Thanksgiving Holiday Brings Thoughts of Gratitude

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on November 29, 2013


Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude … and I have so much to be grateful for, personally and for the theatre as well.

I am grateful …

  • To have a theatre open and doing well, with a few bumps in the road from time to time, but none insurmountable and none which would cause us to throw in the towel.
  • For Queen City Disposal and a garbage bin always empty at “strike night” for all of the debris which cannot be recycled. They have supported us for years, and I am thankful for their consistent service and generosity.
  • For Mike Parchman of Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home, who sends us a monthly check of support as regular as clockwork, believing in us even when sometimes we doubt ourselves.
  • For Lilo Rogoish, who unlocks her vast array of beautifully designed costumes from every period imaginable and, in doing so, saves us the high cost of costume rentals and shipping which cuts into the biggest budget.
  • For B&B Automotive’s Butch and Tony, who are fair, trustworthy and come to my and my auto’s aid at the drop of a wrench. Tony once gave me some advice on buying a secondhand car which I had brought by for him to look over — “Don’t, Mr. John” — honest advice I will always remember. And because of this, I will always send anyone who needs any help with an auto to Tony and Butch at B&B.
  • For Pat Arendt and her coterie of Saturday matinee ladies, who fill a row or two and, in that, keep us up and running; as well as for Nancye Britton, who introduces new faces, new ticket buyers and future theatre lovers.
  • For Mary McDaniel at Royal Cleaners on Madison, who didn’t leave us high and dry when another theatre sent us costumes requiring over $4,000 worth of cleaning.
  • For Susan Nicholson and all of the kind people at the YMCA, especially Walter Williams who made the effort to know my name after only two visits.
  • For Reverend Wright at Madison Street United Methodist Church, who uses Jesus in his sermons as a pointer to righteousness rather than a stick for punishment.

On Small Business Saturday (tomorrow) — you know, that bright day after Black Friday (today) when all America shops locally — we will be open as well. You can get two tickets to any performance (excluding dinners and special events) for $31 in honor of our 31st Anniversary. We will also have the new Roxy calendars, posters, Peg Harvill prints, T-shirts and gift certificates available, and you can sit in and see what happens during our Saturday School of the Arts or even see a rehearsal of A Year with Frog and Toad.

Tonight at 8pm is our pay-what-you-can preview of Plaid Tidings, the holiday edition of Forever Plaid. Tickets go on sale at 7:30pm for whatever price you wish to pay.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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