Tendeka to supply sand-face completion equipment for Aker BP’s Norwegian assets

first_imgThe fully interchangeable sand screens and inflow control solutions will allow Aker BP to increase production at the fields offshore Norway The Aker BP’s Ivar Aasen field in North Sea. (Credit: Aker BP) Norwegian oil exploration and development company Aker BP has issued a Letter of Intent to completions service company Tendeka to supply sand-face completion equipment to the Norwegian assets.Subject to signing a contract, Tendeka will be responsible for providing sand screens and FloSure autonomous inflow control devices (AICDs) to Aker BP’s offshore fields over the next three years.The fully interchangeable, field-adjustable, sand screens and inflow control solutions will allow Aker BP to increase production at the offshore fields.Tendeka Scandinavia area manager Karianne Amundsen said: “Our fully interchangeable, field-adjustable, sand and inflow control solution is engineered for a wide range of applications and fits the different requirements Aker BP have across their assets.“Aker BP has been a great partner to collaborate with in the past and we look forward to working closely with the team over the coming years to enhance production across these key Norwegian fields.”Aker BP recently secured approval for Skogul field start-upAker BP is currently serving as operator for the Valhall, Ula, Ivar Aasen, Alvheim and Skarv field hubs.Recently, Aker BP has secured consent from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) to commence production from the Skogul field in the North Sea, 30km northeast of the Alvheim field.Tendeka CEO Brad Baker said: “This specific technology is  recognised for delivering marked production enhancement around the globe on key iconic fields and several recent significant industry awards reinforces our reputation as the world leader in inflow control technology and sand management.”In 2019, Tendeka was awarded the sand and inflow control contract by Equinor for its Troll field on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.Under the four-year exclusive contract, Tendeka is entailed to deliver and install up to 100,000m annually of sand screens and FloSure AICDs for sand-face completion.Tendeka said it has deployed more than 7,000 passive ICDs and more than 42,000 AICDs across the globe till date.last_img read more

Oh we do (still) love to live beside the seaside!

first_imgSalcombe is most expensive coastal town, outperforming others in Devon by 171%90%+ coastal towns saw prices rise by between 11% and 55% since 201351% of coastal towns outperform others in their countyAs the summer holidays are almost upon us (shame the sunshine hasn’t got on the programme…) Jackson-Stops analysed exclusive Zoopla data to rank 45 top UK coastal towns and their counties based on capital growth, current average prices and price premiums over the last five years.The findings reveal that more than nine in ten coastal towns saw prices rise by between 11% and 55% over the last five years, while more than half (51%) of those analysed have outperformed the county in which they reside in terms of property prices between 2013 and 2018.South West markets: wind in their sailsOut of the 20 towns which currently command a premium compared to the rest of their county, Salcombe takes the top spot, with prices 110% higher than those in Devon over the last 10 years. With Zoopla’s data showing prices rose in the town to £787,628 in 2018, properties now achieve a premium of 171% compared to the average price of a home in the county of Devon.Salcombe is also the most expensive coastal town analysed. Interestingly, seven of the top ten most expensive coastal towns are located in the South West, including Padstow, Dartmouth and Lyme Regis – making this the highest-priced region of those analysed.51% of coastal towns analysed have outperformed the county in which they reside in terms of property prices in the last five years. Homes in Aldeburgh in Suffolk (86%) and Padstow in Cornwall (80%) currently achieve a significant premium compared to others in their counties. Aldeburgh is also the second most expensive town of those analysed, with average house prices in this sought-after UK seaside location increasing by 18% to £514,552 over the five years to 2018. According to Jackson-Stops’ Ipswich branch, properties on this seafront can also command a significant premium of 25+%.Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops, said, “The UK’s desire to live by the coast continues to grow and is reflected by the house price growth in all but one of the towns we analysed.“According to Zoopla’s data, a property by the coast costs on average £301,855, which is £75,066 more than the average UK home. Sailing, surfing, taking in the fresh sea air and enjoying fish and chips or an ice-cream along the promenade are all much-loved British past times for families, young people and downsizers alike. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that demand is pushing up prices, and locations such as Salcombe in Devon and Aldeburgh in Suffolk are achieving premiums of between 86% and 170% compared to the counties in which they reside. The lifestyle benefits associated with living by the seaside come with a significant price tag, yet many are still prepared to pay it.”UK coastal towns South West markets Salcombe Padstow Lyme Regis Aldeburgh seaside living Jackson-stops Nick Leeming Sheila Manchester Suffolk Cornwall dartmouth Devon Zoopla June 24, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Oh we do (still) love to live beside the seaside! previous nextHousing MarketOh we do (still) love to live beside the seaside!Jackson-Stops analysed exclusive Zoopla data to rank 45 top UK coastal towns and their counties based on capital growth, current average prices and price premiums over the last five years.Sheila Manchester24th June 201901,161 Viewslast_img read more

