Arts Events Abound, MY WAY Continues to Enchant

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 21, 2014

A few Saturdays ago I jumped the gun, canceling our School of the Arts class, the matinee of Hans Christian Andersen and the second performance of My Way.

Excuses notwithstanding, when I dug out of my cul-de-sac in the early hours of Saturday morning, I barely made it up the hill to find North Second an unplowed ski slope.  My fears overtook me when I could not but slip and slide up North Second from College to Franklin.  I could only think of students, patrons and actors trying to drive in under hazardous conditions.

I knew by one o’clock I had thrown in the towel too early.  But I could only think of my mom saying, “Buddy, better be safe than sorry.”

Hamlet’s dark cloud hung dark over my head as the snow ended, the sun came and the streets became passable.  Gloom settled in, not merely over the lost revenue, but for the lost opportunity to hear the applause and peals of laughter which Hans Christian Andersen stirred in children and parents at each performance.

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council’s “Valentine’s Afternoon with the Arts” at F&M Bank was a great success.  Almost all of my favorite artists were in attendance: Olen Bryant, Leo Adames, Paula Baggett Edwards, Mary Lou Baggett, John Butler, Andrea Garcia, Patrick Green, Terri Jordan, Eunice Kern, Tom Rice, Brent Streeter, Jo Violette and Cliff Whittaker.  The music by Sophisticated Strings, the piano-harp duo of Debbie Wilson (801-5716) and Ted Jones (801-4059 or tedjonesharp@gmail.com), added the perfect ambiance for champagne and chocolates.

George and Sharon Mabry, theatrical icons of our community, artists who are held in the highest regard, have offered their remarkable talents as a fundraiser benefiting the new center for arts and education.

A Mabry Songbook: An Evening of Music by George L. Mabry will be held in APSU’s Mabry Concert Hall on Saturday, March 22, at 7:30pm.  The evening also includes a pre-show reception with the artists from 6:00pm until 7:00pm in Harned Hall’s gallery.  Such an event is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience these great artists close-up and personal.

Tickets are $50 (reception and performance) and $25 (performance only) and may be reserved online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the Roxy between 9:00am and 2:00pm, weekdays.  Seating is general admission.

My Way — featuring Michael Spaziani, Allie McCaw, Ryan Bowie and Morgan Billings — continues to enchant patrons who want nothing more than pure entertainment.  And nothing entertains more than Ol’ Blue Eyes himself.

I knew Sinatra’s films “From Here to Eternity,” “The Man with the Golden Arm” and “The Manchurian Candidate.”  It was not until my adult life that I knew of his music and musical comedy performances for M.G.M.  Thank you, Ted Turner.

Frank died the same day as my mom.  Frank received more attention, but they entered the pearly gates as equals.

My Way plays Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm through March 1.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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