Save Money, Stay In Town and Support Local Economy

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on August 19, 2011

Ernie and Rosamond Briggs celebrated their anniversary at the Roxy. They usually go to Nashville, but thought better of it this year. Instead, they had dinner at Edward’s Steakhouse and walked across Franklin Street to see The Sound of Music.

In this lean economy and with the high gas prices, spending your dollars near to home is a good idea which is also supportive of our local economy. I know theatre isn’t for everybody, but for those of us who try to see everything, The Sound of Music is the perfect outing. Familiar music, a simple family-friendly story with singing children and funny nuns — what more can you ask? And almost everyone knows The Sound of Music. It is an opportunity to enjoy, experience, or just relive the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic live onstage.

Tonight is what the Roxy, in its heyday, was all about, a venue for double-features. At 6pm, theotherspace presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) with Haedyn King, Hugh Poland and Andrew Hulse, assisted by the Brothers Poland: JC and Liam. You can experience this madcap take on the Bard in theotherspace tonight and tomorrow at 6pm (as well as August 26 and 27). All tickets are $10.

Following the show, cross the street to Edward’s with your ticket stub and receive 10% off your check, and then cross back for the Rodger’s and Hammerstein classic, The Sound of Music, on the mainstage at 8pm.

The role of the Mother Abbess, which had been Nelda Steeley’s signature role, is currently played by Joylene Taylor. She, too, is a dear old friend from our early days. She was the first actress here at the Roxy who brought tears to my eyes, a memory I hold dear. Mike Taylor, her husband, passed away a year ago in June; so having her come to us is a compliment, a kindness and a welcomed homecoming which cannot be expressed in words, but only felt with a voice, which Stacy Leiser called “fit for opera.” Joylene has a rare maturity, a long life in the theatre, and a wealth of experience that she is willing to share. Joylene is staying on for A Tale of Two Cities and A Christmas Carol.

Mark Holleman of Coldwell Banker’s Conroy, Marable & Holleman bought out a night of The Sound of Music and invited a group of friends, many of whom were first-timers. We cannot thank him and his lovely wife, Ricki, enough for helping us make the Roxy inclusive rather than exclusive. Events like Mark’s make more people aware of our goal — a new center for arts and education. Every first-timer or long-time supporter has a vested interest in the success of this project. Just ask one of the twenty-one rotating repertory von Trapp children, and then you’ll know for sure.

The Sound of Music plays tonight and tomorrow at 8pm, continuing next Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm and Friday and Saturday at 8pm, through August 27.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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