Guide to Fall Block Party 2015 in Ocean City

first_imgCrowds jam Asbury Avenue between Fifth and 14th streets in Ocean City (NJ) during the annual Spring Block Party in May 2014Ocean City will host its annual Fall Block Party on Saturday, Oct. 10. The day’s festivities will be capped off by a fireworks display over the beach and boardwalk at 9:30 p.m.WHERE: Fifth Street to 14th Street on Asbury AvenueWHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015.WHAT:  More than 400 craft vendors from throughout the region and 100 downtown stores and restaurants selling a variety of crafts and food crafters. The event includes entertainment, food, public service displays and children’s activitiesCOST: Free to attendPARKING: Free parking on all streets and city parking lots.WEATHER: The forecast calls for a mostly sunny day with a high near 64 and north wind 14 to 17 mph.HIGHLIGHTS: The popular Greek Food Festival will return to 9th Street and Asbury Ave. and downtown restaurants will be offering their specialties. There will be free entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including free pony rides for children on the Tabernacle grounds, Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. Nationally acclaimed magician, Chad Juros, will also perform at the Tabernacle grounds at that time. Asbury Avenue entertainment will include The Big Daddy Band led by Larry Conner and Mike Bracey at Sixth Street, Robert Boney at Seventh Street, Tony De Luca at Ninth Street, Tidal Wave Band at 10th Street, the Bubba Mac Blues Band at 13th Street and Keith Hickman at 14th Street. There will be public service booths at Ninth Street opposite City Hall.The Chamber will also be selling First Night Admission Buttons at its Block Party Booth on 9th St. by City Hall. Buy them now for $15. Price goes up to $20 after December 15. You can also order at www.firstnightocnj.com or by calling 1-800-BEACH-NJ.WHAT ELSE: There will be Ocean City merchant sidewalk sales and boardwalk sales Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Seafood vendors will set up outside the Ocean City Music Pier from Saturday through Monday. The evening will feature family entertainment on the Ocean City Boardwalk followed by a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. fired over the ocean and best visible between Fifth Street and 14th Street on the beach or boardwalk. The Block Party is the centerpiece of an Indian Summer Weekend filled with other events. Read more: Indian Summer Weekend in Ocean City: See Event ScheduleINFORMATION: Call 1-800-Beach-NJFOLLOW OCNJ DAILY: Sign up for our free news updates from Ocean City.last_img read more

Roberta M. McNeill, “Bobbie” age 84

first_imgRoberta M. McNeill, “Bobbie” age 84, of Ocean City passed away Thursday, December 7, 2017 at Shore Medical Center of Somers Point, NJ. Mrs. McNeill was born August 11, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA. She was President of the PTA and served on the school board for St. Mary’s Magdalen in Springfield, PA. Mrs. McNeill was a member of the Field and Stream Gun Club in Delaware County, PA, Greentree Golf Club and Buena County Club. She was an avid Bridge player.Surviving are her children, Susan (Patrick) Carr of Ocean City, NJ, Joseph (Maria) McNeill, Jr. of Glen Mills, PA, six grandchildren, Alexa, Patrick, Taylor, Cameryn, Joseph, III Bryce, a brother, Robert (Dorothy) of Broomall, PA and her dog, Coco. She was predeceased by her grandson Jason.A Mass of Christian burial will be offered Saturday morning at 11 o’clock from St. Frances Cabrini RC Church of St. Damien Parish, 2nd Street at Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, NJ where friends may call from ten o’clock until the time of mass. Burial will follow in Seaside Cemetery, Palermo, NJ.Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Ocean City Humane Society, PO Box 1254, One Shelter Road, Ocean City, NJ 08226.For condolences to the family, visit www.godfreyfuneralhome.com.last_img read more

