Visiting actors to perform ‘Taming of the Shrew‘

first_imgThe Actors from the London Stage are returning to Notre Dame this week for their 36th show on-campus. The group will perform Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” in Washington Hall, Wednesday through Friday. The actors will also work with classes throughout the rest of the week.“Actors from the London Stage has 14 shows in its repertoire that they do with five actors,” Scott Jackson, executive director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame, said. “The last time we did ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ was spring of 2008. It was time in the rotation for it to come back.”Jackson said that Shakespeare at Notre Dame not only hosts the Actors from the London Stage twice a year before the group departs on its two month–long rotation across the United States, but also serves as the administrative base for the scheduling and logistics of their tours in the United States.“This is a fascinating piece to do in this idiom because of the intrinsic problems with it, because there’s five actors playing 25 to 30 roles, but in this play some of these characters are in disguise, so it’s an added complication,” Chris Donnelly, a member of the Actors from the London Stage said.The play is performed with minimal costumes and props in order to change characters quickly, Donnelly said.The actors were cast by the associate directors of the program in October and November and began preparations for the play in January. The five actors also serve as the directors of the play and make all of the artistic choices.“The main thing I’ve learned about it is the ability to easily give a note and take a note, which is a very difficult thing in our profession,” Donnelly said. “Because there is no director, you have to be each other’s eyes at the front. It’s good because you’re going to get five very different perspectives working together.”In addition to their three performances between Wednesday and Friday, the actors will also visit various classrooms to explore Shakespeare’s words and put them into action. “The actors go into class and they bring the actor’s perspective into various classes,” Jackson said. “They come in and illuminate the text, bringing it to life from a performance standpoint. It’s also a great way for the actors to see the states and try your hand at teaching because, for a lot of them, it’s the first time that they’ve ever taught.”Expanding beyond English or theater classrooms, the actors will meet with students from different backgrounds, including business and philosophy classes.“It’s really interesting how relevant what we do can be in most classes,” Donnelly said. “If you’re a lawyer, you’ve got to be able to stand there stand there in court, or a business majors have to be able to run teams. You’ve got to have a level of confidence, a level of communication, a level of eye contact.”Jackson said that Shakespeare’s work is still applicable in the contemporary world.“Shakespeare has a sheer versatility to his works; in terms of being able to apply his works into all these different settings and cultures, we can all find a little bit of ourselves reflected back in his works that lends his voice a certain resonance, especially at a Catholic university like Notre Dame,” Jackson said. Tags: Shakespeare, Shakespeare at Notre Dame, Taming of the Shrew, The Actors from the London Stage, Washington Halllast_img read more

Midwest utilities ‘surprised’ by customer interest in solar

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Energy News Network:As Midwest utilities offer solar subscription plans, customers are sending a clear message: They want more.On May 4, the Omaha Public Power District sold the last available share for a utility-owned solar project under construction on a piece of degraded land a few miles from the utility’s shuttered nuclear plant. “We knew the demand was there, but I can say we were overwhelmingly surprised it sold out so quickly,” said Tricia McKnight, a product specialist with the Omaha Public Power District. “I think customers are a lot more environmentally sensitive than we expected.”The utility is among several in the region that is offering or preparing to offer subscription programs marketed as community solar. Critics say the offerings stretch the definition of community solar, but customers appear eager.The Omaha Public Power District had initially planned to make the program exclusive to residential customers for 90 days before opening it up to all customers, including commercial and industrial. That won’t happen anymore because of the strong demand from residential customers. In about five weeks, approximately 870 customers committed to all the power that the 5-megawatt array is expected to produce. Subscribers bought enough generation to offset, on average, about 90% of their electricity use. They will pay a premium of 79 cents per block of 100 kilowatt-hours. For a typical residential customer, that will be about $7 extra per month.And if the cost of solar energy falls — as McKnight expects it will — they could receive a credit on their bills. More than 100 customers have indicated they’d like a piece of a second array. Generation on the first one is likely to begin in August. Massive flooding in Nebraska in March delayed construction, McKnight said.Ameren Missouri also got a warm reception from customers when it opened up its first solar project for subscription last fall. Within 55 days, on Dec. 10, customers had spoken for all 1 MW of generation. Customers are continuing to queue up for solar power. Ameren’s project is “78% oversubscribed,” according to a company spokesman Brad Brown.More: Midwest utilities ‘overwhelmingly surprised’ by solar subscription demand Midwest utilities ‘surprised’ by customer interest in solarlast_img read more

6-Year-Old Girl Killed By Dad’s Golf Ball

first_imgPolice say she was sitting inside a golf cart when her dad teed off at Sleepy Ridge Golf Course in Orem Monday.The ball struck Aria in the back of the head about 20 yards away.She was flown to the hospital in critical condition, but died Monday night.Police are investigating it as a tragic accident. A six-year-old girl in Utah is dead after she was hit in the back of the head by a golf ball her father sprayed off the tee.A family in Utah is grieving after a young girl was killed by a golf ball that her own father hit. https://t.co/WgHqXDadDg— WEAU 13 News (@WEAU13News) July 17, 2019last_img

McILroy and Lowry out of Matchplay

first_imgMcIlory was handed a walkover in his second group game against Gary Woodland, but was knocked out after Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen won his second match 4 and 3.Lowry meanwhile lost to Jon Rahm overnight.Both players play their final group games later today, with McIlroy meeting Emiliano Grillo and Lowry taking on Kevin Chappell.last_img