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Sandra Mae Frank & Katie Boeck on Sharing the Role of Wendla in Spring Awakening

first_img Related Shows Spring Awakening Creating a character on stage is a very personal act of transformation, which makes the double casting of Spring Awakening so unusual. Sandra Mae Frank gives a blazing performance as Wendla in Deaf West’s acclaimed Broadway revival, but because Frank is deaf, she shares the role with Katie Boeck, a soulful singer, actress and musician who becomes the voice of the young heroine. In a lively pre-show conversation (with Frank’s mile-a-minute signing voiced by an ASL interpreter), the co-stars reflected on their singular bond and joy of making their Broadway debuts.Q: First things first: What’s it like to play the same character simultaneously? KATIE: Initially, I thought I would just be standing in the band, speaking and observing, but Sandy and I developed a strong emotional connection. I feel like I am playing her conscience, exploring the subtext of the character.SANDRA: As a deaf actor, I’d rather have a voice actor sit in back and not be seen. In my experience, voice actors try to steal the stage and the focus goes to them, but Katie doesn’t do that. She is amazing, and [director] Michael Arden brought a brilliant vision of having us be together without it getting weird.KATIE: It’s an interesting acting exercise, because she’s making a lot of the character’s choices for me. I’m following her.SANDRA: And our chemistry was instant. We automatically knew how to work together and find the moments we should connect on stage. And I need her! She’s my thinking; she’s my information. She’s who is talking.KATIE: I get to be inside her mind, and on top of that, I get to play guitar and do all the things I love to do. I feel really lucky.Q: When you met, did you think, “We look nothing alike. Why have they put us together?” SANDRA: Absolutely. Look how tall and blonde she is!KATIE: I thought, this girl is sassy! I’m a little quieter. But it works better this way. Visually, people do not think we’re sisters. [As Wendla] Sandy is living in the real world, and I am her guardian angel.Q: Each of you is tackling a unique challenge in this show. Sandra, how do you experience the music on stage?SANDRA: First of all, I love musicals. I’m completely deaf, but I grew up watching musicals on television, and I told my mother, “I’m going to do a musical one day.” Spring Awakening came along, and here I am! Experiencing the process with Katie made it easier because I rely on her breathing, especially when she is singing. Breath is my “thing” for acting, and it helps me find the beat. People in the show joke, “You’re not deaf because you’re so on beat.”KATIE: Sometimes I forget that she’s deaf because she has such a remarkable sense of internal rhythm.SANDRA: This is my first musical, but I can say for sure that it’s not going to be my last.Q: Katie, how have you managed learning sign language? Are you fluent now?KATIE: Oh, I’m definitely not fluent! I spend so much time playing the guitar that I didn’t get a lot of practice signing. Sign language totally terrified me at first because my personality is based on my voice, and there was no way for Sandy to know what that sounded like. But for some reason, even before I knew any sign language, she and I were natural communicators.Q: How do you spend your days off?KATIE: We’re off on Wednesdays, so we’ve been seeing a lot of theater. We just saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.SANDRA: I saw it twice!KATIE: We saw Fun Home and Amazing Grace.SANDRA: I saw Something Rotten!, and I loved it so much that I went back a second time without the captions. It was so funny that I understood everything without captions.Q: What’s the best thing about making your Broadway debut?SANDRA: We’ve created a family over the past year, and now I’m on Broadway with my family.KATIE: When we first started, a lot of us [hearing actors] were like, “A musical with deaf people? Okaaay.” But I had been trying to make it in the music business for nine years, and I thought, “Well, this is a job.” Right away, we knew we had a special show. Seeing the effect on deaf audiences, on hearing audiences, has been amazing. And to share the story on a Broadway stage is incredibly rewarding. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016last_img read more


