award-winning variety hour. In the second act, the talented comedienne reprises her famous sitcom character, Mama.

For those whose comedy tastes trend to the absurd, Monty Python’s Spamalot, sponsored by The Blade and 13abc, will dance onto The Stranahan stage, Thursday, October 13. A 2006 Tony winner for Best Musical, Spamalot is the outrageous musical comedy based on the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” When it premiered in Toledo in 2007 for one week, it grossed close to 1 million dollars in tickets sales. Thus the venue for its return engagement was changed from the Valentine to the Stranahan to accommodate greater capacity seating. As a special fundraiser for The Valentine, proceeds from Spamalot will help provide continued maintenance of the historic downtown theatre.

The Silver Screen Friday series, sponsored by The Blade, has also returned to the Valentine. Billed as Toledo’s “New Old Fashioned Night Out,” the series features over 15 classic movies. Tickets are $5, popcorn $2, and the Valentine bar serves through intermission. “Frankenstien” opens the series just before Halloween on Friday, October 21.  A special screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird” will take place Friday, September 9, at 7:30 pm, with proceeds benefiting the Lathrop House and Valentine Theatre for only $10.00.

In October, audiences have their choice of varied entertainments. They can revel in hilarious lampooning, spectacular dancing, or a Halloween-horrific musical of monstrous proportions. Better yet, attend them all!

The Capital Steps, a popular political satire, returns to town with some pre-2012 election hilarity on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Always an audience favorite, The Capital Steps celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.

Following up, on Saturday, October 29, will be the Alvin Ailey II Dance Company. This is the Valentine’s annual fundraising Gala, and will feature dinner, dancing and a high-energy performance by the renowned contemporary dance troupe.

And finally, for those with a spare weekend in October, there is Evil Dead, The Musical. Running Friday through Sunday, every weekend throughout month, starting October 7, this monstrous good time will be presented in the Valentine’s intimate Studio A. With seating for just 100 patrons, every location is sure to provide a thrilling view of the fun!

The Valentine Theatre is an arts icon located at 400 Superior Street in downtown Toledo. For further information about the facility and its current schedule of performances, or to order tickets, call 419.242.2787 or visit online at valentinetheatre.com.

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Spamalot, Oz, Ailey II and Lawrence Highlight Valentine’s 13th Season

    The Valentine Theatre’s 13th season goes on sale to the public Monday, June 27th at 9 a.m.—and tickets may be swept up faster than leaves in a cyclone, thanks to the inclusion of two national tours: the return of Monty Python’s Spamalot for one night only in October 2011 at the Stranahan Theater, and The Wizard of Oz in January of 2012 on The Valentine stage.

    Also returning to The Valentine this season is Vicki Lawrence in her “Two Woman Show”. Staged in two acts, the first has Ms. Lawrence revisiting her years on the Carol Burnett Show and the alumnae of that classic comedy hour. In the second act, the talented comedienne reprises her role of Mama, the famous Burnett skit and sitcom character. Vicki Lawrence: “A Two Woman Show” opens the season on October 2, 2011.

    Monty Python’s Spamalot, sponsored by The Blade and 13abc, will play The Stranahan on Thursday, October 13, to accommodate higher capacity for seating. As a special fundraising performance for The Valentine, proceeds from this performance will help provide continued maintenance of the historic downtown theatre. Spamalot premiered in Toledo in 2007 when Theater League presented it for a week. At that time, it grossed close to 1 million dollars in tickets sales. Matt Lentz, Valentine Marketing & PR Director, states, “Spamalot is currently playing in only larger Midwest markets. We were very fortunate to book a limited engagement here in Toledo.” Monty Python’s Spamalot, the 2006 Tony winner for Best Musical, is the outrageous musical comedy based on the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail”.

    The national tour of The Wizard of Oz, another popular spectacular that is currently playing mostly major markets across the country, touches down at The Valentine for one performance only on Friday, January 13, 2012. The entire family will be captivated by this lavish stage musical production with its colorful costumes and flying monkeys. Both Oz and Spencers Theater of Illusion are part of the Theatre’s Family Series, and are sponsored by The Blade and 13abc.

    The Valentine follows that whirlwind with some hot air of a different kind. The popular political satirists of DC, The Capital Steps return to town with some pre-2012 election hilarity on October 22, 2011.  Always an audience favorite, The Capital Steps celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.

    New to the schedule this season are three Valentine-produced shows slated to play the theatre’s intimate (100-seat capacity) Studio A stage. Located off the Adams Street entrance to the theatre, Studio A will be the setting for the return engagement of the hit Evil Dead The Musical, the 50s-style musical Forever Plaid,  and Chaim Potok’s drama, My Name is Asher Lev, featuring popular Toledo actor Paul Causman.

    The Silver Screen Friday series, sponsored by The Blade, also returns in 2011-12, featuring over 15 classic movies, including Gone with the Wind and It Happened One Night. Billed as Toledo’s “New Old Fashioned Night Out,” tickets are $5, popcorn $2, and the Valentine bar serves through intermission.

    Also slated is the  Spencers Theater of Illusion; Toledo favorite Jim Witter with Feelin’ Groovy: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel; the Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty; the Second City Touring Company Laugh Out Loud Tour; the Late Night Catechism sequel “Sister’s Easter Catechism”; and rounding out the 11/12 season, The Valentine’s Children’s series, sponsored by PNC Bank. The Valentine and Lourdes College Theater Vision have partnered this year to present on both Valentine and Franciscan center stages such popular children’s presentations as Skippyjon Jones, Fancy Nancy, Duck for President & Other Stories, The Rainbow Fish and more. The theatre’s annual fundraising Gala will feature the world renowned Alvin Ailey II Dance Company on Saturday, October 29, and will include, dinner, dancing and the performance.

    Tickets range in price from $8 to $61 for single seats, $16 to $88 for series seating, and $150 for the Ailey II Gala. They will be available to current subscribers only through June 24 and will go on sale to the public on Monday, June 27. Valentine presentations, other than Spamalot, can be purchased through The Valentine box office at 419-242-2787 on online at valentinethetare.com. Spamalot is available through The Staranahan box office at 419-381-8851 or ticketmaster.

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