Alicia Jayne Kelly Returns for OLIVER! and MURDER BALLAD

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 2, 2015

We lost a very special young man in Amos Whitley. He was an aficionado of the Roxy, a regular theatregoer. He appeared always to be content and untroubled by his being wheelchair bound due to spina bifida.

I liked Amos, although at first I was tentative about approaching him. It was nothing he did or was, but my own insecurities and my fear of a faux pas. But once I did reach out to him, my fears were lifted. I found him affable, complimentary and easy to talk with.

Amos came to the theatre often with his family. His father, James, outbid me on a painting at last year’s silent auction, only to present the piece to me as a gift a few days later.

Amos had a good heart, albeit a weak one. He is missed.

We also recently loss Ashton Crosby, a fine old character actor who was Mark Twain for us as well as Friar Laurence in Romeo & Juliet. I don’t like to hear of anyone’s passing, especially older character men. That’s why I cherish Jay Doolittle so, for I take pleasure in not being the eldest actor in the theatre.

Having Alicia Jayne Kelly in this theatre for Oliver! is a pleasure for all of us, as always. Her multi-talents notwithstanding, she is a no-mess, no-fuss pro who makes the work a pleasure and her performances a delight.

Alicia has offered her extensive dance expertise to our School of the Arts. She just finished a run with Royal Caribbean’s “Allure of the Seas” as Velma Kelly in Chicago, so she’s no novice to the art of Terpsichore and offers that as an extra bonus to our Saturday class students.

Alicia has also signed on for Murder Ballad, our first offering this season upstairs in theotherspace. She is joined for this explosive rock musical sensation by our Bill Sikes from Oliver!, Timothy Houston, as well as our Mr. & Mrs. Sowerberry, Ryan Bowie and Rori Nogee. A steamy and fun thriller with a razor’s edge, Murder Ballad explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us. Performances are Monday and Tuesday, October 5, 6, 12 and 13, at 7pm. All tickets are $20, and this production is recommended for mature audiences only.

We are a true repertory company, producing two performances of Go, Dog. Go! in the mornings and presenting Lionel Bart’s Oliver! in the evenings, while rehearsing Murder Ballad in between, with Saturday School of the Arts students working on prologues from all of The Bard’s works. Next week, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde begins rehearsal, along with our perennial favorite transvestite, Dr. Frank N. Furter, in Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show.

Lionel Bart’s Oliver! continues through October 10 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm. Go, Dog. Go! plays public performances this Saturday, October 3, and the next, October 10, at 11:00am.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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