“Mint Juleps and Gershwin” A Success!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on May 20, 2011

Monte Award recipient Ted Jones says God taps you on the shoulder when you are doing the right thing. When Saturday’s “Mint Juleps and Gershwin” soiree ended and The Civil War performance was over, I got that tap on the shoulder. “Rhapsody in Blue,” the George Gershwin biopic, was being shown on TV. I know it’s crazy, but God speaks to me through TCM.

I had been praying that Saturday would bring a beautiful day. God acknowledged my prayers and said, “Okay … but look out for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!” The request was not so much for me, but that the fifty or more good souls would not be tracking up the home of my braced and bespectacled gentleman with the beautiful and gracious wife.

The tent was set up in full sun, and Saturday’s forecast was partly cloudy. The clouds did come, but only after the guests had gone and while a loving group of friends took down tables and stacked chairs for a Monday morning pickup.

It was a glorious event! Many had come to Fred Landiss’s coming-out party (that’s what we were calling the soiree, amongst ourselves). Dee Boaz sported a chapeau which looked as if she had just come from the royal wedding. Mary Nell Wooten, although on our board, bought a ticket and was first to arrive. I rode up the winding way as she acknowledged and spoke to each grouping of actors which periodically lined the way to High Meadow.

To hear George and Sharon Mabry sing together is a rare treat. The efforts to name APSU’s concert hall after them are moving along well — and if anyone deserves such an accolade, they do. Just think of the thousands of students who have grown as artists under their tutelage.

The Bound’ry does, and did, a wonderful job. Mary Nell has said that no one expects the food to be any good at these fundraisers. But at $500 a pop, the food needs to be gourmet, and Louis Graham and his staff never disappoint. We have had them for a number of years, catering our Gala.

Our hostess had shared a want of one of my friend Olen Bryant’s “Fat Ladies” sculptures. I asked Olen, whom I referred to as a curmudgeon. He wrote: “…my dictionary defines a curmudgeon as a miser, so that is why I’m including the enclosure to contradict that. It won’t bring a Lincoln Center to Clarksville but may substitute for one of your snow days.” And, yes, our hostess got her Olen Bryant “Fat Lady” the day before the event.

Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the Mark Twain classic, opens tonight (Friday). This musical features the Roxy’s Saturday School of the Arts students and plays at 6pm tonight and continues through June 11, playing Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6pm and Saturdays at 2pm and 6pm. All tickets are $10.

The Civil War finishes its majestic run tonight and tomorrow night at 8pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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