Nuttiness Abounds with Studio West’s 10th Anniversary of The Nutcracker

first_imgFacebook20Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Studio West Dance TheatreStudio West Dance Theatre celebrates their 10th anniversary production of The Nutcracker with an eight-show run on December 9 – 16, 2018 at the beautiful Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts. This favorite holiday tradition promises to be even more spectacular this year with additional festivities planned to commemorate this special milestone.Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance Theatre“We have artistic staff and performers who have been part of The Nutcracker since our inaugural show in 2009. We are at once excited, sentimental, and so proud to see how far our company has come in such a short time.” shares Stephanie Wood-Ennett, co-director of Studio West Dance Theatre (SWDT). “I’ve performed, choreographed, or produced The Nutcracker production for over 25 years with local and professional ballet companies, and you would think the Nutcracker would be old news to me, but there’s something that I can’t explain about experiencing the Nutcracker every year, and through the eyes of all of our bright and motivated dancers. When I’m in rehearsals with the dancers and when I see it all come together on stage, this is when I love the Nutcracker the most. It’s their energy, their eagerness, and excitement that reminds me of why we began our productions 10 years ago.”Two talented dancers who are stepping into the principal roles of Sugar Plum and Cavalier for the first time are Hannah Smith and Cole McMason. Stephanie shares “In ballet, dancers constantly strive to improve their performance quality every time they step into the studio or on the stage, and I’m continually inspired by the growth in technique and artistry of our dancers. The choreography of the Sugar Plum and Cavalier roles are the same as that performed by professional dance companies from across the world, and our dancers step into these advanced roles beautifully.” Hannah shares the Sugar Plum role with Abigail Bunn, who is reprising this role for the second year. Cole will be performing as Cavalier for the Sunday December 9th and Monday December 10th shows. Also returning to the stage will be Pacific Northwest Ballet soloist Joshua Grant, who will don the role of Cavalier for the remaining performances.Photo courtesy: Studio West Dance TheatreStudio West will debut a one-night-only performance of The Nutty-Cracker on Thursday December 13th, an off-the-wall take on the classic Nutcracker, with some super nutty twists and turns. Mary Cecelia Piper, co-director of SWDT, shares “We have such a wonderful community of supporters. We are dedicating the Nutty-Cracker performance to our dancers, families, and patrons who’ve allowed us to be a part of their lives all these years. The Nutty-Cracker stays true to the story and choreography that everyone knows and loves, but we get to infuse it with our own sense of humor. You can’t take life too seriously. We can’t give away much but I will share that our long time patrons will catch character cameos from each of our previous productions.”Whether audience members attend the Nutty-Cracker or one of the seven traditional Nutcrackers this year, they will feel the magic right as they step into the theater lobby, with new elaborate decorations providing a magical backdrop for fun photo ops. Also set in the theater lobby is Clara’s Nutcracker Party, for patrons 3 years and up, before each matinee. Partygoers enjoy their own party with Clara before the curtain opens on the main stage, with special holiday keepsakes, refreshments, a reading of the Nutcracker story, and mingling with characters from the ballet.Tickets for the Nutcracker at the Kenneth J. Minnaert  range in price from $17-$26, with special half price youth tickets of $8.50 for the Monday 12/10 evening performance. Tickets for Clara’s Winter Wonderland party are $12. A $3 Washington Center service fee is added to each ticket purchase. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 360.753.8586 or online at The Washington Center .last_img read more

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‘Team Liberia’ Denied Entry into China

