Alicia Jayne Kelly’s Back, and the Roxy’s Got Her for THE 39 STEPS!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on June 12, 2015

Alicia Jayne Kelly’s back, and the Roxy’s got her for our production of The 39 Steps! Anyone who has seen this amazing performer in any number of roles here will be delighted she has returned to grace our stage.

Alicia began her career here at the Roxy as Airie, the feather-brained hillbilly in The Robber Bridegroom, seven years back. She was hysterical as Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and bizarre and frightening as Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane alongside Roxy regular Linda Ellis Cunningham.

I remember Alicia ascending a 20-foot ramp in a blinding haze of fog, wearing one high heel shoe after just having sung “Memory” as Grizabella in our acclaimed production of CATS! My favorite was having the pleasure of directing her as the faded Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. That was a performance which I cherish.

Alicia literally “washed that man right out of her hair” at every performance of last year’s Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, South Pacific, thanks to the ingenuity of David Boen.

Alicia is beautifully supported in the chaotic Hitchcock romp, The 39 Steps, by bridge player, actor extraordinaire and Clarksville favorite Eli Jolley, who was our Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby and Peter in Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail. Josh Bernaski, of Frog & Toad fame, and newcomer Daryl W. Phillipy round out this ensemble of four who play over 150 different roles.

The adapter of The 39 Steps, Patrick Barlow, writes:

“One of the thrilling things about writing this was the challenge of putting an entire movie on stage — train chases, plane crashes, shadowy murders, beautiful spies, trilbied heavies, dastardly villains with fingers missing … There is comedy and satire here. But it’s also a love story. A man and a woman who have never loved anyone, yet miraculously discover the beating of their own true hearts. That there’s a reason to live and a reason to love … As someone said, the finest comedy comes from the greatest truth. Or was it the best comedy is deadly serious? … Anyway, whoever said what when, I’d respectfully ask you to remember the story, too. It’s there behind the mayhem.”

I need to make a public apology to the kind woman whose red car was hemmed in by the huge truck which had come three hours late to pick up the flying apparatus for Mary Poppins. I had no control over the driver, who took his sweet time, and the kind lady in the red car waiting for far too long after telling me she was in a hurry.

Disney’s The Aristocats KIDS end their run with three more performances: tonight at 6:00pm and Saturday at 2:00pm and 6:00pm.

Next week is The 39 Steps! Pay-what-you-can begins at 7:30pm next Friday, June 19. Performances continue through July 3 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, with a 2:00pm matinee on Saturday, June 27.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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