Nine Secrets Fans Don’t Know About Life Backstage at Aladdin

Posted On Jan 18 2021 by

first_imgJAMES MONROE IGLEHART (Genie)”I mark through ‘Friend Like Me’ in my dressing room before I perform it every show. Yes, the whole song! I also always try to see each cast member before I go onstage. I give them each a hug, a fist bump or a joke. I call it ‘touching and agreeing.’ It’s a sign we’re all on the page to have a good show.” STEEL BURKHARDT (Kassim)”There’s a special catwalk way at the top of the New Amsterdam Theatre that was built as a ‘landing deck’ for Mary’s flight over the audience at the end of Mary Poppins—it’s called the ‘Mary Bridge.” The handful of us who aren’t in ‘Friend Like Me’ go up there to watch James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Jacobs and the ensemble kill it onstage and stop the show.” Related Shows COURTNEY REED (Jasmine)”Adam Jacobs and I always high five while we pass each other backstage after he sings ‘Proud of Your Boy’ and before my first entrance.” JONATHAN FREEMAN (Jafar)”There is a moment during the opening number before Donny Ribs (a.k.a. Don Darryl Rivera) and I enter upstage right where Victor (our house propsman) tries to run me over with a marketplace cart and I threaten a different lawsuit each night; then, at the end of the show, right after Barry (my dresser) preps my trick costume in the wings for my final scene, he always says, ‘OK, everything’s OK down south, and I’m gonna see ya over yonder,’ meaning in the trap room under the stage after Jafar’s demise.” DON DARRYL RIVERA (Iago)”After the Disney Medley in ‘Friend Like Me,’ there’s a series of crosses backstage (when we’re all clear to move around without getting in the way), and we all high five as we pass each other! Cast, stage hands, dressers, stage managers—everybody!” CLIFTON DAVIS (Sultan)”The first time I met Courtney, I showed her a picture of my real-life daughter and we both agreed that she looks just like her. It’s uncanny! It started us off on the right path—she’s my baby girl!” JONATHAN SCHWARTZ (Omar)”My dressing roommate Steel Burkhardt and I push each other through Ab Ripper X together in our dressing room before the show. We hate it, but we love it!”Photos by Matthew Murphy, Deen van Meer and Cylia von Tiedemann. from $57.50 ADAM JACOBS (Aladdin)”My entrance at the top of the show in ‘Arabian Nights’ involves riding a makeshift skateboard on my stomach behind the scenery to then hide onstage behind a building! Once there, I like to hang from the poles to stretch my arms, then join in the ad-libbing while the girls are dancing with the silks, saying phrases like, ‘Is this a mirage I see?’ and ‘Such beauty in Agrabah!'”center_img Brian Gonzales View Comments Aladdin Star Files BRIAN GONZALES (Babkak)”Don Darryl Rivera and I usually finish off act one by singing along with ‘Proud of Your Boy (Reprise)’ as off-pitch as we possibly can.” Jonathan Freeman Attention, residents of Agrabah: Disney’s Aladdin turns one year old on March 20! To celebrate, we asked Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed and the stars of the hit Broadway musical to reveal their secrets about what goes on backstage at the New Amsterdam Theatre. From off-key singing to intense ab workouts, find out what they do behind the scenes while the magic unfolds onstage. Don Darryl Riveralast_img read more

