The Phantom of the Opera Star Ali Ewoldt on Leaving the Lair and Missing Her ‘Phamily’

first_img from $29.00 The Phantom of the Opera View Comments Related Shows 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. After playing Christine Daaé, the seraphic-voiced obsession of the title character in The Phantom of the Opera, for over 600 performances, star Ali Ewoldt is getting ready to hang up her iconic curls and take her final bow in the musical on November 17. But before she does, asked our former vlogger to share her thoughts on what she’ll miss about being a part of Broadway’s longest-running show.How did you feel when you first got this job?Incredulous. I had been auditioning for Phantom (Vegas, Broadway, tour, etc.) for about 10 years at that point, so to finally book it was pretty surreal. Also, a dream come true.How do you feel now that you’re leaving?It’s definitely bittersweet. I am so proud of what I have accomplished in this show and excited to see what is next for me while knowing I will miss this role and my “phamily” terribly. And I am incredibly grateful for the support and kindness I have received throughout this process from my family/friends/community and our fabulous “phans.”What are three words you would use to describe your experience?Challenging. Fulfilling. Extraordinary.What was the easiest thing about this job? Getting to sing my little soprano heart out on a Broadway stage.What was the hardest thing? The physical toll—who knew Christine had to climb ladders and run up and down stairs in heavy dresses?What was the highlight of your time at this job? The 30th anniversary was really special—we had so many press adventures, got to spend time with original company members and our incredible creative team, and we performed for amazing audiences filled with our industry peers. It was wonderful to feel like part of the history and legacy of this show.What skills do you think are required for future job applicants? Perseverance. And a sense of humor!What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?Make sure to take time for self-care, whatever that means for you. And find the fun in this show and this company. Also, while it is always important to honor the original vision of this show, don’t be afraid to bring a bit of yourself to your portrayal of Christine. Spoiler alert: she’s stronger than you think.How do you think you’ve grown? In more ways than I’m sure I even realize now. Definitely both as a performer and a human.Why are you leaving? It’s time. I love doing this show so much, but I can feel my body needing a break. But as history has shown, you never really leave Phantom.What will you miss the most? The people. I may become the new Phantom of the Majestic, popping by to discuss Netflix shows with my stage managers and scaring Jay Armstrong Johnson.last_img read more

The Office! A Musical Parody Reverts to Open Run Following Closing Announcement

first_img On the heels of a recent closing notice, producers of the new comedy The Office! A Musical Parody have announced that the show will continue playing the Orbach Theater at The Theater Center as an open run. The musical based on the Emmy-winning series began its off-Broadway engagement on September 20, 2018.”We are thrilled that the New York branch of Dunder Mifflin will remain open in 2020,” said the show’s co-creator Tobly McSmith. “Big thanks to the fans that kept The Office! going—you all deserve Dundies. We can’t wait for another year of celebrating and lampooning our favorite TV show. As Michael Scott would maybe say, ‘The show must Grey Poupon!'”Written by Tobly and Bob McSmith, The Office! A Musical Parody highlights a typical day at Scranton’s third-largest paper company, Dunder Mifflin. For no logical reason, a documentary crew begins filming the lives of the employees in an immersive parody experience in which audiences “work” with all their favorite officemates.The Office! A Musical Parody features an original score by Assaf Gleizner, including songs titled “Scranton: The Electric City,” “Why Is There a Camera Crew?,” “Welcome to Diversity Day,” “That’s What She Said!” and “Did I Stutter?”The current cast features Sarah Mackenzie Baron, Chase McCall, Noah Jermain, Lilli Babb, Katie Johantgen, Kat Moser, Rita Posillico, Kevin Harris Bruce and Patrick Swailes Caldwell.The Office! A Musical Parody is directed and choreographed by Donald Garverick, with music direction by Tegan Miller, scenic design by Josh Iacovelli, lighting design by Alex Stevens, costume design by Dustin Cross and sound design by Matthew Fischer. Related Shows View Comments The Office! A Musical Parodycenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 18, 2020 Katie Johantgen & Michael Santora in “The Office! A Musical Parody”(Photo: Russ Rowland)last_img read more

