BE THE LIGHT: Marquee Lighting: Tuesday, June 9, at 5pm

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on June 3, 2020


A Message from the Executive Director:

The world continues to be a crazy place, one of uncertainty and confusion for many. Over the last several months, the Roxy Regional Theatre has temporarily closed its doors and suspended productions, and will continue to do so for the next several months, to ensure the safety of our staff, talent and patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic.

But here we are, still battling a virus that continues to kill innocent lives daily, facing another pandemic, INEQUALITY. In light of the events in Minneapolis, I found myself in utter disbelief that we, as a society, have not grown or changed in any way.

When I began to lead the Roxy Regional Theatre, now four years ago, I pledged, very publicly, that the Roxy Regional Theatre would be a safe place for all. A safe place for our dedicated staff, a safe place for our talented performers, a safe place for our committed patrons and a safe place for our eager students.
A few seasons ago, I used the tag line, “Theatre You Can’t Resist,” and this season we use the tag line, “Experience A New Story.”

Why?

We have a vision of complete inclusivity between all races, genders, sexual orientations and backgrounds in our theatre. We have a vision of complete acceptance and willingness to change from the patrons who support our productions and our mission. But sometimes it requires us to take an honest look outside of our “normal” to LISTEN and EMPATHIZE and RECOGNIZE and implement CHANGE. These core words have gone into choosing some of the productions that have graced the Roxy stage the last several seasons, because theatre has always been meant to challenge us and make us think to hopefully bring about that change.

I have had tears streaming down my face on multiple occasions over the last several months due to the uncertainty of when we will reopen. However, no tear has made me think more than the ones I have shed over the loss of innocent life and the continued disgraceful and heinous acts in our country. And with those tears I have found myself thinking, “Are we doing enough?”

I do not think I can answer that question for myself. I think time will allow the answer to reveal itself and I have to allow that “time” to work. But I do know that I will continue to push the Roxy Regional Theatre to bring about POSITIVE CHANGE, DEDICATED THOUGHT and LASTING UNITY.

I will continue to lead the Roxy Regional Theatre with an attitude of complete inclusion. But, to be completely transparent and from the hearts of everyone at the Roxy Regional Theatre, BLACK LIVES MATTER. We hope to continue to live in a UNITED States of America, but right now we are NOT united. So our mission will remain the same, to present first rate, professional theatre to Clarksville-Montgomery County and Middle Tennessee with an emphasis on education, but now with a special focus on how we can UNITE our community on multiple fronts, emphasizing the importance that BLACK LIVES MATTER.

Our first step in this direction will be TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 2020, at 5pm outside of the Roxy Regional Theatre (100 Franklin Street) with our BE THE LIGHT: Marquee Lighting. It took only nine minutes — I will say it again, NINE MINUTES — to violently end the life of George Floyd, an action which we condemn. In honor of his memory and legacy, the Roxy Regional Theatre will light our iconic marquee for exactly nine minutes of silence. We hope that attendees will use that time as a brief moment of honest reflection and a renewed dedication to positive change and the devotion to BEING THE CHANGE. We will be joined by local leaders for positive words and messages following the lighting of the marquee. (ATTENDEES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO WEAR MASKS/FACE COVERINGS AND TO USE APPROPRIATE DISTANCING as we recognize the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.)

In the weeks to come, we will announce a newly formed vision and slate of productions for our upcoming SEASON 38: DON’T DREAM IT – BE IT! As the theatre itself remains dark for the next several months, don’t forget about us, support us. When we reopen in September, we need your support to implement this change and dedication for a better tomorrow — because, in the end, ALL life matters regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or backgrounds.

I hope you will join us on Tuesday, June 9, and, more importantly, join us in solidarity. #blacklivesmatter

Sincerely,
Ryan Bowie
Executive Director

COVID-19 Update: Roxy Regional Theatre Closed through May 1

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on April 2, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the extension of our temporary closure through Friday, May 1:

https://www.theleafchronicle.com/story/news/2020/04/02/coronavirus-closes-downtown-clarksvilles-roxy-regional-theatre/5096265002

The Roxy Regional Theatre is committed to the safety of our patrons, staff and our community, which has led us to make a series of difficult decisions concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. With the situation continuing to escalate around the nation and in our own community, we know this is the right decision as we do our part to help prevent the spread and facilitate flattening the curve of this deadly virus.

First and foremost, we cannot thank you enough for your continued understanding, patience and support of YOUR Roxy Regional Theatre. Over the past few weeks, we have been touched by your kind words of encouragement, contributions and other offers of support.

During this temporary closure, the full-time staff of the Roxy Regional Theatre will continue to receive full pay, as will the actors and production staff currently under contract. With this said, we hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Roxy Regional Theatre as we navigate through this challenging and uncertain time. Contributions may be mailed to Roxy Regional Theatre, 100 Franklin Street, Clarksville TN 37040 or made online at GivingMatters.com.

