2017-01-05 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Karen Cross

KAREN CROSS of Leelanau Township, a self-proclaimed theater addict, is currently directing “Boeing Boeing,” the dinner theater play being held in February at Tucker’s of Northport.KAREN CROSS of Leelanau Township, a self-proclaimed theater addict, is currently directing “Boeing Boeing,” the dinner theater play being held in February at Tucker’s of Northport.
Name: Karen Cross

Town or township of residence: Leelanau Township

Resident of county since: 2001

Age and birthplace: I was born in Newport, R.I. I’m 64 years old.

Occupation: I’m a personal trainer. I have a private studio that I see clients in.

Marital status: Married to Rick Cross. We just celebrated our anniversary — 36 years.

You live in Leelanau County because: It’s probably the most beautiful place on earth. We moved here when Rick was hired as superintendent for Northport School. We moved here from Alaska. We lived there for 20 years. But we were both raised in Detroit and our families had cottages on lake Huron, so we’re both Michiganders.

Last good movie you saw: “Chef.”

Last good book you read: “A man called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman. It’s a compelling, in some ways profound, but tender and amusing story about a man who is perceived one way and people learn that he has an incredible heart.

If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would that be: Adele. I just think she’s amazing. Take your heart out, throw it on the floor and stomp on it. That’s the kind of voice she has.

Things important to you that you have accomplished so far: Raising two beautiful young women and working in the theater. I am currently the director of “Boeing Boeing” dinner theater. I’ve directed lots of plays. I started out in high school with a major in performing arts and then a theater major at Wayne State. I’m kind of addicted to it.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I hope to be healthy and highly functional.

Things you lose sleep over: Casting shows. It’s tough.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County, it would be: I would get more people interested in theater. It is not all about being on stage. It’s about community. It’s about relationships. It’s about working together as a team and creating something that wouldn’t exist at any other moment in time.

Favorite dessert: Saskatoon berry pie. We grow our own saskatoons, right in our back yard.

Are you a coffee drinker: Yes, with cream and sugar.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: The Northport Community Arts Center.

If you had more time you would: I would visit my grandchildren more often. They live in Seattle and they’re mighty cute.

The words that best describe you are: Loyal, dedicated and vivacious.

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