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The Witch enchants at the Roxy Regional Theatre’s production of Hansel and Gretel

 

hanselandgretelThe Roxy Regional Theatre is currently running their version of the enchanting Engelbert Humperdinck opera Hansel and Gretel. Lost siblings come across a sumptuous candy house, occupied by an old woman who has her own reasons for fattening up little children. The show playing December 4 through 19.

The musical play was adapted and is directed by John McDonald. It stars Drew Torkelson as Hansel; Alicia Kelly as Gretel; Brendan Cataldo as the Father; Reischa Feuerbacher as the Mother; and Dr. Thomas King as Rosina Dainty-mouth, the Witch; area children fill the role of the children taken by the Witch to make her gingerbread.

I attended the show on Friday evening, and the house was packed. Continue reading for my review of that performance. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Charm and Delight in the Roxy Regional Theatre’s Adaptation of the Engelbert Humperdinck Opera Hansel and Gretel

 

hanselandgretelLost siblings come across a sumptuous candy house, occupied by an old woman who has her own reasons for fattening up little children, in John McDonald’s enchanting adaptation of the Engelbert Humperdinck opera Hansel and Gretel, playing December 4 through 19 at the Roxy Regional Theatre.

Directed by John McDonald, Hansel and Gretel stars Drew Torkelson as Hansel, Alicia Kelly as Gretel, Brendan Cataldo as Father, Reischa Feuerbacher as Mother and Dr. Thomas King as Rosina Dainty-mouth. Dr. Vicki King provides piano accompaniment. «Read the rest of this article»

 

Experience “A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Roxy Regional Theatre

 

Set in the romantic past of New Orleans Blanche DuBois’s neurotic and genteel pretensions are no match for the brutish realities of her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.

StreetcarNamedDesireThe Roxy Regional Theatre is currently staging the Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

To fully understand the intricacies of this masterpiece play, in this writers opinion you just have to come from the south. Otherwise it is all too easy to miss the subtle interplay of these delicious personalities as they intertwine in a tapestry that is as old as, well the south.

You have Blanche DuBois the socialite (Alicia Kelly); the submissive wife Stella (Chase Kamata);  Stanley the abuser (Justin Barnum); the dotting son Harold  (Brenden Cataldo);  among others. The acting was tight, performers seamlessly melding into their roles as if they had been born to them.

Blanche DuBois played by Alicia Kelly (Photo by Tom Thayer)

Blanche DuBois played by Alicia Kelly (Photo by Tom Thayer)

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Friday night pay what you can to see ‘A streetcar named Desire’ at the Roxy Theatre

 

StreetcarNamedDesireThis Friday, November 6, the Roxy Regional Theatre welcomes the opening of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning classic set in 1940’s New Orleans, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, with our regular pay-what-you-can night.  Tickets go on sale at 7:30pm for whatever you wish to pay; curtain is at 8pm.

This production stars Justin Barnum as Stanley Kowalski and Alicia Kelly as Blanche DuBois, with Chase Kamata (Stella), Brendan Cataldo (Mitch), Linda Speir (Eunice), Phil Perry (Steve), Jay Doolittle (Doctor) and Judi Sinks (Nurse). Webb Booth, Hugh Poland and Jacob Ritchart play newsboys. «Read the rest of this article»

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A review of the 2009 Haunting History Tours at Dunbar Cave

 

DCHHTOnce again Haunting History was a great success. Haunting History just finished its tenth year of performing skits inside the cave and bringing the public in to see them. The dreariness of Friday’s weather did not stop 205 people from coming to go into the cave. Saturday brought 341 people. We had the event earlier in the month than usual because studies by APSU show that the Dunbar Cave bats begin their hibernation right on/around October 31. Two weeks earlier is a safer time to be making noise in the cave.

The Roxy Regional School of the Arts gave us 11 actors to do our three skits in the cave with Brendan Cataldo as their director. The Roxy Theatre also gave us a delightful gatekeeper.

The 2009 Haunting History Tour Actors

The 2009 Haunting History Tour Actors

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RENT Rocks the Stage of the Roxy Regional Theatre, July 10 – August 21

 

RentThe Pulitzer Prize-winning musical RENT will rock the stage of the Roxy Regional Theatre, Clarksville’s Center for Arts and Education, beginning Friday, July 10, at 8pm.

Jonathan Larson’s rock musical is the joyous, breathtaking and inspiring story of a group of New York City East Village artists struggling to find their voices and find love in today’s tough times, broaching controversial themes like homelessness, AIDS and drug addiction with compassion.

Based on Puccini’s La Boheme, RENT stars Justin Barnum as Roger, Chase Kamata as Mimi, Matthew Burns as Mark, De’Lon Grant as Tom Collins, Taylor Hilt Mitchell as Angel, Alicia Kelly as Maureen, Kami Smith as Joanne and Brendan Cataldo as Benny. Amanda Bailey, Chad Parsons, Humberto Figueroa, Skye Mangrum, John Moser, Anesha Ross and Hannah Carmona round out the cast. «Read the rest of this article»

 

The Andrews Brothers swing at the Roxy

 

42-15971528The Roxy Regional Theatre brings us The Andrews Brothers, a new play by Roger Bean.  Mistaken identities, madcap comedy and the greatest music of the 1940’s fill this hilarious new musical. Three soldiers find themselves giving the performance of a lifetime when a certain singing trio of siblings fail to arrive at the USO gig. “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, ”Slow Boat to China”, “Shoo Shoo Boy”, “Stuff Like That There”, and “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” are but a few of the favorites in this valentine to the heroes of World War II.

THE ANDREWS BROTHERS runs June 12,13,17,18,19,20*,24,25,26,27

During the Vietnam era I watched Bob Hope on TV bringing entertainment tours to the troops in Vietnam.  Bob Hope showed how important laughter was as it worked its magic on the most stressed-out Americans.  If laughter could work on them, it could work on anyone.

Before the seriousness of life eventually swallowed them, my parents loved to laugh.  They grew up in hard times of the depression when it was impossible to laugh but imperative.  The saying, “Laugh or die” may have grounded itself in those times.  When TV found its way into our house in the 60’s, many early TV shows were focused on humor:  Jackie Gleason and I Love Lucy are two we used to watch.  It takes great talent to be able to do something perfectly and then do it clumsily.  Old movies showed extraordinary talent:  singing, dancing, and acting with a main course of romance laid on a table of humor.  Something for everybody.  Bob Hope packed all this up and went to the soldiers with it. «Read the rest of this article»

 


The Andrews Bothers swings onto the stage of the Roxy Regional Theatre

 
The Andrews Brothers

The Andrews Brothers

As part of its 26th season of presenting professional live theatre in historic downtown Clarksville, the Roxy Regional Theatre opens the new 1940’s musical THE ANDREWS BROTHERS on Friday, June 12, at 8pm.

Mistaken identities, madcap comedy and the greatest music of the 1940’s fill this hilarious new musical.  Three soldiers find themselves giving the performance of a lifetime when a certain singing trio of siblings fail to arrive at the USO gig.

Starring Bryan Zoppi as Lawrence, Brendan Cataldo as Max, Matthew Burns as Patrick and Alicia Kelly as Peggy, THE ANDREWS BROTHERS features such songs as “Rosie the Riveter,” “Slow Boat to China,” “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar,” “I Want to Be Loved,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and numerous others.

THE ANDREWS BROTHERS runs June 12 thru June 27, playing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday, June 20.  Tickets are $20 ($15 for ages 13 and under) and can be purchased online,  or by calling (931) 645-7699 during regular box office hours (9am-2pm, weekdays).

 



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