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Susie Malone

Roxy gets rockin’ again with regular entertainment

During the COVID pandemic many entertainment venues had to close to meet the safety regulations set by the CDC and state health officials. The Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council had no other choice but to close the Historic Roxy Theatre during this critical time for our nation.

The decision was detrimental to the maintenance of this icon because no means of income was available for a year and a half.

With a little help from friends and a small emergency fund, the Arts Council managed to keep enough power on to prevent pipes from bursting and maintain the security of the theatre.

Just as our homes and businesses need repairs, the Roxy Theatre has to be maintained as well. Before the Roxy could reopen its doors, a lot of preparation had to be done.

A professional cleaner helped with the general cleanup. The floors were cleaned, and the carpet and stage curtains were vacuumed. The seats thoroughly cleaned. The entire building, including the restrooms, were sanitized and treated for possible bacterial infections.

Lights were replaced and checked for safety, and fire extinguishers were inspected and approved. We made repairs on the marquee, the roof, the plumbing and Roxy neon sign. Painting and general cosmetic updates also helped get the Roxy ready.

Overseeing the Roxy facility and events is the Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council Board of Directors. They are volunteers and do not receive any type of compensation. The board consists of Judy Horton, Brenda Oliver, Tom Senter, Wanda Myrick, Chase Sparks, Debbie Nale, Tommy Quinn, Ann McDermitt and myself. These members also worked in getting the Roxy ready for its reopening.

The Franklin County Arts and Humanities Council takes pride in the restoration of the Historic Roxy Theatre. Its goal is to present quality, wholesome programs the entire family can enjoy.

The Council also wants to preserve the historic heritage and landmarks such as the Historic Roxy and to enhance tourism and the economy in our area.

The Roxy officially opened in June, and many events have taken place, like the Ronnie McDowell Concert; Kerry Gilbert Band and Guest on the second Saturday each month; W.C. Handy Evening at the Roxy with the Great Pretenders; Jerred Price as Almost Elton John; Watermelon Festival entertainment; and a gospel show.

Upcoming performers scheduled include Darryl Worley, who will be the KGB special guest Nov. 13.  Worley is a distinctive singer and songwriter whose music has topped the charts with singles including “I Miss My Friend,” “Awful, Beautiful Life” and “Have You Forgotten?” He has sold nearly two million albums. He has earned nominations for five major ACM and CMA awards, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year and has written songs for other major artists, including George Jones.

The Roxy’s Christmas Spectacular will be presented Dec. 9-12.  This year’s production will feature an outstanding cast and the return of Avery Guinn as Elf and Gunner Lane as the conductor.

Hillary Malone Hall, writer and director of the musical, has added some new scenes along with old favorites such as “Holiest of Nights.” Assisting with choreography is Destiny Hatton.

Rehearsals have started and tickets ranging from $10-$15, all reserved, are on sale now.

This is a great way for you and your family to enjoy the Christmas holiday season.

The board appreciates the community’s continued support of the Roxy!

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