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Disney’s High School Musical 2 brings youthful energy to the Roxy Regional Theatre

 

The Roxy Regional Theatre’s opens their production of Disney’s High School Musical 2 this evening. The show is based on the Disney Channel Original Movie written by Peter Barsocchini, the show is directed by Tom Thayer, and features choreography by Chi Lopes. Starring Aaron Riesebeck as Troy Bolton, and Mindy Wedner as Gabriella Montez, Maggie Politi as Sharpay Evans, and Bryan Zoppi as her Brother Ryan.  Q108’s  Ryan Ploeckelman plays Mr. Fulton the manager of the Country club. The catchy and upbeat music was written by Matthew Gerrard, Robbie Nevil, David N. Lawrence, Faye Greenberg, Randy Petersen, Kevin Quinn, Jamie Houston, Andy Dodd, and Adam Watts. The production mixes professional actors and actresses with the talented kids from the Roxy’s School of the Arts.

In this production, it’s summertime and school is out for the East High Wildcats. Like most kids the Wildcats need summer jobs. Basketball Captain Troy Bolton not only lands a job at the local country club, but also finds positions for his girlfriend Gabriella and the rest of the Wildcats. When Troy starts to worry about his future, Sharpay takes advantage of Troy’s situation to force a wedge between him and Gabriella, and schemes to prevent the Gabriella and the Wildcats from being able to challenge her in the Talent show.

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East High Wildcats Return to the Roxy Regional Theatre in Disney’s High School Musical 2

 

Gabriella, Troy and the rest of the gang are back at the Roxy Regional Theatre this spring for Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2, opening April 9 at 8pm.

Celebrating the last day of their junior year, the East High Wildcats blast onto the summer scene with newfound jobs at the Lava Springs Country Club. Keeping every ounce of the light-hearted fun that makes HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL a household name, this buoyant sequel takes on the questions of real kids facing the realities of the adult world. Friendships are tested, summer romances go haywire, and the meaning of success is redefined.

Directed by Tom Thayer and choreographed by Chi Lopes, Disney’s HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2 stars Mindy Wedner as Gabriella Montez and Aaron Riesebeck as Troy Bolton.

Mindy Wedner as Gabriella

Mindy Wedner as Gabriella

Aaron Riesebeck as Troy

Aaron Riesebeck as Troy

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Intense and powerful “Of Mice and Men” now playing at the Roxy Regional Theatre

 

Sometimes you just don’t know your own strength

As the play begins, we are introduced to quick witted George Milton (Gili Getz) and simple minded Lennie Small (Kevin Hauver) , two friends, migrant ranch workers who are making their way through the depression era country side as they head to a new ranch where they are hoping to get work.

Stopping for the night before arriving at the ranch we learn that Lennie doesn’t realize his own strength, and that he has an attraction for tactile sensation. He likes soft things, this is something that has caused problems for him in the past. We also learn that George and Lennie share a dream of owning a ranch of their own.

Dreams are a theme that echos throughout the Steinbeck’s book and the Roxy’s adaption of this play.

Candy (Jay Doolittle), George (Gili Getz), Curley (Matthew Patrick), and Lennie (Kevin Hauver) in the bunkhouse of the Ranch

Candy (Jay Doolittle), George (Gili Getz), Curley (Matthew Patrick), and Lennie (Kevin Hauver) in the bunkhouse of the Ranch

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Roxy Regional Theatre Brings Steinbeck’s Powerful OF MICE AND MEN To Stage

 

Tonight is “Pay what you can night at the Roxy Regional Theatre for the opening of their production of Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men” at 8:00pm

The classic John Steinbeck tale of two drifters in search of work in Depression-era California, OF MICE AND MEN, opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre on March 26 at 8pm, for a limited run.

OF MICE AND MEN stars Gili Getz as George and Kevin Hauver as the simple-minded Lennie, two men who have nothing in the world except each other and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own.  Their hopes are doomed, however, as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength.  Directed by John McDonald, this powerful production also features Jay Doolittle, Matthew Patrick, Collin Smith, Shadae Smith, Brian Veith, Jessica Shearer Wilson, Bryan Zoppi and Phil Whittinghill.

