STEEL MAGNOLIAS Takes the Stage on Friday, July 28

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on July 27, 2017

Steel MagnoliasThis summer, beat the heat and come on down to Truvy’s beauty shop, where the motto is “there is no such thing as natural beauty” and all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done.

Robert Harling’s stage hit STEEL MAGNOLIAS opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre this Friday, July 28, at 8:00pm. In keeping with the theatre’s pay-what-you-can opening night tradition, all tickets not pre-sold at the regular ticket price will go on sale at 7:30pm Friday evening for a $5 minimum donation.

Directed by Ryan Bowie, the beloved comedy-drama which inspired the 1989 film starring Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis and Daryl Hannah centers on the bond among a group of six Southern women at a small-town beauty shop in northwest Louisiana.

Jama Bowen, who has previously appeared on the Roxy Regional Theatre stage as Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Becoming Dr. Ruth, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Rosie in The Wedding Singer, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables and a number of other productions, dispenses shampoos and free advice as the vivacious, wisecracking beauty shop owner, Truvy Jones.

“Truvy represents most American women,” Bowen remarks about her character. “She works all day to earn a paycheck, then goes home to cook, clean and take care of her husband and kids. Yet, no matter how much stress is simmering below the surface, she always has a smile and positive outlook. I am honored to portray this strong woman so many of us identify with.”

Helping out as her eager new assistant, Annelle Dupuy (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), is Emily Rourke. As a company veteran, Rourke has performed in numerous Roxy productions, including The Awesome ’80s Prom (Whitley Whitaker, The Head Cheerleader), The Taming of the Shrew (Bianca), On the Town (Ivy Smith) and The Cat in the Hat (Sally), and she has brought her technical expertise, choreography experience and directorial skills to countless others.

Like the rest of the cast, Rourke holds fond memories of STEEL MAGNOLIAS. “I grew up watching the movie and being blown away by the incredible performances by each of the six main women. Add to that being born and raised in the South — and the fact that I know at least one person personally who is just like each of these characters — and this show has long been on my bucket list to tackle.”

Ashley Harris, who returns to the Roxy following appearances as Sandy in 2014’s Grease, Fantine in Les Miserables, Janet in 2013’s The Rocky Horror Show, Myrtle in The Great Gatsby and many others, plays Shelby Eatenton, the “prettiest girl in town” who is about to marry a “good ole boy.”

“While men are certainly talked about in Truvy’s beauty shop, they never set foot on stage,” Harris notes. “Yet, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a love story. But rather than focusing on romantic love, it explores the equally profound love that exists between mothers and daughters, neighbors and friends.”

She adds, “Too often in today’s world we see the petty ugliness of women tearing each other down. STEEL MAGNOLIAS reminds us — as women and as humans — to lift each other up.”

Local attorney Stacy Turner, who appeared as Shelby in the Roxy’s 1990 production of Steel Magnolias, treads the boards this time around as Shelby’s mother and local social leader, M’Lynn. Turner has been involved in countless shows since the theatre opened in 1983, including Smokey Joe’s Cafe, On the Town, Barnum, Showboat, I Remember Mama, Funny Girl, Damn Yankees, Chess and Cabaret.

The role of everyone’s favorite wealthy curmudgeon, Ouiser Boudreaux, is played by Mairzy Yost,* who returns to the Roxy Regional Theatre after guest directing last summer’s production of Smokey Joe’s Cafe.

“I know who Ouiser is in my bones,” Yost says of her character. “She has made MANY mistakes in her life, but she is a survivor. Cantankerous, yes, but a marshmallow at bottom. She calls a spade a spade.”

Yost, also a former instructor of director Ryan Bowie during his undergraduate studies at Frostburg State University in Maryland, notes, “When Ryan asked me to play her, I laughed, because as my student, Ryan frequently accused me of having ‘no filter.'”

Linda Speir, whose past Roxy credits include The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Tale of Two Cities and many others, brings her innate charm to the character of Miss Clairee Belcher, an eccentric millionaire with a raging sweet tooth.

Filled with hilarious repartee and not a few acerbic but humorously revealing verbal collisions, STEEL MAGNOLIAS began as writer Robert Harling’s beautiful, cathartic memoir about his late sister and grew into this widely beloved play and a popular film about the hope, healing and even humor possible in the midst of heartache.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS is made possible in part through the generous support of Hugh & Joy Hatcher.

Performances run July 28 through August 19 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, with 2:00pm matinees on Saturday, August 5, and Saturday, August 19.

Tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (ages 13 and under) and may be reserved online via the below button, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to curtain). Military, APSU students and CitySaver coupon holders can receive two tickets for the price of one to Wednesday and Thursday performances during the run.

* Mairzy Yost is appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

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ECLIPSE PARTY! at The Stantons’ on Monday, August 21

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on July 27, 2017

Eclipse PartyThe Roxy Regional Theatre is offering a unique and intimate opportunity to experience this summer’s once-in-a-lifetime celestial event at a total solar ECLIPSE PARTY! hosted at the home of longtime supporters Dr. John and Cathy Stanton.

At the Stantons’ 18-plus-acre oasis in the northern section of Montgomery County, large open fields afford unobstructed views of the sky, perfect for observing the rare total solar eclipse.

