Farewells and Happy Returns

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 23, 2015

Paige King, Alan Robison and Nate Miller are all moving away and leaving us with an unfilled void.

We all named Paige the “Mayor of Franklin Street.” Her taste, community involvement and self-sacrifice in supporting many nonprofit and civic groups were phenomenal and will be sorely missed. She was owner of one of our more trendy shops, Hodgepodge, and one of the strongest advocates for our new performing arts center.

Under Alan Robison’s expert leadership, the Customs House Museum has grown and prospered. I would meet him on the street, and we would discuss George S. Kaufman and the Algonquin Round Table. For an un-Christmas gift, I gave Alan a copy of my favorite book, Act One by Moss Hart. Before he left, he returned the favor and gave me a copy of his favorite book, Harpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx. The gesture made me want to weep.

Nate Miller has grown from a cuddly Tiny Tim to a dissembler of spy glasses as Michael in Mary Poppins to a young man who, by stops and starts, has become a fine performer, happily acknowledging how much he didn’t know and sponge-like in learning everything he could while playing the Artful Dodger in Oliver! In taking leave of us, Nate brings experience and a solid resume to the next theatre fortunate enough to house his budding talents.

When I lamented these losses to Charles “Bunky” Boyd, he commented, “Everything has its season.” He made me think and, in doing so, forced me to contemplate my own personal exodus. I have said I would go when ground was broken for the new center … but it seems slow going, and the rendering outside the theatre shows, on the reconfigured marquee, Jekyll and Hyde, which we are currently reviving. Read what you like into that …

Horror is on the agenda for October again, with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde — wrapping up with two final performances at 2:00pm this Saturday and next, October 31 — and the naughty tongue-in-cheek horror of what has become a Halloween tradition, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, opening tonight (Friday) at 8:00pm for our pay-what-you-can preview. Additional performances are this Saturday at 8:00pm, next Friday, October 30, at 8:00pm, and next Saturday, October 31, at 8:00pm and midnight.

Both are followed closely by the wholesome and sold-out school matinee performances of The Secret Garden, ushering in the Thanksgiving holiday only to make room for our second Dickens this season, A Christmas Carol.

Our local dollar store has been sporting Halloween since school began and now Christmas is stuffed in all the aisles — not unlike us. Always a holiday or three ahead, we never have time to enjoy the one we are in, planning for the ones to come.

Auditions for the Cratchit children in A Christmas Carol are Monday, November 2, at 5:00pm. Interested auditionees do not need to prepare anything, as a script will be provided, but they must be able to read.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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