Morning Thoughts – August 22, 2012

Good Morning, Lord! Thank you for another day. Lord, my day appears to be filled with challenges/tests. Lord, I pray that I can present myself so that my actions and words will glorify you. Being a Christian does not mean that there will not be challenges in my life. Being a Christian means how I handle these challenges. Lord, guide me with you grace.  –  Today, I pray for wisdom in my brain and peace in my heart!

The Colonial Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group presents Oliver!

Barrington Stage Company Presents – Summer is the Berkshires!


Barrington Stage Company presents


CARMEL’S CANDY STORE The Sweet Songs of Carmel Dean

August 23-25 at MR. FINN’S CABARET


PITTSFIELD (August 2012) – Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, is proud to present Carmel’s Candy Store: The Sweet Songs of Carmel Dean from August 23 – 25 at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (formerly Stage 2), 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.  Carmel’s Candy Store features BSC artists and Broadway regulars Carmel Dean (BSC’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Broadway: American Idiot), Lisa Howard (BSC and Broadway: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), Alysha Umphress (BSC’s Funked Up Fairy Tales; Broadway: American Idiot) and Michael Winther (BSC’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick; Broadway: 33 Variations/Mamma Mia!).

Carmel’s Candy Store provides a tasty sampling of Dean’s work as a composer, with rousing, funny and emotionally evocative lyrics by William Finn, Maya Angelou, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anna K. Jacobs, Mindi Dickstein and Sarah Underwood.

Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, named after the Tony Award-winning composer of Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Artistic Producer of BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab, kicked off this premiere season with singer/songwriters Joe Iconis and Nikos Tsakalakos and Broadway’s Quentin Earl Darrington.

Tickets to Mr. Finn’s Cabaret

Mr. Finn’s Cabaret is located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (formerly Stage 2), 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Performance times are 9:30pm Thursday and Friday and 10:00pm on Saturday, or following the St. Germain Stage performance.  All tickets to Mr. Finn’s Cabaret series are $15 and general admission.  Beer, wine and soda are available.  To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit The Box Office at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret opens 30 minutes prior to each performance. Barrington Stage Company’s Musical Theatre Lab is sponsored in part by Elayne Bernstein and Sol Schwartz.

About Barrington Stage Company

Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it workshopped, and premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway, where it won two Tony Awards and played more than 1,000 performances. In 2009/2010 Barrington Stage produced the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off-Broadway and has played more than 750 performances. Barrington Stage was voted “Best Live Theatre” by The Berkshire Eagle readers in 2011 and 2012 and was named “Best Theatre Company” in Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region 2009-2012.

It’s Time To Bring The Troops Home From Afghanistan!

Breaking News Alert  From The New York Times

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 — 3:09 PM EDT

In Rising U.S. Military Death Toll, Signs of Changing Afghan Conflict

In a grim milestone in the fighting in Afghanistan, the United States military has reached 2,000 dead in the nearly 11-year-old conflict, based on an analysis of Department of Defense records. While it took nearly nine years for  American forces to reach their first 1,000 dead in the war, the second 1,000 came in just 27 months, according to the analysis, a testament to the intensity of fighting prompted by President Obama’s decision to send 33,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in 2010, a policy known as the surge.

Three out of four were white, 9 out of 10 were enlisted service members, and one out of two died in either Kandahar Province or Helmand Province in Taliban-dominated southern Afghanistan, according to the analysis. The average age of those killed was 26, and the dead were disproportionately Marines. Included in the special report are a list of the names of the 2,000 killed.

I believe that it is time to bring the troops – HOME! Bill Sturgeon 9.21.2012


I THOUGHT THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW! Make sure that you save the date. This is a great time – Bring the family!

Saturday, September 8, 2012? – 11:00am until 3:00pm? – Tyler Street, Pittsfield MA

The public is invited to our annual Discover Tyler Street event! The street party will include live music, a beer tent for adults, a bounce house and petting zoo for the children, numerous vendors and businesses selling food, products and services.

Live Music by: Minor Setback, Jill Gallagher Band and Jim Walker.

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Dunking Booth Featuring: Christopher Connell, Kevin Morandi, Michael Ortega and Peter White.

Morning Thoughts for August 21, 2012

Good morning, Lord! Thank you for another day. It was a tough day yesterday, but you know that, Lord. Thanks for giving me the grace to get through the challenges that I had to overcome. I could actually feel your grace helping me with my decision-making.

Today, I am going to pray for families of our service men and women.

Could This Happen Here? Yes!

Turkey: Bombing Near Police Headquarters Wounds Several

August 20, 2012 | 1836 GMT

Several people, including police officers, were wounded Aug. 20 when a remote-controlled car bomb exploded near a police station in Gaziantep, Reuters reported, citing Dogan news agency.

Sad News – Phyllis Diller Dies!

Comedian Phyllis Diller dies at 95 in Los Angeles! Thanks for the memories – See you on the other side.

Morning Thoughts

If you are new to this site or have not been around for awhile then let me tell you about Morning Thoughts. Each morning when I wake-up I that God for giving me another day. I don’t push any religion (although I am Catholic) I try to ecourage “FAITH”! These thoughts are mine and I share them to help others in this world. God has been very good to me and I have not been as good as I should have been to Him. If you don’t like or want to read Morning Thoughts – Then don’t. Here is today’s August 20, 2012.

Good morning, Lord! Thank you for another day. The world is a mess with wars, poverty, crime, polluted water, hunger, greed, pride, etc. Lord, more than ever before we need your intervention and grace to get this world back on track. Lord, help me to start to change my little part of the world, by following “Your Words” most closely. Read more »

Barringtion Stage’s Production of The Black Suits

New performance at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (Barrington Stage II) on Linden Street. Is an invigorating musical performance entitled The Black Suits.
The Black Suits is part of this year’s Barrington Stage Company’s Musical Theatre Lab under the leadership of William “Bill” Finn, Artistic Producer of the Musical Theatre Lab.
The Black Suits is a fast moving, wonderfully performed, musical play about a group of guys who form a garage band and envision great success and fame. They are kids from Long Island whose backgrounds represent so many teenagers today. Each one, in his own way, has to confront the demons hiding just under the surface of his being. Each of the actors delivers a realistic and powerful performance.

I was very impressed with the songs and lyrics, and how each character developed throughout the performance. The physical action on the stage was exhilarating.
Perhaps the final 10 minutes could have been tighter or possibly tweaked to rearrange the chronology of events. It gave us the impression of being anticlimactic.
The performance ran a little short of 2 hours. Do not let the 2 hours run time scare you away because the time flies by! It can be loud, and there are some vulgar words, but nothing worse than what you might hear in the grocery store and on the street everyday. However, these are used to reinforce the dialogue.
Once word of mouth and the social media start spreading the word about The Black Suits, every performance will be sold out.
The cast members, including Ben Platt, Jason Hite, Will Roland, Harrison Chad, Sarah Cetrulo, and Annie Golden were all great! Maybe it is my age, but I so appreciated Annie Golden’s portrayal of Mrs. Werring. The director is John Simpkins. The play is from a book by Joe Iconis and Robert Emmett Maddock. Music and Lyrics are also by Iconis.
Take time out of your busy lives and spend 120 minutes being immersed in a musical with superb acting that you will long remember. – 413-236-8888 Box Office