LITTLE WOMEN Say Farewell, Make Way for A CHRISTMAS CAROL

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on November 28, 2014

I’m not at all pleased with this “fall back, spring forward” thing, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. I’m up in the dark, as it is, and home way after the sun has gone down.

Some solace comes from an Ensure and a sit ‘n’ read in that lunch hour’s worth of sun provided by the bench in front of Edward’s Steakhouse. I know that vitamin D saves my life from that easily caught depression which constant dark brings.

As I age, it affects me more and takes its toll on my psyche. I’m trying to be good in my old age, but the dark acerbates my more evil self. Although I try to curb my biting tongue and hurtful, glib remarks, all that effort is lost when no sun is available for days on end.

Veterans’ Day brought out a coterie of young Roxy veterans — Jesse Boyle, Allison Ferebee, Truman Jepson, Lauren Mund, Margaret Snyder, Austin Stewart and Jewel Stewart — who gave up their free day to clean, sweep, sort and rearrange the Roxy’s basement. We served them pizza as a small payback for a job well done. Then they gave even more time to workshop Booth Tarkington’s The Magnificent Ambersons.

I took a busman’s holiday to see a Sunday matinee of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit at Northwest High School. I have been greatly impressed by Jaime Holder’s choice of productions, and I had the pleasure of seeing a fine-tuned Twelfth Night performance a few seasons back. This Blithe Spirit featured Allison Ferebee, one of my students who turned in, yet again, a rather professional performance. Others in the cast (Shaylen Davis, Sydney Dewerff, Marcelle Elmore, Sarah Mimms, Tabitha Mimms and Matthew Oglesby) worked very hard to bring out, with much slapstick antics, the humor in the Coward piece.

The Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council held a soiree to honor two outstanding educators with Lifetime Achievement Awards: Dr. Richard Gildrie and Dr. Joe Filippo. One could not begin to count the multitude of students who have been touched by those two APSU educators. Bravo to both great, great men in both their fields of expertise!

We say goodbye to Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women tonight and tomorrow at 8pm. Three of the little women (Laura Donnelly, Kim Kinsley and Elena Pascullo) leave us, while the rest (Corinne Bupp, Leslie Greene and Allie McCaw) and all the men (Tyler Baxter, Chase Miller and Michael Spaziani) remain to add their talent and expertise to A Christmas Carol.

Next week the Roxy Regional Theatre will be dark by night until A Christmas Carol opens for public consumption on Wednesday, December 10, at 7pm, with its pay-what-you-can preview. But by day, the squeals of laughter and the thunderous applause which comes even from the smallest of hands can be heard up and down the whole of Franklin Street, making all efforts of past, present and future worthwhile.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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