When I first met six-year-old Ethan Feliciano, he was sporting a red cast on his right forearm. He said the cast, which had been signed by many well-wishers, would be coming off in a few weeks. I volunteered to add my name to it, but my felt-tip pen would only print out R-O-X-Y. I asked him how the break had happened, and he said that he had fallen off the theatre. He indicated the Roxy marquee!
Later, I saw Ethan and his family at the Downtown Market. I introduced him to Tom, and Ethan recounted the reason for the cast, but this time he added a new caveat about inserted pins, stitches, etc. I asked him to retell to Tom the break story, how it happened, and he pointed up to the top of the City Hall building. With a sense of relief, I was pleased not to be the recipient of a lawsuit and felt City Hall or US Bank would be a more profitable source of recompense for the creatively minded six-year-old.
A few weeks later, Ethan came with his grandmothers and cousin Avery to see Captain Louie. The cast was off, and that young face — with a smile like Terry Thomas, wanting that perfection which only braces could give, and perhaps a retainer as well — was as bright as a NYC taxicab with the passenger doors wide open. I knew that face belonged to a Tiny Tim for sure. But the idea didn’t sit well, so I didn’t press it. December, in a child’s mind, is years away.
But for us, sadly, auditions for the Cratchit children are right around the corner, along with a litany of curriculum-inspired productions for the fall — The Rocky Horror Show not being one of them, but an apropos revival for All Hallows’ Eve. The Giver, which is read in classrooms through Montgomery County, is perfect for school field trips. Dates and times are available now through our box office at email@example.com or 931-645-7699.
Tomorrow, July 21, is our cookout for Happy Days. The Roxy Regional Board of Directors (Joseph Britton, Nancye Britton, Britney Campbell, Lisa Conklin-Bishop, Michelle Dickerson, Kay Haase, Barry Kitterman, Walter Marczak, Nicole O’Connor, Linda Shephard, Judi Sinks, Stacy Turner-Olson, Barb Williams and Mary Nell Wooten) have put together an old-fashioned ‘50s-style picnic to celebrate midsummer and to support the new center for arts and education. Join Richie, The Fonz, Arnold and The Cunninghams at 6pm “down under” at F&M Bank for hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixin’s. Do the twist, shake, rattle and roll, and then bop on down the street to the Roxy for an 8pm performance of the family-friendly musical Happy Days. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for ages 13 and under.
Sadly, if you miss the cookout, you can still take that trip through nostalgia with Richie, The Fonz, Pinky and Arnold on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm and Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, until August 18.
See you at the theatre!