Long hours for big dreams

first_imgEarlier this month, Jon Owens readied for a job that demanded the utmost concentration.“I’m very detachable,” he said, laughing as he waved several spiraling limbs of paper duct tubing in the air while practicing his best kraken (“a big scary monster with a solid heart of gold,” Owens said).But the actor-in-training’s session in the space next to Oberon was serious business, helping him prep for some of the toughest critics there are. Soon, children filled the room for a rehearsal of the American Repertory Theater Institute’s production of “The Pirate Princess,” a high-seas reimagining of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” Owens and his cast-mates didn’t disappoint, wowing their young audience with swordfights, songs, suspense, and silliness.Engaging a young crowd isn’t as easy as it looks, said the show’s director, Allegra Libonati.“A kids’ show is the most physically demanding, the most vocally demanding, the deepest acting you have because maybe you are a tentacle and you have to figure out how to put your best acting work into that,” said Libonati, who has led numerous shows at the institute since landing in Cambridge with Diane Paulus, the A.R.T.’s artistic director, six years ago. “That’s actually what creates the resonance on stage.”Learning how to connect with your audience, young or old, is key at the graduate-level A.R.T. Institute, whose two-year program launches careers in acting, dramaturgy, and voice training.The Institute’s program has it roots at Yale University. When Robert Brustein took the helm of the Yale School of Drama in 1966, he quickly established the Yale Repertory Theatre in part to bring students studying the craft into contact with some of the best talent in the business. Brustein, a Harvard professor of English emeritus, founded the A.R.T. in 1980 after leaving New Haven for Cambridge. Eager for the type of synergy between students and professionals he’d seen at Yale, he launched the A.R.T. Institute in 1987.,“One of the things about the institute that is so important is the combination of classroom and practical opportunities that we offer, both as a part of the American Repertory Theater and through the production work that the institute produces itself,” said Scott Zigler, who as director oversees curriculum.Each year the institute accepts 18 applicants for its acting track, five in dramaturgy, and one in voice and speech. Each track blends classroom work with production experience and includes a three-month residency at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia, which was founded by actor-director Konstantin Sergeyevitch Stanislavsky.A comprehensive understanding of Stanislavsky is foundational to theater around the world, said Zigler.Also critical is the institute’s connection to the A.R.T. Students meet with Paulus four times a year, sit in on A.R.T. rehearsals, and interact with artists working on A.R.T. productions. They are welcome to audition for any A.R.T. production, but with rejection very much in play.“In this profession, you shouldn’t be able to buy your way into a role,” said Zigler. “You have to understand that you are entering a very competitive field, and that if you don’t train them for the competition they are going to encounter professionally, you are not training them effectively.”Another key to training is the program’s link to the wider Harvard community. Institute students have access to the University’s archives and libraries, and can interact with undergrads through the new Theater, Dance & Media concentration. Voice and dramaturgy students serve as teaching assistants in Harvard College classes.“Harvard University is a remarkably special and iconic place, not only in the United States but throughout the world,” said Zigler, “and our students are here and are part of that community.”Since it began, the A.R.T. Institute has sent more than 500 students into show business, including roles in the Tony-winning musical “Once,” the TV shows “Gossip Girl” and “The Walking Dead,” and the Oscar-nominated film “The Wolf of Wall Street.”Other alumni blend acting with behind-the-scenes roles.Cheryl Turski graduated from the institute in 2007. Along with her studies in acting, she began helping with movement work during productions. Today she is a movement professor at Wayne State University and a regular choreographer and consultant for plays and musicals.Turski said she is living her “dream life” as a teacher, actor, and choreographer, and credited the institute with helping her make important connections, including an introduction to Libonati, who hired her to work on “The Pirate Princess.”Owens is looking forward to making his own connections. The rigors of the acting program’s second year — long hours in class followed by rehearsals — are an important part of the learning curve, he said.“All it does is make you stronger and prepare you more for the directors you are going to deal with, all the different personalities you are going to deal with … the pressure cooker of what’s to come.”The young performer plans to move to Los Angeles after graduation, with hopes of landing a spot on a hit show.“That is the dream,” Owens said. “Show up on ‘The Walking Dead’ — not as a zombie.”“The Pirate Princess” runs through Jan. 3 at Loeb Drama Center.last_img read more

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Binghamton University to be drive-thru COVID-19 testing spot for Broome County

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — Binghamton University will be the testing location for the coronavirus in Broome County. Testing will begin April 30. Testing will be available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. State government has expanded testing to include all asymptomatic healthcare workers, first responders and essential employees. These people, including those on campus, will be able to get a test. People will not be able to come to the site and get a test without making an appointment. To make an appointment, call 888-364-3065 or click here. The drive-thru spot has been set up in front of the Events Center. Parking lots F, F1, F3 and a portion of lot H will be closed during this time.last_img read more