Fatal weather

Posted On Jan 17 2021 by

first_imgFifteen Georgians were among the hundreds who lost their lives last week in the deadly string of tornadoes that tore through the Southeast. Thousands more escaped with little more than their lives as storms left cities in ruins from Texas to Virginia. The life and strength of the tornadoes led to the massive destruction, according to Pam Knox, Georgia’s assistant state climatologist. “Most tornadoes travel for about a mile. Some of these tornadoes had tracks that were 80 miles or longer,” she said. “All of the ingredients were perfect for building tornadoes. We had temperatures in the 80s and high humidity. Warm temperatures and moisture act as energy for storms.” Southern tornadoes tend to be deadlier than those occurring in other regions because of the large amount of forestland in the South (Georgia is 70 percent forest). And many residents live in mobile homes or don’t have adequate sheltered protection. Georgia is in a La Niña weather pattern right now, Knox said. As La Niña fades, the threat of tornadoes should ease, but more outbreaks are still possible. In the event of a tornado, quickly seek shelter in a sturdy building. The lowest level away from windows is the safest place. If a sturdy building isn’t around, lie down in a ditch or low spot where cars or trees won’t blow on top of you. Don’t stay in a car.Bad weather affects everyoneSevere weather can be a threat any time, said Lt. General Russel Honore, who coordinated the military relief effort for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. But “preparedness is a hard sell,” he recently told a group of UGA Cooperative Extension agents meeting at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center. “Disaster can happen anywhere,” Honore said. “Prepare an evacuation kit, have an emergency plan and put a weather radio in your bedroom. It can save your life.” Get a weather radioA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, radio sounds an alarm and broadcasts up-to-date details about impending major weather. “More people lose their lives at night when they are unprepared for changing weather,” Honore said. “It could give you the 8 to 10 minutes you need to save your life.” Buy one with the Specific Area Message Encoding, or SAME, technology. It can be programmed for particular counties. Weather radios are available at electronics stores and at some grocery stores. Purchase a regular battery-powered radio, too, for up-to-date news and weather reports during a crisis. “The late-April storms were very well forecasted,” Knox said. “We knew on Sunday strong storms would be moving through on Wednesday. But power outages in Alabama led to some notification issues, and some people may not have been aware the storms were coming through.” Prepare a survival kitIt may take days for help to arrive after a natural or man-made disaster, especially if roads are hazardous. And major events, like the tornadoes that ripped through multiple states, can cut electrical power for days. Prepare an all-hazards kit with supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for three to seven days without electricity and clean running water. The most critical supply is at least one gallon of drinking water per person per day for at least three days. More water is needed for cooking and hygiene.The kit should include nonperishable foods, a hand-cranked can opener, first-aid kit, important papers, battery-powered radio, NOAA weather radio, flashlight and extra batteries. A recommended detailed list is available at’s state climatologist David Stooksbury, an engineering professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, says it is important to remember that severe weather can hit Georgians year round.“Tornadoes are always a risk in Georgia,” Stooksbury said. “While they are more common in the spring and fall, they can occur at any time.”The recent severe weather outbreak hit rural areas hard. Farmers who suffered damage from the storms can receive recovery assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. They must file reports with the agency within 30 days of the event. People with storm losses may be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance as well. Register online at, call 800-621-FEMA or go to one of the assistance centers established across north Georgia.For questions about reporting damage or available recovery programs, contact your local UGA Extension county office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Philippine bank RCBC to stop lending for new coal-fired power projects

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgPhilippine bank RCBC to stop lending for new coal-fired power projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Manila Bulletin:Yuchengco-led Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) has forthrightly declared that it will no longer extend financing to new coal-fired power projects in the Philippines.That came as a daring statement from RCBC President and CEO Eugene S. Acevedo, the first bank chief executive to do so following last month’s coal moratorium declaration by the Department of Energy. “No more coal, no more coal. I’ll say that slowly — NO MORE COAL,” he told reporters who were attending the Yuchengco Groups’ Future-Proofing 2021 virtual forum.Acevedo made it clear to the journalists that the bank will be taking a milestone change and shift on its energy project funding – that the leaning moving forward will be largely on renewables and gas-fired power facilities.“The good news is, many of those who used to be coal are migrating to renewables,” the RCBC chief executive said, noting that while there might not be a set percentage on their energy loan portfolios now, the sure thing is they will just bankroll clean energy projects in the foreseeable future.“I’m going to say that moving forward, all our loans for energy projects will be non-coal, it will be 100 percent non-coal… but it’s very difficult for the country to subsist on purely renewables, so we’ll have a mix,” he said.Acevedo further opined that “to create a robust energy grid, there has to be a combination of renewables plus a few power plants that are rapidly ratcheted up — and those plants are usually gas-fired. So, we might have a combination of gas and a lot of renewables moving forward.”[Myrna M. Velasco]More: RCBC to stop funding coal power projectslast_img read more

