MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares fall on last day of upbeat quarter   
Article – BusinessDesk MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares fall on last day of upbeat quarter, Spark and Xero dropMARKET CLOSE: NZ shares fall on last day of upbeat quarter, Spark and Xero drop By Sophie Boot June 30 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand shares fall, joining an Asia-wide slide, even as the benchmark index finished its strongest […]
          NZ dollar rises vs greenback; further gains may be curtailed   
Article – BusinessDesk June 30 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar rose against a broadly weaker US dollar but may struggle to make further gains in the face of central bankers who are sounding more hawkish than the Reserve Bank.NZ dollar rises vs greenback; further gains may be curtailed by hawkish central bankers By Rebecca […]
          City Rail Link chairman looks forward to Monday   
Press Release – CCL Limited Media release- City Rail Link chairman looks forward to Monday 30 June 2017 City Rail Link Ltd, established to deliver the City Rail Link on behalf of its joint sponsors the New Zealand Government and Auckland Council, comes into effect tomorrow. Chairman … Media release- City Rail Link chairman looks […]
          2018 Zanda McDonald Award opens Monday   
Press Release – PPP Group The search is on for talented young agri-leaders from New Zealand and Australia to apply for the 2018 Zanda McDonald Award. The award is regarded as one of Australasias most prestigious badges of honour for young leaders within the primary industry, …2018 Zanda McDonald Award opens Monday The search is […]
          Colliers International wins two PINZ awards   
Press Release – Colliers International Leading property company Colliers International has won two Property Institute of New Zealand Awards for its rural valuation expertise and its innovative digital portfolio management tool.Colliers International wins two PINZ awards Auckland, June 30, 2017 Leading property company Colliers International has won two Property Institute of New Zealand Awards for […]
          Healthcare NZ seeks increased foothold in Auckland   
Article – BusinessDesk June 30 (BusinessDesk) – Healthcare of New Zealand Holdings, the country’s biggest provider of homecare support, wants a bigger share of Auckland, where it’s under-represented with the acquisition of Geneva Healthcare for an undisclosed sum.Healthcare NZ seeks increased foothold in Auckland with Geneva Healthcare acquisition By Paul McBeth June 30 (BusinessDesk) – […]
          Mark Warminger fined $400k for market manipulation   
Article – BusinessDesk June 30 (BusinessDesk) – Former Milford Asset Management portfolio manager Mark Warminger has been ordered to pay $400,000 after the High Court ruled he manipulated the New Zealand stock market on two occasions in 2014.Mark Warminger fined $400k for market manipulation By Sophie Boot June 30 (BusinessDesk) – Former Milford Asset Management […]
          Establishment of City Rail Link Limited   
Press Release – New Zealand Government Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have today signed the agreements with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff that establish City Rail Link Limited to assume responsibility from tomorrow for delivering Aucklands City Rail Link, …Hon Steven Joyce Minister of Finance Hon Simon Bridges Minister of Transport 30 […]
          Changes recognise tobacco tax increases   
Press Release – New Zealand Government The Government is taking steps to ensure that small grocery businesses can continue to hold liquor licences, Associate Justice Minister Mark Mitchell announced today.Hon Mark Mitchell Associate Minister of Justice 30 June 2017 Changes recognise tobacco tax increases The Government is taking steps to ensure that small grocery businesses […]
          New Zealand company takes full ownership of ArborGen   
Previously, Rubicon had approximately 33% ownership of ArborGen, with International Paper and WestRock owning the rest of the company; Rubicon bought out the other two partners for $29 million.

Previously, Rubicon had approximately 33% ownership of ArborGen, with International Paper and WestRock owning the rest of the company; Rubicon bought out the other two partners for $29 million.


          SMU Summer English Camp   

SMU (SangMyeong University) Summer English Camp / Seoul Club Summer English Camp is looking for experienced teachers to join our fun camp!

 

Camp Date: Seoul Club July 17 ~ 4 Aug, 2017 / SMU July 24 ~ Aug. 4, 2017

Orientation: July 15 & July 19

Working hour : 08:50 am ~ 6:00 pm

Teaching hour : Mon ~ Fri (9:20 am ~ 4:35 pm)

Location: Seoul Club (Jangchoong-dong, Seoul) / SMU (SangMyeong Univ., Seoul)

Nationality: U.S, Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa only

Pay will be dependent on prior experience.

 

If you are interested, Please send a resume with a photo!

 

Contact: English camp Manager Azi Kim (010-4940-9412 / thetiul@naver.com)


          British and Irish Lions 2017: 'Simmering' Andy Farrell wants Lions to beat All Blacks with brains, not brawn   
The Lions coach does not want to go hell for leather at New Zealand if they do not bring implement a smart plan alongside it
          British and Irish Lions 2017: Jonny Sexton talks up Owen Farrell relationship as he plots downfall of New Zealand   
The duo have only played together twice on tour so far and looked far from impressive together in the first Test
          Beacons of Gondor   
From the film “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”, you see perhaps the most beautiful segment that Highlights both New Zealand’s Southern Alps, as well as Tolkien’s Mountain Range of Gondor. Click the ‘Go To YouTube’ on the video and ‘check it out’! Magnificent!! What you’ll see are the hobbits ~ Merry […]
          Coincidental chess…   
Sometimes life just throws unexpected coincidences at you. I finally got around to watching the fabulous 2014 New Zealand film The Dark Horse (better late than never right?), featuring Cliff Curtis as Genesis Potini, former chess champion and battler with mental health issues.…
          New Zealand vs. British & Irish Lions: Start Time, Live Stream for 2017 2nd Test   

New Zealand can end the British and Irish Lions' hopes of a series victory on Saturday with a win in the second Test at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.

The Lions made a bright start at Auckland's Eden Park last Saturday as they looked to surprise the All Blacks in Game 1 of this summer's series, but the visitors ultimately ran out of steam en route to a convincing 30-15 loss.

Preventing New Zealand from gaining their usual second wind in the last 30 minutes of Saturday's Test will be a chief priority for the travelling outfit this time around, although many have tried and failed in that regard.

Lions coach Warren Gatland has changed up the team ahead of Game 2, however, and his side need a win if they're to keep alive any hopes of stopping New Zealand from finishing the series in early fashion.

We take a look at some of the players likely to play key roles in Saturday's crunch encounter, complete with all the fixture details and live-stream information you'll need to tune into the action. 

       

Date: Saturday, July 1

Time: 8:35 a.m. BST/3:35 a.m. ET/7:35 p.m. local time

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK)

       

Sonny Bill Williams

One of the key areas of debate this week has oddly enough been the midfield, where England centre Ben Te'o has dropped to the bench, with compatriot Owen Farrell taking his place while Johnny Sexton slots in at fly-half.

It's a bold move for Gatland to make considering one of Te'o's primary roles last Saturday was caging New Zealand behemoth Sonny Bill Williams, and the Telegraph's Paul Hayward thought he did a fine job in that regard:

Indeed Farrell doesn't pose the same hulking figure as compatriot Te'o in the centre, and there is the added risk of Williams running riot should the sometimes No. 10 lose out by a wide margin in the physicality department.

But the prospect of seeing Farrell trampled into the Westpac Stadium soil hasn't crossed the mind of Gatland, who has insisted the Englishman and Ireland's Sexton can stop the Kiwi crusher, per Nick Purewal of the Evening Standard:

"Johnny and Owen haven't started but have had quite a bit of time together. It's just given us two ball players and two kicking options at first and second receiver, so we're happy with the mix.

"One concern we might have is that looking at the long-range weather forecast it doesn't look too great for Saturday night. So we may have to change how we play tactically."

"And of course defensively we'll have to do a job on Sonny Bill Williams, too. He came pretty direct at us and got away a couple of offloads, so it's going to be important we shut him down."

Gatland touched on the added dynamism his backs will likely have as a result of swapping Farrell in for Te'o, but ex-England centre and former Lion Mike Tindall has also warned of the imbalance that could follow:

It's not as though Farrell hasn't played and taken down big centres in the past, but Williams isn't only big and as athletic as they come, he also boasts some of the silkiest hands in the game.

Therefore, Gatland could either outwit New Zealand counterpart Steve Hansen as a result of his changes, or he could have just handed Williams the keys to the kingdom as he looks to run riot from the All Blacks' core.

       

Maro Itoje

Though some of Gatland's decisions during this summer's tour have been contentious, not many can argue the point that England star and first-time Lion Maro Itoje isn't deserving of his place in the XV.

He's only recently begun to make strides on the international stage, but he's already established himself as one of the northern hemisphere's greatest talents, one that should have started Game 1, according to ex-England lock Ben Kay:

Wales second-row Alun Wyn Jones will be an unfamiliar partner for the 22-year-old, but Itoje's maturity beyond his years was recently illustrated by Murray Kinsella of The42.ie:

The fact Itoje could have his chance to make an impact across 80 minutes this time around, as opposed to his 30-minute stint off the bench in Auckland, could make a difference to the Lions' hopes in itself.

That's the unique talent Gatland has opted to trust from the beginning this time around, although a big task awaits the Saracens star in ensuring the occasion doesn't become too overwhelming.

Read more International Rugby news on BleacherReport.com


          New Zealand vs. British & Irish Lions: Start Time, Live Stream for 2017 1st Test   

The British and Irish Lions face their toughest examination of the 2017 tour of New Zealand so far on Saturday, as they take on the All Blacks in the first of three Test matches.

The Lions are coming off a win over Super Rugby side Chiefs but have already suffered losses against Blues and Highlanders, while the hosts are coming off a huge 78-0 win over Samoa.

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Test:

Date: Saturday, June 24

Time: 8:35 a.m. BST/3:35 a.m. ET

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (UK)

Live Stream: Sky Go

     

Preview

The Lions haven't faced New Zealand since 2005, when the All Blacks easily swept their opponents aside. After some great showings in 2016, the hosts are again the clear favourites entering this series.

With 14 wins in their last 15 Tests―only Ireland have knocked them off their perch―the All Blacks are in sensational form.

As reported by Patrick McKendry of the New Zealand Herald, Lions head coach Warren Gatland knows his team will have to play at a high level to have any chance of winning: 

"To play the All Blacks you have to be bold, you have to take risks. We've been saying that to the players and encouraging them. ... We know we've got to be courageous coming here. We know we have to be bold and play some positive rugby."

With Billy Vunipola and Ben Youngs no longer in the squad, the Lions have taken some hits during the tour. The visitors still boast tremendous talent―replacing scrum-half Youngs with a star such as Greig Laidlaw is a unique luxury―but the same holds true for the All Blacks.

Ardie Savea will move to the bench to make way for the returning Kieran Read, who will captain the side. Rieko Ioane, the 20-year-old who faced the Lions for the Blues, will also start, per the team's official website.

Gatland, a native Kiwi, has hinted at a more adventurous tactical plan as opposed to the team's reliance on the breakdown and kicking game, but given the All Blacks' incredible ability on the counter and strength out wide, that may not be such a great idea.

New Zealand haven't lost a Test at Eden Park since 1994. The All Blacks have no real weaknesses and shouldn't be troubled too much by a good Lions squad that has been too inconsistent so far during their tour.

Read more International Rugby news on BleacherReport.com


          Owens to lead Lions against Blues   
Scarlets skipper Ken Owens will lead the British & Irish Lions in the second game on their tour to New Zealand when they face the Blues on Wednesday at Eden Park.
          Good Foods For Health and Keeping the Weight Off   
Here are five "good for you" foods that will fill you full of nutrients, fill you up (to help you lose weight easier and quicker), and provide plenty of antioxidant fighting power to help prevent disease -- even the simple common cold.




1. Papaya




An untapped treasure of nutrients. One-half of this exotic fruit provides almost as much potassium as a banana and more than 100% of the USRDA for vitamin C. It's also a good source of the cancer-fighting beta-carotene. Plus, papaya is also low in calories for its bulk and size. 1 papaya = only 58 calories, 15 grams of carbohydrates, and plenty of fiber (1 papaya has over 12% of your daily recommended allowance).




Papaya is also an excellent source of natural digestive enzymes. Giving your digestive system a little help with your 5-6 meals a day eating pattern is a smart thing to do. Folic acid is another strong point for papaya as it contains 15% of the USRDA.




2. Kiwi




The strange little fruit in the fuzzy brown wrapper imported from New Zealand proves that good things come in small packages. Each sweet and tangy kiwi fruit provides 100% of the USRDA for vitamin C and 12% of your daily fiber requirement. For a powerful antioxidant punch, kiwi fruit is right up there at the top of the list.




3. Essential Fats




The best sources of this "can't live without" nutrient are fish and plant sources (such as flax seed). Also, another great way to get it is to supplement with carefully pressed oils. The FLORA COMPANY makes the best ones; they invented the extraction process of getting oil from the seeds without using heat (heat destroys the beneficial effects of essential fats).




Finally, don't be scared of the word fat. This type of fat actually helps you lose fat. Salud!




4. Cottage Cheese




Cottage cheese has long been known as the "dieter's friend". And it deserves its reputation as the one food a dieter should never be without. It is one of the most bioavailable sources of protein available. There are few better protein sources for building muscle and helping you lose fat.




And it's in the "helping you lose fat" department where it shines. You see, almost all dairy foods contain a very powerful substance called CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). Numerous studies have revealed the powerful fat-inducing and muscle building effects of this compound.




However, with the push for lower fat foods over the past couple of decades, including low-fat dairy, the amount of CLA we get today pales in comparison to what we used to receive. You see, CLA is found in high concentrations in the fat of dairy products. And with the push to lower our overall fat intake we inadvertently are also lowering our CLA intake as well.




This is not insignificant, as the studies on CLA have shown it is a very powerful fat loss stimulator. Animals and human subjects supplementing with CLA have shown over a 60%+ decrease in body fat.




This is one of the reasons I recommend full-fat, not low-fat, cottage cheese. The fat in the cottage cheese contains high amounts of the CLA that will help you lose body fat and gain lean muscle (another beneficial effect the studies discovered).




If your overall diet is derived from mostly natural foods that contain little fat then eating full-fat cottage cheese will still place you far below the amounts typically eaten by most people. Plus, the fat it does contain promotes fat loss.




Finally, the protein found in cottage cheese contains 2 important muscle-building properties.




First, it contains high amounts of Glutamine, which is the most abundant amino acid in your body. It is extremely important to make sure you get enough glutamine in your diet because of the high demand for it by your body. If not supplied by your diet your body will pull it from other areas in your body high in glutamine. And this is practically any muscle group in your body. This can potentially compromise the lean muscle you're trying desperately hard to increase.




Finally, cottage cheese is composed of effective combinations of whey and casein protein. Whey is a fast acting protein that, when eaten, gets into your bloodstream very quickly. Casein is a much slower, timed-release type of protein. It's important to get both of these as they each have unique benefits that will help build muscle quicker and more effectively than most any other natural protein source.




5. Protein Powders




Protein powders are probably the food product most responsible for building better bodies than any other supplement in the world. And I say this with conviction. From numerous studies and real-world experience, an increased protein intake ALWAYS leads to greater muscularity and increased lean muscle mass, especially for those that were not supplementing with protein powder supplements before. The effect, in most cases, is very dramatic.




Increasing one's protein intake is a very reliable way to increase lean muscle accretion on your body. Most people don't take this serious enough. They think, "I get plenty of protein from the foods I eat."




Nothing could be further from the truth. In order to put serious amounts of lean muscle on your body you have to supplement with much more protein than the USRDA recommends (and even women want to build as much lean muscle tissue as they can - more muscle helps burn more fat).




Of course it's assumed you're also employing a serious weight-training program as well. Extra protein all by itself will do very little to build more muscle tissue. You have to create the demand in the weight room in order to use the extra protein to rebuild your muscles.




Even if you've been taking in 1 gram of protein for every pound of bodyweight in the past, once you up your protein intake into the neighborhood of 1 to 2 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight, you should see immediate results.




Your muscles will feel fuller and harder, and you should also feel leaner. A higher protein intake (as long as carbohydrates are kept in check) almost always leads to increased muscularity and reduced body fat.


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          The Biggest Dravid Myth   
Rahul Dravid has retired. The end of an era. A lot is being written about him, and will be written about him. I am not interested in writing a comprehensive tribute to his illustrious career. I want to address the biggest Dravid myth that keeps cropping up in most tributes.

In an otherwise well-written article on Dravid at The Guardian, Rob Smyth writes

Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face
betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him. He did not
have the brutal audacity of Virender Sehwag, the poetic elegance of
Laxman, the unfathomable, enduring genius of Tendulkar or the sublime
cover drive of Ganguly.


I could not disagree more. Dravid had loads of natural flair, and all this talk of his technique trumping all else, making him out to be a dour but determined grifter is the result of cricket fans wanting to neatly pigeonhole batsmen into pre-conceived slots. Lazy cricket fans think of those slots as Richards or Boycott, and put Dravid quite unfairly in the Boycott slot. I also think his "technique" was vastly exaggerated, and is the result of people forgetting what the copybook actually says and equating a slow scoring rate and a solid defense with textbook technique.

I am not saying he was a technique maverick and mostly freakish natural ability like Laxman or Sehwag. But his success wasn't all technique or even mostly technique. He had a few shots, especially in the 90s, that would have made an orthodox coach cringe, but looked absolutely beautiful. His drives square of the wicket on the off side were essentially similar to Sehwag's - no foot movement, and taking a chance against balls in or just outside the corridor of uncertainty, and relying mainly on balance and hand-eye co-ordination. Most other batsmen most of the times would have nicked those to slips or scooped them to gully. He got away with those shots, with a few lives during his 148 in SA and 190 in NZ in his early years. But he batted pretty much the same way in Aus in 99 and failed miserably, because luck wasn't on his side. His swivel pull shots looked beautiful too, but he very often fetched balls way outside the off stump line, something a technical coach would have been aghast at. I even remember him losing his wicket, when very close to a century, to Greg Blewett of all people, to such a pull shot. He often played almost compulsively against the spin, something that got him into trouble against Shane Warne for a while, because Warne's line was often so far away from the stumps. But helped him attack other spinners with relative ease.

And his timing was phenomenal! That was sheer natural talent. I remember watching him once against Pakistan, when he had let his hair down by his standards and was going for his shot. Orgasmic batting that was! I remember texting Amit Varma that this was the most beautiful attacking innings I had ever seen him play. It was his 110 in the 1st innings against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in 2005. He truly must have been at the top of his game, because he followed it up with a vital century in the 2nd innings. But that 110 was REALLY enthralling to watch! Dravid playing purely on instinct, without inordinate fear of losing his wicket,

The thing is, Dravid curbed his natural flair more than the average natural flair Indian batsman. He defended and played it safe more often than he needed to. Not that there's anything wrong with that. That helped him convert several possible 75 off 110 balls into 125 off 250 balls. And his "technique" evolved through the years, like any quality batsman's technique should. He consciously became more solid in defense as the years went by. Often exactly when the team needed him to, but also occasionally when him playing with gay abandon would've given us a better result. So the only reason Dravid is seen as this guy to whom "batting didn't come easy", is that he consciously cut down on his easy shots in the 2000s, when he was at his peak. I know he himself has said that batting didn't come easy to him. But that might have to do with his own lofty standards of ease and strict quality control when it came to shots, than anything else. And it made perfect sense, given that he was in the same team as Sehwag, Tendulkar, and Laxman for those years. With all those aggressive stroke makers in the team, it made sense for him to be the circumspect one.

But batting did come easily to him. He just chose, almost always, to not give in to his natural instincts, and instead relied on his judgment. But the rare occasion when he did give in to his instincts could be brutal. I remember watching with awe an ODI against New Zealand back during my MBA days (2003 or so) when he came out to bat in the slog overs after centuries by Sachin and Sehwag. He absolutely mauled the Kiwi bowling line-up and got to a half-century in 24 balls or so. The friends I was watching the match with kept saying "Who is this guy? this isn't Dravid!" And my response was, "this IS the real Dravid. He just chooses not to be that most of the time."

To sum it up, I think "Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him." is IMHO the worst and most inaccurate insult you can heap on Dravid on the day of his retirement.
          Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


Regional Editor Spotlight:

Christy Brooks
Los Angeles Contributing Editor

Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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          TS50: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, People Magazine, Home-Schooled Homophobe, Guy Branum   
Fall is finally here! Which means Erin got lost in a corn maze. But she managed to escape and is ready to throw some shade at pink-washing during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a homophobic home-schooled New Zealand teen, and hypocrisy in People Magazine. They also welcome their first guest - comedian Guy Branum! They've had the time of their lives - and they owe it all to you!  Subscribe and Rate on iTunes @gibblertron & @bryansafi #tspod bryanyerin@gmail.com Official Max Fun Page Facebook page RSS Feed
          6/29/2017: YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE: Teacher’s love for students   
Where did you grow up and what was it like? I grew up in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China. It is a quite a large city in in the east China region with a total population around 8,000,000 - almost twice the size of of New Zealand’s population. Nanjing...
          6/29/2017: YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE: Kiwi duo crack world record   

A New Zealand duo have cracked the record for the longest throw and catch of an egg. Robbie Hollander and Nick Hornstein’s 80.77-metre effort was the highlight of the annual World Egg-Throwing Championships, held in the English village of Swaton on...
          6/29/2017: YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE: Full emergency exercise for Whenuapai air base   

It was all hands on for an air base carrying out essential emergency training. About 200 people at the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base Auckland in Whenuapai recently took part in a fullscale base wide response to a simulated emergency situation. The...
          6/29/2017: LOCALJOBS: Official ABs birth cert gets launched   
All Blacks supporters can declare their babies fans for life with a new decorative birth certificate. The Department of Internal Affairs has launched a new All Black-themed birth certificate in conjunction with New Zealand Rugby. The new certificate...
          Wanaka snowboarding World Championships   
Thanks to Queenstown.com for the article below announcing the New Zealand Open Snowboarding Champioship at Wanaka at the end of the month. To whet your appetite I have included a YouTube video – thanks to ttrworldtour – of Hemsedal Nordic Open at the end of last season – you can expect more of this at […]
          Commodity Currencies Rise On Strong China PMI Data    
Commodity currencies such as the Australian, the New Zealand and the Canadian dollars strengthened against their major counterparts in the Asian session on Friday, after the manufacturing sector in China continued to expand in June, and at a faster pace.
          Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six PC Pro League APAC Finals Coming to Sydney   
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six PC Pro League is kicking off its inaugural Asia Pacific Region (APAC) run on July 16th. Players in Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, and Australia-New Zealand will compete among themselves for the right to participate in the APAC Pro League. ANZ players will have to participate in the Rainbow 6 ANZ Cup to qualify for the APAC Pro League. The ANZ Cup will run every Sunday from July 16 to August 6. The top eight teams will get a spot at the ANZ Invitational and the APAC Pro League. The ANZ Invitational is being held online, with the finals being broadcast live on August 19 in Sydney. The APAC Pro League will run in Sydney on October 21-22. The top teams will earn their spot at Sao Paolo, Brazil for the Season 3 Finale of the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six PC Pro League. The event is being held on November 18-19, with the prize pool to be announced in the coming weeks. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will also have a tournament run by ESL, but the stakes will be much smaller. A $1000 prize pool is up for grabs during the ANZ Cup. Learn how to participate at the official announcement.
          Separating the ‘extra’ from the terrestrial; Presentations by alien skeptics help open 2017 UFO Festival; Redfern expands on idea of otherworldly beings   
Theories, conspiracies and viewpoints altogether leery about the world’s most famous “flying disc” permeated the city Thursday during the kickoff of the 70th anniversary of the 1947 Roswell incident. About 75 people attended, and an untold number of internet viewers from distant places such as Australia and New Zealand watched, an afternoon lecture Thursday that […]
          Forklfit Operators Required   
QLD-Strathpine, An excellent opportunity has become available to work for a great Australian company that offers work/life balance, fantastic hourly rates and career growth!! Our client is one of the largest Australian owned and operated pipe and fitting manufacturers in Australia, with multiple sites in Australia and New Zealand. We are currently seeking experienced Forklift Operators to work on their site based
          Aurora Australis: Reprints, Retellings, and Recolonisations   

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! Australia and New Zealand have had their respective national science fiction conventions; the Cadbury chocolate factory in Tasmania got hit by a ransomware attack; and the Australian 2016 census data is being analysed, resulting in this video […]
           Johnny Sexton urging team-mates to earn place in Lions folklore    
The Ireland star says beating New Zealand in the next two Tests would rank as "one of the greatest Lions performances".
           New Zealand pledges $1 million to help clear landmines in Colombia    
By Anastasia MoloneyBOGOTA, June 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - New Zealand is giving $1 million in aid to help clear landmines in Colombia, one of the...
          Today’s kids learn to use an app before they can tie their shoes   
Kids are learning to text before they can tie their shoes. An Australian study of 2,200 moms with internet access and kids ages two to five suggests that little ones are becoming tech literate before learning basic life skills. The survey found that in countries including the US, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, France, Italy,...
           5 talking points ahead of second Lions Test in New Zealand    
The Lions need a victory in Wellington to avoid series defeat.
          The Faerie Ball   

The Christchurch Faerie Circle Presents The Faerie Ball Featuring: Magical Summonings Fey Awakenings The Archwizard of New Zealand Wild Wizardly Wonder Nac Mac Feegles Music by Rhomboid Prizes for Best ...

