Theatre 101

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, […]

When Mrs. George L. “Monte” Narber asked that we might try presenting Shakespeare at the Roxy, I had serious doubts. Shakespeare in Clarksville? My fears were soon put to rest when our first foray, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was seen as a huge success. I, too, like Monte, was hooked on the idea, so we […]

This weekend Grease closes. It seems amazing that 31 years of live theatre have come to an end and that, in a very short time, we will begin our 32nd year of live professional theatre here on the corner of Franklin and First. The Parks and Rec children have workshopped The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, […]

Making Do with a Postage Stamp-Sized Stage

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on August 8, 2014

That infamous man-eating plant, Audrey II, came to us, as a rental, as a total mess. Under all the scads of indiscernible cloth and paint at least some of the plant’s “bones” were intact. Audrey II reminded me of Bette Davis in Dark Victory — a total mess — but with lots of help from […]

Curriculum-Enhancing Opportunities Abound at the Roxy

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on August 1, 2014

School starts next week, and with it begins calls to our box office regarding booking field trips. For bookings, teachers can reach us between 9:00am and 2:00pm, Mondays through Fridays, at (931) 645-7699 or roxytheatre@bellsouth.net. Grease is still playing and available as a field trip, which is perfect since many high schools around town have […]

Looking Ahead to the Fall Lineup as GREASE Continues to Delight

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on July 25, 2014

It seems strange to be touting Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as we just marked the beginning of summer. Perhaps it might go a bit toward deterring others from taking it on as part of their holiday offerings. I don’t think our production of A Christmas Carol is the best production ever — I wouldn’t be […]

GREASE Continues, 32nd Season Waits on the Horizon

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on July 18, 2014

The 50-plus Parks and Rec children and interns have done their best and hopefully enjoyed, learned and ended up more confident and self-assured by their efforts here this summer. You can still feel their energy and newfound love of this art form reverberating within these walls. Grease is our current offering and our third revival […]