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Tickets to Interlakes Summer Theatre make a great holiday gift

To The Daily Sun,

Happy Holidays to all my friends and neighbors in the Lakes Region, especially to my friends at The Laconia Daily Sun. It's that time of year again to sit down with pen and paper and figure out what to purchase for friends and relatives this holiday season. My friends at Interlakes Summer Theatre have some news they want to share with you and offer some suggestions to make your difficult process as easy as possible and hopefully encourage you to consider a one year subscription and not miss a single moment of the exciting 2018 season.

The four-show season next summer overseen by the incomparable Nancy Barry, producing director and all everything at ILST, is packed with great shows over the season "Evita," the award-winning musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber based on the life of the first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron; "Show Boat," its music by Jerome Kern with book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, follows the lives of the reformers, stagehands and dock workers of a Mississippi River boat show; "Newsies," with music by Alan Mencken, lyrics by Jack Feldman based on the book by Harvey Fierstein about the real-life newsboys' strikes of 1899 in New York City; and "La Cage aux Folles," with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman, which tells the story of a gay couple and the hilarious adventures that ensue meeting ultra-conservative parents.

These four award-winning musicals are awe inspiring on their own and may have you seriously thinking about a subscription, but earlier I mentioned some news from the ILST desk. First, Chaz Wolcot, who directed and choreographed last year's phenomenal record-breaking run of "Cats," is back ready to work on "Newsies," and Brian Feehan, who directed "South Pacific," will return to direct this year's production of "Show Boat."

If all of that isn't enough to consider purchasing a subscription, ILST has released the following news: One of the Lakes Region's most admired actors makes his return to the area in 2018. Fans will be able to sing with, laugh with and celebrate with old pal Mikey LoBolsamo, who makes his return in 2018! In addition, one of ILST's most popular and certainly talented young actors (and my personal favorite) Julia Suriano, returns to grace the stage in the role of Magnolia in "Show Boat." And you can be sure there will be more surprises in store as time goes by.

So what do you think? Great shows. A terrific venue. Leading directors. A production team second to none. And talented actors. What more can you ask for? Please go to Interlakestheatre.com or call 1-603-707-6035 for more information. See you next summer.

Vincent Martino

Hanover, Mass.

  • Written by Mike Mortensen
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Shame on Laconia City Council for repurposing $500,000 meant to help low & moderate income people

To The Daily Sun,

The Colonial Theatre redevelopment project has always been a ridiculous boondoggle, appearing a bit shady from the start. Investing over 17 MILLION dollars for a venue that will never draw crowds to the downtown area (with no place for them to park even if it did) is almost as dumb as the urban renewal project in the ’60s.
BUT, even if it was a good idea, this quote from Wednesday’s Laconia Sun made my blood boil: “The council voted in favor of seeking ($500,000) from the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority in the form of block grant funds. Such money is available ... for public facility and housing projects that benefit low- and moderate-income people.”
I’d love for someone on the council to explain how an ancient, rejuvenated entertainment venue located on a busy state highway is gong to benefit low- and moderate-income people? Seriously? Attempting to steal money from needed housing for a pious pet project is downright immoral. Shame on them!
Bill Hemmel


  • Written by Edward Engler
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