Kenny Leon on Why the Palace Theatre Was Changed for Holler

first_img View Comments Holler If Ya Hear Me When you enter the opulent Palace Theatre to see the Tupac Shakur-inspired musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, you will immediately see how much the place has changed since its last show, Annie, was in residence. The back of the house is now blocked off, and seats closest to the stage are in a stadium-style configuration. “[I didn’t want the audience] sitting beneath the stage. I want them above it. Now they are looking right into the eyes of the actors, and the actors look right back into the eyes of the audience. It creates a give and take between the artist and the audience that we haven’t experienced for a long time on Broadway.” “I’m very excited about the intimate nature of the Palace Theatre now,” Tony-winning Holler director Kenny Leon told “I love when people who are different from each other sit next to each other, and I want a generational explosion for this show. I want 18-year-olds there, and I want 80-year-olds there. The key to that is to make the play intimate, so everyone can hear it, feel it and see it.” Holler If Ya Hear Me opens at Broadway’s Palace Theatre on June 19. Get a look at the new musical here and here.center_img The theater’s capacity has been reduced from 1740 to 1120 specifically for Holler. Rows A through J now rise in a direct line from the edge of the stage to the front of the mezzanine. In addition to physical changes in the theater, Leon explained other ways he made the show accessible. “We got rid of things that people think they hate,” Leon explained. “If they think they hate blood, let’s get rid of blood. If they think they hate guns, let’s get rid of guns. Let’s tell this story in a way that most of America can get it. The key to all of it is intimacy.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014last_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Eden, North Carolina

first_imgThe town of Eden, North Carolina is home to 14,500 residents, two gently flowing waterways, and three distinct downtown areas. The rivers are the Dan and the Smith and they flow directly through the center of town, giving Eden its nickname — ‘The Land of Two Rivers.’In addition to paddling the Dan or floating the Smith, outdoor enthusiasts in Eden can be found camping or angling at Belews Lake, boating at Lake Reidsville, or road biking along the scenic Rockingham County bike route.Cudas_IB_0814_2Did you know? This September will mark Eden’s 11th annual RiverFest, a two-day celebration of the town’s art, history, and river heritage. This years RiverFest will boast numerous attractions including two live music venues, a BMX stunt show, and a5k run/walk.Vote now at!last_img read more

CUNA backs Durbin repeal in letter to HFSC leaders

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Durbin Amendment has failed consumers, low-income families and credit unions CUNA wrote Monday to U.S. House Financial Services Committee leadership. CUNA and other financial trade organizations wrote in support of a provision in the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 5983) that would repeal the Durbin Amendment prior to the committee’s markup of H.R. 5983.The Durbin Amendment, an addition to the Dodd-Frank Act, sets government price controls on debit card interchange fees.“That tangential addition to the act was made without any hearings or analysis, and was sold on the promise of delivering lower prices to consumers. A so-called exemption was supposed to ‘protect’ small community banks and credit unions from the law’s harmful price controls,” the letter reads. “The Durbin Amendment has not delivered on any of these promises, providing benefits only to retailers, and must be repealed.”The letter goes on to highlight that retailers pledged to use the savings realized under the Durbin Amendment to serve consumers through actions such as lower prices and other advantages. continue reading »last_img read more

Pen Air Credit Union respects their past by honoring their future

first_imgWhen a credit union needs to step outside the boundaries of its historically rooted name to reach new markets where it is not known, how can it still maintain its brand personality, history and sense of local community?For Northwest Florida’s oldest credit union, Pen Air Federal Credit Union, founded in 1936, this was the struggle they faced in 2014. Despite a 2011 rebranding and new corporate identity (with a four jet logo), the $1.2 billion financial institution was losing members and loan growth was stagnant. But the biggest challenge of all was overcoming the confusing community perceptions of who or what Pen Air was all about.Stu Ramsey, Pen Air Federal Credit Union CEO, said, “Pen Air was financially successful when I got here and was known in the community, but we weren’t very consistent in our brand, or what our volunteerism looked like. When I talked to sta about who we were, I’d get 350 di erent answers. There was no clear message for who we were, or where we were going. And when the people in your communities aren’t even aware they can join your credit union, you’ve got a problem.”Pam Hatt, Pen Air Federal Credit Union Director of Marketing, said “I talked with Stu about recent ideas I had learned of doing a complete organization-wide ‘transformational rebrand.’ When we looked at our advertising and messaging, we realized there was no personality and no true identity. We were trying to be all things to all people.” continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Binghamton to invest $6.5 million in new fire station

