Pass-In-Review honors ROTC members

first_imgFourteen exemplary members of Notre Dame’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program received awards for integrity, leadership and community involvement at the 2013 Presidential Pass-In-Review ceremony yesterday. The formal military ceremony, held in the Stepan Center, gathered all cadets and midshipmen on campus. Midshipman Jason Koncsol spoke about the importance of Notre Dame’s ROTC program. University President Fr. John Jenkins opened the Pass-In-Review with an address. “The military has a long and historic involvement at Notre Dame, with members of the military attending the University as far back as 1858,” he said. “Notre Dame is one of only 56 universities with a ROTC program representing all four branches of the United States military.” Jenkins said he respects the dedication of the ROTC students and the work they do. “People will look to you for leadership. They will look to you for purpose,” he said. “I know that what you do as a ROTC participant is not easy. On top of the same responsibilities that every student faces, you have ROTC duties and activities.” Jenkins’ invocation emphasized the service aspect within the ROTC program. “I know you do this out of a great sense of commitment that resonates to your service in various branches of the military,” he said. Cadets Abigail Nichols and Edward Spinelli were awarded the prestigious Army Officer’s Saber. Spinelli was also honored with the Hendry Memorial Award and the Patrick Dixon Award, an honor he shared with Army Cadet Michael Dompierre. Other leadership awards given to ROTC members included the Dr. Michael McKee Award, earned by Cadet Sabina Fischer and the Edward Easby-Smith Award, awarded to Midshipman Katherine Griffin. Cadet Benjamin Coffey received the Captain Paul Roberge Memorial Award, which acknowledges the specific accomplishments of a pilot candidate. Naval ROTC Midshipmen Michael McCormick, Blake Weller, Kevin Hickey, Madeleine Anderson, Devon Graham and Elizabeth Schroff and Cadets Eric Wilde and Patrick Bowlds were honored with decorations recognizing their integrity, diligence and service. In memory of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Jenkins commended the actions of Fr. Corby, a Holy Cross priest who accompanied the Union Army and whose statue stands outside of Notre Dame’s Corby Hall. “Fr. Corby stood on a rock and gave absolution to the troops, not simply for the Union soldiers, nor only for the Catholic soldiers, but for all soldiers,” he said. “[He] embodied this message of serving a just peace. I challenge all of you as participants of the ROTC program to pursue this cause of a just peace as well.” Contact Charlie Ducey at [email protected]last_img read more