Real Bread urges legal ‘sourdough’ definition

first_imgThe Real Bread Campaign is calling for a legal definition of the word ‘sourdough’ as part of an Honest Crust Tax. It claimed consumers are being “taken advantage of” by suppliers selling sourdough packet bread mixes that can contain up to 22 ingredients and artificial additives.The Real Bread Campaign, which conducted the research, is calling on consumers to “say no to #sourfaux”.It said the only ingredients strictly necessary to make a “genuine” sourdough are flour, salt and water. Unnecessary ingredients used in packs tested during the research included unspecified added flavouring, mono and diacetyl tartaric acid esters of mono and diglycerides of fatty acids and added yeast.Chris Young, Real Bread Campaign coordinator, said: “Britain’s shoppers deserve better than to be sold the promise of a shortcut that turns out to be an expensive way of making an additive-laden loaf without the benefits genuine sourdough offers. Surely it says something when a manufacturer feels the need to add flavouring.”According to The Real Bread Campaign, sourdough should not contain:commercial yeastdried sourdough powdersourdough concentrate yoghurt, vinegar, or other non-sourdough acidifierflavourings, preservatives, processing aids and other artificial additivesThe Campaign wrote to the three unnamed companies looked at in this research asking them to rename or withdraw their products. All three declined.last_img read more

