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 Offers Many Theatre Options

Ross Boissoneau - June 16th, 2014  

Some local theater companies, such the Cadillac Footliters and Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City, take the summer off. Still, there’s no lack of opportunities for audiences to indulge in their theatre passions. Touring professionals, traveling repertory companies, and student productions offer comedy, music, drama and more, from Cheboygan to Manistee and many points in between.

The Lakeside Shakespeare Festival in Frankfort presents classics by the bard each summer. It was founded in 2003 to share the thriving creative and artistic force of the Chicago theatre community with residents from nearby Benzie County.

Today, patrons travel from Manistee, Traverse City and as far north as Charlevoix to see the presentations at Frankfort’s Tank Hill. Performances are free and all ages are welcome.

This year’s shows are Richard III July 17, 19, 22 and 24, and Twelfth Night, July 18, 20, 23 and 25. Preview performances are July 15 and 16, respectively. A young adult workshop will be offered July 17-19 and a children’s workshop July 22-25.

For more information, visit Lakeside- Shakespeare.org or call 312-576-5037.

Slightly to the south, the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee will host Shrek the Musical June 27-29 and July 3, 5 and 6. The play is a joint production of West Shore Community College and the Manistee Civic Players.

On July 19, author Dan Hornak brings back the “The Duke” in his one-man tribute, Jake Thorne: The Life and Legend of John Wayne. Hornak says the Jake Thorne persona came from a John Wayne-like character in a 1970s movie script that was never produced. “It works for me, because that way I don’t get a big head or carried away with myself,” he notes.

Other shows at the Ramsdell include comedian Brad Upton July 26 and Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band Aug. 20. For tickets and more information, go to RamsdellTheatre.org. At Bay View in Petoskey, music, theatre and opera come together. First up is two performances by the Youth Theatre on July 20. Disney’s The Little Mermaid Youth Theatre packs in all the best songs and moments from the Disney tale.

The classic Les Miserables holds forth July 24-26 in Hall Auditorium. The musical version of Victor Hugo’s timeless story has won awards for both its stage show and film version.

Less tragic but no less enthralling will be the presentation of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. In this version, the action is transported to an American college campus, where two fraternity brothers disguise their identities. Cosi Fan Tutte will be presented at the auditorium at Petoskey High School Aug. 5-9. For more information, go to BayViewAssociation.org.

Eight performers from Bay View will take the stage at the City Opera House in Traverse City June 25. “Opera a la Carte” delivers fully staged and costumed scenes from various favorite operas, accompanied by piano. The repertoire will include Bizet’s Carmen, Adamo’s Little Women, Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, Mozart’s The Magic Flute and more.

The Opera House will also host authors Karin Slaughter (June 26) and Diana Gabaldon (July 7) as part of the National Writers Series, and comedian Rita Rudner July 17. For tickets and information, go to City- OperaHouse.org.

Magic and romance come alive with Shakespeare’s The Tempest at Interlochen Center for the Arts. The production of this year’s Shakespeare Festival is at Upton-Morley Pavilion.

Interlochen’s summer festival also includes the political comedy cabaret of The Capitol Steps on July 5; Collage on July 8, the showcase of student performances encompassing music, dance, theatre, creative writing, film and visual arts; Michael Cooper’s “Masked Marvels and Wondertales”

July 13; the unscripted improvisational comedy Broadway’s Next H!t Musical July 14; and Les Misérables High School Musical Theatre Co. July 31-Aug. 3. For details on these or other shows, go to Interlochen.org.

One of the most popular musical traditions takes place each year at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs, the Young Americans Dinner Theatre. The Young Americans is made up of young, up-and-coming performers, handpicked from across the nation. The music spans generations.

Performances take place Monday through Saturday from June 27-Aug. 23. Go to BoyneHighlands.com for details.

At the Cheboygan Opera House, the Summer Youth Theatre in cooperation with the Northland Players presents Rats! June 20- 21. The musical comedy is based on the classic tale The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

The Children’s Ballet Theatre takes place Aug. 16. Other presentations include Steppin’ In It, June 27; Glenn Miller tribute July 2; Horton Creek Aug. 9; and Jeff Daniels and the Ben Daniels Band Aug. 14.

Go to TheOperaHouse.org for tickets and details.

Milliken Auditorium at Northwestern Michigan College’s Dennos Museum will host Catch Me If You Can July 11-14 and 17-20. It is based on a true story of a con man pursued across the country by the FBI, and was made into a hit movie starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The show is produced by Miracle Productions. Each summer, it produces Broadway musicals featuring college students studying or otherwise engaged in the performing arts. This year’s cast also includes Dominic Fortuna, who toured the country in the lead role of Frank Abnegale Sr.

For tickets and information, go to Miracle- ProductionsTC.com.

Fortuna is also at the center of things at the Williamsburg Dinner Theater. Each Wednesday in July and August, the Williamsburg will host dinner and a variety show, featuring music from the 50s to today.

The Williamsburg is located on M-72 just east of the intersection with US-31 in Acme. Log onto DominicEntertainment.com for information.

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