Saint Mary’s theater department prepares to present spring musical

first_imgSaint Mary’s College will host “Extraordinary Women: A Musical Cabaret,” from April 5-7, stage director and associate professor of theater Mark Abram-Copenhaver said.“On Friday and Saturday, there will be an early and late show, with times to be decided,” he said.Abram-Copenhaver said the musical follows a musical revue style, revolving around a theme with songs from a variety of composers. This year’s theme highlights the women of various musical productions.“In a lot of musical theater, we end up with female characters whose sole purpose for being there is either to be wanted by a man, pursuing a man or something having to do with who they are relative to the male characters,” he said. “The male characters are doing something in the world, and the female characters are focused on them.”The musical will feature a variety of songs, which will be chosen to fit the members of the cast. The musical will also have non-singing roles, performed by show’s narrators.“What’s great about [the musical] is that it will be an evening filled with the show stopping numbers from lots of different musicals,” Abram-Copenhaver said. “We think we’re going to have somewhere between 20 to 25 songs in it. Exactly what songs depends on who auditions because we’re going to match the songs to the performers who come out.”This year, the musical will take place in Welsh Parlor, rather than the Moreau Center for the Arts, which hosted the performances in previous years.“All the audience will be seated at little tables as it is going to be performed in cabaret style with a small musical ensemble,” Abram-Copenhaver said. “It will be a unique experience, very different than other musicals we have done.”  Abram-Copenhaver said the change in style from a traditional musical will give more students the chance to participate.“We wanted to do a musical this year, and this [style] gave us the opportunity to involve the largest number of students,” he said.The announcement of this year’s spring musical comes with the introduction of a new musical theater minor.“We are launching a musical theater minor this year, and we wanted to promote the maximum number of students in making musical theater, [because] we know that a lot of students worked in musicals in high school,” Abram-Copenhaver said.Abram-Copenhaver said he is excited to highlight women characters in musical theater who are more than just “sad girl[s] with crush[es].”“One of the pieces of commentary I read said that what musicals tend to do is to take female characters and turn them into sad girls with a crush, so what this evening is going to be is everything else,” he said. “It is going to have no sad girls with a crush. It’s an evening about dreaming, and characters who are struggling, and characters who are redefining their relationships, and also characters who are being inspirational, but also characters who are being defiant … and then we have characters who are being victorious.”Auditions will be held Jan. 30 and 31 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater.Tags: Musical, musical theatre, Saint Mary’s theatre, Theatrelast_img read more

New York Issues New Virus Mandate

first_imgPhoto: CDCALBANY – New York State’s Governor announced a new mandate Wednesday that requires open businesses to have 50 percent of its workforce work from home.The announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo comes as the number of novel Coronavirus cases continue to grow in New York.The executive order exempts essential service industries, including shipping, media, warehousing, grocery and food production, pharmacies, healthcare providers, utilities, banks and related financial institutions, and other industries critical to the supply chain. “We are fighting a war against this pandemic and we know that two of the most effective ways to stop it is by reducing density and increasing our hospital capacity so our healthcare system is not overwhelmed,” Governor Cuomo said. “The deployment of the USNS Comfort to New York is an extraordinary but necessary step to help ensure our state has the capacity to handle an influx of patients with COVID-19 and continue our efforts to contain the virus. Partnering with the private sector to require nonessential employees to work from home will also go a long way toward bending the curve. My number one priority is protecting the public health so that a wave of new cases doesn’t crash our hospital system, and we will continue taking any action necessary to achieve that goal.”  The Governor confirmed 1,008 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 2,382 confirmed cases in New York State.Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will invoke a federal provision that allows the government to marshal the private sector in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Trump said he would sign the Defense Production Act “in case we need it” as the government bolsters resources for an expected surge in cases of the virus.Trump also said he will expand the nation’s testing capacity and deploy a Navy hospital ship to New York City, which is rapidly becoming the epicenter of a pandemic that has rattled the U.S. economy and rewritten the rules of American society. A second ship will be deployed to the West Coast.The president also said the Housing and Urban Development Department will suspend foreclosures and evictions through April as a growing number of Americans face losing jobs and missing rent and mortgage payments.This is a developing story and will be updated. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I guess you all are going to starve with this order….farmers will not be able to worklast_img read more

