Three Outstanding Clarksvilleans Lend Their Skills to SOUTH PACIFIC

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on August 2, 2013

Three of our best and most civic-minded citizens do their part to make South Pacific the exquisitely beautiful production that it is. And it is indeed one of the best productions we have ever presented in all our 30 years of producing live theatre here on the corner of Franklin and First in downtown Clarksville’s city center.

Mary Nell Wooten, as I have said before, has a voice like merlot poured over sandpaper. She is also affable, with an open and honest personality more upbeat than any Rodgers and Hammerstein song. Now, for us, Mary Nell fills in the cast of South Pacific, making her Roxy stage debut. After having served her country in Desert Storm, she served tirelessly on our city council. She now serves on a number of important civic boards, including ours, and as the newly appointed chair of the Two Rivers Company. This is not Mary Nell’s first theatrical effort — fifty years ago, she made her stage debut at Clarksville High as Kitty in Charley’s Aunt. She is one of three individuals who are not actors as such but make our production so much better by their presence.

Jim Knoll is the second, and he is no newcomer to our theatre. He is retired from our illustrious police force and now serves as Facility Supervisor for Liberty Park. Jim sometimes is lovingly referred to as our rent-a-cop, making Frolic on Franklin and our on-the-street Roxy Gala safe and secure for all our participants and guests. He has played a chorus boy in Anything Goes, Earthquake McGoon in Li’l Abner, a wrestler in As You Like It, a stripper in The Full Monty (receiving much notoriety for his performance), and now a Seabee in South Pacific.

Daniel Moore isn’t in South Pacific, nor did he perform in Romeo & Juliet, although he was responsible for the supports for that famous balcony scene, which will be reconfigured as dice for Spamalot. Daniel came in to lend his carpentry skills to create a set of steps which are crucial to the quick set changes in South Pacific. By days and nights, he is a fireman. There is something about those who rush into a burning building which makes them special. Daniel certainly is.

These three good souls and kind people are oh-so-valuable to our community and oh-so-valuable to South Pacific.

Nellie Forbush, in South Pacific, sings, “I am as corny as Kansas in August.” I finally, after I’m afraid to say how many times I’ve heard that lyric, now understand that it is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s joke, referring back to “the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye” in Oklahoma. Only the state has been changed to protect the ignorant, like myself.

South Pacific continues through August 17 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. Active-duty military, APSU students and CitySaver coupon holders can receive two tickets for the price of one on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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