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2019 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Brewers’ Christian Yelich lead the way

first_img Noah Syndergaard injury update: Mets place pitcher (hamstring) on IL The top three vote-getters at each position — top nine in the outfield — advance to the next round of voting for next month’s All-Star Game. According to Monday’s update, the Astros, Braves and Cubs are in position to send seven players through to the Starters Election, which will take place over a 28-hour period starting at noon ET June 26 and ending at 4 p.m. ET on June 27. Related News Craig Kimbrel on track to join Cubs by end of June The update is the last before the Primary Round polls close at 4 p.m. ET Friday under this year’s revamped balloting format, which includes two phases of fan voting to determine the All-Star starters.center_img Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger’s smoking-hot start to the 2019 season is paying off at the ballot box as he is the leading 2019 All-Star Game vote-getter with 2,184,251 votes in an update announced Monday by MLB (via MLB.com).Bellinger, slashing at .355/.451/.702 with 23 home runs and 58 RBIs in only 69 games for the NL West leaders, is followed closely by fellow National League MVP candidate Christian Yelich of the Brewers with 2,065,382 votes. Starters for the 2019 Midsummer Classic will be unveiled at 7 p.m. ET June 27 on ESPN. The pitchers and reserves will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET June 30.The All-Star game is scheduled for July 9 in Cleveland.2019 MLB All-Star voting updateAL CATCHERS1) Gary Sanchez, Yankees1,357,3402) James McCann, White Sox580,3943) Robinson Chirinos, Astros487,8684) Jason Castro, Twins444,5335) Christian Vazquez, Red Sox302,6866) Jonathan Lucroy, Angels268,7107) Roberto Perez, Indians176,9768) Josh Phegley, Athletics151,6799) Mike Zunino, Rays128,34510) Martin Maldonado, Royals113,525NL CATCHERS1) Willson Contreras, Cubs1,555,4902) Brian McCann, Braves725,4843) Yasmani Grandal, Brewers513,4124) J.T. Realmuto, Phillies438,3905) Yadier Molina, Cardinals375,6906) Austin Barnes, Dodgers344,7457) Tony Wolters, Rockies204,6418) Wilson Ramos, Mets167,8799) Buster Posey, Giants146,90510) Yan Gomes, Nationals101,584AL FIRST BASE1) Luke Voit, Yankees696,1642) C.J. Cron, Twins586,3033) Carlos Santana, Indians560,8364) Jose Abreu, White Sox517,4735) Yuli Gurriel, Astros433,6926) Albert Pujols, Angels384,3227) Miguel Cabrera, Tigers362,6598) Edwin Encarnacion, Mariners205,0409) Mitch Moreland, Red Sox193,60910) Ji-Man Choi, Rays168,723NL FIRST BASE1) Josh Bell, Pirates1,106,1862) Freddie Freeman, Braves1,022,5353) Anthony Rizzo, Cubs948,0474) Max Muncy, Dodgers446,7045) Pete Alonso, Mets319,2566) Rhys Hoskins, Phillies249,3417) Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals234,1768) Jesus Aguilar, Brewers188,3329) Eric Hosmer, Padres149,74910) Daniel Murphy, Rockies112,317AL SECOND BASE1) Tommy La Stella, Angels1,020,9122) Jose Altuve, Astros923,1173) DJ LeMahieu, Yankees739,0744) Jonathan Schoop, Twins362,5045) Whit Merrifield, Royals247,9036) Brandon Lowe, Rays237,2777) Michael Chavis, Red Sox236,5268) Jason Kipnis, Indians137,7249) Dee Gordon, Mariners119,79910) Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox110,786NL SECOND BASE1) Ozzie Albies, Braves1,011,1322) Mike Moustakas, Brewers966,3913) Ketel