Theatre 101

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 […]

At the grand splendor of our spring soiree, “Happenin’ at the Hollemans” (which turned into “Fun in the Franklin Room”), I could only but think of those lyrics from Mary Poppins: “If you reach for the stars / All you get are the stars / But we’ve found a whole new spin / If you […]

“Everyone talks about, but no one does a thing about the weather.” Well, we did. We changed “Happenin’ at the Hollemans” to “Fun in the Franklin Room.” I had been watching The Weather Channel intently all week and saw that Monday showed a large yellow lightning bolt (and Sunday as well). I could, but didn’t […]

MARY POPPINS Continues to Fly, Hollemans Host HAPPENIN’

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 8, 2015

Over 2,500 children, with hands worn red from hard clapping and voices yelled out by screams of joy, have seen Mary Poppins fly. If you could only see their faces when, like a high-flying floating balloon, Stephanie Hawkins ascends into the sky, high above the roofs of Amber Wallace’s fabricated London chimney tops, you would […]

MARY POPPINS Opens to Full Houses and Standing Ovations

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 1, 2015

Mary Poppins has finally opened! It really has opened, and it has opened to riotous applause and to standing ovations, as Mary Poppins gracefully flies across the Roxy stage to cheers from full houses of adults and children alike. Friday night’s pay-what-you-can preview quickly sold out, but the box office gave prospective audience members the […]