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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The Scoundrels of Interlochen

Kristi Kates - November 15th, 2010
The Scoundrels of Interlochen
By Kristi Kates
When asked what the most appealing element of Interlochen’s up-coming
production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels: The Musical will be,
Interlochen Director of Theater David Montee’s answer is as speedy as
the con-artist characters in the play itself.
“It’s flat-out hilarious.”
Based on the 1988 movie starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine –
which, incidentally, ranks 85th on Bravo’s list of the 100 Funniest
Movies – Interlochen’s spin on the tale adds in the musical element.
Also of note is a storyline that would be equally at home in the ’50s
as it is today:  two con men, Freddy and Lawrence, make their living
talking rich ladies out of their money. When the two aim to snag
$50,000 from an heiress on the French Riviera, the competition begins,
as does the hilarity.
“The film was wonderfully funny, and the play retains all of that,
plus some great music, as well,” Montee says, “it won the Tony Award
for Best Broadway Musical a few years back. I think audiences will
have a great time with it, but they should also know that it contains
some adult material and language - it’s definitely a PG-13.”

Starring in the production are a trio of Interlochen’s brightest
talents, a couple of which Montee says he worked with last year in the
school’s production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost.
“Michael Liebhauser (Lawrence) is from Rhode Island - a third-year
junior here in the theater department - and Evan Adams (Freddy) is a
post-graduate, who was here as a senior last year, and decided to stay
on another year - we were thrilled to have him back.” Montee explains.
“Rachel Eskanazi-Gold, our female lead, is from Los Angeles. Both
Rachel and Michael are former participants in our camp program in the
summers, and I’ve had the fun of working with Evan and Michael
Interlochen, well-known for placing art on an equal level with smarts,
is also known for exceptional production values in their plays and
concerts, and are often helped along by assistance from other
community talents.
“Melinda Rohn, our music director, and Kristina Nichols, our
choreographer, are well known for their work in the Grand Traverse
community, both with Old Town Playhouse and Swing Shift’s Dancing with
the Stars,” Montee says, “they’re both doing a fabulous job.”

And who knows where this production might lead for Liebhauser, Adams,
and Eskanazi-Gold; according to Montee, Interlochen’s theater program
has helped craft plenty of well-known performers who’ve seen great
success in the entertainment industry, well beyond Michigan.
“The Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre program is dedicated to
providing the best pre-professional training for talented young actors
and actresses in the country,” Montee explains. “Our theatre alumni
have won Academy Awards, Tony Awards, Golden Globes, Obies, and every
other major recognition that the industry bestows on its performers.
The students that our audiences have watched in our shows over the
past two decades, they now have a chance to see in films, on Broadway,
and on television almost every night.”
Set to be staged in the Harvey Theater, one of the smaller of
Interlochen’s venues, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is sure to be a fun
evening, and one that Montee is already quite proud of.
“It will be a more intimate production, which actually helps us to be
a bit more subtle, less broad in the humor,” Montee explains, “which,
for me, makes it even funnier than it would be on a big stage.Costumes
and scenery, however, will be up to level of our usual quality at
Interlochen - which is to say, very impressive,” he smiles, “just on a
smaller stage, so you can appreciate the detail more.”

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will run November 19 & 20 and December 3-5 at
Interlochen’s Harvey Theater. All times are 7:30 p.m. with the
exception of Sunday, December 5 which is a matinee performance at 2:00
p.m. Tickets $22 adult/$18 senior/$9 student, available via

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