NASHVILLE CHILDREN'S THEATRE
Long time Roxy Veteran and close friend, Josh Bernaski, has been working close to town this Spring. Recently, I took a trip down to our sister city to see his current production of "Go Dog Go" at the Nashville Children's Theatre. For those of you who have seen Josh on stage at the Roxy, you know what a fantastic performer he is, always fully committed to his craft. He stole the show in the leading role and made a bunch of kids and kids at heart very happy on a Sunday afternoon.
SOMETIMES YOU SEE A PROP
Sometimes when you are sitting in the audience, watching a performance, you see something on stage that will work perfectly for an upcoming production. We are excited to announce that the Roxy Regional Theatre will be presenting the Monty Python's Spamalot at the 31st Season opener in September. This boat that I saw on stage at the Nashville Children's Theatre would be a perfect design for our show. Come check out Spamalot and see if you can spot it on stage.
For the last several years, the Roxy has actively participated in Leadership Clarksville on the Arts and Entertainment day. In the past, we have featured ten to fifteen minute pieces of the current production. But this year, we thought we would switch it up a bit. Our choreographer, Jessica Davidson, got the 2013 class up on their feet and on stage to learn a piece of choreography from our current production of The Little Mermaid, Jr. What a great way for our leaders to step into the shoes of the professional actors at the Roxy. I think they had a great time and proved our Clarksville Leaders can move!
I had the privilege early this week to join the City Mayor and County Mayor and Chamber Members on an Inner City Visit to Carmel, Indiana. We had a hands-on look at their newly developed Downtown, their Arts & Design District and new Performing Arts Center. It was a great chance to see what is working in other communities, get some ideas for our great city and ways to continue to foster the growth of Clarksville, TN.
Nana is a necessary character in the story of Peter Pan. She has been handcrafted as a puppet for our version that is currently running through Saturday, May 18. This is her resting spot backstage underneath the upright piano. She is only used in the first scene, so she has a lot of time to rest.
In a show with this much high energy as Peter Pan a necessary element to keep this show running is laundry. Peter, the Lost Boys and Pirates sweat quite a bit in the two hours they are on stage. Two times and sometimes three times a week, the dirty laundry ends up in a box in front of the stage and to the washing machine to be ready for the next day's performance.
Each day we have a new group of Indian Braves rounding out the cast of Peter Pan. Twenty-one Indians in total have been rehearsing the dance combinations for several months. These talented young people study every Saturday in our Saturday School of the Arts program. Here Nicole Powel, Gavin Berlyak and Summer Aoki are waiting backstage for their first entrance.
Our Roxy School of the Arts Moms have been hard at work on our Peter Pan Shadow Dust, sold each night in the lobby. You can pick up a pirate hat, the hat I wear in the show, and Peter Pan's Shadow Dust, the helps make the children fly each night.