PEMCo performs ‘Guys and Dolls’

first_imgIf 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 Halllast_img read more

Not livestock. Food

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaFarmers never get to set the price for their livestock. They can have more say in the matter, though, whenever they can stop thinking “livestock” and start thinking “food” for restaurants, grocery stores and other direct markets.To help them do that, two free “Direct Marketing of Livestock Products Workshops” are set for Feb. 28 in Tifton, Ga., and March 14 in Statesboro, Ga.Specialists from three university groups will lead the workshops: the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the UGA Food Science and Technology Department and the Fort Valley State University Animal Science Department. The event is sponsored by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program at UGA.Direct marketing can make farms more successful in ways that are environmentally friendly and good for rural communities. Consumer demand for direct-marketed livestock products is growing.The workshops are each a full day packed with information on how to be successful at direct marketing of beef, goat, hog, sheep and poultry products. Each program starts at 8 a.m. and ends around 5:15 p.m. Lunch and a resource binder are provided.And it’s free.The only catch is that each location has room only for the first 30 people to register there. The workshop is open to farmer mentors, county agents, agricultural professionals and community leaders.The Tifton workshop will be at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, and the Statesboro program will be at the Bulloch Center for Agriculture. To learn more about either workshop or to register, contact Joy Schomberg at (706) 542-8084 or [email protected] The workshop agenda is online at www.agp2.org/sust_ag/.last_img read more

Small shoulder procedure to delay Maria Sharapova return

first_imgMaria Sharapova has undergone a small surgical procedure on her right shoulder and will miss next month’s Miami Open in Florida, she said on Wednesday.Sharapova has not played since the St Petersburg Trophy four weeks ago when she withdrew before a second-round match.The 31-year-old former world number one has already said she would not play in the March 6-17 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California.The Miami Open starts on March 19.”I have struggled with shoulder pain since last summer,” Sharapova wrote on her Instagram page.”For 10 weeks post U.S. Open, I focused on getting my rotator cuff and scapula strong to support a surgically repaired fraying tendon and a small labrum tear. Although my shoulder got strong, it didn’t help the pain on impact.”After a few different opinions in a few different countries, last week I had a small procedure done which will take a few weeks to heal.”Sharapova, who beat defending Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki before losing in the fourth round at Melbourne Park in January, added that she was “incredibly committed” to returning to competition.Also Read | Knee injury forces Juan Martin del Potro to pull out of Indian Wells tournamentAlso Read | Nick Kyrgios saves three match points, beats Rafael Nadal in Acapulcolast_img read more

Man Utd team news & likely line-up vs Watford

first_imgManchester United Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Watford Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:50 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Man Utd v Brighton, 17/18 Getty Images Manchester United Premier League Watford v Manchester United Watford Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at Vicarage Road on Tuesday evening It was another zero-sum weekend for Manchester United as they edged past Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday only to watch on as Manchester City regained an eight-point hold at the Premier League summit with a 2-1 success at Huddersfield Town 24 hours later. As a result, Tuesday’s trip to Watford is just the latest game which feels like a must-win occasion for Jose Mourinho’s side.United 6/1 to win 1-0United’s poor form between the October and November international breaks has given their Manchester rivals a significant advantage at the top, but the returns of the likes of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Marouane Fellaini have at least stabilised the Reds in recent weeks. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But, with a trip to Arsenal to come on Saturday, this feels like a key week coming up for United and Mourinho will feel that nothing less than three points at Vicarage Road can prop up their fading hopes of winning the Premier League title.MAN UTD INJURIES Eric Bailly and Phil Jones were United’s main absentees at Old Trafford on Saturday as Brighton were beaten 1-0, but the Ivorian should be back in contention for the trip to Watford even if Jones is likely to be unavailable until at least the weekend.Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now made three substitute appearances since returning from an ACL injury and could be considered for a first start, while Marcos Rojo should be considered for another 90-minute appointment following his full return from a similar injury against Basel last Wednesday.Michael Carrick has stepped up his training in recent days following a procedure to deal with an irregular heart rhythm but is not expected to return to play for the time being at least.Eric Bailly Jan Vertonghen Manchester United Tottenham Premier LeagueMAN UTD SUSPENSIONS Neither team are missing any players through suspension, nor do they have anyone sitting on the verge of a ban ahead of Tuesday’s clash.MAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPAs is often the case with Jose Mourinho and short turnarounds, there could be a number of changes from the side which saw off Brighton, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic primed for a first start since April. That could mean a change in role for Romelu Lukaku, who has shifted to a wide position in the last few fixtures following the Swede’s entrance as a substitute.Elsewhere there could be changes at full-back, with at least one of Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young stepping aside and Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw all standing by. At the heart of the defence, Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly may both return, potentially giving Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof a midweek off.Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be pushing for a return after being left out of three consecutive starting line-ups due to poor form, while Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will likely be back to fighting over one starting spot after two successive league games in which they have both been given the nod.Man Utd possible XIWATFORD TEAM NEWS Marco Silva’s side are coming off the back of confidence-boosting back-to-back wins over West Ham United and Newcastle United as they gear up to face a United side they beat 3-1 at Vicarage Road last season. Before those successive victories they had gone down to three straight losses in what was by far their most disappointing run of the season so far.The Hornets have been one of the most impressive sides in the Premier League this term, with the form of Abdoluaye Doucoure and Richarlison in particular helping them build a five-point gap ahead of ninth-placed Brighton and the multitude of teams aiming to put daylight between themselves and the relegation zone.Nathaniel Chalobah, Craig Cathcart and Isaac Success are all still out with long-term injuries for Silva, who has been the subject of interest from Everton of late, but the Portuguese manager has no fresh worries as United prepare to visit.Abdoulaye Doucoure WatfordBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Watford have lost 12 of their last 13 games against Manchester United in all competitions, winning the other in the Premier League in this exact fixture last season (3-1). The last Watford goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet against Manchester United in a competitive fixture was Tony Coton; in a 1-0 win back in September 1986 at Vicarage Road. Manchester United have lost their last two Premier League away games; 1-2 at Huddersfield Town and 0-1 at Chelsea. They haven’t lost three successive league away games since January 1996. Watford’s 21-point tally from 13 games is their joint top-flight record at this stage of a season, tied with their best-ever league campaign; when they finished 2nd in the 1982-83 season (also 21 points after 13 games). Despite taking charge of both Hull City and Watford since becoming a Premier League manager in January 2017, Marco Silva has only won four games fewer (12) than Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (16) in this period. Richarlison has been involved in seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances for Watford (four goals, three assists). Romelu Lukaku could make his 200th Premier League appearance in this match – he currently has 93 goals. Only 10 players have scored more goals than this in their opening 200 appearances in the competition, with Alan Shearer (145) leading the way. Lukaku scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League games for Manchester United, converting 23% of his shots. In his six league apps since then, he’s scored only once for the club and converted 6% of shots. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match at Vicarage Road kicks off at 20:00GMT on Tuesday, with live coverage in the UK on BT Sport 1 beginning at 19:15. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more