Gala 33 Tickets Now On Sale!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on August 21, 2015

Our 33rd Anniversary Gala, the culmination of downtown Clarksville’s tenth annual celebration of the arts “Frolic on Franklin,” is Saturday, September 19.

It is hard for me to wrap my mind around 33 years — 33 years of incredible support, some truly beautiful and wonderful productions, numerous touching and moving performances, and countless devoted admirers, some who have left this earth. A kaleidoscope of faces comes in and out of focus in my mind’s eye, beloved people who are no longer with us, but who, in their own ways, gave time, energy and of themselves to help us continue: Pat Arendt, Howard Batey, Debbie Boen, Carlos Brewer, Anne Brown, Tom Brumbaugh, Wayne Chance, Dottie Conn, Gary Conn, Jimmy Cotham, Grace Cunningham, Betty Gaia, Arthur Goldsmith, George Gracey, Mary Harpel, Johnny Harper, Cynthia Marks, Julia Martin, Jim McDonald, Monte Narber, LaNelle Norman, Gilda Norris, Harry and Hansi Orgain, Martha Pennock, Leroy Perry, Dan and Dorothy Ross, Lew Tatham and Gene Wolf … apologies if I have missed anyone.

Another early supporter, Phil Graham, who at that time worked late hours at APSU’s steam plant, would come by after work, tapping on our door around 2:00am to fix a running toilet or fussy urinal. He would never take a penny for his labor, asking only that I pray for his little boy. I was at that time a daily communicant at morning Mass, so it was easy to indulge Phil’s son in my prayers.

Time passed, and years later at one of our Galas, the head chef came up to me and said, “I’m Lewis.” Phil Graham’s little boy had turned into a Cordon Bleu chef and was in charge of the food for our event.

It has often been said that “food at a fundraiser doesn’t have to be good” — I disagree. The Bound’ry’s catering is supreme. Even my braced and bespectacled gentleman with the gracious and beautiful wife concurred that the menu from The Bound’ry is very good.

At this year’s Gala, the menu includes a brandied pear salad, filet of beef and crab cake, goat cheese and asparagus risotto, and bailey’s chocolate fondue for dessert (apropos since one of the songs in Oliver! is “Food, Glorious Food”).

Patrons will again dine al fresco, with libations proffered by Beachaven Winery and MB Roland Distillery. Tickets are $125 per person, or $1,250 for a table seating ten, and include musical selections from our season opener Lionel Bart’s Oliver! along with Speakeasy and Go, Dog. Go!, preceded by art and other treasures auctioned by Sammy Stuard, auctioneer par excellence. Sammy is a one-of-a-kind artist himself who practices an art form which is almost lost to us. His expertise in this is not to be missed.

The Music Man plays its final performances tonight and Saturday at 8:00pm. Students of music, musical comedy and theatre in general, especially will want to see, live on stage, this vital and classic piece of musical theatre.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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