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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Sutton Foster

Kristi Kates - October 25th, 2010
Sutton Foster Brings Broadway to TC
By Kristi Kates
Actress, singer, dancer, and Broadway conqueress Sutton Foster may have been raised in Troy, Michigan, but it didn’t take long for this ambitious talent to find her way to Broadway.
She actually left Troy High School early (snagging her degree via correspondence courses) to join a national musical tour - and it was goodbye, Michigan, and all about the big stage and the Great White Way from that point on.
After a few false starts in the form of auditioning for The Mickey Mouse Club and as a contestant on the Ed McMahon-helmed American Idol talent show precursor Star Search, Foster found herself in her first Broadway role, as the lead role of Sandy in the musical Grease in 1996. She quickly followed with a trio of other well-known Broadway plays - The Scarlet Pimpernel, Annie, and Les Miserables, in which she alternated between lead and support spots.
In her first “big” Broadway role - which she took over from former lead Erin Dilly in Thoroughly Modern Millie - the New York Post called her “cutely agreeable”; Newsday compared her to a young Carol Burnett; and Time Magazine said that she had “Broadway brass” and the lungs to go with it. Small wonder, then, that Foster would win the 2002 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical - but that was only the beginning.

PUPPETS TO PRINCESSES
Following her time in ...Millie, Foster wound down a little, spending the next three years working onstage and on screen through a variety of smaller Broadway shows and a couple of television productions (puppet show Johnny and the Sprites, and the HBO comedy series Flight of the Conchords.)
But it was a big green ogre that would put her back on the Broadway map.
In 2008, Foster took on the cartoon-to-real-life role of Princess Fiona - that same big green ogre’s girlfriend - in Shrek the Musical, which opened in December of that year and ran until January, 2010. The fractured fairy tale would see Foster nominated for her fourth Tony Award. And then the musical side of things began to take more precedence in her career.

ENSEMBLE TO SOLO
Now signed to Ghostlight Records, Foster’s debut solo album, Wish, was released last year, on which she sings a variety of songs on her own this time around. There are Broadway numbers, of course, but also jazz, pop, and a little cabaret music. Following the release of her album and the subsequent supporting tour, she stepped into yet another real-life role - this one as a teacher at NYU’s New Studio, where she’ll be teaching master class sessions and performing workshops for students in the Department of Theater and Dance.
Foster’s diverse talent is being showcased in her live show dates, which will include a stop at Traverse City’s Opera House. Wth musical direction by Michael Rafter, Foster will perform Broadway songs plus music from her debut CD; and don’t worry if you’re not necessarily a fan of musicals, as Foster’s vocals lend themselves to a wide genre of songs.

Sutton Foster will be appearing at the City Opera House in Traverse City on Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35/$20, and available at www.cityoperahouse.org or telephone 231-941-8082.

 
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