High Meadow and High Drama: HAMLET Opens Tonight

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 11, 2011

High Meadow.  Its name belies its comely beauty.  When I can, I drive up, uninvited, to disturb the peaceful ambiance of the residence.  I make the trip for the pleasure of their company and to experience the beauty of the place and the unassuming beauty of those who reside there.

My blood pressure lowers as I ascend the winding drive to what I consider a modern rendition of Margaret Mitchell’s description of Twelve Oaks: “a beautiful white-columned house that crowned the hill like a Greek Temple.”

My dear friend Susan Bryant needed no coaxing to come with me on one of my far-too-few visits.  Susan photographed Jimmy and Lena’s home from every angle and caught a few candids of them as well.  She photographed the two statues that flank the entrance to the meadow.  I told Susan my version of the statues’ lineage and joked with the owners about the stones’ trip from The Ponte Vecchio to high above Old Ashland City Road.

Fred Landiss will have his coming-out party on Saturday, April 30, from 3pm until 5pm, with our “Mint Juleps and Gershwin at High Meadow” event.  It is so good to have Landiss back at F&M Bank.  Franklin Street hasn’t been the same without him.  I asked if I might tout his coming to our High Meadow event, and he said, “As long as you mention Judy first.”  Okay, so it’s Judy coming with Fred to his coming-out party.

We raised over a half-million dollars in increments of a thousand, and each 1000 x 1000 giver receives a limited edition Susan Bryant print of the Roxy.  And any giver who brings aboard two more $1,000 givers receives an original painting from master artist Richard Hogan.

It’s Hamlet at the Roxy again, our third round with the brooding Dane.  Kathy Sitton personally dropped off her Italian Renaissance-style folding chair, which we’ve had on loan for every Prince of Denmark — Jay Wickham, Kirby Jo Grubb and, now, Gregory Pember — all mothered by Leslie Greene’s Gertrude.  Dave Keeton has generously loaned us his collection of brass rubbings of knights and heraldry to add authenticity to our production.

Dr. Richard Gildrie, Emeritus Professor of History at APSU writes about next month’s Bea(u)tiful in the Extreme: “The epic adventure of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803-1806) is relived in flashbacks as Meriwether Lewis struggles to come to grips with his experience and the meaning of America.  As Lewis sets out to edit his final report, he is haunted by visions of Thomas Jefferson, Sacagawea, the hospitable but doomed Mandan people, raging rapids, suspicious Lakota warriors, frozen mountain passes, and York, the slave seeking his own definition of freedom.  Vividly portraying the events, characters, and atmosphere of the frontier west before the War of 1812, this engaging drama should enliven the historical imagination and appreciation of secondary school and university students alike.”

Hamlet previews tonight for pay-what-you-can.  Tickets go on sale at 7:30pm for an 8pm curtain.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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