Lyttelton | Saturday, 1 July 2017


          Timaru: The Touring Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra   

The Moreton Bay Symphony Orchestra, based in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane is touring the South Island of New Zealand from the 25th of June until the 5th of July. As part of this tour, MBSO will perform a selection of ...

Timaru | Saturday, 1 July 2017


          New Zealand Guitar Quartet   

New Zealand Guitar Quartet AOTNZ Tour 28 June – 21 July 2017. Four uniquely accomplished guitarists, Christopher Hill, Jane Curry, John Couch and Owen Moriarty, bring an infectious energy to the concert stage. ...

Amberley | Saturday, 1 July 2017


          Council hosts Manawatū Business in Asia Event   
Palmerston North City Council is hosting a Business in Asia event for local and regional businesses on Tuesday 4 July in collaboration with Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA), Manawatu Chamber of Commerce, and Asia New Zealand Foundation.
          Air New Zealand e l’uso inquietante degli Hololens a bordo   

La compagnia di bandiera neozelandese ha in progetto di munire gli assistenti di volo di visori Hololens per identificare i passeggeri, anticipare i loro bisogni e leggere le emozioni

The post Air New Zealand e l’uso inquietante degli Hololens a bordo appeared first on Wired.


          Motorsport: Solid day for Kiwi Paddon   
New Zealand's Hayden Paddon has had a solid opening leg of WRC Rally Poland to be fifth at the end of a wet day.The Hyundai works driver was hoping for dry conditions, where he could have made the most of his position of eighth...
          Motorsport: Leading drivers may get a one-off crack at NZ Grand Prix   
Leading Kiwi racers could have a one-off crack at winning the New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild next year.The circuit won the right to host the New Zealand Grand Prix after a long and public battle with Hampton Downs owner Tony...
          Motorsport: Kiwi praying for dry course   
New Zealand rally star Hayden Paddon is hoping for a little change in luck at this week's WRC Poland and that could start with the rain staying away on Friday's opening leg.Paddon will start eighth on the road due to his championship...
          Fush and Chups — Auckland, New Zealand   
Around the world in about 350 days
          AEE 279 Part 1: Listen to a Real, Spontaneous First-time Meeting in English   

Are you looking for an authentic English conversation?

Today, listen to Part 1 of a real, authentic example of two people using English to get to know each other! 

 

In Part 1 of this episode, Lindsay meets Mo.  Mo is from New Zealand but has lived all over the world.  He currently lives in Germany and teaches English.  The two of them talk about this, and about learning a language and living in a different culture.

 

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Some of the discussion points in Part 1:

  • Why do people want to learn English?
  • How can they be relaxed enough to learn it?
  • Is it okay to accept that you’ll never be a native speaker?

 

What did you get out of this conversation?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below!


          Sports quiz of the week: Confederations Cup, Lions, Tour de France and hackers   

Where is the peloton? What took 30.81 seconds? And who wasn’t careful enough?

In which country will the Tour de France begin on Saturday?

France

Germany

England

Andorra

When was the last time the Lions came from 1-0 down to win a series against the All Blacks in New Zealand?

1904

1971

1983

Never

What did Wayde van Niekerk achieve in 30.81 seconds this week?

Hit the first six in a day-night county cricket match

He cycled 1km

He picked up a red card at a Confederations Cup match

He set a new 300m world record

The England Under-21 team kept up the country's record of losing on penalties when they were knocked out of the U21 Euros by Germany in a shootout. In which of these tournaments did the senior team not go out on penalties?

World Cup 1990

Euro 1996

World Cup 1998

Euro 2004

World Cup 2006

Euro 2008

Who is England’s most capped player at Under-21 level, with 46 appearances?

Scott Carson

Danny Rose

Fabrice Muamba

James Milner

UFC fighter Justine Kish lost to Felice Herrig at the weekend. What was unusual about the fight?

They are sisters-in-law

Herrig closed her eyes to lure Kish forwards and then knocked her out with one punch

Herrig was Kish's former coach until she decided she could make more money fighting

Kish pooed herself during the bout

A fortnight ago Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted: "I've been hacked! Be careful out there." What did he post this week?

A tweet in which he called the team's manager "a waste of space and money"

Pictures of a star player's contract, including his salary and phone number

A tweet in which he called Donald Trump an "ugly, dumb-ass, no-good punk"

A picture of a naked woman

Claudio Bravo became Chile's hero in the Confederations Cup semi-final when he saved all three of the penalties he faced in the shootout against Portugal. How many saves did he make for Manchester City in 2017?

Three

Five

Seven

11

Nigel Benn and Steve Collins have agreed to fight each other for a third time later this year. When were their first two fights?

1996

2001

2006

2010

According to John McEnroe, where would Serena Williams be in the world rankings if she played on the men's tour?

"Just below the big four"

"Top 20"

"In the top 100"

"Like 700"

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          Choosing the Right Campervan for a Holiday in New Zealand   

If you’re planning a New Zealand holiday, then you’ll be pleased to know that getting around New Zealand really is a cinch. There are several means of transport at your disposal, allowing you to tailor your trip to your preferred … Continue reading

The post Choosing the Right Campervan for a Holiday in New Zealand appeared first on Silver Fern Holidays.


          The Best Way to Travel Around New Zealand   

New Zealand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It’s packed with everything that you could wish for from a dream holiday; the landscape is varied and beautiful, the wildlife is delightfully weird and wonderful, the … Continue reading

The post The Best Way to Travel Around New Zealand appeared first on Silver Fern Holidays.


          A Food Lovers Guide To New Zealand   

Although New Zealand is perhaps best known for its breathtaking scenery and natural wonders; as well as being a paradise for those wanting to make the most of the great outdoors, it’s also a fantastic destination for food-lovers too. From … Continue reading

The post A Food Lovers Guide To New Zealand appeared first on Silver Fern Holidays.


          80 Whales beached in New Zealand   
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          Ross Kemp on gangs in New Zealand (2006) (Part 6/6)   
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          New Zealand vs Scotland in rugby   
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          Lamb Born With 7 Legs in New Zealand   
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          Massive icebergs floating towards coast of New Zealand   
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          Ross Kemp on gangs in New Zealand (2006) (Part 4/6)   
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          Ross Kemp on gangs in New Zealand (2006) (Part 5/6)   
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          New Zealand water powered bike...   
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          Ross Kemp on gangs in New Zealand (2006) (Part 2/6)   
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          Ross Kemp on gangs in New Zealand (2006) (Part 1/6)   
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          Ross Kemp on gangs in New Zealand (2006) (Part 3/6)   
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          For sale - Vintage 1970s wrestling singlet Red M Logo olympic... - Auction   