Purposeful Talent Development: Create a habit of learning

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » To keep pace with changing personal goals, technology and organizational initiatives, our knowledge and skills need to evolve and develop. The book you read, course you attended or degree you earned just last month or 10 years ago will not sustain you for the rest of your career. We need to continually build our knowledge and develop our skills to stay up-to-date in order to succeed in our roles and grow our careers.The barrier that we encounter is that talent development often takes a back seat to daily operations. We need to get out of the mindset that learning is an indulgence that we devote time to when it is convenient. Learning supports productivity, interpersonal relationships, member experience and therefore organizational goals and strategy. Help yourself and others create space in the day for development by establishing a climate that supports a habit of learning and engages individuals in leveraging opportunities to learn every day.As great as it can be to get off-site and engage in learning, you don’t always have to do it through a week-long or full-day event. You can gain a new perspective with a five-minute review of an article or a quick conversation with a colleague.last_img read more


Sandiaga says some Gerindra members want him to run for party chairman

first_imgGerindra Party executive and former vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno has acknowledged that several Gerindra members want him to run for the party chairmanship in the upcoming national congress.He added, however, that whether he would run was in the hands of the current party chairman, Prabowo Subianto, who had held the position since 2014.“It’s true [that some members support me], but we leave the decision up to Pak Prabowo,” Sandiaga said on Saturday as quoted by In the meantime, Sandiaga said his focus was on performing his duties by gaining support for Gerindra from voters across the country. The businessman-turned-politician first joined Gerindra in 2015 and successfully ran to be the party’s nominee for Jakarta deputy governor two years later. He resigned from the party shortly before being announced as Prabowo’s running mate in the presidential election in 2018, in an effort to avoid an all-Gerindra presidential ticket and to appease other parties in the coalition.He returned to the party last year following the pair’s loss in the presidential election.Gerindra secretary-general Ahmad Muzani, however, said there would be no other chairmanship candidates in the upcoming congress, the place and time for which had yet to be decided.”Insyaallah [God willing], only Pak Prabowo will run for the chairmanship. I think we all have agreed on it,” Muzani said, as quoted by :last_img read more


Boost productivity and empower your workforce with RPA

first_imgPlease note that any information that you supply is protected by our Privacy and Cookie Policy Access to all documents and request for further information are available to all users at no cost. In order to provide you with this free service, William Reed Business Media Ltd does share your information with companies that have content on this site. When you access a document or request further information from this site, your information may be shared with the owners of that document or information. Company: FujitsuFormat: PDFLength: 2 pagesType: White Paper Retailers are under increasing pressure from new discount formats, online retailing and the introduction of the national living wage. They need new ways to boost productivity and empower their workforce to deliver great customer service – and get ahead of the competition.,Retailers are under increasing pressure from new discount formats, online retailing and the introduction of the national living wage. They need new ways to boost productivity and empower their workforce to deliver great customer service – and get ahead of the competition.Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can help, taking care of mundane processes, so your people can reskill, spend more time advising customers, and be more productive in other areas.One major UK retailer recently invested in RPA with Fujitsu and Thoughtonomy, and was able to:Cut reporting time from hours to minutesReduce operating costs by 81%Save £300,000 annuallyDownload the case study and for more on the power of RPA in retail, take a look at our video and see how it can help you accelerate recruitment, onboarding, customer management, and other previously manual processes.Fill out the form below to download the pdf and view video.last_img read more


