Exclusive! Watching the Live Action Redo With the Broadway Stars of Aladdin

first_img Arielle Jacobs Another noticeable difference between the movies and the Broadway show is the supporting cast of sidekicks. On stage, Jasmine’s tiger Raja is absent and Aladdin’s adorable monkey Abu is replaced by a trio of bumbling friends, Omar, Kassim and Babkak. “It would be very different on stage to have those [animal characters],” Scott says. “I think it’s really cool that we were able to do a different take.” Jacobs says she was amazed by Abu and the magic carpet, who is very much a character. “When the magic carpet was torn up, I was so sad!” she says. “And then when the Genie fixed it, I was like, ‘OK, I can live now.'” (Clockwise from top left) Michael James Scott, Arielle Jacobs & Ainsley Melham in Aladdin(Photos by Deen van Meer) Related Shows Star Files With Aladdin following the live action Beauty and the Beast and beating the highly anticipated The Lion King live action remake to theaters by a few months, it got the trio thinking about other beloved Disney animated classics that could follow suit. “I’m obsessed with Pocahontas,” says Scott. “I love me some Pocahontas. But I’m also very biased to Hercules because of the Muses. So, I would love to see that come to life in the most ridiculous way.” Jacobs cast her own vote for Pocahontas, but would add the musical Mulan into the mix as well (a non-musical Mulan remake hits theaters in 2020). As for the Broadway newcomer whose wishes come true every night as Aladdin? “I always have a soft spot for The Emperor’s New Groove” says Melham. “It would be absurd onscreen, I’m sure!” The first thing the stars took from seeing the world of Aladdin onscreen was inspiration, which they said they’d use to fuel their stage performances later that night. “I got a lot of great visuals from the marketplace and magic carpet ride,” Jacobs says. “I feel like I can take a lot of the imagery from what we just saw and really play off of that when we’re on stage.” Melham says he felt reinvested in the story after viewing it as an audience member. “It’s fun to see the story, to be a voyeur,” he explains. “It’s nice to sit and be reminded of how of how that feels, watching it.” On the other hand, due to the script differences between the animated, Broadway, and live action versions of Aladdin, Scott says it was a “mind trick” to watch the movie. “I actually at one point leaned over to Ainsley and was like, ‘I have to go over my lines!’” he laughs. Unlike the Broadway show, which includes several numbers written just for the stage, the new movie mainly sticks with the songs from the original animated film. Melham says he most missed his ballad “Proud of Your Boy.” “The film works beautifully without it,” he says. “But personally, I love that song, and it’d be cool to see that on the screen.” Jacobs welcomed Jasmine’s new song, “Speechless,” which comes from the Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, working with original Aladdin songsmith Alan Menken. “Jasmine sings her song in her head and then comes back into real life with her new awareness,” she says. “She has the courage to… get control of the kingdom again by speaking from her heart.”Hear “Speechless,” the new song by Alan Menken, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. from $57.50 Ainsley Melham Aladdin Fans of the classic 1992 Disney animated movie musical Aladdin have been gearing up for the live action remake since it was announced last year. Who wouldn’t be excited for this redo, especially after the tremendous success of 2017’s Beauty and the Beast? For the return to Agrabah, director Guy Ritchie was put at the helm, with rising screen stars Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott playing Aladdin and Jasmin, alongside Will Smith as the (fully blue, very buff) Genie.Keep in mind, however, that there’s been a live action version of Aladdin on Broadway, playing out eight times a week on the stage of the New Amsterdam Theatre for the past five years. Broadway.com met up with the hit show’s current Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie—Ainsley Melham, Arielle Jacobs and Michael James Scott—to catch a screening of the new film and get their exclusive reactions once the credits rolled. View Comments Aladdin opens in movie theaters everywhere on Friday, May 24. Ainsley Melham, Arielle Jacobs and Michael James Scott (Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser for Broadway.com) Michael James Scottlast_img read more