first_imgCurrently, the floors can carry up to 50 tons worth of firefighting apparatuses. But, in February, Mayor David told 12 News called the 50-year-old, crumbling floor a “potentially dangerous situation.” Binghamton Fire Chief Daniel E. Eggleston says the project comes with a focus on future operations. The mayor said repairs to the floor at the current station would also be disruptive to, so the city decided it made more sense to build a new headquarters. The city says it will purchase property at 225 Court St. and demolish the existing buildings to allow for the construction of the new headquarters. No stations will be closed and no firefighter’s job will be terminated, the city says. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David announced the city will spend $6.5 million to replace its Fire Department Headquarters Monday. David says that money is better spent on a new facility which will be built at 225 Court St. Demolition will begin later this year and construction will begin in 2021. The city says construction is expected to be complete around Jan. 1 2022. Locations on Pine Street will also be bought and demolished to make way for the new facility. “For the first time in 50 years, the City of Binghamton is making a major investment in our fire headquarters that will allow us to continue to provide the highest quality of fire and EMS service for decades to come,” he said in a press release sent to 12 News. The mayor’s office says the plans were initiated following a study that revealed up to $3 million in floor repairs were needed at the current headquarters located at 38 Hawley St. In addition to this, the mayor says the fire headquarters should be separate from from police and other facilities on Hawley in case City Hall is compromised in the event of an emergency. Binghamton will lease a space at 151 Court St. as a temporary fire station. last_img read more

Gyms in New York may reopen with COVID-19 safety protocols in place

first_img(WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced that he will allow all county fitness centers to reopen on Aug. 24. He says the county health department will inspect all facilites. Gyms can open as soon as August 24 at 33% capacity with mandatory mask wearing and other strict health measures.HVAC systems must meet guidelines.Localities must inspect every gym before it opens or within 2 weeks of opening.Localities must enforce regulations.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 17, 2020 (WBNG) — On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the safety protocols that will need to be in place before gyms are allowed to reopen on Aug. 24. Gym classes will be by appointment only and there will be no shared water fountains. Gyms will only be able to reopen at 33 percent capacity. Everyone in the gym will need to wear masks at all time and maintain a distance of six feet. —–center_img GYM NEWS-I am allowing all gyms and fitness centers in Broome County to open and to also conduct in person classes on the EARLY start date of Monday, August 24. Per NY State guidance our health dept will inspect all facilities for compliance within two weeks after start date.— Jason Garnar (@jasongarnar) August 17, 2020 In addition to this, HVAC systems will need to meet COVID-19 guidelines. UPDATE: The governor says localities will be responsible for enforcing all virus guidelines. Health departments will need to inspect gyms within two weeks of it reopening.last_img read more

Caterers in Split: Most caterers will have neither the conditions nor the motives to work, they are looking for daily relaxation measures