Cash rate tipped to hold as home values improve

first_imgHow the cash rate has changed since 1990 Source: RBAThree Griffith University experts have each tipped that the RBA will hold the cash rate today, suggesting the national bank would want to wait to see what impact the previous cuts have had. “Previous RBA research suggested it takes up to 18 months for the effects of official interest rate changes to feed through to the wider economy,” economics professor Tony Makin said. “The RBA should therefore be waiting a little longer before cutting further, especially in light of the weaker dollar of recent weeks.”It was a common view held by the experts, many of whom pointed to the fact that the economy had not yet had enough time to respond to previous cuts.Susan Mitchell of Mortgage Choice also tipped the cash rate would hold, saying: “The RBA will wait and assess the impact of the two most recent cuts before lowering the cash rate again.”She said that the latest data from the ABS revealed a stable unemployment rate and flat annual wage growth, while encouraging indicators from the property market suggested that a gradual recovery may be on the horizon. “Auction clearance rates indicate that buyer demand is growing and the latest dwelling value data points to a clearer stabilisation of the property market,” she said. “The RBA will continue to monitor developments in the domestic economy, as well as the global economy, which is currently under threat by US-China trade tensions before providing further monetary policy easing.” Indices result – Corelogic August 31 2019The current cash rate sits at a record low one per cent after it was cut by the RBA in July, and was held at that same rate last month.At that time, RBA governor Philip Lowe said economic growth in Australia over the first half of the year had been lower than expected, with “household consumption weighed down by a protracted period of low income growth and declining housing prices”. “Looking forward, growth in Australia is expected to strengthen gradually from here,” he said last month.“The main domestic uncertainty continues to be the outlook for consumption, although a pick-up in growth in household disposable income and a stabilisation of the housing market are expected to support spending.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat does property demand mean?01:38FINANCIAL experts are expecting the cash rate to hold when the Reserve Bank of Australia meets today, but the majority are predicting a further interest rate cut by Christmas.It comes as a new report shows an improvement in dwelling values nationally, pointing to a ‘recovery’ in the bricks and mortar market.CoreLogic’s latest Hedonic Home Value Index, released yesterday, shows the national dwelling value median was up 0.8 per cent and the combined capital cities up one per cent in August.In Brisbane, the median value rose again by 0.2 per cent – a slight increase on initial predictions of a 0.1 per cent rise. Tim Lawless“The significant lift in values over the month (of August) aligns with a consistent increase in auction clearance rates and a deeper pool of buyers at a time when the volume of stock advertised for sale remains low,” he said. “While the ‘recovery trend’ is still early, it does appear that growth trends are gathering some pace, particularly in the largest capital cities.”center_img Change in dwelling values – CoreLogic August 2019For Brisbane, another report – the Herron Todd White Month in Review – also offered some green shoots of optimism for the local market, which weather the national housing value downturn relatively unscathed. That said, 39 of the 41 experts canvassed by Finder ahead of today’s RBA meeting said they believe the bank’s board would hold again at one per cent, but 79 per cent of those experts predicted another cut before Christmas.Sixty-one per cent of those same experts have hedged their bets on a November drop.Finder insights manager Graham Cooke said he had never seen such a strong bias towards a move in a particular month, as predictions are usually spread out over a couple of months. “It shouldn’t be a total shock – November is in the three most popular months for moves since the RBA started this process in 1990,” he said. “We have seen 10 moves applied in November and December, and 11 in May.“Punters call it (Melbourne Cup) the ‘race that stops the nation’, but this year it may be the ‘rate that stops the nation.”Mr Cooke said that just six months ago experts had a very different view of the bottom of the rate cycle, with many expecting it to bottom out at one per cent.“Economic fortunes have certainly turned,” he said. “Now that the rate is at one per cent, experts have dropped their forecasted floor to nearly 0.50 per cent.” The suburbs of Paddington and Petrie Terrace are seen with the Brisbane CBD skyline (AAP Image/Darren England)The result marks the city’s second increase in values in two months, after Brisbane recorded a rise of 0.1 per cent in July – its first monthly rise since November last year.CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said it was likely that the increase in buyer demand and confidence was due to the “positive effect of a stable federal government, as well lower interest rates, tax cuts and a subtle easing in credit policy.”last_img read more


Oldenburg Harvey relief effort gaining steam

first_imgPhoto: defense.govOldenburg, In. — Organizers from the Oldenburg-based Harvey relief effort say they’ll accept donations until 4 p.m. Friday, September 8. Community members have generously donated food, pillows, cleaning supplies, cash, pet products and personal hygiene items.The group has expressed thanks to Crum Trucking, Enneking’s Auto Body, True Blue Auto and Hirt and Ellco.Donations can be dropped off at the Oldenburg Fire Department, Pearl Street Pub and Hirt and Ellco in Batesville.The truck provided by Crum Trucking will leave for Alvin, Texas on Friday, September 8.last_img read more