The event takes place at 1550 Hazelwood Road (approximately 0.8 miles off Trenton Road on the left) and runs from 11:30am to 3:00pm on Monday, August 21, keeping attendees off the road during peak travel times on what is expected to be a day of considerable traffic, with local residents and out-of-town visitors trying to get to prime viewing spots.

Burgers and hot dogs will be on the grill, accompanied by sides and all the fixin’s, while Old Glory Distillery Vodka will be flowing at a special Cosmo Bar. Musical entertainment will be provided by Murph & The Starliters.

Solar eclipse glasses will be provided to ensure safe viewing of the sun in its uneclipsed and partially eclipsed states, and telescopes and binoculars with solar filters will also be available for those who desire a closer look.

To kick off the event and offer insight into this spectacle in the sky, Dr. John Stanton will be holding a pre-eclipse talk at the Roxy Regional Theatre (100 Franklin Street) on Sunday, August 20, at 6:00pm. The lecture is included as part of the ticket cost for the ECLIPSE PARTY!

An astronomy enthusiast since he was a teenager, Dr. Stanton has presented monthly programs for the Astronomy Club at Austin Peay State University for the past 18 years. The Clarksville Astronomy Club, which is open to anyone who is interested, meets on the last Tuesday of the month at The Robert F. Sears Planetarium attached to the Sundquist Science Center on the campus of APSU.

Tickets to the ECLIPSE PARTY! are $50 and may be reserved online via the below button, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, and one hour prior to performances). Reservation deadline is August 5.

In addition to the ECLIPSE PARTY!, other eclipse-related activities slated for the Roxy Regional Theatre include the screenings of two science fiction films as part of the theatre’s popular new Sunday afternoon Planters Bank Presents… Film Series.

Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi tale about ordinary people and their extraordinary meetings with extraterrestrials, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, will be shown on Sunday, August 20, at 2:00pm.

A special evening screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey will cap off the solar eclipse festivities on Monday, August 21, at 6:00pm.

Tickets for each of the films are $5 (cash or check only) and will go on sale at the Roxy Regional Theatre box office on August 13.

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Local Auditions for SEASON 35 on Saturday, July 29

July 19, 2017

Local auditions for the Roxy Regional Theatre’s 2017-2018 season will be held Saturday, July 29, beginning at 10:00am. Auditions, which are for ages 18 and up, are by appointment only. Paying and non-paying roles are available, but actors must be able to attend daytime rehearsals and performances. Productions slated for SEASON 35 at the Roxy […]

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RED RIVER BREEZE Brings “Merrie Market Music” to the Roxy on Saturday, July 22

June 27, 2017

Travel back in time to the age of the troubadours without ever leaving the corner of Franklin and First in Historic Downtown Clarksville. In a much-anticipated follow-up to last summer’s sold-out concert, popular local music group Red River Breeze will present “Merrie Market Music” with a Celtic flair at the Roxy Regional Theatre on Saturday, […]

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Children’s Auditions for THE WIZARD OF OZ on Saturday, July 8

June 20, 2017

Local youth will have the opportunity to work alongside professional actors when the Roxy Regional Theatre holds children’s auditions for Munchkins and other ensemble characters in THE WIZARD OF OZ on Saturday, July 8, at noon. Children ages 8 and up should come prepared with “Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead” and be dressed to […]

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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Ryan Bowie in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, June 30 – July 15

June 14, 2017

Houses were packed to capacity, Broadway World called it “one of the year’s most unforgettable performances,” and audiences have been begging for more ever since. Back by popular demand following 2014’s limited run upstairs in the Roxy Regional Theatre’s theotherspace, now Executive Director Ryan Bowie reprises his tour de force performance of John Cameron Mitchell’s […]

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Set Sail with THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR., May 26 – June 17

May 16, 2017

Sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General are just a few of the characters dropping anchor at the corner of Franklin and First in Historic Downtown Clarksville. The Roxy Regional School of the Arts presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s swashbuckling musical comedy THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, JR. at the Roxy […]

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Join Us for the Unveiling of SEASON 35 at “Happenin’ at the Hollemans” on May 19

April 21, 2017

Discover the world behind the curtain … Longtime supporters Mark, Ricki, John Mark and Will Holleman, along with the Roxy Regional Theatre Board of Directors, invite you to attend the 5th Annual HAPPENIN’ AT THE HOLLEMANS, an evening of entertainment featuring the unveiling of our highly-anticipated SEASON 35, on Friday, May 19, from 5:30pm to […]

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Hilarious Musical [TITLE OF SHOW] Takes the Stage, April 28 – May 13

April 20, 2017

To anyone who has ever had a dream and dared to try and make that dream a reality, no matter what the obstacle, the Roxy Regional Theatre has just the show for you. Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s unique, unusually named hit musical comedy [title of show] comes to the corner of Franklin and First […]

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FINDING NEMO Kicks Off New Season of Planters Bank Presents… Film Series

April 19, 2017

After a brief hiatus for Easter Sunday, the Planters Bank Presents… Film Series at the Roxy Regional Theatre returns this Sunday, April 23, at 2:00pm, with the Disney and Pixar animated favorite FINDING NEMO. Tickets are now available at the Roxy Regional Theatre during regular box office hours. The Spring/Summer 2017 schedule of the Planters […]

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