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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Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith.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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Bay View Stage show set to Dazzle audience

Kristi Kates - June 28th, 2010
Bay View stage show set to Dazzle audiences
By Kristi Kates
Over 4,000 sequins, a troupe of fired-up performers, and meticulously-choreographed numbers from a plethora of Broadway musicals are what Bay View’s production of Razzle Dazzle is bringing to the Petoskey area for a short-run theater production this July.
A collaboration between the festival’s Director of Theater Arts Paul Nelson and the Creative Edge production company, Razzle Dazzle will also showcase a couple of performers with local ties to Bay View.

COMPANY HISTORY
“There is a wonderful history and connection with Creative Edge Productions and the Northern Michigan audience,” Paul Nelson explains, “in 2001, Bay View residents Peggy Child Smith and myself and Elizabeth (Nelson) formed PEP Productions, and we began producing professional summer stock theater at the Crooked Tree Arts Center. PEP Productions strove to hire regional talent in order to showcase Michigan performers. One of those actors was Larry Young; with his comic timing, beautiful voice, and engaging persona, Larry was a favorite of audiences. After PEP closed up shop, Larry founded Creative Edge Productions with his partner, Kelly Carey a few years later, and he contacted Peggy and myself to let us know what he was doing.”
Nelson says that he saw another great opportunity to present professional musical theater while easing the workload on his own staff; so after working on a show in 2009, with Creative Edge, Larry and Kelly “it was a natural,” Nelson says, to reenlist the Creative Edge team for Bay View’s 2010 production, Razzle Dazzle.

DAZZLING DUO
Two of Razzle Dazzle’s main cast members, Jolene and Mike Frankey, actually met in New York City while working as professional performers, but were taught their craft by a long-time Bay View resident.
Both Frankeys were students of Mary Catherine Dykhouse, whose family has been in Bay View for generations, and who grew up performing on the Bay View Stage. Dykhouse went on to a successful singing career, eventually becoming a professor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she taught voice. Today, her students - including the Frankeys - work in regional theater, on cruise ships, and on the big Broadway stages.
Ms. Dykhouse passed away this past winter (“terribly missed by all who knew her,” Nelson says), and the Frankeys are dedicating their performances in Razzle Dazzle to her memory.
“This is a lovely tribute to not only a great teacher,” says Nelson, “but also to a beloved friend and treasured member of the Bay View community. She touched many lives and it is wonderful to have her legacy performing on the same stage she did.”

SONG AND DANCE
Also working that stage will be co-stars Kelly Carey and Larry Young himself; Kyle Amanda Dutkiewicz, a multiple award-winner in choreography and directing, will serve as choreographer and co-director. And as for those 4,000 sequins? There’ll be more, and counting.
“Larry won’t let me have as many sequins as I want, because sequins are expensive!” Kelly Carey laughs, “but rest assured that the costumes will be colorful, flashy and fun.”
As far as exactly what music will be performed, suffice it to say “a little something for everyone,” as Nelson explains.
“This production is packed full of both old and new Broadway material,” he says, “including songs from Chicago, The Music Man, Gypsy, In the Heights, Grease, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and Guys and Dolls.”
While Razzle Dazzle doesn’t have a specific storyline, characters, or dialogue, Nelson says that the performers “bring the songs to life” by presenting them outside the context of their original shows, making them entertaining musical pieces in their own right.
“There is a lot of fun choreography, and there are a lot of show stopping musical numbers,” he enthuses, “the audience will be blown away by the singing, dancing and high quality performances. These shows are perfect summer theater, filled with familiar songs and great dancing; it is a fast paced, light-hearted and engaging evening of fun.”

Razzle Dazzle will offer performances on July 1-3, and 6-9 in Bay View’s Voorhies Hall at 1600 Encampment Avenue in Petoskey, telephone 231-347-4210. For further information and tickets, visit their website at www.bayviewfestival.org.


 
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