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Letter to the editor: A spring tradition

From Don and Cheryl (Blood) Newman

Mahtomedi, Minn. and Silver Bay alumni

Years ago, we timed spring visits to the North Shore to coincide with the annual North Shore smelting tradition and the famous (but long-gone) community smelt fry held in the basement of the Beaver Bay Green Door. Now, we time spring visits to coincide with the rich tradition of annual productions by the Lake Superior Community Theatre! Whatever the show, we know it will be great. It’s well worth the drive from the Twin Cities.

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Last Saturday (April 11), it was a joy to join an enthusiastic packed house for the final night of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Two Harbors High School. We saw a professional, high quality theatre production priced for an everyday budget. Amazing director Paul Deaner brought together hundreds of volunteers (actors, crew, musicians, and donors) to create a first-class musical. It’s a Herculean effort that could only happen in a tightknit community (kind of like the play’s fictional Anatevka)!

The audience was nuts for George Starkovich as the lovable, God-wrestling, Russian peasant Teyve. Had Starkovich not followed a career in education (Silver Bay teacher/administrator/drama coach) it’s easy to imagine him in professional theatre. He’s that good! The audience was also wowed by fiddler/violinist Alex Galle-From and dancer/gymnast Phillip Hommes. Every year new talent is unearthed!

We hope that the tradition of LSCT productions endures for a long time.

Teyve sings “If I Were a Rich Man.” All of us were enriched by the “Fiddler!”

Ya ba dibba dibba dibba dibba dum!

Bravo Lake Superior Community Theatre!