Tix Now On Sale to See Zachary Quinto’s Return to the Stage in Smokefall

first_img Smokefall Tickets are now available to see Zachary Quinto, Robin Tunney and more in Smokefall off-Broadway. Directed by Director Anne Kauffman and penned by Noah Haidle, the production will begin previews on February 4 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with opening night set for February 22.The cast will also include Brian Hutchison, Jon DeVries and Taylor Richardson.Smokefall combines magical realism and vaudeville while introducing audiences to two prenatal philosophy-swapping Twins, a dirt-eating Beauty (Richardson), a Father and Footnote (Quinto), who acts as the show’s guide. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 20, 2016 Smokefallcenter_img View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Central American Leaders Promise to Fight Crime after Killings in Guatemala

first_img Central American presidents promised to redouble their efforts to fight organized crime at a meeting chaired by Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom. The call by the leaders comes days after hitmen belonging to the Mexican Los Zetas cartel murdered twenty-seven laborers on a Guatemalan rural property, a massacre for which three suspects have been detained. “We have made progress on the strategic plan for regional security,” Colom said following the conclave, attended by the presidents of Honduras and El Salvador, Porfirio Lobo and Mauricio Funes respectively, and by delegates from Nicaragua and Belize, in the colonial city of Antigua Guatemala, 45 km west of the capital. The strategic plan will be defined in Guatemala on 22 and 23 June, at a meeting that will be attended by the Central American presidents, as well as those of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Colombia, Colom said. Three suspects have been detained in relation to the killings on the rural property in the northern department of Petén, where the hitmen decapitated their victims, including two women, while police and military personnel continue searching the jungle region along the Mexican border, where Los Zetas operate with impunity. The detainees are Porfirio García, Toribio Barreno Pérez, and Hugo Álvaro Gómez Vásquez. All three are Guatemalans and are suspected of belonging to Los Zetas. In addition, the authorities have succeeded in identifying at least twenty former members of the Guatemalan military who are working for Los Zetas and were in charge of guarding family members and friends of Otto Salguero, the owner of the property, whom the hitmen were looking for in order to kill him, police sources said. The hitmen executed the workers while asking them about the whereabouts of Salguero, who has come under investigation following the killings for suspected ties with drug trafficking. Los Zetas, whose networks extend from the southern United States to Central America, are a group created by Mexican military personnel who deserted some years ago to join the Gulf cartel, with which they are now clashing. Colom imposed a state of emergency in Petén and deployed police and soldiers to the region after the massacre, the worst in the country since peace was signed in 1996, following a bloody civil war that lasted thirty-six years. By Dialogo May 23, 2011last_img read more

