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September Is The Coolest Month

September 1, 2012

For T. S. Eliot, April may have been the cruelest month, but for us at GEM Theatrics, September is the “coolest” month. We have a lot of activity to report and the best part is: you get to take part in most of it with us!
We kick off right after the Labor Day holiday with two nights at the fabulous Noto’s Old World Restaurant performing our signature piece, A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters.” For those who know about this unique and touching piece of theater, “Love Letters” tells the story of Andy and Melissa, who met in the second grade and continued a life-long friendship, suffering ups and downs, loves and hates, separations and reconciliations. The entire story is told through their letters to each other. Mary Beth and I met performing this show at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre more than a decade ago. The show changed our lives (for the better); come experience it with us and maybe it will do the same for you! Shows are September 11 and 12.  Dinner starts at 6:30p both nights, with curtain at 8p.  Tickets are just $45 for dinner and the show (it’s Noto’s, the food will be superb!) or $25 for show only. More information can be found on our website; tickets can be purchased at: http://www.stageonegr.com. Bringing dinner theater to Grand Rapids is a new venture by our friend Gary Morrison, who began StageOneGR just for this purpose. We’re proud to be part of the opening season and wish Gary much success!
The following week is Constitution Week, a week set aside to reflect on the founding of our nation and the principles we stand for. Davenport University is commemorating the week with our performance of the One-Act version of “My Dearest Friend.” We’re honored to be selected. While this performance is not open to the public, we hope to see many students there to share a little history and spark some discussion about what it means to be an American.  If any of you work for a non-profit agency, you can bring “My Dearest Friend” to your venue and the Michigan Humanities Council will help you pay for it.  We’re now part of the Council’s Touring Directory and grants are available!  Go to http://www.mihumanities.org for more information.
This just in!! We’re thrilled to announce that we will be performing the full Two-Act Version of “My Dearest Friend”, by Mary G. Kron, for two nights in late September at the Red Barn Playhouse, in Saugatuck, Michigan. This historic barn has been turned into a wonderful rustic theatre, but with all the production values one could require. The shows are September 28 and 29.  Curtain is at 7:30p each evening and Tickets are just $15 or $12 for students and seniors. October was an important month in the Adams legacy: John was born in October, the Adamses were married in October and Abigail died in October. We also have a Presidential election right around the corner, so come out to get a glimpse into how it used to be! Tickets can be gotten from the Red Barn by calling 269-857-5300 or by email at lakeshorearts@comcast.net.
We hope you will come out to one or both of these events and watch us play!!

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Humanities Council and War of 1812

May 15, 2012

I know this should be two separate blogs, but we’re so busy at GEM Theatrics right now, that I’m making this one do double duty.
First, we just found out that our production of “My Dearest Friend,” by Mary G. Kron, has been selected to be part of the 2012 – 2015 Arts and Humanities Touring Directory by the Michigan Humanities Council. We’re gratified by this selection! Every entry is judged by an “independent panel of experts in the appropriate humanities and arts fields” in order to be included. What this selection means is that not only was our show deemed worthy, but non-profit groups all over the state will be able to see our entry and, if they want to book us, will be able to get financial assistance from the Council to make the presentation of our show happen! The new Directory will be available online by August 1, 2012. If you know a school or library or museum that would like to bring a quality historical theatrical piece to their venue, let them know about us!

Second, June 1, 2012 marks the 200th Anniversary of the beginning of the War of 1812. On June 1, 1812, President James Madison sent to Congress a declaration of the grievances against Great Britain and a request for a Declaration of War. Congress obliged on June 18. The grievances stated were: British interference with US trade with France, the impressment of US sailors who were former British citizens, and British support of Indian raids on US outposts in the territories.
You might be thinking: “Gary, what has this got to do with John and Abigail Adams? Adams was defeated in 1800 and had long retired from politics.” All of that is true. But, what is also true is that, without John Adams, the United States might well have lost the War of 1812. We almost lost as it was. For the only time in our history, a foreign power invaded Washington, DC and burned government buildings, including the White House (in fact, the Executive Mansion wasn’t called the White House until after the war, when white paint was used to cover the charred exterior). The truth is that we only “held our own” during the conflict and our only real victory (Jackson’s defeat of the British in New Orleans) came after the peace treaty had been signed. That we were able to hold our own was largely due to the long out of office John Adams. Adams had managed during his presidency to avoid a much sought after war with France that surely would have decimated US capital and armaments. In addition, Adams was responsible for the growth of the US Navy, without which our ground troops would surely have been overrun by British forces landing on our shores. Adams had, since the Revolution, believed that sea power was the one force of arms that would establish the US as a true world power. In this, as in many other things, he was truly ahead of his time. US naval strength would prove itself time and time again to be of monumental importance in safeguarding American freedoms, and, despite the advance in nuclear and other weapons, is still a vital force in the world today.
We at GEM Theatrics salute our Navy and all of our men and women serving their country at home and abroad in every branch of our armed forces. If you’d like to bring our bit of history to your venue, we’d be extremely pleased to hear from you to set it up!


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