Six Things We Never Knew About Idina, Sutton & More Tony-Nominated Leading Ladies

first_imgWhat happens when you put five Tony-nominated leading ladies in a room together? (No, they don’t have a Hunger Game-style fight to the death. How dare you even suggest that?) As we found out in this fascinating New York Times interview, they gossip, spill their secrets and of course, dreamcast each other. The Bridges of Madison County star Kelli O’Hara, Violet headliner Sutton Foster, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical star Jessie Mueller, If/Then leading lady Idina Menzel and A Night With Janis Joplin’s Mary Bridget Davies shared some interesting tidbits we never knew before! Check out what we learned below. 6. They’re forced to tweet In the age of social media, it’s not enough for a Broadway star to show up to rehearsal and perform eight times a week. Now, she also has to tweet. “Bridges is the first time in my life where I opened a Twitter account,” O’Hara said, adding, “They basically forced me to.” How does Foster keep her Twitter page interesting? “I just tweet about food. Food and cookies and my dog,” she said. Amen, sister. Jessie Mueller 1. Idina Menzel was “too witchy” for Into the Woods Yes. You read that correctly. “I auditioned for the last revival of [Into the Woods], before Wicked,” Menzel recalled. “I learned ‘Last Midnight.’ When I was done, James Lapine said, ‘Well, that was witchy.’ I left crying. I thought, I can’t pull off Stephen Sondheim.” Don’t worry, Idina. You’ll always be our number-one witch. 5. Sutton Foster’s alter ego is Toni Collette On stage, Violet star Sutton Foster is a force to be reckoned with. How does she channel that fabulousness? By pretending to be Toni Collette, of course. “What would Toni Collette do?” she asks herself. But she’s not the only one—Menzel pretends she’s Glenn Close! View Comments Star Files Kelli O’Hara 4. Jessie Mueller never thought she was pretty She’s now a glamorous Broadway star, but before making it big, Beautiful star Jessie Mueller didn’t feel so, uh, beautiful. “Growing up, I never felt like the pretty girl,” the Tony nominee explained. “Carole King felt that [too].” Idina Menzel Sutton Foster Mary Bridget Davies 2. Kelli O’Hara wanted to sing like Sutton Foster The Bridges of Madison County star has one of the most gorgeous voices we can think of, but the lights are always brighter on the other side of the Great White Way. “There was a time when I thought, ‘If only I could sing like Sutton,’” O’Hara told the Times. Thankfully, there’s room on Broadway for both of them! 3. Mary Bridget Davies can tap dance A Night with Janis Joplin star Mary Bridget Davies, the newcomer of the bunch, has more tricks up her sleeve than wailing Janis Joplin tunes. “My favorite [role] would be Reno Sweeney [in Anything Goes],” Davies said. “I love tap.” Are we the only ones imagining Foster teaching Davies the entire eight-minute Anything Goes tap sequence at a sleepover? Just us? View All (5)last_img read more

Sakho set for Hammers return

first_img Press Association The summer arrival from Metz was forced to sit out the 2-2 draw at Stoke over the weekend after suffering the knock in the recent victory over reigning champions Manchester City. Sakho scored the crucial second goal as the Irons won 2-1 at home to City on October 25 as the 24-year-old made it six goals in his first six Premier League starts – and seven in seven in all competitions. West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has recovered from a shoulder injury and is in line to make a welcome return to the squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa.center_img A collision with City goalkeeper Joe Hart led to Sakho being substituted and he was not risked at the Britannia Stadium as Sam Allardyce’s side came from two goals down to take a point. But Stijn Vandenbroucke, West Ham’s head of medical and sports science, has revealed Sakho will be back at Upton Park on Saturday – and also confirmed club-record signing Andy Carroll is closing in on a first-team return having been ruled out since a pre-season ankle operation. “Diafra ran individually on Monday at Chadwell Heath and will be available for the game,” Vandenbroucke told the club’s official website. “Andy Carroll trained and played in a behind-closed-doors match last week, which he came though, and will continue to train this week.” Allardyce will be further boosted by the news Winston Reid will also be available to take on out-of-form Villa after the New Zealand international suffered a dead leg at Stoke. The point against Mark Hughes’ side leaves West Ham fifth in the table, level with Arsenal having won half of their opening 10 fixtures. last_img read more

