Holiday Season Leaves Much to Be Thankful For

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on November 30, 2012

I am thankful for the cry of players who come from all over the country, bringing their talent and creative genius to make our productions the best they can be; and for the performers who return, having had a wonderful experience in Clarksville and want to come back to enjoy this theatre and all opportunities Clarksville has to offer its locals, transplants and visitors.

I’m also grateful this year …

• For my paint friends at Orgain Building Supply; and for Dave, Jim and Darian, who always are willing to lead me in the right direction when I am lost and looking for the thing I need most, but don’t know what it is.

• For Moore’s Office Supply for providing all of our paper goods and my special pens, along with loaning us office furniture for “9 to 5,” which they delivered and picked up.

• For Hodgepodge, which is the best place to beg, borrow or buy props. Our stage manager, Adam Kurtz, was fascinated by the dripless candles I had gotten for The Rocky Horror Show.

• For Linda Shephard, who is a board member and, with that, will join in on anything that might help us continue here.

• For all of those APSU professors who make seeing a production at the Roxy a part of their curriculum and all of those educators who bring busloads of children to see a stage version of a book or play in their syllabi.

• For Ted Jones, who has played parts, played the harp, and recorded for archival purposes so many of our earliest endeavors. Now Mark Haynes has picked up that gauntlet.

• For Bill Larson and Susan Bryant for all of the photos; and for Greg Williamson, who makes beautiful stills of moving productions.

• For the Roxy Moms, who go above and beyond the call of parental duty to improve and better our lives.

• For David, Debbie and Randall Boen; they have moved from Clarksville, but every set piece, turntable, revolve or prop which is recycled again and again have come from their hard work, expertise and skill. They followed in the late Gene Wolf’s shoes.

• For scene painters Clare Coyle Taylor, Amber Wallace and Michael Yount for volunteering their art and artistry to heighten our production value, thus propelling us upward toward perfection, much as Jim McDonald did in our early days.

• For George and Sharon Mabry, whose life’s work in music has enriched so many young people enough to fill APSU’s Mass Communication theatre a thousand times over. At last, a venue worthy of their names honors them.

• For NBalance Yoga’s Beth and Keith Norris, along with Ashley Chandler and Susan Nicholson, who have made it possible for Scrooge to stand on his head!

A Christmas Carol continues on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with 2pm performances on Saturday, December 15 and 22. (There is no performance next Wednesday, December 5.)

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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