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Aral: A Folk Opera
by Andrew L. McFarlane
One of my pet peeves about reviewers is that they inevitably will tell you about a wonderful show they saw after it's already taken place. That's why they call them "reviewers" and not "previewers", I guess.

One of the advantages an Internet magazine is that you're not bound by the physical acts of setting ink to paper, binding it and sending it off. It's always on the press and can be altered in moments. This allows me to tell you about the upcoming performance of "Aral: A Folk Opera" at the Michigan Legacy Art Park at Crystal Mountain on Friday, July 13, 2001 at 7 PM. I can then go to the performance, think deep thoughts and take some pictures and then rewrite and repost this story. Enough explanation...

"Aral: A Folk Opera" was written by Ann-Marie Oomen and is an adaptation of an 1889 incident in the now vanished town of Aral which was located on the Benzie-Leelanau county line. The four roles in the tale will be performed by Oomen and fellow Beach Bards Norm Wheeler, Bronwyn Jones and Ray Nargis. The Lizard Lickers (perhaps familiar for their soundtrack to Rich Brauer's film "Sleeping Bear") will provide musical accompaniment. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Seating is limited and guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and picnics. In the event of rain, the show will be held inside at Crystal Mountain. For more information about the Art Park (including directions) visit this page or the Michigan Legacy Art Park's home page.

Another of Anne-Marie Oomen's works, the full length play "Barta's Path", a story of a woman on South Manitou Island, will be performed later this summer. The show will be a benefit for the Glen Arbor Artist's building fund and will take place on August 12th at the Hook Farm. You can call Barb Siepker at the Cottage Book Shop in Glen Arbor at 231-334-4223 for ticket information.

The Beach Bards Bonfire features by-heart storytelling from the Bards and those who attend and is held every Friday night through the summer at the beach at Leelanau School in Glen Arbor. It starts with a children's hour at 8:30 (great fun for non-children too!) and runs till midnight. Read an NMJ Article on the Beach Bards

Hopefully, I'll see you at one or the other of these locations. Enjoy!


Copyright 2001 Manitou Publishing Co. & Andrew L. McFarlane • All Rights Reserved.

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