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Tony Winner Kelli O’Hara on Why Leaving The King and I Feels ‘Strange and Heartbreaking’

first_img The King and I Related Shows Kelli O’Hara(Photos: Bruce Glikas, Paul Kolnik, Theo Wargo/Getty Images) In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Kelli O’Hara, who was nominated five previous times over a decade, won her first Tony Award for playing Anna Leonowens in The King and I. The actress, who was named the 2015 Star of the Year, will take her final bow in the Tony-winning revival on April 17. We asked the lovable star to participate in’s Exit Interview and tell us all about what she learned, loved and will miss about her time in the classic musical.How did you feel when you first got this job?Excited and a little apprehensive. I didn’t know this show/role that well and honestly thought it would be easier than it has been. But the challenges have ultimately been the most fulfilling part.How do you feel now that you’re leaving?I feel proud of this show, the family we have created at LCT and very grateful that roles like Anna exist, and especially that I was asked to play her.What are three words you would use to describe your experience? Cathartic, personal, educational.What was the easiest thing about this job? Loving the children.What was the hardest thing? Missing my own.What was the highlight of your time at this job? My highlight of any project is always the rehearsal period when the work is really done. I always miss it when it’s over.What skills are required for future job applicants? Ha! I never think of our jobs like that. They aren’t technical or cookie-cutter. They are emotional and best served by being special to the individual playing them. And my Anna will be different from any other Anna. I guess I would ask, out of respect for my company who will still be there, that the actress has a good moral core, a strong investment in a close company of actors and a warm heart. And I know we have hit the jackpot with Marin Mazzie.What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Be an observant and quiet leader. Support when it is needed but concentrate on the show itself, and in some way, a healthy, strong show will make for a healthy, loyal company.How do you think you’ve grown?Anyone who plays Anna will grow, I think. Her strength, her fearlessness and her dedication to something good and just have definitely affected me. She has made me feel stronger and more confident.Why are you leaving? I miss my own children, and I want more time with them, but I also want to move on creatively. I always itch to do new things professionally. I always have.What will you miss the most? I will miss my cast more than I can put down in words. They are beautiful, soulful, dedicated artists, and I love them so much. We built this together, and leaving them feels strange and heartbreaking. But I have been around this business long enough to know that I will be with them again and that perhaps my leaving will create a change for them that is creative and healthy and new.center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

The Play That Goes Wrong Will Mess Things Up on Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019 View Comments Something went right! The U.K. comedy The Play That Goes Wrong will head to Broadway this season. Performances will begin on March 9, 2017 at the Lyceum Theatre, where it is set to open on April 2. Mark Bell will direct. Among the producers for the Great White Way bow is producer, director and writer J.J. Abrams.The Olivier-winning play by Mischief Theatre members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields introduces audiences to the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, a performance troupe attempting to put on a 1920s murder mystery. As the title suggests, it doesn’t go well, and the accident-prone thespians fight against all odds to make it to the curtain call.Lewis, Sayer and Shields will appear in the Broadway staging, as will their fellow original West End cast members Matthew Cavendish, Bryony Corrigan, Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Charlie Russell, Greg Tannahill and Nancy Zamit. This marks the Great White Way debut for all of them.Plans for a Broadway transfer were first reported in 2014 for a potential summer 2015 engagement. The show premiered in 2013 at London’s Old Red Lion before transferring to Trafalgar Studios. The comedy began performances at the West End’s Duchess Theatre in September 2014.The production will feature sets by Nigel Hook, costumes by Roberto Surace, lighting by Ric Mountjoy and sound design by Andy Johnson. The Play That Goes Wrong (Through January 6, 2019)center_img Henry Lewis, Rob Falconer, Nancy Wallinger, Greg Tannahill & Charlie Russell in ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ in the West End(Photo: Alastair Muir) Related Showslast_img read more

