In conjunction with Notre Dame’s Pasquerilla East Musical Company (PEMCo), the department of film, television and theatre is staging a production of “Little Shop of Horrors” this week. The show will be performed Nov. 18 through Nov. 22 in the Patricia George Decio Theatre of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC).A dark comedy based on the 1960 film of the same name, the musical “The Little Shop of Horrors” has had several Broadway and off-Broadway runs. Courtesy of department of Film, Television and Theatre Juniors Maggie Moran (left) and Quint Mediate prepare for their upcoming performance of “The Little Shop of Horrors.”“I think the show is wildly campy, but it also has a lot of heart,” junior Quint Mediate said. “I think it’s a ‘be careful what you wish for’ story, and it explores the lengths that people will go through for the people that they love.”Mediate plays the lead role of Seymour Krelborn, whom he describes as a “geeky flower shop attendant” who develops a “crossbreed, man-eating plant called the Audrey II,” after his secret crush Audrey, who is portrayed by junior Maggie Moran.“Audrey is such a wonderful character to play, because she is sweet and lovable and purely herself,” Moran said. “Her story is a heartbreaking because she has lived a tough life and feels that she doesn’t deserve love and happiness. But throughout the show, she is pushed on a journey of discovery of self-worth.“What I enjoy most about Audrey is her selflessness and belief in goodness in the world despite her hardship,” she said. “We have a lot to learn from her and the way she fearlessly opens her heart to the world.”Mediate said production began with a particularly enjoyable audition process.“[It] was really fun,” Mediate said. “Maggie and I were called back for Audrey and Seymour, and during the callback number we unexpectedly decided to kiss at the end of the song. The director really liked it, and here we are.”That audition process, according to Mediate, was followed up by a rehearsal and production period that required a lot of effort and dedication from all involved.“The rehearsal process has been pretty grueling,” Mediate said. “The cast is pretty small — only about ten people — so the show relies heavily on a small number of people. It is actually one of the most tiring shows I have been a part of. But it is incredibly rewarding.”Both Mediate and Moran said “Little Shop of Horrors” will be a particularly memorable production and encouraged students to attend.“The show is unique because of the technical elements,” Mediate said, “A guest director by the name of R.J. Haddy was brought in to design all of the plants at the various stages of their growth. R.J. is an incredible special effects designer; he was actually a finalist on season two of [television channel] Syfy’s reality show ‘Face Off.’ These technical elements make the show worthwhile to come see on stage. I promise you won’t be disappointed.”Moran said the comedic elements of the show complement its deeper message.“This show is unique because it is full of absurdity and yet very real,” she said. “The characters and plot are laughably extreme and very entertaining, but at the same time, the themes underneath are so true and relevant to real life. I think that this is the greatest achievement of this show. I hope that our audiences see this and love it as much as we do.”Tickets for the show are $9 for students and can be purchased from performingarts.nd.eduTags: DPAC, FTT, Little Shop of Horrors, PEMCo
Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, January 14, 2015â€¢12:07 a.m. Bryce R. Shivers, 29, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County bench warrant for probation violation.â€¢8:49 a.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 300 block S. Washington, Wellington. It was returned to owner.â€¢10:25 a.m. Justin S. Blake, 35, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 68 mph in a 50 mph zone.â€¢10:40 a.m. Michaela B. Cliffman, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for texting while driving.â€¢1:12 p.m. Kay L. Walker, 55, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 43 mph in a 30 mph zone.â€¢4:30 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary of jewelry in thes 800 E. 4th, Wellington.â€¢8:07 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity by a known subjects in the 100 block S. Washington, Wellington.