SMC elects, appoints new senate members

first_imgWhile the United States celebrated the 226th anniversary of its Constitution on Sept. 17, Saint Mary’s students worked on amending theirs.  Kat Sullivan, Saint Mary’s student body president, said the Student Government Association (SGA) is set to modify the student senate this year in the interest of transparency. Sullivan said the senate will include nine senators, who will represent each student class, and the Belles Connect scholars, which is a group of students otherwise underrepresented for socioeconomic reasons. “There are two members from each class either elected or appointed and one Belles Connect representative that will sit on the Senate and vote,” Sullivan said.  The Saint Mary’s senate, which has been in existence for only one year, is responsible for making sure SGA spending reflects students’ needs. Maddy Martin, vice president of SGA, said the senate decides how best to allot the budget. “The goal of the senate is to be cost-effective and beneficial to SMC as a whole,” said Martin. “The senate is the single voting body in student government. They act as sort of a checks and balances for the rest of the interest groups on campus.” On Tuesday, SGA announced the newly elected freshman and senior senators. Mary Clair Burchett will represent the first years, while Chelsea Fordon and Hannah Mudd will vote on behalf of the seniors.  The second freshman seat currently remains vacant, and no one ran for the sophomore and junior class positions this year. Sullivan said the freshman seat will be filled by appointment after a formal application process that is open to interested first years. Junior class president Nicole O’Toole said she attributes the absence of senators from these classes to a lack of understanding of the relatively new student government body. “I don’t think it’s a lack of interest, it’s just the second year of this program,” O’Toole said. “No one knew what it meant to be a senator.” Sullivan said she believes uncertainty about the restructuring of the senate is discouraging students from participating in it. “People are still unsure about how the structure works. A lot of girls expect it to be like last year,” Sullivan said. “We’ve reformatted it but we’re still improving and adjusting.” Stephanie Bridges, the director of Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS), advised the boards of the classes lacking senators to appoint someone from within their board, Martin said. Bridges’ familiarity with the administration’s guidelines makes her a perfect guide during the upcoming year’s ‘trial run,’ Sullivan said. Martin said she and Sullivan rely on Bridges when it comes to questions of the College’s policies. “Stephanie acts as an advisor,” Martin said. “Kat and I will go to her for anything and with everything because she is aware of policies and procedures of the college.” Sullivan said the appointment of senators to fill the empty positions will hopefully be carried out at the first senate meeting. “Since no one ran in the senator elections for the classes of 2015 and 2016, Maddy and I have reached out to the 2015 and 2016 Class Boards. They will appoint senators within their Class Board,” Sullivan said. “We will have a motion to include the appointed senators at the first senate meeting. If this is approved by all voting members, then we will move forward.” Sullivan said once the leadership roles are filled, senators should continue to reach out to the student body to engage their peers in the senate’s work. The meetings themselves are organized in a town hall-like fashion to encourage inclusiveness, she said. “We want the Senate to be more approachable so they can contribute to issues more closely related to the concerns of the students,” Sullivan said. “We want to communicate with everyone very openly, we want to be as transparent on campus as possible.” She said, overall, communication between the student government and the body it represents should extend both ways.  “We want students to be more aware of what each board does,” Sullivan said. “Even the all school formal – RHA [Residence Hall Association] is responsible for its production but people think SGA hosts that.” Echoing this sentiment, Martin said SGA leaders want students to recognize the purpose of student government. “Collectively we want people to understand the role of SGA,” Martin said.  Sullivan said her executive, non-voting role involves ensuring people carry out their designated responsibilities. She said this aspect of her job as SGA president essential during the current time of transition and shifting responsibilities.  She also said the responsibilities of all members of student government are greater relative to their counterparts at other schools due to the size of Saint Mary’s. “Because our school is so small, we have a lot more responsibility compared to other students,” Sullivan said.  Martin said senate members have opportunities to work with high-level administrators at the College. “Administrators trust us,” Martin said. “I find it so cool that members of our Senate are on boards that hear the intimate details of the highest level of the College’s administration.”  Sullivan said the senate has many responsibilities around campus beyond simply allocating funds. “There are so many different aspects that the [senate] focuses on throughout campus, like the Sophia program which specializes in academics,” Sullivan said. “The new constitution even addresses changes within a senate, so if this happens again how we will handle it.” Sullivan said that for those interested in pursuing a senate position in the future, the role requires a minimum of two hours a week between the senate meeting and class board meetings. “We added more non-voting members in addition to the executive members already sitting on the senate. The purpose of the senate is to have an outside body [to] voice student needs.” To read the student constitution online, visit the SGA Portal on Orgsync.last_img read more

