Enriching Lives and Engaging Arts Supporters through the Theatre

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 28, 2011

His name is Valentine (pronounced VAL-UN-TEEN).  He is seven and told me, after seeing Once Upon A Time, that when he grows up he wants to be an actor.  I told him to read everything he could about theatre, to see as many plays as he could, and to make good grades so that he could get a scholarship to college and drama school.  I told him to read.  As Oscar Hammerstein says in Carousel, “And all the rest is talk.”

Joanna Sikes brought her Hazelwood Elementary second graders to see Once Upon a Time, later sending me this thank-you note:

“Thanks so much for the wonderful production of Once Upon A Time!  We all enjoyed it so much.  I am impressed with how you interact with the children and make them a part of the whole experience instead of merely observers.  I always enjoy taking my students to see plays at the Roxy.  I hope, by seeing productions as children, they will do so as adults.”

I concur.

Her class of second-graders wrote thank-you notes as well:

“Thank you for the avancher.”

“I loved the the play.  It was so funny.”

“Roxy actors: I like all of the plase!”

“I like your shows a lot, and akters you do good on Rumpelstiltskin.”

“I really like the Roxe and the caricters.”

“You guys are gook actors.”

“Thank you for letting us watch your play!  Some was so funny.”

I’ll take sentiment over spelling any day.  Thank you, Daria, Anne, Alessia, Rebecca, Devon, Anneliese, Chelsea and the rest of Mrs. Sikes’s second-grade class.

I’ve had the pleasure and the privilege of seeing two exquisite productions directed by Mark Cabus.  Both were Governor’s School final productions; one was The Caucasian Chalk Circle and, the other, Bea(u)tiful in the Extreme.  I attended one to see Ted Kitterman and the other to see Brianna Fuller.  Even in loving theatre as I do, I still can find a flaw; for we always strive for perfection, which, however, we never achieve.  But Mr. Cabus brought a new vision and a theatrical flair which I had only witnessed the like of twice before.  The Lewis and Clark Expedition, as depicted by playwright Leon Martell, is a wondrous event, and when we received permission to present Bea(u)tiful in the Extreme, I knew that Mark Cabus was best qualified to direct it here and bring his unique expertise.

We want to engage supporters in as many ways as possible.  “Mint Juleps and Gershwin,” at the home of my bespectacled and braced gentleman with the gracious and beautiful wife, engages another portion of our community.  Perhaps those $1,000 givers who engage five others might receive an original Olen Bryant.  These are a few ways of keeping the idea of a new center for arts and education fresh in people’s minds and to get us closer to our goal.

There are only two more times to witness Doubt: tonight at 8pm and Saturday at 8pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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