January 22, 2016

The Brothers Grimm culled their stories from age-old oral traditions. Over the years, the tales have become pasteurized by none other than Walt Disney, who made them palpable to a large film going audience. In that, the stories lost much of the lessons which they were meant to teach at a time when no one […]

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Enhancing Curricula Through Live Theatre

January 15, 2016

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so,” as Shakespeare so aptly said in Hamlet. This is true for The Vagina Monologues as well. When I first experienced Eve Ensler’s work, I was one in a packed audience in APSU’s Clement Auditorium. I couldn’t imagine in my wildest dreams what I […]

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THE MOUNTAINTOP Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Black History Month

January 8, 2016

For five years in a row, we produced during the month of January five of the greatest American plays ever written by some of our greatest playwrights: Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and All My Sons, Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and my favorite, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s […]

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New Year Brings Resolutions, Dreams of New Season

January 1, 2016

I’ve made my New Year’s resolution. I’m going to try to keep the lessons which I have been advocating for years on the tail of all those bah-humbugs from the stage of the Roxy, the God-bless-us-everyones with peace-on-earth-and-good-will-toward-men. I will try as best I can not to sit in judgment of others — like those […]

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Everything Old is New Again at the Roxy Regional Theatre

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas! This is a sentiment which I hold dear, dear as the holiday itself. I’m moved by the kindness of so many who help support and aid with time, energy and funds those among us who are unable to help themselves — especially those who do good for good’s sake or, rather, for the […]

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Final Two Performances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL with John McDonald as Scrooge

December 18, 2015

Sarah Bernhardt gave five farewell American tours. I’m not trying to compare myself to the likes of the late great Bernhardt … but, for me, one farewell tour of Scrooge has been enough. I am about “bah humbugged” out. I don’t believe that sentiment, so it’s difficult trying to live it for even a few […]

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Christmas Gifts All Around for CAROL Cast

December 11, 2015

This is my last Christmas. It isn’t a premonition, nor an omen (although I firmly believe in both). I know, with retirement, my “Clarence” Christmas closet will not be replenished for next Christmas. I have to cut back, slow down clear out and clean up. For years I collected pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, […]

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GIFT-A-TAG Makes the Perfect Gift This Holiday Season

December 4, 2015

This holiday season, give the gift of a specialty license plate and support the cause you care about. Now you can buy those special someones on your list a GIFT-A-TAG voucher for the purchase of any of Tennessee’s Specialty License Plates. With over 100 to choose from, Tennessee Specialty Plates represent colleges and universities, sports, […]

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Thanksgiving Brings Much Gratitude for Friends, Patrons and Supporters

December 4, 2015

Theatre people believe its always good luck to be working on a holiday — Christmas, New Year’s, one’s birthday and, of course, even Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving was truly a fortunate one. I spent my day being thankful for so much in my life: • For Susan Nicholson, who puts us through our paces each morning […]

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A CHRISTMAS CAROL Opens, Following Holiday Dinner, Concert and Brunch

November 27, 2015

The city beat us to the punch. The Christmas decorations were already up before we even began rehearsals for A Christmas Carol, which plays its first performances for field trip groups on Monday and will play a sneak preview next Friday for attendees of “Christmas Over The Cumberland.” The first public performance of A Christmas […]

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