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Table of Contents 04 Community Calendar 16 Northridge NASA 19 Someone you should know: 05 Middlebury Milestones Lindsay Saunders 06 Boys & Girls Club: 22 Chamber of Commerce Summer Programs 07 Lions Club 23 Civic Theatre 08 Outdoor Living 25 NHS Athletics 09 Parks Department 28 Business Directory 10 Jordan Hodges - Filmmaker 30 Coupons 14 Veteran’s Spotlight

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Middlebury Parks are the best places to hang out during the summer. Kids from around the area enjoyed their time in the parks this summer as part of the Middlebury Parks Department’s Day Camp.

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CONTRIBUTORS Publisher William Connelly

EDITOR Guy Thompson

Contributing writers Dr. Carla Gull, Gloria Salavarria


Advertising Scott Faust

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS Russ Draper, Kris Mueller & Gloria Salavarria

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Community Calendar


Editor’s Note

Summer is a time to get outside, enjoy the sun, the fresh air, and be active. Check out Dr. Carla Gull’s feature on all of the cool ways to find a bit of nature at the upcoming Elkhart County 4-H Fair. And the Middlebury Parks Department has plenty going on this summer, from TrailsFest to Movies in the Park. The Middlebury Boys and Girls Club is keeping busy throughout the summer. This month we also feature the club’s director of marketing and development, Lindsay Saunders, one of many at the club working to make the whole year great for area kids. And Northridge graduate Jordon Hodges returned to the area recently to take advantage of the warming weather and great outdoor scenery to shoot his second feature film. Hodges used both local talent in front of and behind the camera, as well as others that traveled from Hollywood with him. The film, shot mostly in the woods, looks to showcase the natural beauty of the area. We hope you have the opportunity to go explore Middlebury during the summer. Just watch out for the mosquitos! Guy Thompson, Editor

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Bi-MONTHLY 1St & 3rd Mondays: Town Council meetings at Town Hall – 6 p.m. 1St & 3rd Wednesdays: Middlebury Men’s Club meets at the American Legion – 7 p.m. 2ND & 4th Mondays: Middlebury Lions Club meets at the American Legion – 7 p.m.

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A short video about the Friends of the Middlebury Parks preceded a movie in the park on a warm June evening, above. There are two more movie nights planned, July 21, showing “E.T.,” and Aug. 18, showing “Shrek.” The movies start at 8 p.m. in Riverbend Park and are free to the public.

Milestones Birthday Wishes Happy Birthday Jolinda, Lucky 7’s Happy Birthday Riley! Happy Birthday Haley!

7/4 Kayden Mayers, 13 7/8 Caleb Seger, 5 7/8 Judson Wyse, 6 7/8 Layton Lantzer, 1 7/9 Scott Woods 7/10 Toni Seger, 34 7/17 Braxton Lantzer, 4 7/17 Haley Piper, 15

7/17 Jolinda Zook, 77 7/21 Riley Miller, 13 7/22 Brent Cooper, 54 7/23 Scout Burnstine, 20 7/24 Kaitlyn Stout, 30 7/27 Gavin Mansell, 9 7/27 Teagan Powell, 8 7/29 Ren Reynolds, 84

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around TOWN | Boys & Girls Club

A A look look at at Boys Boys & & Girls Girls Club’s Club’s summer summer programs programs

The Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury is offering not one, not two, but 12 different small group programs this summer! In addition to the club’s traditional sports and recreational leagues, members attending throughout the summer can enjoy small group instruction in gardening, drawing, science, and even bicycling!

“We take advantage of lower attendance in the summer and see it as an opportunity to offer more small group instruction and field trips, which generally requires more staff members,” Klotz explained. “We have multiple trips planned weekly throughout the summer for our members to enjoy.”

“Our team worked very hard throughout the spring to plan exciting programs that not only interest our members, but educate them too,” stated Club Director Cristina Klotz.

While the Boys & Girls Club’s dedicated staff take on the majority of the work, the summer programs at the club are truly a community effort. Local businesses partner with the club throughout the summer and provide the extra support needed to offer an extended day of programs, snacks and meals.