The Top Performances From This Year’s High Sierra Music Festival

first_imgThe High Sierra Music Festival was a special four days of music that showed why it might be one of the best music festivals on the west coast. Tucked into the tiny mountain town of Quincy, California, who has embraced the festival and all of its shenanigans for the past 26 years, High Sierra emanates this ego-less spirit of inclusion and self-expression that seeks to bring passionate musicians and provide a sanctuary for people to come and enjoy soulful, life affirming music.The stages are intimate, the artists are exceptional, the campgrounds host its own party culture that rivals the music and you are allowed to bring your own alcohol to the stages to enjoy; what is not to love about this festival? The fact this is hosted on Fourth of July weekend makes High Sierra feel even more special and has become a tradition for many families and groups who want to forgo hot dogs, parades and in-laws for late-night concerts, impromptu camp jam sessions and mimosas at Sunday church service. LettuceLettuce has been on the warpath since the release of their latest album, Crush in November, to melt as many faces as it can across the country. Crush elevated the band’s sound above merely funk, to encompass all aspects of dancing music from electronica to hip-hop to psychedelic. To watch them play their set Saturday night was to feel a kaleidoscope of colors and sounds coming at you and to fall under its spell. What is so expansive about Lettuce’s sound is that it is always tinkering and modifying the songs to go someplace new and exciting on stage instead of just playing its albums out of bigger speakers. Hell, the songs feel like totally different entities once the band has its grip on them in front of an audience. Adam Smirnoff’s rippling guitar on “Phyllis” plunged into a rabbit hole jam and “Slippin’ Into Darkness” grooved through a surreal haze of sparkling horns and day-glo guitar solos. A sense of complacency can grown in you when you see a band as solid and consistent as Lettuce perform in a number of settings. You think you know the flow, the feeling, the experience. Lettuce blew that out of the water Saturday and reaffirmed their status as one of the most dominant live bands playing now. Greensky BluegrassThe hottest bluegrass band in the land is undoubtedly Greensky Bluegrass, as the group continues to fuse a number of styles into their Americana outfit. The band played two sets at the festival, hitting a late night on Saturday and returning for a full main stage set on Sunday. Is there no stopping this glorious band? Just watch the video of “Living Over” above, courtesy of Must Have Media, and find out for yourself!With another fabulous festival in the books, organizers finally relaxed on the dawn of the Fourth Of July, exhausted but comforted to know they had helped celebrate the birth of our great nation with a celebration purely in the spirit of our great nation. For a full gallery of images from our own Rex Thomson, click the link below: Below is a list of the bands that took High Sierra to new levels this past weekend.Industrial RevelationIndustrial Revelation’s set Friday at the Vaudeville Tent was something anyone who is inspired by musical artistry loves to experience. More than any other show over the week,end the band members played like the music was being exorcised out of them, pulled from their souls, into their veins and out of their fingers. Trumpeter Ahamefule J. Oluo plays with his eyes peering towards the heavens, and watching him you couldn’t help but feel like he was channeling something otherworldly into his instrument, not of his own body or volition. Industrial Revelation plays in this unique space it has created for itself that filters jazz through hip-hop, classical and soul filters with a knack for avant-garde compositions. If hip-hop producer Madlib were to take a band on the road to bring his scuzzy, velveteen beats to life, Industrial Revelation would have to be in on the decision process. They balanced its rhythmic power with melodic grace and let the music take them where it needed to go, inviting guitarist Jimmy James on for a greasy final take on “Bottoms Up” to close its set. Ben Harper and The Innocent CriminalsBen Harper has been touring and recording since the early nineties and has amassed a huge repertoire that mixes blues, folk and rock and can touch upon acoustic protest songs to psychedelic excursions into electric territory. This can lead his shows to veer too much in any one direction — either too heavy or too soft — but his set Friday night was a great blend of both his styles that left people feeling satisfied. “Better Man” turned from a percussive jam on record into a soaring, almost trance-like electric blues rocker that flooded the crowd in sound and the sugary funk of “Steal My Kisses” put a smile on most people’s faces. Listening to his classic campfire anthem “Burn One Down” from the back of the field as people flowed into the field, summer stars twinkled and groups of friends and family danced together in archipelagos of love, one got the sense it was all a part of a larger piece of Americana. Music festivals are a part of what makes the summer so important and special for many in America and Ben Harper tapped into that feeling Saturday night with a great respect for the experience. Chris Robinson BrotherhoodThe cosmic boogie of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood is the perfect fit for a festival like High Sierra. The high temperatures on Friday had the Grandstand stage field feeling more like a desert than a musical oasis as bands cycled through. A late afternoon set from the CRB as the sun began to drop behind the mountains was definitely the perfect relief, and the crowd felt like it began to go through a rejuvenation process once the band kicked things off with a rollicking “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” The band runs in the same vein of the Grateful Dead and its sound is built on a psychedelic mixing of blues, folk and country that saunters into your hips and keeps fans swaying for hours on end. In addition to favorites like “Forever As The Moon” and “Rosealee” the band stretched out its legs with tracks from its upcoming new album Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel. The easy riffage of “California Hymn” was enriching and “Narcissus Soaking Wet” felt like a Parliament song created in the shade of a lemon grove. It has potential to be a great summertime record from a great summertime band.Thievery Corporation2016 marks the 20th anniversary of D.C. based collective Thievery Corporation, and the group brought an invigorating night of music as the Friday night headliners to celebrate. The Grand Stage race track transformed into fluorescent a sea of lights in anticipation for the dance party and the band did not disappoint. What started as a project for producers Eric Hilton and Rob Garza to explore their bossa nova interests has become a luminary for incorporating elements of house, techno, and electronica into cultural rhythms like bossa nova, salsa and reggae that have been around for centuries. It was a dance party through and through that didn’t stop for an hour and a half, with “Lebanese Blonde” laying down a deep, full-bodied beat that was contrasted nicely by the atmospheric rise of “Heaven’s Gonna Burn Your Eyes.” Friday night felt like a communal celebration of the world and its people, everyone sharing the same groove and cycling the love around in dance, smiles and hugs. Tedeschi Trucks BandTedeschi Trucks Band closed out the main stage at High Sierra Sunday night with an exclamation point that reiterated the fact this is one of the most talented and accomplished bands to come around in the last ten years. Born as a one-off touring project for guitar couple Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, the band is now the main focus of the musicians. Their dedication has grown the band into a 12-piece behemoth of blues, funk and soul. The stage could barely contain the band as it ripped through feel-good blues anthems like “Bound for Glory” and an endearing “Don’t Know What It Means” from this year’s album release, Let Me Get By. Kofi Burbidge paired Tedeschi’s brassy vocals with calming flute that floated along to the rousing “Idle Wind,” where it then became a textured drum composition by drummers J.J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell. Trucks rode the gentle tide of “Laugh About It” with a stirring solo that highlighted his ability to change the course of a song with just his fingers. The pedigree in this band is unrivaled and it compelled many to just stand there and admire the musicianship laid bare in front of them.Joe Russo’s Almost DeadThere are few bands, if any, with a more hallowed musical legacy than the Grateful Dead. Its dedication to unique concert experiences bred a whole legion of fans that would follow them wherever they went and fawned over the set lists like ancient artifacts. Besides the multiple projects of the surviving members and the ongoing tour of Dead & Company with John Mayer, no band is really able to embody that legacy as convincingly and truthfully as Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. After a stellar set at last year’s festival it would have been almost a crime for the promoters not to invite Russo back for another year of Grateful goodness. The band wheeled through The Grateful Dead’s catalog with golden aplomb, creating its own magic out of the fairy dust strewn through the melodies, especially a magnificent “Eyes of the World.” While the band was essentially functioning as an accomplished all-star cover band for The Grateful Dead, it felt fresh and exciting and Russo was dazzlingly impressive as he zipped all over his toms and cymbals with beautiful power, creating the spirit and sound of two drummers on his own. Another one for the record books.The DipSeattle soul band The Dip took full advantage of its Sunday evening set at the Vaudeville Tent to bring some love and tenderness to the festival just as it was coming to a close. The band’s old school flavor is steeped in doo-wop melodies and soul grooves and released its first album last April, as well as an EP full of instrumentals this May. Frontman and guitarist Tom Eddy was downright dreamy on stage as he crooned the hell out of the audience with his honeyed voice on “Ain’t Necessary (The Prince)” and the sensuous “Don’t Make Me Wait,” while also laying down smooth licks on his six-string. The band really took off as it ran through its Daptone-inspired instrumentals, the best being on the flirty “Chantrelle.” Listening to them you could feel yourself getting swept up into the feelings of summer love and delight and it just warmed you up from the inside out.J.J. Grey and MofroJ.J. Grey and Mofro led a tent revival Friday night that whipped everyone into a soulful frenzy. He played a coveted late-night set that stretched from 11:30 p.m. to close to 2 p.m, plenty of time to save both the audience and himself from damnation. Grey doesn’t feel like a throwback to the era of Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett and Muscle Shoals as much as he feels like a direct link. The Hercules horns are crunchy, the rhythm section is tight yet loose and the songs touch upon all the inevitable joy and sadness that passes through you like a river out to the ocean. He let his southern-fried pipes do all the preaching on the uplifting soul number “Brighter Days” as it stretched into a testimonial about love, loss and redemption. People tore up the dance floor on the backwoods burner “Country Ghetto” and swayed serendipitously on the nostalgic “Lochloosa.” Grey can touch on a myriad of emotions with his music and the emotional roller coaster left many people drained but fulfilled when they left in the early morning from Vaudeville for their next adventure. Papa Mali Gospel SetThe Sunday morning gospel set at the Big Meadows stage has grown to be almost a High Sierra tradition. Artists used to informally congregate to the stage and sit in a circle taking turns leading old folk, gospel and blues songs and now the festival has begun to book specific bands and artists to bring down the glory. This year paired Luther Dickinson and John Medeski with Papa Mali and his Rhythm Council and the collaboration proved to be very spiritual. With people imbibing in vices through the Sunday service, they ran through old standards like “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” with grace and happiness and were getting as much enrichment of the soul as the crowd. The guys playing were legends and they didn’t need to be up at 10 a.m. playing music to get another paycheck from High Sierra. They did it because they love the music and and they love the connection with the fans, which is really what it is all about. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Grads work to make difference

