by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 31, 2013

I pleasure read now. I wish I had been guided in that direction in my youth, but there was no Mamie Jean Harper or Julia Martin for me growing up. I was left to my own devices.

Books had always been either assigned or required for work. Now I stack them up, ready for a holiday escape. One sits by my morning stand to be devoured each day over oatmeal and coffee.

I was raised (or rather educated, if the truth be known) by Louis B. Mayer and the Warner Brothers. It wasn’t until The Magnificent Ambersons — Orson Welles’ second film, based on the Booth Tarkington book — that I picked up a book on my own. I loved that film so much, I wanted to know more.

That is our intent and purpose in producing those works based on novels which can be transported from the page to the stage. I know it was the “assigned” part which was a turn-off for me. I wish that every assigned read came with a non-required one. Read whatever you like — just read.

Those very un-Lost Boys have gone the way of Peter Pan and the pirates, but they will return in a couple of months as Seabees in South Pacific. The summer is just beginning, and Kyra Bishop is already crafting a south sea island for the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, our 30th season closer.

For the time being, ships, sailors and undersea creatures have taken their place. Mermaids and maidens fill the stage as we present another round of double-features.

Tonight at 8pm, the truly marvelous Wonderettes — Taylor Galvin, Heather Gault, Ashley Harris and Elena Pascullo — will present our traditional pay-what-you-can preview. Tickets not already sold can be purchased at 7:30pm for whatever you wish to pay. If you enjoyed our productions of Shout and Beehive, and if Elena as Tiger Lily and Mrs. Darling was your cup of tea, then the music of The Marvelous Wonderettes is sure to be a favorite, with such ‘50s and ‘60s songs as “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party” and more!

Tonight at 6pm and Saturday at 2pm and 6pm, The Little Mermaid Jr. makes her final swim. Forty young hopefuls will have performed seventeen shows and added another Disney classic to their already large and varied resumes.

Truman Jepson and Ashley Knowles played four performances in one day — three Little Mermaids and the final Peter Pan performance — talk about a career in theatre! That effort alone, along with being “A” students, opens doors for careers in the theatre and opens doors for careers in life.

The Parks & Rec “Summer Playhouse” begins Monday, June 10, and registration is already underway. The cost for the entire five-week program, which culminates on Thursday, July 11, with a free “informance” for family and friends, is $30 and may be paid through the Parks and Recreation office at Public Square or online at

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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