Cleveland 4163, Australia
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          Offer - 12FT Family Gardon Amuement Round Spring Trampoline With Net Inside (6 Leg - 12 Pole) - Chinautla   
Funny outdoor trampoline, round shapeMax user weight: 150kgs Various color, design and size Easy to assemble with instructions and tools included.Suitable for children and adultsWelcome OEM and ODMPlace of Origin: Zhejiang, China (Mainland)Size: 12FTApproval: TUV/GS, CE, EN71 To EC type-examination certificate Registration No. 44 791 13190401Test in accordance with:EN71-1 + A3: 2014EN71-2 + A1: 2014EN71-3 + A1: 2014EN71-14: 201412FT-6W-12P 12FT Trampoline  ( DiaΦ366 cm, Height 85 cm) (Max. User Weight 150 KG) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Top Rail 12Ø 42*1.5mm 2) W-Leg 6 Ø 38*1.5mm 3) Leg-Extension 12Ø 38*1.5mm 4) Jumping Mat 1PP,280g/m²,Ø3180mm, 72 V-rings,      circle 8 rows of stitching by strong polyester sewing thread 5) Springs 72 Φ22*L165mm (Φ3.0*38N) 6) Frame Pad 1310g/m² PVC(500D) + 14mm EPE foam + 130g/m² PE 12FT Enclosure   (Total Height 250 cm) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Net 1PE, Height 165 cm    Black colour, Inside type, 3*3mm mesh, with zipper entrance 2) Net Pole 12 Φ28*1.2mm      12 upper pole + 12 lower pole, each wraped by      blue EPE foam tube (Φ48*T10mm) 3)'8' shaped Clamp 12×2Fix Net Pole to Leg quicklyOptional Accessories: Ladder, Rain Cover, Shoe Bag, Anchor Kit, Basketball HoopWe also offer the replacement parts: Jumping Mat, Pad, Net, Rain Cover, Springs, etc..Optional Size: 6FT,8FT,10FT,12FT,13FT,14FT,15FT,16FTTrampoline:1) Steel Tubes: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinccoating(Including W-Leg, Leg-Extension, Top Rail, Net Poles)2) Jumping Mat: 280g/m2, woven fabric with PP(polypropylene) filament,UV-resistant,Fade-resistant, heavy duty.(Customized Logo on centre on base of MOQ)3) Springs: 70# strong steel wire, zinc coating.4) Frame Pad: Foam thickness option ( 12mm,14mm,16mm,18mm,20mm, 25mm)Color Option ( Dark Blue, Dark Green, Light Green, Red, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Purple)130g/m2 PE + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC450g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC550g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVCPVC (polyvinyl chloride): 500D, water proofMiddle EPE foam: closed cell foam, high density, won't mildew or deformPE (polyethylene): not good as PVC, so is put on bottom to avoid sunlight and rainEnclosure:1) Safety Net: Strong PE filamentBlack, outside Frame Cover, with black PE sleeve3*3mm meshZipper entrance, bottom with elastic hooks2) Net Poles: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc coatingFormed by upper pole + lower pole, each one wrapped by EPE foam tubeEPE foam tube: Φ48mm× 10mm thickPacking Condition:Trampoline in 5 ply brown box (lid and tray) with strap closed.Spare parts in 5 ply or 3 ply brown box ( top opening box) with strap closed or tape closed.Delivery time:As usual, 20~25 days after depositPayment Term:T/T, L/CSample ( Important Notice):As Trampoline is very big and heavy, shipping cost by air is too expensive. We usually suggest customer(by sea) to put it in recent container which will leave China soon.Customer need to pay sample cost and shipping cost. We finish sample within 7 days after received 100% payment in advanceOrder Process:1. Negotiation on detailed specs requirement, prices, delivery time.2. Make agreement and finalize order3. We start production after received 30% T/T deposit or original irrevocable L/C at sight.4. We  finish production within 20~25 days (general time).5. Load on board and shipped from Chinese Port ( we ship from Ningbo port most,  we do  declaration to our customs)6. Buyer pay the balance after seeing copy of B/L, Seller arrange telex release or send original documents to Buyer. (L/C is different, the bank will pay to negotiation bank on base there is no discrepancy on all documents and tansfer them to Buyer)6. Container arrived in destination port, Buyer cleared their customs and pick up goods.7. During the selling or After the sale, Buyer could reflect the condition( good or bad news) to us, we will congratulate good news and also deal with complaints  instantly, carefully, sincerely.We look forward long term business relationship.  Our Trampoline has been approved by TUV/GS, CE, popular in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Thailand.  Welcome to enquire at any time. You can also browse our website on Alibaba (www.sxjiansheng.cn) We are Manufacturer, only produce Trampoline, and offer related parts. Our factory is located in Shangyu District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang, China. 80km to Ningbo Port. We warmly welcome customers all around the world to visit us and establish long term cooperation business relationship.The most we produce is Round Trampoline, we also produce Rectangular Trampoline, Oval Trampoline, Octangle Trampoline. Same Trampoline, we may have different names such as Trampoline with Enclosure, Trampoline with Net, Trampoline with Ladder, Big Trampoline, Large Trampoline, Spring Trampoline, Garden Trampoline, Children Trampoline, Amusement Trampoline, Classic Trampoline, Trampoline Equipment, Fiberglass Trampoline, Trampoline with Circle on Top
          Offer - 8FT New Round Spring Trampoline With Curved Poles - Chinautla   
Max. User Weight: 100KGApproval: TUV/GS, CE, EN71 To EC type-examination certificate Registration No. 44 791 13190401Test in accordance with:EN71-1 + A3: 2014EN71-2 + A1: 2014EN71-3 + A1: 2014EN71-14: 2014Trampoline:1) Steel Tubes: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc  coating    (Including W-Leg, Leg-Extension, Top Rail, Net Poles)2) Jumping Mat: 280g/m2, woven fabric with PP(polypropylene) filament, UV-resistant,Fade-resistant, heavy duty.(Customized Logo on centre on base of MOQ)3) Springs: 70# strong steel wire, zinc coating.4) Frame Pad: Foam thickness option ( 12mm,14mm,16mm,18mm,20mm, 25mm)Color Option ( Dark Blue, Dark Green, Light Green, Red, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Purple)130g/m2 PE + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC450g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC550g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVCPVC (polyvinyl chloride): 500D, water proofMiddle EPE foam: closed cell foam, high density, won't mildew or deformPE (polyethylene): not good as PVC, so is put on bottom to avoid sunlight and rainEnclosure:1) Safety Net: Strong PE filamentBlack, outside Frame Cover, with black PE sleeve3*3mm meshZipper entrance, bottom with elastic hooks2) Net Poles: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc coatingFormed by upper pole + lower pole, each one wrapped by EPE foam tubeEPE foam tube: Φ48mm× 10mm thick8FT-3W-6P 8FT Trampoline  ( DiaΦ244 cm, Height 51 cm) (Max. User Weight 100 KG) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Top Rail 6Ø  38*1.5mm 2) W-Leg 3 Ø  38*1.5mm 3) Leg-Extension 6Ø  38*1.5mm 4) Jumping Mat 1PP,280g/m²,Ø 2020mm, 48 V-rings,      circle 8 rows of stitching by strong polyester sewing thread 5) Springs 48 Φ22*L135mm (Φ3.0*28N) 6) Frame Pad 1310g/m² PVC(500D) + 14mm EPE foam + 130g/m² PE 8FT Enclosure  (with Fiberglass rod on Top, curving pole) (Total Height 216 cm) ITEM QTY SPECS Net (with fiberglass rod) 1PE, Height 165 cm    Black colour, Inside type with sleeve on top, 3*3mm mesh, with zipper entrance 2) Net Pole      (Curving Pole) 6 Φ28*1.2mm      6 upper pole + 6 lower pole, each wrapped by      blue EPE foam tube (Φ48*T10mm) Optional Accessories: Ladder, Rain Cover, Shoe Bag, Anchor Kit, Basketball HoopWe also offer the replacement parts: Jumping Mat, Pad, Net, Rain Cover, Springs, etc..Optional Size: 6FT,8FT,10FT,12FT,13FT,14FT,15FT,16FTPacking Condition:Trampoline in 5 ply brown box (lid and tray) with strap closed.Spare parts in 5 ply or 3 ply brown box ( top opening box) with strap closed or tape closed.Delivery time:As usual, 20~25 days after depositPayment Term:T/T, L/CSample ( Important Notice):As Trampoline is very big and heavy, shipping cost by air is too expensive. We usually suggest customer(by sea) to put it in recent container which will leave China soon.Customer need to pay sample cost and shipping cost. We finish sample within 7 days after received 100% payment in advanceOrder Process:1. Negotiation on detailed specs requirement, prices, delivery time.2. Make agreement and finalize order3. We start production after received 30% T/T deposit or original irrevocable L/C at sight.4. We  finish production within 20~25 days (general time).5. Load on board and shipped from Chinese Port ( we ship from Ningbo port most,  we do  declaration to our customs)6. Buyer pay the balance after seeing copy of B/L, Seller arrange telex release or send original documents to Buyer. (L/C is different, the bank will pay to negotiation bank on base there is no discrepancy on all documents and tansfer them to Buyer)6. Container arrived in destination port, Buyer cleared their customs and pick up goods.7. During the selling or After the sale, Buyer could reflect the condition( good or bad news) to us, we will congratulate good news and also deal with complaints  instantly, carefully, sincerely.We look forward long term business relationship.Our Trampoline has been approved by TUV/GS, CE, popular in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Thailand.  Welcome to enquire at any time. You can also browse our website on Alibaba (www.sxjiansheng.cn) We are Manufacturer, only produce Trampoline, and offer related parts. Our factory is located in Shangyu District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang, China. 80km to Ningbo Port. We warmly welcome customers all around the world to visit us and establish long term cooperation business relationship.The most we produce is Round Trampoline, we also produce Rectangular Trampoline, Oval Trampoline, Octangle Trampoline. Same Trampoline, we may have different names such as Trampoline with Enclosure, Trampoline with Net, Trampoline with Ladder, Big Trampoline, Large Trampoline, Spring Trampoline, Garden Trampoline, Children Trampoline, Amusement Trampoline, Classic Trampoline, Trampoline Equipment, Fiberglass Trampoline, Trampoline with Circle on Top
          Offer - 8FT New Round Spring Fiberglass Rod Trampoline - Chinautla   
Place of Origin: Zhejiang, China (Mainland)Size: 8FTMax. User Weight: 150KGApproval: TUV/GS, CE, EN71 To EC type-examination certificate Registration No. 44 791 13190401Test in accordance with:EN71-1 + A3: 2014EN71-2 + A1: 2014EN71-3 + A1: 2014EN71-14: 2014Optional Accessories: Ladder, Rain Cover, Shoe Bag, Anchor Kit, Basketball HoopWe also offer the replacement parts: Jumping Mat, Pad, Net, Rain Cover, Springs, etc..Optional Size: 6FT,8FT,10FT,12FT,13FT,14FT,15FT,16FT8FT-3W-6P 8FT Trampoline  ( DiaΦ244 cm, Height 51 cm) (Max. User Weight 100 KG) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Top Rail 6Ø 38*1.5mm 2) W-Leg 3 Ø 38*1.5mm 3) Leg-Extension 6Ø 38*1.5mm 4) Jumping Mat 1PP,280g/m²,Ø2020mm, 48 V-rings,  circle 8 rows of stitching by strong polyester sewing thread 5) Springs 48 Φ22*L135mm (Φ3.0*28N) 6) Frame Pad 1310g/m² PVC(500D) + 14mm EPE foam + 130g/m² PE 8FT Enclosure  (with Fiberglass rod on Top, Straight Pole) (Total Height 216 cm) ITEM QTY SPECS Net (with fiberglass rod) 1PE, Height 165 cmBlack colour, Inside type with sleeve on top, 3*3mm mesh, with zipper entrance 2) Net Pole  (Curving Pole) 6 Φ28*1.2mm  6 upper pole + 6 lower pole, each wrapped by  blue EPE foam tube (Φ48*T10mm) Trampoline:1) Steel Tubes: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc  coating    (Including W-Leg, Leg-Extension, Top Rail, Net Poles)2) Jumping Mat: 280g/m2, woven fabric with PP(polypropylene) filament, UV-resistant,Fade-resistant, heavy duty.(Customized Logo on centre on base of MOQ)3) Springs: 70# strong steel wire, zinc coating.4) Frame Pad: Foam thickness option ( 12mm,14mm,16mm,18mm,20mm, 25mm)Color Option ( Dark Blue, Dark Green, Light Green, Red, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Purple)130g/m2 PE + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC450g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC550g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVCPVC (polyvinyl chloride): 500D, water proofMiddle EPE foam: closed cell foam, high density, won't mildew or deformPE (polyethylene): not good as PVC, so is put on bottom to avoid sunlight and rainEnclosure:1) Safety Net: Strong PE filamentBlack, outside Frame Cover, with black PE sleeve3*3mm meshZipper entrance, bottom with elastic hooks2) Net Poles: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc coatingFormed by upper pole + lower pole, each one wrapped by EPE foam tubeEPE foam tube: Φ48mm× 10mm thickPacking Condition:Trampoline in 5 ply brown box (lid and tray) with strap closed.Spare parts in 5 ply or 3 ply brown box ( top opening box) with strap closed or tape closed.Delivery time:As usual, 20~25 days after depositPayment Term:T/T, L/CSample ( Important Notice):As Trampoline is very big and heavy, shipping cost by air is too expensive. We usually suggest customer(by sea) to put it in recent container which will leave China soon.Customer need to pay sample cost and shipping cost. We finish sample within 7 days after received 100% payment in advanceOrder Process:1. Negotiation on detailed specs requirement, prices, delivery time.2. Make agreement and finalize order3. We start production after received 30% T/T deposit or original irrevocable L/C at sight.4. We  finish production within 20~25 days (general time).5. Load on board and shipped from Chinese Port ( we ship from Ningbo port most,  we do  declaration to our customs)6. Buyer pay the balance after seeing copy of B/L, Seller arrange telex release or send original documents to Buyer. (L/C is different, the bank will pay to negotiation bank on base there is no discrepancy on all documents and tansfer them to Buyer)6. Container arrived in destination port, Buyer cleared their customs and pick up goods.7. During the selling or After the sale, Buyer could reflect the condition( good or bad news) to us, we will congratulate good news and also deal with complaints  instantly, carefully, sincerely.We look forward long term business relationship.Our Trampoline has been approved by TUV/GS, CE, popular in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Thailand.  Welcome to enquire at any time. You can also browse our website on Alibaba (www.sxjiansheng.cn) We are Manufacturer, only produce Trampoline, and offer related parts. Our factory is located in Shangyu District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang, China. 80km to Ningbo Port. We warmly welcome customers all around the world to visit us and establish long term cooperation business relationship.The most we produce is Round Trampoline, we also produce Rectangular Trampoline, Oval Trampoline, Octangle Trampoline. Same Trampoline, we may have different names such as Trampoline with Enclosure, Trampoline with Net, Trampoline with Ladder, Big Trampoline, Large Trampoline, Spring Trampoline, Garden Trampoline, Children Trampoline, Amusement Trampoline, Classic Trampoline, Trampoline Equipment, Fiberglass Trampoline, Trampoline with Circle on Top
          Offer - 10FT Family Gardon Amusement Round Spring Trampoline With Net Outside - Chinautla   
10FT (305cm) Trampoline is the most popular size in Germany, United Kingdom, France, Poland, Czech Republic. Quick Details4 Legs (Ø 38*1.5mm)8 Top Rails (Ø 38*1.5mm)8 Poles (Φ28*1.2mm) Jumping Mat(8 rows stitching with strong thread) with 64 V-rings64 pcs heavy duty galvanized springsFrame Pad: 310g PVC + 14mm EPE + 130g PESafety Net: Black PE with PE sleeve.Place of Origin: Zhejiang, China (Mainland)Size: 10FTMax. User Weight: 150KGApproval: TUV/GS, CE, EN71 To EC type-examination certificate Registration No. 44 791 13190401Test in accordance with:EN71-1 + A3: 2014EN71-2 + A1: 2014EN71-3 + A1: 2014EN71-14: 201410FT-4W-8P 10FT Trampoline  ( DiaΦ305 cm, Height 65 cm) (Max. User Weight 150 KG) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Top Rail 8Ø38*1.5mm 2) W-Leg 4 Ø38*1.5mm 3) Leg-Extension 8Ø38*1.5mm 4) Jumping Mat 1PP,280g/²,Ø2630mm, 64 V-rings,      circle 8 rows of stitching by strong polyester sewing thread 5) Springs 64 Φ22*L135mm (Φ3.0*28N) 6) Frame Pad 1310g/² PVC(500D) + 14mm EPE foam + 130g/² PE 10FT Enclosure   (Total Height 230 cm) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Net 1PE, Height 165 cm    Black colour, Outside type, 3*3mm mesh, with zipper entrance 2) Net Pole 8 Φ28*1.2mm      8 upper pole + 8 lower pole, each wraped by      blue EPE foam tube (Φ48*T10mm) 3) Clamp 8×2Fix Net Pole to Leg quicklyOptional Accessories: Ladder, Rain Cover, Shoe Bag, Anchor Kit, Basketball HoopWe also offer the replacement parts: Jumping Mat, Pad, Net, Rain Cover, Springs, etc..Optional Size: 6FT,8FT,10FT,12FT,13FT,14FT,15FT,16FTTrampoline:1) Steel Tubes: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinccoating(Including W-Leg, Leg-Extension, Top Rail, Net Poles)2) Jumping Mat: 280g/m2, woven fabric with PP(polypropylene) filament,UV-resistant,Fade-resistant, heavy duty.(Customized Logo on centre on base of MOQ)3) Springs: 70# strong steel wire, zinc coating.4) Frame Pad: Foam thickness option ( 12mm,14mm,16mm,18mm,20mm, 25mm)Color Option ( Dark Blue, Dark Green, Light Green, Red, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Purple)130g/m2 PE + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC450g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC550g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVCPVC (polyvinyl chloride): 500D, water proofMiddle EPE foam: closed cell foam, high density, won't mildew or deformPE (polyethylene): not good as PVC, so is put on bottom to avoid sunlight and rainEnclosure:1) Safety Net: Strong PE filamentBlack, outside Frame Cover, with black PE sleeve3*3mm meshZipper entrance, bottom with elastic hooks2) Net Poles: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc coatingFormed by upper pole + lower pole, each one wrapped by EPE foam tubeEPE foam tube: Φ48mm× 10mm thickPacking Condition:Trampoline in 5 ply brown box (lid and tray) with strap closed.Spare parts in 5 ply or 3 ply brown box ( top opening box) with strap closed or tape closed.Delivery time:As usual, 20~25 days after depositPayment Term:T/T, L/CSample ( Important Notice):As Trampoline is very big and heavy, shipping cost by air is too expensive. We usually suggest customer(by sea) to put it in recent container which will leave China soon.Customer need to pay sample cost and shipping cost. We finish sample within 7 days after received 100% payment in advanceOrder Process:1. Negotiation on detailed specs requirement, prices, delivery time.2. Make agreement and finalize order3. We start production after received 30% T/T deposit or original irrevocable L/C at sight.4. We  finish production within 20~25 days (general time).5. Load on board and shipped from Chinese Port ( we ship from Ningbo port most,  we do  declaration to our customs)6. Buyer pay the balance after seeing copy of B/L, Seller arrange telex release or send original documents to Buyer. (L/C is different, the bank will pay to negotiation bank on base there is no discrepancy on all documents and tansfer them to Buyer)6. Container arrived in destination port, Buyer cleared their customs and pick up goods.7. During the selling or After the sale, Buyer could reflect the condition( good or bad news) to us, we will congratulate good news and also deal with complaints  instantly, carefully, sincerely.We look forward long term business relationship.  Our Trampoline has been approved by TUV/GS, CE, popular in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Thailand.  Welcome to enquire at any time. You can also browse our website on Alibaba (www.sxjiansheng.cn) We are Manufacturer, only produce Trampoline, and offer related parts. Our factory is located in Shangyu District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang, China. 80km to Ningbo Port. We warmly welcome customers all around the world to visit us and establish long term cooperation business relationship.The most we produce is Round Trampoline, we also produce Rectangular Trampoline, Oval Trampoline, Octangle Trampoline. Same Trampoline, we may have different names such as Trampoline with Enclosure, Trampoline with Net, Trampoline with Ladder, Big Trampoline, Large Trampoline, Spring Trampoline, Garden Trampoline, Children Trampoline, Amusement Trampoline, Classic Trampoline, Trampoline Equipment, Fiberglass Trampoline, Trampoline with Circle on Top
          Offer - 10FT Family Gardon Amusement Round Spring Trampoline With Net Inside - Chinautla   
Creates a fun jumping experience without limiting visibilityEnsures maximum safety by connecting The Net between the pad and jumping matHighly durable Polyethylene-Quality Safety Net and easy to installDual closure entry with zipper and bucklesMaterial: Heavy Duty Premium Polypropylene Mesh Material has 8 row stitching.UV-resistant, Water & Fade Resistant MatQuick DetailsPlace of Origin: Zhejiang, China (Mainland)Size: 10FTMax. User Weight: 150KGApproval: TUV/GS, CE, EN71 To EC type-examination certificate Registration No. 44 791 13190401Test in accordance with:EN71-1 + A3: 2014EN71-2 + A1: 2014EN71-3 + A1: 2014EN71-14: 201410FT-4W-8P 10FT Trampoline  ( DiaΦ305 cm, Height 65 cm) (Max. User Weight 150 KG) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Top Rail 8Ø 38*1.5mm 2) W-Leg 4 Ø 38*1.5mm 3) Leg-Extension 8Ø 38*1.5mm 4) Jumping Mat 1PP,280g/m²,Ø2630mm, 64 V-rings,      circle 8 rows of stitching by strong polyester sewing thread 5) Springs 64 Φ22*L135mm (Φ3.0*28N) 6) Frame Pad 1310g/m² PVC(500D) + 14mm EPE foam + 130g/m² PE 10FT Enclosure   (Total Height 230 cm) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Net 1PE, Height 165 cm    Black colour, Inside type, 3*3mm mesh, with zipper entrance 2) Net Pole 8 Φ28*1.2mm      8 upper pole + 8 lower pole, each wraped by      blue EPE foam tube (Φ48*T10mm) 3) Clamp 8×2Fix Net Pole to Leg quicklyOptional Accessories: Ladder, Rain Cover, Shoe Bag, Anchor Kit, Basketball HoopWe also offer the replacement parts: Jumping Mat, Pad, Net, Rain Cover, Springs, etc..Optional Size: 6FT,8FT,10FT,12FT,13FT,14FT,15FT,16FTTrampoline:1) Steel Tubes: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinccoating(Including W-Leg, Leg-Extension, Top Rail, Net Poles)2) Jumping Mat: 280g/m2, woven fabric with PP(polypropylene) filament,UV-resistant,Fade-resistant, heavy duty.(Customized Logo on centre on base of MOQ)3) Springs: 70# strong steel wire, zinc coating.4) Frame Pad: Foam thickness option ( 12mm,14mm,16mm,18mm,20mm, 25mm)Color Option ( Dark Blue, Dark Green, Light Green, Red, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Purple)130g/m2 PE + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC450g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC550g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVCPVC (polyvinyl chloride): 500D, water proofMiddle EPE foam: closed cell foam, high density, won't mildew or deformPE (polyethylene): not good as PVC, so is put on bottom to avoid sunlight and rainEnclosure:1) Safety Net: Strong PE filamentBlack, outside Frame Cover, with black PE sleeve3*3mm meshZipper entrance, bottom with elastic hooks2) Net Poles: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc coatingFormed by upper pole + lower pole, each one wrapped by EPE foam tubeEPE foam tube: Φ48mm× 10mm thickPacking Condition:Trampoline in 5 ply brown box (lid and tray) with strap closed.Spare parts in 5 ply or 3 ply brown box ( top opening box) with strap closed or tape closed.Delivery time:As usual, 20~25 days after depositPayment Term:T/T, L/CSample ( Important Notice):As Trampoline is very big and heavy, shipping cost by air is too expensive. We usually suggest customer(by sea) to put it in recent container which will leave China soon.Customer need to pay sample cost and shipping cost. We finish sample within 7 days after received 100% payment in advanceOrder Process:1. Negotiation on detailed specs requirement, prices, delivery time.2. Make agreement and finalize order3. We start production after received 30% T/T deposit or original irrevocable L/C at sight.4. We  finish production within 20~25 days (general time).5. Load on board and shipped from Chinese Port ( we ship from Ningbo port most,  we do  declaration to our customs)6. Buyer pay the balance after seeing copy of B/L, Seller arrange telex release or send original documents to Buyer. (L/C is different, the bank will pay to negotiation bank on base there is no discrepancy on all documents and tansfer them to Buyer)6. Container arrived in destination port, Buyer cleared their customs and pick up goods.7. During the selling or After the sale, Buyer could reflect the condition( good or bad news) to us, we will congratulate good news and also deal with complaints  instantly, carefully, sincerely.We look forward long term business relationship.  Our Trampoline has been approved by TUV/GS, CE, popular in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Thailand.  Welcome to enquire at any time. You can also browse our website on Alibaba (www.sxjiansheng.cn) We are Manufacturer, only produce Trampoline, and offer related parts. Our factory is located in Shangyu District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang, China. 80km to Ningbo Port. We warmly welcome customers all around the world to visit us and establish long term cooperation business relationship.The most we produce is Round Trampoline, we also produce Rectangular Trampoline, Oval Trampoline, Octangle Trampoline. Same Trampoline, we may have different names such as Trampoline with Enclosure, Trampoline with Net, Trampoline with Ladder, Big Trampoline, Large Trampoline, Spring Trampoline, Garden Trampoline, Children Trampoline, Amusement Trampoline, Classic Trampoline, Trampoline Equipment, Fiberglass Trampoline, Trampoline with Circle on Top
          Offer - 16FT New Round Spring Trampoline For Sale - Chinautla   
Optional Accessories: Ladder, Rain Cover, Shoe Bag, Anchor Kit, Basketball HoopWe also offer the replacement parts: Jumping Mat, Pad, Net, Rain Cover, Springs, etc..Optional Size: 6FT,8FT,10FT,12FT,13FT,14FT,15FT,16FTQuick DetailsPlace of Origin: Zhejiang, China (Mainland)Size: 16FTMax. User Weight: 150KGApproval: TUV/GS, CE, EN71 To EC type-examination certificate Registration No. 44 791 13190401Test in accordance with:EN71-1 + A3: 2014EN71-2 + A1: 2014EN71-3 + A1: 2014EN71-14: 201416FT-6W-12P 16FT Trampoline  ( DiaΦ487 cm, Height 96 cm) (Max. User Weight 150 KG) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Top Rail 12Ø 42*1.5mm 2) W-Leg 6 Ø 38*1.5mm 3) Leg-Extension 12Ø 38*1.5mm 4) Jumping Mat 1PP,280g/m²,Ø4330mm, 108 V-rings,      circle 8 rows of stitching by strong polyester sewing thread 5) Springs 108 Φ24*L178mm (Φ3.1*40N) 6) Frame Pad 1310g/m² PVC(500D) + 14mm EPE foam + 130g/m² PE 16FT Enclosure  (with Fiberglass rod on Top, curving pole) (Total Height 276 cm) ITEM QTY SPECS Net (with fiberglass rod) 1PE, Height 180 cm    Black colour, Inside type with sleeve on top, 3*3mm mesh, with zipper entrance 2) Net Pole      (Curving Pole) 12 Φ28*1.2mm      12 upper pole + 12 lower pole, each wrapped by      blue EPE foam tube (Φ48*T10mm) Trampoline:1) Steel Tubes: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc  coating    (Including W-Leg, Leg-Extension, Top Rail, Net Poles)2) Jumping Mat: 280g/m2, woven fabric with PP(polypropylene) filament, UV-resistant,Fade-resistant, heavy duty.(Customized Logo on centre on base of MOQ)3) Springs: 70# strong steel wire, zinc coating.4) Frame Pad: Foam thickness option ( 12mm,14mm,16mm,18mm,20mm, 25mm)Color Option ( Dark Blue, Dark Green, Light Green, Red, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Purple)130g/m2 PE + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC450g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC550g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVCPVC (polyvinyl chloride): 500D, water proofMiddle EPE foam: closed cell foam, high density, won't mildew or deformPE (polyethylene): not good as PVC, so is put on bottom to avoid sunlight and rainEnclosure:1) Safety Net: Strong PE filamentBlack, outside Frame Cover, with black PE sleeve3*3mm meshZipper entrance, bottom with elastic hooks2) Net Poles: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc coatingFormed by upper pole + lower pole, each one wrapped by EPE foam tubeEPE foam tube: Φ48mm× 10mm thickPacking Condition:Trampoline in 5 ply brown box (lid and tray) with strap closed.Spare parts in 5 ply or 3 ply brown box ( top opening box) with strap closed or tape closed.Delivery time:As usual, 20~25 days after depositPayment Term:T/T, L/CSample ( Important Notice):As Trampoline is very big and heavy, shipping cost by air is too expensive. We usually suggest customer(by sea) to put it in recent container which will leave China soon.Customer need to pay sample cost and shipping cost. We finish sample within 7 days after received 100% payment in advanceOrder Process:1. Negotiation on detailed specs requirement, prices, delivery time.2. Make agreement and finalize order3. We start production after received 30% T/T deposit or original irrevocable L/C at sight.4. We  finish production within 20~25 days (general time).5. Load on board and shipped from Chinese Port ( we ship from Ningbo port most,  we do  declaration to our customs)6. Buyer pay the balance after seeing copy of B/L, Seller arrange telex release or send original documents to Buyer. (L/C is different, the bank will pay to negotiation bank on base there is no discrepancy on all documents and tansfer them to Buyer)6. Container arrived in destination port, Buyer cleared their customs and pick up goods.7. During the selling or After the sale, Buyer could reflect the condition( good or bad news) to us, we will congratulate good news and also deal with complaints  instantly, carefully, sincerely.We look forward long term business relationship.Our Trampoline has been approved by TUV/GS, CE, popular in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Thailand.  Welcome to enquire at any time. You can also browse our website on Alibaba (www.sxjiansheng.cn) We are Manufacturer, only produce Trampoline, and offer related parts. Our factory is located in Shangyu District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang, China. 80km to Ningbo Port. We warmly welcome customers all around the world to visit us and establish long term cooperation business relationship.The most we produce is Round Trampoline, we also produce Rectangular Trampoline, Oval Trampoline, Octangle Trampoline. Same Trampoline, we may have different names such as Trampoline with Enclosure, Trampoline with Net, Trampoline with Ladder, Big Trampoline, Large Trampoline, Spring Trampoline, Garden Trampoline, Children Trampoline, Amusement Trampoline, Classic Trampoline, Trampoline Equipment, Fiberglass Trampoline, Trampoline with Circle on Top
          Offer - 36'' Trampoline - Chinautla   
This 36 inch small trampoline is ideal for both children and adults. It can provide a great way to keep fit and lots of fun. It helps to improve your coordination, balance and agility, trims and shapes your legs, and burn calories while improving your cardiovascular and aerobic fitnessPlace of Origin: Zhejiang, China (Mainland)Size: 36 InchFrame Height: 21 cm6 legs30 pcs Springs25×25×1.0 mm steel tube, galvanized inside and outsidePVC pad with foamPacking Szie: 83 * 5.5 * 83 cm (6.5/7.5KG)Optional Size: 36 inch, 38 inch, 40 inch, 48 inchTrampoline:1) Steel Tubes: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc  coating    (Including W-Leg, Leg-Extension, Top Rail, Net Poles)2) Jumping Mat: 280g/m2, woven fabric with PP(polypropylene) filament, UV-resistant,Fade-resistant, heavy duty.(Customized Logo on centre on base of MOQ)3) Springs: 70# strong steel wire, zinc coating.4) Frame Pad: PVC (polyvinyl chloride): 500D, water proofMiddle EPE foam: closed cell foam, high density, won't mildew or deformPacking Condition:Trampoline in 5 ply brown box (lid and tray) with strap closed.Spare parts in 5 ply or 3 ply brown box ( top opening box) with strap closed or tape closed.Delivery time:As usual, 20~25 days after depositPayment Term:T/T, L/CSample ( Important Notice):As Trampoline is very big and heavy, shipping cost by air is too expensive. We usually suggest customer(by sea) to put it in recent container which will leave China soon.Customer need to pay sample cost and shipping cost. We finish sample within 7 days after received 100% payment in advanceOrder Process:1. Negotiation on detailed specs requirement, prices, delivery time.2. Make agreement and finalize order3. We start production after received 30% T/T deposit or original irrevocable L/C at sight.4. We  finish production within 20~25 days (general time).5. Load on board and shipped from Chinese Port ( we ship from Ningbo port most,  we do  declaration to our customs)6. Buyer pay the balance after seeing copy of B/L, Seller arrange telex release or send original documents to Buyer. (L/C is different, the bank will pay to negotiation bank on base there is no discrepancy on all documents and tansfer them to Buyer)6. Container arrived in destination port, Buyer cleared their customs and pick up goods.7. During the selling or After the sale, Buyer could reflect the condition( good or bad news) to us, we will congratulate good news and also deal with complaints  instantly, carefully, sincerely.We look forward long term business relationship.Our Trampoline has been approved by TUV/GS, CE, popular in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Thailand.  Welcome to enquire at any time. You can also browse our website on Alibaba (www.sxjiansheng.cn) We are Manufacturer, only produce Trampoline, and offer related parts. Our factory is located in Shangyu District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang, China. 80km to Ningbo Port. We warmly welcome customers all around the world to visit us and establish long term cooperation business relationship.The most we produce is Round Trampoline, we also produce Rectangular Trampoline, Oval Trampoline, Octangle Trampoline. Same Trampoline, we may have different names such as Trampoline with Enclosure, Trampoline with Net, Trampoline with Ladder, Big Trampoline, Large Trampoline, Spring Trampoline, Garden Trampoline, Children Trampoline, Amusement Trampoline, Classic Trampoline, Trampoline Equipment, Fiberglass Trampoline, Trampoline with Circle on Top
          Offer - 40'' Trampoline - Chinautla   
Fun for your little kids, the little kids will be on and off it all day today!! Just jump, fold up, and jump again!Some assembly required for the legs and bar. The bar comes with a foam coated on the top so the kids have a firm grip. the protective cover is a nice touch, Springs are tight and lets the kids jump higher when they apply more force, It came with all the pieces, screws, and tools you need to assembleOptional Size: 36 inch, 38 inch, 40 inch, 48 inchSize: 38 InchFrame Height: 21 cm6 legs32 pcs  88 mm Springs25×25×1.0 mm steel tube, galvanized inside and outsidePVC pad with foamPacking Szie: 97 × 5.5 × 97 cm (7.5/8.5KG)Trampoline:1) Steel Tubes: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc  coating    (Including W-Leg, Leg-Extension, Top Rail, Net Poles)2) Jumping Mat: 280g/m2, woven fabric with PP(polypropylene) filament, UV-resistant,Fade-resistant, heavy duty.(Customized Logo on centre on base of MOQ)3) Springs: 70# strong steel wire, zinc coating.4) Frame Pad: PVC (polyvinyl chloride): 500D, water proofMiddle EPE foam: closed cell foam, high density, won't mildew or deformPacking Condition:Trampoline in 5 ply brown box (lid and tray) with strap closed.Spare parts in 5 ply or 3 ply brown box ( top opening box) with strap closed or tape closed.Delivery time:As usual, 20~25 days after depositPayment Term:T/T, L/CSample ( Important Notice):As Trampoline is very big and heavy, shipping cost by air is too expensive. We usually suggest customer(by sea) to put it in recent container which will leave China soon.Customer need to pay sample cost and shipping cost. We finish sample within 7 days after received 100% payment in advanceOrder Process:1. Negotiation on detailed specs requirement, prices, delivery time.2. Make agreement and finalize order3. We start production after received 30% T/T deposit or original irrevocable L/C at sight.4. We  finish production within 20~25 days (general time).5. Load on board and shipped from Chinese Port ( we ship from Ningbo port most,  we do  declaration to our customs)6. Buyer pay the balance after seeing copy of B/L, Seller arrange telex release or send original documents to Buyer. (L/C is different, the bank will pay to negotiation bank on base there is no discrepancy on all documents and tansfer them to Buyer)6. Container arrived in destination port, Buyer cleared their customs and pick up goods.7. During the selling or After the sale, Buyer could reflect the condition( good or bad news) to us, we will congratulate good news and also deal with complaints  instantly, carefully, sincerely.We look forward long term business relationship.Our Trampoline has been approved by TUV/GS, CE, popular in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Thailand.  Welcome to enquire at any time. You can also browse our website on Alibaba (www.sxjiansheng.cn) We are Manufacturer, only produce Trampoline, and offer related parts. Our factory is located in Shangyu District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang, China. 80km to Ningbo Port. We warmly welcome customers all around the world to visit us and establish long term cooperation business relationship.The most we produce is Round Trampoline, we also produce Rectangular Trampoline, Oval Trampoline, Octangle Trampoline. Same Trampoline, we may have different names such as Trampoline with Enclosure, Trampoline with Net, Trampoline with Ladder, Big Trampoline, Large Trampoline, Spring Trampoline, Garden Trampoline, Children Trampoline, Amusement Trampoline, Classic Trampoline, Trampoline Equipment, Fiberglass Trampoline, Trampoline with Circle on Top
          Offer - 54'' Trampoline - Chinautla   
Place of Origin: Zhejiang, China (Mainland)Size: 54 InchFrame Height: 25 cm10 supporting legs42 galvanized springs25×25×1.0 mm steel tube, galvanized inside and outsidePVC pad with foamWith 10 poles and soft terylene netPacking Size: 138×5.5×138 cm (12/14KG)Optional Size: 36 inch, 38 inch, 40 inch, 48 inchHeavy-duty steel frame with rust-resistant finish and rubber feet Heavy-duty, fade resistant polypropylene mesh fabric mat, water-proof & UV-resistant Durable water-proof pad filled with foam, reinforced impact protection Net enclosure is made of weatherproof and UV resistant materialPacking Condition:Trampoline in 5 ply brown box (lid and tray) with strap closed.Spare parts in 5 ply or 3 ply brown box ( top opening box) with strap closed or tape closed.Delivery time:As usual, 20~25 days after depositPayment Term:T/T, L/CSample ( Important Notice):As Trampoline is very big and heavy, shipping cost by air is too expensive. We usually suggest customer(by sea) to put it in recent container which will leave China soon.Customer need to pay sample cost and shipping cost. We finish sample within 7 days after received 100% payment in advanceOrder Process:1. Negotiation on detailed specs requirement, prices, delivery time.2. Make agreement and finalize order3. We start production after received 30% T/T deposit or original irrevocable L/C at sight.4. We  finish production within 20~25 days (general time).5. Load on board and shipped from Chinese Port ( we ship from Ningbo port most,  we do  declaration to our customs)6. Buyer pay the balance after seeing copy of B/L, Seller arrange telex release or send original documents to Buyer. (L/C is different, the bank will pay to negotiation bank on base there is no discrepancy on all documents and tansfer them to Buyer)6. Container arrived in destination port, Buyer cleared their customs and pick up goods.7. During the selling or After the sale, Buyer could reflect the condition( good or bad news) to us, we will congratulate good news and also deal with complaints  instantly, carefully, sincerely.We look forward long term business relationship.Our Trampoline has been approved by TUV/GS, CE, popular in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Thailand.  Welcome to enquire at any time. You can also browse our website on Alibaba (www.sxjiansheng.cn) We are Manufacturer, only produce Trampoline, and offer related parts. Our factory is located in Shangyu District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang, China. 80km to Ningbo Port. We warmly welcome customers all around the world to visit us and establish long term cooperation business relationship.The most we produce is Round Trampoline, we also produce Rectangular Trampoline, Oval Trampoline, Octangle Trampoline. Same Trampoline, we may have different names such as Trampoline with Enclosure, Trampoline with Net, Trampoline with Ladder, Big Trampoline, Large Trampoline, Spring Trampoline, Garden Trampoline, Children Trampoline, Amusement Trampoline, Classic Trampoline, Trampoline Equipment, Fiberglass Trampoline, Trampoline with Circle on Top
          Offer - 12FT Family Gardon Amuement Round Spring Trampoline With Net Inside (6 Leg - 6 Pole) - Chinautla   
Bouncing around on a safe trampoline puts more than just a smile on the kids' faces. It's a great child-minder, and a secret health kick, without the little ones even knowing about it!But a trampoline is even more than that. It's what so many child and adulthood memories are made on. Size: 12ft (3.66m)Height: 85cmLegs: 6Springs: 72 pcsFrame: 38mmSteel Thickness: 1.5mmPadding: PVC upper, PE lower, UV treatedPlace of Origin: Zhejiang, China (Mainland)Max. User Weight: 150KGApproval: TUV/GS, CE, EN71 To EC type-examination certificate Registration No. 44 791 13190401Test in accordance with:EN71-1 + A3: 2014EN71-2 + A1: 2014EN71-3 + A1: 2014EN71-14: 201412FT-6W-6P 12FT Trampoline  ( DiaΦ366 cm, Height 85 cm) (Max. User Weight 150 KG) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Top Rail 12Ø 42*1.5mm 2) W-Leg 6 Ø 38*1.5mm 3) Leg-Extension 12Ø 38*1.5mm 4) Jumping Mat 1PP,280g/m² ,Ø3180mm, 72 V-rings,      circle 8 rows of stitching by strong polyester sewing thread 5) Springs 72 Φ22*L165mm (Φ3.0*38N) 6) Frame Pad 1310g/m²  PVC(500D) + 14mm EPE foam + 130g/m²  PE 12FT Enclosure   (Total Height 250 cm) ITEM QTY SPECS 1) Net 1PE, Height 165 cm    Black colour, Inside type, 3*3mm mesh, with zipper entrance 2) Net Pole 6 Φ28*1.2mm      6 upper pole + 6 lower pole, each wraped by      blue EPE foam tube (Φ48*T10mm) 3)'8' shaped Clamp 6×2Fix Net Pole to Leg quicklyOptional Accessories: Ladder, Rain Cover, Shoe Bag, Anchor Kit, Basketball HoopWe also offer the replacement parts: Jumping Mat, Pad, Net, Rain Cover, Springs, etc..Optional Size: 6FT,8FT,10FT,12FT,13FT,14FT,15FT,16FTTrampoline:1) Steel Tubes: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinccoating(Including W-Leg, Leg-Extension, Top Rail, Net Poles)2) Jumping Mat: 280g/m2, woven fabric with PP(polypropylene) filament,UV-resistant,Fade-resistant, heavy duty.(Customized Logo on centre on base of MOQ)3) Springs: 70# strong steel wire, zinc coating.4) Frame Pad: Foam thickness option ( 12mm,14mm,16mm,18mm,20mm, 25mm)Color Option ( Dark Blue, Dark Green, Light Green, Red, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Purple)130g/m2 PE + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 130g/m2 PE310g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC450g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVC550g/m2 PVC + EPE Foam + 310g/m2 PVCPVC (polyvinyl chloride): 500D, water proofMiddle EPE foam: closed cell foam, high density, won't mildew or deformPE (polyethylene): not good as PVC, so is put on bottom to avoid sunlight and rainEnclosure:1) Safety Net: Strong PE filamentBlack, outside Frame Cover, with black PE sleeve3*3mm meshZipper entrance, bottom with elastic hooks2) Net Poles: Q195, hot dip galvanized inside & outside, 120g/m2 zinc coatingFormed by upper pole + lower pole, each one wrapped by EPE foam tubeEPE foam tube: Φ48mm× 10mm thickPacking Condition:Trampoline in 5 ply brown box (lid and tray) with strap closed.Spare parts in 5 ply or 3 ply brown box ( top opening box) with strap closed or tape closed.Delivery time:As usual, 20~25 days after depositPayment Term:T/T, L/CSample ( Important Notice):As Trampoline is very big and heavy, shipping cost by air is too expensive. We usually suggest customer(by sea) to put it in recent container which will leave China soon.Customer need to pay sample cost and shipping cost. We finish sample within 7 days after received 100% payment in advanceOrder Process:1. Negotiation on detailed specs requirement, prices, delivery time.2. Make agreement and finalize order3. We start production after received 30% T/T deposit or original irrevocable L/C at sight.4. We  finish production within 20~25 days (general time).5. Load on board and shipped from Chinese Port ( we ship from Ningbo port most,  we do  declaration to our customs)6. Buyer pay the balance after seeing copy of B/L, Seller arrange telex release or send original documents to Buyer. (L/C is different, the bank will pay to negotiation bank on base there is no discrepancy on all documents and tansfer them to Buyer)6. Container arrived in destination port, Buyer cleared their customs and pick up goods.7. During the selling or After the sale, Buyer could reflect the condition( good or bad news) to us, we will congratulate good news and also deal with complaints  instantly, carefully, sincerely.We look forward long term business relationship.  Our Trampoline has been approved by TUV/GS, CE, popular in Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Thailand.  Welcome to enquire at any time. You can also browse our website on Alibaba (www.sxjiansheng.cn) We are Manufacturer, only produce Trampoline, and offer related parts. Our factory is located in Shangyu District, Shaoxing City, Zhejiang, China. 80km to Ningbo Port. We warmly welcome customers all around the world to visit us and establish long term cooperation business relationship.The most we produce is Round Trampoline, we also produce Rectangular Trampoline, Oval Trampoline, Octangle Trampoline. Same Trampoline, we may have different names such as Trampoline with Enclosure, Trampoline with Net, Trampoline with Ladder, Big Trampoline, Large Trampoline, Spring Trampoline, Garden Trampoline, Children Trampoline, Amusement Trampoline, Classic Trampoline, Trampoline Equipment, Fiberglass Trampoline, Trampoline with Circle on Top
          7/1/2017: NEWS: Five Kiwis have zika virus says new report   

