The cast of Eden sings Ain’t It Good, a song that celebrates the Noah family’s endurance through forty days and forty nights of rain and flooding on the Arc. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Fredericks, who has been working with young thespians around Thurston County since 2013, performed in the historic Capitol Theater as a child and is thrilled to be back. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Sailor Derito plays Mother Noah in Apple Tree’s Children of Eden. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Tad Mettler and Leo Conklin play young Cain and Able in the show, while Jeff Hines-Mohrman and Sam Van Nuys play their older and more combative incarnations. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce The Family Noah sings excitedly and naively about their journey on the Arc before it begins. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Facebook41Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Megan Conklin for Apple Tree ProductionsThurston County theater company Apple Tree Productions opens the musical Children of Eden this weekend and its charming melodies and timeless themes are sure to delight theater goers of all ages. The play tells the Biblical stories of the Garden of Eden, Cain and Able, and Noah’s Ark through word and song and is chocked full of action, excitement and romance. Take a look at this series of rehearsal pictures from Children of Eden – we are pretty sure they will inspire you to head to the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia this Saturday or Sunday evening to see the show.Saturday, December 30 & Sunday, December 316:00 p.m. doors/7:00 p.m. show$15 General Admission / $12 OFS Members, Students & SeniorsTickets available online or at the box office day show Jackie DeShaye’s is a commanding and emotional Eve in Apple Tree’s Children of Eden. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Apple Tree founder and director, Heidi Fredericks, has a gift for encouraging young actors in their craft. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce The cast of Children of Eden sings together about the trials of being lost in the wilderness. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce Apple Tree Productions offers “theater intensives” such as Children of Eden quarterly, often during school breaks. The students rehearse all day for a week and perform on the weekend. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce 1 of 10 Jackie DeShaye as Eve, and Adam Zimmerman as Adam, mourn the death of their son Able, played by Sam Van Nuys. Photo credit: Carissa Pierce
Councilman Kevin Birdsall, who took office in January, said before the election that he was not in favor of a more restrictive noise law and that he was against the discussed noise ordinance that would limit noise levels after 10 p.m. “It’s always been a fun shore town and had the energy of outdoors,” he said.With a stricter noise law, “The police force would be doing nothing but noise complaints all summer,” he said. The town has a land mass of a little over 1 square mile, with 22 liquor licenses, according to Birdsall.In regard to complaints about loud talking on porches and yards, Birdsall worried “you could have one uncle who visits you for the weekend, he happens to talk very loud,” and a neighbor has filed a complaint. He feared the situation could pit people against each other like “the Hatfields and McCoys.”“You don’t want that,” he said. “Talk to your neighbors,” Birdsall counseled.Birdsall said he wanted to discuss proposals for the new regulations with Councilman Marc Leckstein, who had been researching changes to make to the ordinance. “I just like to get my two cents in,” he said.Verunni said the council was working towards having the new regulations in place for the summer when the majority of the complaints are made.“It’s not an easy problem to deal with,” he said.He said Belmar, Manasquan and Asbury Park had been facing the problem for years.Complaints about noise aren’t solely from individuals about individuals either. Excessive noise has played a large role in recent applications before the town’s Unified Planning Board. By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The Borough Council is working on changing the noise ordinance in the town but has not yet reached a consensus on what changes should be made.“It’s tough to find a good balance,” Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said.When a complaint is made under the present ordinance, violations are determined by the police using decibel measuring devices. These devices can measure music and amplified voices, but they do not register non-amplified voices, Verruni said. Conversations are a frequent source of complaint – especially those of people who congregate around places where liquor is sold.Verruni said there is no general agreement among council members over what a new ordinance should contain. “We’re really in the formative process of what works best for our town,” he said.Complaints are not limited to gatherings at commercial establishments, he said. Some complaints have been made by residents who are unhappy overhearing the loud voices of neighbors on decks or porches late in the night.Under discussion, he said, is a change to the procedure of how complaints are handled. Residents would first call police and, if the police do not decide to file a violation of the ordinance, the resident “takes the next step.” That would mean, Verruni explained, the resident would take the case to municipal court.Some council members fear that would turn neighbor against neighbor in their small town, Verruni said.Also being discussed is what time the noise restrictions would go into effect and if they would be adjusted for weekends. Residents of the Nautilus, a condominium adjacent to Tommy’s Tavern + Tap are opposing granting the restaurant permission to place a bocce court and corn toss games behind the building, saying the noise generated by the games had been excessive.There have been several hearings on the application. A continued hearing on the application will be held in March.A resident tried to block an application to rebuild The Mad Hatter, destroyed by Super Storm Sandy, citing that the new building would generate more noise than the original. The board recently granted the restaurant permission to rebuild, but the matter is being appealed.