The Theatre is Alive with the Sounds of MUSIC, New Play STAND

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on August 5, 2011

It is, of course, all about the joy of the children. This joy is often not communicated to us directly, but a parent may often be the conduit for “he is having a wonderful time” or “she loves it down here.” I’m far too old and fearful-looking to receive any direct positive feedback. And that is as it should be, for a child’s communication with his or her parents is the key, I think, to any good family relationship.

The seven, or rather twenty-one rotating repertory, von Trapp children have behaved very well during the run of The Sound of Music, with only a few “I forgot”s and some “I remembered too late”s. These are the very first steps toward taking responsibility. Often to the delight of their parents, these children find the unique qualities of their own personality within these walls, oddly enough, here in the land of make-believe and pretend — the Roxy. As a thank-you to all of those von Trapp troopers, the Roxy is having a pizza party on Saturday for all of those who have, are or will be performing roles in The Sound of Music.

Our “Pennies for Plays” fundraiser, another sharp idea from Mary Nell Wooten, like her 1000 x 1000 campaign, has brought more funds to the fore and gets us that much closer to our goal of a new center for arts and education. We know, of course, that the more people who are engaged in this process of making the new center for arts and education happen, the faster this dream will become a reality. Pennies add up to dollars.

The Roxy’s School of the Arts has added voice to its instruction, following drama and dance lessons. Dr. Thomas King, Austin Peay State University professor of music, offers his expertise to classes beginning Saturday, August 27, at 10am.

Travis Kendrick has taken leave from us for a month-long session to become a certified yoga instructor. Yoga on Tuesday evenings at 5:30pm has been such a success that we will be offering it in the fall each Monday through Friday morning from 8:30am until 9:30am.

For more information about our Saturday School of the Arts classes or yoga, please visit the Roxy’s website at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org or call the theatre at (931)645-7699.

The Young Daughters of Destiny have been working on an improvisational piece focusing on bullying, teen suicide and teen pregnancy, entitled Stand, under the watchful eyes of Reverend Rita Ewing and Treva Gordon. Their performance will be at 5pm on Saturday, August 6, here at the Roxy. It is free and open to the public, but contributions are, of course, gladly accepted. This is one of many worthwhile events which the new center will gladly house.

The Sound of Music continues through August 27, playing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. This Saturday’s 2pm matinee is sold-out.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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