And The Monte Went To …

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 2, 2014

Hugh Poland and Reid Edington won best in the state from the Tennessee High School Speech Drama League with their presentation of The Diaries of Adam and Eve, an adaptation taken from Mark Twain and directed by Rossview High drama instructor, LuEllyn Wilcox.

Both young people began their theatrical careers here at the Roxy, so it seems only fitting that they should repeat their award-winning performances here — and they will tomorrow (Saturday, May 3) at 2pm. All tickets are $10 and well-worth the price of admission for these two talented graduating seniors. Hugh is off to Western Kentucky University, while Reid will be attending Belmont University. Let us give them a packed house and a fond farewell.

George and Sharon Mabry are the latest recipients of The Monte Award, which was presented to them before the final Saturday matinee of Les Miserables. The Mabrys join a long and prestigious list of longtime Roxy supporters: Debby Dowlen Noyes, Stacy Turner, Marge Lillard, Cinders Murdoch-Vaughan, Linda Ellis, Paul Flaten, James Mann, Kathy Sitton, Richard Gildrie, Alice Cortner, Gene Wolf, Mary Harpel, Conrad and Alison Edington, Jim McDonald, Peg Harvill, Dr. Bill Grabenstein, Mike Fink, Greg Williamson, Susan Bryant, The Leaf-Chronicle, The Riverview Inn, Leslie Greene, Joanne Anthony, Nelda Steeley, Jon Prudhomme, The Eichhorn-Kitterman Family, The Boen Family, Maria Rice McClure, Walter Marczak, Paige King, Meredith Gildrie, Bruce and Debra Jobe, Judi Sinks, Beverly Fisher and Kitty Madden, Katie Kennedy, Mary Nell Wooten, Nancye Britton, Ted Jones, Lena and Jimmy Orgain, Judy and Fred Landiss, and Phil and Jill Whittinghill.

George and Sharon came to the fore to add their talents to our 2011 spring fundraiser, “Mint Juleps and Gershwin at High Meadow.” The idea of an afternoon of Gershwin was Fred Landiss’. He also thought that, if we asked the Mabrys, they might perform — and they did, adding that extra touch of class to the event.

Just last month at APSU, they presented A Mabry Songbook, an evening of songs George had written especially for his beautiful and talented wife Sharon. It was the premiere of his work and, for us, a huge fundraiser for the new center for arts and education, which this event alone bringing in $7,000.

This award is long overdue for what George and Sharon Mabry, individually, have brought to this community and what they have each done singly to put the arts in the forefront of our community and for adding substantially to our community and its quality of life.

Another “Happenin’ at the Hollemans” takes place this Monday, May 5, at 5:30pm, at the home of Roxy supporters Mark, Ricki, John Mark and Will Holleman. In a festive carnival atmosphere, our 32nd season will be announced amid fun, games, entertainment, and food and beverages by Fire & Ice Catering. Tickets are $50 per person.

Les Miserables continues to mesmerize all who attend, with performances on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, through next Saturday, May 10.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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