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Letters from Lightstone: En Route to Israel

On the eve of her departure to Israel for the Masada Opera Festival, Marilyn Lightstone, the voice of VisionTV and host of Nocturne on The New Classical96.3fm is feeling reflective.

Though many people know her best as Muriel Stacey in the Canadian classics Anne of Green Gables and Road to Avonlea, Marilyn also harbours an adventurous side – one that has her getting ready to explore the Holy Land and take in the world-class music in the Judaean Desert. Here, she catches us up on her travel-related plans, preparations, and insights in a series of letters to friends back home, including JoyTV’s Carmen Ruiz y Laza, host of CarmenTV.

I thought of you, Carmen, when I remembered that I must pack the beautiful black, flowered Spanish fan you gave me at last year’s ideacity party for when I go to Israel.

Have I told you how much I enjoy CarmenTV? And, your posts about Spain – your home country – are terrific. So real, somehow…

Anyway, I’d like to respond in kind and let you know what I hope to be getting up to in Israel; leaving in just a few days.

Life takes you into unexpected channels. The last time I was there (a half a lifetime ago) it was to act the role of Anne (St. Anne to you and me), the Mother of the Virgin Mary, in an all but disappeared film called Mary and Joseph.

The film was a dud, as I recall, but I got to spend a month in Israel, ploughing the hills of Judaea with a donkey and a wooden plough. Or carrying a great basket of flatbread on my head (I always like it when I have to learn a new skill for a role).

I’m hoping, Carmen, that this trip will be JUST as special. I’ll be doing something I’ve never done before: reportage, or whatever the heck it’s called, and I’m hoping I can overcome my unease with technology enough to send videos back home as well as photos.


You can see Marilyn this month on VisionTV in the Canadian film Lies My Father Told Me.