There is good news for local theatre goers. My husband, the handsome, talented Steven, may be returning to the Ilion Little Theatre stage.
Perhaps my elation is premature. After all, the cast list has not been announced, and there are two more days of auditions. Still, chances are good that Steven will get a part.
My own public (and by “public,” of course I mean my parents) (Hi, Mom and Dad!) may be pleased to know that I auditioned as well. My hopes for myself are not as high. There are not as many female parts, and competition is stiff. There are some highly talented female actors in this area. However, I don’t need a part in order to take part, if you see what I mean. There are sets, costumes, and props to worry about. I’m sure the director will find something for me to do.
The play is actually being presented by the Herkimer County Historical Society, and it is a drama of great local, historical interest. Roxy tells the story of Roxalana Druse, who murdered her husband in1885 in the Town of Warren. She was tried in the Herkimer County Courthouse. She was incarcerated and subsequently executed in the 1834 Jail. Both structures still stand on Herkimer’s Historic Four Corners. I know a bit about Roxalana Druse from visiting the 1834 Jail and from reading the book Last Woman Hanged: Roxalana Druse by James M. Greiner.
The play Roxy was written by local author Jack Sherman and will be directed by ILT veteran David Stritmater. Production dates are Sept. 11 to 13 and 18 to 20. I expect to write more blog posts about it. Perhaps by September this blog will become All Roxy All The Time.