If you ask senior Clare Strickland, PEMCo’s executive producer, how she balances majoring in Neuroscience with overseeing the spring show “Guys and Dolls”, she would respond:“That’s a funny joke! We simply don’t sleep.”If you ask sophomore Alison Croucher, the director of the upcoming spring show, “Guys and Dolls,” how she manages to stay motivated between her Film, Television, and Theater course load and 24 hours per week of PEMCo rehearsals, she would respond:“Pure adrenaline and exhaustion at this point is what keeps me going. I don’t even have time to get a coffee.”Being a full-time student and also part of PEMCo, an entirely student-run and self-sustaining musical theatre group, is no small feat.“Balancing is hard. There’s no way you can have 24 hours of practice a week, have the amazing, glorious social life you want, and do well in academics and extracurriculars,” sophomore Roni Mansour, the music director of the spring show, said.Mansour, majoring in Music and English with a minor in Musical Theater, has had to learn to wear many different hats, along with the rest of the PEMCo team of around 50 members, including four producers, 21 cast members, 16 pit members and countless other people who have contributed to the show. Directors, producers and cast members alike, might find themselves running from a physics lab or an art critique to rehearsal. With that in mind, it can be a challenge to put together a show with so many different schedules and the routine distractions and stressors of everyday college life.“You leave everything at the door when you walk in and give everything you have to the production and rehearsal,” Croucher said. “It’s a journey, and it’s a process. As a director, I have to constantly be reading the room.”The size of the cast and crew could potentially cause conflict, but Mansour said the group’s mutual respect ensures that they work productively.“Everything comes down to respect. The cast has respect for us, we have respect for them. You have to check your egos at the door,” Mansour said.While rehearsals and the production process can be taxing, there is a reason that students come back year after year to be part of PEMCo productions — shows are rewarding and fun.“We have a really good balance between having fun and being professional,” Strickland said. “While at times, [the show] can be another source of stress, being at rehearsal is stress relief for me. It’s a really safe place where we can kind of let go and escape any troubles that we are going through.”Croucher echoed Strickland’s sentiments as she credited a love of theater as her motivation.While “Guys and Dolls” has been done time and time again, PEMCo is trying to put their own twist on the production.“This is a classic golden-age show, meaning it’s old. It’s been redone and re-vibed countless times. How are we going to make it our own? How is our version going to be different than what you saw on Broadway five years ago?” Croucher said when asked about how she has adapted the show at the University.Mansour said the most exciting part of the show has been “messing around with the music and making it our own.”“It’s a unique show with our own taste of creativity,” she said.Performances of “Guys and Dolls” will be take place Thursday through Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Washington Hall. Tickets are now on sale at the LaFortune Box Office. Student tickets are $7 and non-student tickets are $10.Tags: Guys and Dolls, PEMCo, Washington Hall
After one of the most popular weeks for PGA DFS contests, the Travelers Championship provides an excellent opportunity to target elite golfers who underperformed at the U.S. Open. This week’s GPPs will collect spillover entries from less experienced daily fantasy golf players that started or just resumed playing during last week’s major.Recency bias has a stronger impact on newer players. The optimal way to leverage this is by targeting premier golfers who flopped and burnt those who bought in on them at the U.S. Open, as the best long-term players are always the likeliest to bounce back with the most authority. Continuing to make his way back from a wrist injury, Justin Thomas missed the cut last week. Thomas was a popular option as one of the lower-priced elite golfers at the U.S. Open, but he ended up burning lineups that included him. Since his return, Thomas has missed two of three cuts. I expect this to scare off DFS players who may sense that something could still be wrong with his wrist. Instead of guessing about the status of his injury, however, I would rather leverage his low ownership. Thomas is one of the premier golfers on tour, and the bad recent results may simply be explained by him knocking off some rust. As far as I am concerned, Thomas will be fully himself this week, and I expect him to be less coveted than similarly priced golfers like Jason Day and Paul Casey. On top of low ownership, Thomas is being discounted due to the recent missed cuts. Leverage the recent injury and last week’s missed cut for a double discount on both ownership and price.Tony Finau has endured a very uncharacteristic slump recently with missed cuts in his past two tournaments and fishes of T60th or worse in three of the five tournaments before that. I might be more concerned if not for a solo second-play finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge and a T5th at the Masters smack dab in the middle of the bad results. Finau is most likely just fine and has proven incredibly consistent outside of this minislump. His price has been heavily discounted, and yet I expect him to receive much lower ownership than he normally does this week. While many expect TPC River Highlands to favor shorter hitters, which certainly doesn’t describe Finau, he has never finished worse than 25th at this event. In fact, Bubba Watson, another golfer who is generally thought of more for his distance than finesse, has won here twice. With many DFS players recently having soured on Finau and looking to pay up for several studs above his price level, he may fly completely under the radar. Rarely do you get the opportunity to roster such an electrifying golfer at such low ownership.Aaron White graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics. He has played DFS professionally for several years and has won featured NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and golf GPPs on both FanDuel and DraftKings. MORE ROTOQL: Lineup Builder | Travelers Championship betting advice*If you are interested in taking your DFS golf lineup building strategy to the next level, you should consider using a lineup optimizer, and RotoQL offers the best optimizer available in the industry.Travelers Championship picks and PGA DFS strategyTarget GolfersJordan Spieth didn’t miss the cut last week, but he completely disappeared down the stretch after a relatively promising first couple of days. It seemed Spieth was finally turning his season around with three straight top-10 finishes coming into the U.S. Open, but he couldn’t keep his momentum and certainly didn’t help out anybody who rostered him at a premium. What Spieth continues to possess, though, despite his struggles over the past two seasons, is a level of talent that is arguably unmatched. The recent top-10 finishes show that regardless of last week’s disappointment, Spieth is finding his stride once again. I expect Spieth to be far overlooked compared to the likes of other top options Brooks Koepka and Patrick Cantlay, which may be a mistake. Spieth is of similar caliber and priced cheaper, and what you sacrifice in form I believe you more than make up for in leverage. It doesn’t hurt that Spieth won here in 2017 either. Buy in before Spieth finally gets all aspects of his game clicking.