by RoxyRegionalTheatre on June 7, 2013

On two consecutive Saturday matinees of The Little Mermaid Jr., the Roxy Moms — Courtney Berlyak, Connie Cottrell and Janet Mund, all headed up by Roxy board member Nicole O’Connor — helped a hundred little hands decorate crowns and sailor hats with color, stamps, ribbons, jewels and stickers. Not a tear was shed, and all of the children (and their parents and grandparents, too) had a great time under the marquee at Ariel’s Sea Party.

Our friends at Edward’s Steakhouse, Linda and John Shephard, provided chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, pb&j sandwiches and cupcakes as a pre-show luncheon targeted to appeal to children’s taste buds, but also pleasing to parents and grandparents. In other words, a good time was had by all.

The Marvelous Wonderettes is Forever Plaid again — but this time with women. The naïve charm of four innocent lads is recreated and this time displayed by four beautiful young ladies, coiffed and costumed appropriately in ’50s and ’60s attire, singing those songs which so many of us grew up with — “Lollipop,” “Dream Lover,” “Stupid Cupid,” “Lipstick On Your Collar,” “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” “It’s My Party” and more! The Marvelous Wonderettes continues through June 29 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee this Saturday.

In preparation for the production, we needed to gather together a plethora of props from a long list. It was a full day’s effort, ending with the search for crepe paper streamers.

The last stop was to be the party store, which we found closed. And I had four interns coming in bright and early the following morning to pull, snip, twist and cut crepe paper. I thought, perhaps the dollar store …

On my way to a Sunday afternoon yoga class at New Balance, I thought, maybe Wal-Mart — I needed pink, orange, green and blue. Wal-Mart had crepe paper, but only in pink, orange, green and blue — another miracle!

On Monday, the 2013 summer internships begin in the morning, and our 25th year of partnering with the Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department for the “Summer Playhouse” starts. Memorial Day may be the official start of summer for most, but, for us, that first Monday of eager, tentative, wide-eyed, cautious, curious and courageous children is our official start.

I am so delighted we have the First Thursday ArtWalk. I remember 30 years ago when our only options were the Smith-Trahern Gallery or Nashville.

I don’t frequent the Customs House Museum as often as I should; but if you haven’t lately, do so soon. Mike Andrews, another protégé of Olen Bryant, has a show currently featured in the Crouch Gallery through August 31, entitled “Carvings, Castings and Construction.” The works are awesome, gigantic, whimsical, imaginative and inspiring, all created from bits and large pieces from Charlie Foust’s Clarksville Foundry — a must-see. Tomorrow you can take advantage of the Customs House Museum’s monthly Second Saturday Free Admission Day.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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