Marte, Diamondbacks554,5244) Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers455,7045) Cesar Hernandez, Phillies424,3796) Daniel Descalso, Cubs410,1227) Robinson Cano, Mets179,7508) Kolten Wong, Cardinals163,2379) Brian Dozier, Nationals156,12910) Ryan McMahon, Rockies109,692AL THIRD BASE1) Alex Bregman, Astros1,322,9352) Gio Urshela, Yankees502,6143) Hunter Dozier, Royals424,0284) Rafael Devers, Red Sox335,6355) Marwin Gonzalez, Twins290,2646) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays269,4927) Matt Chapman, Athletics267,5908) Yoan Moncada, White Sox262,4169) David Fletcher, Angels192,71210) Jose Ramirez, Indians136,766NL THIRD BASE1) Nolan Arenado, Rockies1,475,8252) Kris Bryant, Cubs850,7583) Josh Donaldson, Braves550,9474) Justin Turner, Dodgers512,2375) Anthony Rendon, Nationals378,7616) Manny Machado, Padres207,3547) Eduardo Escobar, Diamondbacks185,5618) Travis Shaw, Brewers148,3229) Maikel Franco, Phillies138,94810) Matt Carpenter, Cardinals132,248AL SHORTSTOP1) Jorge Polanco, Twins818,0822) Carlos Correa, Astros656,9953) Gleyber Torres, Yankees565,7284) Tim Anderson, White Sox510,3375) Francisco Lindor, Indians460,9526) Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox410,1347) Andrelton Simmons, Angels274,1818) Elvis Andrus, Rangers166,2759) Adalberto Mondesi, Royals148,84310) Willy Adames, Rays126,583NL SHORTSTOP1) Javier Baez, Cubs1,672,0622) Dansby Swanson, Braves764,6633) Corey Seager, Dodgers494,5464) Trevor Story, Rockies457,1595) Jean Segura, Phillies286,2876) Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres246,3747) Orlando Arcia, Brewers233,9538) Paul DeJong, Cardinals195,3579) Trea Turner, Nationals150,39210) Jose Iglesias, Reds134,143AL OUTFIELD1) Mike Trout, Angels1,904,2732) George Springer, Astros1,495,8173) Michael Brantley, Astros924,1734) Austin Meadows, Rays887,9465) Mookie Betts, Red Sox777,6426) Eddie Rosario, Twins687,5157) Aaron Judge, Yankees577,6408) Joey Gallo, Rangers537,9349) Josh Reddick, Astros511,90310) Max Kepler, Twins435,78911) Byron Buxton, Twins418,28712) Brett Gardner, Yankees259,17913) Andrew Benintendi, Red Sox258,47614) Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox234,30215) Tommy Pham, Rays223,25016) Aaron Hicks, Yankees221,57817) Trey Mancini, Orioles206,62018) Shin-Soo Choo, Rangers194,32819) Kole Calhoun, Angels168,97120) Kevin Kiermaier, Rays158,609NL OUTFIELD1) Cody Bellinger, Dodgers2,184,2512) Christian Yelich, Brewers2,065,3823) Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves1,229,2004) Albert Almora Jr., Cubs645,2915) Jason Heyward, Cubs614,8236) Nick Markakis, Braves614,3587) Joc Pederson, Dodgers598,9098) Kyle Schwarber, Cubs585,9979) Charlie Blackmon, Rockies530,34210) Bryce Harper, Phillies498,10011) Alex Verdugo, Dodgers437,11512) Ender Inciarte, Braves332,13413) Juan Soto, Nationals302,37514) Lorenzo Cain, Brewers282,06915) Marcell Ozuna, Cardinals275,59016) Melky Cabrera, Pirates252,38417) Scott Kingery, Phillies233,13118) Andrew McCutchen, Phillies224,87119) Ryan Braun, Brewers221,17220) Jeff McNeil, Mets205,542DESIGNATED HITTER1) J.D. Martinez, Red Sox893,6892) Hunter Pence, Rangers602,7663) Nelson Cruz, Twins506,2114) Shohei Ohtani, Angels362,9475) Aledmys Diaz, Astros353,0156) Giancarlo Stanton, Yankees295,3267) Avisail Garcia, Rays282,1708) Khris Davis, Athletics251,1919) Daniel Vogelbach, Mariners237,23810) Yonder Alonso, White Sox147,177last_img read more

