Organized chaos turns into slick show

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There’s a bit of a buzz around the Kirby Theater these days. The Roxboro Woman’s Club is putting the final touches on it’s every-other-year production of the Red Stocking Revue, which will take the stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

I spent some time at the Kirby Monday night listening to the rehearsal and watching the process unfold.

As seamless as a performance seems to be when a show is live, the rehearsals can be a bit of organized chaos.

Director Chris Fettig spent much of the first 30 minutes of rehearsal asking for quiet as he talked to the technical staff in the balcony or with the performers on stage.

I couldn’t help but think of him as a teacher in a classroom trying to get the students to be quiet. But the students, in this case, were all adults and the rehearsal was as much a social occasion as it was a rehearsal for a show that was just three days away.

Still, you could see progress being made as the cast went through a performance of one of the songs you’ll be able to hear during this year’s show. Fettig was getting comments from the singers on stage and, despite having less than two weeks of practice under their belt, it seemed like the performers already had the choreography downpat.

Each new practice run that I saw looked a little better than the last and you could tell the crowd on stage – and there were a lot of them in that first number – was confident in what they were doing.

For a man just three days away from his first curtain call with this year’s show, Fettig seemed relaxed and entirely comfortable with how the performance was progressing.

This week’s performance marks the second Red Stocking Revue since I’ve lived in Roxboro and I’ve long heard that the talent on stage during that show is a real testament to the abilities of people here in Person County.

Many of those who take part aren’t your “usual suspects” when it comes to theatrical performances on stage at the Kirby. This cast seems to be made up more of people who take part in this event alone and leave the acting and other artistic endeavors to others.

The cast is entirely local, many of them recruited by members of the Woman’s Club, and others who come back every year without having to be asked.

If you’ve never been to a Red Stocking Revue, you ought to take the time to go this year. It’s a fun way to spend an evening out. The money you spend is helping a local civic club with its community service and you’ll likely come away with a new appreciation for the home-grown talent we have right here in Person County.

And the show offers such a wide variety of entertainment that you’re sure to find something you enjoy, whether it’s the singing, the dancing or the comedy.

So get up off your couch one night, head down to the Kirby and find out about some of the best hidden talent Person County has to offer.

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