Jay Ramsdell Foundation supports Trenton Acadians

first_img Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fenceviewer Staff With members of the Trenton Acadians standing in the background and general manager Pat Maguire (left) looking on, Linda and Jay Ramsdell display a $1,250 check from the Jay Ramsdell Foundation that will help support the Acadians during the American Legion Zone 1 summer baseball program.TRENTON — The Jay Ramsdell Foundation, a non-profit foundation created 24 years ago following the death of Jay Ramsdell, has made a $1,250 contribution to the Trenton Acadians American Legion baseball team.July 19 will mark the 25th anniversary of the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa, which took the life of Jay Ramsdell.Ramsdell, who grew up in Mount Desert and graduated from Mount Desert Island High School, was traveling from Denver to Chicago to attend the Continental Basketball Association annual draft as commissioner of that professional basketball league.Of the 296 passengers on board, 112 died, including Ramsdell.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe foundation was formed the following year to provide scholarship assistance to graduating high school seniors in Maine and to help non-academic community groups and organizations.The current board of directors includes Ramsdell’s parents, Jay and Linda Ramsdell, Dennis Damon, Dale Duff, John Sawyer, Peter Webb and Morrill Worcester.Since its inception, the foundation has awarded more than $115,000 in scholarships to deserving students throughout Maine.The Trenton Acadians were formed in 1979 as Hancock County’s only American Legion baseball team.The team is composed of players’ ages 16 to 19 selected from area high schools. Home games are played at the George Stevens Academy baseball field in Blue Hill.The Acadians’ general manager is Patrick Maguire, the head coach is Tim Archambault and the assistant Coaches are Bill Gray and A.J. Bazdanes.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Bio Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014center_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Latest Posts Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more


Chase Scanlan’s 7 goals lead Syracuse to a 21-14 win over Colgate

first_img Comments Published on February 7, 2020 at 6:32 pm Contact Andrew: | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+center_img It was the play Syracuse couldn’t run in last year’s season opener, finished by the scorer its offense lacked. Chase Scanlan lifted his stick in the air as his Colgate defender slid. Running in transition, Lucas Quinn swung a pass toward the left side of the cage and two steps of space appeared for Scanlan.When the Orange’s newest addition bounced the ball past Colgate goalie Sean Collins, Syracuse had its first lead of the night. As the Orange’s cushion built over the ensuing 51 minutes, so many other goals were initiated from that same spot on the left side. A step on a Colgate defender, a swing of Scanlan’s right arm, a swish into the net. Scanlan’s seven goals marked the best individual offensive performance for Syracuse since Dylan Donahue in 2015. He silenced a Colgate run that cut Syracuse’s lead to two at one point. He scored back-to-back goals that extended it to seven. “It was a dream come true,” Scanlan said. In last year’s season-opening defeat to the Raiders, Syracuse’s offense was stifled by quick Colgate slides. Prolonged ball movement only compounded that. But on Friday afternoon — nearly one year to the day of that upset loss — Syracuse used a new offense and a new gem within it to build an early lead that withstood Colgate runs, lifting the Orange (1-0) to a 21-14 win over Colgate (0-2) on Friday afternoon.“To have the number of goals that (Scanlan) had tonight, I’m not sure going forward if he’s going to be too much of a secret,” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Scanlan joined the Orange last July, he was thrust in the middle of the soured taste that followed in the months after the 2019 Colgate loss. Friday night was a game stewing for nearly a year in the minds of Syracuse lacrosse players, one that only heightened when it became the season opener again. There were locker room talks. The highlights. The social media posts. Scanlan wasn’t a part of what created “revenge week,” but he was charged with stopping it.He was one of three missing pieces from that loss — along with Tucker Dordevic and offensive coordinator Pat March — that were on Ernie Davis field for the initial face-off. And if season openers set tones, then this is a good one for Syracuse. The new-look offense under March excelled in the opening quarter, peppering 18 shots at Collins and finishing with 65. But it was Colgate that struck first, controlling possession for the entire first minute and capitalizing when Mike Hawkins found twine. SU found life four minutes later when Peter Dearth sprinted in transition off a broken play and scored, double fist-pumping afterward. Then Scanlan got going. Stephen Rehfuss scooped up a ground ball deep in the Colgate zone, and Scanlan faked a pass back across before finishing. One goal from No. 22 became two. Two became three, and soon he became more than just a Syracuse puzzle piece. Scanlan was the offense.“We’re really focusing on some quick dodges and then ball movement,” Rehfuss said. “But also a lot of movement off ball, which is how a guy like (Scanlan’s) getting wide open.”Chase Scanlan attempted a team-high 12 shots in his first game with Syracuse since transferring from Loyola. Will Fudge | Staff PhotographerColgate had to adjust, head coach Matt Karweck said. Before halftime, Scanlan tried to dodge on Parker Baddley but found no opening. He circled behind the net, eventually needing to force a shot as a second defender engulfed the midfielder.Syracuse had mitigated the slow start that loomed over the second half last year against the Raiders, but just 35 seconds into the third quarter it needed a run-stopper. Griffin Brown, Colgate’s best offensive weapon, scored one of his four goals despite close shadowing from Nick Mellen until Syracuse’s defender got hurt in the third quarter. His cuts across the middle repeatedly pierced an inexperienced close defense group, and a 3-0 spurt by the Raiders cut the deficit to two.It came through Scanlan two minutes later. When Rehfuss cradled the ball behind the cage, multiple shooting steps again opened for Scanlan when his defender pulled to defend the alley. He sidearmed a shot, and shook his head as Syracuse’s lead extended again.“I think that no one’s going to doubt why we gave (22) to him after a night like tonight,” Desko said.From there, the type of offense Syracuse needed emerged — one with a focal point, one with a balance. Jamie Trimboli found success on quick dishes from Rehfuss (seven assists) in the alley, and Quinn scored a hat trick situated on the midfield’s second line, too.A win over Colgate won’t guarantee Syracuse a spot in Philadelphia for Championship Weekend. That’ll take a precise navigation of the ACC gauntlet. But these are the games Syracuse needs to win, a start toward that final goal. As the clock ticked near six minutes in the third quarter, Griffin Cook and Rehfuss forced a Colgate turnover near midfield. Scanlan floated in the attack’s left side but inched toward the center.Rehfuss floated a pass to Scanlan, and with just one defender to beat, the Loyola transfer finished. Just like he was supposed to.last_img read more


