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Wednesday, May 5,2010

A half-century of summer theater

Summer Circle plans gala to celebrate 50th anniversary

by Gabi Moore
It was almost 40 years ago, but Ken Beachler still remembers the taste of bug spray as he nuzzled his co-star’s neck. He was starring in “Crawling Arnold,” as part of the Summer Circle Theatre Gala, in the summer of 1971, and his character’s seduction of his social worker was hitting some natural road bumps that come with performing outside.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Open air open house

Painter hosts an art show to benefit Ingham County Animal Control

by Gabi Moore
Barbara McCleary remembers hearing a rustling, and all of a sudden, heavy breathing on her neck. McCleary, an artist on an outdoor painting expedition with friends, had wandered by herself down a path into an open field and set up her easel and art supplies when she found herself not alone.
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Wednesday, April 21,2010

Deep ’South’

Themes of World War II musical resonate with audiences, says star

by Gabi Moore
The Seabees of “South Pacific” are an eclectic group, brought together by a war to an island they don’t know. According to Matthew Saldivar, who plays Seabee Luther Billis in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical’s tour, the 62 members of the cast and crew have become just like those Seabees.
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Tuesday, April 6,2010

Green screen

Contest challenges students to produce short films about environmental awareness

by Gabi Moore
What does green mean to you? Energy Works Michigan wants to know— in 90 seconds or less. The company is sponsoring the “Show Green” video competition, in which students are invited to create a film showing what “going green” means to them, and what projects they, their school or their community are working on to make the world a better place.
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Thursday, March 11,2010

Who's that girl?

Instant fame. Instant friends. She's living a Twitter fanatic's dream — all thanks to Conan O'Brien

by Gabi Moore
At 2 p.m. on Friday, March 5, Sarah Killen, 19, of Fowlerville, was just a normal small-town girl.She was working online to get her diploma from Howell High School, on an old computer that didn’t work that well.She had been engaged to her boyfriend, John Slowik, Jr., for almost a year, and she was worried that they wouldn’t be able to pay for their impending wedding on Sept. 25.She was planning to participate in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure event to raise money for breast cancer in August, and she was concerned about getting the $2,300 she needed to fundraise for that, too.
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Tuesday, March 9,2010

Barbershop meets the Big Apple

Chordsmen present a song-filled salute to New York City

by Gabi Moore
The Capital City Chordsmen will bring the sights and sounds of New York City to Wharton Center with their annual barbershop show on Saturday, March 13. “New York, NY – Thanks for the Memories” highlights some of the most important moments and significant attractions of the city.
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Wednesday, March 3,2010

Let’s get physical

’The Body’ brings surprising insights to choreographers

by Gabi Moore
We often take our bodies for granted. Breathing, walking, getting us through our daily life goes unappreciated. We watch the Olympics and envy the impressive athleticism of the athletes who are the best in the world. We watch a dance concert and admire the flexibility and rhythm of dancers’ bodies.
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Wednesday, February 24,2010

The ’Wicked’ side of the ’Wizard’

Michelle’s Studio of Dance offers original Oz fantasy

by Gabi Moore
Laura Swanson is going green ' literally ' for her upcoming performance as Elphaba in “Oz,” the display of singing, dancing and acting being put on by Michelle’s Studio of Dance and Performing Arts. She said it takes more than three hours to transform into the green skinned “wicked witch” for the show, a combination of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Wicked.
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