(Re)focusing on trust and ethics in marketing

Posted On Dec 18 2020 by

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: George LawtonIn October I attended DMA 2014 (Direct Marketing Association’s annual conference), where there were over 2200 attendees representing 30+ countries; tons of interesting sessions.Understandably, you couldn’t escape the preponderance of marketing buzzwords such as brand engagement, omni-channel, multi-channel orchestration, customer-centricity, and journey-centric marketing. Those of us in the compliance profession were heartened by the fact that keynote speakers also spent a surprising amount of time underscoring a very different set of buzzwords: responsible & ethical marketing practices, corporate responsibility, data governance, respect for privacy, transparency and trust.There is no question that marketing has become more data-driven and technology-driven than in the past. And it really should come as no surprise that the marketing community is re-focusing on trust and ethics in order to overcome recent well-publicized data privacy and security lapses that have become so pervasive.Banking organizations are certainly among those companies who are routinely amassing and leveraging huge amounts of data (Big Data) for many well-intended purposes. Companies make use of Big Data and information technologies to promote effective customer engagement, loyalty and segmentation. The goal is to improve customer experience strategies and create competitive advantages. continue reading »last_img read more

College students may miss out on internship opportunities this summer

Posted On Dec 8 2020 by

first_imgMeanwhile some employers are offering virtual internships this summer. “I worked really hard to get this internship and it was something I was really proud of getting. I was obviously disappointed with what happened,” said Levine. Glassdoor Economic Research also says internship hiring on Glassdoor for May 2020 fell 49% from May 2019. He was looking forward to his internship at Horizon Media in New York City before it was canceled. Robert Levine is going to be a senior at Binghamton University this fall. According to Glassdoor Economic Research, a large job and recruiting site, one in two internship openings were closed since the coronavirus pandemic started in the U.S. While cancellations and changes are not ideal, students are looking at the bright side. “They said they didn’t have enough work for the interns so it didn’t make sense for them to have us,” said Levine. A positive outlook that could be attractive to employers in the future. “I’m just glad I have the opportunity to do it because I was originally really concerned that it was just going to be canceled outright,” he said.center_img Bosak was set to work side by side with the Suffolk County Legislature this summer, but now he will be doing it through Zoom. (WBNG) — College internships are meant to be a smooth transition into the workforce. But for many students, they will be missing out on that opportunity this summer. Binghamton University senior Zachary Bosak is one student in that situation. Levine is choosing to spend his time he would have been interning with taking summer classes. “My parents always say that you have to look at the positive of every situation so I’m just trying to make the best of everything that’s happened,” he said. “It’s a setback. But I’m really using it to build my skills up in other ways,” said Levine. “It’s the best of a bad situation, I’m glad that the opportunity is still present, and from what I’m seeing it seems like they’re going to have a lot of the original format intact,” said Bosak.last_img read more

Istra Inspirit was awarded the seventh award in a row by the European Cultural Tourism Network

