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Tony Award winner Sutton Foster visits Saint Mary’s College

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Hannah Toepp Renowned performer Sutton Foster answers questions Monday evening during an appearance at Saint Mary’s College.“We want to bring in well known Broadway powerhouses in order to motivate and inspire students in our musical theater minor” Mark Albin, the administrative assistant for communications, dance and theater department, said.Some of the other visitors have been women like Glenn Close, Audra McDonald and Sigourney Weaver, senior theater major Stephanie Johnson explained.Along with her question-and-answer session, Foster hosted a masterclass for students in which she discussed musical theater and helped students workshop their pieces.Albin explained that there were about 40 students — from Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and local high schools — present in the masterclass.Johnson, who attended the masterclass and was able to sing for Foster, talked about the impact Foster’s visit had on her.“Theater has always been a part of my life,” Johnson said. “I think it’s valuable as a young artist to learn about the personal struggle of other artists. And it’s very inspiring to see someone who works against the stereotypes for female roles and allows women to be quirky or even gross without it being seen as a fault.”Foster’s presentation was an entertaining interview style. Foster said her own inspiration came from comic powerhouses like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett.“In so many musicals, women are the victims. Their songs emphasize the sort of woe is me, I have nothing attitude. I just find that boring,” Foster said. “I want to see strength and action in female characters. I want characters who are ready to take their heartbreak and actively fight against it.”Foster also discussed the impact an actor can have on a role, and how a role can change the actor or actress.“There are a lot of cases where I end up changing the key a song is sung in. Or they end up changing a word because I can sing something else better,” she said. “I think a lot of people are afraid they won’t live up to someone else who played the role, but everyone brings something new to a role, and we’re just constantly working and figuring things out.”Foster ended the night with some advice for students who are about to graduate and move into the real world.“Be gentle and patient with yourselves. Your 20s are a decade of firsts, first house, first full time job, first love, first plant,” she said.She also had some advice on jobs and trying new things.“Don’t let rejection defeat you — let it fuel you,” Foster said. “Don’t think too much about what you’re going to do, just leap into your life. And then figure out.“ … Say yes to every opportunity that comes your way, except for porn.”Tags: Broadway, Margaret Hill Endowment, masterclass, Sutton Foster Saint Mary’s College community members, from professors to therapy dogs, filled O’Laughlin Auditorium Monday evening to see two-time Tony Award winning actress, singer and dancer Sutton Foster speak.Foster’s visit is the latest in a series of guest artists visits made possible by the Margaret Hill Endowment.last_img read more

UCI cancels Road World Championships in Switzerland due to COVID-19

first_imgNext month’s Road World Championships in Aigle–Martigny in Switzerland has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cycling’s governing body UCI announced on Wednesday.The championships was scheduled to be held from Sept. 20 to 27 and the UCI said it would not be possible to stage it during those dates because of the Swiss Federal Council’s ordinance banning events uniting more than 1000 people until Sept. 30.”The Union Cycliste Internationale takes note of the Swiss Federal Council’s decision – linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic – to maintain, until Sept. 30, the ban on events uniting more than 1000 people,” UCI said in a statement https://www.uci.org/inside-uci/press-releases/the-uci-provides-update-on-2020-uci-road-world-championships. “Given this decision, the organizing committee… and the political authorities of the cantons concerned have sadly estimated that the conditions could no longer be met to host the event scheduled to take pace in Aigle (Vaud) and Martigny (Valais).”The UCI therefore acknowledges that the 2020 UCI Road World Championships will not take place in Aigle-Martigny.”The UCI said it would work to find an alternative venue for the 2020 edition, with the priority being in Europe and on the dates scheduled.”The UCI will look for a host city that would be able to provide a route as challenging as that in Aigle-Martigny and which would therefore suit the same type of riders who had initially planned to participate in Switzerland,” UCI said.  Topics :last_img read more

Mahrez, Mane duel in match for AFCON glory

first_imgLiverpool standout Mane, however, is attempting to fulfil his “wildest dream” as one of just a handful of Africans to win both the UEFA Champions League and Cup of Nations.For the marquee name in a Senegalese side ranked top of the continent, and a surprising 46 places above Algeria, the ride to the final for Mane and the Teranga Lions has encountered its share of roadbumps.Two missed Mane spot-kicks, a group stage loss to Algeria, and the loss of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to a broken finger have tested Senegal’s resolve in their quest for the Holy Grail of African football.Title contenders Senegal need a point from their final group game to be assured a place in the knockout phaseCoach Aliou Cisse is on a mission for personal redemption. He was the skipper of the side beaten on penalties in the 2002 final, with his missed kick handing the title to Cameroon.“Having lost that final, I still have it on my mind,” said former Paris Saint-Germain and Birmingham City midfielder Cisse.“What motivated me to become a coach was to be able to take Senegal to the final. My players told me they would do better than my generation.”A maiden Cup of Nations for his country is a prize for which Mane readily admitted he would trade in last month’s Champions League title.“I’m ready to even swap a Champions League for a Cup of Nations. Going to Dakar with the trophy would be extraordinary. It would be my wildest dream,” Mane told France Football ahead of the competition.Djamel Belmadi has Algeria within sight of a second Africa Cup of Nations triumphStanding in the way, however, is an Algerian outfit that has undergone a remarkable transformation since the arrival of Djamel Belmadi as coach a year ago.The Desert Foxes failed miserably in World Cup qualifying, but the steely Belmadi has healed divisions in the squad to lead them to the brink of a first Cup of Nations triumph since 1990.– ‘I’m not a miracle worker’ –“To the Algerian people, I want to say I’m not a politician, not a miracle worker or a wizard, but that we will fight like we have fought to this point,” Belmadi said after the semi-final win over Nigeria.Algeria are the leading scorers in Egypt with 12 goals, including Mahrez’s spectacular last-gasp free-kick against Nigeria, and haven’t trailed at all in the tournament.Algeria captain Riyad Mahrez has been the standout forward of the Africa Cup of Nations“Algeria are so well organised, so compact, so ‘Guardiolaesque’ in the way they recover the ball,” opined experienced international coach Claude Le Roy. “Perhaps it is the influence of Mahrez.”The Algeria captain has been in fine form for his country here, brimming with confidence after helping City to the domestic treble.“We are very happy to be in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations because it is something very special,” said Mahrez.“It was our goal to do it for the people and for our families. We know they are behind us all the way. It’s my dream to win the Cup of Nations.”“It’s going to be another battle against Senegal,” he added. “We’ve been very good in this competition. The (Nigeria) match has given us more confidence for the final and we’re capable of winning it.”Their hopes will boosted by the absence of Senegal’s defensive rock Kalidou Koulibaly, whose yellow card in the semi-final victory over Tunisia cruelly ruled the Napoli star out of the final.“It hurts to not be able to play. But I will be beside my brothers to write history,” tweeted Koulibaly, the cornerstone of a defence breached just once so far.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sadio Mane’s Senegal were second best to an Algeria side captained by Riyad Mahrez in CairoCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 18 – Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane will renew their Premier League rivalry for a second time in Egypt, with Africa Cup of Nations immortality awaiting the victor of Friday’s final between Algeria and Senegal.Algerian star Mahrez was part of the Manchester City team that edged out Mane’s Liverpool for the English title last season, grabbing a pivotal goal on the final day of the campaign.last_img read more

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