first_imgThe People’s Republic of China (PRC) has denied Team Liberia entry into China to participate in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympics as part of preventive measures against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia, the Liberia National Olympics Committee has said.LNOC president Philipbert Brown told the Daily Observer Thursday that he had been informed by Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe that “Chinese President Xi Jinping called President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to explain the Chinese government’s decision.”Mr. Brown said: “Minister Nagbe also said the Chinese government expressed regret for the action and promised to [re]pay our expenses.”The LNOC boss indicated that International Olympic Committee also extended its regret over the inconvenience.He added that as of yesterday, Team Liberia is currently in Accra, Ghana heading back home.Team Liberia comprised of a five-man delegation of athletes Tracy Chayee, 16 and Momolu Sambai, 17, and their coaches, and is headed by the LNOC’s Assistant Secretary General Frederick Pratt. The team departed Liberia last Monday.China (PR) has sent a medical donation valued at US$1.7 million to the Liberian government to fight the Ebola scourge in the country. The donation, already in the country, includes personal protective equipment, hospital curtains, sanitizers, disinfectants and patient monitoring equipment.Team Liberia would have participated in the 400m hurdles (Ms. Chayee) and 50m freestyle swimming event, (Sambai). This is the second Liberian delegation to suffer denial from participating in a sports event since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country.The Liberia Handball Association was recently prevented from participating in a handball competition in Lome, Togo.Meanwhile, LNOC President Brown regretted sending off Team Liberia in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Euro 2020 draw offers unique incentive for 12 host nations

first_imgThe draw in the Irish capital (1100GMT) will see UEFA’s 55 nations split into 10 groups with the top two in each section making up the first 20 teams to qualify.However, a maximum of two of the hosts nations can be paired together in each group to give all 12 the chance of experiencing a home tournament with a guarantee of at least two home games in the group stages.England stand to gain most from home advantage with both semi-finals and the final, as well as three group games and a last 16 tie set to be played at Wembley.The Three Lions have enjoyed arguably their best year since winning the World Cup on home soil in 1966 as Gareth Southgate’s side reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia and then beat Spain and Croatia to reach the inaugural finals of the Nations League next summer.Southgate is well aware of the extra inspiration of playing in a major tournament at home as he was part of the England side that reached the semi-finals at Euro ’96. “What the players are going to experience is close to what we experienced in 1996 and in ’66. That’s incredible for everybody,” said the England manager.The Wembley factor could be key to ending England’s half century without winning a major tournament with Southgate’s exciting young squad having re-energised a nation’s support.“I think the most pleasing thing of the year has been the connection with the fans and being able to share brilliant experiences with them,” added Southgate after exacting some measure of revenge for defeat to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals in a thrilling Nations League group finale earlier this month.“I can’t remember the new Wembley like that. We have exciting players that give them excitement.”England, Switzerland, Portugal and the Netherlands are guaranteed to end up in a five-team group to free them up from qualifiers for the Nations League finals in June.– ‘Germany will qualify’ –Germany’s Joachim Loew is confident his side will qualify for Euro 2020 despite being second seeds © dpa/AFP / Federico GambariniWorld champions France, Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Poland and Spain make up the rest of the top seeds, as Germany’s relegation from their Nations League group with the French and Dutch means they slip into pot two.After also crashing out at the first hurdle at the World Cup for the first time in 80 years, Germany coach Joachim Loew needs to bounce back in qualifying with Munich playing host to five matches, including a quarter-final.But Loew has no doubt the four-time world champions will qualify.“Of course we would have wished for a different set-up for the draw, but we face the situation and accept it,” said Loew.“I’m looking forward to next year. We have a team with good prospects and we’ll qualify for the European Championships.”For those who fail to qualify in the top two of their group, there may still be the safety net of a playoff via the Nations League.The final four places will be decided in a semi-final and final between the top four sides from the four tiers of the Nations League that do not qualify automatically in March 2020.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000London is one of 12 host cities for Euro 2020 with the semi-final and final taking place at Wembley Stadium © AFP / JUSTIN TALLISDublin, Ireland, Dec 1 – The eyes of European football on Sunday turn to Dublin for the Euro 2020 qualifying draw with 12 nations handed the extra incentive of home advantage should they make it to the 24-team tournament in two years time for the first time.Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg are the 12 cities that will host matches across the continent to celebrate the 60th anniversary since the first European Championships.last_img read more

‘Cannot believe that he is starting!’ Arsenal fans react to Wenger’s strange selection

first_imgArsenal’s team sheet for the Leicester game is in and it features Herr Mertesacker.It’s no secret the Foxes’ superb form this season has been largely down to the supreme pace they have on the counter attack.Cue, response from Arsenal fans to Mertesacker’s inclusion (scroll down to the bottom for full team news). 1 Jamie Vardy and Per Mertesacker center_img Arsenal line up: Cech, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Bellerin, Monreal, Coquelin, Ramsey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sanchez, Ozil, Giroud.Leicester City line up: Schmeichel, Morgan, Huth, Simpson, Fuchs, Drinkwater, Kante, Albrighton, Mahrez, Okazaki, Vardy.last_img read more

