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PEMCo, FTT perform ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

first_imgIn 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, PEMColast_img read more

Pennsylvania Transitions Final 79,272 Individuals into Expanded Medicaid Program

first_img# # # Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the successful transition of the remaining 79,272 individuals from the previous Healthy PA plan to HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s expanded traditional Medicaid program. The comprehensive Medicaid program provides greater health care coverage in a simpler and streamlined method to Pennsylvanians who are most in need.“Today marks the completion of the transition to a full Medicaid expansion and greater access to quality health care for over 440,000 Pennsylvanians to date,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “The seamless transition to HealthChoices means that more Pennsylvanians than ever before can see a doctor when they are sick and receive preventive health care. Ultimately that translates to the opportunity for more Pennsylvanians to live healthier lives.”In addition to existing clients who have transitioned, all future applications will now go through the new, simplified Medicaid system known as HealthChoices. Last week, the Wolf Administration announced that 150,000 newly eligible Pennsylvanians have enrolled in the Governor’s Medicaid expansion plan that launched on April 27, 2015.The HealthChoices expansion moves Pennsylvania to a single, streamlined, and comprehensive adult benefit package that provides individuals enhanced coverage for both physical and behavioral health. The individuals previously enrolled in the Healthy PA Private Coverage Option (PCO) have been moved to HealthChoices’ adult benefit package.The Department of Human Services (DHS) completed its data systems updates that enabled the transition to HealthChoices this weekend. The 79,272 individuals will receive notices of the transition over the next several days. Their new coverage in the Medicaid HealthChoices plan will start by September 1.“We’re excited about the transition of the remaining group of individuals to HealthChoices, as well as for the positive impact on the lives hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians and their families,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “I would like to thank the many individuals here at DHS for their dedication to making this transition successful.”Visit www.HealthChoicesPA.com to see a copy of the notices and a draft of the new Adult benefit package. Pennsylvania Transitions Final 79,272 Individuals into Expanded Medicaid Program July 27, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more