Currently, the club’s long list of programs include NASA, a space exploration program, Cool Science, Zoo Keepers, Art En Plein Air, Art Plus, Bicycle Club, BGC Gardeners, Summer Brain Gain, and more. Members can start their day at the Boys & Girls Club as early as 6:30 a.m. and stay as late as 6 p.m. Unlike during the school year, when the club serves around 300 members each day, summer programs average around 100 members daily.

“We are so grateful for the support of our local community. For example, Rulli’s and Crystal Valley Catering have donated meals to our summer program for years,” Klotz said. “Similarly, Das Dutchman Essenhaus also allows our youngest members to play mini golf each week for free, which is something they really look forward to. It’s a community effort and it’s amazing.”

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The Middlebury Lions collected over 500 pounds of food, paper goods, household cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene items, along with cash donations, that were donated and delivered to the Middlebury Food Pantry. The Lions are very thankful to all who donated to this amazing program! They hope to increase the collections for the next event. inMiddlebury Magazine  | juLY 2017 7

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ways to find

nature at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair

Our local community loves the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. While we enjoy the steak tips, elephant ears, and rides, have you ever thought of finding nature at the fair? A few options include:


Attend a cooking class for kids as part of the Farm to Table series.


to see baby animals up close and personal.

Be a farmer for the day as children drive a pedal tractor through the 10. Walk through the 4-H “farm” to plant seeds, gather eggs, livestock halls to see a harvest plants, and more. variety of pigs, cows, goats, poultry and more! I am 3. Explore turtles at the Elkhart always amazed at the diversity County Parks Department’s of chickens. turtle tank. 11. Visit the Home and Family 4. Visit the 4-H exhibits, looking Arts Building to see local for entomology displays, rock fresh preserves, wooden collections, forestry exhibits, carvings, nature photography, vegetables, nature photography, and other nature inspired and more! entries.

5. Check out the rain gardens using native plants to help with water runoff.


Explore the Green Earth Education Day on the last Friday of the fair, with local natural resource and environmental providers.

7. Watch calves being born in the



Attend one of the many gardening classes throughout the week.


6. View the landscape and clouds

from the top of the Ferris wheel.

Miracle of Life Calving Center. Explore the 4-H exhibits that connect to nature, such as bugs, forestry, and wildlife.

9. Visit Young McDonald’s Barn

Attend a specialty show or display, such as the Silly Safari Animal Show in 2017. Each year these change, keeping offerings fresh and interesting.

Enter the upcycling contest to repurpose items that might otherwise end up in the landfill.


Sit on recycled benches made from plastic caps collected by children.


Eat local food at one of the many vendors, such as a lamb burger or a rabbit bratwurst.

17. View the garden displays

throughout the fairgrounds with unique upcycled components. How will you find nature at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair? Check out the schedule and events at

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Dr. Carla Gull blogs at www. She is often seen with her four tagalong explorers in the greater Michiana area.



TrailsFest! Saturday July 15


The cannons in Memorial Park are back and looking good, courtesy of civic pride and community effort. Thanks to Miller’s Garage and Wrecker Services for transporting them, Lippert Components, Inc., for sandblasting them, Finishmaster for the donation of paint, and Jayco for providing the labor to repaint them.

It’s Free – It’s Fun – It’s Riverfest! “The Year of the Frog” introduces the public to dozens of amphibians and reptiles on display. The “Swamp Stomp” is a self-guided nature discovery scavenger hunt along the new Riverbend Boardwalk Trail where participants will learn fun facts about the many plants and animals that share Middlebury with us. There’s electro-fish sampling of the river, oodles of “edutainment” by top area nature educators, fabulous food by Crystal Springs Amish School, painting with local artist Linda Pieri, and an exciting live animal show as well as kayak rides and a drawing for a free kayak giveaway. It’s family fun with nature education about the importance of fresh water and the value of wetlands and the Little Elkhart River to our community. Join the discovery!

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Trail Activities Ridge Run Trail Ribbon Cutting – 3:30 p.m. TrailsFest Track Down – 4:00 p.m.

