The Unsung Heroes

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on February 18, 2011

Finally a week full of shows. Since the reopening of the Roxy after the holidays, there has not been one week where the theatre has not been affected by snow. This was our week. Thankfully, we have been able to reschedule most of the daytime performances of Once Upon a Time over the next several weeks, which is great for the “Roxy Wallet.”

As in an business or group, there are always the unsung heroes that actually make the wheels go round. We, here at the Roxy have several people that don’t always get the credit they deserve.
Lets start with our fearless leader, John McDonald. He is here daily from sun break to well after sun down. This place would not run if it not for him and his amazing direction for this theatre. As the Vagina Monologues were running their final weekend, John was leading the way painting the floors for the next production.
Next would be our other fearless leader, Tom Thayer. I am not sure how he does all he does, but he, like John, is here from sun up to sun down. He is making sure this theatre is running, he is working with the children, he is running the books, he is playing this 40+ song show, the list goes on and on.

In this show, we have two actors giving of their time every single day. We have Travis Kendrick and Kendall Anne Thompson running the spot lights for Ain’t Misbehavin’. This is not part of their contract, this wasn’t even something they were planning on doing before coming to the theatre. I asked if it would be possible for spot lights early on and with school in session, our high school interns would not be available to do so. When I mentioned this to Travis and Kendall, they graciously volunteered to do so. Not only did the volunteer their time by running lights but Travis pulled and work on props, both Travis and Kendall built the beautiful hats the ladies wear in Act 2 and Kendall was so sweet to take notes for me in the early run of the show.

This is what makes a theatre a success. The people that are willing to do whatever to get the job done. It is essential to always work as a team and to be working towards the same goal no matter what the cost. I feel that we at the Roxy with Travis and I here in Clarksville full time and Kendall staying through the fall and with the dedication of John and Tom, we now have a great team to GET THE JOB DONE.

I am excited to see where this can do team with a can do attitude goes in the future and I am excited for the future of the Roxy.

Please, check out Ain’t Misbehavin playing Wednesday – Saturday now through March 5. There is also a matinee performance this Saturday, February 19 at 2pm.

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