ROCKY HORROR Opens Tonight for Pay-What-You-Can

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 24, 2014

Christmas begins for us at the Roxy this Monday evening, when we cast Bob Cratchit’s children for our ninth revival of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

Some children, like Addisyn Bryant, have played all the Cratchit children at one time or another, starting with Tiny Tim. So as not to leave her out, as well as other talented young people devoted to the Roxy and wanting to be a part of the Christmas show, we have opened up the role of Little Miss and enlarged the role of the Turkey Boy (the child whom Scrooge hires to buy a turkey for the Cratchits). He and Little Miss will also dance in the Fezziwig scene, making this year’s production bigger and grander.

As A Christmas Carol requires missing a few partial days of school, we ask that all who participate have kept their grades up, not missed school already and, most importantly, have their parents’ permission, support and transportation to and from home, school and the Roxy.

Auditions for Tiny Tim, Belinda, Peter and Martha Cratchit, as well as Turkey Boy and Little Miss, are at 5:00pm on Monday, October 25, at the Roxy Regional Theatre. Interested auditionees do not need to prepare anything, as a script will be provided, but they must be able to read.

It’s good to have our Roxy regulars come to see almost everything we produce. We are so very fortunate to have, over the last 30-plus years, built up our audience.

However, I (along with the bank) would like to see the sold-out sign placed on the front window more often. To that end, I would ask everyone who attends to bring a friend or two — or perhaps fill a row, as the late Pat Arendt did on Saturday matinees and my Catholic friends from Dover, the Schmitts, do when bringing droves down to see productions.

Last Sunday I broke my routine and spent some time at the Customs House Museum, admiring the current exhibit, a dual show of the latest work by two of Clarksville’s much admired and collected artists, Billy Renkl and Susan Bryant. Billy’s work of delicate and intricately cut pieces of paper, creating something special beyond the cuttings, and Susan’s photos of hands, which I’m sure come from their recent trip to Italy, are well worth the trip for their simplicity and elegance.

Our own Peg Harvill Gallery features some incredible and creative three-dimensional works by Mike Andrews, culled from Charlie Foust’s Clarksville Foundry castoffs. Olen Bryant, Mike’s mentor, refers to his art as “assemblages.” I call them beautiful.

Our revival of The Rocky Horror Show, which has turned into a perennial favorite with audiences, opens tonight at 8pm for our traditional pay-what-you-can preview. Any tickets not pre-sold at the regular price will go on sale at 7:30pm for whatever you wish to pay. Performances continue tomorrow at 8:00pm, October 30 at 7:00pm, and October 31 at 8:00pm and midnight.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow plays its final performance tomorrow at 2:00pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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