Festival 5:00-10:00 p.m. Opening Music 5:00-7:00 p.m. Track Down Award Ceremony 7:15 p.m. Wilson’s Reservoir 7:30-9:30 p.m. Kid’s Activities 5:00-9:00 p.m. TrailsFest presents a new event: the TrailsFest Track Down, an event for people of all ages and skill levels. The objective is to track down landmarks, structures, people and other items along the Trails of Middlebury. Form teams of 2-5 people (at least one person must be age 18 or older). The registration fee of $25 per team (up to 5 people) includes admission ($5/person) to TrailsFest. Take a digital photograph of each item. Teams must stay together. On completion, forward photos to the address on the instructions by the 6:00 p.m. deadline. Teams may bike or walk the trails. Photos will be judged for completeness and accuracy. The winning team will receive $100 in cash and various other prizes will be awarded for challenges. Register now at or between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on July 15 at the Essenhaus covered bridge.

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About a dozen extras, dressed in 1980s-style clothing and the women with wavy hair from the time, sit in a semi-circle in the Howe Military Academy gymnasium. In the corner, a large light assembly is set up. Moved. Adjusted. The camera focus is discussed and checked. They are part of a feature film that was shot in and around northern Indiana over three weeks, starting back on May 20. “The Shade Shepherd” is a story of a soonto-be-father who shepherds his troubled, older brother toward the Canadian border to escape police custody. “That’s the gist of it, but it is more complicated than that,” said Jordon Hodges, who co-wrote and is starring in the movie. “It’s a story about family, redemption and rebirth.” According to Hodges, it’s called “The Shade Shepherd” as much takes place under the shade of leaves or a roof…plus philosophical meanings. “A lot of my initial inspiration for the story was from the book of Job in the Bible. This is not a faith film, but it has heavy faith themes. To me Rated-R stands for Real Life – the light doesn’t exist without the dark,” he explained. Hodges, a 2005 graduate of Northridge High School, knows the area and filmed his first feature, “Sand Castles,” in the Goshen area over four years ago. “I write what I know. The story had a natural essence and we had such

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The film crew for “The Shade Shepherd” films in an alley, with NHS grad Jordon Hodges, right, returning to shoot his second feature film.

great support filming ‘Sand Castles,’ I was hoping to catch the lightning in the bottle of the community again, and it has delivered in spades. Everyone has been so kind and open to allow us to capture a piece of their existence,” Hodges said. Last year, while writing the story with director Chris Faulisi, Hodges said they had this area in mind to shoot the film, and only needed to find the right specific locations. “There is such a great landscape,” he stated. “The towns have a charm and the wilderness seems untouched. The people feel like family.” Most of the film takes place outdoors as the brothers work to stay hidden as they travel, camping out along the way as each character discovers more about his brother. “The area has such a variety and it’s been pretty crazy to find it all in one area,” Hodges stated. Area businesses and locations, such as Howe Military Academy, have stood in for offices, a police station, and more. “We couldn’t be more excited,” Hodges said. “The thing about these businesses isn’t just that the locations work perfectly for the story, but it’s the story behind the location. When you’re making a movie, you’re playing pretend, but the true benefit is getting to know all these families and their legacies.” In Shipshewana, the Blue Gate and Riegsecker family “has really made it possible for us to shoot here. We are working with them in various capacities and they are the hero of the production team on this,” Hodges noted. “The Riegsecker family went above and beyond to make this happen. They instantly saw the bigger picture of what we’re trying to do and had the resources to make it obtainable for us to film this picture.” That has been the case

2 Take two:

with everyone they have approached, he added. “In the smallest and the biggest ways.” In one case, they needed to find a new location to access a riverbank. Other sites were unusable due to the high water the area has experienced recently. A local crew member suggested a neighbor’s place and, 30 minutes later, the production team was setting up equipment, ready to film thanks to the willingness of the property owner to help them out. “With many of our team members from out of town, they haven’t seen anything like that, and it’s simply inspiring,” Hodges said. In all, the production will see a crew of around 30 throughout the shoot, along with around 20 cast members. Some come from Los Angeles, while others are from New Orleans, North Carolina, Detroit, Chicago, and more. They have also hired on several local crew members. Hodges said that, because of the experience they’ve had, they would shoot a film here again. “It’s been more than we thought it would. When you decide to take this crazy adventure that’s much bigger than yourself or one person, you have the greatest expectations,” he commented. “That dream has been exceeded. We’re looking forward to showing off this beautiful area on the big screen around the world.”

Jordon Hodges focuses on something just out of frame as he and fellow actor Randy Spence, back, shoot a scene for “The Shade Shepherd,” which was filmed in the area.