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgYesterday, Istra Inspirit was awarded the seventh prize in a row at a competition organized by the ‘European Cultural Tourism Network’ – European Cultural Tourism Network in the category Contribution to cultural and creative industries. Istra Inspirita, as the only finalist from Croatia, won the third place for the application entitled ‘Revival of the cultural and historical heritage of Istria through cultural tourism’. The conference entitled ‘Cultural heritage as an asset for responsible and sustainable tourism’ was organized on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage – #EuropeForCulture. The award ceremony took place at a gala dinner at the Pantheon Conference Center in Paphos, a city in Cyprus that is also the European Cultural Destination in 2017.”We are pleased to point out that Istra Inspirit has been re-recognized as a project that enriches the cultural and innovative – experiential offer of the Istrian peninsula, at the level of the European Union and by a European organization dealing with cultural tourism. Recognitions and awards internationally can contribute to promotion project, as well as further emphasize quality and innovation. We believe that with constant effort and perseverance in providing a unique cultural experience, stories, myths and legends can be revived in a quality way, which enriches the cultural and experiential tourism of Istria. ”Pointed out Morena Milevoj, coordinator of marketing and PR of the project from the Istrian Development Tourist Agency – IRTA doo under which the project is implemented, and added that they also presented Istria as a tourist destination at the conference.This recognition is another proof and confirmation of the long-term successful work of Istra Inspirit, a project of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County implemented within the Istrian Development Tourist Agency, which has so far been recognized as a significant product of cultural tourism and awarded prestigious prizes (7) for the most creative tourist program:  CBTour – award for the best creative program of Croatian business tourism, MRAK (Network for development and creativity) – award for the best creative and innovative tourist product, ‘Simply the best’, ‘Golden goat 2012 / Capra d’oro 2012’, ‘Golden Zoom Awards’ – the best marketing campaign of a tourist destination awarded as part of the Travel Zoom conference in Bled, Slovenia, ‘Creative Tourism Award’ –  award for the most creative experience in 2014 given to Istra Inspirit  awarded by the international organization Creative Tourism Network from Barcelona, ​​2015.Also, for the end, it should be added that the UNWTO included Istra Inspirit among the 28 best tourist stories in the world, and which are included in the prestigious and recognized book Tourism Stories published by the World Tourism Organization, which is certainly another confirmation of the excellent concept.last_img read more

Maurice Lloyd Miller Sr., age 78

Posted On Sep 24 2020 by

first_imgMaurice Lloyd Miller, Sr., age 78 passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016 at his home in Batesville, IN. Born December 12, 1937 in Batesville, he was the son of Frederick & Edith (Doyle) Miller.  He proudly served his country from 1961 – 1963 in the US Army.  He was involved in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War.He was a 1955 graduate of New Point High School After moving to Batesville, he started working for Batesville Casket Co in 1955 and retired after 48 years in 2003. He married Velma Meadows on May 20, 1960 in Greensburg, IN and was a member of the Berean Baptist Church in Batesville.  He loved spending time with his grandchildren and vacationing in Jekyll Island, Georgia.Maurice is survived by his loving wife Velma Miller, his daughter Melanie Roell (Bill) of Batesville and his sons Jerry Miller (Ceil) of Batesville, Mike Miller (Tonya) of Corbin, KY and Frederick Miller (Cheryl) of Batesville, IN.  He will also be missed by his 21 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and his sister Janet Duval (Don) of Greensburg, IN.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Maurice Miller Jr., a granddaughter and his brothers Keith & Alvin Miller.Visitation will be Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 5-8pm at Meyers Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 10:00am at the funeral home with Pastor Kevin Couch officiating. Burial will take place immediately following services at South Park Cemetery in Greensburg, IN.  Memorials are suggested to the Ripley County Humane Society or the National Parkinson’s Foundation c/o the funeral home.Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Thunderhill Raceway drivers’ meeting is Friday, Dec. 13

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgBy Edward AnschutzSTURGEON BAY, Wis. – Thunderhill Raceway will hold a drivers’ meeting on Friday, Dec, 13 at The Draft Haus Sports Bar beginning at 7 p.m. Promoter Woody Wodack will have Sonny’s Pizza on hand along with snacks. We are looking for everyone’s input as we plan to make 2014 the best season yet.Lots of big news regarding several track improvements and possible contingencies. We ask pit spots be paid before or at the meeting. Any pit stalls that remain unpaid or open will then go to a lottery of drivers who want to purchase them. Front row spots $100, with second and third rows being $50. The 2014 Street Stock rules will be up for discussion. Several other items will be addressed at the meeting include schedule, pit pass costs and general track rules. We hope to see you all there even if its just to have some great food and a few adult beverages.For GPS users the Draft Haus is located at 901 Egg Harbor Rd. Sturgeon Bay.Five divisions do battle every Saturday night through the summer. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Street Stocks will compete on the 1/3rd-mile clay oval.For more information, please visit the track’s website at www.racethunderhill.comThunderhill is located at the John Miles Fair Park on Sturgeon Bay’s east side. Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Melton gets first career, SST wins at Mountain Creek