SIT turns on new solar array

first_imgWorld Learning/SIT,Vermont Business Magazine The School for International Training this week activated a new solar power project that is expected to produce approximately 260,200 kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy annually and mitigate 183 metric tons of carbon in the first year alone. The 196.5-kilowatt project is also expected to save the institution approximately $10,000 in energy costs per year. The carbon offset equates to more than 105 tons of coal burned annually. “This project goes a long way in helping SIT move toward our goal of becoming a greener campus,” said SIT President Dr Sophia Howlett. “It is part of an organization-wide climate action plan to become more energy efficient.” The solar panels are located on a hillside adjacent to the Lowey International Center on SIT’s 200-acre campus near Brattleboro. The project is also linked with research, classes, and a community lecture series that started this fall and will continue in spring 2018.  The solar installation was made possible with a $100,000 grant from Windham Regional Commission (WRC) funded in part through a settlement between the state of Vermont and Entergy Vermont Yankee to support renewable energy generation projects in Windham County. The project was installed in partnership with Dynamic Organics, a renewable energy developer in Putney, Vt.; Solar Design Associates, Inc., an engineering firm in Ayer, Mass.; and Sunwealth, a Boston-based clean energy investment firm. “As a local developer, we understand how every installation affects our community,” said Morgan Casella, managing partner at Dynamic Organics. “We’re proud to be part of a project team that helps create a more resilient economy right in our backyard.” In keeping with its environmental commitment, SIT has also joined a tri-state “Ecovation Hub” with Keene State College and Antioch University New England in Keene, NH, and Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Mass. Together, the schools have committed to helping train the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders. Aligned with that commitment, in fall 2018 SIT will launch a one-year MA in Climate Change and Global Sustainability to prepare students for careers in policy and advocacy work. The SIT courses will be taught in Iceland and Zanzibar for one semester in each location. SIT Graduate Institute offers accredited graduate degrees in eight areas of study. SIT Study Abroad offers more than 80 study abroad programs for undergraduate students, including multi-country comparative programs through the International Honors Program (IHP).Source: SIT Brattleboro 12.5.2017last_img read more

WTC opens 2011 Ironman 70.3 and Sprint registration

first_imgWorld Triathlon Corp (WTC) has opened the registration floodgates for a number of 2011 Ironman 70.3 and Sprint races. These include: the Boulder Triathlon Series (5430 Sprint Triathlon, presented by Amica, Boulder Peak Triathlon and Rohto Ironman 70.3 Boulder); Ironman 70.3 Timberman and Timberman Sprint; Ironman 70.3 Racine; Ironman 70.3 Steelhead; Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens; and the new Ironman 70.3 Muncie and Muncie Sprint.The 2011 Boulder Triathlon Series is comprised of the 5430 Sprint Triathlon, presented by Amica, the Boulder Peak Triathlon and Rohto Ironman 70.3 Boulder. A special Boulder Triathlon Series registration package rate for all three races is available.The inaugural 5430 Sprint Triathlon, presented by Amica, is set to take place on 19 June 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. The 750 metre (1/2 mile) swim will be in the pristine Boulder Reservoir. The 17.2 mile bike course is mostly flat and fast. The 5K (3.1 mile) run course will follow the internal Reservoir Road toward the famous Dams on the east side.The Boulder Peak Triathlon is set for 10 July 2011 in Boulder, Colorado. The 1.5K swim will take place in the Boulder Reservoir, located 3 miles northeast of Boulder. Wetsuits will be allowed in the 68-72 degree F water. The 42K bike leg is a course that has a little of everything as it winds through north Boulder County. The 10K run is a flat and fast, out-and-back course.Ironman 70.3 Muncie, formerly the Muncie Endurathon, will take place on 9 July 2011, in Muncie, Indiana. Ironman 70.3 Muncie will take athletes on a 1.2 mile swim in Prairie Creek Reservoir and a 56 mile bike on the Cardinal Greenway that winds throughout rural Indiana. The race finishes with a challenging run around the south side of Prairie Creek Reservoir over rolling country roads. Ironman 70.3 Muncie will serve as a qualifier for the 2011 Ironman World Championship 70.3.The Muncie Sprint Triathlon will also take place on 9 July 2011 in Muncie, Indiana. The 0.3 mile swim will be held in Prairie Creek Reservoir and the 15 mile bike course takes athletes on the Cardinal Greenway through rural Indiana. The 3 mile run features rolling country roads around the south side of Prairie Creek Reservoir.Ironman 70.3 Racine will take place on 17 July 2011, in Racine, Wisconsin. Athletes will experience a 1.2 mile swim along North Beach in pristine Lake Michigan. Athletes then continue with a 56 mile bike through the rolling countryside of Racine County and a flat 13.1 mile run through surrounding Lake Michigan coastline. Athletes will compete for 50 slots to the 2011 Ironman World Championship 70.3.Rohto Ironman 70.3 Boulder will be held on 7 August 2011, in Boulder, Colorado. The race, the first Ironman 70.3 event in the area, will bring spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains, a challenging course and strong volunteer support. Having an active community, with proximity to the University of Colorado at Boulder, the race will see enthusiastic spectators along the 70.3 miles. Athletes will compete for 50 slots to the 2011 Ironman World Championship 70.3.Whirlpool Ironman 70.3 Steelhead, presented by Pizza Hut, is set to take place on 14 August 2011 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The point-to-point, 1.2 mile swim will be in Lake Michigan. Athletes will continue with a 56 mile bike ride through Michigan’s fruit belt, which includes numerous blueberry, strawberry and raspberry farms as well as vineyards and orchards. The 13.1 mile run takes athletes around the Whirlpool Corporate Campus. Athletes will compete for 50 slots to the 2011 Ironman World Championship 70.3.Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens will be held on 14 August 2011 in Lake Stevens, Washington. The one-loop, 1.2 mile swim takes place in Lake Stevens. The two-loop, 56 mile bike course is moderately hilly and takes athletes through some of the most beautiful terrain in the Pacific Northwest. The two-loop, 13.1 mile run course will take competitors out of the downtown area and into the surrounding communities. Athletes will compete for 50 slots to the 2011 Ironman World Championship 70.3.The Timberman Sprint Triathlon will take place on 20 August 2011 in Gildford, New Hampshire. The 0.3-mile freshwater swim will be in Lake Winnipesaukee. The 15 mile, one-loop bike course features rolling hills and beautiful views of Lake Winnipesaukee. The 3 mile run is a scenic course along Lake Winnipesaukee and offers views of majestic White Mountains.Ironman 70.3 Timberman will be held in Gilford, New Hampshire the following day on 21 August 2011. The one-loop, freshwater swim will be in Lake Winnipesaukee. The scenic, one-loop bike course has plenty of rolling hills and several challenging hills ranging from 3% to 9% grade. The run is a scenic, two-loop course that travels along the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and offers spectacular views of the majestic White Mountains. Athletes will compete for 40 slots to the 2012 Ironman World Championship Relatedlast_img read more