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Langdon enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1983 and remained in the Army until February 1994. “Growing up, I know the military was going to be a part of my life. I enlisted to serve my country and to be a part of something bigger than myself,” Langdon said.

Basic and advanced individual training (AIT) was at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Langdon was the Distinguished Honor Graduate from AIT as a surface-to-air guided missile crew member. His first assignment was to the Federal Republic of Germany, where his company was located at a remote site, almost an hour away from other American forces. After 18 months, he was sent back to Ft. Bliss and assigned to a united called ADATS: Army Development and Acquisition of Threat Simulators. According to his agreement with the army, “that is all I am allowed to say about that assignment.” “After my first three years, I was sent to Ft. McClellan, Alabama, for military police school. Upon completion of training, I was again sent to Germany for a three-year assignment,” he said. He served in numerous positions: clerk, responsible for answering the phone and typing the daily police blotter; desk sergeant, responsible for dispatching officers to complaints and reviewing their reports. For a short time, Langdon was the noncommissioned officer (NCO) in charge of the vehicle registration office. “The position I held the longest was the traffic accident investigator, responsible for reviewing all accident reports and investigating all fatal accidents 14 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  JuLY 2017

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involving U.S. service members or their families,” Langdon stated. When his initial three years were almost over, he volunteered to stay in Germany for another two. “I moved four times in my first three years of army life, and was not excited about moving again so soon,” Langdon noted. His final 18 months were spent at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, as a squad leader and patrol shift supervisor. While at Ft. Polk, he spent 4½ months in Honduras “helping to build a school.” “I would not change a thing about being in the army,” Langdon said. “I would do it again. I would even do it today, if I could. I learned a lot about people from other cultures and walks of life. I look back on those years and marvel at all the wonderful places I have been and the things I have seen. I would not have had those experiences otherwise.” “I was once face to face with a Russian soldier,” he continued. “Before I left Germany the second time, the Berlin Wall fell. Four months later, I took a trip to Berlin. The border between west and east Germany was still guarded by the Russians and we were still required to show proper authorization to cross the border.” Langdon even chipped out a few pieces of the wall, which he still has. In June 1994, he was hired by Elkhart County, working in the county jail for 5½ years and as a 911 dispatcher since January 2000. He and his wife have five children and nine grandchildren. Two of their children were born in Germany, one at an Air Force hospital and the other in a German hospital, he said. “Now that the kids are on their own, we enjoy traveling, but always look forward to spending time with the kids and grandkids. We would love to return to Germany and explore more historical places, especially in the former East Germany,’ Langdon said. Langdon’s awards include: Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Overseas Ribbon, NCO Professional Development Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon.

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By joining USA Swimming through NASA, our local club, your child will become a member of one of the country’s largest and most organized youth sports.

The sport of swimming offers many benefits, not the least of which is the opportunity for swimmers and their families to meet and develop lasting friendships. The camaraderie among swimmers is unique, and lifelong friendships are often the result, among both athletes and their families. Swimming is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise for cardiovascular health and overall fitness. It’s an activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime, and can contribute to lifelong health and wellness. Most importantly, an organized swimming program like NASA helps its members develop critical life skills, including time management, self-

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How long: I have been with Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County for three years. My first 2½ years were spent as area director of the Middlebury club. In January, I accepted a promotion as director of marketing and development for the Middlebury club. Hometown: Sturgis, MI Education: B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. I’m currently pursuing my Master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. Past work: From 2008-2012, I was employed as resource coordinator for the Community Schools Initiative with Chicago Public Schools, where I oversaw the development of community partnerships and programs for students and families in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. From 2012-2014, I served as youth programs associate for the Elks National Foundation Inc., also in Chicago, where I managed the Elks National Hoop Shoot program, a free-throw contest serving more than one million youth across the country. How did you get involved with the Boys & Girls Club: I joined the Boys & Girls Club team after moving home from Chicago. When my husband and I made the decision to move back to our home state, I told him I would be ready to move only when I had found a career with an organization that would allow me to continue pursuing my passion in community and youth