first_imgThe original version of this article misquoted what 1981 alumnus Terrence Keeley said about the Financial Hippocratic Oath. Keeley said the Financial Hippocratic Oath is based on the Golden Rule and relates to the relationship between financial service providers and their clients. It has nothing to do with relationships between competitors, as stated in the article. The Observer regrets this error. When Dr. Daniel Towle was a pre-med student at Notre Dame in the late 1970s, a professor encouraged him to be “more than just a doctor” — advice that changed Towle’s approach to his professional life. Now, Towle travels to developing countries to provide medical services to people who otherwise might not have access to basic healthcare. Towle and other alumni shared how they have worked toward the greater good in their various professions at a panel Wednesday entitled “The Professions and the Common Good.” The panel was one in a series of events for the Notre Dame Forum, which addresses how the global marketplace can be used to further the common good. Towle, a pediatric anesthesiologist involved in international health services, said he and other alumni wished to inspire students to “walk your own road to make a difference in the world.” “I firmly believe divine providence will provide you with skills and opportunities that will allow you to live out Notre Dame’s mission,” he said. For example, after the earthquake in Haiti last year, Towle wanted to fly immediately to the country to help, but that was nearly impossible in the wake of the disaster. “I went on a run and said a prayer to Mary that if she wanted me to be there, then I would get there,” Towle said. “Literally within an hour, I had a call from a colleague who said he had a private plane with 4,000 pounds of medical supplies bound for Haiti. He asked me if I could leave in 24 hours.” No matter how many medical missions Towle completes, he said the purpose has to be for reasons solely related to improving the conditions of others. “We’re not missionaries,” he said. “We’re not there to do something for other people to make ourselves feel better. That would be for my own personal good and not the common good.” While Towle uses his medical training to make a difference, Daniela Papi, a 2000 graduate of the University, lived in Cambodia and created her own organization to serve the local community. Papi founded PEPY, an organization that offers expeditions to tourists while educating them on how they can contribute to development in the area. It also funds educational programs for the residents of rural Cambodia. “As Notre Dame students, you have received the best education the country has to offer,” Papi told the students. “Until everyone can receive this same opportunity, a country of equality for all is not possible.” Papi said she created her own business model to serve the needs of the Cambodian community she has come to recognize as her own. “We need to ask ourselves how we serve the common good through business,” she said. “We do a lot of giving away in the United States, but we need to go a bit further. We need to look at how we do business and we have to improve how we do what we do.” Papi said the organization gives bike tours to tourists and encourages them to donate to the schools and local community after experiencing it firsthand. “Our goal is that when they leave, they have changed the way they live and give,” she said. Terrence Keeley, a 1981 graduate who founded his own sovereign advisory practice, Sovereign Trends, LLC, addressed how the common good can be achieved in a capitalistic system. One of the first things the world needs to do to move forward from the current financial crisis is stop doubting the current financial system, Keeley said. “There’s no way we can approach this conversation about the economy and the common good if we don’t place trust in the system,” he said. Keeley is currently working to establish the Financial Hippocratic Oath, which he hopes will operate like the “Golden Rule” of the world economy. Keeley said no matter what path Notre Dame students pursue after graduation, they would inherently look for careers with a higher purpose because of their Notre Dame background. “The bottom line is that you will not be happy in your career if you don’t do something that links you back to the good of the community,” he said. Judge Kathleen Kearney, who graduated from the University in 1980, said no matter what career students choose after graduation, students should remember the moral of their Notre Dame education. “You need to give voice those who do not have it and represent those who no one else wants to represent,” she said. Kearney, who now works as a clinical professor and researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, works with children in welfare services. For these children, she said, their “nightmares were their reality.” She said many students might encounter deplorable circumstances and situations on their path to serve the common good. But she added that a Notre Dame background would help students complete their jobs without getting bogged down in negativity. “You will also see great hope everyday and it will get you up and will give you the strength to do it,” she said. “And you continue to fight because you are a member of the Fighting Irish.”last_img read more