UBL Rugby fixtures

first_imgIn the Ulster Bank League two Tipperary teams are in action today.Nenagh take on Highfield at home and Cashel face Galway Corinthians away.Both those games get underway at 2.30 © IRFUlast_img


Deontay Wilder: I only have to be perfect for two seconds to defeat Luis Ortiz

first_imgWilder was shaken at times during his first fight with Ortiz, and conceded he has learned from the mistakes he made 20 months ago.”It was an amazing fight the first time and I’m going to make adjustments this time. That’s what it’s all about. I will be at my best on Saturday,” he added.”I’d rather go through difficulty in the ring than go through my whole career being perfect. What kind of legacy would I have? I want to give you something to remember me by.” “Get your popcorn, get your pizza, go to the bathroom, don’t let anyone disturb you. Don’t drop your cell phone, put it in your pocket, because you don’t want to be the one who dropped it and look up and say, ‘What happened?'”As I always say, these guys have to be perfect for 12 rounds, I only need to be perfect for two seconds, and then, in the blink of an eye, it’s bam, baby, goodnight!”I can’t wait. You guys are in for a treat. It’s going to be an amazing fight, an amazing night.The countdown continues. #4Days #WilderOrtiz2 #PBConFOX #BombZquad— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) November 20, 2019″I’m the best in the world and I say it with confidence. With that being said, I have to give the fans what they’re hungry for. That’s exciting fights.”The heavyweight division was in a dark place, but now it’s on fire and I must keep it going. Luis Ortiz is one of the best in the world and one of the most dangerous men in boxing.” Victory over Ortiz in the rematch – with the WBC heavyweight title on the line – will pave the way for Wilder to go up against Tyson Fury in February.According to Wilder, Ortiz will know he has to be at his best for 12 rounds to stand a chance of winning a fight the “Bronze Bomber” believes has little chance of going to 12 rounds.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”Don’t blink, this is war – you already know what to expect. This fight will not go the distance,” Wilder told a news conference.center_img Deontay Wilder has issued a warning to Luis Ortiz ahead of Saturday’s heavyweight bout, claiming he only needs to be perfect for two seconds to win.Wilder and Ortiz initially met in March 2018, when the American stopped the 40-year-old in the 10th round.last_img read more