Treat Your Valentine to “Martinis with Fats”

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 4, 2011

Tickets for “Martinis with Fats” on Saturday, February 12, are going quickly, as this is our sixth annual “Martinis with …” event.  And, after six years, it has become a Valentine’s staple and annual soiree not to be missed.  Jane Burney, of Lovin’ Spoonful fame, has cooked up some down home hors d’oeuvres with a Fats Waller soul food twist; Horace Heggie of Pal’s Package Store has always proffered the best vodka and gin; and Travis Kendrick, our bartender for the evening, can make martinis very dry with just a breath of vermouth.  There will be dry ones, wet ones, martinis straight up, martinis on the rocks, martinis with a twist, and Fred Landiss’ favorite: dirty martinis.

Just as the elegant and well-dressed young lady slipped into my hand the cash to cover the cost of the broken glass in our front door, likewise did a kind gentleman offer to cover the cost of our Civil War costumes.  The adage is correct: “ask and you shall receive.”  More so, be specific about your needs and, if worthwhile, all prayers are answered.  This gift of the Civil War soldier uniforms is a great one, since when we first produced The Red Badge of Courage, the rental was more than these uniforms will cost to own.  And, since we will use them for at least four productions in the four years of the Civil War’s Sesquicentennial, it’s a gift which will be used over and over again.

There are so many great support groups here in the Queen City that help relieve many of mankind’s misfortunes, but I think that many would be unnecessary if we could only push for literacy and, in that, the pleasure and joy of reading.  Literature answers so many of life’s questions.  Plays tell how others succeeded or have failed and, in that, show us how others have maneuvered on this often slippery slope that is our lot in life.

A young girl in my Saturday class, Jenna Meredith, wrote this, which I want to share with you: “The Roxy is a theatre where I do my plays.  It is a place to be glad when you are sad.  After practicing and practicing for so many days, I finally got to perform my wonderful plays.  It felt so good to stand out on that stage without a script or a line on that page.  And the applause and standing ovation made me feel so happy I could’ve screamed out loud!  The Roxy is the greatest!!  It makes me feel like a shining star.  The Roxy is me.  It’s the place where I always want to be.”

Once Upon A Time continues to delight this Saturday and next at 2pm.  This weekend’s performances of The Vagina Monologues, featuring Kate Smith, are sold out.  Thank you to all who have attended and made donations, helping us to raise thousands of dollars over the years for the SafeHouse here in Clarksville and the Magdalene House in Nashville.

See you at the theatre!

– John McDonald

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