development. The Boys & Girls Clubs offered me the perfect opportunity to do just that! I feel both honored and blessed to work with the Middlebury community in achieving the club’s mission. Describe a typical day at the club: To be honest, there is NO typical day at the club! In my particular role, I spend about half my time in the community meeting with partners and sharing the great work we do at the Boys & Girls Club. The rest of my time is filled working from the Boys & Girls Club, where we see around 300 children burst through the doors each day during the school year, and about 100 each day throughout the summer. Members spend their time in one of four program areas or in small group programs like Robotics, Art En Plein Air (that’s French for Art Outside), or SMART Girls which is a character development program for girls. There is never a dull moment at the Boys & Girls Club and it’s absolutely fantastic to witness! What do you enjoy the most about working there: The energy and the impact! Children and teens have this wonderful ability to bring energy with them wherever they go. I love stepping out of my office to roam the busy halls of the club during program hours. Seeing children learn to program a robot, plant their first garden, or overcome that tough math problem with the help of a staff member – those are the moments that remind me how important the Boys & Girls Club is and why we work so hard to make sure our programs are available throughout Elkhart County. How can others help at the club: Advocate, volunteer, or attend an event! There is truly something for everyone at the club. We can always use volunteers to help check in members or read with a struggling student. We also have special events throughout the year that help raise the funding needed to operate our facility and programs. If time is an obstacle to either of those options, visit our website and help spread the good word about what the Boys & Girls Club provides in the community.

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OPEN DIVISION: Teams limited to 4 players, can be over 18 (but don’t HAVE to be). Referees will call the games. (Their decisions are final!) Tournament is double elimination. Cash Awards of $200 (first place team) and $100 (second place) will be awarded. Entries in this division only, will still be accepted day of the tournament. Must be at least six paid entries for competition to take place. Each team to pay $60 entry fee with pre-registration (in our office by July 19). All pre-registered teams will get T-shirts. After that, please bring your $60 to the tournament site during the younger teams’ tournaments (deadline is 12 o’clock noon - games start at approx. 2). Make checks payable to LaGwana. 20 inMiddlebury Magazine  |  JuLY 2017

Join us in welcoming our newest member A & B Lawn and Landscape is owned by Bryan and Kaitlyn Stout and has been in business since 2006 starting out with just doing lawn maintenance (mowing, pruning, snow plowing, etc.) and in 2016 added the excavating division. A & B is a full service excavating and landscape company.  Offering everything from site work such as lot clearing, basements, septic, and final grades to gravel driveway installations, aggregate material delivery, lawn installations, landscape installations, lawn mowing, pruning, and snow plowing.  A & B Lawn and Landscape • 564-238-6458 • Kac06bds@gmail. com Pictured above - Names left to right: Scott Cooper, Dominic Devito, Kaitlyn Stout (owner), Gary Miller, Bryan Stout (owner), not pictured Dustin Kemp and Roger Huffman, Chamber Board of Directors President. 

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Friday & Saturday, September 15 & 16, 2017 Don't miss our 16th Annual Fall Festival! Join us as we kick off Fall 2017 in the heart of downtown Middlebury. Admission is free • Fireworks display Friday at dusk • Farmers market – produce, treats, pumpkins and mums • Entertainment and live music • Children’s activities andn more!

The Middlebury Chamber of Commerce is searching for local artists to help form the Middlebury Art League We want to become the voice for local art. We will be looking to develop a sustainable art market and database to help all local artists. 

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Elkhart Civic Theatre brings together folks from all over Michiana to perform, produce and experience the magic of comedies, mysteries, musicals and much, much more. Though small in size, there’s no place with a bigger heart than Elkhart Civic Theatre. Come see why we’re the

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2017-18 Season Finishing School September 2017 Disney’s Aladdin, Jr. October 2017 A Christmas Story — the Musical November-December 2017 Little Women January 2018 No Way to Treat a Lady March 2018 Baskerville April 2018 I Hate Hamlet May 2018 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast July 2018 Visit for dates, times and tickets.