Students reflect on academic accommodations

first_imgEditor’s note: This is the third day in a series on disability at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Today’s story examines students’ experiences with academic accommodations at the University and the College.Megan Crowley, a freshman at Notre Dame, has Pompe disease, which progressively weakens muscles.Editor’s note: Crowley spoke to The Observer with the assistance of her nurse, Debbie Larsen, who is quoted below.Crowley said when she was looking at colleges, she specifically looked at the accommodations available at Notre Dame.“When she’s taking an exam, she gets double the time. Not because she has trouble processing the information — it just takes her a very long time to write it down,” Larsen said. “The other thing was to have it in a room where you’re not disturbing your classmates, basically, by taking the test and taking such a long time.”In lecture-style classes, Crowley said she has note takers to supplement her own notes. In discussion-based classes, Crowley speaks and her statement is repeated by the caretaker accompanying her.“If by any means that person is gone or leaves, she does have a friend in the class that can translate if necessary,” Larsen said. “But she thinks that if nobody was with her, she wouldn’t be called on. They just wouldn’t want to have difficulty understanding her, or embarrassing her, and she understands that.”Junior Grace Agolia, who is deaf and uses a cochlear implant, said accommodations offered through the Sara Bea Center for Students with Disabilities played a role in her decision to attend Notre Dame.“Some colleges don’t have good offices of disability services, but Notre Dame’s is quite excellent. Scott Howland is the man. He is awesome, and so are all the other staff members at Sara Bea,” she said.Agolia said she submitted an individualized education plan (IEP), as well as documentation from her audiologist, and met with the office at the beginning of the year to explain the sort of accommodations she required, which include CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation).“The Office of Disability Services here hires a company called Michiana Reporters — basically court stenographers — who come in and they type, in real time, everything that is said in the classroom,” she said. “It appears on an iPad on my desk, and the transcripts are sent to me after class. They’re confidential transmissions, so no one else gets to see them, just me, just in case I miss something in class.”Agolia said she also uses an FM system, “which consists of a teacher-worn microphone, and a receiver, that I plug into my cochlear implant.”“It amplifies the teacher’s voice and transmits that amplification directly to my cochlear implant, so no one hears the amplification but me,” she said. “It’s really nice if the teacher’s back is turned, or if there is some background noise going on. It helps me to hear what they’re saying better.”Agolia said she also receives extended time on tests because of delayed auditory processing.“This is something a lot of people don’t understand. They look at me, they [say], ‘Oh you do fine hearing one-on-one conversations, you seem to do really well in class, all these things. Plus, the exam is visual, it’s written — why do you need extended time for that if your disability is a hearing one?’” she said. “The thing is, with auditory processing, the way my cochlear implant works with my brain, the auditory processing is always delayed.“You are going to hear something much sooner than I’m going to hear something. So I probably have a five second delay because my brain is always asking, ‘Is this what I heard?’ and then it’s asking, ‘What is this information about?’ So the processing comes a second later because the focus is on the actual hearing.”Although her accommodation requests have been consistent over time, Agolia said she did not have CART until she came to Notre Dame.“The college environment — the classes are a lot bigger at Notre Dame — so it was going to be harder for me to hear other people in the classroom, especially people behind me, because I like to sit in the front row, to hear,” she said. “Also, if I just had the FM system and taking notes, I’m basically trying to write down what I’m hearing.“All the processing of the information comes a lot later, so it is helpful to have CART there to do some of the notetaking for me. And especially if it’s stuff that I can’t hear, so that later I can look at it and say, ‘That makes sense now.’”Classes involving group discussions are difficult, Agolia said, because she is always looking at the transcript displayed in front of her.“Sometimes the transcript is not always accurate, and that’s just something you have to deal with because it’s a phonetic keyboard. Sometimes I can figure it out, based on the phonetic spelling of the sounds, but still by the time I read it and then figure it out, the discussion has already moved to the next person, so it’s a constant game of playing catch-up,” she said. “It is more difficult, especially when I want to make a contribution to the discussion and think of something much later, and the discussion has already moved on — it’s awkward to share that.”Agolia said the majority of her professors and classmates have been very understanding of her requests for accommodations.