The zika virus infected five New Zealanders - probably people on winter breaks - who travelled to Fiji during the incubation period, a surveillance report says. However, the number of zika cases in New Zealand for the year so far is much lower than...
          7/1/2017: NEWS: Farmer’s ‘stupidity’ with huge tyre-pyre brings $18k fine   
A farmer and his company have been fined $18,000 in one of New Zealand’s largest tyre-burning cases. Daniel Symons, who farms at Alford Forest in Mid-Canterbury, had pleaded guilty to three charges after he burned 500 tyres in October last year and...
          7/1/2017: BUSINESS: Cyber attack hits cargo handling   
Danish shipping giant Moller-Maersk has assured New Zealand ports and freight firms that its operations are intact despite a cyber attack this week. Maersk’s Asia-Pacific chief executive Robbert van Trooijen said yesterday that its ships were sailing...
          7/1/2017: BUSINESS: NZX fends off dissent as director bid fails   
The New Zealand stock exchange has fended off a rebellion at its annual meeting, with shareholders voting not to elect NZX critic Tony Falkenstein to its board. Falkenstein, who heads Auckland water-cooler company Just Water, nevertheless received...
          7/1/2017: RACING: Big stakes increase   
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has announced stakes increases of more than $2 million for feature and premier two meetings next season. Minimum stakes for nonmaiden races at all feature meetings will rise to $22,500 as part of a $6.5 million funding...
          7/1/2017: RACING: On target   
Martyn Meade believes the course at Sandown will be ideal for the New Zealand-owned Eminent in next month’s Eclipse Stakes. The Frankel colt, who is raced by Sir Peter Vela, showed he was progressing well toward the July 8 feature with a smart midweek...
          7/1/2017: SPORT: Chance with Utd draws Cox back   

The opportunity to play Southern Premier League football while being based in Invercargill has drawn Southland United player Bob Cox back to the province. The England-born player moved to New Zealand with his family as an eightyear-old and has risen...
          7/1/2017: SPORT: Lions pin faith on an aerial bombardment   

It was odd to hear Warren Gatland lamenting the weather. By hook or by crook, the British and Irish Lions’ head coach needs to level the test series against New Zealand tonight. And there’ll be no greater leveller than the rain and northerly winds...
          7/1/2017: SPORT: NZ into semifinals   
With goals from the two Sams – Harrison and Charlton – the New Zealand Black Sticks women defeated Italy 2-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Hockey World League Semifinal tournament in Belgium. With their fourth victory in five matches in Brussels...
          The Clarinet Goes To Norway   

Hi, I'm Kenny, I'm a New Zealand clarinetist. I'm on my way to Norway to begin a Master of Music Performance at the Norwegian Academy of Music! It has been a lifelong dream to study clarinet overseas, and the time has ...

Auckland | Saturday, 1 July 2017


          Lopdell Film Festival - Beyond the Known World   

Beyond the Known World (NZ/India) M 1h 42min Drama Beyond the Known World takes a bitter estranged Kiwi couple on a passage to India on a desperate hunt for their missing daughter. Eva left New Zealand to ...

Auckland | Saturday, 1 July 2017


          Cirque Grande   

Brand New Circus on its very first tour in New Zealand. KJ's "Cirque Grande" - All new circus sensation presents world-class acts from around the globe. It brings a fresh and exciting new look to the circus in ...

Auckland | Friday, 30 June 2017 - Sunday, 2 July 2017


          Te Taumata Kapa Haka   

Don’t miss thrilling, live performances by a selection of New Zealand’s best kapa haka including Ngā Tūmanako, Te Mātārae I Orehu and Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi. See some of the top groups in the country ...

Auckland | Saturday, 1 July 2017


          Johnny Sexton urging team-mates to earn place in Lions folklore   
The Ireland star says beating New Zealand in the next two Tests would rank as “one of the greatest Lions performances”.
          5 talking points ahead of second Lions Test in New Zealand   
The Lions need a victory in Wellington to avoid series defeat.
          Lions future not in doubt regardless of New Zealand series outcome – Kieran Read   
Read believes the 2017 Lions will not be the last to tour New Zealand.
          JULY 1, 2017   
Auckland Islands, New Zealand: Female New Zealand sea lion, Enderby Island. This image is from Savage Island Giants.
          FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup begins Saturday   

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and three of his Wildcats will begin play in Cairo on Saturday in the 2017 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup. Calipari, who is head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s U19 team, will lead a talented USA roster that includes UK freshmen Hamidou Diallo and PJ Washington. UK sophomore forward Tai Wynyard will play for his home country of New Zealand in the event. He has played for New Zealand in the 3x3 World Cup each of the past two summers.

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          69-year old Striptease Star to Headline at NZ Festival   
69-year old Striptease Star to Headline at the New Zealand Burlesque Festival By Red Rascal Productions 30 June 2017
          Orana Joins Forces with Jane Goodall Institute NZ   
Orana Wildlife Park and the Jane Goodall Institute New Zealand (JGI NZ) are celebrating a new partnership whereby the Institute’s Roots & Shoots programme will be integrated at the Park. Dr Goodall will visit Orana tomorrow (Friday, 30 June) to ...
          Research shows importance of local govt increasing   
Reputation research shows importance of local government increasing Kiwis are becoming increasingly aware of the important role local government plays in the performance of the country as a whole, new research commissioned by Local Government New Zealand ...
          Finalists’ Works Unlock Secrets to a Better Life   
Unconditional love, mysticism, consciousness and death feature in this year’s Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Awards finalist works, written by New Zealanders from all walks of life and from all over the country.
          Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day publish ten poems   
Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day celebrate their 20th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, are publishing online poetry collection 20/20. The collection includes Poet Laureates, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards winners and strong new voices ...
          David Eggleton receives prestigious Award   
Accomplished poet, editor, art critic and journalist David Eggleton has been awarded the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers’ Residency.
          Justice for state abuse survivors: 6 July 2017   
Justice for state abuse survivors: 6 July 2017 New Zealanders who were abused as children and vulnerable adults while in state care are calling on other survivors and supporters to join them at parliament on Thursday 6 July as they present an open ...
          Bambina Burlesque Graduate Showcase   
Pop on your glad-rags on and prepare to get hot under the collar as our fabulous graduates from Bambina Burlesque Academy in Auckland, New Zealand bump n' grind their way to burlesque stardom!
          Medical Students support Legal Challenge on Climate Change   
The New Zealand Medical Students Association (NZMSA) supports OraTaiao: The New Zealand Climate and Health Council’s recent press release, and law student, Sarah Thomson’s challenge to the Minister for Climate Change issues.
          Bivouac Proud to Join The Outdoor Safety Retail Partnership   
The Outdoor Safety Retail Partnership (OSRP) is now three strong with the addition of Bivouac. Mountain Safety Council (MSC) chief executive Mike Daisley is proud to announce that Bivouac is the third major New Zealand outdoor retailer to confirm ...
          Fowler: City worship proved moveable feast   
An early part of New Zealand's European colonisation was the introduction of religion. It would be fair to say that a degree of tension existed between the Catholics and Protestants at this time. Napier's first church was St...
          The Economy Hub: Do regions get a fair share of tax?   
Are the regions getting a fair share of the tax take?New Zealand First leader Winston Peters this week proposed diverting 25 per cent of the government's royalties from water, oil and mineral extraction - and the GST paid by tourists...
          Hawke's Bay among finest in top list   
Hawke's Bay's luxury lodges have been given international recognition. Craggy Range Lodge and The Farm at Cape Kidnappers were named among the top 5 'New Zealand Luxury Lodges' as part of Harrods magazine's June edition. Marketing...
          Star Wars: Rivals preview – hands-on with a new hope for iOS cover shooters   
Star Wars: Rivals has been in soft launch for over a week now, providing a bunch of evocative pew-pew corridor shoot outs for iPhone and iPad users down under. I’ve been playing the game a little through the means of a New Zealand App Store account. Here’s what I’m making of it so far. Scoundrel… […]
          Speeding Toward the Finish Line   
Things are getting crazy over here. I know in the US, you are already graduating your kids! We have another week or so to go. But there is an event every night! Here are some snapshots from our busy days and nights.

After the music concert, we piled a bunch of kids in the car to get them home. 


Our Spring music concert was fabulous! This year our only performer for the school concert was Firstborn. She took a World Music class, so they performed a Polynesian drum routine, as well as a Haka dance from New Zealand. This awesome group of kids even painted their faces to go with the genre. 

And every night that we get home, we race down to see our babies. They are growing up and so much fun! They are properly domesticated and socialised, let me tell you! 



And in spite of the crazy schedule, CC and I found a few minutes to grab a Starbucks together. We talked shop the entire night, but still! We were together, and it was fun! 


          New Zealand v British and Irish Lions: 'Do or die' Test for Lions   
Sam Warburton says Saturday's second Test is the biggest challenge of his career - and it may also be one of the most significant games in Lions history.
          Subaru drops price on new XV SUV   
Subaru New Zealand (SNZ) is throwing down the gauntlet in the small SUV segment with the arrival of its all-new XV which is going on sale from the third week in July. Recent entrants to Read More
          Comment on New From The New Zealand Team! by Joan Roberts   
Claiming Psalm 91 for cousin Josh and team as you head to New Zealand tomorrow.
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          6/29/2017: YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE: Cycling 3000km and raising $5000   

A Waiuku man will cycle 3000 kilometres from the comfort of his fruit and vegetable shop to help raise funds for Diabetes New Zealand. Come Monday morning, Shayne Thomson will be cycling against Tour de France athletes inside his store, Froggies Fruit...
          6/29/2017: OUT & ABOUT: Step up to a job on the beat and join the force   
We want you! Right now the New Zealand Police can not recruit enough staff. With the turnover that all large organisations - including police have - especially so in the current hot economic climate, we are struggling to maintain numbers. So if...
          Captain Warburton ready to add more bite to Lions   
SAM Warburton fully expects the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand to use off-the-ball skirmishes to steal a mental edge in Saturday's second Test.
          Johnny Sexton to tone down behaviour towards refs as he targets series leveller   
Johnny Sexton has admitted he needs to tone down his approach to referees ahead of the Lions’ second Test against New Zealand in Wellington.
          Andy Farrell embraces underdogs tag as British and Irish Lions chase shock win   
Andy Farrell believes "the underdog has always had his day" as the British and Irish Lions chase an odds-defying second Test victory over New Zealand on Saturday.
          Johnny Sexton urging team-mates to earn place in Lions folklore   
Johnny Sexton believes it would be "one of the greatest Lions performances" if they secure Test series glory against world champions New Zealand.
          Lions prop Mako Vunipola explains how he ended up grabbing Owen Franks' testicles during first test   
Mako Vunipola has insisted it was an accident if he grabbed Owen Franks' testicles in the British and Irish Lions' first Test defeat to New Zealand.
          All Blacks pack set to target the lineout in O'Mahony's absence    
New Zealand captain Kieran Read has warned the Lions that his side intend to up their game even further in tomorrow’s second Test in Wellington.
          New Zealand hold the aces as Gatland gambles   
Warren Gatland has re-shuffled his pack but it is Steve Hansen who holds the aces.
          Hansen: What happens on field should stay on field   
After a week dominated by the back and forth between the two head coaches, Steve Hansen attempted to diffuse matters by chastising the New Zealand Herald for their depiction of Warren Gatland as a clown and praising his opposite number's character and coaching credentials.
          Dover Samuels backs Shane Jones and NZ first    

Shane Jones has been confirmed as the New Zealand First candidate to contest the Whangarei electorate at this year’s general election. 

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          Australia Women vs New Zealand Women, 10th Match   
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          Shane Jones confirmed as NZ First candidate for Whangarei    

A tide of people filled the streets of Whangarei today in anticipation of the announcement confirming Shane Jones as the New Zealand First candidate for the Whangarei electorate. 

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          The Economy Hub: Do regions get a fair share of tax?   
Are the regions getting a fair share of the tax take? New Zealand First leader Winston Peters this week proposed diverting 25 per cent of the government's royalties from water, oil and mineral extraction - and the GST paid by tourists...
          Don't be a fucking idiot. Vaccinate your kids.   
There's a terrifying story on Stuff (see link) about a family in New Zealand who opted not to vaccinate their children and then watched their 7 year old suffer for three weeks and almost die from tetanus.  If you know me or have read this blog...

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          Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


Regional Editor Spotlight:

Christy Brooks
Los Angeles Contributing Editor

Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


          Sam McKinniss -- a surprise Minnesotan! -- on painting Lorde's 'Melodrama' cover, honoring Prince   

Twenty-year-old New Zealander Lorde turned to Minnesota's Sam McKinniss for the cover art to her terrific new album, "Melodrama." Lorde's exhilarating, effervescent, and emotionally charged Melodrama is the best album of 2017, and a Minnesotan helped complete it.


          Captain Warburton ready to add more bite to Lions   
SAM Warburton fully expects the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand to use off-the-ball skirmishes to steal a mental edge in Saturday's second Test.
          Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


Regional Editor Spotlight:

Christy Brooks
Los Angeles Contributing Editor

Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


          Diesel Fitter/Workshop Foreman   
QLD-Brisbane, Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd (www.fultonhogan.com) is a major trans-Tasman civil contracting company, with interests in a broad range of products and services in the road construction, quarrying, civil construction, and infrastructure maintenance and land development sectors. Our over 6,000 strong team across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands, continues to grow and diversify into new markets,
          Andy Grammer Has A New Song With LunchMoney Lewis   

Andy Grammer has shared his new video with LunchMoney Lewis. Andy’s last album ‘Magazines or Novels’ was released in 2014. His last hit was ‘Fresh Eyes’ in 2016. ‘Give Love’ is expected to feature of Andy’s third yet-to-be titled album. Grammer Australian and New Zealand tour dates October 13, Melbourne, TRAK October 14, Brisbane, Eatons

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          Third op-shop for North Dunedin   
Dunedin North op-shoppers will soon have another option. Animal Rescue Network New Zealand will open a charity shop in North Rd tomorrow. It will be the third such store in the area. The others are the SPCA Otago Op Shop and the Orphans Aid International Op Shop, which opened earlier this month between Carlyle St […]
          PACER Plus: In whose interests?   

The government’s pursuit of free trade agreements at any cost has now turned to some of the most unique but vulnerable societies in the world – our Pacific neighbours. The government is again pushing a trade agreement that undermines the majority of people, social equity, the environment and cultural heritage. There is another reality behind […]

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  •           Back....   
    You can’t revive a blog whenever you want to. It either happens or it doesn’t. And right now, I am having one of those moments when you have stuff to say and you think it would be great if you could post a.k.a. vomit it on to your blog. I know it’s been ages since I last posted, but I haven’t been that busy really. Life has been interesting in the past year and a half or so when I’ve been away from the blog. So that means the only reason I haven’t posted is b’coz I am a lazy bum. We all are lazy bums, no? Now that I am home with almost nothing to do and I have stuff to say, I think it’s a good time to bring the blog back to life.


    So you drag yourself out of bed at 5 am hoping to see New Zealand like 380/8 and you switch on the TV and you see 410/4 and you realise the difference between dreams and reality is as wide as it can ever be. There has been some criticism of Sehwag’s captaincy when it comes to field placements and bowling changes. It’s unfair to the guy, b’coz he never uses his brain when he bats and he cant be expected to use it when he fields. And when Yuvraj drops a dolly and someone as boring as Franklin hits 52 and a number of edges go thru the slip and gully region, its not really Sehwag’s fault. The real blame should be on Dhoni and Dhoni alone because if he was playing, things may have been different. The best part of the day’s cricket (if you are a sadist) is watching Charu Sharma and Arun Lal discuss the day’s play after stumps. I pity them. Poor guys have no clue what is happening and they are expected to discuss it for I think, like an hour, or maybe more. It’s like Atal Behari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh discussing Salsa and Tango. Watching it for like 5 minutes proved to be too much for me, and I am glad someone invented the remote control and I am glad we have other TV Channels.


    I finished the book ‘You are here’. It’s a funny name for a book. You are here. I’m sure the sequel will be called ‘You are there’ or ‘You have moved’ or better still ‘You are now here’. The author’s name is Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan. Seriously, that is the name. From the name, it sounds like she is either a Kathak danseuse or the author of some research paper titled ‘The study of the effects of algae on water purity in Lake Chihuamuhua’. I just realised that the book title “You are here” has 10 letters and the authors name has 22 letters. The book has Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan on all the pages. I do hope she has a shorter version of that name in real life. Imagine saying “Are you okay, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan?” or “Would you like coffee or tea, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan?” or hearing “Hello, Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan here”. But seriously, what’s in a name? I just found it funny that a book called You Are Here would have Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan on all its pages.The book is cool. It is not about all the women liberation and all the feminist gasbag talk. The best part about the book is that it is honest. There are parts of it I can identify with and a lot of it makes sense to me. Now if I can identify with something, it really must be something no? It’s not autobiographical or anything of that sort, and it’s not some story that goes on and on and ultimately ends, sometimes very abruptly. I used to read her blog once upon a time, back in the days when I would religiously read everything in my Google reader, and the book is just an extension of her blog. Her blog is a great read, and the book although a toned down and fictionalised version, is also easy reading. It does get boring at times, but then everything does. Happy I finished the book. It’s one of the few books I have started and finished lately. The same goes for movies. I have never been a movie person. I start to watch a movie at home and I always end up not finishing it either because something more interesting comes up, or its gets so boring that I have to make something more interesting to please come up. The only movies I finish are ones that are watched in the movie hall.


    I saw this band called Faridkot on Channel V Launchpad and I loved them. Check them out, the lead singer Inderpreet Singh is cool ...


    P.S. As I type this, Arun Lal and Charu Sharma are back on TV. What happened to superheroes? Paging for Superman or Batman or Spiderman, someone needs to be rescued guys... help!!
               NZ Rugby boss says Lions tours will continue    
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew is confident British and Irish Lions tours will continue but says they will likely be shorter in future.
              Sam McKinniss -- a surprise Minnesotan! -- on painting Lorde's 'Melodrama' cover, honoring Prince   

    Twenty-year-old New Zealander Lorde turned to Minnesota's Sam McKinniss for the cover art to her terrific new album, "Melodrama." Lorde's exhilarating, effervescent, and emotionally charged Melodrama is the best album of 2017, and a Minnesotan helped complete it.


              First shipments of chilled meat to China underway   
    First shipments of chilled meat to China underway The first export consignments of chilled meat have left New Zealand shores bound for China as part of a six month trial, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today. “The air-freighted ...
              Film Commission appointments announced   
    Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Maggie Barry has announced two new appointments to the New Zealand Film Commission Board.
              Home construction boom continues   
    The number and value of homes being constructed across New Zealand is continuing to grow and reach new highs, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith said today in response to the May statistics on building consents.
              Education strategy released for consultation   
    Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith has today released the draft New Zealand International Education Strategy for consultation.
              NZ support for agriculture innovation   
    NZ support for agriculture innovation Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced an $11 million boost to global agricultural research. “New Zealand is a world leader in international agriculture research and we want to help meet global food needs ...
              Speech: Peters - A Real Voice for Whangarei   
    Speech by Rt Hon Winston Peters Pure Cameron St, Whangarei 1pm, 30th June, 2017 A Real Voice for Whangarei The Chair of the Whangarei electorate, Noela Fidow, deputy chair Ken Barber, Parliamentary colleagues, Tracey Martin and Darroch Ball, New Zealand ...
              Campaign for the Regions Tour Begins   
    Campaign for the Regions Tour Begins The Campaign for the Regions Tour of New Zealand by New Zealand First began today. New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters boarded the campaign bus at the Northern Gateway at Silverdale to ...
              NZ support for Solomon Islands youth   
    Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett and Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee have announced that New Zealand will contribute up to $6 million to redevelop Honiara’s Multi-Purpose Hall and sports facility.
              Jones spent $128K on travel and entertainment in one year   
    On the day he announces his candidacy for New Zealand First, ACT can reveal that Shane Jones spent $128,000 in taxpayer money on travel and entertainment in just one year at MFAT.
              NZ continues to support demining in Colombia   
    New Zealand is committed to helping Colombia achieve its target of being landmine free by 2021, Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee says.
              Pacific Resources International – Bee Friendly – The Versatility of the Honey Bee! + Giveaway   

    Pacific Resources International (PRI) is a family owned business founded by David Noll who lived in New Zealand for 15 years. Upon returning to the US, David brought the products of New Zealand for us to enjoy and is now an exclusive importer of high quality New Zealand products such as Manuka Honey and various [...]

