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 stayed up late the Wednesday night before to watch the balloons being blown up on W 77th Street. At that time, it wasn’t touted — it was kind of a secret — so only the neighbors knew. Now it’s public knowledge, and they charge you for the privilege.

While most everyone else is watching football I’m channel surfing, looking for something to watch, anything other than Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas in Connecticut or The Ten Commandments for the 100th time. No slight on these films, but …

I know I am not alone. I’m a strange bird, yes, but there must be others out there who are wanting something else to do.

To that end, we will be giving a special Thanksgiving Day performance of Little Women at 7pm on Thursday, November 27. To make this special production even more so for the holiday, four lovely and talented young women who play the roles of Louisa May Alcott’s March girls so beautifully — Elena Pascullo as Meg, Allie McCaw as Jo, Laura Donnelly as Beth and Corinne Bupp as Amy — will be serving your choice of apple, pumpkin or pecan pie during an extended intermission that evening.

So many family members come into town, this is a splendid way to entertain out-of-town guests and support your local theatre at the same time. We’ve never played Thanksgiving, so this is a trial to see if there is an audience for such an event.

Little Women is not just a show for little girls, however, for our young men in this production are played to perfection by Michael Spaziani (Laurie Laurence), Chase Miller (John Brooke) and Tyler Baxter (Professor Bhaer).

I spoke to Northwest High School’s STEM program for assistant principal Shane Smith and have heard from a number of educators that it should be STEAM, adding an “A” for the arts. Louisa May Alcott’s Jo writes, and she (like I Remember Mama‘s Katrin and even Anne Frank) is requested to write about what she knows — which makes not only the subject matter but the intent in this production perfect for field trips. Teachers, don’t miss out.

Tonight is the Eve of All Hallows’ — Halloween — and with it also come the closing two performances of the phenomenal revival of The Rocky Horror Show, tonight at 8pm and midnight. Edward’s Steakhouse is offering dinner reservations up until 9:30pm by calling (931) 906-8877 and, afterward, appetizers (including fried calamari rings, shrimp cocktail, fried green tomatoes, spinach artichoke dip, potato skins, battered mushrooms, nachos and more) until the midnight showing. And, as always, they offer a 10% discount on food with your current evening’s Roxy ticket.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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