“I have had one or two teachers who have not been as open to certain aspects of the accommodations, which was an issue for me, and it was difficult to deal with. We eventually were able to reach a compromise, but it was still hard on my end because I had to put extra time into the class and that took away time from other things,” she said.Elizabeth Anthony, a senior with autoimmune conditions, said her professors have been very understanding of her request for accommodations.“There have been a couple of times when I’ve had to have very frank conversations, like, ‘I’m sorry, I’m horribly sick and this is why, and I can’t do this,’” she said. “And they’ve always been really understanding. I’ve been really impressed at how many of my professors have taken a very personal interest in me, or have, once I told them, been so supportive, which has been awesome.”Ross Kloeber, a first-year law student who is hard of hearing, said his experience with disability services has been very positive and “pretty straightforward,” though the availability of resources has not been prominently advertised.“There’s not a lot of outreach — it’s not necessarily different than anywhere else,” he said. “There might have been an email or something like that, but they’re not going to come find you — you have to go to them.”Kloeber said the accommodations he receives as a law student are of better quality than those he received at his undergraduate institution.“I don’t know how much of that is because the accommodations are getting better or the actual services the school provides,” he said.Fiona Van Antwerp, a sophomore with dyslexia, said the Disabilities Resource Office (DRO) at Saint Mary’s played a large role in her college choice.“A lot of schools couldn’t guarantee accommodations, some big, some small,” Van Antwerp said.When she met Iris Giamo, director of the DRO, Van Antwerp said she felt comfortable Saint Mary’s would be a good fit and that she would receive the educational accommodations she needed.“Iris made that transition very smooth with note takers, time-and-a-half on tests and a separate room for testing,” she said.Van Antwerp said she also records classes and uses audiobooks to learn material.“I maybe have to work two times harder to get the ‘A,’ but the accommodations don’t give me a leg up,” she said.She said most professors are very willing and able to work with her, but because teaching styles differ, Van Antwerp said she has had to advocate for herself and realize when she needs accommodations. One professor allowed her to record the classes and answer the essay tests orally instead of writing the essays.Van Antwerp said she learned to compensate for her dyslexia in high school because she didn’t have a resource coordinator like Giamo.“I had a lot of tutoring when I was little to teach me tools to combat my disability,” she said.It wasn’t until the end of her high school career, Van Antwerp said, that her school created a learning center for students with disabilities.“So I learned how to advocate for myself in the classroom in high school,” she said. “During tests, people would ask me why I wasn’t in the room, and I would tell them I receive accommodations. They would say ‘Really? You look smart.’ People didn’t understand. I’m not dumb.”Van Antwerp said she has become very comfortable talking about her disability.“There will always be kids who doubt you, but you just have to shake it off,” she said. “Sometimes other students are frustrated because they think educational accommodations make it easier.”Bridget Dedelow, a senior who has cerebral palsy, said the academic environment at Saint Mary’s encouraged her to explore disability in a nonfiction writing class.“Honestly, I wasn’t going to at first. It’s funny, because, with nonfiction, you think you’re telling other people’s stories,” she said. “I wanted to write other people’s stories and the project was setting itself up to be about geek culture.”Professors encouraged her to include herself in her writing project, Dedelow said, and she realized the connection between her interest in gaming and her disability.“I didn’t want to be defined by my disability, and I was nervous about exposing myself to these people that might not understand,” she said. “But writing about my disability was definitely a freeing experience, and an exercise in trusting myself and trusting my ability.”Through the revision process, Dedelow said she tried to find a balance of telling stories about geek culture and feminism, while incorporating her own acceptance of her disability through gaming.“My comp [class] was the first time I wrote peacefully and with humor,” Dedelow said. “I’ve had some angry writing in my life.”News writers Megan Valley and Madison Jaros contributed to this story.Tags: disability, Disability Resource Office, Disability series 2016, Sara Bea Center for Students with Disabilitieslast_img read more