Bruins miss their shot in loss

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson UCLA (11-2, 1-1), ranked No. 11, shot a season-low 36.7 percent from the field (18 of 49) and was especially let down by its guards, who needed to take charge in a game that featured Cal’s Powe and DeVon Hardin, two of the best post players in the Pac-10 Conference. But it didn’t happen for the Bruins. As expected, the big Bears mucked things up in the paint defensively. and the Bruins’ shooters had no answer. Jordan Farmar, who played despite a sprained ankle, missed nine of 11 shots. Josh Shipp, still not 100 percent after hip surgery, missed six of nine and Arron Afflalo scored 19 points but made just one of five shots in the second half. Despite all this, the Bruins had a good chance to win. Neither team led by more than six points until Ayinde Ubaka made two free throws to put Cal up 58-51 with 2:34 left. The Bruins hung tough until a crucial error cost them. Cal led 62-60 with about 40 seconds left when Afflalo stripped Ubaka of the ball. UCLA’s Darren Collison had a chance to grab the ball but seemed to hesitate, and Ubaka took it back and drove in for a layup and a 62-58 lead with 37 seconds left, a basket that essentially clinched the victory. UCLA handled Leon Powe pretty much the way it hoped to on defense, as the Bruins held Powe, Cal’s leading scorer this season, to one field goal and 5 points Saturday afternoon. Only one, not-so-slight problem – the Bruins didn’t do much else right, and even their attempt to slow Powe didn’t really turn out that well, since Powe simply turned into a facilitator. “Darren made some great plays today, but he needed to be more aggressive there,” Afflalo said. “I feel like if we had picked up that ball, we would have had some momentum on offense.” That’s something the Bruins never really accomplished, thanks in part to Powe, who had 12 rebounds, 11 on the defensive end. Powe’s five points were a season low. The Bruins double-teamed him aggressively every time he touched the ball, but the Bears stayed patient. Cal’s four other starters combined to make 18 of 29 shots and Ubaka finished with 19 points, including two free throws that gave Cal a 64-59 lead with 21.5 seconds left. “You really get tested when things don’t go your way,” Farmar said, “so this will be a good test for us going forward.” Rich Hammond, (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The young and hobbled Bruins, flummoxed by the combination of Cal’s tenacious defense and ultra-patient offense, couldn’t make enough big plays down the stretch as the Golden Bears took advantage to earn a surprising 68-61 victory over the Bruins in front of 10,129 at Pauley Pavilion. “They took it to us physically,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said of Cal, which earned its first two-game sweep in Southern California since 2000. “They beat us on the glass. We seemed to be a step slow.” last_img read more


