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Just a Typical…Saturday at the Roxy


Roxy Regional TheatreOne of the major misconceptions about the Roxy Regional Theatre, I think, is the fact that everything we do throughout the week takes place inside the 153-seat theatre. So, as Saturday, October 30th quickly approached, we stocked up on coffee, energy bars and hit the floors running.

A typical Saturday at the Roxy is already jam-packed but this particular Saturday was a little more packed than usual. The day began with our Saturday School of the Arts at 10:00am. We are fortunate to have close to 60 young people takes the acting portion of the program with our Artistic Director, John McDonald. They are working on a “workshop in-formance” of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream coming up in December.

Mary Nell Wooten hands out candy for the Roxy Regional Theatre at Fright on Franklin Street

Mary Nell Wooten hands out candy for the Roxy Regional Theatre at Fright on Franklin Street

After acting class, Travis Kendrick took over as 25 young people stay on to take dance class where they are learning the techniques of musical theatre dance and have just begun their choreography projects. If the Roxy does not have a matinée on Saturday, those 25 young people would then stay on for voice class currently taught by Lisa Conklin-Bishop, faculty at Austin Peay State University.

While the School of the Arts program took place inside, preparations were being made outside for the Roxy’s participation in the annual Fright on Franklin. Old Christmas Carol sets, draped with dyed tobacco close and some muslin from Hodgepodge gave a spooky feel. Ghost luminaries made out of recycled milk jugs lit the path around the table.

As dance class let out at 1:30pm, the audience for the matinée began to shuffle in to the Roxy for the afternoon performance of The War of the Worlds. After Martians attacked the earth…again…and the bow was taken, the cast quickly shifted gears into A Tale of Two Cities rehearsal for the next three hours.

I, however, was absent from that afternoons rehearsal, as I was committed to Fright on Franklin. Myself, along with Roxy board members Mary Nell Wooten, Judi Sinks, Nancye Britton and Walter Marczak manned the tent throughout the evening, handing out candy to thousands of little goblins lining the streets of Historic Downtown Clarksville. I must applaud the Parks and Recreation Department, Niki Crowe and Planters Bank for a successful event. We, at the Roxy, were able to reach a lot of people that day just because of interest in the old 1947 building that stands on the corner of First and Franklin.

At the time when most people are ready to close up shop and go home and put their feet up, the Roxy continued it’s long Saturday with the final public performance of The War of the Worlds, presented to a packed house Saturday evening. Are you tired yet?

When you look back on a jam-packed day like that Saturday you know that all the hard work and long hours are worth it. We get to reach 60 plus young people every Saturday, molding and teaching them in the arts. We were able to reach close to 250 audience members coming into the Roxy and supporting live theatre. But most importantly, on that particular Saturday, we were able to reach thousands of ‘Clarksvillians’ through Fright on Franklin and bring awareness to the live-professional theatre that has been on the corner of First and Franklin for the last 29 years. It makes it all worth it.

This week A Tale of Two Cities continues performances on Friday, November 11th at 8:00pm and Saturday, November 12th at 2:00pm and 8:00pm. Performances continue that following week on Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm.

See you at the theatre!

About Ryan Bowie

    Ryan Bowie

    Ryan Bowie serves the Director of Fundraising and Development at the Roxy Regional Theatre, where he is also a resident company member. After many years as an actor on the road and living out of a suitcase, Ryan left his apartment in New York City and traveled to Clarksville for a contract that only consisted of one show. One show led to two, two led to six and six led to the purchasing of home in Clarksville to become a permanent fixture at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

    Ryan’s past credits at the Roxy include, Jink in Forever Plaid, The Baker in Into the Woods, Jonathan Harker in Dracula, the Confederate Captain in The Civil War and most recently Uncle Max in The Sound of Music.

    Ryan was last seen in New York as Hamilton in the New York City premier of Dotty Dot: A New Children’s Musical. Previous to that he was seen at the Maples Repertory Theatre as Freddy Eynsford Hill in My Fair Lady, and Jack Chesney in Charley’s Aunt in their 2009 repertory season. Also at the Maples Repertory Theatre, he was seen as David Tuttle in Sorry! Wrong Chimney!, and Ryan Evans in Disney’s High School Musical.

    Ryan also took on the Chicago theatre scene staring in the role of Jonas with the Apple Tree Theatre, in their production of The Giver, based off Lois Lowry’s award winning book.

    He completed his undergraduate work at Frostburg State University with a BA in Music-Vocal Performance and a BA in Theatre-Acting with a minor in French. Throughout his Frostburg career, he had the privilege to be seen on the University Theatre’s main stage. Some of his favorite roles include Joe Hardy in Damn Yankees, John Pace-Seavering in The Violet Hour, Robby the Stockfish in Urinetown, Jack in Into the Woods, Dick in Dames at Sea, and Orpheus in Eurydice.

    His professional credits continue with the Seagle Music Colony in New York as Bobby in Crazy for You, Matt in The Fantasticks, Billy in Anything Goes, J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business and Lt. Cable in South Pacific. He was also seen in the world premiere of Confessions from the Ladies Room, in Cumberland, MD and worked with the West Virginia Public Theatre on their production of Peter Pan.

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