GALA 33 Celebrates Thirty-Three Years of Memorable Performances

September 18, 2015

There are adults with teenage children who have grown up taking for granted that there is a live professional theatre here on the corner of Franklin and First. The Roxy Gala and “Frolic on Franklin,” along with the Downtown Market, make tomorrow a very special day of celebration. There has been a venue for entertainment […]

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SPEAKEASY Plays, GALA Prepares, OLIVER! and GO, DOG. GO! Wait

September 11, 2015

“Important notice! John McDonald or Current Resident.” In a way, that is the tone of our yearly brochure. But people often move and the new occupant is not always an avid theatregoer, more’s the pity. Bulk mailing is cheaper, of course, but harder to keep track of and to manage. Each brochure costs a dollar […]

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Curriculum Series and School of the Arts Begin

September 4, 2015

My greatest regret is that no one had the time or skill to teach me how to read. Maybe it was the era from which I came. Maybe it was the lack of patience. Maybe it was my thick skull. Whatever it was, I only gained the joy of pleasure reading late in life. Our […]

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SPEAKEASY Opens Tonight at 8pm, FROLIC and GALA 33 Approach

August 28, 2015

We need to thank Cindy Marsh and Susan Bryant for “Frolic on Franklin” and Paige King for giving it a name. Cindy Marsh’s and Susan Bryant’s “Plein Air” was a small outdoor event which morphed into “Rivers & Spires,” growing bigger by the year and marking its 14th anniversary next April. “Plein Air” was a […]

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Gala 33 Tickets Now On Sale!

August 21, 2015

Our 33rd Anniversary Gala, the culmination of downtown Clarksville’s tenth annual celebration of the arts “Frolic on Franklin,” is Saturday, September 19. It is hard for me to wrap my mind around 33 years — 33 years of incredible support, some truly beautiful and wonderful productions, numerous touching and moving performances, and countless devoted admirers, […]

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New School Year Brings New Opportunities in the Theatre

August 14, 2015

School has just begun, and the anticipation for the year ahead is palpable. Some, like my two favorite seniors Sidney McCarty and Truman Jepson, are looking forward to the climax and culmination of years of study and hard work. Others, entering new schools, greeting new teachers, meeting new classmates and studying new subjects, approach the […]

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While THE MUSIC MAN Continues, SPEAKEASY: A Musical Revue Awaits

August 7, 2015

“Joe sent me,” spoken softly and in a hushed whisper through a peephole in the door, was the one and only entry into a secret and unlawful world of the Roaring Twenties. “Joe sent me” …how many millions of times were those words uttered to gain admittance into what was then called a speakeasy? It […]

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Congratulations to the Children’s Cast of OLIVER!

August 5, 2015

Congratulations to the following young people who have been cast in our upcoming production of Lionel Bart’s OLIVER!: Magnus DoVanne as Oliver Twist, Nate Miller as The Artful Dodger, Kaleb Sintim-Amoah as Charley Bates, Anna Ryan as Bet, Andrew Patton as the Bookseller Boy, Breanna Cox, Landen Daniel, Aramae DoVanne, Ava DoVanne, Arianna Grey, Truman […]

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THE MUSIC MAN Showcases the Rare Barbershop Quartet

July 31, 2015

A barbershop quartet (for even those who know what that is) is a rare commodity, especially in the 21st century. It was a highly cultivated art form in the late 20th century, but the closest we come to it now is the all-male chorus. Meredith Willson revitalized the art form for his Music Man. The […]

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THE MUSIC MAN’s Harold Hill, Then and Now

July 24, 2015

Robert Preston, for me, will always be Harold Hill, the “music man,” on stage and on film.  But John Adkison, the Roxy Regional Theatre’s Harold Hill, comes a very close second. In my late teens, I was given a letter of introduction to Mr. Preston himself, written by a fellow student of his from The […]

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