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QPR star appeals to fans for help

first_imgAdel Taarabt has told the Press Association that QPR fans can play a role in keeping the club in the Premier League.Rangers are in the bottom three and face a tough run-in, which includes a home clash with Arsenal on Saturday.“I feel better when we play at Loftus Road than I do when we play away. I feel the fans are really behind me,” said Taarabt.“When we played against Liverpool they were fantastic – with me and the team as well. We need them, that’s for sure, and I hope we can stay in this league.”Click here to test your knowledge with our QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors’ Draymond Green “wanted to play” vs. Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The ice bags stayed wrapped firmly around Draymond Green’s knees. For the past week, the Warriors’ forward has also received plenty of treatment to the soreness in his right foot.How does he feel for when the Warriors (11-2) visit the Los Angeles Clippers (7-5) on Monday?“I’m good enough to play,” Green said following morning shootaround. “That’s all that matters.”Green told Warriors coach Steve Kerr a similar message ever since missing the second half against Memphis exactly …last_img read more

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Can We Build An Electricity Grid Based on 100% Renewable Energy?

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in As scientists and ordinary citizens see increasing signs of climate change, forward-thinking leaders on every continent are taking steps to make our electricity grids less dependent on fossil fuels. For climate activists, the goal is a grid that obtains 100% of its electricity from renewable energy sources like wind turbines and photovoltaic arrays. Most analysts have concluded that transitioning to a 100% renewable grid would be feasible but expensive. Pessimists, on the other hand, doubt whether a 100% renewable grid is even possible.Here’s the good news: the cost of wind turbines and photovoltaic modules has dropped faster than most experts predicted. In many parts of the world, it is now cheaper to build a new wind or solar facility than a new coal-fired plant of the same capacity. Global wind and solar capacity continues to increase at a rapid rate, driven in most cases by simple economics.The bad news, as most GBA readers know, is that renewable energy sources are intermittent. If we want a grid that is 100% renewable, we need to include some method of energy storage. Several technologies for energy storage already exist; the main hurdle to their deployment is not technical — it’s the high cost of the systems. At current rates of renewable energy deployment, a 100% renewable energy grid in the United States is still a long way off. For anyone aware of the looming deadlines that we face to avoid climate catastrophe, our slow adoption of energy storage solutions is bad news.Many forward-thinking renewable energy engineers are now working on islands. Of course, some islands have no electricity at all. Others have undersea cables that connect to a mainland grid. The interesting ones are those that have independent electricity grids that depend on local electricity generation — because these are the islands where the… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.last_img read more

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Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben Mbala

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Matt Nieto incurred a cut above the left eye and laid down bloodied after a collision with Ben Mbala. Photo by Bong Lozada. INQUIRER.netBen Mbala literally drew the first blood in this heated Game 1 affair between La Salle and Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals on Saturday.Matt Nieto was on the receiving end of an inadvertent elbow late in the first half which left him bloodied and writhing in pain on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA With the Blue Eagles leading the Green Archers, 43-39, at the 36.6 second mark of the second quarter, Mbala had a hard time wiggling out of Kris Porter’s defense in the paint which led to him spinning to his right and inadvertently hitting Nieto with his right elbow straight to the face and cut him above the left eye.Matt Nieto down and bloodied after collision with Ben Mbala. Looked like an elbow but its Nieto who is called for the foul. pic.twitter.com/67rSwwq2kMFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Cedelf P. Tupas (@cedelfptINQ) November 25, 2017 MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Nieto was called for a blocking foul in the play as Mbala canned his freebies.The blue side of the crowd didn’t shy away from expressing their displeasure, with Nieto’s father Jet seen being restrained by some members of the audience.Ateneo is still on the driver’s seat, 43-39 against La Salle at the half as of press time.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LeBron wants teammate Rose to be ‘happy with whatever decision he makes’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Northampton sign Brighton fullback George Cox

first_imgDONE DEAL: Northampton sign Brighton fullback George Coxby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorthampton Town have signed Brighton’s George Cox on loan for the rest of the season after the left-back’s recovery from heart surgery.The 20-year-old – who is yet to play for Brighton’s first team – had an operation last summer after screening found he had an irregular heartbeat.Cox has since returned to playing and training with their under-23 side.”He has a lot of talent and ability and he needs to be out playing senior football,” said Town boss Keith Curle. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Former Duke Stars Jay Williams And Chris Duhon Are Sitting Together At Cameron Indoor Tonight

first_imgJay Williams smiles for the camera.LAS VEGAS, NV – JUNE 27: ESPN analyst, former NBA player and pageant judge Jay Williams appears before the 17th annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Perhaps the greatest backcourt in the history of the Duke men’s basketball program is back in Durham, North Carolina, Wednesday evening. Jay Williams and Chris Duhon, who starred together for the Blue Devils in the early 2000s, leading Mike Krzyzewski’s team to a national title in 2001, are taking in their former team’s game against Georgia Tech. Williams and Duhon are sitting together at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke and Georgia Tech are currently playing on ESPN2. The Blue Devils (18-5, 5-3 ACC) are coming off a major road victory against Virginia.last_img read more

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Indiana Basketball Fans Have Launched TomCreanBuyout.com

first_imgWebsite devoted to Tom Crean's buyout.Tom Crean has put together a very talented Hoosiers roster, but many fans aren’t thrilled with the results. Crean took over a program that was hit hard by NCAA violations under head coach Kelvin Sampson, and went 28-66 in his first three years in Bloomington, before leading IU back to the NCAA Tournament in 2011-12 and 2012-13, when it reached back to back Sweet Sixteens. Crean’s program was a disappointing 17-15 last season, and is 19-11 this season, and right on the cusp of the NCAA Tournament. We’ve seen unhappy fans launch websites calling for coaches’ jobs before, but the unhappy Indiana fans have taken a bit of a different approach. Someone has launched www.tomcreanbuyout.com, which provides information on the cost to buyout Crean’s large contract. http://www.tomcreanbuyout.com/http://www.tomcreanbuyout.com/Indiana is set to bring back most of its roster next year, barring possible NBA Draft departures, and stand a solid shot at making this year’s NCAA Tournament. We expect Crean to be back, but it is certainly understandable why Hoosier fans’ patience is running short.last_img read more

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