Governor Shumlin welcomes new Education Board members

first_imgGovernor Shumlin joined the State Board of Education’ s monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 26 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts to welcome the recently appointed Board members, and to congratulate the newly elected board chair and two co-vice chairs. Stephan Morse of Newfane was re-elected as chair of the State Board of Education. Morse has served as chair for the past year. The Board, according to statute, elects officers biennially. Sean-Marie Oller of Bennington and Lachlan Francis of Putney were elected co-vice chairs. Morse was appointed to the Board in 2009 and reappointed by Gov. Shumlin in 2011. He was elected chairman of the Board in 2012. ‘ I am pleased to have been re-elected chairman of the State Board of Education for another term,’ said Morse. ‘ I look forward to working with all our educational partners to make the Vermont education system even better.” Oller was appointed to the Board in 2011 and has served as a member of the Board’ s legislative committee. She currently serves as chair of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Board. ‘ It is an honor to be nominated alongside the state board student representative,’ said Sean-Marie Oller. ‘ Lachlan is a very competent, dedicated young man whose allegiance to the future of our state’s education is very credible.’  Francis, a student at Brattleboro Union High School, was appointed to the Board in July 2012.  ‘ I am honored and humbled to have been nominated for, and elected as, co-vice chair of the Board,’ said Lachlan Francis. ‘ I look forward to continuing to advocate for students across the state of Vermont.’  Gov. Shumlin recently appointed three members to the State Board of Education: Krista Huling of Jeffersonville, Stacy Weinberger of Burlington, and Margaret MacLean of Peacham. Huling is a social studies teacher at South Burlington High School, and she team-teaches humanities to freshman, and U.S. history to sophomores. Huling works with the Governor’ s Institute on Asian Cultures and will be traveling to China this summer with a group of Vermont students. “I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve on the State Board of Education, especially being the only practicing teacher on the Board,” said Krista Huling. Weinberger is a seasoned educator with expertise in early education classroom teaching, program and staff development, and administration. Most recently, she spent that last ten years at The Bellwether School in Williston, four years as a k/1 teacher and six years as co-director of the school.  ‘ I am honored to serve on the Board and to support the good and important work that’ s happening in Vermont’s schools,’ said Stacy Weinberger. ‘ I am looking forward to working with my fellow Board members to advocate for our most vulnerable students, encourage best practices to make schooling meaningful, and to foster opportunities for student voice and leadership.’   MacLean is an educator with over 30 years’ experience in seven countries. She currently provides professional development support to teachers and school leaders internationally. MacLean has taught at all grade levels from pre-k to grade 6, and has served over 15 years as a school administrator. In 1996 she was Vermont Principal of the Year. ‘ I hope my service on the Board can bring a global perspective to local decisions,’ said Margaret MacLean. ‘ I also hope to support the development of the evolving role of the Board in the Department’s transition to an Agency.’  The State Board of Education meets monthly; its discussions focus on policy concerning the education of Vermont students and assuring equal access for all Vermont students to a quality education.  The Vermont State Board of Education currently has ten members and once vacancy (to be appointed by Gov. Shumlin):Stephan Morse, Chair, NewfaneSean-Marie Oller, Co-Chair, BenningtonLachlan Francis, Co-Chair & Student Rep, PutneyLaura Harris, Student Rep, WillistonKrista Huling, SBHS Teacher, JeffersonvilleBonnie Johnson-Aten, Edmunds Middle School Principal, MontpelierMargaret MacLean, PeachamBill Mathis, BrandonStacy Weinberger, BurlingtonArmando Vilaseca, Secretary of Education, Montpelier http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/mainboard.html(link is external).last_img read more

Mayoral candidate Carina Driscoll responds to Mayor Weinberger saying ‘we aren’t selling Burlington’

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Carina Driscoll, Independent Candidate for Mayor of Burlington, issued the following statement following Mayor Weinberger’s speech on Sunday: “What couldn’t be further from the truth is the Mayor’s statement that ‘we aren’t selling Burlington.’ The Mayor requested proposals, as recently as last month, essentially putting Memorial Auditorium on the market; inked a deal to sell a city lot to a developer for a hotel; made plans for a private marina on our public waterfront; and ensured Burlington Telecom will no longer have any meaningful local control. The Mayor’s highest bidder approach offloads our city’s assets and will not serve Burlington well in the long run. It can’t continue. It’s time for our city to have a Mayor who will return power to the people of Burlington, not concentrate it in City Hall.”Video of the Mayor’s statement can be found here: https://goo.gl/fiEmjm(link is external)Source: Carina for Mayor. 1.8.2018last_img read more

