Theatre Company, O.C. Offer Creative Entertainment Amid Coronavirus

first_imgBy MADDY VITALEOcean City Theatre Company is in the creativity business.The last couple of weeks have put that to the test amid the coronavirus outbreak.So, what did Michael Hartman, founder of the theatre company and also Ocean City special events coordinator, decide to do — along with the help of very willing participants?He took to Instagram to create avenues for young people to still enjoy local theater and, in another project, have the Ocean City crown holders read to children and their families during royalty story time, he explained in an interview Friday.“Moments like this one, Hurricane Sandy and 9-11, make you want to stop and hit the reset button. You have to see the human spirit and stay focused on the good,” Hartman noted. “We have to stay connected and engaged.”For those who love theater, the stage, albeit is a bit different, it is a virtual one, but viewers can enjoy some of the top OCTC performers by following OCTheatreCo on Instagram.The virtual cabarets via Instagram are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m.Up first was Megan McDevitt. She has appeared in several OCTC productions including Beauty and the Beast (Belle), A Chorus Line (Maggie), Fiddler on the Roof (Chava) and the title roles in Cinderella and Junie B. Jones.Hartman said the virtual event was viewed by people from all over.“Megan sang a couple of songs and she performed a little bit, Hartman said. “It put the light on the theater as a whole. She shared tips. These little opportunities give hope to kids that they could attain their dreams.”Families are getting ready for crown holders to read stories on Instagram this Monday.He added, “My heart is with making sure the kids and the arts stay strong.”The virtual prince and princess story time is something that he anticipates will be a big draw.The first royalty story time is Monday, March 23 at 10:30 a.m. Miss Ocean City 2020 Mary Grace Jamison will start it off by reading to children and their families and even chat about her experiences as a crown holder.After that, Hartman said the plan is for the other title holders, Junior Miss Natalie Argento and Little Miss Antonella DiAntonio, to participate in the story times.He noted that with all of the events cancelled or postponed that the queens would have participated in, this was the best idea to keep them involved and to help make a difference.“I reached out to them and said we will have to be creative with what we do to have an impact,” Hartman explained.Mary Grace will dress up in a gown and wear her crown as will the other queens.Viewers — including parents and guardians — are asked to get involved.“People can log into Instagram and if they have old Disney costumes or want to make crowns out of paper they could do so,” Hartman said. “Moms and dads can participate. Families have to be creative and it is a great opportunity for the queens to be role models for the kids.”For both theater company Instagram events and story times the viewers will have access to them for up to 24 hours.“At the end of the day, these are the stories that matter,” Hartman said. “Ocean City will be OK. It is a town that will bounce back. It is sort of woven in its foundation.” The first OCTC virtual performance was widely received, officials say. Pictured is Megan McDevitt from hits including OCTC’s Junie B. Jones. (Images courtesy City of Ocean City)last_img read more

Meyer extends win string at Off Road Speedway

first_imgBy Randy [email protected], Neb. (May 13) – When an opening appeared among the cluster of cars in front of Ram­sey Meyer, he did the logical thing – he sped through it.As a result, Meyer managed to move from the fourth row of the starting grid to second within one lap of the 12-lap Mach-1 Sport Compact feature Saturday at Off Road Speedway. Just one lap later, Meyer took the lead from Norfolk’s Shannon Pospisil.A caution with four laps remaining returned the field to Meyer’s rear bumper and although Dustin Jackson took advantage of the opportunity to be side-by-side with Pospisil, he was unable to over­take Meyer who went on to win his third race in a row at Norfolk.Jeremy Hoskinson gained his first Off Road Speedway win of the season in the IMCA Hobby Sunoco Stock division, ending Austin Brauner’s string of consecutive local victories at two.In the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, Ron Pettitt was also able to secure his first Off Road vic­tory. Pettitt passed John Brudigan three laps into the 18-lap race and led the rest of the way, win­ning by the length of the straightaway over Shawn Primrose and Jason Wilkinson.Dylan Pospisil won the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature for his first Off Road victory of 2017 by getting inside of Colby Langenberg on the third lap, then denying Langenberg’s bid to regain the lead.last_img read more

Ooni Lauds Kanu Heart Foundation

first_imgHis Royal Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi,  has hailed former Nigeria international Kanu Nwankwo for his Heart Foundation, saying he had touched the heart of God.While receiving the two-time Africa Footballer of the Year Award winner in his palace in Ile Ife in Osun State at the weekend, the Royal father observed that Kanu through his Foundation had extended love to a lot of poor people who otherwise would have died with their heart ailments.Explaining that God is love and anyone who was able to show genuine love to humanity has touched God’s heart. Oba Adeyeye EnitanOgunwusi, the Ooni of Ife In accepting his appointment as the Patron of the Kanu Heart Foundation, Oba Ogunwusi said that he had followed with keen interest the lifestyle of the former Arsenal play maker during his playing days and after retirement and what baffled him most was his ability to give back to the less privileged through his foundation, adding “that is the purpose of God bestowing wealth to people in order to help the poor”The Oba further relived some of the magical goals of the Super Eagle goalador that the Kanu Heart Foundation had become a global brand that needed to be encouraged to do more.In his response, the founder/president – Kanu Heart Foundation Pastor Onyebuchi Abia said he was dumfounded with the humility and show of love exhibited by the Oba in welcoming him and his entourage to his palace and observed that he would always remain grateful.Kanu further remarked that what motivated his coming and choice as patron was the Oba’s open mindedness and spirit of oneness to which His Royal Majesty has been known. Earlier in his speech, the coordinator of the foundation has stated that the foundation has carried out 562 open heart surgery since inception in the year 2000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more