NSR to debut ‘Macbeth’ performance

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Lydia Costello Members of the Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company rehearse for their upcoming production of “Macbeth.” The production incorporates a modern soundtrack and premieres Thursday night“It‘s a show he‘s been involved with for a while,” Sargeant said. “I have been hearing about this for a year now,”Vaclav is a second-year graduate student who has been involved with NSR since 2013, his undergraduate sophomore year, for eight of its productions. His deep love for Shakespeare led him to write his senior thesis on the authorship of Macbeth and the identity of the witches.Senior Abigail Schnell, who plays the title character, said the show is notable for its simplicity.“It’s bloody, scary, short and easy to follow,” she said. “Don’t be afraid because it‘s Shakespeare. ‘Macbeth’ is very colloquial. There’s a pretty big fear factor in the show.”This eeriness is not only created by the cast, but also by the tech team, which will use low lighting and costumes made of band shirts and military uniforms. Vaclav lauded the cast and crew for its talent. “They are one of the best groups I have worked with,” he said. “They do really bring the show to life in a fantastic way.”Several members of the cast said the most important aspect of the tech of this production is the soundtrack. “The concept of the show itself started with the Guns N’ Roses album ‘Appetite for Destruction,’” Vaclav added. Sargeant said the soundtrack, which includes works of Led Zeppelin, Queen and Black Sabbath, is more like that of a film than a theater production. “It’s most prevalent between transitions, but it’s still there in the background of the dialogue,” Sargeant said.Sophomore Louise Gregory, who stars as Lady Macbeth, said that the “punk rock Macbeth theme” fits the play perfectly. “The play is so violent, it lends itself to very aggressive music for the soundtrack,” she said.The haunted feeling of the play was made around Vaclav’s conception of the plot as an “early modern horror movie.” None of the characters knows who they can trust. Vaclav’s special interest in the witches and their identities is reflected in the show, where Schnell said they are portrayed in a “genuinely frightening, other-worldy” way.Gregory said the show will make Shakespeare accessible for the audience.“If you’ve ever wanted to get into Shakespeare but get put off by it because you think of people in puffy robes … it’s Shakespeare but doesn’t feel like Shakespeare,“ Gregory said. “Everyone is having a blast.”Tags: Guns N’ Roses, Macbeth, Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company, soundtrack The Not-So-Royal Shakespeare Company (NSR) will premiere its production of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” on Thursday in the Washington Hall Lab Theatre. The NSR has waited a long time for the opportunity to put on “Macbeth.” Sophomore Ellis Sargeant, who will perform the role of Malcolm, said director Michael Vaclav, a graduate student, has been preparing for the show for while.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Huge Cast Set for Harry Potter & The Cursed Child & More