University hosts town hall to discuss changes to residential life

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins and vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding hosted a town hall–style information session Wednesday regarding the recently-announced changes to residential life at Notre Dame.Jenkins said these changes — to be implemented starting with the class of 2022 — arose as a way to provide “an education of the mind and heart” at the University.“When we talk to graduating students about their Notre Dame experience … one thing that stands out, dramatically stands out, is that at Notre Dame there is just a stronger sense of community,” he said. “That’s what students tell us, that the school has a strong sense of being part of something more than yourself. Not just you and the school, but you and the community. And … we think the residence halls are a critical part of contributing to that and strengthening that and deepening it.” Rosie LoVoi | The Observer Vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffman Harding speaks at a town hall event on Wednesday evening to address community concerns related to the changes in residential life announced yesterday.Hoffmann Harding said the most controversial change requiring all students live on campus for at least six semesters will, in reality, not affect most students.“Actually the predominant norm, the super majority of almost all is the experience for our sophomores and juniors on campus already matches what we’re asking for the new classes going forward in terms of sophomores or juniors living on campus,” she said. “So we are solidifying a trend that already exists and has been quite stable over time.”The timing in applying the changes, Hoffmann Harding said, both allows students who have already made off-campus housing plans to keep those commitments and allows potential students to make informed decisions about attending Notre Dame with the new policy in mind.“What we wanted to make sure is that we held current students harmless knowing the trend that we have heard students about signing leases early,” she said. “And we didn’t want to put any student in a difficult position — who is here — in a position to have to change plans due to a change in policy for the University. So that’s the rationale behind the timing, but we wanted to signal, for new classes and new students, that this is an important value that the University holds as we go forward.”When asked whether or not she believed this new regulation would deter potential students from considering Notre Dame, Hoffmann Harding said the new policy only differs slightly from what the admissions office tells applicants about residential life now.“It’s something we at least partially looked into,” she said. “So what we did is consulted our colleagues in the enrollment management division and actually sat down with the folks who admit students and actually go on the road to high schools and meet with them. … What at least our admissions experts shared with us is that the most typical question they tend to get from prospective students and family is, ‘Is there enough room for me?’”Hoffmann Harding recognized that the six semester requirement may not be the best situation for some members of the community.“You saw, I hope, in some of the materials that we may have good work to do in terms of what and how might exceptions be good for our students and good for our communities in some of these situations,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We’re happy to hear and learn examples of when you think that might not make sense … how we manage and implement that and think through that, in terms of different policies and procedures for a potential waiver process, is still very much to be determined.”Multiple students pointed out that one potential reason to request a waiver to move off campus would be if a survivor of sexual assault wanted to be farther away from his or her attacker, something Hoffmann Harding said she welcomed discussion about.“I think in general, my overall reaction would be, gosh that’s a conversation I would love to know about in terms of before making that decision,’” she said. “‘What didn’t make you feel safe about campus? How can we make that better?’ And if that’s a distinction between one community versus another to be able to share that information with us, and certainly I don’t have a definitive answer of what would qualify, but … our first and foremost care is for all of you as students to try to help you have a wonderful experience. And that’s the objective here.”While some students voiced frustration over paying the same amount for room and board despite varying quality of facilities, Hoffmann Harding said varying the price of housing would create unwelcome divides in the community.“Would that cause an unnatural and unhelpful and ultimately potentially unhealthy segmentation of choices of where students would live that wouldn’t provide the integrated community that we hope to be?” she said. “ … So that’s been part of our rationale for not charging differently, because we didn’t want to create socioeconomic challenges and benefits for the community that would not be helpful to the integrated communities we hope to build.”Upon one student pointing out that certain aspects of residential life — such as dorm Masses and parietals — do not appeal to every student at Notre Dame, Jenkins said Notre Dame is a University that remains true to its identity rather than striving to please everyone.“I think it would be a mistake for Notre Dame to say, ‘We want to be everything to everybody, Notre Dame is for everybody.’ And it’s not,” Jenkins said. “We want to be Notre Dame … we want to be a place that prizes community in every way, and we’re a place of faith. We make no apologies about that, no one should come here with any confusion about that. And that’s why we’re delaying any requirement until the next year’s class comes in. People should take a look, and if that’s what they want they should come here, but if that’s not what they want there are many other places — great places — to go to. So really it seems to me what we want to be is what we are in a clear way, in a way that emphasizes the kind of education we want to give.”Although the changes to residential life were largely prompted by a desire to convince more students to stay on campus for their senior year, Hoffmann Harding said the incentives to attract seniors are still to be determined.“That was necessarily a bit vague in what we shared because it’s still to be worked out,” she said. “And what we wanted to do is open up the conversation to the extent that some of those things cost money. I actually have to ask through the division of student affairs through the University’s regular budget process … to see if some of those would be possible. And so there’s this very funny sense of get it out so that we can have further conversation about it, and I think you’re right, though, that we’d love to have more specifics.”These incentives, Hoffmann Harding said, are vital to the University’s plan. Without the incentives, she said, the new requirement could actually end up driving seniors to move off campus for their final year at Notre Dame instead of achieving the intended goal.“It’s probably our most significant worry about it,” Hoffmann Harding said. “Which is why I think as we’ve thought about it, it has to be dually and creatively and — we hope — actively paired with senior incentives. … But it’s number one on top of my worry list, is that it would have the opposite effect if we can’t get the senior incentives right, which is why we need more help and more work on that.”Tags: Erin Hoffmann Harding, Fr. John Jenkins, Notre Dame Housing, off-campus housing, residential life, six-term requirementlast_img read more