Health Studio KC opens in Woodside Village, offers new approach to personal healthcare

first_imgDamon Heybrock of Health Studio KC.Damon Heybrock, MD, wants to turn the clock back to a time when people were close to their physician, didn’t endure long waits and weren’t told what to do by their insurance company.It’s called direct primary care, and it means exactly that.“There’s no insurance involved,” he said. “It’s a primary care, membership-based. For $60 per month, I’m your physician. That covers all office visits and you always get me, no phone tree. You call me today and I’ll see you today.”He was sitting in the new waiting room–although nobody really waits there–of his Health Studio KC at 2200 W. 47th Pl., Suite 101, at Woodside Village in Westwood. It’s comfortable, contemporary and decorated with art done by friends of Heybrock from the Crossroads Arts District.Heybrock is one of a handful of physicians who’ve opened direct primary care studios in the metro. His previous experience was as in-house physician for Cerner for 10 years. His specialty is family medicine.“I believe just like your local coffee shop, school, grocery sore and church, you should live or work within minutes of your physician,” he said. “Instead of losing a half day to address your health care needs, you should be able to get in and out and back to living life.”Heybrock said he’s capable of handling 90 percent of a person’s medical needs including urgent care, chronic disease management and fitness and nutrition counseling. There’s also a lab for medical tests and a small pharmacy, both charging significantly less than their corporate competition.He calls his facility a studio and not a clinic because in a studio, people actively participate in meeting their health goals.“My goal is for you to be responsible for your health,” Heybrock said. “We can talk about how you’re sleeping, stress, diet, exercise…I want to know you health goals.”Membership are $60 per month for adults over 18 or $600 per year; $110 per month or $1,100 per year for adult couples. Members can add their children for another $30 per month or $300 per year, and a family of four pays $160 per month or $1,600 annually, with $10 more per month for each additional child.“This membership fee frees the doctor from a model that promotes productivity over quality, and allows time to focus on you and what you really need, when you need it,” according to the Health Studio KC brochure.last_img read more

Loan Zone: Ironclad e-signatures

first_imgPilot programs allow CUs to practice managing the security of electronic closingsby. Michael LaurieCredit union members want the convenience to bank anywhere, at any time, on any device. As a result of changing consumer preferences toward convenience and ease of use, the traditional way of opening a new account or applying for a loan is changing from manual paper-based to paperless. With more and more transactions happening online or via a mobile device, the need for electronic signatures is the previously missing link to enable straight-through processing. As such, it’s no wonder that analyst firm Forrester Research has said, “By 2020, the majority of e-signature transactions will be launched from mobile devices.”To ensure security in addition to convenience, credit unions need an e-signature solution built on digital signature technology. An electronic signature alone, just like its wet ink counterpart, is a legal concept. Regardless of whether the signature is scripted and captured on a signature tablet or a click-to-sign button, its purpose is to capture the intent and consent of a signer to agree with and adhere to the terms and conditions in a contract.The term digital signature refers to the encryption technology used to secure data and verify the authenticity of a signed record. An e-signature solution that incorporates digital signature technology and embeds the signature audit trail information directly into the e-signed document creates a tamper-evident document and helps ensure non-repudiation. (It prevents someone from being able to say, “That’s not me who signed that document.”)But that’s not all a credit union needs to consider when it comes to the security of electronic signatures. To make sure its e-signatures are ironclad, credit unions need:Identification, authentication and attribution: The e-signature laws do not say much when it comes to security techniques and technology, but the legal definition of an e-signature always includes language around signer identity. This means organizations need to take steps to identify and/or authenticate users prior to e-signing, as well as to prove through authentication who actually clicked to apply the e-signature to the e-signed record. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

