Children’s Group THE ZINGHOPPERS Bounce Into the Roxy for One Day Only, October 26

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 11, 2013

The Zinghoppers have made a splash especially with the pre-kindergarten crowd and continue to do so on PBS. It is a wild and wooly name for educational and playful songs, repetition and interactive tomfoolery — in fact, everything first-time theatre goers thrive on. If only all theatre was this easy, fun and cleverly educational. And now the Zinghoppers are coming to the Roxy!

Their high energy musical concert, “A Superhero Learning Adventure,” features songs from the band’s Emmy Award-winning television series, now airing on over 100 PBS member stations nationwide, and stars the husband and wife teaching team of Kitty and Jack Norton. Children learn important life lessons about being a good friend, eating healthy, exercising daily, and looking for numbers and letters in the world around them, in this program which promotes pro-social behaviors and builds self-esteem.

The Zinghoppers come to the Roxy Regional Theatre for two public performances only — noon and 2pm on Saturday, October 26 — as well as a handful of weekday matinees for school groups. Tickets can be reserved via our website at, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9am to 2pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain).

This summer, the interns rehearsed and executed a marvelous rendition of the Thornton Wilder classic The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden. I have much trouble in letting go of beautiful things — flowers, a summer’s day at the beach, a longtime friend — so I’m holding on to Happy Journey for two more performances, this Saturday and next at 2pm. The performance is free and open to public, but we will be accepting donations.

Everyone comments on the Spamalot costumes: “colorful,” “beautiful,” “stunning,” etc. They came from a few years’ run in the West End of England, eight shows a week, and probably a year or two on the road as well. Maine State Music Theatre purchased them and has been renting them as fast as a theatre can obtain the rights.

Ours came from a theatre which had closed their production only a few days before we were to open ours. The usual drill is to clean them before sending them out again, but there was no time … so you can imagine. If you’ve ever put on a costume which has been worn that long and that hard, one’s natural body heat brings up all remembrances of previous wearers … if you catch my drift. So we began the season in the red with a cleaning bill of $4,300 — that’s a lot of tickets!

Karen Parr-Moody wrote, “To miss Spamalot is to do oneself a disservice. It is one of those rare productions that serves up a nonstop stream of comedy married with polished song and dance.” Monty Python’s Spamalot plays Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, through next Saturday, October 19.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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