Theatre 101

THE MUSIC MAN Showcases the Rare Barbershop Quartet

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on 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 […]

THE MUSIC MAN’s Harold Hill, Then and Now

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on 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 […]

THE MUSIC MAN Opens Tonight for Pay-What-You-Can

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on July 17, 2015

The set alone for The Music Man is truly beautiful, to say nothing of the performances, which are stellar all-around. My partner and the director of The Music Man, Tom Thayer, imagined the set, which is the main street of a small town at the turn of the twentieth century. His idea was executed by […]

Yesterday the twenty-plus Parks & Rec Summer Theatre participants — Travis Antoine, Finley Booth, Makaela Britt, Mackenzie Byard, Bella Cargill, Arrionna Cheatham, Ava DoVanne, Trista Eppes, Destiney Fitzgerald, Kaylee Fowler, Kacie Greene, Arianna Grey, Emma Hachler, Caydee Harris, Madison Higgins, Grace Hurt, Rafael Kenney, Gabriel Lomax, Rebecca Morrison, Dalton Myer, Jasmine Palmer, Jaylen Palmer, Emma […]

Pay-What-You-Can, Final Performance of THE 39 STEPS

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on July 3, 2015

I have written many times about the Roxy being the first theatre in the state to have a pay-what-you-can night. It is always the first performance, except for the junior shows (which are already cheaper than a movie). We also offer CitySaver coupons, along with two-for-one discounts for active-duty military and APSU students, to all […]

There was a little teary-eyed boy sitting almost alone at the end of The Aristocats. Not wanting to leave the theatre, he stayed in his seat and said, “I want to see it again.” He believed it was possible that, like a DVD, he might pop it in yet again. His believing in the possible […]

Internships, Parks & Rec, Auditions … Amidst THE 39 STEPS

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on June 19, 2015

Interns arrive daily at 9:00am. At 10:00am, rehearsals begin for The 39 Steps. At 11:00am, the ten interns rehearse A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the direction of my best friend Leslie Greene. At 1:00pm, Parks & Rec Summer Theatre begins. Participants are working on a dance routine, “Shipoopi” from our season closer, The Music Man, […]

Alicia Jayne Kelly’s back, and the Roxy’s got her for our production of The 39 Steps! Anyone who has seen this amazing performer in any number of roles here will be delighted she has returned to grace our stage. Alicia began her career here at the Roxy as Airie, the feather-brained hillbilly in The Robber […]

Ninth Foray into Disney, THE ARISTOCATS Kids, Now Playing

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on June 5, 2015

On Tuesday, we read for the first time the completed stage version of Booth Tarkington’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Magnificent Ambersons. Sidney McCarty, Truman Jepson, Jesse Boyle, Jewel Stewart, Austin Stewart, Lauren Mund, Grace Davis, Jacob Johnson, Georgia Smith, Bre Cox and Allison Ferebee have been working on it, chapter by chapter, scene by scene, […]

And The Monte Went To …

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 29, 2015

A million dollars … or so it seemed to us in the cold bleak winter of ’83, when Mrs. George L. “Monte” Narber was the first kind soul to send an unsolicited donation. I don’t remember the amount, but I do remember what Thornton Wilder wrote in The Matchmaker: “The difference between a little money […]