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

Arsenal open talks to sign Stephan El Shaarawy

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal open talks to sign Stephan El Shaarawy Metro Sport ReporterThursday 10 Sep 2020 10:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.1kShares Advertisement El Sharaawy is set to return to Europe (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have held talks over bringing Stephan El Shaarawy to the Emirates on loan as he prepares for a return to Europe. The Gunners are exploring the possibility of a deal for the Italy international, who has formerly represented Roma and AC Milan. He is currently playing for Guangzhou Evergrande but is only eligible to play in one game in their remaining fixtures schedule because of strict quarantine rules when returning from international duty.He is also expected to be representing Italy in October and November and therefore it makes sense for him to be based in Europe.ADVERTISEMENTEl Shaarawy has been given permission to join a European club on loan until January, with an option to buy or extend the loan deal also potentially inserted into the terms. AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to Di Marzio, he favours a return to Roma. Arteta is hoping to add more recruits (Picture: Getty)However, there has been contact with Arsenal as well as Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. Arsenal have already signed Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes this summer, while Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have made their loan deals permanent. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMikel Arteta is still expected to be active in the remaining days of the extended transfer window, however, and El Shaarawy could be a cost-effective addition to the squad.Outgoings are also likely, with Emiliano Martinez expected to join Aston Villa.Should Arsenal sign El Shaarawy?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Commentlast_img read more

Stage North is seeking show submissions for next year

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stage North is looking for show submissions for their next season to be submitted before their Board Meeting on May 7th, 2019.The Theatre Society shares the call is open to the public to submit and if your play is accepted you would be asked to register as a member of Stage North. Available show slots include October, December, February, and April.To submit a show for consideration, the Board will need the following;A show title and authorThe synopsis of the showA DirectorA ProducerA Stage ManagerA budget- Advertisement -Show submissions need to be received Tuesday, May 7th at the Society’s Board Meeting at 6:30 PM, held at the Stage North rehearsal space.  Located at 11520 East Bypass Rd.If you are unable to attend the Board Meeting or have further questions email; [email protected]last_img read more