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              Comment on Should we attempt to set up a self-sustaining city of a million people on Mars? by Charles Poynton   
    There are places on Earth that are too hostile for most humans, even though they have an atmosphere with oxygen, are warm enough for comfort and have access to food and water. Before spending trillions on getting a settlement established in the infinitely more hostile environment of Mars, I suggest Musk et al spend some years in the Taklamakan in China, Gibson Desert in Australia or even Death Valley. They might then understand why humans prefer living in green and temperate places like the USA, Europe or even New Zealand.
              Captain Warburton ready to add more bite to Lions   
    SAM Warburton fully expects the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand to use off-the-ball skirmishes to steal a mental edge in Saturday's second Test.
              A quirky miasma of art and cheap thrills ...   
    Movie reviews and images from the seedy underbelly of world cinema. May Definitely does contain offensive language, sex scenes, graphic violence, drug use, horror, gratuitous nudity, and/or traces of nuts.
    The Virgin Psychics. Japan, 2016
    The Virgin PsychicsThe Virgin Psychics from Sion Sono is a mish-mash of crazy ideas - a preposterous sci-fi/supernatural premise exploited to its fully perverted potential with an abundance of upskirts, dick jokes, and insane situations ... Read more
    The Click. France, 1985
    The ClickWhat if you had a remote control that could turn any woman into a shameless nympho at the turn of a dial? That is the central conceit of Le Declic, a film based on the erotic comic by highly regarded Italian illustrator Milo Manara ... Read more

    Madame de Sade. Japan, 1986
    Madame de SadeFor a film containing such highly sexual ideas and situations - the story, acting and cinematography is of a remarkably high order. For those who enjoy some titillation in their movies, but cannot put up with the cinematic dross so often exemplified by most adult entertainment, I can most certainly recommend ... Read more
    Erotic Diary of an Office Lady. Japan, 1977
    Erotic Diary of an Office LadyWhat's interesting about this film is that, as the name suggests, it is told from a woman's perspective. So while at first we thought these women were your typical sexual fantasies (and with a title like that, who can be blamed!) - Konuma masterfully exposes the viewer to the flipside of the coin ... Read more
    Himiko. Japan, 1974
    HimikoAs an introduction to the legend of Himiko, the film fulfills it's purpose, and with no small amount of style. The cast is terrific, and the visuals often amazing. It is however a product of its time - experimental, arty, and very different to modern Hollywood fare ... Read more
    Zero Woman 5: The Hunted. Japan, 1997
    Zero Woman 5This direct to video release is the 5th entry in the Zero Woman franchise, one of the better known and certainly most prolific in the abundant Japanese Girls with Guns genre. The basic storyline will be familiar to anyone who has seen the various incarnations of Nikita ... Read more
    The Sorcerer and the White Snake. China/HK, 2011
    The Sorcerer and the White SnakeI guess The Sorcerer and the White Snake is the Chinese equivalent of a blockbuster. Big name stars, melodramatic romance, talking animals. Usually not my bag at all. But this is one amazing-looking spectacle and as far as blockbuster entertainment goes you could do a lot worse ... Read more

    The Evil Dead. USA, 1981
    The Evil Dead Unfairly referred to on release as a 'video nasty', it's far better than that description might suggest, and is a highly accomplished genre film that pushed the creative envelope in many directions, despite its low-budget origins ... Read more

    Cold Fish. Japan, 2011
    Cold FishIt was with much anticipation that I caught Sion Sono's latest flick at a Film Festival this weekend. I was expecting something surreal and gory, and I knew it was based on a real-life serial killer. But what I didn't expect was the funniest movie I've seen this year... Read more

    The Raquel Welch Project. One Million Years B.C, 1966
    One Million Years B.C.While the search for a good Raquel Welch movie continues, I had a pretty good idea this was not likely to be one of them. Nevertheless, this is the movie that launched her as an international sex symbol, and the source of the infamous loinskin bikini ... Read more

    The Hokusai Manga aka Edo Porn. Japan, 1981
    Edo PornAn Academy Award-winning film that features Tentacle Porn? Not likely right? Well, it is when its the Japanese Academy Awards! This historical drama about famed artist Katsushika Hokusai is a quality historical drama with its fair share of titillation ... Read more

    Braindead aka Dead-Alive. New Zealand, 1992
    BraindeadBefore Peter Jackson won Oscar glory with Lord of the Rings, he was the Splatter King of B-Movies. This balls-out orgy of zombie mayhem may well be the single greatest achievement in B-grade zombie cinema, and incredibly funny for those with a twisted sense of humor ... Read more

    Enter the Void. France, 2009
    Enter The VoidA twisted, visceral, mind-blowing experience with huge ambitions that no doubt will prove far too edgy for the Oscars, even though its now firmly in front-running for my movie of the year. Hallucinogenic, sexy, transcendent, experimental, in-your-face, and brutal by turns - its not for everyone ... Read more

    Angst. Austria, 1983
    AngstFor fans of true crime, and anyone seeking a more authentic psycho killer experience this surely rates as one of the most successful of its type. It's nasty, it's seedy, it's disturbing - just like the crime itself. What was the film's biggest downfall is also its greatest asset - it's honesty ... Read more

    XX: Beautiful Hunter. Japan, 1994
    XX: Beautiful HunterFrom famed Japanese Pinku director Masaru Konuma comes this mid-90's Girls with Guns genre piece, fully stocked with guns, sex, blood and a touch of S&M-themed torture thrown in for good measure ... Read more

    Vanilla Sky. USA, 2001
    Vanilla SkyThe film that Vanilla Sky is based on, Alejandro Amenabar's Abre los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) is one of my all-time favourite films. And amazingly enough, so is this. Cameron Crowe took the opportunity to not only remake the movie, but to try and improve upon it as well. I still can't decide which of the two films I like better. Read more

    School of the Holy Beast. Japan, 1974
    School of the Holy BeastNunsploitation. What the fuck, right? It makes me laugh just to say it! But if you're looking for the Rolls-Royce of exploitation films, then this surely must be it. Despite the gorgeous visuals, the story doesn't shirk the exploitation factor, and has all the gratuitous and lurid content you could hope for. Read more

    Candy, USA 1968
    CandyAs a naive and trusting coed with a heart of gold, Candy is unaware of the effect she has on men, and seems like a bewildered Alice, in a Wonderland populated with sleazy, horny men. Light-hearted bawdy fun, and a worthwhile cinematic trip back to the 60's.
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    Boxer's Omen, Hong Kong 1983
    Boxer's OmenI've seen more than my share of utterly bat-shit movies in my time, but this may be one of THE most twisted movies I've ever seen. Starting out as a martial arts movie, it segues into a triad theme, introduces a supernatural ghost-monk, and cuts to a gratuitous sex scene ... all within the first 15 minutes!
    Read on

    Black Dynamite, USA 2009
    Black DynamiteA hilariously cheesy throwback to the golden era of 70s blaxploitation - complete with the requisite sexism, racism, macho posturing and kung fu! Some jive turkey has killed his brother and its up to Black Dynamite to find out who is responsible!
    Read on

    Thirst, Korea 2009
    ThirstWhat can one of the most exciting directors in Asia bring to the well-established, and frequently all too predictable, vampire genre? Well rest assured there's loads of sex and blood, and the odd bit of ultra-violence thrown in for good measure ...
    Read on

    Angel-A, France 2005
    Angel-AThe stunning cinematography around picturesque Paris, combined with the decision to film in black and white lends the film an artistic and classy aesthetic, however the delivery is anything but pretentious. Instead director Luc Besson has delivered a mature and sexy comedy/fantasy that is enjoyable from start to finish ...
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              Braindead   
    aka Dead Alive
    New Zealand, 1992

    Director: Peter Jackson
    Starring: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver
    IMDB: 7.6

    Nowadays oscar-winning director Peter Jackson is best known for films such as Lord of the Rings, Heavenly Creatures, and King Kong. But back when he started his film career in New Zealand, he was the splatter king. This particular film concluded his early b-movie trilogy which includes his first two films Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles. Unfortunately this was to be his last foray in b-movie cinema as he moved on to larger, more commercial projects.

    What these early features had in common was a low budget aesthetic combined with over the top gore and incredibly inventive effects. Brain Dead was filmed for only $3 million, and yet contains enough special effects for a movie with ten times the budget.




    Despite the large amount of blood, brains, viscera and assorted many-hued body fluids on display, its definitely gore played for laughs - with a similar feel to Evil Dead II, Dellamorte Dellamore, or even Tokyo Gore Police. Jackson takes the zombie genre, and goes completely over the top with it. This is an incredibly funny movie - that is, if you're the kind of person that finds humour in zombies being taken down by garden implements with extreme prejudice.




    The first half hour however is b-grade at best ... set in 1950's New Zealand, there is a distinct lack of glamour. No hardbody co-eds frolicking in the pool here! The backstory involves a zoo official collecting a rare Sumatran rat-monkey to bring back to New Zealand, despite strong disagreement from the local tribesmen.

    Turns out they had good reason to object. This hybrid was conceived through the unlikely scenario of a giant rat raping a monkey, resulting in one evil motherfucking beast. Nevertheless, it takes up residence at the local zoo, and its not long before its zombie virus is unleashed.




    Meanwhile we've been introduced to a range of strange characters, a love story is in progress, and the unlikely hero is rapidly maturing from bumbling nerd to ass-kicking zombie despatcher. The acting is quite woeful at times, but then its obvious that's not where the budget has been spent. Once the movie hits the last hour, it quickly gathers momentum with the body count accelerating exponentially. Before long we've descended into a balls-out orgy of zombie mayhem that may well be the single greatest achievement in zombie cinema.

    Rating: 8/10

    Japanese Movie Poster:

    The Japanese movie poster is an awesome hand-drawn illustration of the film, and one of my favorite b-movie posters. Although it should be noted considerable license has been taken, as there are no characters in the film remotely resembling the attractive nurse depicted. Click here to see a larger version.

              Patriot One enters Pacific Rim market after signing agreement with New Zealand security firm   
    Top Priority Sector: 
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    TORONTO June 29, 2017 Patriot One Technologies Inc. (TSX.V: PAT) (OTCQB: PTOTF) (FRANKFURT: 0PL) (“Patriot One” or the “Company”), developer of the award-winning PATSCAN CMR™ concealed weapons detection system, announced today it has entered into a reseller agreement with accredited national systems integration experts, Aotea Security (NZ) Ltd. of Dunedin, New Zealand.
     

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               Hughie Fury vs Joseph Parker for world heavyweight title    
    The two unbeaten fighters were due to meet in Parker's native New Zealand in May. But Fury, cousin of former world heavyweight king Tyson, had to pull out with a back injury.
              More than half of Australia's beef cattle can be f   
    More than half of Australia's beef cattle can be found in the coastal areas of Queensland and New South Wales; and the 20 to 30 inch (500-750mm) rainfall belt of Queensland, New South Wales and Northern Victoria, generally provide adequate climatic environments for the growth of psilocybian mushrooms, especially after heavy rains. It has been suggested that "Psilocybe cubensis was introduced into Australia accidentally by early settlers along with their livestock." This same spore dispersal mechanism also probably applies to Copelandia cyanescens, Panaeolus subbalteatus and several additional species known to occur in or around the dung of other ruminants. This includes Psilocybe semilanceata and the non-hallucinogenic "haymaker's" mushroom Panaeolina foenisecii. While cattle are raised in all Australian states, as well as in the central lowlands, recreational users have been known to export these psychoptic species to various areas in Australia from areas where they were collected. In the case of New Zealand, hereafter referred to as NZ, cattle are the primary source for Copelandia cyanescens, but the "liberty cap" mushroom Psilocybe semilanceata only grows in the manured soil of four-legged ruminants and not directly from manure (Jansen, Pers. Comm., 1988). The identification section of this guide documents reported locations for more than 1 dozen species of psilocybian mushrooms in Australia and NZ which most likely have been used at one time or another for recreational purposes.
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              NZ Rugby boss says Lions tours will continue   
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew is confident British and Irish Lions tours will continue but says they will likely be shorter in future.
              Company With Ties To UFO Cover-up Gets Huge Antarctica Contract - Why All The Defense Contractors And Mercenaries?    
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    (Stefan Stanford) According to this interesting new story from the Herald Review, studies that were completed upon sedimentary rock in Antarctica have given us undeniable and conclusive evidence that palm trees once grew there in that land long covered by ice as also heard in the 1st video below. As the author of the Herald story asks, how is that possible when nothing other than primitive vegetation grows there today? As we hear in the 3rd and final video below featuring Clif High of the Web Bot project, the data that he mines every day tells him that something very, very strange is going on in Antarctica, and each day he's getting more and more indications that something huge is ramping up down there.
     Source - All News Pipeline

    by Stefan Stanford, June 20th, 2017

    Sharing with us evidence he's gotten through his internet word-monitoring project that, beyond many visits made by the elite to Antarctica, including Newt Gingrich himself in February of 2017 as seen in the Twitter screenshot below, he also sees a big ramping up of jobs in Antarctica including highly elite globalist corporations, (one with long ties to the UFO coverup!), and the numbers of military passes there indicate to him a major operation is being prepared for.


    Between large tracts of land in Australia and New Zealand being dedicated to something new and still mysterious, he also tells us of the creations of new cargo routes from the areas closest to the land of ice, where it is now winter. High tells us he expects we may see something huge during the Antarctic spring while telling us one of the biggest indicators of what might be happening there now are the huge number of high tech companies becoming involved. He also tells us that whatever it is, the American people may never hear anything about it with the companies now involved.


    According to the Professional Overseas Contractors website, a new company called LEIDOS recently took over the massive Antarctic support contract formerly held by deep-state, military-industrial-complex tied Lockheed Martin. Their story interestingly mentions that nowhere on LEIDOS company history page did they mention their parent company, a mega-giant for the 'deep state' called SAIC, the Scientific Applications International Company.


    And as High tells us in this video, SAIC has deep ties to the secrecy surrounding UFO's, history that can be traced by those willing to investigate it including a slew of CEO's from the military-industrial-complex including retired US Navy Admiral and CIA Deputy Director Bobby Ray Inman, who's held several influential positions within the intelligence community, including time at SAIC, and who has long been believed to be one of the 'UFO Gatekeepers'.

    Interestingly we also learn that the reason SAIC created LEIDOS was that they were unable to bid on certain government contracts as SAIC, but as LEIDOS they were able to bid upon them. Add in the fact that Lockheed Martin's Antarctica contract was supposed to run through 2025 but was 'conveniently' cut short, with LEIDOS taking over, and all kinds of questions arise that need to be answered with the starter: What is REALLY going on down there?


    According to Steve Quayle's book "Empire Beneath The Ice", the truth about history has been hidden. In 'Empire Beneath' Quayle persuasively argues that most of what we have learned about World War II and the defeat of Nazi Germany is wrong, and the truth is something not only sinister but are at the root of some of the biggest secrets of our age.

    Interestingly, Quayle's book aligns greatly with much that we're hearing from Clif High now via his Web Bot project and High tells us he believes that what's happening down there might somehow be UFO/alien related. He also claims that with most jobs in the Antarctic being seasonal and short term, there's a mathematical certainty that more and more information will be leaking out about what's really going on down there that he'll be able to data mine through his project.

    Might Steve Quayle's book have been way ahead of the truth? These main points of his book are shared with us.:
    Why the suppressed evidence proves Adolf Hitler didn’t die before Germany surrendered during WWII, and how he eluded capture.

    How Nazi SS members, scientists, and soldiers escaped with Hitler to create colonies in other parts of the world to continue their monstrous research.

    Why in 1947 Admiral Richard E. Byrd warned that the US should adopt measures to protect against an invasion by hi-tech aircraft coming from the polar regions, adding, “The time has ended when we were able to take refuge in our isolation and rely on the certainty that the distances, the oceans, and the poles were a guarantee of safety.”

    How, using advanced technology, Nazi saucers defeated the US military — long after WWII was supposedly over.

    Why the US space program was mostly a sham, and why the “UFOs” that started appearing around the world in the late 1940s were (and still are) most likely flown by Nazi pilots.

    How key government, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, financial leaders, and institutions helped Hitler come into power, and facilitated the preservation of Nazi wealth and power after WWII.

    Why today’s world is secretly controlled by a malevolent shadow government and entire populations are being surreptitiously brainwashed.

    How ancient stargates have been duplicated to open portals into spiritual and demonic universes.

    Why those controlling our planet have laid the groundwork for a takeover by a dictator who could best be described as the Antichrist of the Bible. Empire Beneath the Icecarefully documents these and many more astounding facts, divulging the truth about what is happening today. It gives you the insights to help prevent this diabolical takeover or, if it occurs, reveals the details and essential actions you and your loved ones must take. Empire Beneath the Ice exposes the dangers our world faces, and will arm you with the tools you need to counter these unspeakable, secret evils.




    While High makes sure to reaffirm that we still don't know exactly what's going on down there, he claims that based on the few clues we do have that things are definitely ramping up. The fact that LEIDOS/SAIC refocused a core science group on Antarctica, which did part of their past work in 'reverse engineering', tells him that, while we're now living in very exciting times, a major inflection point is ahead. As he continues, with the old system dying and a new one being born, there are great opportunities along with great risks.


    In the 2nd video below our videographer talks with us about the massive military build-up going on down in the Antarctic region including many defense contractors and mercenaries. Also discussed in the eye-opening final video below featuring Clif High are Bitcoin and other digital currencies and the potential for financial unrest ahead. The conversation turns towards Antarctica at the 24 minute mark. For those new to the Web Bot project, Cliff High's cutting edge technology is a set of algorithms used to process variations in the language that can offer insight into the mood of the collective unconscious through “predictive linguistics.”



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              Greenback Stabilizes    

    The US dollar has been battered this week amid a shift in sentiment seen in how the market responded to comments mostly emanating from the ECB's annual conference.  It is not reallyclear that Draghi or Carney gave new policy indications.  

    The ECB President has recognized the improved growth prospects, but until inflation is on a sustainable and durable path toward, a heavy dose of monetary accommodation is still needed.  The Bank of England Governor Carney indicated a week ago that it was not the time to raises the rate.  He has not changed his mind.  He identified a couple of factors he will be looking at to see if removing more accommodation is warranted (the BOE announced an increase in the cash buffer required of banks).  

    In recent days, the Fed's leadership have added to their argument for a continued gradual increase in rates by noting rich asset prices and easier financial conditions when the Fed desires less accommodative conditions. This is a reminder that contrary to the traditional understanding of the Fed's dual mandate, it really has three goals: Pricestability, full employment, and least we forget, financial stability.  

    The market is tired.  After rising mostly 15-20 bp this week, 10-year yields in Europe are mostly a little lower.  The US 10-year yield is steady.  Yesterday's jump in Europe and the US forced Asia-Pacific countries to play catch-up a bit.  Australian and New Zealand benchmark 10-year yields jumped nine bp.  Japan's 10-year yield rose two basis points, but the yield rose to three-month highs, just inside the BOJ 10 bp band on either side of zero.  

    The US dollar is mixed.  The three worst performing majors for the week, the yen, the New Zealand dollar and Norwegian krona are the three strongest currencies on the day.  The euro could not get much above the $1.1440 area seen the NY afternoon yesterday.  Options struck at $1.1360 (~810 mln euros), and $1.1450 (~700 mln euros) may mark the range.  It terms of sentiment; it is striking that despite the slightly higher than expected preliminary June inflation, the euro could not make more headway.  Thisalso seems to reflect a stretched or maybe just a cautious market.  

    Headline eurozone inflation eased to 1.3% from 1.4% in May.  Before yesterday's German report, a decline to 1.2% was expected.  The core rate rose more than expected to stand at 1.1%, up from 0.9% in May.   Recall that core rate bottomed at 0.6% in early 2015, and at 0.7% as recently as March.   The threat of deflation has been averted.   

    In contrast, Japan's May CPI was little changed.  The 0.4% headline pace was unchanged, while the core rate, which excludes fresh food, ticked up to 0.4% from 0.3%.  Excluding food and energy, the year-over-year rate was unchanged at zero.  Separately, Japan reported that for the 15th month, household spending on a year-over-year basis contracted.  The 0.1%  contraction is the smallest in the run, suggest consumption is stabilizing.  

    Separately, the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 3.1% from 2.8%, even as employment rose to its higher since 2007 and the job-to-applicant ratio rose (1.49 from 1.48).  The number of unemployed unexpectedly rose in German as well.   While unemployment claims were unchanged at 5.7%, Germany reported that unemployment increased by 7k instead of fall by 10k as the market expected. 

    After reaching almost JPY113 yesterday, the dollar has pulled back against the yen, as the Japanese currency benefits from short-covering on some of the crosses today.   It appears to be finding support around JPY111.70-JPY111.80.      There is a $382 mln option struck at JPY112.00 that rolls off today.  

    The resilience of the Chinese economy is one of the notable developments in the H1 17.  It appears to be finishing the period on a positive note.  The official manufacturing PMI rose to 51.7 from 51.2, defying expectations for a decline.  The non-manufacturing PMI increased to 54.9 from 54.5.  New export orders rose to 52.0, the highest since April 2012, and more broadly, new orders rose to 53.1 from 52.3.  Price components rose.   

    The yuan had fallen against the dollar in all but one session from June 12 through June 26.  However, in a squeeze in what may have been spurred by the PBOC, the yuan has now risen for four consecutive sessions.  It has risen 0.8% this week, which appears to be its biggest weekly advance since March 2015.  

    Sterling extended this week's survey to $1.3030 in Asia before pulling back, perhaps encouraged by a soft GfK consumer confidence (lowest since the referendum) and the lack of an upward revision to Q1 GDP (remained unchanged at 0.2%).  The $1.3055 area corresponds to a retracement objective of the decline since the referendum.  A move above it would encourage talk of $1.34-$1.35.

    Meanwhile, the Labour Party is unable to enjoy its strong showing in the recent election.   More than four dozen Labour MPs voted with the Tories on the Queen Speech and will lose the whip.  Some were leaders and will have to be replaced.  What many observers do not seem to realize is that Labour's manifesto (political platform) and the Tory's was not very different on exit from the EU.  However, there are many remains (in both parties) who do not want to lose access to the single market, which is arguably the litmus test for a hard Brexit. 

    The US reports personal income and consumption data that will shape forecasts for Q2 GDP.  The core PCE deflator is expected to confirm the general movement in the core CPI and ease for the fourth consecutive month.  Chicago PMI and Univ of Michigan consumer confidence reports are not typically market movers.  Canada reports April GDP, and perhaps, more importantly, the Bank of Canada's survey of senior loan officers may solidify expectations for a rate hike at the next meeting (July 12).  Indicative pricing in the OIS market implies almost a 70% chance of a hike then. 





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              Top 10 home tips from around the world   
    Top 10 home tips from around the world

    We often forget how modern air travel has transformed our lives. We think nothing of jetting off to far flung destinations for a week or two, locations our forefathers would only have dreamed of visiting.

    It gives us an opportunity to absorb the culture and customs of these countries, including the food, fashion, art, architecture and the interior style of a destination. Often we are inspired to incorporate some of these elements into our homes. It could be locally produced homewares, handmade furnishings, artisanal furniture or a print by a roadside artist - keepsakes of an exotic getaway or maybe more?

    With this in mind here are home style ideas and inspiration from the top 10 holiday locations Aussies can’t get enough of.

    1. India for ornate accessories

    With such a diverse array of cultures and religions across this vast country no surprise that Indian interior design is among the most exotic and complex styles out there. Colour is central to every aspect of Indian culture, and is a feature that strikes all first time visitors . India is also justly renowned for its beautiful handicrafts, fabrics, ornate architecture and homewares.

    Style tip: Indian handicrafts and decorative artifacts are a cost effective option to add colour and visual interest to any room in your home. Use a few select vibrant pieces to accessorise and offset a more muted overall tone for a room, as in this take on a traditional bedroom.

    India for ornate accessories

    2. Hawaii for island style

    Hawaii islands are a natural paradise with an abundance of rainforest, stunning beaches and volcanoes - which is why it became the ultimate tropical destination. The style and design of Hawaiian homes reflect this with a lifestyle that is intimately connected with these elements. Surf and beach culture are also synonymous with Hawaii, and both have influenced fashion and interior design far beyond these Pacific islands.

