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Actors who perform to the best of their ability at every show

To The Daily Sun,

I was fortunate enough to catch one of the last performances of "Gypsy" at Interlakes Summer Theatre, starring the incomparable Nancy Barry as Rose, along with a glorious company as we bid au revoir to the 2017 season. It was a spectacular season, from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" to "South Pacific", from "Cats" to "Gypsy," and we look forward to more exciting shows in 2018.

I want to personally thank Nancy for her hard work and dedication in helping to bring musical theatre to the Lakes Region each summer the past 10 years. Nancy and the staff at ILST work tirelessly throughout the year to secure productions, negotiate rights, sell tickets, put together a company of performers and do anything within their power to bring music and dancing to the Interlakes stage throughout the summer. It is hard work, and their efforts should not be taken for granted.

Since I have written a number of letters to this wonderful publication over the years extolling the virtues of ILST and Ms. Barry, I've been asked by a couple of people why I feel the need to write about the theatre so often. Has the theatre asked me to write letters on their behalf maybe? The answer to that is no, the theatre hasn't asked me to write letters.

I write as often as I do because I am a fan of the musical theatre experience. But there is something more to it when it comes to Interlakes Summer Theatre. If you attended any show this year and had the opportunity to read the playbill you were handed, and took some time to read the bios of the performers, one aspect of their collective bios was quickly apparent. Their age. By and large, they are all students. They are here to hone their skills, to rehearse hour after hour to fine tune their performance and to bring some entertainment into my world.

But it's more than that. These young people are the next generation of performers. They know in their hearts that they have to continue to improve hour to hour, day to day and performance to performance. Rest assured they work their tails off each and every day as they strive to improve to hopefully make that jump to the next level.

I have gone to other theatres, to other shows, where it at times seemed performers were sleep walking through a script. They sometimes seemed bored. But not at ILST. The various performers, Julia Suriano, Emma Flynn, Patrick Sharpe, Rachel Wirtz, Mikey LoBalsamo and so many others perform to the best of their ability each time they walk on to that stage. They give the audience everything that they have. It's inspiring. It's entertaining. And it's fun! I get their best at every performance. I can't ask for anything more.

So that's my story. I hope you consider buying a seasons pass for the 2018 season. Nancy and staff will assemble another group of performers next year. The shows will be entertaining and fun. And rest assured everyone involved with ILST will be giving you the best they've got!

Vincent Martino
Hanover, Mass.

  • Written by Edward Engler
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Volunteers are the backbone of our caregivers 'Day Away' program

To The Daily Sun:

At the recent Hebron Fair, people who stopped by the Day Away Program booth were both amazed and pleased to learn that such a program exits here in the Lakes Region. For readers who don’t know "Day Away." it is a social program for men and women with early stages of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. This program also provides the participant’s caregiver several hours, a short respite, to "catch a breath," 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday. A registered nurse and an experienced staffer are always on site. The program itself is a social program involving the whole person, mind and body. Inter-active games, creative crafts, challenging quizzes, delightful poems, and old-time sing-a-longs are just a small part of the program. Guest speakers, entertainers, musicians, and a friendly therapy golden retriever stop by on Thursdays. A wholesome lunch, cooked on the premises, and even snacks are part of Thursdays. Dietary needs of the participant are always considered.

Day Away is a non-denominational program at Our Lady of Grace Chapel in Bristol.

As you read this letter you can appreciate how important are the volunteers we have in this program. They are the "backbone" of Day Away. They bring knowledge, wisdom, life experiences, and all sorts of talent to enhance, not only the lives of the participants, but staff as well. With more participants, there is a need for more volunteers. If you can come "on board" we will help with insight into the diease. The satisfaction you receive will be unlimited. The heart of a volunteer is not measured by size but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference. Together we can make a person’s yoke a little easier, a burden a little lighter. I personally want to say "thank you" to every volunteer in our program for their commitment to the Day Away program and welcome all those who wish to be part of our program.

Sandra Coleman BSN, RN
Director of Day Away
Ashland

  • Written by Edward Engler
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