Cambium Group Welcomes Two New Team Members

first_imgCambium Group LLC announced today that they have welcomed Stephen Wilson and Rebecca Walsh to their firm. Stephen is the company’s newest Web Developer/Programmer and will be working with the creative department to turn their designs into operational database driven websites. Stephen will also be responsible for all website maintenance and changes requested by clients. Stephen comes from Gordon-Darby NHOST Services in Manchester, NH where he was in charge of creating, updating and maintaining company websites. He is a graduate of New Hampshire Community Technical College with a degree in Application Development.Rebecca has been hired as the company’s Web Marketing Assistant. In her role she will coordinate public relations and marketing efforts as well as assist the Senior Vice President with the web channel development process. She will also work closely with Cambium Groups clientele to continue the tradition of excellent customer service. Rebecca comes from a strong customer service background including sales, training, and marketing. She graduated from Western New England College with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications.”We are very excited about the expansion of our team,” states Scott Wells, owner of the Cambium Group LLC. “Stephen and Rebecca bring new dynamics to the table that will help us to further enhance our exceptional service to our clients. I’m confident that our clients will be impressed with the additional value that Stephen and Rebecca bring.”About Cambium GroupThe Cambium Group specializes in innovative web site design, content management, e-commerce systems, internet marketing, virtual tours and print design. Cambium’s proprietary content management system (CAMAS) is an easy-to-use set of tools engineered to manage your entire web channel. CAMAS utilizes a familiar MSWord-like interface that allows you to update your company’s web site on your own by adding photos, editing/formatting text, and coordinating the appearance of informative items such as news or events. It’s affordable, and in most cases, is much less expensive than hiring a “web master” or web design firm to make ongoing changes. Cambium’s clientele includes web site designs for many businesses and credit unions located throughout the United States. Some recent website launches include Synergent Corporation, Maine Credit Union League, and Bellwether Community Credit Union.last_img read more

Vote Compass: 51% against legalising marijuana

first_imgOneNews 4 September 2014New Zealand has some of the highest cannabis consumption rates in the world yet the majority of people surveyed by Vote Compass say they don’t want marijuana legalised.    According to the United Nations, New Zealand has the eighth highest cannabis consumption level in the world after countries like Papua New Guinea, Zambia and Canada.Vote Compass asked people whether they think “marijuana should be legalised”.Fifty-one percent of respondents disagree or strongly disagree it should be legalised, 33% said it should be, and 15% were neutral.Auckland University political psychologist Danny Osborne says damage done by legal highs might help explain the results.“One of the things that might potentially explain this is the recent reports that we’ve been seeing over the last couple of years showing that synthetic drugs, and synthetic marijuana in particular, have been wreaking havoc on a lot of New Zealanders lives,” he says. read more

Support for legalising euthanasia dips, but majority still in favour – poll

first_imgThose who were more likely than average to intend to vote against legalisation were Asian New Zealanders, Pacific peoples and women aged 55 and over.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. Legalise euthanasia – 65%Remain illegal – 25%Will not vote – 1%Don’t know / Refused – 9% The groups of people who were more like likely than average to intend to vote in favour of the legalisation of euthanasia were Green Party supporters, men aged 55 and over, people with an annual household income of more than $150,000 and New Zealand Europeans. Those polled were asked, ‘Do you think you will vote for euthanasia to be legalised, or for euthanasia to remain illegal?’center_img TVNZ One News 14 February 2020Family First Comment: It will continue to drop as we highlight the deep flaws in the proposed bill. Even for people who support some sort of euthanasia, they certainly shouldn’t support the bill just approved by the for legalising euthanasia has dropped, according to the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll – despite still holding a favourable majority.It comes as the question for legalising euthanasia, or sticking with the status quo, is set to go to the public on September 19.last_img read more

Indiana Increases STEM-Certified Schools

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recently increased the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-certified schools in Indiana to 78.These schools were selected based on their commitment to teaching STEM disciplines, and each completed a rigorous application and review process before receiving certification.STEM-certified schools take a nontraditional approach to education, as they focus on project-based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student-centered classrooms, and integration into humanities and related arts, among other things.This increase is a part of the IDOE’s effort to strengthen STEM education across Indiana to help equip students with the skills they need to thrive in STEM-related careers in the future.To learn more about STEM-certified schools in our state, click here.last_img read more

June 12, 2019 Police Blotter

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McIlroy rallies in tough conditions

