HEIDI Retires to the Alps, PATSY CLINE Takes the Roxy Stage

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 8, 2013

“If I spend every moment, for the rest of my days, thanking God for all of His goodness to us, that still would not be enough.”

That’s what Heidi says at the end of the novel by Johanna Spyri. Heidi finishes her stay, or rather run, at 2pm tomorrow. Then she retires to the Alps with hopes of being revived in the not-so-distant future.

Forever, or for as long as I can remember (which is the same thing), the Turner family has generously supported our efforts to produce live theatre.

I remember on many occasions visiting Cleve Turner in desperation to secure funds for electric or gas bills or something else which, if not paid, would end our tenure here on the corner of Franklin and First — much like my visits to the old Coca Cola plant to ask Gilda Norris, who always proffered a check in times of need to help us continue.

Cleve would open his wallet and pull out some bills, never looking at them as he placed them in my hands. And I would put them in my pocket, never looking at them either, only counting his generosity when I was out of sight around the corner. Like Dolly Levi says in Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, “The difference between a little money and no money at all is enormous.” Cleve gave us more than a little.

Stacy, Cleve and Joyce Turner’s daughter, began with us as a young kid covering for an actress who dropped out of She Loves Me, moving Stacy from chorus to second lead (just like Ruby Keller in 42nd Street), then to go on playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, Sally Bowles in Cabaret, and Lola in Damn Yankees — a young woman who could have had a career in theatre but chose to follow in her father Cleve’s footsteps as one of Clarksville’s top attorneys, and in her mother Joyce’s path by producing four beautiful children.

Joyce is now the owner of Fabric Outlet and, as such, has donated the brocade, damask and high-end upholstery fabrics for the pirates’ pants in Peter Pan. We’ve come a long way from dyed pajama bottoms and black secondhand remnants. Now the pirates will be motley and posh, thanks again to the Turners’ generosity.

Tonight at 8pm, Always…Patsy Cline plays its first performance. It is pay-what-you-can, so all tickets not previously sold at the regular price will go on sale at 7:30pm for donations.

Monday is your last chance to make reservations for our Saturday, February 16th, post-Valentine’s dinner and show offering for Always…Patsy Cline. Dinner at Edward’s Steakhouse begins at 6pm, featuring beef filet, salad, choice of side, dessert and a bottle of red wine. Then at 8pm, Jacque Clydesdale takes the Roxy stage alongside Leslie Greene for an unforgettable evening of Patsy Cline favorites. Tickets, which are $100 per couple, are available online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org and at the box office by calling (931)645-7699.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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