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Opera Notre Dame to perform operetta ‘Pirates of Penzance’

first_imgOpera Notre Dame will present “Pirates of Penzance,” an operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan first performed in 1879, beginning this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Decio Theater at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The show, which revolves around a lovable gang of pirates and their apprentice Fredrich, will run all weekend.The production will be the first Gilbert and Sullivan work performed by Opera ND, and Director Alek Shrader said the opera will look and sound different than what most would expect.“Gilbert and Sullivan shows were always intended to be highly comedic, very light fare. Although it’s comedic, it doesn’t diminish the performance in any way — it doesn’t cheapen it,” Shrader said. “The music and the text are so brilliant that it can support a modernization of their original work. They always intended it to be contemporary, not so lofty and stuffy.”Conductor Daniel Stowe said this kind of performance demands much from the orchestra as well as the actors.“It’s tricky, trying to stay out of the way of the singing actors and supporting them, but still giving as full a musical account as you can,” he said. “It’s a different level of challenge.”Opera ND’s production of “Pirates” has taken on its own character, Shrader said, much to the excitement of the cast and crew.“We stripped out everything outdated. We’re living in the now in this production,” he said. “I know I’m the director and I crafted a lot of the jokes, but I guarantee it’s funny.”Freshman actor Tim Purnell said he attests to the originality of this production.“I’ve actually been in Pirates three different times, but this director is so creative,” he said. “He’s done so many things that make me crack up, even though often jokes get repeated through the show. He’s just really inventive and brings the show to life.”The cast and crew have grown as individuals and as a unit over the course of production, Shrader said.“The most important thing is that the students gain not only the experience of doing this, but that they can take this experience forward in later performances, but also just in life and other studies,” Shrader said. “Each rehearsal has grown and achieved some momentum. We’re evolving the show. I can step back and let the performers take their own initiatives.”Stowe said he finds the high level of vocal performance provided by the graduate singers from Notre Dame’s Sacred Music Program in the show particularly exciting.“The graduate singers … are just tremendous — professional-quality singers, wonderful actors,” he said. “It really raises the level of performance in the show.”Each production member has a different ambition for opening night, Purnell said, and the cast’s untapped energy has resulted in plenty of anticipation for opening night.“Once everyone is on stage in front of an audience, they’ll bring all the energy they’ve been holding back in rehearsal,” he said. “I’m just excited to see everyone fully engaged.”But while the cast is excited for the stage, Stowe said nothing can prepare them for the exhilaration of performing in front of an audience.“You never know how the audience reacts until you have one,” he said. “All the planning goes out the window when you get a live audience. You hope that you guessed right — and if not, you’ll find out soon enough.”Tags: Decio Theater, Opera, Opera ND, Opera Notre Dame, performing arts, Pirates of Penzancelast_img read more

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Cricket News Virat Kohli’s wicket celebration against Cricket Australia XI takes internet by storm

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian cricket team toiled on the final day of the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, skipper Virat Kohli gave the team plenty to cheer by taking a wicket and cheering passionately. Kohli’s celebration has taken the internet by storm and it was small consolation for India as Cricket Australia XI ended up on 544, a lead of 186. The hosts were boosted by a 179-run stand for the seventh wicket with Harry Nielsen slamming a wonderful century and Aaron Hardie providing him valuable support with 86. The lower order also contributed with Daniel Fallins (43), Luke Robins (38*) and Jackson Coleman (36) all boosting Cricket Australia XI to a great total.Read More |Virat Kohli trolled in warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI However, it was Kohli who stole the show with his wicket celebration. Bowling from round the wicket to the left-handed Nielsen, Kohli bowled a full ball and the batsman miscued the lofted shot to long on. The catch was taken by Umesh Yadav. Kohli was awestruck that he had managed to take the wicket and pumped his fists aggressively to celebrate. The celebration is deserved for Kohli, who has not taken any wickets in Tests. In 105 First-Class matches, he has taken just three wickets. His last wicket in any format of the game was during the 2016 World T20 semi-final against West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai when he took the wicket of Johnson Charles in the first ball of his spell. India lost that match to be eliminated from the tournament.Read More |If India can’t win now, they will never do it in Australia: JonesOn day 3, Kohli had bowled a couple of overs as India tested their reserves. Speaking after the end of the day, Ravichandran Ashwin remarked jokingly, “Virat was guiding the bowlers what were the right lengths.”The match against Cricket Australia XI has been bittersweet for India. All their batsmen managed to get runs, with KL Rahul smashing a fifty in the second innings after failing in the first. Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Hanuma Vihari all managed to smash fifties but India would be disappointed with the bowling effort and also the injury to Prithvi Shaw which has ruled him out of the Adelaide Test starting on December 6. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s almost the WEEKEND again and we can’t wait because we’ve got another superb line-up of entertainment at Sister Sara’s.The absolutely fantastic band DOGS from Dublin will be playing LIVE on Friday night and their distinctive sound will have you rocking all night.Saturday Night as always is the ‘Superpub Saturday Disco’.Resident DJ Marty Curran will be playing all your favourites tunes.So make sure and drop into Letterkenny Super-pub Sister Sara’s this weekend. WEEKEND PREVIEW – LIVE MUSIC THIS WEEKEND AT LETTERKENNY SUPERPUB SISTER SARA’S was last modified: April 23rd, 2015 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewsSister Sara’slast_img read more