In 2019, pictured from left, New York City-based performers Elizabeth Worley, Sarah Spangenberg and Shannon Agnew lead Ocean City’s “Mamma Mia!” (Photo courtesy Ocean City Theatre Company) In collaboration with Ocean City and the Ocean City Pops, the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (OCTC) presents its production of “Mamma Mia!” as part of its 12th season.There will be four performances, July 9, 10, and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and July 11 at 2 p.m., at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center. The cast of professional performers from a New York City casting process with be directed and choreographed by Dann Dunn, with an orchestra of professional musicians from the Ocean City Pops directed by Jonathan Kreamer.Put on your platform shoes, your feather boas and get ready for one of the most popular musicals of all time.On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. This production contains ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Super Trouper,” “Lay All Your Love On Me,” “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo” and more.Over 60 million people from around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make “Mamma Mia!” the ultimate feel-good musical.“Mamma Mia! “is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International.Tickets for Mamma Mia! range from $25-$30. To purchase tickets, call 609-399-6111 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.
Asheville, NC-based dance rock band The Fritz have shared a new video for “Nothing To Find” off of their recently released studio effort, ECHO, recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville. The band’s new album, ECHO, is available via all major streaming platforms today. “Nothing To Find” features Trey Anastasio Band trombonist Natalie Cressman along with Snarky Puppy’s Justin Stanton (trumpet) and Chris Bullock (saxophone).Backed by a prominent bass line, the horn-heavy “Nothing To Find” hits all of the feels. The track has a slight ’80s disco vibe highlighted by funky work on the keys before Cressman, Stanton, and Bullock bring it all home with a massive horn fill that leads into the main theme of the song. Before crashing back into the chorus, Chris Bullock lays down a mean saxophone solo, as the remainder of the musical ensembles pushes him on.Watch The Fritz’s new music video for “Nothing To Find”, featuring Natalie Cressman, Justin Stanton, and Chris Bullock, below:The Fritz w/ Natalie Cressman, Justin Stanton, & Chris Bullock – “Nothing To Find”[Video: The Fritz]You can pre-order a vinyl copy of the band’s ECHO EP here, as well as stream the new album on all major music platforms. Head to The Fritz’s website for upcoming shows and ticketing information.[H/T Jambands.com]
The FDA issued a “certificate of exemption” that would allow the detection kits developed by the UP-National Institute of Health to be “used for field testing coupled with gene sequencing at the Philippine Genome Center.” “The increasing number of reported COVID-19 cases will require immediate diagnosis and monitoring,” FDA director general Eric Domingo said Tuesday. PHOTO BY ABS-CBN NEWS The Philippines currently has 4,500 testing kits and expects to receive 2,000 more from the WHO, he said. “The kits will provide our laboratories with technological reinforcement to accommodate the growing number of patients to be tested and aid in early screening of positive cases and will provide greater access to a less costly diagnostic procedure,” he added. Health Secretary Francisco Duque earlier said there is a “global shortage” of kits for testing potential COVID-19 cases, quoting the World Health Organization. The WHO has “pre-qualified” testing kits developed by the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health, which appear to yield “accurate” results in 2 hours, said Duque./PN MANILA – The Food and Drug Administration has allowed the use of test kits for the detection of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that was developed by a research center at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Manila.
BEN CLASSON/Herald photoJunior outside hitter Morgan Salow has moved on from herquiet days in Manchester, Iowa — a town of about 5,000 — to making big noisefor the ninth-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team.”She came from a small town in Iowa. Getting here, she was alittle shocked with the speed of the game and everything she had to do,” UWhead coach Pete Waite said. “But she’s hung in there and she has stepped up thechallenge we have given her, and she keeps getting better.”Salow, a three-time all-state selection at West DelawareHigh School, has provided the spark off the bench the Badgers have needed.Against Iowa last month, she had seven kills, helping the Badgers to a 4-1 winin Iowa City.”As a player, Morgan came in pretty quiet as a freshman,”Waite said. “[She’s a] tall player at6’4″.We knew it would take a while to get used to the level of play, but she hasreally been picking it up lately and done a nice job of contributing.”Since that game, Salow has been on a roll. She has averaged1.88 kills per game over the last three matches. During the same stretch, shehas averaged .50 aces and .62 blocks per game. Salow also earned a startingspot last week against Illinois and Iowa.”Morgan is a great player,” senior setter Jackie Simpsonsaid. “She has really stepped it up for us this year coming into matches wherewe really needed a little bit of a spark, and she definitely brought that forus.”It took a few years for Salow to perform at her currentlevel. Before this year, she had only played in 40 games, averaging .70 killsper game and .20 blocks per game. Her previous career high in kills had beeneight against Michigan State in 2005.According to Waite, adjusting to the speed of the game atthe collegiate level took some time.”I think it is hard for everybody at different levels. Atfirst, of course it was pretty hard for me,” Salow said.For some players who have potential, but are not ready toplay at the collegiate level just yet, their freshman year they are redshirted,like Salow’s teammate Katherine Dykstra. However, Salow did not redshirt andplayed limited time her freshman year, putting up 18 kills in only 15 games.”I think the situation was we felt she was ready to go,”Waite said. “But, you know, you can always look back and say another year wouldhave been better. But, I think she feels good where she is right now and she’shelping us out.”At the beginning of the year, Salow said her goals were toimprove on quickness and strength. Other than meeting her goals on the court,Waite said that her personality is beginning to show as well.”I think we have seen her personality come out a little bit.I think she has left more on the court and more relaxed off the court,” Waitesaid.So far this year, Salow’s work ethic and patience have paidoff. She has already appeared in 38 games (two starts) and her statistics havealmost doubled: averaging 1.71 kills per game and .50 blocks per game.Salow is part of a platoon of outside hitters and middleblockers seeing their first consistent action. Last year, Dykstra and CaityDuPont, along with Salow, got limited playing time because of their age andinexperience in the college game. This year, all three players, along withfreshman Allison Wack, are seeing significant playing time off the bench andeven starting.The difference between Salow and the other outside hittersis her versatility. She has the ability to play both outside spots and themiddle blocker. Plus, her height gives her a definite advantage on the blockover some smaller offensive players.”With Morgan on the right, she can run the quicks just likeKat [Dykstra],” Simpson said. “So, it’s very similar in that aspect. It’s alittle lower and quicker versus this high and hitting over people. On the outsideit kind of reverses it, and she’s very powerful, and she can take a big, longapproach and take some big swings.”With her confidence growing, Salow is finally becoming theplayer she and her coaches thought she could be. Already a junior, she hopes tobe fighting for a starting job in the front row next year. For now, though, sheis content with the way she is playing and the role she has on the team.”I know even if I don’t start and I go in for people,I have a job to do,” Salow said. “If I get it done, then cool. So, I’m reallyhappy with how things have been going.”