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgGRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Sept. 18) – She’s racked up a lot of seconds and a lot of thirds in her three-plus IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car seasons.Michelle Melton now has her career first win in the class to brag about following the Friday night Sprint Series of Texas show at Mountain Creek Speedway.Melton passed Russell Shoulders for the lead coming out of turn two on the 19th of 20 laps.“It was awesome. I was ecstatic,” said Melton, who gave the trophy to her dad to put on display in their race shop.Making just her fourth SST start, Melton took the initial green flag from the 11th spot and steadily worked her way toward the front. She passed Kenny Elwood for second after a caution with three laps left.“I had to keep my line and stay on the bottom. I prayed I had enough laps to get to the front,” Melton said. “The car was set up perfect to get bite coming out of turns on the bottom.”Shoulders ended in second while Jerry Hammock, who had won the previous series race, started last in the field of 20 and finished third. Elwood and Adam Barr rounded out the top five.Feature results – 1. Michelle Melton; 2. Russell Shoulders; 3. Jerry Hammock; 4. Kenny Elwood; 5. Adam Barr; 6. Matt Etzelmiller; 7. Dustin Woods; 8. Cody Whitworth; 9. Jason Howell; 10. Rodney Henderson; 11. Chase Parson; 12. Mike Herring; 13. Joshua Hanna; 14. Carl Lamb; 15. Craig Woods; 16. Ronnie Henderson; 17. Gary Kelley; 18. Ed Keaton; 19. Matt Holt; 20. Drew Wright; 21. David Munden; 22. Bobby Graham.last_img read more

Eight IMCA Wild West Modified Shootout dates set at five California, Oregon tracks

Posted On Sep 23 2020 by

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageWHITE CITY, Ore. – Building on last summer’s record-setting series, the IMCA Wild West Modi­fied Shootout returns in 2017 with eight dates at five different tracks in California and Oregon.Each main event for the IMCA Modifieds over the course of the June 23-July 1 tour pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $100 to start and is a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.The seventh annual Shootout will feature drivers from across the Pacific Northwest and else­where in the United States and Canada. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded.The series kicks off with its only non-Oregon event at Yreka, Calif.’s Siskiyou Motor Speedway on Fri­day, June 23. Stops at Southern Oregon Speedway and Cottage Grove Speedway precede the June 27 travel day; The Wild West Shootout is at Sunset Speedway Park before concluding with three shows at Willamette Speedway.The top two finishers in each ‘B’ feature during the series will transfer to the main event field. Tow money will be $50.Additional information, including the complete nightly payout, will be posted on the Wild West Modi­fied Shootout Facebook page.More than 90 different Modified drivers saw action over the course of the 2016 tour, dominated by four-time winner Kellen Chadwick. Ryan Gaylord and Mark Wauge won the other two events.Three-time series champion Jesse Williamson leads all drivers with eight career Wild West Shootout victories.  2017 IMCA Wild West Modified Shootout schedule – Friday, June 23, Siskiyou Motor Speed­way, Yreka, Calif.; Saturday, June 24, Southern Oregon Speedway, White City; Sunday, June 25 and Monday, June 26, Cottage Grove Speedway; Tuesday, June 27, travel day; Wednesday, June 28, Sunset Speedway Park, Banks; Thursday, Friday and Saturday, June 29-July 1, Willamette Speedway, Lebanon.last_img read more