ARN CRISWELL Arn Criswell and Isaac Eubanks eat, sleep and breathe the game of ice hockey.“I wanted to play hockey because I saw Sidney Crosby on television and he scored a goal and I said ‘I can do that. I want to score a goal,’” said Criswell a 14-year-old Propel School ninth grader who lives in the Hill District. “As a goalie you’re always a leader.”Criswell currently serves as a goal tender for the Castle Shannon-based Pittsburgh Predators ice hockey team.The first year that the Pittsburgh Penguins went to the Winter Classic, Eubanks knew he wanted to take that same journey one day.“I took my brother’s skates and we were playing street hockey. It was a lot of fun and I thought it was more fun than any other sport and I started asking my parents to buy hockey equipment,” said Eubanks, a 14-year old Propel Junior High School eighth grader who resides in Whittaker. He currently serves as center defenseman/forward on the Pittsburgh Predators team along with Criswell.Both boys learned the ins and outs of hockey from the Pittsburgh ICE (Inclusion Creates Equality) hockey team.According to Kimberly L. Slater-Wood, director of outreach for the Pittsburgh Penguins, “Pittsburgh ICE falls under the Pittsburgh Penguins youth hockey program and is supported through the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. Additionally, Pittsburgh ICE is included under the NHL Diversity program Hockey is for Everyone.”Pittsburgh ICE was created in 2000 with the support of the Pittsburgh Penguins and its alumni association. It provides boys and girls the chance to learn the game. Pittsburgh ICE is one of more than 40 Hockey is for everyone programs in the United States. Used equipment is donated to the program reducing the cost for players to $40, which covers registration.“By deepening its footprint, particularly in the urban communities, more African-American children between the ages of 5-18 will have an opportunity to learn to play the great game of ice hockey under the direction of coach Howard Smith and his staff,” Slater-Wood said.Both Criswell and Eubanks have learned invaluable lessons about ice hockey and life under the tutelage of Smith.“What I saw special in Arn and Isaac is what I saw in myself years ago,” said Smith who has coached Criswell for five years on the Pittsburgh ICE hockey team and Eubanks for four years. “I saw two individuals who were really dedicated to the game of hockey. As these guys progress, the sky is the limit. I really hope Arn and Isaac take hockey to the next level and play at the college level. They are both good role models and mentors to the other kids on the team.”Slater-Wood concurs with Smith.“Arn and Isaac are skilled youth hockey players and stellar young men. They are among several trailblazers in a sport that is primarily homogenous when it comes to race. These young men are focused, diligent and love to play the game of ice hockey. Their athleticism in youth hockey began with the introduction and exposure to an untraditional sport for most African-Americans. Willie O’Ree broke the color barrier in ice hockey and Arn and Isaac are carrying the torch,” Slater-Wood said.Both Eubanks and Criswell believe that if more Black kids were exposed to ice hockey, they would want to play the sport.Despite the low number of African-Americans, Criswell and Eubanks are like brothers when on the ice whether it be with the Pittsburgh Predators or Pittsburgh ICE.“We work hard and motivate each other,” both boys said. In addition to learning how to skate on the ice and the basics of hockey, the members of Pittsburgh ICE are taught commitment, perseverance and teamwork.“It teaches them to respect authority and how to negotiate and that carries over into adulthood,” said Criswell’s mother, Lereeta Payne about the Pittsburgh ICE program. “They travel to places like Penn State, Detroit, Washington, D.C. Pittsburgh ICE allows Arn to see other parts of the world. We are very proud of him.”The Eubanks family agree.“We’re very proud of Isaac. We’re proud of how he’s learned the sport of hockey. He’s not aggressive, he’s patient. He knows that you’re going to either win or lose,” said his mother, Elnora and father, Isaac, Sr. (Anyone interested in learning more about Pittsburgh ICE is encouraged to contact Slater-Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversityStudents and staff members at Saint Martin’s University will join forces with scores of other volunteer teams on Friday, September 27 for United Way’s 21st Annual Community to Community – Day of Caring service projects that will be occurring throughout Washington.This year, 48 representatives of the University will donate their time harvesting, weeding and expanding the community vegetable garden at Komachin Middle School in Lacey. The gardens are among a network of community gardens where fresh produce is grown and donated to the Thurston County Food Bank. The Food Bank considers the provision of more fresh vegetables to its clients a major part of its mission to eliminate hunger in the county. The food bank received approximately 295,000 pounds of fresh local produce from donors in 2010.The Saint Martin’s community will be working during the Day of Caring event in partnership with students and staff at Evergreen State College as part of Evergreen’s efforts to promote “Food Justice.” Food Justice includes the goals of healthy, affordable food for all, grown sustainably, and providing fair wages for food and farm workers.“This is a great way to help our community and to be part of the efforts of United Way and the Thurston County Food Bank. We will be working rain or shine,” says Susan Leyster, director of Service Immersion Programs at Saint Martin’s. “Day of Caring is a great way to connect our students, especially, with opportunities to expand their world. Events like this help to put a face on poverty, something that many of our students only read about.”Saint Martin’s staff and students will be tending the 18 raised garden beds that make up the Komachin community garden in two shifts, which will take place at 9 a.m. – noon and noon – 3 p.m.The largest, single day of volunteerism in Washington, Day of Caring in Thurston County this year is expecting 765 individuals from workplaces, church groups, neighborhood associations, and service clubs to volunteer in 40 projects within the county borders. Each project will benefit non-profit organizations and government agencies seeking additional help.