Farewell to Michael Spaziani, Hello to a New Year!

December 26, 2014

I must confess that I have had a paternal feeling for Michael Spaziani. In some circles it is called a “bromance.” I prefer the term “fatherly” — no, no, to be more accurate, “grandfatherly.” Michael finished his tenure here after more than a year of polished performances, lastly stuck under my thumb as Bob Cratchit, […]

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“Ask Me About the Show I Saw at the Roxy”

December 19, 2014

As the children leave the theatre after seeing A Christmas Carol on field trips, two actors — Chase Miller and Corinne Bupp, our Fred and Mary in this year’s Carol — give to each and every child a bright red and green sticker with a huge red R and, printed on it, “ask me about […]

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Shop Local This Holiday Season

December 12, 2014

I only shop at Christmas for the cast, and I do it all in downtown Clarksville. Michael Spaziani (Bob Cratchit) heads up a coterie of actors each Thursday and leads them across the street to Edward’s Steakhouse (107 Franklin Street) for half-price appetizers. So a gift certificate for him, from Linda and John Shephard, is […]

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SANTALAND DIARIES Open Upstairs on Monday, A CHRISTMAS CAROL Follows on Wednesday

December 5, 2014

Someone called it “Tomography” when my partner, Tom Thayer, was staging — or, rather, choreographing — the dance for the Fezziwig scene in A Christmas Carol. Adding another couple to the scene enlarged it exponentially. I couldn’t stop smiling as dancers and actors who move, along with the new young cast members, jumped, bumped, twisted, […]

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November 28, 2014

I’m not at all pleased with this “fall back, spring forward” thing, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. I’m up in the dark, as it is, and home way after the sun has gone down. Some solace comes from an Ensure and a sit ‘n’ read in that lunch hour’s worth of sun […]

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Giving Thanks This Holiday Season

November 21, 2014

I received the following letter. I was pleased that someone took the time to say … “Thank you! Seven years ago you gave me an opportunity that changed my life. When I was twelve, I auditioned for High School Musical at the Roxy. My life changed. It put me on my career path, and I […]

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Congrats to Cast Cratchit Children, HEDWIG and LITTLE WOMEN Continue

November 14, 2014

We are not, nor have we ever been, in the business of breaking young hearts. Quite the contrary, we want to try and build self-esteem and self-assurance in all the young people who cross our paths and give as many children as possible an opportunity to perform. But Bob Cratchit only has four children — […]

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HEDWIG Tears Down theotherspace, LITTLE WOMEN Opens on the Mainstage

November 7, 2014

It’s one thing to get applause on one’s entrance and quite another to get a standing ovation. That, of course, is something else altogether. Ryan Bowie garnered both for his performance as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, which is turning out to be an annual Roxy staple, with people driving 200 miles or […]

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November 6, 2014

We invite you to celebrate the season with our fourth annual “Christmas Over The Cumberland” on Friday, December 12. In the beautiful setting of F&M Bank’s Franklin Room, overlooking the Cumberland River and downtown’s holiday light display, enjoy the same great service and quality our Gala-goers have come to know and love with dinner catered […]

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Celebrate Halloween with Final Two Showings of ROCKY HORROR

October 31, 2014

I’m not a football fan. There, now I’ve said it. So on Thanksgiving Day, I sleep in but get up early enough to catch, like everyone else, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Then I usually have to learn or study my lines before I overstuff myself with turkey. When I lived in New York, I […]

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