Roxy 30th Birthday Bash and Yard Sale Next Saturday, October 20

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 12, 2012

The 30th anniversary of anything good is to be lauded, and I feel we’ve done more than a little good in our first 30 years. I’m saddened that so few people saw Spring Awakening, The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency, Rent and many other important but edgy pieces of theatre, as I am also a bit amazed by how many came to see Happy Days and 9 to 5: The Musical. As Louis B. Mayer, the founder and head of MGM, was wont to say, “If they don’t want to come, you can’t make ‘em.” He’s right.

Art and the appreciation of it, along with the ability to make it, are what separate us from the animals. Art is what archaeologists search for in discovering what a culture was about: the early cave drawings, the Egyptian tombs with their treasure troves of art, the Greek statuary, the brilliant simplicity of the arch, the plays of Euripides and Sophocles, the strength of the Roman dome, the plays of Plautus, the ruins of Pompeii, the murals and the mosaics. We have dredged the Thames, looking for bits of pottery, doing the same for Williamsburg and even old Salem. The arts tell us who we are, from where we come, who we were, and hopefully where we are going.

Wagner had Ludwig, and Tchaikovsky had Nadezhda von Meck — support on a grand scale. We have not that one individual who would allow us to focus on what we do, rather than slip and slide on that minefield of tactical errors, but what we so fondly embrace is a plethora of supporters whose unconditional belief in us has made the last thirty years not only possible, but fruitful.

Next Saturday, October 20, we continue our celebration of the Roxy Regional Theatre’s 30th Anniversary of live theatre on the corner of Franklin and First with our first community-wide yard sale fundraiser and birthday bash, complete with a kids zone, food zone, local artists, merchant booths, free samples, entertainment, fun for all, and a chance to pick up something special, pre-Christmas. As Oscar Wilde said, “There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.” Now is a great time to pick up a lot of stuff.

Thanks to those “Roxy Moms” Nicole O’Connor, Courtney Berlyak, Janet Mund, Dana Boyle, Connie Cottrell and other generous souls, this event will take place from 9am until 3pm in the lot adjacent to the theatre, and all proceeds will benefit the new center for arts and education. At 2pm, the community is invited to join us in singing “Happy Birthday” to the Roxy and enjoy free cake!

Donations for the yard sale will be accepted at the theatre between the hours of 9am and 2pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact Nicole O’Connor at regarding yard sale donations, booth space and volunteer opportunities.

“9 to 5” plays its final performances tonight and Saturday at 8pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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