Peru: Service Members Strengthen Fight Against Narcotrafficking in VRAEM

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo September 14, 2020 Amid the state of emergency due to COVID-19, the Peruvian Armed Forces have taken on a triple battle against terrorism, narcotrafficking, and the pandemic.In July, the Peruvian Armed Forces destroyed 17 clandestine airstrips that narcotraffickers used in the VRAEM region. (Photo: Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command)Services members have intensified their operations in the coca-growing Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, in Spanish), where remnants of the Shining Path terrorist group have partnered with narcotraffickers and attacked military facilities.“In July, the Armed Forces and the National Police disabled 17 clandestine airstrips in the Huánuco and Pasco regions,” the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command (CCFFAA, in Spanish) said in a press release.On July 1, service members captured a member of the Shining Path known as “comrade Norma,” age 18. The arrest took place in the Vizcatán del Ene district, following a gunfight with other members of the group who were able to escape. Prosecutors will determine if Norma belongs to the “captive population,” that is a group of people that the Shining Path has kidnapped or indoctrinated since early childhood, the website Canal N reported.In June, service members provided more than 2,800 medical consultations and 1,244 COVID-19 tests for Peru’s most vulnerable communities. (Photo: Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command)On June 27, service members captured six alleged narcoterrorists in a drug lab in the Alto Parhuamayo area. The alleged criminals had two AKM rifles, three pistols, and more than 1 ton of cocaine hydrochloride, in addition to 5 tons of chemical precursors (acetone, hydrochloric acid, and ammonia), CCFFAA said.In May and June, the Peruvian Army captured alleged narcoterrorists carrying war weapons in the Canayre district.Service members also provided humanitarian support to native communities such as Poyeni, Sheboja, and Betania, the most vulnerable ones in Peru. In June, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, troops provided more than 2,800 medical consultations and 1,244 COVID-19 tests, of which 68 came back positive.last_img read more

Perfecting digital banking for a nation of multi-screeners

first_imgWithin two years, more than 50 percent of all banking transactions will take place on mobile devices. This means that a majority of your member interactions will happen over a mobile phone or tablet – and you need to be ready.“Google originally coined the term ‘multi-screeners’ to describe a shift in consumer behavior that is playing out in the marketplace today,” said Stephen Bohanon, founder and chief strategy and sales officer for Alkami Technology, Inc. “The life of a multi-screener is all about speed, convenience and constant connection. The average multi-screener juggles a variety of devices throughout the day and expects the experience you provide digitally to be consistent across all of them.”Delivering Functionality Across DevicesAccording to Bohanon, meeting these expectations within a digital banking application requires a highly flexible, extensible platform that delivers dependable functionality in every possible context. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Eight steps to delegate more

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of the great things about being a manager is that you can delegate various types of tasks to other people instead of having to do them yourself. This may sound like a rather cavalier statement, but it’s true. As a manager, to do your job efficiently and effectively, you must delegate various types of tasks to your staff. If you don’t delegate, you will be overworked and your staff will be underutilized. In fact, you do a disservice to your staff if you don’t delegate because this inhibits your staff’s ability to learn new things and grow as professionals.Like all management activities, delegation must be done in a thoughtful, ethical and forward-thinking manner. To that end, consider the following tips when delegating tasks to your staff, contractors, vendors and others.1. Clearly define what can and cannot be delegated. As a manager, be mindful of what should and should not be delegated. For example, specific tasks may contain proprietary information that should not be shared at your staff’s organizational level. There are also tasks that your team members may not be qualified to perform, thus setting them up for failure. Lastly, don’t just dump unwanted activities onto your staff to get them off your plate. Your team will eventually figure this out and it will hurt your credibility as their manager.Delegation is a powerful tool to maximize your team’s productivity, enhance their skill set, help them grow professionally, and free you up to perform higher level tasks. All that said—make sure that you are delegating the right tasks for the right reasons. continue reading »last_img read more

