SPEAKEASY Opens Tonight at 8pm, FROLIC and GALA 33 Approach

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on August 28, 2015

We need to thank Cindy Marsh and Susan Bryant for “Frolic on Franklin” and Paige King for giving it a name.

Cindy Marsh’s and Susan Bryant’s “Plein Air” was a small outdoor event which morphed into “Rivers & Spires,” growing bigger by the year and marking its 14th anniversary next April.

“Plein Air” was a decidedly local event with a few dozen tents and loads of crafters and artisans. The crowds were not enormous, but you rarely saw anyone walking around without some purchased art or craft in their hands.

Growing out of this idea, “Frolic on Franklin” encompasses all sorts of art and engages a wide cross-section of our community, visual and performing. When our Gala became too big to wine and dine our supporters within our venue (which I felt was important since we are trying to encourage those proverbial partygoers to be regular theatergoers as well), we moved our annual fundraiser outside under tents as the grand finale.

This year’s 10th Annual “Frolic on Franklin” is on Saturday, September 19, from 8:30am until 3:30pm. This is a great free Saturday event which coincides well with the Downtown Market, simply by fruition making a huge day for downtown Clarksville. Over two dozen artisans and craftspeople will be showing and selling their wares along the tent-lined avenue: 4His Glory Photography, A Stitch Or Two (scarves, dishtowel dresses), Art By Ola (acrylic/graphite/oil on paper/wood/canvas), Clarksville Arts & Heritage Development Council (‘C’ is for Clarksville alphabet books, coloring books), Carolyn Rogers (embroidery items), David Magers Photography, Donald Groves Photography, Downtown Artists Co-Op, Frank Lott (paintings), Friends of Photography, Lisa Kemmer Photography, LNM Creations (clay garden ornaments, photo cards), Mishmash (cards, paintings), Nanotime Photography, Photographs by David E. Smith, The Cut Above Woodworking (puzzles, ornaments), Thornton Pottery, Tuckessee Woodturners, Village Arts (decoupage tiles, book safes), Westchester Falls Candle Company and more.

The day will culminate at 6pm in “Gala 33,” a catered affair with art and treasures auctioned by Sammy Stuard, as well as a smorgasbord of performances from shows now running on the terrazzo or the mainstage or preparing to open at the Roxy Regional Theatre. A few tickets still remain, so make your reservations online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org or by calling (931) 645-7699 between 9:00am and 2:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Our ’20s musical revue Speakeasy opens tonight (Friday) at 8:00pm. Using the pass phrase “Joe Sent Me,” slip into an intimate cabaret setting in the Roxy lobby to see and hear Kelley Barker, Ryan Bowie, Michael Jemison and Rori Nogee perform over two dozen popular tunes from the period, including “This Joint Is Jumpin’,” “I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate,” “Mean to Me,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and more! Recommended for mature audiences, tickets are $20 and include a beverage and light refreshments. Performances continue through September 12 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:00pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm. There is no performance on Wednesday, September 2.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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