Northeast Johnson County morning roundup

first_imgShawnee Mission School Board President and Vice President Brad Stratton and Patty Mach.School board sets first-round interviews with superintendent candidates for next week. The Shawnee Mission School Board will meet in executive session off-site Sunday, Monday and Thursday for interviews at the Overland Park Sheraton. Second-round interviews are expected to be completed by around the end of February.Johnson County Mental Health offers tips on spotting people who may be having suicidal thoughts. Following the deaths of two Shawnee Mission students this week, Johnson County Mental Health has been offering counseling and support services for members of the community. The department’s Kevin McGuire offered tips in a video posted Tuesday on how to spot someone who may need help:last_img

Shawnee to consider large-scale energy savings projects this year

first_imgThe Shawnee council has unanimously agreed to consider investing in energy performance projects this year.The council will formally consider in its Jan. 14 meeting a contract with Navitas on a series of construction projects to improve energy and efficiency cost savings.Caitlin Gard, assistant city manager, said that many of Shawnee’s aging public buildings are anywhere between 30 and 60 years old. Some equipment in the buildings are also aging and may not be operating as efficiently as they should be.Shawnee hired Navitas last year to provide an investment grade audit of the city’s buildings and equipment. By December 2018, the city has finalized energy conservation measures as well as a list of facility improvement measures and pricing on more than 20 projects.Shawnee plans to incorporate solar panels into its new fire station in the western part of the city. Photo credit Jon Callas. Used under a Creative Commons license.Gard said nine of those projects will meet “immediate facility needs” and provide the city with a positive cash flow over 15 years. These include lighting, street lighting, water, building envelope improvements, building automation, engine block heater control, retrocommissioning, adding VFDs to chilled water pumps and performance optimization.Other citywide energy savings projects include sealant repairs, replacing water heaters, HVAC/mechanical work and adding solar panels to Fire Station 72. In total, these projects provide the city over the course of 15 years with a projected energy savings of $329,000, a projected utility cost savings of $6.5 million, and an operational/maintenance cost savings of $2.3 million, according to audit results provided to the city.“I will say when you’re looking at that list, almost every single one of those projects is going to have to happen eventually regardless if we do this project or not,” Gard said. “HVACs will fail, lights will need to be replaced — eventually, I don’t know when but we will have to upgrade to LED — so as we’re talking about completing these projects rolling it into the scope of a performance contract may seem like the right thing to do if this council wants to move forward.”The total cost on development of these energy performance projects is $5.8 million.Councilmember Eric Jenkins asked if the city could space out some of the more expensive projects and pay out of the general fund instead of incurring debt through bond issuance. Gard said funds from energy cost savings on the projects will help pay for the projects themselves, and the city will be able to save funds from the city’s general fund for other projects.Gard said city staff wanted to include installation of solar panels on Fire Station 72 as part of the city’s energy performance efforts because “we want to show the residents and the community that this is something that we’re really interested in.” Installation of solar panels on the fire station would cost $166,000 and have a projected energy savings of $8,900.The city anticipates moving forward with construction on these projects from May through November of this year. Gard said the city will see positive cash savings beginning this year.last_img read more

