Treat Your Valentine to “Martinis at the Roxy” on Saturday, February 11

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 3, 2012

I’m hard-pressed to understand why those who will benefit most are waiting to be last to come forward in support of the new center for arts and education. Parents and children overfill this theatre more often than not. A Christmas Carol and Happily Ever After are reasons enough that we need more space, more seats and more opportunities to engage, enlighten and enrich lives. Simple tales and vibrant Shakespeare lift us up out of ourselves and place us closer to our creator.

Recently I attended a live simulcast of the Metropolitan Opera at the Green Hills Cinema in Nashville with my friend and fellow thespian Ted Jones. We and a small few attended. Last week, I went to see and hear another simulcast of the Met here in Clarksville at the Great Escape. Many more were in attendance for a virtually unknown work.

The arts and the appreciation of the arts grow with each season, and more performances are sold-out. I loathe turning ticket buyers away, not only for altruistic reasons, but because it’s bad business. The show must go on, which means tickets must be sold.

In our tradition of “Martinis with …” (Frank, The Boyz, Fats, Johnny), now for the fifth consecutive Valentine’s offering, we feature “Martinis at the Roxy” on Saturday, February 11. The evening begins at 6:30pm with martinis and heavy hors d’oeuvres, followed by an 8pm performance of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, featuring Roxy favorites Ryan Bowie, Heather Anderson, Josh Bernaski and Ashley Laverty. Horace Heggie of Pal’s Package Store proffers the makings for martinis, and Beachaven Winery and Budweiser of Clarksville follow up for those who prefer wine or beer. The Silver Spoon caters with a menu featuring antipasto, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, blackberry chipotle chutney served over cream cheese, fruit skewers, and an array of desserts including raspberry tiramisu bites, cheesecake-stuffed strawberries, brownie turtle bites, red velvet cake balls, and bite-size chocolate chip cookies. Tickets are $50.

Tomorrow and Saturday at 8pm mark the final performances of the tenth anniversary presentation of our production of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. The cast for the final weekend is Heather Anderson, Ashley Laverty and Adriane Wiley-Hatfield. Happily Ever After continues to charm and engage young people and those young at heart with 2pm matinees this Saturday and next.

Brandon Meeks carries on his introduction to the theatre with his Improv Workshop on Tuesday evenings from 6pm until 7pm. It is non-linear, so all are welcome at any class. Morning yoga with Travis Kendrick continues Mondays through Saturdays from 8am until 9am at the Roxy, with a second class on Saturdays from 9:15am until 10:30am at the third floor of Hodgepodge. Improv and yoga are $10/class.

The Saturday School of the Arts is in rehearsal for Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Jr. Travis Kendrick’s dance troupe will also be a part of the production. Drama class is held from 9am until 11am each Saturday, with dance from 11am until 12:30pm.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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