by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 2, 2012

My dream cast has assembled. Evy Gildrie-Voyles, protégé, dear friend, colleague and fellow thespian, for whose children Simon J. and Isaac D. we are godfathers, has come back to play the falsely accused Hermione in The Winter’s Tale. Along with Kendall Anne Thompson as Perdita (better known to Roxy patrons as “The Green Girl”), Kendall’s fellow Boston Conservatory graduate Greg Pember (our Hamlet and Jack in Into the Woods) returns to play Florizel. Brandon Meeks (whose Tuesday evening improvisation workshop has become a Roxy staple) takes on Polixenes, while Josh Bernaski plays Antigonus. Beloved Roxy veteran Jay Doolittle returns for his fourteenth season; besides bringing a plethora of experience, he lends maturity and authenticity to the old Shepherd. Travis Kendrick adds comic talent and wit to the part of the Clown. Ted Jones, all-around jack-of-all-trades, plays Autolycus, the thieving minstrel who, by chance, plays the harp. Hannah Church takes on the role of Emilia, while Ashley Laverty plays the demanding role of Paulina. Ryan Bowie portrays Camillo, while Colin Ryan makes his Roxy debut as Leontes.

The Roxy has presented Shakespeare since 1986. We are the only theatre in Tennessee which annually produces the works attributed to William Shakespeare.

Kimberlee Cavin, owner of The Loft at Mildred & Mable’s (109 Franklin Street), sponsored the Fort Campbell Officers’ Spouses’ Club’s attendance at a special mid-week matinee of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. We all had concerns about parking, but we gave the ladies a heads-up, first, to park at a metered spot and, second, to fill it up with quarters to its maximum two hours. As the pre-show gathering, performance and let-out could possibly exceed the two-hour time limit, we had printed fliers for attendees’ dashboards, stating that the owners of the cars were attending the Roxy and that someone would refill the meters as needed. I have so much respect for Faye, Pam and Marlene, our parking enforcement officers commonly known as “meter maids,” who let me know if a meter was short so I could send my minions out to refill them. No one incurred a ticket.

On that note, at one of our daytime field trip performances, I saw a pregnant woman carrying a babe in arms and holding a parking ticket. From her doleful expression, I could only assume that it was a hefty ticket from parking in a reserved spot — $40. I have little compassion for anyone who thinks a reserved space is reserved for them. However, I am also certain she will not return to downtown.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped people from feeding meters after 5pm during the week or on Saturdays. I rarely get a thank-you — more often than not, a grumble. Worse yet, when someone parks against the traffic, they become grumpy that I have saved them a ticket. No good turn goes unstoned.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change finishes its run tonight and Saturday at 8pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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