Roxy Regional Theatre in Repertory

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on October 3, 2014

Monte (Mrs. George L. Narber) wanted us to produce Shakespeare. She wanted it to be a part of our yearly canon of plays. She wanted it so badly that she sent a check, if not two, each year to ensure that we had the funds to make that possible. And we have followed her wishes ever since, annually producing Shakespeare here on the corner of Franklin and First: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (twice), Macbeth (four times), Romeo & Juliet (four times), The Merchant of Venice (twice), The Tempest, The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Julius Caesar (twice), Hamlet (three times), Richard III, King Lear, Henry V, Taming Of The Shrew, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing and this season’s Measure for Measure.

I wonder what she would have thought about last summer’s interns performing the Bard outside on the great lawn at High Meadow. Again my best friend and consummate actress — and also a fine director — Leslie Greene, staged an almost Edinburgh Festival-like production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

It was received so well by the invited family and friends that we thought it only fair to let the general public in on the fun. So we are reviving A Midsummer Night’s Dream tomorrow (Saturday) at noon, and the following Saturday, October 11, also at noon. If you want to see young people at their best, we will have the added attraction of a song fest included in the ticket price of $5.

Tennessee Repertory Theatre, we are told, is changing its name to Nashville Repertory Theatre (probably to tie in with the TV show “Nashville”). We are closer to being a repertory company, since the term implies actors and productions intertwined and/or overlapping. The interns will be performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the same day as On the Town. And while some of the performers (Cameron Perry, Allie McCaw and Michael Spaziani) appear in On the Town by night, they are in rehearsal, by day, for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which was workshopped last summer by the interns (Grace Davis, Cheyenne Deibert, Darci Gautam, Julio Iguina-Pascual, Riley Jenkins, Truman Jepson, Emma Justice, Ashley Knowles, Tommy Lester, Sidney McCarty, Lauren Mund, Madeline O’Connor and Georgia Smith), some of whom performed in Stupid Kids (Truman Jepson, Sidney McCarty and Lauren Mund).

On the Town plays its final performances tonight and Saturday at 8pm.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens with its pay-what-you-can preview at 8pm next Friday, October 10, and features Tommy Winters, Cameron Perry, Allie McCaw, Leslie Greene and Michael Spaziani. I feel, very strongly, an obligation to present the works of literature as the writer intended. This adaptation is pure Washington Irving.

Two other important dates to mark on your calendar are the midnight Halloween showing of The Rocky Horror Show on Friday, October 31, and the special Thanksgiving performance of Little Women: The Musical on Thursday, November 27, at 7pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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