A CHRISTMAS CAROL Continues to Enchant Through December 17

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on December 2, 2011

I was embarrassed by an unlit Christmas tree which graced our lobby for last month’s reading of Standing on Ceremony. Now it’s lit, and Christmas, which I touted to be pre-prepared for far too early, is now upon us … and it has come with a vengeance.

I arrived late to George and Sharon Mabry’s soiree at F&M Bank. Someone must step forward and make the necessary contribution to honor these giants of our community, giants who have changed the artistic landscape and made the arts and the appreciation of the arts paramount. Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking up at the stars.” Drs. George and Sharon have shown us all numerous constellations. We need to offer them the flowers and the accolades now, while they are among us, and in doing so, have the opportunity of seeing their faces when they enjoy that much overdue honor.

But of course, as always, I have an ulterior motive. For when the old Roxy is dark and while the new center is being built, I would love to have the pleasure of working with them on I Do! I Do!, the two-character musical based on the play Four Poster. And who in our community would miss such an opportunity to see such a performance?

With only thirty-one A Christmas Carols to go until Santa comes, I still get a thrill from being a part of many children’s (and some adult’s) first experience of live theatre.

Ours is not a lavish Carol. The sets have been recycled, and they have been Dickens-ized from an Inherit the Wind set painted by Chip Boles, later Christmas-ized by Amber Wallace. Some Ain’t Misbehavin’ and some newly-fabricated houses make up Fred and Mary’s pink and blue abode, and others create Bob Cratchit’s house with peeling wallpaper and sad little Christmas tree. However, the sentiment and the truth in the power of ultimate redemption are as fresh and alive as they were in Dickens’ time and are a joy to present each year.

The free “informance” of our Saturday School for the Arts students, featuring a performance of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is at noon on Saturday, December 17. Why Shakespeare? “Why not?” would be the flip response. However, to introduce The Bard to young minds and have them comprehend, on any level, the luster of words opens a vast corridor of awakening and untapped comprehension on which no value can be placed.

WJZM Radio and Hank Bonecutter present “Comedy on the Cumberland” at 7pm on Tuesday, December 6, at the Roxy. Tickets are available at the Roxy, F&M Bank or at www.comedyonthecumberland.com, and proceeds from this evening will benefit Downtown Kiwanis Children’s Programs.

A Christmas Carol continues to enchant tonight and Saturday at 8pm, with performances through December 17 on selected Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with 2pm matinees on Saturday, December 10 and 17.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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