DeGroot proves he belongs with top-25 finish at High School Championships

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt didn’t matter if the opposition was from the East or West Kootenay this season Shawn DeGroot has managed to overcome roots, rocks and mud to finish ahead of the pack.So obviously the next test was a trip to the B.C. High School Cross Country Championships.DeGroot, 16, did not disappoint his followers as the LVR runner finished 24th overall at the recent championship event at Beaver Lake near Victoria.“Ya, I’m happy with the result,” the Grade 11 DeGroot said when asked about his finish. “I did a lot of training for provincials and it paid off.”“My goal was to finish in the top 25, so I guess I just barely achieved my goal,” he added.One of biggest supporters of DeGroot is coach Jon Francis, who was definitely impressed with the top-25 result.“It’s the best Kootenay finish since I started coaching in 2002,” said LVR and Salmo coach. “(Shawn) had an incredible race.”When DeGroot runs in the Kootenays the field generally consists of 20-30 racers. At the provincials, there were more than 300 runners at the start line.“It was crazy at the start,” explained the 5’9”, 140-pound DeGroot. “There were about 300 runners in mass start that narrows down about 50 meters away. I didn’t really have that great of start and got sandwiched in the pack.”DeGroot found the going tough stuck in the middle for the first lap of the 6.5 kilometer race.However, during the second lap the pack thinned out allowing DeGroot to put the feet in overdrive.“Eventually I made my way up where I wanted to be,” said DeGroot, having to run in cool, drizzly conditions over a muddy track. “The first kilometer I couldn’t move anywhere.”DeGroot posted a 51st place finish in 2009 along with an amazing sixth-place spot in 2008 in the Junior Boy’s race.The provincial meet concludes the cross-country season for DeGroot. But the competitive season doesn’t end there.DeGroot simply shifts gears from muddy ground to ice white snow as a member of the B.C. Nordic Development Team.“Hopefully the snow will fall soon so I’ll be able to start training,” he said.DeGroot’s goal this season is the Canadian Nationals set for Canmore, Alta., in March.Results of other racers from West Kootenay School include:Lukas Smith, J.V. Humphries, Kaslo, 142; Steven Hernandez, Mount Sentinel, 158; Hunter Stanway, JVH 202; Luca Stattler, L.V. Rogers, 214; Eli Bukowski, JVH 222; Eli Cogswell, JVH 251; Tyler Exner, LVR 260; Young Jinyu, LVR, 261; Nico Boelter, LVR 263.Girl’s results had Ellie Hewat, JVH, 170; Kiraya Spencer, LVR, 193; Darya Huser, Salmo, 240; Danica Long, LVR, 243; Kia Weir, Mt. Sentinel [email protected]last_img read more

De Voest eager for Irene Davis Cup tie

first_img8 January 2014When South Africa takes on Monaco in a Davis Cup tie from 31 January to 2 February at the Irene Country Club just outside Pretoria it will be a return to a venue very familiar to long-time South African Davis Cup star Rik de Voest.Although captain John-Laffnie de Jager has not yet named his team, De Voest is sure to be in it as he is ranked only behind Kevin Anderson among South Africans.‘This is where my tennis started’“We moved to Irene in 1984 and my parents joined the club. This is where I had my first introduction to tennis and I fondly remember hitting balls with my dad with a wooden racket, so effectively this is where my tennis started,” De Voest recalled in a statement on Tuesday.“I took my first tennis lessons at the Irene Country Club and, because we lived close by, I made use of the courts frequently in my younger years.”After De Voest turned professional, Irene Country Club became involved in a tennis initiative with the local farm school and De Voest gave the project his full support.Successful programme“Over the years I have been lucky enough to see the growth of this programme and follow the success of the players that have passed through it. I have always donated all my used tennis rackets and clothing and footwear to the programme over the years,” he said.Recently the tennis side of the club has undergone a renovation, which included the addition of new courts. This has increased the popularity of tennis at the club and attracted new members.‘Amazing’“It would be amazing to play a Davis Cup tie at Irene Country Club,” said De Voest.” I believe the exposure to international players and the national team will further benefit the development and interest in tennis at Irene.“Now nearing the end phase of my tennis career and with my long history with the club, it would be extra special to play a Davis Cup tie at Irene Country Club where it all began for me.”TeamsSouth Africa and Monaco are expected to name their sides for the tie mid-January. According to Davis Cup rules, both teams have the right to name their squads up until 10 days before the commencement of the tie.The tie will be played on a hard court with seats for 700 spectators.All the matches are played as the best of five sets until a result has been achieved.Admission will be free on first come first serve basis, for unreserved seats.PROGRAMMEFriday, 31 January 09:45 – Opening Ceremony10:00 – First singles match to be followed by second rubber immediately thereafter Saturday 1 February 12:00 – Doubles Match Sunday, 2 February10:00 – First reverse singles match, followed by final singles match SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Fort Recovery FFA Members Attend the 91st National FFA Convention

