Theatre 101

This year’s Shakespeare offering, Measure for Measure — not unlike last year’s Much Ado About Nothing — is not part of the high school curriculum. When I was growing up, we had three years of Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice. I was in a parochial all-boys Catholic high school, so The […]

Pay-What-You-Can for HONKY TONK ANGELS Tonight at 8pm

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 13, 2015

Tonight is the “pay-what-you-can” preview for Honky Tonk Angels … not “pay-as-little-as-you-can,” but “pay-what-you-can.” Honky Tonk Angels is unique in the fact that it is a classic country music musical. Jama Bowen, Kristina Wilson and Corinne Bupp are perfectly suited for their roles as “angels” and, indeed, of the honky-tonk variety, longing to be stars […]

Help Mary Poppins Fly!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 6, 2015

The light catching the sparkling glitter of Peter Pan, the shredded colors of falling confetti in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and the sheets of multicolored tissue paper streaming down from the flies, mixed with multicolored shirts, added a sense of luxury to the commonplace in The Great Gatsby. All three create a kind of […]

FLOPSY, MOPSY & COTTONTAIL Solves January Attendance Problem

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 30, 2015

For years we tried to solve the lack of attendance in January. Tom and I performed in two-character plays: Mass Appeal, A Life in the Theatre, etc. Once, we played for an audience of two. The next year we went dark until March, which was a mistake. The shutting off of gas, water and electricity […]

Beatrix Potter Tales Continue, HONKY TONK ANGELS Waits in the Wings

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 23, 2015

A motley canvas drop, recycled and first used for our production of Honk in 2009, is the backdrop for Flopsy, Mopsy & Cottontail. It is all fronted by two out of the six 4’x4′ cubes built by David Boen for Bye Bye Birdie, repainted and recycled innumerable times. The two simple stools are all that […]

FLOPSY, MOPSY & COTTONTAIL Opens This Saturday at 2pm!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 16, 2015

We closed A Christmas Carol on the shortest day of the year and came back into town on the coldest … so far. When this Charles Dickens classic closed, we left everything as it was. We didn’t “strike” that final Saturday night, as we traditionally do. We have rarely, if ever, done that before. “Strike” […]

2015 began with a bang — and a big bang filled with honor and adulation, along with the promise of further greatness to come. The first was right out of the box and, oddly enough, not a theatrical one — it was Mayor Kim McMillan’s taking the oath of office in the Roxy Regional Theatre […]

“V” MONOLOGUES and FLOPSY, MOPSY & COTTONTAIL Opening Soon

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 2, 2015

“You’ve been so kind … Thank you, you’ve really been so kind. You know, and I speak, I am sure, not for myself alone, but on behalf of all of us … All of us here, when I say that these … these moments make it all … they make it all worthwhile.” [from David […]

Farewell to Michael Spaziani, Hello to a New Year!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on 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, […]

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

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on 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 […]