The Ministry of Tourism is introducing facilities for domestic guests

first_imgAlthough the number of domestic tourists is increasing, last year there were one million and 412 thousand, the Minister of Tourism Anton Kliman announced additional measures to encourage domestic tourist traffic. As we have learned from the Ministry of Tourism, these are benefits for domestic guests, which should encourage an increase in spending. We have contacted the Ministry of Tourism on this issue, followed by a written answer:”It is a measure to encourage domestic tourist traffic, especially in the off-season and especially in the continental part of Croatia. Namely, the desire of the Ministry of Tourism is to manage tourist destinations on the domestic market, and we are considering models of how to do this, including the Hungarian model, but also models from other countries. Specifically, on the Hungarian example, it is a part of the recourse that companies give their employees an additional earmarked amount for accommodation, catering services and recreation. That is, it is a relief for higher tourist consumption of domestic guests, which is extremely important for the year-round development of tourism. ” – point out the Ministry of TourismHonestly, it is not very clear to us how this would be implemented in practice, without being “at the expense” of the private sector, because will not interfere with the state budget. If the Ministry of Tourism does not intend to subsidize a certain amount, then it all falls to the good will of the entrepreneur whether he wants to reward you financially through the payment of recourses or similar, in addition to the regular salary. As the working draft of the proposed measure now looks like, the Ministry of Finance would tax the said reliefs at a lower percentage than income. Which simply means that everything is up to your company if it wants to reward you especially financially, and that cost to the company would be less taxed.”We will agree on the models with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture, in a way that does not interfere with the state budget. This would enable higher tourist consumption outside the main tourist season, ie 365 days a year. For now, we can say so much, the models of other countries are being considered, and we are in the process of arranging a meeting, first with the Hungarian Commissioner for Tourism, but then with others. We need this for the analysis that we would present to other departments and agree on a model that would be optimal for Croatia.“Conclude from the Ministry of Tourismlast_img read more

Goodman on track for Bristol Temple Meads site

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Deloitte Digital computes move to Clerkenwell

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Tekmar Names New Chairman

first_imgAn offshore cable protection company, Tekmar Energy, has bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of a new chairman.High profile industry figure Ally MacDonald takes up the post. With 25 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry and a background in engineering, MacDonald brings a wealth of knowledge to the role where he will help to further drive forward Tekmar’s business growth.He joins Tekmar after five years of executive management positions at Wellstream, which was acquired by GE Oil & Gas during 2011. Prior to that, MacDonald spent 19 years with Technip and was Managing Director of their DUCO umbilicals business. An engineer by trade, he graduated with an honours degree in mechanical engineering.MacDonald said: “It is an attractive challenge to be joining an ambitious company which, through its industry-leading technology and established track record, has significant opportunities to continue to expand and evolve. The company has enjoyed an exceptional growth story to date and I look forward to helping to build on this success and further develop the business.”Founded in 1985, Tekmar initially specialised in oil and gas before expanding into the offshore renewables industry when it developed bespoke cable protection systems for cables connecting wind turbines. The company recently announced that it has further enhanced its oil and gas industry offering, whilst maintaining its leading position in offshore renewables.Chief Executive James Richie said: “Attracting someone with Ally’s experience and status in the energy industry is a great coup for the team at Tekmar. His depth of knowledge and network of contacts, combined with his engineering background, will be pivotal to helping to accelerate business growth across both oil and gas and offshore wind.“Tekmar’s business strategy is underpinned by its clear vision to deliver high value solutions to the energy industry. We are committed to helping to drive down costs and minimise risk of subsea cabling in offshore wind as well as to become a market-leading supplier of specialist protection systems for the oil and gas subsea umbilicals risers and flowlines (SURF) sector.” [mappress]Press Release, September 24, 2013last_img read more