first_img“Regarding the start of work of caterers in these specific conditions, we have suggested to the State Inspectorate that their actions be primarily educational and preventive, with the aim of pointing out omissions, if they are minor mistakes that can be corrected., said the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber Joze Tomaš and invited caterers to contact directly to the Croatian Chamber of Commerce ŽK Split if they have difficulties in organizing work in accordance with the decisions and instructions, in order to cooperate with the competent institutions in a constructive way to resolve misunderstandings and find solutions. Considering the preparations for the resumption of work and the prescribed conditions, but also other topics and problems that caterers have, today the representatives of the hospitality industry gathered in the Professional Group of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Split County Chamber held an online session. Vice President of the Association of Catering Activities of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Stipe Jelicic informed about the Proposal of Measures for Hospitality of the National Association of Caterers and the course of negotiations with the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia regarding the proposals of caterers, who are trying to reconcile the requirements of social distance but also more normal business and relaxation in facilities. “While the current conditions for the operation of catering facilities are no longer relaxed, I am of the opinion that the vast majority of caterers will have neither the conditions nor the motives to work”Said the president of the Professional Group of Catering Activities of ŽK Split Ivan Malada.  For each of the mentioned topics, concrete proposals and ways of acting were given at the session, and it was agreed that, depending on the issue, the Professional Group would urgently send letters with its proposals to the local self-government, ie the City of Split, the Croatian Employment Service, the State Inspectorate. of the National Association and the HGK itself further towards the ministries and the Government. In addition to the priority topic of the beginning and working conditions of catering facilities from next Monday, the session discussed tax burdens and levies, lease of public areas and business premises owned by the Republic of Croatia and local self-government units, unfair competition, moratorium on credit indebtedness and other issues of importance. for the business of caterers. The third phase of easing the measures, which begins on May 11, will enable the operation of catering facilities and only on outdoor areas and terraces, while respecting special epidemiological measures. last_img read more

Family enjoy an easy-care indoor and outdoor lifestyle

first_img5 Teatree Close, Samford Valley.The property, which is fully fenced, is on an elevated setting that takes full advantage of the leafy mountain views.There is an automatic double garage with internal access and an extra twin carport. 5 Teatree Close, Samford Valley.Greg and Vicki Goad have lived at their Samford Valley home for the past 10 years and are ready to downsize.They moved into the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 5 Teatree Close on Australia Day, after Mrs Goad’s 60th birthday. 5 Teatree Close, Samford Valley.He said sitting by the dam or on the back patio enjoying a glass of red wine were the perfect places to chill out.“On a Sunday afternoon, we sit by the dam, boil the billy and have a chat about the week just gone and week to come,” Mr Goad said. 5 Teatree Close, Samford Valley.The property is on 0.90ha, with parklike grounds and is in a convenient location within five minutes to Samford Village. Mr Goad said he had a history in designing and constructing houses and added some special touches throughout the home.“I think a family would enjoy the home,” Mr Goad said.“When we bought the block there wasn’t a tree on it, we put in well over 1000 trees and shrubs.“There’s a billabong down the back, turtles and fish in the dam, and we have every bird you can think of around here.” 5 Teatree Close, Samford Valley.Mr Goad said they were getting close to 70 now and had a commitment with their grandchildren.“We will probably stay around the Ferny Hills or Ferny Grove area,” Mr Goad said.He said he absolutely loved the Samford Valley and surrounds.“Coming home is just beautiful,” he said. “We have the best neighbours, too.”The Dave Philips architecturally designed home embraces an easy-care indoor and outdoor lifestyle.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019last_img read more