FAWL to host its ‘lobby days’ April 7

first_img March 15, 2008 Regular News FAWL to host its ‘lobby days’ April 7 FAWL to host its ‘lobby days’ April 7center_img The Florida Association for Women Lawyers will host its 2008 “Lobby Days” April 7 with a legislative update and CLE.The association has identified legal representation of the poor as its focus during the 2008 session with the following priorities:• Supports the re-establishment of the Capital Collateral office in North Florida.• Supports adequate compensation for counsel in order to provide meaningful and effective representation for all indigent persons entitled to appointment of counsel.• Supports the requirement that all juveniles be given the opportunity for a meaningful consultation with counsel prior to entry of a guilty plea in delinquency proceedings.• Supports the reinstatement of Indigent Waiver of Court fees.• Supports civil legal assistance funding.• Supports loan repayment assistance programs for government and legal aid attorneys. FAWL’s full legislative agenda includes positions related to women’s issues, civil rights, the administration of justice, and juvenile criminal matters. A complete listing, along with online registration information is available through the FAWL Web site at www.fawl.org.last_img read more

ACTL fellows provide trial skills training for legal aid attorneys

first_img ACTL fellows provide trial skills training for legal aid attorneys Special to the NewsLinda Smith, 48, her elderly mother, and two teenage sons stood to lose their federally subsidized apartment after Jacksonville police found a marijuana plant on the family’s back patio, but before they would be evicted, they would have their day in court.Such were the facts of the hypothetical case at the center of a March 4 training presented by the American College of Trial Lawyers for South Florida legal aid attorneys. The day-long event included hands-on litigation training and direct feedback from veteran ACTL attorneys.Held at Nova Southeastern University Law School, the training exposed 16 legal aid attorneys from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale to the considerable expertise of eight ACTL Fellows, who are carefully selected by the ACTL based on their mastery of the art of advocacy and their demonstration of the highest ethical and professional standards.In the training, half of the legal aid attorneys represented Smith, and the other half represented her landlord. Nova Law School students played the witnesses. Attorney Gordon James of Ft. Lauderdale helped recruit other ACTL Fellows to serve as volunteer judges.“This was a wonderful experience for the ACTL attorneys,” James said. “I was very impressed with the young legal aid attorneys.”The legal aid attorneys received information packets in advance so they would be ready to try the case at the seminar. Throughout the proceedings, which included an opening statement, direct and cross examination of two witnesses, and closing argument, the fellows offered feedback and critique. They commented on the quality of the attorneys’ preparation and questioning, as well as their appearance, style, and effectiveness.Kathy Grunewald, statewide director of training for The Florida Bar Foundation grantee Florida Legal Services, helped organize the event, part of a series that began in September 2014 in Tallahassee. The legal aid attorneys attending the training all work for legal aid organizations supported in part by the Foundation.The Foundation helped connect the ACTL and Florida Legal Services after Darryl Bloodworth, chairman of the Florida Access to Justice Committee for ACTL, approached the Foundation looking to start a pro bono project for fellows.Grunewald said feedback from the ACTL Fellows offers the legal aid lawyers an unparalleled training experience.“These are lawyers from huge firms or from firms that are hugely successful,” Grunewald said. “To me it’s amazing that they give a full day of their time to come out and do this. It really is a huge gift.” Amanda Kleinrock, a third-year associate with Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, said she and her fellow legal aid attorneys were grateful. “Legal aid offices often don’t have the resources to send us to training of this caliber,” Kleinrock said.She learned several valuable lessons, including the importance of being able to respond quickly to unexpected testimony.“I learned we need to be more flexible and be able to move with the facts,” Kleinrock said. “For example, one of the witnesses changed his testimony. We need to be ready for that.”ACTL Fellow Kimberly Cook of Miami volunteered to serve as a judge for the seminar.“It was a very rewarding experience,” Cook said. “I always end up learning as much from the people we are trying to help as they do from us. This format is much more meaningful than a lecture approach.”James believes the trial training seminar gives ACTL Fellows an opportunity to make a positive impact.“I felt we did something good,’ he said. “I think people got a lot out of it.”A practice training session is planned for Pensacola this fall. For more information on this and other Florida Legal Services training, contact Kathy Grunewald, statewide training director, Florida Legal Services, at (850) 385-7900. Doug Sachs is a member of The Florida Bar and a former journalist who is volunteering for The Florida Bar Foundation this summer. August 15, 2015 Doug Sachs Regular News ACTL fellows provide trial skills training for legal aid attorneyslast_img read more

