Two Final Performances of A TALE OF TWO CITIES This Weekend

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on November 18, 2011

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …”

We will close one Dickens on Saturday, saying goodbye to Charles Darnay, Sydney Carton, Dr. Manette, Lafarge and The Marquis St. Evremonde, and, in what will seem like the blink of an eye, open another Dickens. It is a Dickens of a season, to say the least.

The Cratchit children have been rehearsing since before A Tale of Two Cities opened. During the day, one show rehearses, while another plays at night. The War of the Worlds dropped out of the loop last Monday with its final performance for Ann Waddle’s students under the Title I program. This is true repertory theatre at its best.

Theatre should never be considered a luxury. It is a necessity, one which is valued by many, needed by others and, for some first-timers, can be a life-changer. Theatre is not everyone’s cup of tea. I am well aware of that. However, no words can express the sheer bliss one receives from getting it right; or, rather, the attempt is all.

Twenty children who may not have ever seen A Christmas Carol will be cavorting around as if they were born Cratchits and, in doing so, will walk away with a memory that becomes richer with time. Congratulations to the following who were cast: Hannah Collins, Gavin Berlyak, Sidney McCarty, Brooke Schauer and Addisyn Bryant as Martha; Truman Jepson, Christian Rieke, Nathaniel Pittman, Liam Poland and David Snyder as Peter; Sydney Barksdale, Jesse Boyle, Kourtni Cottrell, Madeline O’Connor and Whitney Flickinger as Belinda; and Scott Hall, Nicholas Cavin, Nathanel Dorminey, Colby Adams and Noah Holt as Tiny Tim.

Good friend and longtime Roxy supporter Ted Jones, as Mr. Lorry in A Tale of Two Cities, summed up what those memories will be for not only the children who participate in, but also for those who participate by seeing live onstage, Charles Dickens’ immortal classic A Christmas Carol: “As I draw closer and closer to the end, I travel in the circle, nearer and nearer to the beginning … My heart is touched now, by many remembrances … and of the days when what we call the World was not so real with me.”

We again continue a Christmas tradition for our pay-what-you-can preview of A Christmas Carol on Black Friday, November 25, at 8pm. At 7:30pm, all tickets not previously sold at the regular ticket price will be given to anyone who brings an unwrapped toy to place under the Roxy’s Christmas tree. This is the Roxy’s fifth year to partner with Q108’s Ryan and Gretchen on their toy drive.

Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities will lay down his life for a friend two more times: tonight and tomorrow at 8pm. “‘Tis a far, far better thing I do …”

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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