Coach USA to end Indiana Supersaver route

first_imgCoach USA North America is ending the Indiana Supersaver bus route between Notre Dame and Chicago O’Hare and Chicago Midway Airport, WNDU reported Wednesday evening. As of Jan. 1, Coach USA will stop operating the route. Three hundred jobs are expected to be lost.A company official told the Times of Northwest Indiana that now “Megabus will run to and from Notre Dame on weekends and major school breaks,” according to WNDU.The story was originally reported in the Times of Northwest Indiana.Tags: Airport Supersaver, Chicago Midway, Chicago O’Hare, Coach USAlast_img read more

New York Considers Allowing Some Fans At Bills Playoff Game

first_imgFile image by Idibri / CC BY 2.0 ALBANY (AP) — The New York health commissioner is considering whether to allow 6,700 fans to attend a rare Buffalo Bills home playoff game if all attendees are tested beforehand.But nothing has been finalized yet, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a spokesperson for the Bills. The playoffs begin the weekend of Jan. 9, but the date of the game isn’t set.“The devil is often in the details,” Cuomo said. “We would like to do it.”Cuomo believes New York would be the nation’s first state to try such a plan, which would include contact tracing after the game. “This could be the beginning to show how you could have events with testing,” he said. His budget director, Bob Mujica, said the football team would control entry and exit into a socially distanced stadium where fans without masks would be ejected.But Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said he’s worried about encouraging “ancillary events” — potential postgame and pregame events that could cause spikes of their own.“How do we control that?” Zucker said. “That is really the question.”And the idea is getting pushback in a region that’s been hit hard by an uptick in COVID-19 in recent months.Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said that his administration hasn’t been part of any discussions about the idea and that it hasn’t come up on recent calls with state officials. And he said the county doesn’t have the capacity to do rapid testing on 6,700 individuals, typically performing 1,450 tests a week.A decision would need to be made by the middle of next week to prepare for a game just over two weeks from now, he said.The Bills have clinched their first AFC East title since 1995. They will host a playoff game for the first time since a 30-27 wild-card playoff loss to Jacksonville on Dec. 28, 1996, in what proved to be Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly’s final game.The team’s fans would undoubtedly be excited at the chance, with hundreds coming out to the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport late Saturday night to greet the players and celebrate their victory.“That was incredible,” said Bills coach Sean McDermott. “Always nice when you get home in the middle of the night and it’s as cold as it was and the fans are out there to welcome us home, just special.”Asked Monday about fans being at the stadium for the game, McDermott said he appreciated state officials being open to considering it.“I know we would love to have the opportunity to have fans,” he said. 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)last_img read more

Feel the Love on Opening Night of John & Jen, Starring Kate Baldwin & Conor Ryan

first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 4, 2015 John & Jen is back in New York City! The rarely performed musical by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald has officially arrived at off-Broadway’s Clurman Theatre, and on February 26, 2015, stars Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan celebrated their official opening night. Directed by Jonathan Silverstein, the two-hander tells the story of a sister and brother, and later, a mother and son. Check out these photos from the opening night party, then see John & Jen off-Broadway through April 4! John & Jen Star Files Kate Baldwinlast_img read more