first_imgSo Cheryl Cole has a new “celebrity” trainer.In case you didn’t know her name, it is Tracy Anderson. Her client list is impressive to say the least and with names like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham under her tutelage, she must know what she is doing, right?I mean, just look at her clients. They are thin. They are rich so they only use “the best”. They are famous, so they MUST know what they are talking about, because being famous means that your opinion counts as fact, doesn’t it?? To some in the media it does. The Daily Mail in the UK ran a story about how Cheryl got in shape and even had quotes from Tracy Anderson in it.Quotes like;“Instead of working the main leg muscles, I worked the tiny ones around Cheryl’s thighs. This pulls the big leg muscles in and makes her thighs look slimmer, she looked amazing in those tiny shorts.”Sounds great? This statement is nothing more than waffle. I’m not sure which tiny muscles she is referring to that ‘pulls the big leg muscles in’: the only thing that comes to my mind is a cramp.A cramp pulls my leg muscles in. Maybe when I’m having a cramp, my legs look amazing but I’m in too much pain to notice? Next time I have a cramp, I’m getting a pair of tiny shorts.Tracy also states that;‘Women should never lift more than three pound weights or they’ll get bulky’Woah, woah, woah, hold on there Missy! 3lbs will make you bulky? Ladies STEP AWAY FROM YOUR CHILDREN NOW! Put them down before you get bulky! Also, no more carrying shopping bags please. And that coat you wear has to weigh at least 3lbs? Be careful, or wearing it could give you quads like a shire pony.She doesn’t like running or traditional cardio either;‘While running and cycling may burn calories, they do not design feminine muscles or get rid of an imbalance that may masquerade as a “problem area.”What does a feminine muscle look like? It must have a snazzy dress sense or something?…imbalance that may masquerade as a “problem area.”?So the fat around your waist is actually a muscular imbalance? I wish I knew which muscle that is, because once I get it rebalanced I can solve the world’s obesity problems.Anyhow, it’s not just her training methodologies that leave a lot to be desired. The diet plan that features in her ‘30 Day Method’ is equally alarming.A presenter for the BBC’s Watchdog programme actually followed the programme and diet plan for the full 30 days.The results were as expected and the weight loss as promised.It was the blackouts and dizzy-spells with constant hunger and a sluggish digestive system that was an unexpected bonus.She had the diet plan checked by Catherine Collins, principal dietician at St George’s Hospital, London, and the results were shocking.Calories were around 700 per day which is far too low.It was low in iron which can lead to anaemia.It was lacking in absorbable calcium which can lead to osteoporosis and osteopenia too – something that Gwyneth Paltrow has been diagnosed with. (Coincidence?)Protein levels were low.Even the vitamins that are available cannot be absorbed since there is no fat present in the diet to act as an absorption vehicle, so they will just be excreted from the body.All this on top of Tracy’s recommended exercise regime of 2 hours per day 6 days per week for the rest of your life.The thing you need to realise is that celebrities are as fallible as the rest of us.They have the added pressure of constant media attention and criticism to deal with, so when they see someone promising instant results they will jump on it, just like any of us.Some of the worst diets ever invented came out of Hollywood.Just because they are doing it, doesn’t mean it’s right.#TrainSmartFor further information on how to work your smaller, feminine muscles, contact me through the link below.* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: CELEBRITY HEALTH & FITNESS was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:celebrity trainerscolumnemmet rushefitnesslast_img read more