Lennie (Kevin Hauver),  the boss (Phil Whittinghill), and George (Gili Getz) in the Roxy Regional Theatre's Production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"

Lennie (Kevin Hauver), the boss (Phil Whittinghill), and George (Gili Getz) in the Roxy Regional Theatre's Production of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men"

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Roxy Regional Theatre brings Steinbeck’s Powerful of Mice and Men to Clarksville

 

The classic John Steinbeck tale of two drifters in search of work in Depression-era California, OF MICE AND MEN, opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre on March 26 at 8pm, for a limited run.

It stars Gili Getz as George and Kevin Hauver as the simple-minded Lennie, two men who have nothing in the world except each other and a dream that one day they will have some land of their own.  Their hopes are doomed, however, as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength.  Directed by John McDonald, this powerful production also features Jay Doolittle, Matthew Patrick, Collin Smith, Shadae Smith, Brian Veith, Jessica Shearer Wilson, Bryan Zoppi and Phil Whittinghill.

The show runs through April 3, playing Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 3.  Tickets are $15 (adults) and $10 (ages 13 and under) and can be purchased online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9am-2pm, weekdays).

 

Catch the Tale of Peter Rabbit & Friends at the Roxy for a hoppingly good time

 
Join Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and More in PETER RABBIT & FRIENDS at the Roxy Regional Theatre

Join Peter Rabbit, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail when they meet Mr. McGregor, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Mittens, Moppet and Tom Kitten, all in a colorful, wonderful revival of the Beatrix Potter classics in PETER RABBIT & FRIENDS at the Roxy Regional Theatre.  PETER RABBIT plays only four Saturday 2pm matinees on January 23, January 30, February 6 and February 13.

Adapted for the stage and directed by John McDonald, PETER RABBIT & FRIENDS features Mindy Wedner, Nathan Freeman, Melissa Dowty, Brian Veith, Bryan Zoppi and Jamie Farmer.  Tickets are $15 (adults) and $10 (ages 13 and under) and can be purchased online at www.roxyregionaltheatre.org, by phone at (931) 645-7699, or at the theatre during regular box office hours (9am-2pm, weekdays).

 

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).

 

Personal observations on Cats at the Roxy Regional Theatre

 

Poster for Cats at the Roxy Regional TheatreThe opening night performance of “CATS” sold out at the Roxy Regional Theatre.  All the pay-what-you-can night hopefuls were disappointed because so many fans paid full price to reserve and get in to this extraordinary show, which will only get better.  Those who wish to see CATS are encouraged to get their tickets early; the show runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. through May 2.

Artistic Director John McDonald opened the show by telling our audience that this production is a “dream come true” for the Roxy. It is a dream unfolding for lucky Clarksvillians who get to enjoy this ambitious live theatre production.  We’ve watched the Roxy take on bolder and more expensive productions like this, giving year after year of continuous shows of quality in our community.  We, the audience, can help them by going to the shows and supporting this artistic endeavor.

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CATS Opens to a Sold-Out Weekend!

 

Poster for Cats at the Roxy Regional TheatreAs part of its 26th season of presenting quality live theatre, the Roxy Regional Theatre in Clarksville, Tennessee, opened the hit musical CATS on Friday, April 10, to a sold-out house.  Tickets are still available for CATS performances through May 2, playing Tuesdays thru Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday, April 18.

Based on the universally popular poetry of T.S. Eliot, CATS tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats, at which time one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer.  Featuring a cast of seventeen and the fresh and energetic choreography of Braham Logan Crane, CATS is certain to delight and inspire audiences of all ages.

The Roxy Regional Theatre will be performing the Broadway musical hit "CATS." April 10 through May 2. (Photo By: Greg Williamson/The Leaf-Chronicle)

The Roxy Regional Theatre will be performing the Broadway musical hit "CATS." April 10 through May 2. (Photo By: Greg Williamson/The Leaf-Chronicle)

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