Lyon accept €27million bid for former Arsenal star Jeff Reine-Adelaide

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Sep 2020 5:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link448Shares Lyon accept €27million bid for former Arsenal star Jeff Reine-Adelaide Lyon manger Rudi Garcia is battling to keep hold of their prize assets including the likes of Houssem Aouar (Picture: Getty)Lyon have accepted a €27million offer from Hertha Berlin for former Arsenal midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide.The 22-year-old joined last season’s Champions League semi finalists last summer having resurrected an injury ravaged career during his solitary season at Angers. Reine-Adelaide made just 14 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon last term, however, and had been keen to move on again in search of regular first team football. Rennes had been in contention to sign the elegant midfielder whose burgeoning Arsenal career was effectively ended by a cruciate knee ligament injury but the French club were unwilling to to offer more than the €24m plus €1m in bonuses.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHertha have now agreed personal terms with the France Under-21 international who is expected to complete his move to Germany before next week’s deadline, according to BILD. Jeff Reine-Adelaide is on the verge of joining Hertha Berlin from Lyon (Picture: Getty)Lyon, meanwhile, are continuing to fend off interest from Arsenal in their captain and prize asset Houssem Aouar. Mikel Arteta has identified the 22-year-old as the ideal player around whom he can build a new-look midfield.Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas said earlier this week, however, that Arsenal’s latest bid was rejected because it was ‘timid’ and did not reflect the midfielder’s quality. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Gunners have had two bids turned down for the player, with the latest believed to be in the region of £32million. Lyon were seeking around £55m for the Frenchman at the start of the transfer window but the Ligue 1 club are said to have lowered that asking price and would accept closer to £46m. Asked about the nature of Arsenal’s bid and why it was rejected, Aulas said: ‘There was a timid offer. We felt like either they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team. ‘So it was not an offer that was even susceptible to making us consider a sale.’MORE: Thomas Partey or Houssem Aouar? Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn makes his choiceMORE: Manchester United respond to rumours they are signing Arsenal star Ainsley Maitland-NilesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Irvine – We have to respect United

first_img Press Association The Baggies host United on Monday and Irvine reckons the former champions are still a top draw. United chief Louis van Gaal has seen his side lose 5-3 at Leicester and stunned 4-0 in the Capital One Cup by MK Dons already this season. They are 11 points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea following Van Gaal’s stuttering start since replacing David Moyes in the summer. Victory would move Albion level on points with United but, while Irvine believes they are in transition, he is wary of their threat. He said: “They are still Manchester United and have some great players. It’s going to be a huge game for our club, players and fans. “When the fixtures come out most people up and down the country look to see when they are playing Manchester United at home. “They have been a fantastic team over the years but the squad was looking like it was going to need some changes and I read something from Sir Alex Ferguson saying it has needed an overhaul. “It was getting to that time and David Moyes inherited that situation. It’s a period of transition. “Manchester United have been dominant for many years so they are eventually going to have to change and that’s the situation they are in at the moment.” The Baggies have won three of their last four games after failing to win their opening four league matches. West Brom head coach Alan Irvine insists Manchester United are still a force and warned his side to treat them with respect. United have beaten Everton and West Ham in their last two outings and Irvine has called on Albion to shut them down early. “They will work the ball out and we’ve got to make sure they don’t get moves started easily,” he said. “We’ve done our video work and there are clips of them scoring goals where it starts with the goalkeeper and ends up in the back of the net. “Clearly that involves a lot of control and a lot of movement and good positioning of their players. “We’ve got to be really well organised when we don’t have the ball in order to stop them building these attacks. “But one of the things we’ve spoken about is the need for us to be really good with the ball and not give it back really cheaply to players of the quality of Manchester United.” last_img read more

Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe retires from First Class cricket

first_imgSydney: Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe has retired from First Class cricket after being denied a new contract for his domestic side New South Wales.“I was disappointed when I was told that I wasn’t getting a contract but I respect and accept the decision, so I have decided to retire from first-class cricket,” O’Keefe is quoted as saying by ESPNCrinfo.“I will forever be grateful to Lee [Germon, the Cricket NSW chief executive] and all the staff, from the front office to the warehouse to the development officers in regional areas, who have all shared the same passion for the game.“They’ve played a huge role in making the last 15 years so memorable. And, of course, I am indebted to the fans, who supported my left-arm inswingers against their better judgement. On a personal level, I want to thank my family, as well as my manager and friend, Andrew Fraser. They’ve been by my side through everything and I couldn’t have done this without them.”O’Keefe famously took 12 wickets in the Pune Test against India in 2017, recording figures of 6/35 in both the Indian innings. Australia won the match by a whopping 333 runs but is figures dried up as India fought back in the rest of the series and won it. In a first class career that has spanned 15 years, O’Keefe has played a total of 88 matches and taken 301 wickets at an average of 24.66.Also read: Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest to have played cricket: Brian LaraAlso watch: Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digitallast_img read more