    Style tip: To bring a little of the aloha island style and spirit into your home incorporate lush tropical plants, bamboo - or even better install an outdoor shower to transport you to a Hawaiian beach hut.

     

    Hawaii for island style
     

    3. Japan for organic minimalism

    The land of the rising sun has had a huge influence on interior design in the West, with a simplicity that is at once modest yet effortlessly elegant. Their interior design aesthetic has been refined over thousands years and has been heavily influenced by Buddhist/Shinto culture and the natural world. I am going to call it organic minimalism. Timber and other natural materials are an important element of traditional Japanese homes, evident in the use of tatami mats and timber framed shoji screens.
    Style tip: Add a timber freestanding timber bathtub to turn your bathroom into a serene traditional Japanese onsen or spa experience and soak your troubles away in Zen-like solitude. Or head to your nearest Muji outlet for a budget take on many elements of Japanese interior design.

    Japan minimalism

    4. Hong Kong for space conscious storage

    Living spaces is at a premium in the compressed environs of this ex-British colonial outpost. That means most Hong Kong residents live in compact apartments where space is precious.  They need to be clever with the limited space they have to work with, so ideas around smart storage abound. Think using every square inch of your apartment, such as under bed storage, storage friendly furniture, behind the door storage and clever storage solutions for their tiny, postage stamp sized kitchens.

    Style tip: If you have a compact kitchen look to utilise corners to maximise the area to its fullest. Clever corner cabinet drawers turn once redundant space into useful storage for items like cutlery or even pots.


    Hong Kong for space conscious storage

    5. New York for loft living

    Converting old warehouses, factories and industrial spaces in New York became popular at the height of the counterculture movement in the 1960s, when artists turned these spaces into studios and a place to crash. They are defined by high ceilings and large windows, so usually have oodles of natural light. Another design marker are exposed beams and structural elements including pipework, lighting and ducting.

    Style tip: Look to expose any brickwork in your home and contrast it with more modern design elements including Scandi furniture, outsize artworks and greenery in the form of leafy plants in large pots.

    New York loft living

    6. British for eclectic eccentricity


    You would be hard pressed to find a Brit who leaves for work with a bowler hat, but that is not to say that tradition is on the wane there. For interiors the modern British home is an eclectic mix of influences, that borrows as much from their former colonies as it does reference a rich classical history. All these result in a style that is uniquely British, with nods to eclectic eccentricity, the countryside and a tradition of solid craftsmanship.

    Style tip: Juxtapose solid, crafted classically inspired furniture with items from your travels, like a kilim from India, mask from Africa or intricate carving from Asia.


    British for eclectic eccentricity
     

    7. Thai for handcrafted furniture

    Thailand is only surpassed by Bali as a favoured holiday getaway for Aussies, and it is not difficult to see why. Friendly locals, great food, even better beaches - and don’t forget to add great shopping to your list. That list extends to an interior aesthetic that is serene, tranquil and comfortable without being too formal. There is also a strong organic theme running through traditional Thai homes, with a lot of handcrafted timber items juxtaposed with opulent fabrics and gold themed religious objects.

    Style tip: For affordable and practical outdoor furniture look no further than rattan. This not only looks handcrafted, but is lightweight and will give any outdoor entertaining area a subtle Asian theme.


    Thai for handcrafted furniture

    8. Vietnam for colour

    Vietnam’s rich and unique history, combined with rapid recent modernisation has made this Southeast Asian country an intriguing melting pot of influences. There are obvious Chinese and French cultural elements in the food, dress and architecture which make for a unique melange that draws increasing numbers of Aussies. Its night markets are a cacophony of noise, colour and the aroma of the country’s distinctive cuisine - which make them a highlight of any visit there. They can also be a great source of inspiration for your next home decor project.

    Style tip: Use lanterns to decorate your outdoor entertainment area to recreate a Vietnamese night market. This can be for a special occasion or make it a permanent feature to wow friends, family and house guests.

    Vietnam for colour

    9. New Zealand for rustic charm

    New Zealanders fell in love with the Californian bungalow which has come to symbolise a rustic simplicity at odds with all the McMansions and bland apartments that dominate so many of our cities today. Think corrugated roofing, a picket fence, plasterboard and a verandah for watching the world go by. What is there not to like?

    Style tip: Short of extending your patio into a verandah and buying a rocking chair, you could also put up a picket fence. Just make sure you paint it white.

    New Zealand for rustic charm

    10. Bali for beach style

    Bali is the most visited international destination by Aussies, tempting us back with a mixture of exotic landscapes, catered villas, beaches and an active nightlife. No surprise that when we come home we want to recreate the harmonious feeling of our Balinese escape. Look to use natural materials if you want to incorporate Balinese beach style in your home, like natural timber, cane and bamboo.
    Style tip: Build a thatched gazebo where you can lounge until your next holiday to Bali. And if you live in Queensland count yourself lucky, you can use it all year round.

    Bali for beach style


              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/22 - MATILDA, OKLAHOMA, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature MATILDA, OKLAHOMA, CHICAGO, and more!

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    Australia: Contributor Barry Lenny reviews MATILDA at the Adelaide Festival Theatre. He writes "Lucy Maunder plays the appropriately named, Miss Honey, all sweetness and light, without allowing her performance to descend into syrupy sentimentality. Maunder creates the teacher whom we all wish we had had in out first years at school, warm, gentle, supportive, and caring, the complete opposite of the headmistress. James Millar is hilarious as Miss Trunchbull, the villain of the piece. He struts, growls, shouts, and mentally and physically abuses the children. His Miss Trunchbull is an arrogant tyrant, charging through the students like a combine harvester in a wheat field, with audience laughter following him every step of the way."


    Los Angeles: Contributing Editor Don Grigware reviews 3-D Theatricals' OKLAHOMA! He writes "The ensemble headed by Aks and Zachary Ford as Curly are magnificent triple threat performers. Aks has an operatic voice that dazzles and Ford has grown over the years into an exceedingly fine singer and actor. Tom Berklund as Will Parker makes his acrobatic dance moves look second nature and gives a superb performance. In line with the American Dream, both Will and Curly as played by Berklund and Ford show strength and determination in getting ahead and settling down with the women of their choice. Aks as Laurey is a much more complex character than previous Laureys we have seen. Dawson keeps the emphasis throughout on her tomboyish quality and her great outer strength in helping Aunt Eller ( the terrific Tracy Rowe Mutz) run the farm ... and on her fear of commitment to a relationship. When she pushes Curly aside, rejecting his advances, she is deeply struggling to understand her feelings and also her other unusual emotional connection to Jud Fry. Aks is as wonderful with Laurey's inner consternations as Kelly Dorney is with Ado Annie's openly aggressive reactions to the male element. Dorney's is a delicious performance full of feistiness and fun. Bonds is a sensation as Fry, exuding at times a brutal coldness, yet underneath we sense that there's a lot going on, some of which entails a sort of kind intent, apart from the expected cruelty. Boudreau as Hakim is hysterically delightful as the devious merchant, and E. E. Bell as Andrew Carnes, Ado Annie's pa, is simply great in a smaller role, as is Matt Merchant who stands out from among the 40+ ensemble as the stubborn, outspoken Cord Elam."


    New Zealand: Contributing Editor Monica Moore reviews The Pumphouse Theatre's BRING IT ON. She writes "All cast members performed with a credibility beyond their years. Samantha Campbell was the anchor of the show and kept it moving along with her very talented performances. Comedic side kick Xanthe Pavlovich provided plenty of laughs as did Jaymee Brearly along and Kristin Paulse provided a fresh and earthy stage presence winning the audience over with her originality. The choreography (Gemma Boswell) was great and the cheerleading moves were creatively worked in. The basketball number was a personal favourite and kept me on the edge of my seat.


    Phoenix: Contributor Herbet Paine reviews THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME. He writes "The supporting performances in this production are crisp and engaging. Gene Gillette cuts a sympathetic figure as Christopher's overbearing and protective father, desperately seeking to connect with his son while keeping a secret that may alienate him. Felicity Jones Latta is gripping as the mother whose frustration and guilt tear at her heart. Maria Elena Ramirez is perfect and relatable as Christopher's teacher who understands him better than anyone, provides moral support, and, as a play within a play, narrates the book he's written about his journey."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "While the story may lag in places, MOBY DICK is consistently well-acted. As Ishmael, Jamie Abelson (who performs at all evening shows) embodies the earnest outsider in every way. Abelson's performance is endearing and slightly perturbed, which mirrors the dark overall tone of the tale. Anthony Fleming III is exceptional and often quite funny as Queequeg, Ishmael's fellow outsider on the Pequod. Fleming is not only a superb actor, but also one of the most accomplished acrobats on board the ship. Kareem Bandealy is consistently wonderful as the pragmatic shipman Starbuck. And as the infamous Captain Ahab, Nathan Hosner paints a disturbing portrait as an off-kilter man consumed by an unceasing thirst for revenge."


    Central New York: Contributor Natasha Ashley reviews CHICAGO at the Central New York Playhouse. She writes "Shannon Tompkins' (also cast as Velma Kelly in select performances) choreography, based on Bob Fosse's original choreography, is some of the best that I have seen at this theatre. The Fosse-style dance expertise of ensemble member and Assistant Choreographer Stephfond Brunson also brought a wow factor to the proceedings. His solo dance in "Tap Dance" is a standout moment in the show. The choreography for this number is intricate, seductive, and intense."


    Niagara on the Lake: Contributor Michael Rabice reviews THE MADNESS OF GEORGE THE III at the Shaw Festival. He writes "Director Kevin Bennett moves the evening along swiftly, but at the times the complexity of the dialogue as well as the various accents and dialects made the long first act a challenge. Mr. Bennett novelly chose to have the actors interact with the audience before each of the two acts. Subtle lighting changes make you unaware that the play begins with full house lights up, but then slowly dim as the action melds from off stage to onstage. Set designer Ken MacDonald has created an ingenious unit set that cleverly mirrors the actual interior of the Royal George Theatre. Box seats have been built on either side of the playing area, where actual theatre goers are seated. This brings an immediacy to the play, allowing these audience members to be embedded in the action, giving them a few bits of business to complete the staging."


    New York / Dance: Contributor Christina Pandolfi reviews SWAN LAKE at American Ballet Theatre. She writes "And yet, all of that changed in the best way at the start of Act III in the great hall. The drama unfolded as von Rothbart appeared on the scene, introducing partygoers to his daughter, Odile. This time, Seo - dancing the iconic dual role of Odette/Odile - was edgy, sharp, and biting, as she bourréed with cutting intent and determination. Gomes matched her intensity, but offered a more subtle approach, lending her the steadfast guidance and support she deserved. The only time Seo showed her humanity was during the BLACK SWAN variation, where a repeated series of pirouettes tripped up her stability."


    Cleveland: Contributor Roy Berko reviews AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at State Theatre. He writes "The elegant, artsy projections by 59 Productions create a cityscape of Paris, that makes the smell of baguettes baking, the trickling sound of the meandering Seine River, and the illuminating gaslights of the city live. The effect is aided by the lighting of Natasha Katz and the scenery and costumes by Bob Crowley. The orchestrations are both lush and, at times, jazzy. The musical sounds are full, enhancing the singing and dancing. The triple threat cast is generally strong. The petite, lovely, Sara Esty, a Leslie Caron look-alike, who was the understudy for the Broadway run, captivates as Lise. Her dancing, singing and acting are top-notch. (BTW, her sister, Leigh-Ann plays the roll on Sunday evenings during the Cleveland run)."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews THE KING AND I at Broadway in Chicago. She writes "Sher has assembled a talented and powerful ensemble for this tour. In Laura Michelle Kelly's self-assured Anna, Sher has found a tremendous leading lady for the tour. Not only is Kelly a perfectly expert vocalist, but she gives freely to her performance. Her Anna strikes the balance between firm and tender. Kelly's performance of the showstopper "Shall I Tell You What I Think of You" is particularly interesting; it's softer and less outright angry than other takes I've seen, but in a way that grants the number even more power for we see how deeply Anna feels in that moment. Kelly is well-matched by José Llana as the King of Siam. Llana's King is less severe than others I've seen, and one of the strongest singers I've seen in this role. That's an added benefit, especially because it makes Anna and the KIng's iconic duet "Shall We Dance?" all the more enjoyable."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Don Grigware
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Don Grigware is an Ovation nominated actor and journalist/writer whose contributions to theatre through the years have included 6 years as theatre editor of NoHoLA, a contributor to LA Stage Magazine and currently on his own website:
    www.grigwaretalkstheatre.com

    Don hails from Holyoke, Massachusetts and holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Education and Bilingual Studies. He is a teacher of foreign language and ESL.

    "I enjoy meeting people at shows who recognize me and tell me that they read my reviews. I'm always surprised....happy, but surprised. Having a direct effect on people and their theatre choices is what it's all about for me. We as writers do make a difference. I love the theatre as an actor, a writer and want to support good theatre in Los Angeles.Actors and their creative teams desperately need our support. I am lucky to have a terrific writing team and we work well together to get the word out. BWW is the largest online outlet to promote theatre all over the world and I am honored to be a part of it."


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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


    Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


              Mental health education in occupational therapy professional preparation programs: Alignment between clinician priorities and coverage in university curricula.   
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    Mental health education in occupational therapy professional preparation programs: Alignment between clinician priorities and coverage in university curricula.

    Aust Occup Ther J. 2017 Jun 29;:

    Authors: Scanlan JN, Meredith PJ, Haracz K, Ennals P, Pépin G, Webster JS, Arblaster K, Wright S, ANZOTMHA Network

    Abstract
    BACKGROUND/AIM: Occupational therapy programs must prepare graduates for work in mental health. However, this area of practice is complex and rapidly changing. This study explored the alignment between educational priorities identified by occupational therapists practising in mental health and level of coverage of these topics in occupational therapy programs in Australia and New Zealand.
    METHODS: Surveys were distributed to heads of all occupational therapy programs across Australia and New Zealand. The survey included educational priorities identified by occupational therapists in mental health from a previous study. Respondents were requested to identify the level of coverage given to each of these priorities within their curriculum. These data were analysed to determine a ranking of educational topics in terms of level of coverage in university programs.
    RESULTS: Responses were received for 19 programs from 16 universities. Thirty-four topics were given 'High-level coverage' in university programs, and these were compared against the 29 topics classified as 'Essential priorities' by clinicians. Twenty topics were included in both the 'Essential priorities' and 'High-level coverage' categories. Topics considered to be 'Essential priorities' by clinicians which were not given 'High-level coverage' in university programs included the following: mental health fieldwork experiences; risk assessment and management; professional self-care resilience and sensory approaches.
    CONCLUSION: While there appears to be overall good alignment between mental health curricula and priorities identified by practising occupational therapists, there are some discrepancies. These discrepancies are described and establish a strong foundation for further discussion between clinicians, academics and university administration to support curriculum review and revision.

    PMID: 28660711 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


    Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


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              William Chapple MP - "Ulster should be ... tacked on to Scotland"   

     

    “W.A Chapple proposed that N.E. Ulster should be politically tacked on to Scotland, when a more proper suggestion would have been that Scotland should be politically tacked on to N.E. Ulster…"

    William Allan Chapple was the New Zealand born Liberal Party MP for Stirlingshire, and later Dumfriesshire. He is said to have made these remarks in the House of Commons in a debate some time around June 1912, the extract above being from St John Ervine’s biography of Sir James Craig, entitled Craigavon (1949), a really interesting book with much Ulster-Scots cultural content and which also uses the term as well.  This story warrants further investigation and cross-checking. 

    William Allan Chapple 1908


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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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              A retrospective survey into the presence of Plasmodium spp. and Toxoplasma gondii in archived tissue samples from New Zealand raptors: New Zealand falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae), Australasian harriers (Circus approximans) and moreporks (Ninox novaeseelandiae).   
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    A retrospective survey into the presence of Plasmodium spp. and Toxoplasma gondii in archived tissue samples from New Zealand raptors: New Zealand falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae), Australasian harriers (Circus approximans) and moreporks (Ninox novaeseelandiae).

    Parasitol Res. 2017 Jun 28;:

    Authors: Mirza V, Burrows EB, Gils S, Hunter S, Gartrell BD, Howe L

    Abstract
    Human colonisation of New Zealand has resulted in the introduction of emerging diseases, such as avian malaria and toxoplasmosis, which arrived with their exotic avian and mammalian hosts. Plasmodium spp. and Toxoplasma gondii have a wide host range, and several species of endemic New Zealand birds have developed a fatal disease following infection with either pathogen. However, no reports of either toxoplasmosis or avian malaria in New Zealand raptors, namely, the New Zealand falcons (Falco novaeseelandiae), Australasian harriers (Circus approximans) and moreporks (Ninox novaeseelandiae) exist in the literature. Therefore, this study was designed to determine if these two pathogens are present in these raptors through a retrospective analysis of archived tissue samples. Detection and isolate identification of these pathogens was determined using established histological and molecular techniques. All three species of New Zealand raptors tested positive for the presence of Plasmodium spp. (10/117; 8.5%) and an atypical genotype of T. gondii (9/117; 7.7%). Plasmodium lineages identified include P. elongatum GRW6, P. relictum SGS1, P. relictum PADOM02 and Plasmodium sp. LINN1. Two Australasian harriers and one morepork tested positive for the presence of both Plasmodium spp. and T. gondii. However, the pathogenicity of these organisms to the raptors is unclear as none of the tissues showed histological evidence of clinical disease associated with Plasmodium spp. and T. gondii infections. Thus, these results demonstrate for the first time that these two potential pathogens are present in New Zealand's raptors; however, further research is required to determine the prevalence and pathogenicity of these organisms among the living populations of these birds in the country.

    PMID: 28660290 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


               Lions coach Warren Gatland confirms that Sam Warburton will start in crucial All Blacks showdown    
    Gatland has rung the changes after losing the first test against New Zealand 30-15, drafting in Warburton, Maro Itoje, and Johnny Sexton. The Lions take on the All Blacks in Wellington on July 1.
              Kane Strang - Two Hearts and No Brain (2017)   
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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


    Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


              Mom of 4 Showed What Childhood Is Like Without TV and Gadgets   
    Niki Boon began taking photos as a hobby while living in Scotland. However, she later had to give it up because of changing life circumstances. Her passion for photography rekindled after she settled in one of the rural areas in New Zealand and gave birth to four children. Boon started to observe how her kids interacted with nature and perceived the world around them, and this became a major source of inspiration for her art.
    Niki called the photo series of her four children’s technology-free life "Childhood in the Raw." we at The World of Knowledge publish some of the photos that impressed us the most.

    "My kids live without TV and modern electronic devices."
    "This is a lifestyle that may seem a bit unconventional to some…
    ...but I’m so happy that I chose to live in this magical place with my family.""I document their days in an environment full of nature and uninhibited play.""It’s the physical record of their childhood, life as it is......the reality.""And it’s also a reflection of a childhood rooted deep in my own past......when I enjoyed absolute freedom.""It’s a childhood I now pass on to my own children.""I really want others to recall some aspect of their own childhood through my photos.""I believe it is best when my children come home all covered in mud.""They run and play wherever they want and live in harmony with nature.""They belong here — wild and free......and nothing stands between their young souls and nature.""Living in the countryside involves lots of work, that’s true......but it’s great for the kids to gain a sense of what it is to have to work to enjoy what we have.""They learn where our food comes from and about life and death."

              6/30/2017: Tennis: SAM’S READY TO BITE BACK   

    SAM WARBURTON is out to right the wrongs against New Zealand after insisting the British and Irish Lions are primed to bare their teeth in tomorrow’s second Test. The Wales flanker, who led the Lions in Australia four years ago, steps back into the...
              Comment on New Zealand’s broadband television end game in sight by Richard Blair   
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              Comment on New Zealand’s broadband television end game in sight by Doug Wilson   
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              Comment on New Zealand’s broadband television end game in sight by Jo Bond   
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              Weetabix vs Weet-bix: UK cereal held by New Zealand customs   
    Rival cereal brand Weet-bix says there could be customer confusion and it is protecting its trademark.
              Q Software Global and Myriad IT Introduce Australia and New Zealand Sales and Support Service for Q Software Customers   

    Australia and New Zealand Based Users of Q Software’s JD Edwards Compliance and Security Solutions Now Have Access To A New Local Sales and Support Office

    (PRWeb July 23, 2012)

    Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/7/prweb9720463.htm


              7/1/2017: SPORT: Warburton playing for the future of Lions series   
    British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton knows few matches have carried as much significance as today’s second Test against the All Blacks in Wellington. At stake is not only the outcome of the three-Test series which New Zealand leads 1-0 after...
              Comment on Inuit elders tell NASA Earth axis shifted by P.A.Semi   
    Earth axis shifts in Chandler wobble by cca hundred metres in a circle. That is nothing the inuits can observe! It's much more probable that the land, on which the inuits are living, has shifted. Either if it was an iceberg, or even whole island... (by which I would believe their observation, that Sun rises elsewhere than it used to, but much more probable explanation is shifting of their land...) There is similar thing - a mark of average sea level from year 1840 somewhere in New Zealand or Australia. The average sea level did not rise from those times or possibly it even decreased...? Or - the island, on which the sea-mark is, whole rised somehow upward (even by a meter?), which is absolutelly not impossible. (Average sea level rise is 7 cm per decade in last 5 decades, which means 70 cm per century, which is nothing catastrophic or even anything to concern with...) And by how much centimeters per year moves whole America westward ? People thus make reference to something, which they consider invariable, but after all it is not that much constant in course of centuries...
              NZ set to talk trade with Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru   
    New Zealand has signed an agreement to start trade negotiations with a four-country Latin American bloc.
              Preventive detention possible for Taranaki child sex offender   
    New Zealand's toughest prison sentence is being considered for a man who raped a young girl multiple times.
              10-year-old's letter brings Prime Minister Bill English to rural school   
    With her rural Taranaki school's community picnic coming up, Kaitlyn Haigh thought the Prime Minster of New Zealand might like to attend and also see where she and her friends do their schoolwork.
              US Ambassador Scott Brown has plenty to say about his boss    
    Scott Brown remembers vividly what he was doing when US President Donald Trump made the call to be his ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.
              New Zealand Building Consents Issued: May 2017   
    In May 2017, building consents were issued for 2,794 new dwellings: • 2,039 houses • 495 townhou...
              Comment on 10 Sweet Little Moments (In Winter) by Zoe   
    Please write more! This is truly beautiful and has helped me appreciate winter. Coming from the sunshine and oceans of Australia to living in New Zealand's mountains has been a struggle to say the least. Hibernation is nothing to be ashamed of.
              Lions must keep discipline but show their intent, says Johnny Sexton   

    • Fly-half sees second Test link with how All Blacks gained revenge over Ireland
    • Andy Farrell: you don’t just win the game by being raging mad

    The British & Irish Lions are being warned not to lose their heads amid the intensity of the second Test against New Zealand. The touring team are primed for a highly physical all-or-nothing encounter but their fly-half, Johnny Sexton, and the defence coach, Andy Farrell, are also stressing the need for discipline.

    Sexton sees some similarities with last November when New Zealand thundered into Ireland in Dublin after losing to the same opponents in Chicago a week earlier. He does not believe, however, the Lions should look to replicate the All Blacks’ approach totally. “I don’t think so because, if we did that, we’d get a couple of red cards,” suggested Sexton, recalled to the starting XV this week, with Owen Farrell moving to inside-centre.

    Continue reading...
              All Blacks v Lions: tactical pointers and key clashes for second Test | Paul Rees and Gerard Meagher   
    From the breakdown to kicking, through Waisake Naholo v Elliot Daly and Beauden Barrett v Johnny Sexton, plus New Zealand’s Wellington form

    Sam Warburton and Maro Itoje will give the Lions not only greater ball-winning capacity at the breakdown, more opportunity to slow down New Zealand’s ball and will put the scrum-half Aaron Smith under pressure. So far this tour, the Lions have looked to fracture their opponents’ supply line by rushing up in defence in midfield but the All Blacks neutralised that ploy in the first Test by playing through nine rather than 10 and creating space around the ruck. The Lions will need to generate quick ball and Alun Wyn Jones and Tadhg Furlong must clear out All Blacks on the fringe of rucks with Itoje and Warburton taking care of anyone grappling for possession. It is an area the Lions have to win to have a chance of ending New Zealand’s 16-match winning run in Wellington, which started after a defeat by England in 2003.

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              British Weetabix seized by New Zealand customs in breakfast bowl battle with rival   

    Cereal is impounded after antipodean rival Weet-Bix argues customers of a UK-goods shop in Christchurch may be confused

    Customs officers in New Zealand have seized and impounded hundreds of boxes of the breakfast cereal Weetabix after complaints by rival cereal giant Weet-Bix that it could confuse customers.