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Members of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter attended the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana the week of October 29th to November 2nd, 2019.  Nearly 75,000 FFA members represented all 50 states, and more than 8,500 FFA Chapters were in attendance. The National FFA Convention is held annually to highlight and award member success through the FFA and agricultural education.The Fort Recovery FFA Chapter had two students, Rick Knapke and Heather Klenke, receive the American FFA Degree; the highest degree a member can receive. To earn the degree, they needed to work more than 2,250 hours and earn or productively invest $10,000 or more in a Supervised Agricultural Experience Program.  The students joined a total of 99 that make up the prestigious group of American FFA Degree recipients in the history of the Fort Recovery FFA Chapter.Educational tours included touring a Tyson Processing Plant, Apache Sprayer Plant, Fair Oaks Farms, and Not Just Popcorn. Students also attended The World’s Toughest Rodeo, convention sessions, and the FFA Career & Trade Show. The weeklong trip allowed students to return home with long lasting memories, experiences, and deep ties to agriculture.The Fort Recovery FFA members who attended the convention included: Kayla Briner, Jay Brown, Claudia Jones, Kenzie Kaiser, Brooke Knapke, Cole Schmitt, Rachel Thein, Jared Timmerman, Kegan Timmerman, Paige Timmerman, Lydia Wenning, Connor Gower, Tommy Hart, Britney Klenke, Kendra Metzger, Logan Ramirez, AJ Romer, and Riley Will. Advisors Joe Hawk and Michael Gower accompanied the students on the trip.The Fort Recovery FFA Chapter would like to send a special thanks to the school board members and administration for allowing this trip to be possible.last_img read more

Paralympian lawsuit Jury must decide whether swimming pool was unsafe

first_imgREGINA – A jury in Saskatchewan is being asked to decide whether an injury that left a Paralympian a quadriplegic was a tragic accident or because of an unsafe pool.Miranda Biletski is suing the University of Regina for negligence.Biletski dove into a pool from competition starting blocks at the university during a swim club practice in June 2005. The then-16-year-old hit the bottom and fractured her cervical vertebrae, leaving her a quadriplegic.“The pool was unsafe,” her lawyer, Alan McIntyre, said in his final submissions in a Regina court Wednesday.“But they already knew it wasn’t safe, that’s why they already had a policy about no dives off the lip. They knew it was dangerous.”Court heard during the three and a-half week long trial that the pool depth of four feet or 1.22 metres was laid out in the tiles.But McIntyre said the university’s maintenance records for the pool “are horrible.”Part of the dispute is over whether there was enough water in the pool. McIntyre said court already heard that the person responsible for pool maintenance only added water one time in two months leading up to Biletski’s accident.The university’s lawyer, Erin Kleisinger, said in her final submissions that the pool depth and the height of the starting blocks met Swimming Canada guidelines.Swimming Canada rules established in 2002 set the minimum depth to 1.35 metres, but the guidelines also grandfathered pools built before 2002 and allowed 1.22 metres to continue as the minimum for those older facilities.The university is denying negligence and blames the accident on Biletski and the swim club for deciding to use the starting blocks.“The depth of the pool where the starting blocks were located wasn’t the cause of Miss Biletski’s injuries,” said Kleisinger.“This was clearly a tragic accident, as everyone has testified, she did a bad dive. She didn’t perform the dive that she was trained to do or that she was instructed to do or that she intended to do. Something went wrong with the dive.”Court heard early in the trial that Biletski started going to swim competitions when she was 10. She was identified early on by coaches as being a strong swimmer.The university has also filed its own lawsuit against the Piranhas Summer Swim Club to cover damages if the jury finds the university is liable.It says the swim club coaches made the decision that the water level was safe.But Reg Watson, the lawyer for the Piranhas Summer Swim Club, said the club never signed a contract with an indemnity clause that would make it liable. In fact, he said, they didn’t have any written agreement, just an oral agreement on dates, times and prices for the club to use the pool.Watson also took issue with the university attempting to shift the blame to the club.“It’s their facility. They’re in charge of their facility. We aren’t in charge of their facility, don’t want to be in charge of their facility. We just rent their facility,” he said.“The U of R knew exactly what the purpose of the rental was. They knew that the blocks were there … I mean they installed them.”Biletski _ the first woman on Canada’s wheelchair rugby team _ can move her arms and shoulders, but has limited use of her hands.She played with the largely male Team Canada rugby squad at world championships in 2010 and 2014, and at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the team placed fourth.The judge is expected to give instructions to the jury on Thursday before deliberations begin.last_img read more