FOREVER FIFTIES Cabaret Playing for Two Nights Only, August 7th and 14th

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on August 3, 2012

Fred Landiss turned 39, and there was a surprise party. And I was invited.

Landiss, as I like to call him (my brother is named Fred, too, and he dislikes the name as well), is one of those rare gentlemen about whom no one has ever said an unkind word. In fact, most folks only give kudos due to some kind, caring or just fun thing he has done. He and Judy received this year’s Monte Award for their support, both personal and professional through his affiliation with F&M Bank.

Khandra Smalley had assembled photos of Fred throughout his 39 years, photos with Judy and with children and grandchildren. I laughed out loud at some of his getups. The sweetest picture, for me, (and he might not agree) was a shipboard shot taken on his and Judy’s honeymoon. I felt honored to be included and proud that he considers me a friend.

Following the success of last year’s “Christmas Over The Cumberland,” we are planning another Christmas dinner at F&M Bank with Santa, Scrooge and catering by The Bound’ry. This time around, two dates will be available — Wednesday, December 12, and Thursday, December 13 — for a 5pm dinner in the bank’s Franklin Room, followed by a 7pm performance of the holiday favorite A Christmas Carol at the Roxy. Tables fill up quickly, so start making your holiday plans early.

F&M Bank’s underbelly, its garage, was the venue for our recent cookout, which has turned into an annual event. Everyone seemed to have had a swell time mingling with the Happy Days cast while enjoying hamburgers and hot dogs, courtesy of Linda Shephard of Edward’s Steakhouse, and all the fixin’s, courtesy of Chip Barr of Whitt’s Barbecue along with the Roxy’s board of directors.

I was given the task of picking up all of the folding chairs on the Monday after the event, a task which gave me access to a plethora of used or abused office furniture, a treasure trove of “9 to 5” much-fretted-over furniture, and there it all was, as luck would have it, or fate or faith — another miracle.

Our Tuesday night cabarets on the terrazzo have been such a success that we are planning two more: one on August 7 and the other on August 14, featuring the Happy Days cast (Josh Bernaski, Jama Bowen, Ryan Bowie, Hannah Church, Kaitlin Doughty, Regan Featherstone, Humberto Figueroa, Erin Keas, Travis Kendrick, Ashley Laverty, Darren Michael, Sean Ormond, Ben Prayz and Rob Rodems) singing tunes of the ‘50s, with piano accompaniment by Tom Thayer. Forever Fifties: A Musical Revue begins at 7pm and features “Lollipop,” “Cry,” “Undecided Now,” “Mooning” and more, with songs from Forever Plaid and next season’s upcoming musical The Marvelous Wonderettes. Admission is $20 and includes a beverage of your choice.

Happy Days continues through August 18, playing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday, August 11.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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