    The pallet of Weetabix – about 300 boxes – arrived in a container load of British goods last week, destined for the shelves of A Little Bit of Britain grocery store in Christchurch, which largely caters to British expats.

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              Captain Warburton ready to add more bite to Lions   
    SAM Warburton fully expects the British and Irish Lions and New Zealand to use off-the-ball skirmishes to steal a mental edge in Saturday's second Test.
              All Blacks legend urges Lions to free up Faletau by calling for Warburton   
    NEW Zealand legend Sean Fitzpatrick has called on the British and Irish Lions to recall Sam Warburton for the second Test – stating the captain will bring the best out of number eight Taulupe Faletau.
              Davies: Lions can come through character test   
    JONATHAN Davies insists there is belief in the British and Irish Lions camp that world champions New Zealand can be beaten on Saturday to set up a decider on their return to Eden Park.
              Lions lament their wasteful streak   
    THE British and Irish Lions were left to rue poor finishing after world champions New Zealand won a thrilling first Test 30-15 in Auckland.
              New Zealand 30 Lions 15: Clinical All Blacks claim first Test honours   
    LIAM Williams sparked one of the greatest tries in British and Irish Lions history - but world champions New Zealand still won a pulsating first Test in emphatic fashion.
              Elusive Williams forced late Lions rethink at 15   
    WARREN Gatland has revealed that Liam Williams’ dazzling midweek display convinced him to reconsider his view of the Wales man as a winger and hand him the 15 jersey for the British and Irish Lions’ first Test against New Zealand.
              Sam Warburton on bench for first Test in New Zealand   
    BRITISH and Irish Lions tour captain Sam Warburton is on the bench for Saturday's first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park.
              British and Irish Lions: Justin Tipuric would 'balance' back-row - Justin Marshall   
    Former All Black Justin Marshall would have chosen Ospreys flanker Justin Tipuric rather than Sam Warburton for the British and Irish Lions' second Test against New Zealand.
              "An Agoraphobic Photographer’s Virtual Travels, on Google Street View."   
    Ha ha. I love these — in The New Yorker — screen grabs from Google street view.
    After a while, [Jacqui Kenny, a New Zealander living in London] began seeking out certain kinds of views: arid regions with clear horizons; latitudes where she found that the sunlight fell at a dramatic slant....

    Kenny now posts photos from the collection on an Instagram account called Agoraphobic Traveller.... Kenny, who is friendly and witty in conversation, suffers from anxiety that, on a bad day, can make it difficult to leave the house.... Kenny—who doesn’t consider herself a real photographer but clearly has a very particular eye—is drawn to stark landscapes and orderly arrangements: the straight lines of a road receding into the distance; a tree in perfect butterfly symmetry with its shadow; identical boxy houses sitting in neat rows.... The scenes are simultaneously revealing and distancing—as if you’re peering into people’s daily lives through a telescope....
    I've done the same thing myself. I started the tag "Google grab" back in 2011. I can see that I was planning to do it a lot, but I mostly only did the first one, which convinced me it was an exciting idea:

    Juarez street corner

    Or I guess I did it twice. Why didn't I keep going?

    It is cool to wander around in Google street view, and — agoraphobic or not — it could be better than actually going places, because I think you will go to different places when you don't have to worry about your health and safety or with needing to interact with people and feeling that you might be intruding. And when you travel, you're likely to go to the famous scenic places, but there's no point in looking at those on Google maps, because there are many better photographs of these things already on line.

    This topic could fit as one more chapter in the book I'm reading right now: "How to Talk About Places You've Never Been: On the Importance of Armchair Travel," by Pierre Bayard:
    There is actually nothing to show that traveling is the best way to discover a town or a country you do not know. Everything points to the contrary— and the experience of numerous writers supports this— if you want to be able to talk about a place, the best thing to do is stay at home....

    [T]he question is not what we can gain from a knowledge of foreign places— acquaintance with which can only be beneficial to anyone with an open mind— it is to know whether this acquaintance should take place directly or whether it isn’t wiser to practice it through means other than physical travel.

              When President Trump pulled the US out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, many assumed that the mega-regional trade deal was dead. But Koichi Hamada says such assumptions may have been premature   

    By Koichi Hamada*

    When Donald Trump, in one of his first acts as president, announced that the United States would not participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), many assumed that the mega-regional trade deal was dead. But such assumptions may have been premature.

    The TPP was originally envisioned as a rules-based economic area spanning the Pacific and comprising 12 member countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US, and Vietnam – which collectively account for about 40% of the world economy. The negotiations, which lasted five years, were undertaken with great care and diligence. In Japan’s case, for example, the negotiators, headed by Akira Amari, then the minister of state for economic and fiscal policy, worked day and night to assuage opposition by various sectors of the domestic economy (say, rice growers) and to secure favorable outcomes.

    Trump’s announcement in January, which came just as the deal was set to be ratified, certainly shook the endeavor at its core. But many relevant players, eager to prevent the TPP from crumbling, soon began to discuss moving forward without the US.

    By May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was declaring that, though he still hoped for America’s return to the TPP, Japan was willing to take the lead in bringing the deal to fruition. Soon after, Japan and New Zealand announced that they would seek an agreement with other signatories by November to move the TPP forward. If they succeed, TPP signatories will benefit substantially – and the US may well find that it has missed a massive opportunity.

    In general, there are two distinct approaches to achieving freer trade. First, there is the global model embodied by the World Trade Organization. The chief advantage of this approach is its scale: it ensures that a huge share of the world economy is interconnected, with most of its constitutive economies adhering to a common set of rules and submitting to a dispute-resolution mechanism that enables these rules’ enforcement.

    But scale may also be the WTO’s chief weakness, given the difficulty of getting so many countries to agree to a single set of rules. Indeed, the negotiation process is often painstaking and time-consuming – even more so than that leading to the TPP. That is a key reason why WTO negotiations lost momentum during the Doha Round of trade talks, which began in 2001 and petered out without an agreement.

    The second approach to achieving freer trade, bilateral agreements, mitigates the challenge of scale. With only two (or a few) countries involved, negotiations are far more straightforward and often take less time. Japan and the European Union, for example, have recently redoubled their efforts, which began in 2009, to reach a bilateral trade deal, and an end may be in sight, despite continued disagreement on a small number of key points.

    But this approach, too, has its downsides. Not only does it produce benefits for only a couple of countries; a win-win deal for the participating countries may also hurt non-participating countries. In the case of the Japan-EU deal, one such country may well be the US, given that American companies compete in Japan with European businesses in many of the same sectors.

    The TPP, with its 12 (now 11) participants, falls somewhere between these two approaches – and is intended to secure the best of both worlds. The TPP’s mega-regional approach can bring greater economic gains than a bilateral deal, as it spurs trade and investment flows – including by harmonizing regulations and standards – across a larger swath of the global economy. But, unlike the WTO, it is not so large, and does not encompass such diverse parties, that it is overwhelmingly difficult to reach agreement.

    The mega-regional approach may have one more advantage, shared with the WTO: the involvement of more parties can dilute the authority of a major country and thus limit its ability to strong-arm its negotiating partners into an unbalanced agreement. Indeed, this may be precisely why Trump, with his penchant for “deal-making” and promises of an “America first” trade policy, rejected the TPP. In his view, bilateral negotiations put the US, as a political and economic hegemon, in a stronger bargaining position.

    What Trump fails to recognize is that, while a small country may feel intimidated by the US at the negotiating table, it can still stand up and walk away. More important, even if the US can use its weight to secure more favorable provisions in a bilateral negotiating context, the benefits do not necessarily outweigh those of larger-scale agreements.

    That is certainly the case with the TPP, which contained some provisions that were highly beneficial for the US economy. Specifically, the agreement would have given US businesses access to markets that had long been largely closed. The provisions on intellectual property rights, accounting, and conflict resolution were so favorable to Wall Street and US lawyers that they have been criticized for being unfair to the other parties. They were agreed, however, because of the expectation that China would eventually have to adhere to those standards.

    In that sense, as Columbia University’s Jagdish Bhagwati said to me, “the TPP was a bit like allowing people to play golf in a club, but only if they also attended a particular church over the weekend.” The deal’s signatories were in it for the golf – that is, the expanded trade and investment flows. But they couldn’t avoid the obligation to accept rules that would benefit the US, in the hope that the liturgy might help to constrain China’s behavior.

    The US is unique in this scenario, because it had a strong national interest in both the golf and the church. Now it will get neither. And when the new TPP, excluding the US, begins to flourish, US businesses will be wishing Trump had not canceled their tee time.


    Koichi Hamada, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Yale, is a special adviser to Japan’s prime minister. This content is © Project Syndicate, 2017, and is here with permission.


              Mieke Welvaert finds that a quarter of all 'migrant arrivals' are returning Kiwis. But from Australia, the growth in permanent arrivals aren't actually Aussies (or even Kiwis)   

    By Mieke Welvaert*

    A wee while back, Winston Peters complained that arrival data used by Herald reporters mistook arrivals from Australia as Australians (spoiler – it didn’t). 

    But he did raise an interesting question: who does come over from Australia when they move here long-term?

    Turns out, almost two thirds of people moving from Australia to New Zealand are in fact Kiwis. 

    Interestingly, however, the pool of people crossing “the Ditch” has become more diverse over time.  At the previous net migration peak in May 2003, New Zealanders and Australians made up 94% of arrivals from Australia (compared to the current 84%).

    Although the proportion of Kiwi’s coming over has been more or less the same, the number of Australians moving to New Zealand over the past decade has not increased quite as quickly as the number of people that don’t hold New Zealand or Australian citizenship.

    Up until 2007/08, arrivals of “other” citizens, were otherwise stable as a proportion of total arrivals from Australia.  But since then, the proportion of Australian’s coming to New Zealand has dropped and the proportion of citizens from other countries has risen to fill the gap.

    Why are we so interested in arrivals from Australia?

    Arrivals from Australia are not something to thumb your nose at.  Over the year to May 2017, arrivals from Australia made up a good 20% of all long-term migrants to New Zealand (as measured at the arrivals gate).

    But what this suggests is that arrivals that are actually New Zealand citizens are very significant in the grand scheme of net migration numbers.

    How does Australia rank if New Zealanders are taken out of the equation?

    If we take Kiwi’s out of the equation, Australia is actually only our third biggest source country for migrants, following China and the UK.  But, the gap between the ranks is narrow for the top four countries, with each contribution in the ballpark of 8% of total arrivals.

    However, if New Zealand citizens coming through our arrival gates all came from the same place – let’s call it “Kiwiland”– that place would overwhelmingly be the largest source country of arrivals.  Just over 32,000 New Zealand citizens moved back to New Zealand over the year to May 2017, meaning that arrivals from “Kiwiland” made up a quarter of New Zealand’s in-bound "migrants" in the past year.

    Contribution to migrant arrivals by country
    % of arrivals (excluding New Zealand citizens) over the year to May 2017
    Rank Country Share of arrivals
    1 “Kiwiland" 25.0%
    2 China 9.0%
    3 United Kingdom 7.7%
    4 Australia 7.3%
    5 India 6.9%
    6 South Africa 3.7%

    What does this all mean?

    The above highlights a key point that hasn’t really been raised in recent debates about migration: what New Zealander’s decide to do has a huge effect on overall migration statistics.  

    Although arrivals from most of the top source countries are higher than a few years ago – arrivals of New Zealand citizens are at their highest since at least 1980 !  And we haven’t even begun to look at departure levels, which for Kiwi’s have been at their lowest levels in decades.

    This means that, although New Zealanders only make up part of the equation when it comes to net migration, they are a significant group that needs to be considered in order to develop balanced immigration policies.


    Mieke Welvaert is an economist at Infometrics, Wellington. This ariticle was first posted here. It is re-posted with permission.


              Two key home loan lenders change rates, one hiking its one year rate, the other cutting its one year rate. Background wholesale rates rise today   

    Effective Saturday, July 1, 2017, New Zealand's largest home loan lender is raising its one year fixed mortgage rate.

    Their one year 'special' will rise by +6 bps to 4.55%.

    It's standard one year fixed rate will rise by the same amount to 5.05%.

    ANZ's 'specials' are available to customers with at least 20% equity, an ANZ transactional account with salary direct credited, plus any ANZ credit card or insurance. 'Specials' are not available with any package discount plans.

    At the same time, Kiwibank has advised that it will be decreasing its one year 'special' rate by -24 bps to 4.45%.

    This Kiwibank move will be effective on Monday, July 3, 2017.

    These shifts mean that the Kiwibank rate will be directly rate competitive with ASB who have the same one year rate. 4.45% is a market-leading level (apart from the HSBC Premier rate).

    ANZ last changed its mortgage rates eight weeks ago by raising their fixed rates. They changed on May 19, 2017, when they raised all their rates for terms from 18 months to five years. At that time, they also changed term deposit rates, putting some short term ones down and some long term ones up. They have not announced any parallel term deposit changes this time (so far).

    The last time Kiwibank changed mortgage rates was on March 9, 2017.

    In the wholesale money markets, rates have been low for a long time and the two year swap rate has been at broadly the same level for at least 15 weeks, with most of the slippage to the current levels happening in the first quarter of the year. But over the past few days, there have been some notable rises, even if that only takes these wholesale rates back to levels they were at six weeks ago.

    See all banks' carded, or advertised, home loan interest rates here.

    Here is a snapshot of the fixed-term rates on offer from the key retail banks.

    below 80% LVR 6 mths  1 yr  18 mth  2 yrs   3 yrs  4 yrs  5 yrs 
      % % % % % % %
    4.99 4.55 5.15 4.85 5.59 5.89 6.09
    ASB 4.95 4.45 4.70 4.74 5.09 5.49 5.69
    5.35 4.59 5.05 4.74 5.09 5.89 6.09
    Kiwibank 4.99 4.45   4.79 5.25 5.75 5.99
    Westpac 5.25 4.59 5.15 4.85 5.09 5.89 5.59
                   
    4.80 4.59 4.75 4.85 5.25 5.65 5.85
    HSBC 4.85 4.09 4.09 4.29 4.89 5.29 5.59
    HSBC 4.99 4.59 4.85 4.85 5.25 5.65 5.85
    4.85 4.55 4.75 4.49 5.15 5.65 5.79

    In addition to the above table, BNZ has a fixed seven year rate which is 6.15%.

    And TSB Bank still has a ten year fixed rate of 5.99%.


              There wasn't a lot to choose from at the latest apartment auctions but half were sold under the hammer   
    This studio in the Sebel Hotel sold for $145,000.

    There wasn't a lot of action at the main Auckland apartment auction rooms this week, with just six apartments on offer and comparatively small turnouts by prospective bidders.

    At Barfoot & Thompson's Shortland St auction rooms three apartments were on offer, one a larger more upmarket apartment in the Sugar Tree Prima building at the top of Union St, another in the Four Seasons building in Emily Place and the third in a building on Hobson St that requires remediation work to be done.

    Things got off to a fine start with competitive bidding from several prospective buyers for the Sugar Tree apartment which sold under the hammer, but the remaining two were passed in without receiving a single bid.

    Ray White City Apartments also had three apartments on offer at their regular Thursday auction (which will be postponed to Friday next week because of the welcome home parade for Emirates Team New Zealand and the America's Cup on Thursday).

    There were multiple bidders for a leasehold studio unit in the Sebel Hotel on Customs St West and for a unit in the Princeton building on Symonds St and both sold under the hammer, but there were no bids for a studio in the Bankside Apartments building in Bankside St and it was passed in for sale by negotiation.

    The full results with the prices achieved for the units that sold, are available on our Residential Auction Results page.

    You can receive all of our property articles automatically by subscribing to our free email Property Newsletter. This will deliver all of our property-related articles, including auction results and interest rate updates, directly to your in-box 3-5 times a week. We don't share your details with third parties and you can unsubscribe at any time. To subscribe just click on this link, scroll down to "Property email newsletter"and enter your email address.


              Former Labour Cabinet Minister Shane Jones to stand for New Zealand First in Whangarei; Winston Peters says Jones has full caucus backing   

    Former Labour Cabinet Minister Shane Jones will stand for New Zealand First in the upcoming election.

    NZ First leader Winston Peters made the announcement in Northland Friday. Jones will stand for NZF in the Whangarei seat, held by National with a 13,000 majority in 2014.

    Even if he doesn't win the seat, Jones appears set to be back in Parliament on the NZF list. The party is polling at about 10% at the moment, although insiders claim the number is more like 15-20%, taking into account undecided voters who they believe will turn to Peters amid the controversies surrounding National and Labour.

    Despite Jones' previous Labour Party affiliations, he is seen as being able to work with both main parties - in fact some see him as a better fit in a National-led Cabinet than a Labour-Greens one. National might require NZ First to be able to form a government if they receive less than about 46% of the party vote, and almost certainly if they receive less than 43%.

    Jones is also seen as the likely successor to lead NZ First if Winston Peters were to ever step down from the role.

    Jones first entered Parliament in 2005. He left in 2014 after the National-led government offered him an economic abassador role in the Pacific. The role ended in May this year.

    Under Helen Clark's 2005 Labour-led government, Jones was Minister for Building and Construction, Associate Minister for Treaty Negotiations, Associate Trade Minister and Associate Minister of Immigration. He also had chaired the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. After Labour entered Opposition in 2008, he held numerous spokesperson roles, including Economic Development, Transport, Infrastructure, Local Government and Forestry.

    In 2010 he was the subject of a Ministerial credit card controversy when it emerged he'd used his card in 2008 to pay for pornographic films when staying at various hotels as a Minister.

    Before entering Parliament, Jones worked as an advisor for the Ministry for the Environment, and was chair of the Maori Fisheries Commission.

    Read comments from Winston Peters below:

    We are here today to announce New Zealand First’s candidate for Whangarei, who has the full backing of the New Zealand First caucus, the full backing of the three New Zealand First MPs here today and the rest who are about their work around the country.

    Their backing is encapsulated in a message sent to me this morning of support and best wishes from the Deputy Leader of NZ First Ron Mark and all our MPs.

    Representation of an electorate like Whangarei will not be easy and will need all of the intelligence and experience and commitment of our candidate.

    This is no time to be looking around at novices or an MP with training wheels on, but rather someone who will hit the ground running, knows the system inside out, and knows that we have to concertina, within a short time, real milestones of achievement for Whangarei.

    Our candidate is a country boy, off a farm, who made the most of educational opportunity to become a national and international leader.

    This candidate has a stunning record but most recently has devoted his professional skills to turning the natural resources of diverse Pacific peoples into long term sustainable assets.

    And that’s exactly what we are going to do here in Whangarei with our neglected asset base.

    Ladies and gentleman, our candidate, is going to be a real voice for Whangarei, he will speak to you now – he is, the Hon. Shane Jones.


              BNZ pushes OCR hike track from Q1 to mid-2018 with 'trepidation'; Says Governor change, election makes forecasting harder; Notes weak Q2 inflation guides, but maintains capacity pressure & growth mean tightening bias is needed   

    The Reserve Bank’s harshest critics have shifted their view on when the Official Cash Rate will need to be hiked, back slightly towards the central bank’s own projection.

    BNZ economists said they were now pencilling in “with some trepidation” the next hike in mid-2018, compared to an earlier expectation of Q1 2018. The Reserve Bank itself isn’t forecasting a rise in the OCR until September 2019 at the earliest. Market pricing is also for mid-2018.

    Despite the shift, BNZ economists said there remains huge uncertainty about the next move, and they were still not ruling out a February 2018 rate hike. However, a May or August hike appeared a better reflection of the situation – partly because the Bank would be issuing Monetary Policy Statements in these months, giving a new RBNZ Governor the ability to explain his or her reasoning better than in a pure OCR statement, like in June.

    The BNZ’s Head of Research, Stephen Toplis, has been the RBNZ’s number one critic in recent years, with Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler even resorting to the extraordinary step of complaining to BNZ CEO Anthony Healy about the tone of Toplis’ commentary earlier this year.

    In the BNZ’s latest Strategist publication Thursday evening, Toplis sought to keep the heat on the Bank, albeit with perhaps a slightly less aggressive tone. A lot of the reasoning behind the shift was down to how BNZ’s economists expect the RBNZ’s game plan will evolve.

    “Given that the Bank’s current forecasts have no increase in rates until late 2019/early 2020, it would be difficult to justify a hike in rates any time soon without first acknowledging that the time for doing so was no longer so distant,” Toplis said.

    “As such, we think the first action of the central bank would be to go to a tightening bias, the second to formally bring forward any prospective tightening and then, finally, actually pull the trigger. Given that the Reserve Bank doesn’t seem to like shifting its stance at OCR reviews, this process would need to evolve over three consecutive Monetary Policy Statements.

    “If we are right, this would mean, at the earliest, an August 2017 move to a tightening bias, November bring forward the projected tightening and then February 2018 raise rates.”

    But it might take slightly longer than that to play out. Toplis argued the Bank’s May MPS revealed no intent whatsoever to position it to move to a tightening stance in August, keeping its ‘neutral’ tone. “As hard to believe as this may be, it is the Bank’s stated view so can’t be ignored,” he said.

    Could reasonably be talking rate cuts, but inflation pressures remain

    Meanwhile, economic developments since the May MPS were more likely to convince the Bank it was doing the right thing. Q1 GDP was weaker than expected, although BNZ was expecting a pick up in Q2 to cover the shortfall. Inflation indicators – particularly driven by the oil price – had taken a turn to the low side, he said.

    BNZ economists themselves had slashed their CPI inflation expectations for the near term to 0.1% in Q2 and 0.2% in Q3. “This now leaves our year to March 2018 annual CPI forecast sitting at just 1.2%.” On top of this, the TWI exchange rate tracker has remained higher than the RBNZ had been picking, which itself would shave 0.5% of its year-ahead CPI forecasts.

    “Indeed, at face value, [the developments] would demand rate cuts,” Toplis admitted. Add in that banks themselves have been increasing mortgage rates without the OCR moving, bank lending constraints and a softening housing market, “one might reasonably ask why, under these conditions, we are even talking about rate increases at all.”

    He gave his reasoning: Food prices remained stubbornly high, core inflation looked set to sit above headline inflation, inflation expectations would remain at or above the 2% mid-point, fiscal policy would be stimulatory, commodity prices had risen, capacity utilisation was high and the labour market continued to tighten.

    What’s more, central banks around the world were shifting to tightening stances, including the US Fed, Bank of England, European Central Bank and the Bank of Canada. “If these respective central banks do start moving in the manner implied it will make it easier for the RBNZ to do likewise,” Toplis said.

    “Importantly, Governor Wheeler seems to have been heavily influenced by the actions and rhetoric of the key central banks in the past. Indeed, it is this, more than anything that has created our trepidation in pushing back our expectations of the RBNZ’s expected rate track, particularly given that we believe both inflation and capacity pressures are greater in New Zealand than in Canada,” he said.

    On top of all that, Toplis maintained that interest rate settings in New Zealand appeared more consistent with an economy that was under stress, rather than one growing steadily.

    Eye on election, next governor

    Meanwhile, with one eye on the 23 September election, and the other on the Reserve Bank’s upcoming Governorship change, Toplis argued that “forecasting the actions of the RBNZ over the next twelve months is even more fraught with danger than normal.” Graeme Wheeler will step aside in September, and interim Governor Spencer in March 2018.

    “Even if the Bank’s mandate remains unchanged, we know from both past New Zealand experience and what’s happened offshore that the culture of the central bank can change and even its interpretation of the “rules” can do likewise,” Toplis said.

    “At the extreme, a new Governor may even choose, with the support of the Finance Minister to adjust the Policy Targets Agreement. There is certainly significant precedence for this. And, last but not least, we do have a General Election which could conceivably deliver a new Minister of Finance with a very different view of how the RBNZ should operate.

    “Our view on where the rate hike cycle begins is not that different to the market’s with June 2018 currently priced in for the first move. June, of course, is unlikely as it’s an OCR review date not an MPS. The market then has a second rate hike by November 2018 with the potential for a couple more the following year.

    “We still think that, ultimately, the cash rate will need to push up to and through neutral and that when the process begins it will tend to be quicker than the market will price. We do not know exactly where neutral is these days but we do think it is substantially higher than where rates currently are. We have, for now, lopped the top off the peak in our OCR track to 3.0% from 3.75% to acknowledge the widening spread between the cash rate and lending rates but acknowledge that this spread has changed significantly in the past and can do so again.”


