Managing Back to School Costs – public submissions sought

first_imgAdvertisement THE Vice-Chair of the Education and Social Protection Committee, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, in conjunction with the Members of the Joint Committee, is compiling a report on the prohibitive costs for parents sending their children to primary and secondary school and they want the public’s say and submissions in what it takes and costs to fund school attendance. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The report is focusing on the areas of books, school uniforms and voluntary contributions, and hearings have already taken place at committee level.Submissions are now invited from members of the public who have an interest in this area as to how this issue may be effectively addressed.Deputy Ó Ríordáin says: “A recent survey of parents, carried out on behalf of the National Consumer Agency, estimates back to school costs at €487 for primary school children and €620 for those attending secondary school. Almost 80 percent of parents are more concerned about the costs this year than they were last year.“At a time when families are increasingly squeezed, our Committee is intent on exploring all options to minimise back to school costs. Submissions received from the public will afford the Committee an opportunity to assess any practical steps that can be taken to reduce the cost of equipping children for school at primary and secondary levels.”The deadline for receipt of submissions is Friday 15 March 2013.For more information and to make a submission view: Facebook Previous articleMacklin issues May Day call to LeeNext articleLimerick glory at Munster Schools Cross Country Championship admin WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Linkedin Email Print NewsLocal NewsManaging Back to School Costs – public submissions soughtBy admin – February 11, 2013 509 last_img read more

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