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Harlequin Productions Set to Announce its 25th Anniversary Season

first_imgSubmitted by Harlequin ProductionsThe State Theater, built in 1949, is home to Harlequin Productions. Photo courtesy Karen Crooks.Standing on the corner of 4th Avenue and Washington Street, Olympia’s State Theater has been a handsome landmark building since it opened in 1949. It served as a state of the art movie theater until the 1970s when multiplex cinemas displaced locally owned individual houses and by the late 1990s the building was boarded up and left for dead.In the meantime, live theater company Harlequin Productions had grown an audience base of a size that inspired the group to seek its own home. After seven seasons as a renter in the Washington Center, Harlequin took a leap of faith and bought the State Theater, remodeled it to be a beautifully appointed live theater venue, and reopened it in November of 1998. Now, seventeen seasons and roughly 350,000 tickets later, the company is preparing for its 25th Anniversary season.On Sunday evening April 19th from 5-8 pm at the State Theater, Harlequin will host Eclectica!, the company’s annual season announcement celebration, and reveal the lineup for their 25th season. How do you sum up 24 years of theater in Olympia? As Managing ArtisticDirector Scot Whitney puts it, “It’s been quite the ride.”“I was a filmmaker for 16 years,” remembers Whitney. “All I ever wanted to do was tell stories. But over the years, filmmaking became less and less about working with actors and more and more about working with equipment.”So, Scot put together a set of four plays he wanted to direct and set about finding theaters who would produce his shows. However, he was met with theaters who felt the plays he wanted to direct were too avant-garde, too challenging. “Everywhere I went, I was told ‘Oh, you can’t do that in Olympia.’ So I thought, ‘Alright, I’ll do it myself.’”Harlequin Productions was founded in 1991 by a group of five people—Scot Whitney, Linda Whitney, James L. This, Phil Annis and Ronna Smith—who decided that they wanted to produce a more challenging style of theater. They wrote their mission statement, pooled their start-up capital—a whopping $400 cash—and began producing individual shows at the Washington Center Black Box, which seated about 100.After building a small but devoted patron base, Harlequin took on an enormous production of “Hamlet” in 1992 (their second season). The show was staged with an Asian motif on a 20 foot motorized revolve with a cast of 18, an original score, and elaborate fights and dance scenes. “Hamlet redefined the direction of the company,” says Harlequin Artistic Director Linda Whitney. “Who cared if shows of that magnitude overtaxed our resources? They were fun! And no matter how we tried to rein people in, everyone involved was chomping at the bit to make the next production a little bit better.”By 1995, the productions had grown in size and scale so much that the company was outgrowing the Black Box space at the Washington Center. Searching for a permanent home, Harlequin found the State Theater, which had started its life as one of the finest movie theaters on the West Coast. It had fallen on hard times during the cineplexing of America and was chopped into three ill-conceived shoebox theaters. Within a few years, it became a neglected dollar movie house and was finally boarded up and abandoned. The State Theater looked so bad by this time that the company members had few hopes. As Scot Whitney tells it, “To be frank, it was an eyesore in the heart of downtown Olympia. But the price was reasonable. The owner was willing to sell. And it was in superb structural condition. It just needed paint and TLC. And new electrical. And a concessions stand. And marquee. And carpet. And dressing rooms. But the seats were great!”After about a year’s worth of hoping and dreaming, Harlequin Productions made an offer on the State Theater, it was accepted, and the company launched a massive capital campaign to fund the purchase and remodel. They had precisely seventeen months to raise $1.3 million and complete the renovation. And seventeen months later, Harlequin opened the doors on the beautifully remodeled State Theater.Harlequin Productions own comedy troupe, Something Wicked, will perform during Eclectica!The move to the State Theater provided Harlequin the ability to continue producing the challenging works the founders dreamed about in the beginning. In season nine (2000), the company had two productions (The Tempest and Hapgood) selected for permanent collection by the Theater on Film and Tape Archive at the Lincoln Center in NYC. And just over a year ago, the company added improv comedy to the mix with their own troupe, Something Wicked.It’s been an incredible 24-year journey filled with countless magical performances. And on Sunday evening April 19, Harlequin Productions will announce the lineup of their 25th Season.Eclectica! is Harlequin Productions’ annual fundraiser and season announcement party. The event will take place from 5:00-8:00 PM on Sunday April 19 at the State Theater in downtown Olympia and include a catered dinner; no-host bar; live entertainment; a wine toss; a short, live auction; and the announcement of Harlequin’s Season 2016 lineup of shows.“The 2016 Season is Harlequin’s 25th anniversary season,” said Managing Artistic Director Scot Whitney. “We’ve got some surprises in store to mark the occasion.”Entertainment will be provided by the acclaimed musical duo Red & Ruby, featuring LaVon Hardison and Vince Brown. In addition, Harlequin’s improv troupe, Something Wicked, will present live improv comedy.“Eclectica! is always a very fun event,” commented Harlequin Artistic Director Linda Whitney. “Red & Ruby are fabulous, and Something Wicked will be hilarious as always.What better way to celebrate where we’ve been, and where we’re going?”Tickets to Eclectica! can be purchased by calling 360-786-0151, or online at harlequinproductions.org. 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Table tennis ace Sharath Kamal battles Coronavirus fears to win Oman Open