first_imgThe cast of ‘Harry Potter & The Cursed Child'(Photo: Manuel Harlan) Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Completes CastBreak out the sorting hat! A whole slew of actors have joined the cast of London’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which begins performances on June 7. Appearing alongside the previously announced Jamie Parker (Harry), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione) and Paul Thornley (Ron) will be Nicola Alexis, Helen Aluko, Jeremy Ang Jones, Rosemary Annabella, Annabel Baldwin, Jack Bennett, Paul Bentall, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Brough, Sam Clemmett, Morag Cross, Cristina Fray, Rudi Goodman, Claudia Grant, James Howard, Christiana Hutchings, Lowri James, Chris Jarman, Martin Johnston, Bili Keogh, Chipo Kureya, James Le Lacheur, Helena Lymbery, Barry McCarthy, Sandy McDade, Andrew McDonald, Tom Mackley, Adam McNamara, Poppy Miller, Tom Milligan, Jack North, Alex Price, Stuart Ramsay, Nuno Silva, Cherrelle Skeete, Esther Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Dylan Standen and Joshua Wyatt. Phew! We’re pretty sure that’s enough witches and wizards to fill the Great Hall. Celebratory butterbeers are on us.Doctor Faustus Adds Jenna Russell & More; ExtendsTony nominee Jenna Russell will join Kit Harrington in the West End’s Doctor Faustus. Russell, who most recently starred in London’s Grey Gardens, will take on the role of Mephistopheles in the production, which begins previews on April 9 and will now run an extra three weeks through June 25. Also joining the cast are Jade Anouka as Wagner, Tony nominee Tom Edden as Good Angel, Danielle Flett as Valdes, Brian Gilligan as Cornelius, Forbes Masson as Lucifer, Craig Stein as Evil Angel and ensemble member Gabby Wong.Nanny McPhee Hits the StageEmma Thompson, who both scripted and starred in Nanny McPhee, is adapting the popular 2005 film, originally based on Christianna Brand’s Nurse Matilda books, for the West End stage. Thompson told The Daily Mail that she always intended to turn the stories into a musical. We know one Broadway.com employee/distant relative who will be quite excited! View Commentslast_img read more

Florida credit unions prep for ‘nuclear’ Hurricane Irma

first_imgHurricane Matthew Credit union CEOs are heeding the dire warnings of Florida officials who have emphatically described Irma as a “nuclear” hurricane that is expected to bring life-threatening winds, storm surges and torrential rains to south Florida early Sunday morning.The three credit unions in Key West, Monroe County Teachers FCU, Keys FCU and Southernmost FCU, closed their shops on Wednesday while at least a dozen more cooperatives are closing branches, drive-thrus and offices early today or Friday.A few credit unions have already announced that they do not expect to reopen until Tuesday, September 12. But credit unions may be forced to keep their doors closed for longer if Hurricane Irma’s wrath is as bad as weather officials say that it can be.  Nonetheless, many credit unions are expected to continue member services through online and mobile channels, ATMs and shared branches. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img continue reading »last_img read more