Gun on campus leads to student arrest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Security entered the room and told the instructor that they needed to talk to a student and that the classroom was to be evacuated,” said college spokeswoman Sue Bozman. “They disarmed the student very calmly and the class resumed.” Bozman said security guards confiscated a .25-caliber Raven semiautomatic gun, with five rounds in the clip and one in the chamber. Willis was being held at the Santa Clarita station on $60,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday in Santa Clarita Superior Court. (661)257-5252 VALENCIA – Quick-thinking security guards at College of the Canyons disarmed a student Friday who brought a loaded gun into a real estate classroom. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jason Willis, 18, of San Fernando and booked him on suspicion of possession of a loaded firearm on campus, or violation of the Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995, a felony. Willis had been taken into custody by campus security and turned over to waiting deputies. A student in David Randall’s Real Estate 101 class saw Willis sitting near the rear of the T-building classroom fingering an object in his pocket. When he realized it was a handgun, he left the room and told a college staff member what he’d seen. Deputies responded to the college around 10 a.m. and were told that a student observed Willis in the classroom loading bullets into a small handgun, said sheriff’s Lt. Larry Gump. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgSummer camps Letterkenny Gaels will hold three weeks of fun at Pairc na nGael, Letterkenny this summer with children getting the chance to play Football, Hurling and Camogie.From 25th to 29th of July we will be hosting the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp which provides boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 13 an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games. Each child participating will receive a jersey, training top and backpack. To book please log on to finish the summer holidays off our Camogie Camp is scheduled to run from 10th to 12th of August at Pairc na nGael. The camp will be open to girls from 6 – 14 years and will run from 10am – 2.30pm daily. Cost – €20 first girl, €15 second, €10 third, etc. All girls will receive a t-shirt. To book please contact 086 8163605 for more details.All coaches for our 3 camps are fully Garda vetted and are GAA accredited. The camps are open to all. BingoBingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €2150. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. All welcome.Club newsBoth the men’s football teams recorded valuable victories at the weekend in their respective championships. The Junior B lads rallied late to take a win over Naomh Padraig Lifford on Friday evening while the Junior A team defeated Naomh Mhuire Convoy on Sunday.The teams are fixed to play Downings this weekend. Please see Facebook for details.As a curtain raiser to the Junior B game our U-16 footballers played their counterparts from Lifford and recorded a good win.Last Wednesday the U-21 football team travelled to Killygordan to play Red Hugh’s in the preliminary round of the U-21 B Championship. The lads were in full control of the first half and while the Cross men dominated the early stages of the second half Gaels pulled away to take victory. On Monday evening our U-18 footballers played out an entertaining draw when they welcomed neighbours Termon to Pairc na nGael. Both teams displayed great skill and a draw was a fair result. Well done lads.Letterkenny Gaels U12 hurlers entertained Four Masters at home on Thursday evening in what was their first game of this years championship. On a terrible evening with very heavy rain the game was very evenly played out. Both sides showed great skill and determination. The gaels equipped themselves very well and ultimately proved to be too strong for the visitors and run out comfortable winners. Several new players who haven’t hurled for a long time gave outstanding performances.The underage football training continues every Sunday morning at Pairc na nGael from 11am to 12 noon. Please bring water and a mouth guard. New players are always welcome.Outdoor Hurling training for U-6, U-8 & U-10 continues every Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Hurls and helmets provided. New players welcome. U-12 to U-18 hurling continues every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm.U-12 girls football training takes place at the pitch every Sunday morning from 11am-12noon. All welcome.Michael Murphy Sports are currently stocking a range of Gaels Club merchandise including jerseys, training tops, hats & scarfs.Camogie Training continues at Pairc na nGael every Monday from 6pm-7.30pm for U12s, 14s, 16s & 18s and Friday evenings from 6-7.00pm for U8s, 10s, 12s & 14s.New members always welcome. Contact 086 8163505 for more details.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS HOSTING THREE WEEKS OF GAA SUMMER CAMPS was last modified: July 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:camogie campCul CampGAAletterkennyLetterkenny Gaelspairc na ngaelSummer Campslast_img read more

Gareth Southgate heaps praise on England star Harry Maguire after Sweden victory

first_img Southgate celebrates the victory over the Swedes While Southgate has been a steady champion of Maguire – selecting him ahead of more decorated options such as Gary Cahill and Phil Jones – he is not convinced the centre-half always shared his confidence.His debut performance against Lithuania, the final game of England’s World Cup qualifying campaign, was a modest one but Southgate gently pushed him to aim higher.He recalled: “His first game…he talked about just being desperate not to make a mistake.“I remember saying to him before the next game ‘OK, how about now we try and be as good as we might be?’ because I think he’s a super-talented player.“When I was watching him during the season, I was so keen that he stayed fit because this was a stage that I was certain he could show he could play at. I’m not sure he’s always believed that.“His use of the ball is as good as any centre-back in the tournament. Hopefully he’s gaining belief from the performances at this level.”it’s not just the boss Maguire has impressed in Russia, fans were quick to credit the Leicester City man after his World Cup heroics.talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Harry Maguire scored England’s first goal against Sweden Gareth Southgate hailed England star Harry Maguire as a ‘giant in both boxes’ after watching the defender notch his first international goal in just his tenth senior appearance.Maguire has quickly established himself as a crucial figure for the Three Lions, turning in assured performances at the back and proving to be a threat in the opposition box. 2center_img 2 Most of his best work at corners and set-pieces has been in service of others but the 25-year-old grabbed his own moment in the spotlight in Samara – leaping to power home England’s opener in the 2-0 win over Sweden.Nobody has yet managed to find an answer to the Leicester man’s aerial prowess, much to the delight of his Three Lions boss.“Maguire has been a giant in both boxes right throughout the tournament,” said Southgate.“He’s getting his bonce on everything, isn’t he? We’ve scored set-play goals because of him up to this point and today he’s got the one he deserved.” GETTY last_img read more