THE WINTER’S TALE Opens Tonight at 8pm for a Pay-What-You-Can Preview

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on March 9, 2012

I stumbled onto South Pacific at TPAC, a super production which made me want to produce it here. A lyric by Richard Rodgers struck me: “If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?” I thought about us, the Roxy, and the new center for arts and education.

I stumbled onto I Don’t Have a Clue, presented by The Rossview Players at Rossview Middle School. My stumbling was on purpose, for I had some current and past protégés in the production: Carson Watts, Shea Edington, Patrick Long and Jesse Boyle. They all had good stage presence, were all audible, and every word was articulated. There was not one weak link in the entire cast. Cues were picked up, and the play moved along at a brisk clip. Much kudos to director Shannon Ronald and her assistants Kathryn Evans and Rebecca Shilling for engaging young people in a creative way and treating the audience to a truly enjoyable evening of theatre.

I also stumbled onto the goodness of a number of our local churches who provide a Room in the Inn for those who are in need of a clean place to lay their heads or in want of a warm meal, a hot shower and clean clothing. These churches are all in our community, and their kindness and charity are low-key and low-profile. Please, God, continue to bless them and their efforts, for they do what we are all called on to do. “There are watchers in this world and there are do-ers. And the watchers sit around watching the do-ers do.” That is a Neil Simon line, but applicable.

Madison Street United Methodist Church almost converts this lapsed Catholic with a program entitled “Living a Better Story.” Reverend Cliff Wright gave out envelopes containing various denominations of cash, asking the congregation to pass it on, using as its basis the story of the Loaves and Fishes.

Congregation members are encouraged to pray before deciding what to do with the money: “Lord, the world tells me there is too little to go around. Too little time, too little love, too little money. Help me, Lord, to write a better story for my life. Let the Holy Spirit bring a creativity to my heart and mind to show me how to multiply this money and invest it in Your Kingdom and your people. Amen!’”

A number of my dear Methodist friends have been struggling with the dilemma of how to proceed. For me, this is the first time in my life that I have been aware of a dual challenge to look inward while, at the same time, outward; a graced dichotomy at best, and a divine blessing at least.

I’m suggesting for tonight’s pay-what-you-can preview of The Winter’s Tale that you pay as much as you pay to see a movie at the Great Escape, sans popcorn and soda. Tickets go on sale at 7:30pm tonight for an 8pm performance.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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