first_imgImage Courtesy: ITTF/TwitterAdvertisement 6rjdNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6ma1kWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ea7x1( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) geyWould you ever consider trying this?😱zceeCan your students do this? 🌚ei9dRoller skating! Powered by Firework The pandemic of COVID-19 coronavirus may have caused major hampering in the world of sports and the sportspersons, but veteran Indian table tennis star Sharath Kamal is on a different plane. The nine times Senior National Champion not only fought through the risk of a positive infection from the virus, but also produced a spectacular performance at the ITTF Challenger Plus Oman Open. Kamal remarkably lifted the title on Sunday, putting an end to his decade long wait to clinch a tour trophy at a time where the world is focused on preventive measures of suspending sporting events.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ITTF/TwitterAt the final clash in Muscat, Sharath Kamal made all the right moves against the top seeded Marcos Freitas of Portugal, winning four games against losing two.Coming from a 6-11 loss in the first game, Kamal produced three back to back game wins of 11-8, 12-10, 11-9. Freitas, the world no. 26 got back in the match with winning the fifth game 3-11, but the final call was for the 37 year old Indian paddler who secured the sixth game 17-15, and lifted his first ITTF title in the last 10 years.Advertisement Kamal’s last ITTF trophy came all the way back in 2010 at the Egypt Open final. Since then, he was able to reach the semi finals of the 2011 Morocco Open and 2017 India Open, but was far off from clinching the title.“I am tired but I cannot stop smiling,” Kamal expressed his joy after his extraordinary feat. In the post match interview with Times of India, the player expressed on his comeback in the second game, after Freitas made the right calls in the first.Advertisement “I was not connecting my shots perfectly. But I knew where I had to make the amends. I just had to get into the rhythm,” Kamal told reporters.The 31 year old Portuguese powered back in the fifth game, and even took the lead in the sixth and final game of the match.He continued: “He is a very seasoned player but even I have been in a great run of form. These matches can generally slip out any time and at 8-6, I felt he was taking control away.”However, Kamal had the right amount of fight left him in to come victorious. “But once I levelled (at 10-10), I fought to grab it,” the paddler concluded.The Oman Open will be ITTF’s final tour in the coming weeks, after all the ensuing tours were postponed in the wake of the virus outbreak.Also read-10 year old Table Tennis prodigy Hansini to represent India in SwedenR Ashwin unhappy with Chennai people regarding anti-Coronavirus efforts! Advertisementlast_img read more

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First Friday Events Begin June 1

first_imgATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands Arts Alliance welcomes Live on First Fridays, beginning June 1 and ending October 5. The first scheduled event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in Veterans Park at the farmers’ market, and will then move until 9 p.m. to the Courtyard at the Blue Bay Inn, 51 First Ave. The event will feature a schedule of musical groups and activities. Local businesses will stay open later than usual to accommodate visitors and residents.AH Arts Alliance (AHAA) is a collaboration of businesses, artists, social organizations and local government whose mission is to enhance the Atlantic Highlands arts scene. The group was formed in 2011.Additional information is available by contacting the chamber of commerce office at 732-872-8711, or emailing the chamber office at [email protected]last_img read more

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Lewiston Paffile Truckers take home top prize at GFI

first_imgThe hundreds of fans that packed the bleachers of James Donaldson Park and the thousands more that were tuning in were not disappointed in the nail-biting final game of the 32nd annual Grand Forks International Baseball Tournament, Monday, Sept. 3.The Lewiston Paffile Truckers took home the top trophy for the second year in a row and $20,000 during the final game against Team Canada. They won 3-1. Fans were gripping their seats at the final inning wondering if Team Canada could dig themselves out.For more indepth coverage of the event, please visit the GFI website at www.grandforksbaseball.com.last_img read more