Strickler joins elite club with Super Nationals championship repeat

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 12) – Kyle Strickler wrote his name in the record book again Saturday night, at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Strickler became just the third Modified driver to win back-to-back Super Nationals titles, dicing his way back to the front following a couple late restarts to take the checkers ahead of 2013 champion Dylan Smith and 19th starting Ricky Thornton Jr. at Boone Speedway.“I looked at the scoreboard and saw who was behind me. I was pretty sure where they were going to go,” said Strickler, who earned $3,300. “My heart sunk when I got up on the cushion and I saw three cars go by me but I was going to drive as hard as I needed to get the lead back.”Jordan Grabouski and Adam Larson completed the top five. Thirteen states and two Canadian provinces were represented in the Modified main event.A record 876 drivers, from 25 states, Canada and Australia, competed at IMCA’s centennial season and 33rd annual Super Nationals. A purse of more than $275,000 plus another $60,000 in contingency awards went home with those drivers.Also winning Saturday night championships were Dustin Larson in the Stock Cars, Clint Luellen in the Northern SportMods and Jason Wilkinson in the Hobby Stocks.Larson led all 30 laps of the Stock Car feature, becoming the first Minnesota driver to rule that class at Super Nationals. Larson’s victory was good for $3,100. Mike Nichols was second and Chris Mills took third.Luellen took the SportMod lead late, then held on against defending king Johnathon Logue for the $2,250 win. Logue had taken the lead on the second lap and settled for runner-up honors. Third was Nick Meyer.Wilkinson earned his career second Hobby Stock title, and $600, leading the last eight circuits. Also the 2010 champ, he led Andrew Burg and Brandon Nielsen across the stripe.Winners of Race of Champions events were Dustin Smith in the Harris Auto Racing Modified RoC, Kevin Opheim in the Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car RoC, Myles Michehl in the Stephenville Starter Hobby Stock RoC, and Lucas Lamberies in the BSB Manufacturing SportMod RoC.Smith’s win paid $2,200, Opheim’s $575, Michehl’s $800 and Lamberies’ $350.Nate Coopman was the first champion crowned during the week after winning the Tuesday night Sport Compact main event. Jeff Aikey won his record-tying fifth Late Model title, and 65th Deery Brothers Summer Series feature on Thursday.Aikey earned $3,510, Coopman $480.Jimmy Gustin took the $1,750 checkers in Friday’s Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational.Champions’ shares of the purse included Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonuses based on their number of sanctioned starts during the point season. Lap money was paid in each race of champions event and the All-Star race.Also on Saturday, IMCA and Casey’s General Store presented a check for $5,000 to Hope for the Warriors, the national non-profit organization that assists post-9/11 service members, their families and families of the fallen.Accepting that check were veterans and honorary starters Travis Hansen, Nick Guernsey and Jay Soupene.Saturday Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 2. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 3. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 4. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 5. Adam Larson, Ankeny; 6. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 7. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 8. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 9. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 10. Brian Irvine, Oelwein; 11. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 12. Jason Cum­mins, New Richland, Minn.; 13. Russ Dickerson, Boone; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 15. Da­vid Brown, Kellogg; 16. Todd Shute, Des Moines; 17. Johnny Scott, Arroyo Hondo, N.M.; 18. J.D.  Au­ringer, Waterloo; 19. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 20. Nick Deal, Walnut; 21. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 22. Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; 23. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 24. Mike Ha­gen, Williston, N.D.; 25. Josh Most, Red Oak; 26. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 27. William Gould, Cal­era, Okla.; 28. Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; 29. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 30. Wade Cross, Phil­lips, Neb.; 31. Jason Murray, Hartford; 32. Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D.; 33. Lucas Schott, Chat­field, Minn.Stock Cars – 1. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 2. Mike Nichols, Harlan; 3. Chris Mills, Sioux City; 4. Jeffrey Larson, Lakefield, Minn.; 5. Lynn Panos, Calmar; 6. Heath Tulp, Britt; 7. Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; 8. Dalton Flory, Williston, N.D.; 9. John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis.; 10. Gary Bass, Des Moines; 11. Randy Brands, Boyden; 12. Bob Daniels, Des Moines; 13. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.; 14. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn.; 15. Wayne Gifford, Boone; 16. Joe Flory, Williston, N.D.; 17. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 18. Kenneth Tietz, Belle Plaine, Minn.; 19. