New Year Starts Off with Mayor’s Oath of Office, Monologues and Rabbits!

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on January 9, 2015

2015 began with a bang — and a big bang filled with honor and adulation, along with the promise of further greatness to come.

The first was right out of the box and, oddly enough, not a theatrical one — it was Mayor Kim McMillan’s taking the oath of office in the Roxy Regional Theatre on Little Christmas, Tuesday, January 6.

This is the second time Mayor McMillan has honored us with this request to have the ceremony take place here. Choosing the Roxy as her place of oath taking is a great honor. A full house filled the theatre to overflowing, and TV monitors in the lobby made access available to those who could not get inside the sold-out affair but still wanted to witness the event from the lobby.

We ended 2014 with a week of sold-out performances of A Christmas Carol, and on closing night we collected $500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I’m sure the performances of our Tiny Tims (Nate Miller, Tanner Sigears, Jaxon Kirk and Nathanael Dorminey) were a great help toward making that collection so large. We have been making, for a number of years now, a collection for needy charitable organizations on the closing night of each production.

This Friday brings life back to theotherspace with the first production of the New Year, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Now in its 13th year, The Vagina Monologues is a piece which fulfills the defined purpose of art “to entertain,” but transcends that definition by being both informative and also extremely funny. This production has become a perennial favorite due to its content and the performances of such seasoned actresses as Leslie Greene and local talent Adriane Wiley Hatfield, along with the new face and voice of Kristina Wilson.

The Vagina Monologues run January 9 through the end of the month, playing upstairs in theotherspace on Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.

In less than a week, we present a production dear to my heart. As a child, my father first Beatrix Potter to me as I sat on his lap. I remember his reading “The Tale Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail” as if it were yesterday, and I long to share their story with other children.

Flopsy, Mopsy & Cottontail — along with Peter Rabbit, Mr. McGregor, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and friends — will take their place on our mainstage at 2pm on Saturday, January 17, 24, 31 and February 7.

Eli Jolley returns to us after having given great performances last season as Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby and Don John in our annual Shakespeare offering, Much Ado About Nothing. For me, returning actors — like Corinne Bupp, Ryan Leyhue and, of course, my favorite actress and dearest friend, Leslie Greene — say a lot about us. We try to create a place where artists want to work. Why? Because the work, the rehearsals, the performances are always top-notch and well worth having on a resume.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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