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Thoughts on the Future of Clarksville and the Roxy

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on November 20, 2015

I have a friend in the current Leadership Clarksville class who had a query concerning how to bring people downtown. It started me thinking that, in our eagerness to make travel accessible, we have done everything possible to lead travel away from downtown. We made a bypass, a cross-thru and a go-around — which, of […]

THE SECRET GARDEN Opens Tonight at 8pm for Pay-What-You-Can

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on November 13, 2015

When John Davis passed, we lost a unique character, a devoted theatre goer and a goodhearted civic activist. When the pennies from The Lillian’s opening, first day tokens, were stolen off the wall of the Roxy, John replaced them and lifted my spirits which had sunk due to the thoughtless thievery. John Davis also opened […]

“It’s veteran actor Jay Doolittle, who often is the story’s heart. His portrayal of the aging, disabled ranch hand Candy, who first loses his dog and then his hope for friends and a future, helps authenticate Of Mice and Men‘s overall message.  Not a happy story, this is a very real one.” So ends Amy […]


by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 30, 2015

“It is the custom on the stage to present the tragic and the comic scenes, in alternation. The hero sinks, weighed down by misfortunes; in the next, his faithful squire regales the audience with a comic song. We behold the heroine in the grasp of a ruthless baron: her virtue in danger, drawing forth her […]

Farewells and Happy Returns

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 23, 2015

Paige King, Alan Robison and Nate Miller are all moving away and leaving us with an unfilled void. We all named Paige the “Mayor of Franklin Street.” Her taste, community involvement and self-sacrifice in supporting many nonprofit and civic groups were phenomenal and will be sorely missed. She was owner of one of our more […]

Thanks to All Who Made Gala 33 a Success!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 16, 2015

Jim Knoll arrested me at our 33rd Anniversary Gala — handcuffs and all. He is the kind of police officer who gives all who serve the law a good and solid reputation. For years, Officer Knoll has given of his time to oversee the street during our al fresco dining events. The arrest, thank heavens, […]

I had on my docket to adapt Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for the Roxy stage. My plan was to cheat and use the film as my source. Fredric March had played the Janus-minded doctor in the 1931 film version, and MGM did a remake in 1941 with Spencer Tracy. I had found a DVD […]

Alicia Jayne Kelly Returns for OLIVER! and MURDER BALLAD

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 2, 2015

We lost a very special young man in Amos Whitley. He was an aficionado of the Roxy, a regular theatregoer. He appeared always to be content and untroubled by his being wheelchair bound due to spina bifida. I liked Amos, although at first I was tentative about approaching him. It was nothing he did or […]

Support from APSU Community Over the Years Keeps the Roxy Strong

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on September 25, 2015

I am loath to fathom how difficult it would have been if we had not had, from our very beginning, a tremendous amount of support from APSU. I remember Dr. Joe Filippo organizing the 1983 Southeastern Theatre Conference’s reception in the Roxy lobby. He helped make our fledgling project known to a great number of […]

GALA 33 Celebrates Thirty-Three Years of Memorable Performances

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on 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 […]