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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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.

Interlochen
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.

Manistee
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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