first_img Press Association Rory McIlroy went from flirting with a third consecutive missed cut to a place inside the top 10 in the BMW PGA Championship on Friday. An eagle on the 12th for the second day running was followed by a bogey on the 13th, but birdies on the 15th, 16th and 18th gave McIlroy a 71 and halfway total of five under par. And with overnight leader Thomas Bjorn starting his round with a bogey on the first, that was within four shots of the lead. “I did not start off particularly well and made a mess of the seventh, but came back well and hit some quality shots on the back nine,” said McIlroy, who thinned a bunker shot on the seventh to run up a double-bogey six on a hole he eagled on Thursday. “Anything under par this morning was a decent score and to birdie three of the last four holes is pretty pleasing.” McIlroy announced on Wednesday that he had called off his planned November wedding to former world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, even though the invitations had just been sent out. The 25-year-old admitted he would therefore find it very difficult to concentrate on his golf in the European Tour’s flagship event, but managed an opening 68 and felt slightly better on Friday. “I was apprehensive going out yesterday, I honestly didn’t know what to expect and it was good I had the quick turnaround to get back on the golf course,” he added. “I have exceeded my expectations so far. Once you get inside the ropes you are concentrating on your golf and it’s almost a nice four or five-hour release to concentrate on the job at hand.” Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello had set the clubhouse target on six under after a round of 73, with Sweden’s Jonas Blixt – joint second in the Masters last month – alongside McIlroy on five under following a 71. center_img With a swirling wind and intermittent rain making conditions difficult for the early starters, McIlroy covered the front nine of his second round at Wentworth in three over par. That left McIlroy one under for the tournament with the halfway cut projected at that point to fall at level par, but just as he did in the recent Players Championship at Sawgrass, McIlroy rallied strongly on the back nine. last_img read more

Shakib 217 and Mushfiqur 159 lift Bangladesh in record stand

first_img(REUTERS) – Shakib Al Hasan stroked the highest individual score for Bangladesh and combined with Mushfiqur Rahim in a record partnership on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve yesterday.Shakib (217) and captain Mushfiqur (159) stubbornly denied New Zealand in perfect conditions at the Basin Reserve as they produced a 359-run fifth-wicket partnership and batted their side into a position where they are unlikely to lose the game.The previous highest partnership for any wicket for Bangladesh was the 312 by Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes for the first wicket against Pakistan at Khulna in April, 2015.Shakib brought up his double-century, just the third by a Bangladeshi batsman, when he punched a Colin de Grandhomme delivery behind square for his 30th boundary, then surpassed Tamim’s record score of 206 with a push for a single to mid-off.Mushfiqur Rahim lofts down the ground in his 159.A weary Shakib eventually chopped a Neil Wagner delivery on about 15 minutes before the close of play before the visitors ended the day on 542 for seven, with Sabbir Rahman 10 not out after Mehedi Hasan was caught off the last ball for a duck.Thursday’s first day was disrupted by regular bouts of rain and then bad light, with the visitors laying a solid foundation of 154-3 after being asked to bat on a green-tinged pitch.Shakib was on five when play resumed yesterday with Mominul Haque on 64.Mominul, however, did not add to his overnight score when he was caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling off Tim Southee to reduce the visitors to 160-4, though that was New Zealand’s only success until late in the final session.Both Shakib and Mushfiqur brought up their centuries before tea, with the former tucking a Wagner delivery off his legs for a single and the latter guiding a Southee ball down to third man for his 17th boundary.Shakib had a let off on 137 when he appeared to have been caught by a diving Watling down the leg side, but television replays showed the ball had momentarily touched the ground as the wicketkeeper landed and the batsman was recalled.He was also dropped by a diving Ross Taylor at backward point on 189 from Trent Boult, who eventually ended the pair’s stand about 40 minutes before stumps when he had Mushfiqur caught behind by Watling.Bangladesh’s previous record for the fifth wicket was 267 that Mushfiqur and Mohammad Ashraful scored against Sri Lanka in Galle in March, 2013.BANGLADESH 1st innings (o/n 154-3)T. Iqbal lbw b Boult 56I. Kayes c Boult b Southee 1M. Haque c Watling b Southee 64Mahmudullah c Watling b Wagner 26S. Al Hasan b Wagner 217M. Rahim c Watling b Boult 159Sa. Rahman not out 10M. Hasan c Southee b Wagner 0Extras: (b-2, lb-6, nb-1) 9Total: (for 7 wickets, 136 overs) 542Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-60, 3-145, 4-160, 5-519, 6-536, 7-542.Bowling: T. Boult 31-4-121-2, T. Southee 31-5-144-2, C. de Grandhomme 20-2-65-0, N. Wagner 36-6-124-3 (nb-1), M. Santner 15-2-60-0, K. Williamson 3-0-20-0.last_img read more


first_imgLeonard Hyman, a graduate student studying public policy, works with his Crunch Student Design Challenge teammates, including Laura Fenton (right), a graduate student studying media arts and practice, at the Annenberg Innovation Lab Wednesday night, when the competition kicked off.Chris Roman | Daily Trojanlast_img

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