Special Thanks to Amy Wyer for her Dedication and Hard Work

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on April 15, 2011

Amy Wyer is a young girl whom I admire greatly. She has the proverbial everything, but, most importantly, she has parents who support her desire to be in theatre. Mom and Dad, along with Amy’s brother, see every show. I see them more often than not on my weekly Sunday trip to Borders, as the whole family are avid readers.

Her dad waits patiently in the lobby, reading while Amy cavorts with her peers and sorts props, for she is the Roxy’s prop mistress, and an 8th grader. When it arrives onstage, she has found it. When it disappears, she has put it away, back in the clutter. She organized a coterie of like-minded mature and dedicated young people — Michelle Lebkuecher, Samantha Grimes and Krista LaRocca — who gave up their precious Spring Break to replicate a wooly mammoth tusk for Bea(u)tiful in the Extreme, and try again the endless task of sorting out and shaping up the vast underbelly of the Roxy, the basement.

Amy writes in her letter, asking to participate in the Roxy’s summer internship this year:

“This is my fourth time … to spend my summer at the place I love, the Roxy Regional Theatre … During the school year, I am just waiting for summer … All the teachers in the summer internship are such great people … The Roxy has given me so many opportunities, and I want to thank everyone … I would love another opportunity to learn the ins and outs of theatre and spend my summer in the place I love.”

And so you shall, Amy.

If you have been undecided about “Mint Juleps and Gershwin at High Meadow” on Saturday, April 30, from 3pm until 5pm, perhaps The Bound’ry’s menu might help you decide: Pepper Sirloin Roulade with Bleu Cheese Spread and Arugula; Indonesian Chicken Satay; a Selection of Hand-Picked Cheeses and Artisan Cured and Smoked Meats Served with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Roasted Red Peppers, Pesto, Mixed Olives, Hummus, Roasted Garlic and Flatbreads; Spicy Shrimp and Tomato Curry; and an Assortment of Pastries.

The theatre is dark this festive weekend. People come downtown for Rivers & Spires to mingle and look at onlookers, not to see theatre. As it took us three years to get the idea of a family holiday production for Christmas and almost twenty to get the idea of producing something eerie for Halloween, rather than try to compete for the crowds of Rivers & Spires, we just gave up, gave out and gave in. Audiences won’t come due to the crowds, and the crowds don’t come to see a show. With so many other things going on last year, you couldn’t even see the front of the theatre, big boats ready for a marina huddled in front and under the marquee. Sometimes you have to give in for the common good.

We pick back up next weekend, however, with The Civil War, opening Friday, April 22, at 8pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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