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Beauty and the Beast Jr. at the Roxy brings back fond memories

 

They say your first musical will always be your favorite, and that is the case for me with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, it was the show that was playing when I first ventured into the Roxy Regional Theatre. Their professional production of this Disney classic sparked a continuing love of Musical Theatre in me.

So, when I heard that the Roxy was planning on staging Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr. as part of their 2010 season I was excited as I saw it as as chance to revisit my first musical. And I wasn’t disappointed. Watching those young actors and actresses performing their hearts out, renewed that feeling of wonder that I experienced when I sat in the seats watching my very first show at the Roxy.

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Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Jr. is sure to Enchant at the Roxy Theatre

 

A tale as old as time….The beautiful Belle yearns to escape provincial life and her brute of a suitor, Gaston. However, Belle finds more adventure than she wanted when she becomes a captive in the Beast’s enchanted castle! Dancing flatware, menacing wolves, and singing furniture will fill the Roxy’s stage with thrills in this beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love. Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Jr., opens at the Roxy Regional Theatre Friday, May 21st, at 6:00 pm.

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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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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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