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HEAVILY FAVORED HEAVENS STAIRWAY BREEZES DOWN HILLSIDE TURF TO 3 ¼ LENGTH WIN IN $60,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE; BAZE & JONES TEAM FOR VICTORY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 5, 2015)–Confidently handled by Tyler Baze, heavily favored Heavens Stairway pounced on longshot pacesetter Mark of a Gem approaching the furlong pole and went on to an impressive 3 ¼ length win in Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita while covering 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:11.98.Well beaten after stumbling at the break in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint on Jan. 24, she broke sharply today and settled nicely behind splits of 21.67, 43.44 and 1:06.25.“She stumbled out of the gate last time (with Corey Nakatani up) and she didn’t have a very good trip that day,” said Baze, who is now a perfect three for three with her. “I had a great trip today. The pace was set up in front of me and I was sitting in a beautiful spot. She’s a very nice filly.”A course specialist, the Marty Jones-trained Heavens Stairway picked up her fifth lifetime win, all of them coming from six tries down the unique hillside layout. Off at 7-5 in a field of nine older fillies and mares, she paid $4.80, $3.40 and $2.80. A 5-year-old California-bred mare by Decarchy, Heavens Stairway was bred by Joshua Litt and AJM Racing and is owned by AJM Racing, LLC and J B K Stable. In her 11th overall start, she picked up $46,800 for the win, increasing her earnings to $183,560.“She got away from there a lot better today,” said Jones. “She just followed Mark of a Gem and she couldn’t have had a better trip. Tyler gets along with her really well. She loves running down the hill, she just needs a fair run at it.”Kool Kat sat third down the hill under a snug hold from Santiago Gonzalez and finished second, one length in front of a fast finishing Grazenette. Off at 11-1, Kool Kat paid $9.00 and $6.20.Ridden by Joe Talamo, Grazenette finished third, three quarters of a length in front of pacesetting Mark of a Gem. Off at 12-1, Grazenette paid $5.20 to show.First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. –30–last_img read more

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#JaVotes2016: Disabled at risk of being disenfranchised

first_imgThe disabled and elderly in eastern St Thomas have been finding it challenging to cast their votes, as nothing has been put in place to facilitate them accessing the polling stations. One such voter, 80-year-old Zeris Baker, who was pushed in a wheelchair to Port Morant Primary and Junior High, which housed six polling stations, had to be lifted in order to cast her vote. “They could put up a ramp and make it a little easier for persons with disability to come out and vote. But a so wi get it, so we have to take it,” Baker, who almost fell as she tried to stand said. Baker, who has a heart condition, said she had not intended to come out and vote, but was convinced to do so. “Mi sick wid mi heart. Doctor say mi not to tired, vex or frighten out miself and if I can help it I muss not stress and mi alone not to be at home,” Baker revealed. “But my friends call me and said they were going to send a taxi for me and I said I couldn’t come, but they said they were sending it, so I came.” The Jamaica Labour Party’s Delano Seiveright is trying to wrestle the seat away from the People’s National Party’s Fenton Ferguson.last_img read more

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Search continues for three missing boys

first_imgFor more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The mother, who does not have legal custody of the children, was identified as Jennifer DeJongh and is also known as Jennifer Lopez. Sierra said yesterday she may have taken off for Nevada, possibly Las Vegas. DeJongh is believed to be driving a black Lincoln Aviator, license plate 5JAT330. The parents of the children are divorced and there appears to be a custody battle between the two, sheriff’s officials said. Authorities do not believe that the children are in danger, ABC7 reported yesterday. Miller, 59, represents the 42nd Congressional District, which includes Diamond Bar, Brea, Chino and Chino Hills. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the three boys was asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Walnut Station at (909) 595- 2264. DIAMOND BAR – Authorities kept up their search today for three missing boys from Diamond Bar — the grandchildren of Rep. Gary Miller, R- Diamond Bar — who were allegedly kidnapped by their mother. “There are no new updates to the kidnapping investigation and the three children are still missing,” said Deputy Aura Sierra of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Major Crimes Bureau responded to the 2200 block of Cello Drive at 10:15 p.m. Monday to investigate the circumstances surrounding the possible abduction of the three boys, Sierra said. The children — one is 8, the others are 6 — were reported missing about 3:35 p.m. yesterday, Sierra said. The two six-year-olds are twins. last_img read more