Andy Mientus Reflects on His Run in Les Miz!

first_imgIn the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an “exit interview” with HR about their time at the company. Although that concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Les Miserables star and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Andy Mientus will say goodbye to his barricade buddies on March 1, when he plays his final performance as Marius in the hit musical at the Imperial Theatre. As Mientus says farewell to his fellow revolutionaries, he looks back on his adventures in Les Miz on Broadway. View Comments How do you feel now that you’re leaving? Proud. I feel like I really accomplished something, making it through a year run of this incredibly demanding show. I don’t know if I’ve ever worked so hard. What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? Discipline, a personal steamer and a supportive fiancé. What was the hardest thing? Singing with vibrato. I don’t know if I’ll ever attempt it again. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 What was the easiest thing about the job? Being present in the moment with such a sensitive and talented company of actors. How did you feel when you first got this job? Shocked, then thrilled. I never thought of this as a show or a role for me and I had moved to L.A. and had set my focus on that world, so it all came as a bit of a shock that I would finally make my Broadway debut with Les Miz. But it was a joyous thing. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position? Don’t always clip your mic in the same place. It leads to breakage.center_img What are three words you would use to describe your experience at the job? Exhaustion. Emotion. Fog. Why are you leaving? I never planned to extend beyond the set year contract. I left behind a whole life (friends, career, spouse, cat) in Los Angeles to do this job so I am anxious to return to all of that. But luckily, I also already have my next projects lined up that I can’t wait to spill the beans about. What was the highlight of your time at this job? Getting to know and love Nikki M. James. She’s in my wedding party. Les Miserables Related Shows What will you miss the most? As with every job, the people. I would grow tired of even my dream role after so many passes through, but the good people I’ve met on this job constantly inspire, buoy, and uplift me. But in theater, you never say goodbye. How do you think you’ve grown? I have learned (not definitively, but more than I knew before) how to balance consistency and immediacy/spontaneity when performing in a long run so that the audience gets the same great show but you aren’t sleepwalking through the motions.last_img read more

Danny Burstein & the Cast of Fiddler on the Roof Begin B’way Previews

first_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016 The tradition continues as the Great White Way revival of Fiddler on the Roof starts previews on November 20. Directed by Bartlett Sher and starring Danny Burstein, the production will officially open on December 20 at the Broadway Theatre.Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye (Burstein) is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. The musical features a book by Joseph Stein and a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick that features the songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”The cast also includes Jessica Hecht, Jenny Rose Baker, Michael C. Bernardi, Adam Dannheisser, Hayley Feinstein, Mitch Greenberg, Adam Grupper, Adam Kantor, Karl Kenzler, Alix Korey, Jesse Kovarsky, Samantha Massell, Melanie Moore, George Psomas, Ben Rappaport, Nick Rehberger, Jeffrey Schecter, Alexandra Silber, Jessica Vosk, Lori Wilner, Aaron Young and Jennifer Zetlan.The classic musical premiered on Broadway in 1964; this marks the show’s fourth Broadway revival. View Comments Danny Burstein Star Files Fiddler on the Rooflast_img read more

Ready Boots? Start Walking! Wayne Brady Begins in Kinky Boots

first_imgEverybody say yeah! Wayne Brady will take over the role of Lola in Broadway’s Kinky Boots on November 21. The Emmy winner is stepping into the big red boots of Tony winner Billy Porter at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.Brady received Emmys in 2003 for Whose Line Is It Anyway and The Wayne Brady Show. He made his Broadway debut in 2004 as Billy Flynn in Chicago and also appeared in Rent at the Hollywood Bowl in 2010. He is currently the host of the CBS reboot of Let’s Make a Deal.The musical, featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, won six Tonys in 2013 including Best Musical.Kinky Boots also currently stars Andy Kelso as Charlie and Jeanna de Waal as Lauren. Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 View Comments Related Showslast_img read more