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Elkhart Civic Theatre Announces 2017-2018 Season at the Bristol Opera House Elkhart Civic Theatre (ECT) at the Bristol Opera House has announced its 2017-2018 Mainstage Season, which starts September 8 with the world premiere of Elaine Liner’s “Finishing School.” Season tickets are now on sale. “As usual, we have a varied season and, we hope, a few surprises,” said Dave Dufour, ECT’s executive director. “We like to offer a mix of both family-friendly and more challenging contemporary shows, all with the same high standards of artistic quality that has made ECT one of the leading community theatres in the U.S.” ECT will also be continuing its bi-monthly staged readings, which are performed at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart. “Staged readings give our audiences an opportunity to experience plays ECT might not ordinarily devote a full production to, such as those that are more serious in nature, more challenging or more avant-garde than our usual mainstage selections,” Dufour stated. The plays for ECT’s 2017-2018 staged readings are still being selected. Following is information on ECT’s mainstage and youth shows, along with audition dates for each. Finishing School (World Premiere) AACT NewPlayFest Winner Elkhart Civic Theatre is one of six theatres chosen nationally to produce a winner of the American Association of Community Theatre’s 2018 NewPlayFest competition. ECT’s first choice from the 12 finalists, “a two-act comedy about life’s second act,” is the story of Alfred and Wizzer, who live in a senior facility sharing thoughts on life – past, present and whatever there is of the future. Enter Minnie and her captivating mother, Shirley, and life will never be the same. Directed by Kevin Egelsky. September 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17, 2017 Auditions: Sunday, July 9, at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. A Christmas Story - the Musical Christmas is just around the corner and Ralphie wants only one thing from Santa – an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. His road to December 25 has all the familiar bumps, plus a holiday score that you won’t need an Orphan Annie Secret Decoder Ring to enjoy. Put this at the top of your wish list – we triple-dog-dare you! Directed by Brock Butler. November 17, 18, 19, and December 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10, 2017 Auditions: Sunday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 7 p.m. No Way to Treat a Lady Talk about a mother complex! A publicity-hungry actor (and serial killer) is the focus of this musical, based on the movie based on the novel, which finds all of the victims a reminder of the killer’s actress mother. On his trail is an equally determined detective. Loaded with “gallows humor” this murderous tale is…a comedy! Don’t believe it? Come see for yourself! Directed by John Shoup. March 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 2018 Auditions: Monday, Dec. 11, and Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. Baskerville Who doesn’t love a good mystery, especially one with Sherlock

Holmes at its center? This one, by Ken Ludwig, is going to the dogs – literally – as Holmes and Watson track a deadly hound stalking the Baskerville heir on the Devonshire moors. Five actors portray more than 40 characters in this fast-paced comedy. Hurry – the game’s afoot! Directed by Dave Dufour. April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, 2018 Auditions: Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at 7 p.m. I Hate Hamlet Imagine you are a TV actor with a career in limbo who has the chance to play Hamlet, live and on stage. One problem. You hate Hamlet. Renting an apartment that belonged to John Barrymore is no help, especially when the ghost of the famed star – the greatest Hamlet of his time – arrives, in costume and intoxicated, to help you prepare for the role. His visit leads to a duel over women, art, success, duty, TV and the apartment. To be or not...? Directed by Demarée Dufour-Noneman. May 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20, 2018 Auditions: Monday, March 12, and Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 7 p.m. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast This “tale as old as time” never seems to age in the telling, especially when it’s set to the music of Alan Menken, with Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Join Belle, her princely Beast (or beastly Prince) and the enchanted inhabitants of his castle as they work to teach him to love and be loved before the last rose petal drops. Based on the animated feature, this magical musical appeals to children of all ages! Be our guest! July 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22, 2018 Auditions: Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. and Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 7 p.m. ECTeam (Youth) Productions Disney’s Aladdin Jr. The music and story follow the 1992 Disney animated film which tells the tale of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin, the evil vizier Jafar, his sidekick parrot Iago and a mischievous Genie who befriends Aladdin in his quest to win the princess and save her father’s kingdom. A magic lamp and a flying carpet are part of the fun. Directed by Dave Kempher. Oct. 6, 7, and 8, 2017 Auditions: Saturday, July 29, at 9:30 a.m. and Monday, July 31, 2017, at 3 p.m. Little Women Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale of love and togetherness reunites the March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy – and their friends as they struggle to keep the family together while their father is away in the Civil War. Privation, illness and sibling rivalry cast their shadows as each girl strives to find her true self. Directed by Karen Johnston. January 19, 20, and 21, 2018 Auditions: Saturday, Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at 3 p.m. Further information and a downloadable “Early Bird” season ticket form are available at or by calling the ECT Box Office weekday afternoons at 574-848-4116. inMiddlebury Magazine  | JULY 2017 23

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