School of the Arts Wraps Up with “Informance,” CAROL Comes to a Close

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on December 21, 2012

“It’s not the things you do at Christmas time, but the Christmas things you do all year through.” [“The Secret of Christmas” by Sammy Cahn]

Most gifts are wrapped. Pat Arendt’s aren’t. I’m not sure if you could wrap the 20-plus lovely ladies that she corrals to Saturday lunch and Roxy matinees, for they are already wrapped elegantly in their Saturday matinee attire. Thank you, Pat, for coordinating that coterie of theatre lovers.

I am grateful for all of the buttons re-sewn, the dresses patched, the zippers re-zipped, the hems re-hemmed, and the dresses upon dresses, aprons and bonnets that appear and reappear because Meredith Gildrie makes it possible. Thanks to her, Heidi’s and Clara’s clothes will be sewn from a few yards of rich brocades from off the remainder table at Hancock’s.

For years we had to make do. Debby Dowlen-Noyes dyed donated wedding dresses for the Victorian look which a production like Sweeney Todd might need, and she used a few new yards of black and lots of sheets on sale to create a production of The Boyfriend which looked just like a silent movie.

Now, due to the affability of Clarksville’s most noted costumier, we have access to one of the largest closets outside the glory days of Brooks-Van Horn Costume Company — APSU’s theatre and music department — for Lilo Rogoish has put her creative hands to work designing and building innumerable productions for over thirty years.

Then there’s Mae Magee at John’s Cleaners, the Korean high priestess of taking in, letting out, lifting up and pressing down. Piles of ill-fitting costumes come back remarkably sized, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

He builds wedding cakes fit for giants, constructs tables seating twelve for actors’ housing, and enlarges guillotines to a height that takes your breath away and appears to remove heads as well. Ralph Conklin is the master of master carpenters — with replaced rotary cuffs and all.

The role of Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show calls for blonde hair and a tan. Kathy Sitton’s Sissors made the latter possible and has offered to give actress Jama Bowen that Polynesian sun-kissed glow which is required for South Pacific.

We have “Wine & Theatre” nights due to Louisa Cooke and Beachaven Winery’s support and “Martinis with …” due to the generosity of Horace Heggie and Pal’s Package Store. And Terry Griffin makes Budweiser of Clarksville’s offerings available for all of our special functions. Thank you all, especially Charles Hand for his all-round community support.

This Saturday at noon, you can see 30-plus amazing young people present Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, a finale presentation of a fifteen-class session of the Saturday School of the Arts, with songs coached by Erin Keas and dances choreographed by Jessica Davidson. Admission is free, and cookies and punch will follow the “informance.”

Scrooge says his final “Bah Humbugs” tonight at 8pm and Saturday at 2pm and 8pm.

See you at the theatre! Or as Tiny Tim says, “God bless us everyone!”

[John McDonald]

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