Thanksgiving Brings Much Gratitude for Friends, Patrons and Supporters

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on December 4, 2015

Theatre people believe its always good luck to be working on a holiday — Christmas, New Year’s, one’s birthday and, of course, even Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving was truly a fortunate one. I spent my day being thankful for so much in my life:

• For Susan Nicholson, who puts us through our paces each morning at the YMCA; Ben Kimbrough for funding the center; and the staff, who are all helpful, courteous and, most importantly, knowledgeable;

• For the brilliant and talented young children — Jesse Boyle, Truman Jepson, Jacob Johnson, Sidney McCarty, Lauren Mund and Michael Phillips — who gladly gave up a free day from school to help make this theatre just that much better by sorting props, hanging up costumes and straightening up overall;

• For Charlsie Hand of The Riverview Inn for generously housing my favorite character actor Jay Doolittle, who will return to grace our stage in The Magnificent Ambersons and The Taming of the Shrew;

• For Courtney Berlyak of Sango Village Florist, who brings the beauty of fresh floral arrangements to all of our opening nights and adds her creativity to each table at the Gala;

• For Bob Napier of Modern Shoe Repair, who provided me with my first pair of Scrooge shoes, now repaired and re-treaded for my final walkthrough of “Bah Humbugs;”

• For all my friends at Orgain Building Supply;

• For those incredible and understanding educators who know the value and importance of seeing required reading, live on stage, and who jump through hoops to bring their students to Clarksville’s only professional theatre;

• For our Board of Directors — Stacy Turner, Kay Haase, Katy Wall Olita, Nancy Ladd, Joseph Britton, Nancye Britton, Britney Campbell, Andrea Herrera, Ricki Holleman, Kurt Kowalski, Janet Mund, Nicole O’Connor, Melissa Schaffner, Linda Shephard and Lori Smith — who support us in ways to numerous to mention;

• For our patrons, those who love the theatre as much as we do and come to see everything we do;

• And for those who I hope know, for a myriad of reasons, how grateful I am to have them in my life: Glenn Edgin, Meredith Gildrie, Isaac D., Simon J., Lewis Graham, Mark Haynes, Daniel Moore, Janet Mund, Johnny Ransdell, Starlene Shackelford Sykes, and Mark, Ricki, John Mark and Will Holleman.

• For Elizabeth Coleman, by whom (along with her sister, Della) I had spent many a Saturday class being amazed, never dreaming that after Elizabeth graduated from Vanderbilt University (on scholarship no less) she would come back to us to take on stage managing.

A Christmas Carol opens this coming Wednesday, December 9, at 7:00pm, for our traditional pay-what-you-can preview. All tickets not previously sold at the regular ticket price will go on sale at 6:30pm for a $5 minimum donation. Performances continue on December 10, 16 and 17 at 7:00pm; December 11, 12 and 18 at 8:00pm; and December 12 and 19 at 2:00pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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