Congrats to Cast Cratchit Children, HEDWIG and LITTLE WOMEN Continue

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on November 14, 2014

We are not, nor have we ever been, in the business of breaking young hearts. Quite the contrary, we want to try and build self-esteem and self-assurance in all the young people who cross our paths and give as many children as possible an opportunity to perform.

But Bob Cratchit only has four children — he’s not the King of Siam with an endless line of children produced by an endless number of wives, nor is he Fagin with as many boy pickpockets as possible and all those little workhouse boys wanting “more, sir.”

Some are too tall for Tiny Tim yet too short for Peter. The same can be said for Belinda and Martha. Some who have had leads in the past got parts again, and some who had played leads in the past didn’t.

There are so many opportunities of which most children have taken advantage, but we could not cast all the 70-plus young people who auditioned. I do hope they will come back to see A Christmas Carol, audition for future productions, and support and continue their interest in theatre. There are also the Parks and Rec Summer Theatre program and the Saturday School of the Arts.

Congratulations to those who will be performing in A Christmas Carol this December: Allison Ferebee, Madeline O’Connor, Georgia Smith and Grace Davis as Martha; Keegan DeShazer, Jacob Johnson and Tommy Lester as Peter; Christen Mckindra, Brooke Dardano, Ryann Smith and Emma Justice as Belinda; Nate Miller, Tanner Sigears, Jaxon Kirk and Nathanael Dorminey as Tiny Tim; Amy Wyer, Addisyn Bryant, Lauren Mund and Jewel Stewart as Little Miss; and Margaret Snyder, Truman Jepson, Regan Lawton and Austin Stewart as the Street Urchin.

The Rocky Horror Show brought audiences in like crazy, first-timers and multi-repeaters. Halloween’s double header 8pm and midnight performances were sold out to capacity.

The midnight showing took its toll. Dr. Bill Grabenstein had said you have to prepare for the annual Roxy Gala as you would for a marathon. The same can be said for two-show days, especially when the second performance starts way after your bedtime.

I wasn’t up to giving a class at 9am on Saturday. Luckily, a large chunk of time was taken up, for Jessica Davidson is teaching choreography for “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” The Saturday class is also workshopping Booth Tarkington’s The Magnificent Ambersons.

What is truly magnificent is the company of players who bring to life Louisa May Alcott’s beautiful story of love of family and the joys and pains of growing up. Little Women continues on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee this Saturday and a special Thanksgiving performance (including your choice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie served by the cast during an extended intermission) on November 27 at 7pm.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, starring Ryan Bowie, plays its final two performances in theotherspace on Monday and Tuesday at 7pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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