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Suddenly I felt a presence
Ending my deep dark fears
There was this heavenly sound
Of something ringing in my ears
Jesus called me on my cell phone
He beeped me!
He faxed me!
He emailed my soul!
The (Altar Boyz) show is presented as a concert, the last concert of their national “Raise the Praise” tour, by the five member group the Altar Boyz and their band. Altar Boyz runs through February 28 at the Roxy Regional Theatre.Although many of the lines and lyrics in the show are susceptible to humorous or satirical interpretations, as is common in satire the performers do not acknowledge such double meanings in their performances.
What I saw at the Roxy show of the Altar Boyz was a young group of Christian pop singers who charmed us with their great voices, impressive dancing, diverse personalities and acting (oh yeah, they’re acting). Little girls danced at their theatre seats during the songs. The Altar Boyz tempt young and older with their energy, vitality and charisma. Just look at their faces; could they be any purer, any sweeter? Well…yeah.
Altar Boyz: Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham have a plan to reduce the number of burdened souls in our audience to zero. They refer to their machine, the Soul Sensor DX12 to see how their music is reducing our un-godliness. Meanwhile we are laughing at the double meanings of the things they are saying and the personality traits that are spilling out all over the stage. One song sings about chastity while hips swing and oh, they are so cute.
Evans Donnell, a stage critic for The Tennessean, says, “The target of the satire, for those who take their faith seriously, is not Judeo-Christian beliefs. It’s the modern absurdity of trying to package those beliefs with a Backstreet Boys-like, American Idol-friendly pop group.” http://www.stagecritic.com/Page33.html.
This is a show to see again and again to catch all those lines, all those double meanings. This is a fun, fun show. Fans can purchase Tee shirts and take their pictures with the Boyz after the show.
Dan Gershaw, Bryan Zoppi, Joel Halstead, Jonathan Juarbe and Chad Parsons give their professional best in this show. Directed by Tom Thayer and choreography by Braham Logan Crane. The band is Tom Thayer, Josh Smith and Brandon Wilson.
The show runs through the end of the month(Feb. 28), playing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Tickets for ALTAR BOYZ can be purchased through the Roxy Regional Theatre website at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org or by calling (931) 645-7699 during box office hours (9 a.m.-2 p.m., weekdays).
you gotta work on your soul,
if just your outside is nice, you’ll be paying the price
you gotta work on your soul,
use it everyday or it’ll go away
you got to work, work, work on your soul
~Body, Mind & Soul
Debbie and her family moved to Clarksville slightly after the tornado of 1999. Debbie founded the group, Clarksville Freethinkers for Peace and Civil Liberties, in 2004. She participated in Gathering to Save Our Democracy, a group dedicated to obtaining free and verifiable elections in Tennessee. She has supported groups including the NAACP, Nashville Peace Coalition, PFLAG, Friends of Dunbar Cave and the Mountain Top Removal Series of Films and speakers. She participated as an artist in the ARTZ gallery group in Clarksville and won Best of Show, First and 2 Second Place awards for four of her sculptures. She won a voter’s choice award for a performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre. She is a wife, mother and cancer survivor. She is always amazed at the capabilities of the human spirit, and the wisdom to find humor when there is none.
SectionsArts and Leisure, Events
TopicsBraham Logan Crane, Bryan Zoppi, Chad Parsons, Dan Gershaw, Joel Halstead, Jonathan Juarbe, Roxy Regional Theatre
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