Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Fall the World‘s a Stage

Mary Bevans Gillett - September 22nd, 2005
The stage is set and the curtain is rising on a new theatrical season throughout northwest Michigan. Here’s a preview of upcoming productions:
Old Town Playhouse
Old Town Playhouse opened its 46th season with The Diary of Anne Frank running September 16 – October 1 on the mainstage followed by the studio production of Don’t Dress for Dinner October 7-22 and the major Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast, November 4-26.
The new year opens with Anatomy of a Murder January 13-28 and an original work, The Fallen, in the studio February 10-25. The cult musical The Rocky Horror Show is showcased March 3-25, followed by an evening of classic one acts in the studio April 7-22, and the season finale the Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 on May 5-21, 2006.
Season tickets for the five mainstage and one studio show are on sale for $80. Tickets for individual shows go on sale approximately 10 days prior to opening night. Box office phone is 231-947-2443. For more information or to order season tickets, call 231-947-2210 or visit www.oldtownplayhouse.com.

Youth Theatre
The Playhouse is also home to the Traverse City Youth Theatre. The youth theatre program will run an ambitious slate of classes, school visits, enrichment activities and public performances.
Look for Mid-Life Dracula on November 14-15 and the Snow Queen during the weekend of December 9-11. The school touring production DUI = DIA begins visiting schools in November.

Leelanau’s TBA
The Leelanau Players will begin rehearsing for their annual December production soon. The title hasn’t been announced yet, but watch for an announcement soon. Many of the Leelanau thespians are also favorite performers at Old Town Playhouse and other local stages.

At Interlochen Center for the Arts, professional troupes will stage In the Mood, a 1940’s Musical Revue on October 18 and A Christmas Carol on November 29. For more information visit Interlochen.org or call the box office to order tickets at
231-276-7440 or 800-681-5920.

Beaver Island
Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre continues its inaugural season of live professional theatre on Beaver Island. I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Steel Magnolias run through September 19 at the Parish Hall Theatre. You can find specific show dates on the troupe’s website www.eirtheatre.org or call 877-616-2289.

Ross Stoakes Theatre
Little Traverse Civic Theatre performs in the Ross Stoakes Theatre at the Crooked Tree Arts Center near downtown Petoskey. Their upcoming slate includes the children’s theatre production of Junglebook on October 20-23, an encore production of The Christmas Schooner running December 8-18 and You Can’t Take It With You running May 11-21. Improv is held every second Sunday. For information, call 231-348-1850.

The Manistee Civic Players perform at the historic Ramsdell Theatre. Watch for the mainstage comedy Absurd Person Singular October 21-29 followed by Anne of Green Gables running December 2-10.
If you’re in the area, a visit to this beautifully restored 1903 theatre is worth a stop whether or not a production is underway. Informal, guided tours can be arranged. A peek indoors promises Victorian murals and detailing as well as a 1950s painting of Ramsdell summer theatre alumn “Todd” Jones, today well known as actor James Earl Jones. Call 231-723-7188.

Straits Area
Like the Ramsdell Theatre, the historic Cheboygan Opera House is a star in its own right. It is definitely worth a visit to admire one of the few surviving City Opera Houses in the state of Michigan. For information on hours and upcoming performances, call 231-627-5841 or 800-357-9408.
Mackinaw Crossings is home to “Live at the Mack” entertainment at the Mackinaw Theatre. Reflections Musical Revue continues through September features a high energy troupe performing tunes from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The Golden Dragon Acrobats perform September 20-October 3 followed by Elvis/Elvis October 4-9 and A Grand Tribute to the Rat Pack October 11-23. For information, call 877-43-STAGE or visit www.mackinawtheatre.com.

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