Underclassmen lead Minnesota to fifth place finish in South Carolina

first_imgUnderclassmen lead Minnesota to fifth place finish in South CarolinaFour Gophers golfers finished in the top-22 individually.Courtney DeutzSophomore Angus Flanagan plays during the Gopher Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Maple Plain, Minnesota. Nick JungheimMarch 26, 2019Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter competing in Georgia last week, Minnesota stayed in the Southeast over spring break and took part in the Furman Intercollegiate in Greenville, South Carolina last weekend.The Gophers received strong performances from their underclassmen to finish with an 860 (+8), good for fifth place in the 21-team field. For the team, it was their third top-five finish of the year and their first of the spring. “Finishing in the top five is always kind of a mini goal for what you want,” said associate head coach Justin Smith. “It means you’re in contention. Hopefully you’re close enough to the leaders and hopefully you’ve been leading. But I think the reality, one of the trends with our team, is that we’re always improving.”Sophomore Angus Flanagan extended his streak of leading the Gophers in scoring to four consecutive tournaments, and tied with fellow sophomore Evan Long and freshman Lincoln Johnson. All three finished in 11th place with two-over-par 215 scores. “It’s just nice to have backup,” Flanagan said. “It’s always tough when you see guys at the back of the field, whereas this week it was nice to see some Minnesotans up there.”The team’s other freshman, Harry Plowman-Ollington, turned in the best tournament of his young career. He finished just behind the other three underclassmen in the lineup with a 217 (+4). “We spoke about that the other day,” Plowman-Ollington said. “The average being 19 for the guys in our lineup. It’s nice to see us get some good finishes.” Plowman-Ollington shot a round under par for the first time in his career with a second-round 70 (-1) and finished tied for 22nd among individuals.Junior Thomas Longbella rounded out the lineup and ended his tournament at 18-over (231). Junior Noah Rasinski and redshirt sophomore Gus Minkin competed as individuals. Rasinski shot a 229 (+16) and Minkin finished with a 232 (+19).Costal Carolina took first place at the tournament with a seven-under 845. They finished four strokes ahead of second place Davidson, who was the only other team under-par with an 849 (-3).Among individuals, Furman junior Keller Harper finished in first place with a 205 (-8). Harper took the top spot after Costal Carolina senior Wes Artac bogeyed the final hole to finish at 206 (-7).As the weather continues to warm up, Minnesota will compete in two tournaments hosted by Big Ten opponents before the conference championships. The Gophers will participate in the Rutherford Intercollegiate in State College, Pennsylvania on April 13, before heading to Iowa City, Iowa, the following week for the Hawkeye Invitational.“We set up the spring schedule a little bit from a momentum standpoint and leading into the Big Ten Championship to make sure we’re playing our best golf.” Smith said. “I really want to see this team be in contention and win.”last_img read more

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 5 To Feb. 11, 2020

first_imgPHILBERT LOPEZFeb. 5 at 6:16 p.m. / Police arrested Philbert Lopez, 35, of Española at the Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office on an arrest order. GILBERT ROMEROFeb. 5 at 2:02 p.m. / Police arrested Gilbert Romero, 38, of Cordova at the Española Police Department on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant. BRITTANY A. CHAVEZFeb. 11 at 12:14 p.m. / Police arrested Brittany A. Chavez, 33, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged her with DWI. DANIEL SCOTT MARTINEZFeb. 7 at 1:22 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel Scott Martines, 55, of Albuquerque at 15th Street and Trinity Drive and charged him with receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle, aggravated fleeing an officer: endangering others. LAPD News:The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them. SAMUEL STAS SNAPPFeb. 8, 2020 at 5:36 a.m. / Police arrested Samuel Stas Snapp, 22, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with disorderly conduct, boisterous, loud and profane language. TALIA SKYE MARTINEZ-TOLEDOFeb. 9, 2020 at 5:02 a.m. / Police arrested Talia Skye Martinez-Toledo, 19, of Dulce on the Navajo Reservation in Dulce on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. MARSHALL SANCHEZFeb. 11 at 1:11 p.m. / Police arrested Marshall Sanchez, 37, of Los Alamos at 2600 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant and charged him with possession of a controlled substance. STEPHEN M. GEISIKFeb. 6 at 12:48 p.m. / Police arrested Stephen M. Geisik, 29, of Hernandez at the Adult Probation Office on an arrest order.last_img read more

Oil and gas fires up F&C Reit in Aberdeen

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