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Don’t Forget To Vote For Saugatuck! The City of Saugatuck is clinging to a narrow lead in the race for votes to make it USA Today and 10Best Readers Choice Travel Awards’ “Best Coastal Small Town In America”. As of Wednesday, Saugatuck was in first place in the voting! But that top spot can only be maintained if all residents, friends, visitors, stu-dents, etc. -cast their ballots for this great city of ours! To vote Saugatuck into first place, visit: http://bit.ly/1zkAaWE Each individual can vote once a day through the duration of the contest. Voting ends Monday, March 16, with winners being announced Wednesday, March 18. Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING March 6, 2015 Vol. 13 No. 10 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN Red Barn Theatre Presents Brilliant Traces March 5-6 & 12-14 Special To The Observer 63rd Street Productions, Inc., will produce Cindy Lou Johnson’s charmingly out-of-the-ordi-nary play Brilliant Traces in the Red Barn Theatre’s cabaret theatre space beginning Thursday, March 5. The 90-minute, two-char-acter play opens with an irrestible teaser of a scene in which a travel-weary young woman, Rosannah DeLuce, staggers into a cabin in Alaska in a wedding dress after her car gets buried in a blizzard. After a manic, rambling six minute monologue to the cabin’s blanket-shrouded occupant, Rosannah crumples to the floor in a faint, and the plot begins to unfold. The audience becomes a witness to two people whose lives col-lide as they both are running from events in their past. It is clear from the opening curtain that Rosannah needs saving, but what also becomes apparent is that the reclusive cabin owner, Henry Harry, needs saving as much as she does. Comic moments are fol-lowed by anguished moments as this story about isolation and the need to connect to someone is unraveled. Director Al Ver Schure chose two actresses to play the charac-ter of Rosannah: Christine Randall, who will enact the role during the March 5-7 performances; and Bethany Perkins who will play Rosannah during the weekend of March 12-14. Both performers worked with Ver Schure as characters in last season’s Steel Magnolias . Additionally, Ms. Randall appeared in Ver Schure and Bud Ferguson’s original musical Carney Dreams , at the Red Barn in 2012. Ms. Perkins acted in several Ver Schure-directed Hamilton High School shows when he was a teacher and theatre director there. Brian Visscher will play Henry Harry throughout the two-weekend run of the show. Brian has high school theatre credits for Wit , Fools, the role of The Beast in Beauty and the Beast , Schroeder in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown , and The Cat in the Hat in Seussical . According to Ver Schure, Brilliant Traces has been a show on his radar for more than 20 years since he first saw it and fell for its very human message at Hope College’s Summer Repertory Theatre. He also says the Red Barn’s downstairs cabaret space is ideal for the intimate nature of the show, as audience members will be seated at tables, as well as in rows, and the table seating is immediately in front of the low stage placing patrons almost in the action. The show will be performed at the Red Barn Theatre’s downstairs cabaret space, March 5-7, and March 12-14, with curtain time being 8 p.m. for each performance. Tickets are general seating and are $15 for regular admission and $12 for seniors, students and 63rd Street members. Tickets may be obtained by calling the Red Barn box office at: (269) 857-8388; online at Brown Paper Tickets (just search for Brilliant Traces ), or they may be pur-chased at the door the evenings of the performances. Cabaret doors open at 7:15 p.m..

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