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 20. Jason Minnehan, Churdan; 21. Devin Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis.; 22. Josh Daniels, Carlisle; 23. Norman Chesmore, Rowley; 24. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 25. Lance Deal, Fort Dodge; 26. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 27. Casey Woken, Norton, Kan.; 28. Damon Murty, Chelsea; 29. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas; 30. Donavon Smith, Lake City. Hobby Stocks – 1. Jason Wilkinson, Neligh, Neb.; 2. Andrew Burg, Grimes; 3. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 4. John Watson, Des Moines; 5. Corey Madden, Avoca; 6. Jeremy Purdy, Bedford; 7. Michael Prutt, Redfield; 8. Sal Hernandez, Columbus, Neb.; 9. Jason Fusselman, Shelby; 10. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 11. Andy Roller, Bellmead, Texas; 12. Luke Ramsey, Bedford; 13. Jason Kohl, Missouri Valley; 14. Brandon Beeter, Minot, N.D.; 15. Trevor Holm, Chandler, Minn.; 16. Steve Larson, Decorah; 17. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D.; 18. Dana Brandt, Minot, N.D.; 19. Jus­tin Nehring, Storm Lake; 20. Leah Wroten, Independence; 21. Benji Irvine, Oelwein; 22. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb.; 23. Eric Stanton, Carlisle; 24. Matthew McAtee, Minburn; 25. Craig Graham, Webster City; 26. Eric Cross, Salina, Kan.; 27. Bryant Johnson, Graettinger; 28. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 29. Tim Barber, Story City; 30. Nathan Ballard, Marengo.Northern SportMods – 1. Clint Luellen, Minburn; 2. Johnathon Logue, Boone; 3. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 4. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; 5. Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan.; 6. Jared VanDeest, Holland; 7. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb.; 8. Benji Legg, Beatrice, Neb.; 9. Jerry Hinton, Adel; 10. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif.; 11. Greg Metz, Washington, Kan.; 12. James Kleinheksel, Columbus, Neb.; 13. Jarett Franzen, Maquoketa; 14. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 15. George Nordman, Mason City; 16. Chad Shaw, Trimble, Mo.; 17. Randy Roberts, Boone; 18. Matthew Looft, Swea City; 19. Shane Swanson, Forest City; 20. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 21. Nelson Vollbrecht, Stanton, Neb.; 22. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 23. Jacob Krone, Beloit, Kan.; 24. Jeff Schmuhl, Fall River, Wis.; 25. Jake McBirnie, Boone; 26. Doug Smith, Lanesboro; 27. Tony Olson, Cedar Rapids; 28. Tory Mack, Surrey, N.D.; 29. Sam Wieben, Dysart; 30. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill. Modified Race of Champions – 1. Dustin Smith, Lake City; 2. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 3. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 5. Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M.; 6. Josh Gilman, Earlham; 7. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 8. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn.; 9. Scott Hogan, Vinton; 10. John Gober, Poolville, Texas; 11. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.; 12. Jesse Sob­bing, Malvern.Stock Car Race of Champions – 1. Kevin Opheim, Mason City; 2. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 3. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 4. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 5. David Smith, Lake City; 6. Dustin Larson, Worthington, Minn.; 7. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 8. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 9. Joe Flory, Williston, N.D.; 10. Shaun Bruns, Danube, Minn.Hobby Stock Race of Champions – 1. Myles Michehl, Fort Dodge; 2. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines; 3. Andy Roller, Bellmead, Texas; 4. Aaron Rudolph, Grand Junction; 5. Austin Brauner, St. Edward, Neb.; 6. Jamie Songer, Ankeny; 7. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer; 8. Leah Wroten, Independ­ence; 9. John Watson, Des Moines; 10. Eric Stanton, Carlisle.Northern SportMod Race of Champions – 1. Lucas Lamberies, Clintonville, Wis.; 2. Clint Luel­len, Minburn; 3. Danny Dvorak, Vinton; 4. Brandon Toftee, Webster City; 5. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb.; 6. Brayton Carter, Oskaloosa; 7. Alex Zwanziger, Nashua; 8. Joshua Appel, Dodge City, Kan.; 9. Robby Rosselli, Minot, N.D.; 10. James Kleinheksel, Columbus, Neb.last_img read more

Pat Holder donates trophies to Suriname’s President and Director of Sport

first_imgVETERAN sports personality Pat Holder on Sunday evening handed over two trophies to the Surinamese Director of Sport, Luciano Mentowikromo, at the IGG closing ceremony held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. One of the trophies is meant for Surinamese President, Desi Bouterse, while according to Luciano the other will be placed in the country’s Olympic Association archives.The trophies were prizes that Holder won from participating in his first two cycling meets in Suriname in 1951 and 1952. He had won Bronze at both events. Holder told Chronicle Sport he could think of no better people to take care of the trophies.Earlier last year,Holder had made a similar gesture to Guyana’s President David Granger. Paying the President a courtesy call, Holder bestowed on the President the second trophy he ever won some 66 years ago in cycling. Holder and President Granger attended the same primary school in Queenstown where both the 71-year-old Granger and Holder, now 82, lived during their younger days.last_img read more