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Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, May 8, 2014

2014-05-07T00:00:00Z 2014-05-14T16:58:13Z Adventures in Everyday Living, Thursday, May 8, 2014By Pat Colander nwitimes.com
May 07, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Today is the last chance to buy your tickets in advance through our website at nwi.com/fashionontheshore for $25. Tickets can also be purchased today through the Heritage Museum in St. Joe Michigan. But if you wait to purchase them tomorrow night at the door, it will be $35.

2014 FOTS Mother-Daughter Event: For this week’s episode I’m sending you readers straight to video again! The first movie I’m recommending is by our outstanding videographer Brian Vernelis, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our June Shore cover. The reason I want you to see it now, is because the star, our next Shore cover girl, is Emily Hoge. Emily will make another appearance at the Fashion on the Shore Emerging Designer show one week from tomorrow. Emily is one of about 30 models lined up this year to help wear the clothes from the more than 20 portfolios of the Lake Michigan area’s top emerging designers.

Moviemaker Brian Vernelis will also be at that show along with our fabulous set designer and photographer Tony Martin; the entire Shore crew led by content producer and editor Tara McElmurry. Other notable participants are the fabulous Varsha Shivakumar, who has been a top model for our designer showcase from the humble beginnings three years ago.

But none of this would be possible without the constant and vigilant support of our partner and co-sponsor the Southwestern Michigan Tourism Council and Executive Director Millicent Huminsky who’s unwavering determination to make this show spectacular for these students, their families and friends and everyone who enjoys this annual evening at the Heritage.

The Heritage is by far the perfect venue for this living work of performance art. The unparalleled energy and focus that event manager Amy Zapal and her staff bring to the FOTS each year is just astonishing. The level of professionalism, precision and talent that goes into this effort each year produces an even bigger wow factor. Dani Lane never fails to create a top-notch program along with our hostess Robin Van Dyke, who is funny, smart, dynamic and beautiful. Which pretty much sums up the entire experience. I knew that I have so many people to thank for this fabulous show that I had to start early this year. So please enjoy some of the wonderful and remarkable work from last year’s show here:

And don’t forget to get your advance tickets to FOTS today, because even if the tickets don’t run out (and that is always a possibility) if you wait to get your tickets at the door they will cost $10 more per ticket.

From the Shore in-box Gary Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet debuts May 29th: Morgan McCabe writes: “Perhaps Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is one of his most produced plays. The romance of the star-crossed lovers will play in Gary Shakespeare’s intimate 50-seat performance space, May 29-June 8, 2014. This is a haunting and tragic tale of young people torn from life because of a senseless feud.

Director Morgan McCabe says there are parallels between the blood on our streets and the blood on the streets of Verona 400 years ago. The ‘ancient grudge’ between the Capulets and the Montagues resolves only with their children's death; only then are the two sides compelled to end retaliation by bloodshed. This is McCabe’s directorial debut with GSC. She is a professional actor and director and appeared in GSC’s 2013 inaugural production of King Lear. Most recently she appeared in The Crucible at Indiana Repertory Theatre.

The cast of Romeo and Juliet features Indiana University Northwest student Maegan Glass as Juliet, Purdue University Calumet student Curtis Lewis, as Romeo, and GSC members Kelly Horton and Jennifer Mead. Rounding out the cast are Kim Perz, Kloe Brady, Mario Dongu, PJ Culbertson, Crystal Watson, Brandon Hearne, Morgan McCabe and ensemble members Demonte Lavizzo, Kevin Jackson, Elijah McCottrelle, Aimee McDonald and Jim Severa.

The production team includes Violence Design by R&D Choreography, Scenic Design by Tony V. Martin, Lighting Design by PJ Culbertson. Production Stage Manager is Kelly Samuels. Written between 1594 and 1596, Romeo and Juliet "hath been often (with great applause) plaid publiquely”, including 17th century stagings where the lovers live happily ever after. The language of the play is endowed with great lyricism, not surprising as Shakespeare was writing the sonnets and A Midsummer Night’s Dream during this period. More than 50 film and tv adaptations inspired by this timeless story have been produced.

Single or Group Sales Tickets: call the box office any time at 219.938.4565.

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