BEEHIVE Reaches End of Run, TWAIN Returns for Three Performances Only

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 14, 2011

I stood on my head last Friday, all by myself, totally unassisted.

I’ve put my foot in my mouth a number of times, so I suppose standing on my head was no biggie. However, when it occurred, I shouted out an expletive and could not stop laughing. I’ve asked forgiveness for the first response, but the laugh was quashed by a young female in the class who said, “If he [meaning me] can do it, I know I can.” She didn’t … but she will.

Yoga — Monday through Friday from 8am until 9am at the Roxy with certified yoga instructor Travis Kendrick — has changed my life. My arthritic knee has become less of a pain, and I have a clearer focus.

Last week I went over to APSU’s Music and Mass Communications building to audit an Alexander Technique class and had the pleasure of meeting up with the Drs. Mabry. Still we are waiting on having the building’s concert hall named for them … what’s the hold-up? We can’t expect them to solicit funds. If everyone who ever had the privilege of being taught by George and Sharon sent a dollar, or anyone who gave their senior recital under their guidance donated ten dollars, or anyone who has gone on to have a career due to their influence gave a hundred dollars — whatever amount is wanted could easily be reached. I should do something like that with Roxy alumni.

On Monday, November 7, at 7pm, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays is being presented by numerous theatres across the country, ours with the help of APSU’s Gay-Straight Alliance. We were offered this work because, some years ago, we produced The Laramie Project and were invited to present the tenth anniversary rewrite, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, An Epilogue, where the interviewers returned to Laramie, Wyoming, to see how and what had changed in the ten years since Matthew Shepard’s murder and the ensuing trial.

Ashton Crosby is a joy as an artist, as a fellow thespian, and as a loyal friend for reasons too obvious and numerous to mention here. Ashton is recreating his role as Mark Twain this season at the Roxy in Mark Twain: Adventures in American Humor. I’m remembering, a couple of years ago, how we sold out this little show with its big message: “If you liked this, you’ll love my books.” Read, read, read.

Hal Holbrook made a career of slapping on hours of makeup for his one-man show. I first knew of Holbrook’s Twain back in the ‘60s. Time has made it easier for myself, Ashton and Mr. Holbrook, because now, for us, it is a come-as-you-are party.

Mark Twain: Adventures in American Humor plays three public performances only at 8pm next Friday, October 21, and at 2pm and 8pm on Saturday, October 22. Tonight and Saturday at 8pm are the final performances of Beehive: The ‘60s Musical Sensation.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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