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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Summer Stages

Ross Boissoneau - June 13th, 2011
Summer Stages: What’ shaking ’round the region

By Ross Boissoneau

Theatre enthusiasts will have numerous options this summer, from
professional presentations to community theatre to student performances.

The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theater, located on M-72 just east of
US-31 in Acme, hosts a performing troupe led by Dominic Fortuna. The three
different shows all boast a variety of songs from the ’60s through today.
Catering by Kelly’s provides the three-course meal, with your choice of
four entrees, while the audience is being entertained by the
The shows run most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For a complete schedule
of the shows, as well as the menu or to
make reservations, contact the Williamsburg at (231) 938-2181 or go to

Young Americans
Fans of the popular TV show Glee will have multiple opportunities to
catch the inspiration for the series. The Young Americans will be
performing at numerous venues, including the Cheboygan Opera House June
10 and 11; the Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center June 12; Bay View
Auditorium in Petoskey June 17; Boyne City High School June 18; and
Charlevoix High School June 19. Beginning June 24 and running through
Aug. 27, the group will be performing Monday through Saturday at Boyne
Founded in 1962, the group is often credited with being the first show
choir in America, mixing choreography with vocals. With the demise of the
Schussi-Cats, Brownwood Bees and Dill’s Golden Garter Revue, the Young
Americans are the last surviving college-age dinner theater in the region.
For ticket information, contact the individual venue, or visit the Young
Americans website at youngamericans.org.

The Young Americans aren’t the only act appearing in Cheboygan. The
Northland Players Children’s Theatre presents Secret Agent Gram, an
original musical by George Krawczyk and Bruce Scigliano. It’s the finale
of a three week theatre day camp. Showtimes are 7 p.m. June 17 and 18,
and 2 p.m. June 19. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for students.
Contact the Opera House at 231-627-5841 or 1-800-357-9408. The Opera
House Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday of each week, from 9:30
a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To the west, the Manistee Civic Players will present the popular musical
Oklahoma! The award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein show will run June 24,
25 & 26 and again the following weekend, July 1-3. Showtimes Friday and
Saturday nights are 7:30 with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20.
They will follow that with William Inge’s Bus Stop Aug. 12-14 and 19-21.
The story is set in a diner in rural Kansas during a snowstorm from which
bus passengers must take shelter. Showtimes are 7:30 Friday and Saturday
night and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $14. For both shows at the Ramsdell
Theatre, contact the box office by calling 231-723-9948.

Garrison Keillor’s always-popular A Prairie Home Companion, with its
original amalgam of storytelling, music, and theatre will return to
Interlochen Center for the Arts on Saturday, June 18, at the special time
of 5:45 p.m. Tickets are $50.50 to $33.50.
That’s far from the only theatrical performance at the famed arts camp.
The Interlochen Shakespeare Festival this year features the Bard’s classic
The Merchant of Venice, June 30-July 10 in the Harvey Theatre.
Shakespeare’s story, set in early 1930s in this summer’s production,
defies categorization with its mix of comedy, gravity and romance. Tickets
are $26.
Interlochen also hosts a number of student productions and workshops,
including the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance on July
29; Jane Eyre, a high school repertory theatre production, July 30-Aug. 3;
and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on Aug. 4 & 6. Other highlights include
Cats and Carousel. For tickets and additional information on these and all
the other theatre presentations, go to Interlochen’s website at

Tc Opera House
Let your hair down and shake your booty with Hairspray June 23-July 3 at
the Traverse City Opera House. Miracle Productions is staging this
singing, dancing broadway hit about teens trying to get along despite
their differences. The show is produced by Pat Gallagher and directed by
Erin Peck. Rickets are $25-$30.

Old Town Playhouse
At the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City on July 15 and16 audiences can
see Hat Trick: Emerald City, a performing arts camp show, conceived and
directed by Kate Botello. This show will feature a talented cast of
students aged 12 to 20 who follow the adventures of advice-giver
extraordinaire, Edwina Spoonapple, as she directs the neighborhood kids in
number after hilarious number in her “Advice-A-Palooza” extravaganza.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinée Friday,
and at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. on Saturday.
On Aug. 13 there will be two perform-ances on the Mainstage of Disney’s
Sleeping Beauty, based on the beloved Disney movie and featuring many
songs from the film. Performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Running from Aug. 19 through the 28th, Dear Edwina, Jr. by Marcy Heisler
and Zina Goldrich will be presented at the OTP Studio Theatre at the
Depot. Showtime for the Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop show will be 7
p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets for all the performances are $11 for adults and $6 for children,
12 and under. For ticket information, go to treatickets.com.
In addition, the playhouse will host workshops, classes and performing
arts camps. For more information, contact Mychelle Hopkins, Education
Director at Old Town Playhouse, at 947-2210 ext. 103.
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