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Raiders reportedly fine brown, void guarantees in contract and receiver wants out of Oakland

first_imgAs a result, Brown responded with a post on his … UPDATE: The Raiders have released Antonio Brown.Story: https://bayareane.ws/2m2EzTDALAMEDA — Have the Raiders and Antonio Brown reached the end of the line?The club fined Brown $215,073.53 for conduct detrimental to the team, ESPN reported Saturday morning, a move that voided $29,125 million worth of guarantee money in his contract. The fined stemmed from Brown’s confrontation earlier in the week with general manager Mike Mayock.last_img read more

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Eager to recover from NU loss, Lady Warriors vent ire on Lady Falcons again

first_imgView comments UE lost to National University in its last game, 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 but the win over Adamson brought the Lady Warriors to a 1-2 record, tying Far Eastern University for the sixth spot in the ladder.Star libero Kath Arado, who won the Best Digger and Best Receiver awards in Season 80, said the team badly needed to shake off its horrendous performance against the Lady Maroons and Adamson wasn’t in the equation at all.“Judith’s right, I think it was just in the timing because last game we were terrible, we couldn’t do anything right,” said Arado who had 39 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.“Coach Carl [Dimaculangan] told us that every game this is season is important so we really give it everything in training,” added Arado.Abil, who had a game-high 22 points, said they wanted to make right on mistakes against the Lady Bulldogs, which explains their spirited fight against the Lady Falcons.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Possibility of teaming up with bro Kiefer at Gilas adds to Thirdy Ravena’s motivation LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img “We wanted to show that we can recover from our mistakes in our last game, it’s just a coincidence we played against Adamson,” said Abil.Arado said that they don’t want to waste their efforts of training hard everyday and they also wanted to repay their coaches for the guidance they receive day in and day out.“I think it’s a waste that we wake up early in the wee hours, train early in the day, just to lose,” said Arado. “The coaches are giving us their efforts, so we should repay them for it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MANILA, Philippines—Call it coincidence, but University of the East has a knack of taking its wins against Adamson University.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Warriors have been a team of futility for the better part of the decade, failing to enter the Final Four and trudging through a few winless seasons but whenever they get the win the Lady Falcons are always on the table.From Season 78 to 80, UE has won a total of four games and three of those came against the Lady Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUE’s first win in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament also had the same theme with the Lady Warriors disposing of the Lady Falcons in four sets, 20-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-22.“I think it’s just in the timing because we really wanted to avenge our loss from our previous game and it just so happened that we played against Adamson,” said outside spiker Judith Abil in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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Asian nations should not be disturbed by minor frictions: Li

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Mar 24 (PTI) Amid Chinas disputes with regional countries over maritime and territorial claims, Premier Li Keqiang today asked Asian nations to be “good neighbours” and not be disturbed by “minor frictions” to maintain Asia as the key driver of the world economy.An important reason why Asia had achieved a rapid growth over the past decades is that the region kept a generally peaceful and stable environment, Li said while addressing the opening ceremony of the 2016 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Hainan Province.Dialogue and cooperation is the golden key, he asserted amid maritime frictions China is involved in with a host of countries, including Japan.Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan contest Chinas claim over almost all of the South China Sea. China and Japan were recently involved in a major row of the disputed islands in the East China Sea.India and China too are making efforts to resolve their boundary dispute which cast a shadow over the development of their relations.Amid these challenges, Li, while speaking at the Chinese business forum modelled on World Economic Forum of Davos, stressed that inspired by history and experiences after the WWII, Asian countries should be “good neighbours and friends” and not be disturbed by “minor frictions and contradictions” no matter what stage of development they are in.Citing assertions that the Asian economy is in a difficult situation, Li called for coordination and united efforts to overcome those problems.On concerns over slowdown of Chinese economy which slipped to 6.9 per cent last year, Li said his government will resolutely take comprehensive measures if the economic growth slips out of the “reasonable range”.advertisementChinese government says that it has avoided stimulus package to revive the economy so far as the economic growth is in the reasonable range.Li asserted that the government will prevent the loss of speed and maintain economic growth within a reasonable range.The Chinese government has fixed 6.5-7 per cent as the target for GDP this year.This years meeting in Boao, Hainan, is being from March 22 to 25.Its theme this year is “Asias New Future: New Dynamics and New Vision.More than 2,000 participants from over 60 countries including heads of business houses from India and other countries are attending the forum.The event features discussions on the macro-economy, politics, entrepreneurship, innovation, the Internet, public well-being and culture. PTI KJV ASK ASKlast_img read more

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