In light of the mandated closures, we have had to had to make a number of programming changes. Please continue reading for the latest updates.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Our production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE has been postponed once more. While a firm decision has not been made regarding the new dates, we hope to be able to present this production in May. Please stay tuned to our website, social media and these newsletters for additional updates regarding the new dates.

Ticket holders have been contacted regarding refunds, but we request any patrons who have not received our communications to contact the box office at roxy@roxyregionaltheatre.org or (931) 645-7699.

FAHRENHEIT 451

We had initially hoped that we would be able to present our upcoming production of FAHRENHEIT 451 later in Season 37, but unfortunately, due to scheduling changes, this will not be possible. All ticket holders have been issued full refunds.

DON’T CALL ME GERALD

The opening of our upcoming production of DON’T CALL ME GERALD upstairs in theotherspace has been postponed until May. The new dates are as follows:

Monday, May 25 @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 26 @ 7:00pm
Monday, June 1 @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, June 2 @ 7:00pm
Monday, June 8 @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, June 9 @ 7:00pm

All ticket holders have been contacted regarding exchanges or refunds.

BYE BYE BIRDIE, JR.

Following the guidelines and timelines set by the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, which has closed schools through May 1, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel our School of the Arts youth acting program for the remainder of the spring session. Logistically, with this much time off from weekly classes and rehearsals, our students will be unable to present BYE BYE BIRDIE, JR this season.

Ticket holders have been contacted and issued full refunds to their original method of payment, but we request any patrons who have not heard from us to contact the box office at roxy@roxyregionaltheatre.org or (931) 645-7699.

 

While we are closed temporarily, please continue to check our website, your inboxes and all our social media platforms for all the up-to-date information and possible ways to get theatre lovers together electronically through the next several weeks. You may also contact our box office at roxy@roxyregionaltheatre.org or (931) 645-7699, and we will try to get back with you as soon as possible. During this time, please stay safe, follow every precaution, and be well.

The Roxy Regional Theatre, our board of directors, performers and staff are eternally grateful for you as supporters of the arts, even from a safe distance. We will wake up to a brighter future very, very soon, and we look forward to serving you throughout the remainder of Season 37 as we “Experience a New Story.”

 

Sincerely,
Ryan Bowie
Executive Director
Roxy Regional Theatre
100 Franklin Street
Clarksville TN 37040
www.roxyregionaltheatre.org
931.645.7699

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March 23, 2020

It is likely you are among the millions of people stuck at home, in self-quarantine, as we as a nation and a world population continue our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope that you are finding time to read books and plays, to binge watch a new television show or take in a movie […]

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Roxy Regional Theatre Closed through April 3

March 17, 2020

The Roxy Regional Theatre is committed to the safety of our patrons, staff and our community, which has led us to make a series of decisions concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. With the situation growing here in the United States and our own community, and while trying to be preemptive with what has occurred overseas, the […]

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Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE opens March 13

March 4, 2020

One of the greatest works of American theatre is coming to Clarksville’s oldest professional theatre this month. Dr. Joseph & Nancye Britton and F&M Bank proudly present Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at the Roxy Regional Theatre, opening Friday, March 13, at 8:00pm. In keeping with the theatre’s pay-what-you-can opening night […]

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Planters Bank Presents… CINDERELLA and other Disney favorites in March

February 25, 2020

The Roxy Regional Theatre is serving up a host of family-friendly favorites in March with the return of the Planters Bank Presents… Film Series, beginning with Disney’s beloved animated classic CINDERELLA on Sunday, March 1, at 2:00pm. Tickets for the first film in the series are now available at the Roxy Regional Theatre during regular […]

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CUMBERLAND WINDS Celebrates Black History Month on Sunday, February 23

February 17, 2020

The sounds of West Africa will fill the hall of Clarksville’s oldest professional theatre one afternoon this month. The Cumberland Winds celebrates Black History Month with a special concert in the intimate setting of the Roxy Regional Theatre on Sunday, February 23, at 2:00pm. Organized by Yvonne Kendall and Mike Ritter, this narrated performance of […]

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DANCING LESSONS plays theotherspace, February 17 – February 25

February 12, 2020
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POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS: Opening of THE FANTASTICKS

February 11, 2020

This Friday’s 8:00pm opening of THE FANTASTICKS has been postponed until the following week, due to illness. Our lead actress has tested positive for the flu, and the extra time needed for her rest and recovery has made it impossible for us to hold rehearsals. (At this time, “Martini Night” is still scheduled to go […]

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Romantic Musical Comedy THE FANTASTICKS opens Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2020

Anyone wishing to treat their special someone to an unforgettable evening this upcoming Valentine’s Day weekend need look no further than Clarksville’s oldest professional theatre. Opening Valentine’s night and running through the end of the month, the timeless romantic musical comedy THE FANTASTICKS will enchant audiences at the Roxy Regional Theatre beginning at 8:00pm on […]

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