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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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On Stage... What‘s playing

Mary Bevans Gillett - June 9th, 2005
All the world’s a stage and Northern Michigan is in the spotlight as theatres across the region gear up for an applause-filled summer.  Here’s a preview:

GRAND TRAVERSE
LEELANAU - BENZIE:
• Godspell comes to Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center for long weekends this July.  Pat Gallagher, who has directed many of Traverse City  Central High School’s most memorable productions, will be staging this rousing musical Thursdays through Saturdays from June 30 through July 23.  During August, improvisational theatre takes over the Milliken stage with a high energy troupe of professional alums from Detroit and Chicago present Auditions Tonight. For more information, call 231-995-1553.

•  Theatre heads outdoors when Riverside Shakespeare performs Much Ado About Nothing on the weekends of July 23-24 and 30-31 near the Boardman River in scenic Hannah Park next to the Grand Traverse Heritage Center.  Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy the bard along the Boardman.

•  Old Town Playhouse just ended its mainstage season but will present a rousing encore extravaganza at the 2005 Black & White Gala.  OTP’s top performers will do what they do best, singing and dancing in a high energy cabaret performance during the Playhouse’s annual fundraiser to be held Saturday, June 18, at the City Opera House.  For more information, call 231-947-2210.

• The OTP stage shifts to family fare throughout the summer with several productions by the Traverse City Youth Theatre, the educational arm of Old Town Playhouse.  The ambitious slate includes:  Romeo and Juliet on June 12, Sinbad on June 17-18, Jungle Book on July  July 22-23, The Insanity of Mary Girard (for teens and adults) on August 5-6 and the Magical Land of Oz on August 27.  TCCT goes on the road with the Adventures of Pinocchio at Elk  Rapids High School on July 23-24, Spirit of Hispania at St. Michael’s Church in Suttons Bay on August 6, The Enchanted Forest at the Grand Traverse  Heritage Center on July 16 and the Pied Piper of Hamelin at Hannah Park on August 7. 

•  The Leelanau Players are at home onstage at the Northport  Community Arts Center on July 29-31 and August 5-7 when they perform the musical, The Boyfriend. For information, call 231-386-5001.

  •  At Interlochen Center for the Arts, its summer arts camp students will be presenting several productions including the musicals Rags: An American Musical on August 4-7 and Godspell on August 4-6, as well s The Government Inspector on July 29-31 and August 2-3 and Metamorphoses, based on The Metamorphoses of Ovid, on July 15-16 and August 5-6. 

  •  The Lakeside Shakespeare Ensemble performs Twelfth Night, or What You Will, and The Tragedy of Julius Caesar in Elberta Park in Benzie County in a series of eight evening performances from Aug. 3-12.

LITTLE TRAVERSE:
•  Tiny Beaver Island may have the biggest theatre news this summer.  Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre will launch its inaugural season of live professional theatre.  I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change kicks off the slate with shows running June 17-September 28.  Steel Magnolias runs August 19-September 18 while Beaver Island’s Morman history is highlighted in Wives of an American King running July 12-September 2.  All performances are at the Parish Hall Theatre.  You can find specific show dates on the troupe’s website www.eirtheatre.org or call
877-616-2289.
 
•  Historic Bay View will be presenting the play The Fourposter on July 14-16 and the opera La Bohème on August 11-13, both at Voorhies Hall while the musical The Secret Garden takes center stage on July 28-30 at John M. Hall Auditorium.  For more information, call 231-347-6225.

• Little Traverse Civic Theatre located at the Crooked  Tree Arts Center near downtown Petoskey is presenting Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on the weekends of July 21-24 and 28-31.  Improv is held every second Sunday.  For information, call 231-348-1850.

MANISTEE
•  The Ramsdell Theatre opened the comedy Crenshaw Family Reunion in early June, final performances are on June 9-11.  My Fair Lady lights up the stage August 5-6 and 11-13.  This beautifully restored 1903 theatre is worth a stop whether or not a production is underway.  Informal, guided tours are available throughout the summer, providing a wonderful look at its Victorian murals and detailing as well as a great peek backstage.  Call 231-723-7188.

STRAITS AREA
• Mackinaw Crossings is home to “Live at the Mack” entertainment at the Mackinaw Theatre. Reflections Musical Revue features a high energy troupe performing tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  Celebrity entertainers take to the stage on July 23 with Buddy Jewell and August 19-20 with Charo.  For information, call 877-43-STAGE.

• The historic Cheboygan Opera House will host the Northland Players in the youth theatre production Robin and the Hoover Hollow Hood on June 25-26 and the grown-up USO Canteen: Where the Boys Go on August 18.  The Bayview Opera is onstage at the Opera House with La Bohème on August 13-14.  For information, call 231-627-5841 or 800-357-9408.

BEYOND SUMMER
  Looking ahead to fall, look for Old Town Playhouse to open its new season with The Diary of Anne Franke running September 16-October 1 followed by Don’t Dress for Dinner on October 7-22 and Beauty and the Beast on November 4-26.  The City Opera House will be hosting film actor Jeff Daniels performing a one man show during its annual Recherche benefit in October while Interlochen is slated to present In the Mood, a 1940’s Musical Revue on October 18 and A Christmas Carol on November 29.


 
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