Theatre 101

Celebrate Halloween with Final Two Showings of ROCKY HORROR

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on 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 […]

ROCKY HORROR Opens Tonight for Pay-What-You-Can

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 24, 2014

Christmas begins for us at the Roxy this Monday evening, when we cast Bob Cratchit’s children for our ninth revival of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. Some children, like Addisyn Bryant, have played all the Cratchit children at one time or another, starting with Tiny Tim. So as not to leave her out, as […]

SLEEPY HOLLOW Continues, ROCKY HORROR Waits in the Wings

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 17, 2014

Last Saturday night was the closing performance of our 32nd season opener, On the Town, which meant the set had to be “struck.” What could be salvaged was saved and stored, the props put away, and the costumes sorted into piles to be washed or sent to Royal Cleaners. Dr. George Mabry came to see […]

“Life is everything. Life is God. All is changing and moving, and that motion is God. To love life is to love God.” [Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace] It took me all summer, but I finished it. It seems I just put away my sweaters, and now it’s time to take them out again. The […]

Roxy Regional Theatre in Repertory

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 3, 2014

Monte (Mrs. George L. Narber) wanted us to produce Shakespeare. She wanted it to be a part of our yearly canon of plays. She wanted it so badly that she sent a check, if not two, each year to ensure that we had the funds to make that possible. And we have followed her wishes […]

STUPID KIDS Plays Two Final Performances, ON THE TOWN Continues

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on September 26, 2014

“The beloved invalid,” as the legitimate theatre is often referred, was alive and well Saturday evening before last, as 150 devoted Roxy supporters celebrated the opening of our 32nd season. Party-goers dined on gourmet fare, again catered by The Bound’ry: Filet of Beef and Seared Scallops, Grilled Asparagus, Fingerling Potatoes, Bibb Salad with Poached Pears […]

Leonard Bernstein’s ON THE TOWN, Starring Stacy Turner, Now Playing

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on September 19, 2014

On the Town is nothing, if not great fun — and not just for me, in having so many of my most favorite people, artists, performers and just good friends who are or have worked so diligently toward making the production a wonderful reality. On the Town is celebrating its 70th anniversary and will be […]

ON THE TOWN Opens for Pay-What-You-Can Next Wednesday

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on September 12, 2014

I’ve heard, via the Clarksville grapevine, a city council member said the new center for arts and education would never be built. Really? What happened to faith? Whatever happened to moving into the 21st Century? I’m reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace. A phrase of Tolstoy’s seemed to be written for me. Tolstoy says, “No two […]

School of the Arts Begins with Gala and ON THE TOWN Hot On Its Heels

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on September 5, 2014

The Roxy Regional School of the Arts begins its fall/winter session tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:00am. That, for me, is a heavy burden, for I must try my very best to emulate my early mentors — Sherwood Lohry, Alan Bates, Ray Hill, George Touliatos, Eugart Yerian and Sister Mary Sebastian, some of Memphis’ leading directors and […]

Art for art’s sake. That really could be the tone for the Roxy Gala and also for Frolic on Franklin: visual artists giving of their talent, energy and time to keep the performing arts alive and well — not only well, but flourishing. Sadly, we Americans have this unexplainable belief that if it is here, […]