FLOPSY, MOPSY & COTTONTAIL Opens This Saturday at 2pm!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 16, 2015

We closed A Christmas Carol on the shortest day of the year and came back into town on the coldest … so far. When this Charles Dickens classic closed, we left everything as it was. We didn’t “strike” that final Saturday night, as we traditionally do. We have rarely, if ever, done that before.

“Strike” is a theatrical term meaning “putting everything away, leaving the stage a blank canvas for the next production to follow” — which in our case is Flopsy, Mopsy & Cottontail.

Upon returning, four devoted summer interns came in to sort props, separate costumes and assist in getting the set struck. Truman Jepson, Sidney McCarty, Lauren Mund and Amy Wyer are straight-A students who are devoted to this theatre, conscientious, talented and just good kids.

The Vagina Monologues has opened and, as it has for years now, brought a great number of newbies along with the perennial returnees to see and hear Eve Ensler’s amazing piece of theatre, featuring Adriane Wiley Hatfield, Kristina Wilson and Leslie Greene. The show continues in theotherspace on Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, through the end of the month.

I had been beating my best friend and favorite actress, Leslie Greene, into submission, rehearsing Flopsy, Mopsy & Cottontail by day and preparing The Vagina Monologues by night. So on opening night, she had little if no voice left.

We called in Jill Eichhorn, head of Women’s Studies at APSU, to fill in for the ailing Ms. Greene. Jill stepped in, pulling the proverbial fat out of the fire while ensuring the adage “the show must go on.” (The second part of that statement should be “so you don’t have to give the money back.”) Jill is also responsible for our first producing the Monologues some 13 years ago, so it is apropos that she should step in to cover the indisposed Ms. Greene.

Flopsy, Mopsy & Cottontail opens tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm with cookies and milk available before the performance, served up by Cottontail (Mark Sherlock) and Flopsy (Corinne Bupp). Along with “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” five other stories are told — including those of Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten, Samuel Whiskers, Ginger & Pickles, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle — all played beautifully by a company of seasoned professionals: Corinne Bupp, Leslie Greene, Eli Jolley, Ryan Leyhue, Mark Sherlock and Kristina Wilson.

These troupers also assisted in storing away the Christmas Carol set and have gone beyond the call of duty to bring off, with a great deal of aplomb, these Beatrix Potter classics. The rehearsal process has been unique in that, at every practice, many lines are redistributed or reworked to make this production a little more accessible for the children and great fun for me as well.

Flopsy, Mopsy & Cottontail continues with 2pm performances on January 24, January 31 and February 7.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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