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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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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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