March Madness Begins!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 14, 2014

“To love another person is to see the face of God.” [Victor Hugo]

That sentiment from Les Misérables about says it all for me.

It’s hard to wrap my head around our opening of Les Misérables coinciding with the Broadway revival … but it is a very pleasant wrap. Broadway tickets are $137; ours are $25.

This week closes our production of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, marking 29 years of producing the Bard here at the Roxy. Our Shakespeare tickets are $10; a local movie costs $10.75.

Les Misérables goes into rehearsal Monday morning with the largest cast ever assembled on the Roxy stage.

Midweek, Darren V. Michael’s Brief Encounters: A Night of Short Plays performs upstairs in theotherspace, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm and Friday at 8pm. Admission is $15; APSU students can receive two tickets for the price of one.

At the end of next week, on Saturday, March 22, A Mabry Songbook: An Evening of Music by George L. Mabry will be held at 7:30pm in the George and Sharon Mabry Concert Hall at Austin Peay State University, with a pre-show reception at Harned Hall from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Tickets are $50 (reception and performance) and $25 (performance only).

This event offers another opportunity to move Clarksville’s new center for arts and education not just one step, but a grand leap further. It has so far been slow going. I’m told by those who are in the know that this is not uncommon, as these things always happen at a snail’s pace … but that doesn’t make it easier to bear.

Sadly, we have only three more performances of Much Ado About Nothing — tonight at 8pm and tomorrow at 2pm and 8pm — and then we say goodbye to a rare ensemble of players, a coterie of ol’ cronies (including myself, Kevin Buchanan and Ted Jones, all three alums of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts) and a tribe of children playing the night watch (Addisyn Bryant, Grace Davis, Cheyenne Deibert, Darci Gautam, Samantha Grimes, Jacob Johnson, Katherine McCarty, Sidney McCarty, Lauren Mund and Madeline O’Connor) who for the last three weeks have treaded the boards with the likes of Brandon Beach, Ashton Crosby, Michelle Foletta, Taylor Galvin, Leslie Greene, Jake Jessup, Eli Jolley, Ted Kitterman and Michael Spaziani.

We say goodbye to Michael Anthony Spaziani, who joined us last year for Romeo & Juliet in the role of Paris and has been with us to play a myriad of roles in everything from South Pacific and Spamalot to Frog and Toad and Plaid Tidings, finishing his tenure here as Claudio in Much Ado. This ultimate team player has endeared himself not only to me, our patrons and audience members, but he along with Jessica Davidson have added the disciplines of voice and dance as part of our Saturday School of the Arts, making a well-rounded Saturday for many young people. Michael and his kind of artist will be sorely missed.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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