              US debit limit problems; US growth clouds; China owes the world US$4.8 tln; EU sentiment improves; Aussie power bill shock due; UST 10yr yield jumps to 2.27%; oil unchanged, gold lower; NZ$1 = 72.9 US¢, TWI-5 = 76.6   

    Here's my summary of the key events from overnight that affect New Zealand, with news of a major bond market realignment underway today.

    But first in Washington, which now can't seem to get anything done amid partisan politics, and a Republican Party that seems to be fracturing, progress on revising their debt limit has stopped, and the Congressional Budget Office now says they will run out of funding authority in early October. The same office is projecting sharply wider budget deficits amid static, low growth over the next ten years.

    However, the final data for the American first quarter growth is out today and that saw it revised up to +1.4% from +1.2%. That was due largely to a jump in consumer spending, providing a slightly more encouraging outlook for growth this year.

    But there are plenty of reasons to believe the current dynamics in the American economy don't bode well for future growth prospects.

    There was Chinese balance of payments data out overnight for the March quarter of 2017. Although there were few surprises, they did note that their external liabilities now total US$4.8 tln.

    In the EU people and businesses are feeling quite good again. Their economic sentiment indicator has reached its highest level in almost ten years. Consumer sentiment is leading the resurgence.

    In Germany, consumer confidence rose in June to its highest level in 16 years. At the same time, data for German inflation showed a quickening pace, and now up to +1.6%.

    And it looks like the US is having second thoughts about their TTIP trade deal with Europe. Maybe the TPPA can get resurrected with the US as well​.

    In Australia, many businesses and households are about to get a painful surprise when their energy bills arrive in July. There are reports that some will face a tripling of prices. There will be an outcry, for sure.

    In New York, the UST 10yr yield is sharply higher yet again today and now at 2.27%. Bond prices are falling as investors seem to be resetting their expectations for the end of QE, and are coming to accept that interest rates are in fact going to rise. The reset is also affecting equity prices today.

    The price of oil is little changed today, settling at just under US$45 a barrel, while the Brent benchmark is now just over US$47.

    The gold price has slipped again and is now at US$1,243/oz.

    And the Kiwi dollar has lost ground as well from yesterday's jump, and is now at 72.9 USc. On the cross rates we are lower as well at 95 AU¢, and at 63.7 euro cents. The TWI-5 index has slipped to 76.6.

    If you want to catch up with all the changes yesterday, we have an update here.

    The easiest place to stay up with event risk today is by following our Economic Calendar here ».

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              A review of things you need to know before you go home Thursday; ANZ business outlook survey; the value of sunshine; insurer compliance; IMF on LVR; Australian household wealth; rates and NZD up   

    Here are the key things you need to know before you leave work today.

    MORTGAGE RATE CHANGES
    No changes today.

    DEPOSIT RATE CHANGES
    No changes today.

    BUSINESS OUTLOOK
    ANZ Business Outlook Survey for June, out today, showed that a net 25% businesses are optimistic about the year ahead compared to 15% last month. A net 43% expected better times for their own business, up from 38% in May. While investment intentions, export intentions, profit expectations and pricing intentions were up, residential construction and expectations of ease of getting credit were lower.

    THE VALUE OF SUNSHINE
    Motu Economic and Public Policy Research Trust has published first of its kind research that tries to estimate the value sunshine expousure adds to a property. The premise is that a house with more sunshine has a higher value and Motu estimates that "each additional hour of direct sunlight exposure for a house per day, on average across the year, adds 2.4% to a dwelling’s market value." By attaching a value to sunlight exposure, the research may enable home owners, who lose sunlight exposure as a result a developments around their house, to receive monetary compensation.

    IMF ON LVR
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that the Loan to Value ratio (LVR) limits imposed by the Reserve Bank have helped ease house prices but have not been sufficient in reducing the risk that borrowers face from rising interest rates or economic shocks that reduce household incomes. Other benefits of the LVR are lower mortgage lending by banks and more better-quality-loans being held on the bank's books.

    INSURERS NEED TO UP THEIR GAME
    A recent survey by the RBNZ showed that, from a sample of 36 of the 89 insurers, the overall level of compliance, in regards to disclosure rules around financial strength and solvency information, was well short of minimum requirements. 53% insurers comply at a low to poor level, 22% are performing well but there is room for improvement and only three demonstrated excellent level of compliance.

    AUSTRALIAN HOUSEHOLD WEALTH
    As per the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data, Australian households have a combined net worth of AU$9.6 tln, which is made up of AU$6.6 tln of land and dwellings, AU$4.8 bln of financial assets and AU$2.3 tln of long term borrowings. In the March quarter, household assets outgrew households debt and resulted in a 2.4% increase in net worth. Total household net worth in New Zealand was about NZ$1.0 tln, with NZ$1.2 tln of assets and NZ$0.2 tln of liabilities. However, New Zealand numbers are only available as at June 2015.

    FIFTH STRAIGHT DAY
    The People's Bank of China has skipped open market operations for the fifth straight day, citing "relatively high" liquidity levels in the banking system and increasing fiscal expenditures near month end. Reversing repos will drain a net 60 bln yuan from the market.

    WHOLESALE RATES RISE
    Local rates are again higher and steeper, following global moves overnight. The 2 year rate was up +3 bps to 2.27%, 5 year was up +5 bps to 2.79% and 10 year was up +5 bps to 3.26%. The 90 day bank bill rate is up +1 bps to 1.96%.

    NZ DOLLAR HIGHER
    The NZD is higher than this time yesterday at 73.2 USc and has spent most of the day above the 73.0 USc level. On the cross rates we are trading at 95.7 AUc and at 64.3 euro cents. That takes the TWI-5 to 77.11.

     

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              Fairfax Financial Holdings leaves Aussie insurer to bid for an even larger share of the New Zealand insurance market    

    The Canadian insurance giant, Fairfax Financial Holdings, has bowed out of its battle for Tower in the wake of Vero putting a ‘superior’ offer on the table.

    Fairfax and NZX-listed Tower have “mutually agreed” to terminate their Scheme Implementation Agreement.

    Under the Agreement, signed on February 9, Fairfax had proposed to buy all of Tower’s shares for $1.17 per share, pending shareholder and regulatory approval.

    The Fairfax deal won the backing of Salt Funds Management and Accident Compensation Corp, which collectively own 18% of Tower.

    However it’s been quashed by Vero on Tuesday entering in to a Scheme Implementation Agreement with Tower, whereby it has proposed to buy all of Tower’s shares for $1.40 each.

    Vero - the New Zealand arm of the ASX-listed company Suncorp - already owns 19.99% of Tower’s shares.

    The Fairfax Agreement has a ‘break fee’ of nearly $2 million.

    Yet Tower’s chairman Michael Stiassny on Wednesday told the National Business Review: “We’re investigating the circumstances in which that fee is payable. If it is payable, we will meet it as per the contract.”

    Furthermore, he said Tower would “more than likely” need to cover the costs of the offer that Fairfax incurred of up to $400,000.

    If Vero gets shareholder and regulatory approval to take over Tower, it, along with its joint venture partner AA Insurance, will increase its share of the New Zealand general insurance market from 25% to 30%.

    Together with Insurance Australia Group (IAG), this would see the two large Australian corporates control 76% of the market.


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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


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    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


    Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


              NZ support for Solomon Islands youth   
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett and Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee have announced that New Zealand will contribute up to $6 million to redevelop Honiaras Multi-Purpose Hall and sports facility.Hon Paula Bennett Deputy Prime Minister Hon Gerry Brownlee Minister of Foreign Affairs 30 June 2017 NZ support for Solomon […]
              David Eggleton receives prestigious Award   
    Press Release – Fullbright NZ Accomplished poet, editor, art critic and journalist David Eggleton has been awarded the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers Residency.WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND, 30 June, 2017 — Accomplished poet, editor, art critic and journalist David Eggleton has been awarded the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writers’ Residency. He will use the $30,000 award […]
              NZ and Solomon Islands sign post RAMSI police arrangement   
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Police Minister Paula Bennett has announced that New Zealand Police will continue to support the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force once the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) concludes tomorrow. RAMSI has done a remarkable job …Hon Paula Bennett Minister of Police 30 June 2017 NZ and Solomon […]
              Super Club coming to Nelson   
    Press Release – netball new zealand Some of Netballs leading athletes are in for world class action both on and off the court as they prepare to suit up for the inaugural Super Club in Nelson.Some of Netball’s leading athletes are in for world class action both on and off the court as they prepare […]
              Marton Csokas (51)   
    In 1966, Marton Csokas was born on this date in Invercargill, New Zealand
              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


    Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


              THE MAYFAIR GUIDE   



    I imagine if I lived in and around Mayfair, I'd experience what is perhaps the epitome of the best Britain and indeed London has to offer. For the time being, fuelled on cup noodles and guided by Google Maps, I get to experience its richness following a 24 minute journey from my East London castle. The duration or length of the route becomes completely subordinate to the fact that you arrive to classical architecture that is the Grosvenor estates that houses shops, florists, cafés and restaurants that all have an air of heritage, luxury and quality.


    Please find enclosed:





























    JESSICA MCCORMACK earrings
    & bracelet.





    LOUBOUTIN stilettos






    Framboise Fashion Linda Farrow Calligraphy
    91 MOUNT STREET
    A spot for specs to view the area through. You'll find everything from classic aviators to big dashing butterfly sunglasses.


























    Framboise Fashion Jessica McCormack Calligraphy
    7 CARLOS PLACE
    A New Zealand gem of a diamond treasure trove, that will captivate your attention instantly. Through innovative and thoughtful design, Jessica McCormack creates some of the most stunning and outstanding diamonds..

















    JESSICA MCCORMACK jewellery
    ISA ARFEN dress (right)











































    2 BOURDON STREET
    A new way of approaching minimalistic fashion, Chalayan continues to surprise with their unique take on simplistic silhouettes resulting in iconic pieces.













    M oving onto a last guilty pleasure of Mayfair, sitting at Comptoir Café & Wine on Weighhouse Street, feels like an indulgent Parisian daydream amongst it all. Sipping a black coffee whilst slowly flicking through the Culture section and soaking up some of that glorious sunshine London has recently been blessed with suits my summer plans perfectly. Make sure to also explore Mount Street Deli, 34 Mayfair and ROKA.



    17 MOUNT STREET
    The shoe that will never fail to impress, crafted by the ultimate master. Also, "Louboutin loafers" is now my favourite thing to say.





















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    SARAH MIKAELA
    Post done in collaboration with Grosvenor, photos in collaboration with Anya Sandul.

              Lions must use wounded pride to out muscle All Blacks   

    Steve Hansen has been talking a good game throughout this British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and the All Blacks coach is ensuring his team does not take tomorrow’s second Test as a foregone conclusion following their series-opening victory.


              Sam Warburton eager to emulate Willie John McBride feat by beating New Zealand   

    Sam Warburton achieved a career highlight just getting on the Lions’ bench for last week’s first Test against New Zealand.


              New Zealand centre wants to expose Sexton-Farrell combination   

    All Blacks centre Anton Lienert-Brown has revealed his side will look to capitalise on the absence of Ben Te’o from the Lions midfield as they seek to expose the perceived defensive frailties of twin playmakers Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell.


              Five Eyes Unlimited: What A Global Anti-Encryption Regime Could Look Like   
    This week, the political heads of the intelligence services of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States (the "Five Eyes" alliance) met in Ottawa.  The Australian delegation entered the meeting saying publicly that they intended to "thwart the encryption of terrorist messaging." The final communiqué states more diplomatically that "Ministers and Attorneys General [...] noted that encryption can severely undermine public safety efforts by impeding lawful access to the content of communications during investigations into serious crimes, including terrorism. To address these issues, we committed to develop our engagement with communications and technology companies to explore shared solutions." What might their plan be? Is this yet another attempt to ban encryption? A combined effort to compel ISPs and Internet companies to weaken their secure products? At least one leader of a Five Eyes nation has been…
              Editorial: Thanks to Jamie Oliver, the time has come for a sugar tax   
    There is a tipping point when an idea crosses from fringe activism or academic discussion into the mainstream and it often takes a celebrity with credibility and popular appeal to get it there. You know the moment when you see it. Thanks to Jamie Oliver, a sugar tax has just had that moment in New Zealand. 

    The British TV chef turned kids' food campaigner delivered a video message to delegates at a "Fizz" conference in Auckland. It is obvious that Fizz, an abbreviation of Fight Sugar in Soft Drinks, is better at attention-getting campaigns than devising acronyms. Oliver's message has put the issue firmly on the news agenda. 

    Oliver led the charge in the UK, where a sugar tax will come into force in 2018, despite political resistance. CNN reported in March that the promise of a tax is already having an effect, with major brands proactively cutting sugar.  
              New Zealand zika virus 'linked to rates overseas and seasonal Kiwi travel patterns'   
    Zika virus infected five New Zealanders - probably people on winter breaks - who travelled to Fiji during the incubation period, a surveillance report says.
              'Bloody freezing' Housing NZ property hampers recovery after surgery   
    An elderly man recovering from surgery and nursing an infected leg is being forced to live in a freezing Housing New Zealand state house in Lower Hutt. 
              7/1/2017: NEWS: Farmer’s ‘stupidity’ with huge tyre-pyre brings $18k fine   
    A farmer and his company have been fined $18,000 in one of New Zealand’s largest tyre-burning cases. Daniel Symons, who farms at Alford Forest in Mid-canterbury, had pleaded guilty to three charges after he burned 500 tyres in October last year and...
              7/1/2017: BUSINESS: Cyber attack hits cargo handling   
    Danish shipping giant Moller-maersk has assured New Zealand ports and freight firms that its operations are intact despite a cyber attack this week. Maersk’s Asia-pacific chief executive Robbert van Trooijen said yesterday that its ships were sailing...
              7/1/2017: BUSINESS: NZX fends off dissent as director bid fails   
    The New Zealand stock exchange has fended off a rebellion at its annual meeting, with shareholders voting not to elect NZX critic Tony Falkenstein to its board. Falkenstein, who heads Auckland water-cooler company Just Water, nevertheless received...
              7/1/2017: RACING: Big stakes increase   
    New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has announced stakes increases of more than $2 million for feature and premier two meetings next season. Minimum stakes for nonmaiden races at all feature meetings will rise to $22,500 as part of a $6.5 million funding...
              7/1/2017: RACING: On target   
    Martyn Meade believes the course at Sandown will be ideal for the New Zealand-owned Eminent in next month’s Eclipse Stakes. The Frankel colt, who is raced by Sir Peter Vela, showed he was progressing well toward the July 8 feature with a smart midweek...
              7/1/2017: SPORT: From couchsurfer to NZ’S best player   

    Paul Coll’s days of couch surfing before overseas squash tournaments are a thing of the past. New Zealand’s top men’s player has enjoyed a stellar past year, rising to a career-high of 12 in the world rankings and in doing so has started to reap the...
              7/1/2017: SPORT: Conner: Team NZ good, Spithill bad   

    America’s Cup legend Dennis Conner has praised Team New Zealand’s innovative victory in Bermuda and had a dig at Jimmy Spithill. Conner, a four-time Cup winner with his famous Stars and Stripes brand, told his local TV station in San Diego that Team...
              7/1/2017: SPORT: Ko off the pace after first round   

    New Zealander Lydia Ko is four shots off the pace after the opening round of the women’s PGA Championship in Illinois. Ko carded a one-under par 70 at the Olympia Fields Country Club to leave her in a share of 23rd in the second of five majors this...
              7/1/2017: SPORT: At a glance   
    What: 104th Tour de France, Stage 1 time trial. Where and when: Dusseldorf, Germany, from 1.10am Sunday (NZ time) on Sky Sport 3. New Zealanders: George Bennett (Lottonl-jumbo), Patrick Bevin (Cannondale-drapac), Jack Bauer (Quick-step Floors), Dion...
              7/1/2017: SPORT: Alive and kicking: Lions to take to the air   

    It was odd to hear Warren Gatland lamenting the weather. By hook or by crook, the British and Irish Lions’ head coach needs to level the test series against New Zealand on Saturday. And there’ll be no greater leveller than the rain and northerly winds...
              7/1/2017: SPORT: Manawatu sponsorship woes   

    The Manawatu Rugby Union are hoping to bridge their sponsorship shortfall quickly so the Turbos’ salary cap does not get slashed. With the New Zealand Rugby running their NPC salary cap based on a percentage of each union’s commercial revenue,...
              7/1/2017: SPORT: NZ into semifinals   
    With goals from the two Sams – Harrison and Charlton – the New Zealand Black Sticks women defeated Italy 2-0 to advance to the semifinals of the Hockey World League Semifinal tournament in Belgium. With their fourth victory in five matches in Brussels...
              RUSHBROOK NEW ZEALAND LIMITED   
    RUSHBROOK NEW ZEALAND LIMITED status has changed from Registered to In Liquidation on the 29 June 2017 Appointed By 241(2)(a) - Special Resolution of Shareholders. Previously known as: LAMSON ENGINEERING NEW ZEALAND LIMITED From 7 Oct 1986 To 6 Oct 2016 LAMSON ENGINEERING COMPANY (N.Z.) LIMITED From 29 Jul 1937 To 7 Oct 1986 THE […]
              Boss of collapsed forex firm under SFO investigation   
    The bankrupt director of a collapsed foreign exchange firm who admits "wrongdoing" with investment funds is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office. But it was unclear how much money might be at stake, and how many people invested with him. Earlier this month, two companies directed and owned by Kelvin Clive Wood went into […]
              Valentino Rossi in WRC New Zealand rally   
    MOTOGP champion Valentino Rossi will compete in the penultimate round of the world rally championship (WRC) in New Zealand next month in a privately-entered Subaru.
              A new countdown   
    started last night. Uh huh, counting down until the *next* trip to Australia, which is happening a year earlier than I anticipated.

    It all began the last time I was there, half a year ago. Heino and I tracked Gary down; found the bastard two days before I had to return to Phoenix! Gary, if you've forgotten (or haven't poked around in the archives under 'our movie' over there --->) was the third member of the triumvirate involved in the making of the movie aforesaid.

    Heino and I were the other two.

    We spent a wonderful evening, the three of us, watching our movie and reminiscing. As the senior member I wussed out around 3 AM - I was falling asleep. I understand the two of them kept at it for another two hours! On the Sunday Gary met us at the airport as I was leaving and we got a shot of the three of us.

    Well, just because I was condemned to a long flight back home to the US did not mean that Heino and Gary were. They, it seems, repaired to Garys house and continued the reminiscence.

    Now you have to understand that Heino, in particular, just can't let sleeping dogs lie. I reckon he'd see one in proximity to a stick and just have to use the latter to poke the former. Hence the latest project - the digital remaster, in widescreen dolby thundervision, of our movie. I've been roped in to write the soundtrack. I'm not sure I *can* write 47 minutes of music of interest to a general audience but I'll sure try.

    Hence the planning of a trip back to Australia in September 2010 - we reckon we might have finished the remastering by then! Besides, it's always good, on projects such as this, to have a deadline.

    Things have proceeded to the point where they've already selected the venue, the Sun Theatre[^] in Yarraville. They couldn't have chosen a better venue! It is, after all, one the cinemas I used to frequent with my mates back in the early 60's when they still did Saturday afternoon matinees. If you can be bothered clicking on the link you'll see that it's moved on a bit since those days; what was once one large cinema is now 6, each named after cinemas of the area from the 30's on, most of them now closed and most of them once enjoying my patronage as a small urchin!

    It seemed to me, a couple of weeks ago, that it might be fun for Sonya to come with me to Australia this time (September 2010). Thus to some planning. Minor details such as how much it will cost!

    Now you can't actually book a flight that far ahead so we thought we could at least get some indicative pricing by looking at pricing for September 2009. It didn't come as much of a surprise; approx $1800 each, return via United, a little less on Air New Zealand, a bit more on Qantas and a staggering $3400 each on Singapore Airlines. Chalk that up to Australian Federal Government policy over the last quarter century; there were only two airlines permitted to fly direct from the US to Australia (Qantas and United). Air New Zealand get around that by going through New Zealand, which is, at least, in the right direction. Singapore? That's a bit out of the way but they're Star Alliance so frequent flyer points accrue.

    Last week Delta Airlines announced their fares for US to Australia, commencing in July. Uh huh, that 25 year old (at least) policy is relaxing a tad and by the end of the year there should be 4 airlines doing US to Australia direct. The opening fare was very tempting, $A777 return. Translated into US currency somewhat cheaper again. I started thinking, wouldn't it be great to go, alone, a year earlier *and* go again in 2010 with Sonya?

    Of course there's a fly in the ointment. Ain't that always the way? This particular winged insect in the unguent is that the quoted price is Los Angeles to Sydney. Heck, all I want is an extra hours flight at each end, Phoenix to Los Angeles and Sydney to Melbourne.

    Deltas offering is ridiculous. To fly from Phoenix to Sydney on Delta I'd have to do the following - Phoenix to Atlanta, Atlanta to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to Sydney and then I'm on my own as far as Delta are concerned. Same on the way back. Total travel time not counting the Sydney Melbourne leg? 33 hours each way! Delta don't even list *my* Melbourne as a destination; they only have the one in Florida.

    Thus, last night, I found myself juggling itineraries on three airlines, one to get from Phoenix to Los Angeles, Delta itself to Sydney and then the parlous choices in Australia to get to Melbourne. Considerable scheduling difficulties (do I really want to try and catch a 5AM flight out of Phoenix?) and the ticket price was starting to add up.

    On a whim I checked the United pricing again. And bugger me drunk if the fare hadn't dropped a thousand dollars in one week. Amazing what a new entrant to the market can do! On top of that, it's the familiar route, on the one airline, from Phoenix to Melbourne and back. Drop off my baggage in Phoenix and worry about it again in Melbourne!

    Some quick emails back and forth to Heino (I *do* impose on the poor bastard) and it was settled. I clicked the booking button and went to bed with visions of fish and chips, dim sims and the whole rigamarole dancing in my head.

    Oh, the countdown? 184 days at the time of writing. Not that I'm counting!
              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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              Dacey ready for new Cardiff Blues campaign following Lions experience   
    Kristian Dacey insists his experience with the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand will be a big boost for him ahead of the 2017/18 season with Cardiff Blues.
              All Blacks revolve around Beauden Barrett’s slow-motion mastery of No10 | Andy Bull   
    The last time the Lions were in New Zealand the second Test belonged to Dan Carter and all eyes are on his apprentice, whose skills were honed the family way

    A bouncing ball is a wild and unpredictable thing. Tumbling end over end it can turn one way or the other, take a sudden leap or scuttle low ahead. It can make a man look a fool in a blink of an eye. Five minutes into the first Test, Beauden Barrett kicked a grubber into Conor Murray’s shin. The ball ricocheted back the other way. Barrett spun and sprinted after it, Murray close behind him. Without breaking stride, Barrett bowed a knee, leaned down to the ground and lowered his right arm. He swept the ball up by his fingertips, gathered it to his gut, switched it into the crook of his left arm, swerved around and set off down field again, stepping out of Murray’s tackle as he went. It was the most fleeting little bit of skill, would not make his highlights reel, but it was astonishing to watch.

    Related: Simmering Lions can restore pride in defining match of New Zealand tour

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              Simmering Lions can restore pride in defining match of New Zealand tour   
    Warren Gatland’s side must look within if they are to keep the series alive and a fast start in the second Test could heap pressure on the All Blacks

    When the British & Irish Lions set out a month ago this was the weekend they knew would define their tour. Could they be ahead in the series or at least in contention going into the final Test? The unpalatable third option – 2-0 down with one to play – was always lurking in the shrubbery but the 2017 squad, from day one, have refused to entertain the possibility.

    It has been the same all around New Zealand as the Lions have set about earning respect in Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Rotorua, Hamilton and, now, the nation’s capital. They have not always found it but Kiwi cafe owners and camper van rental firms would happily have the red-shirted fans and their wallets back every year. The All Black captain, Kieran Read, is also among those baffled by talk of the Lions concept dying: “I don’t think that will happen, mate. It’s just been so exciting being around the country the last couple of weeks. I’m sure it will continue.”

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              Sam Warburton’s return provides Lions with welcome injection of belief   
    The Lions captain goes into the ‘most important’ game of his career convinced his beaten side can still fight back against the All Blacks in the second Test

    Thirteen teams have been to take on New Zealand in the past eight years, between them they have played 47 games and won none. The prospectors who came in the 1860 gold rush got better returns than the rugby players who have made the trip lately. In this series the British & Irish Lions, outthought and outfought, 1-0 down with two Tests to play, find themselves in a position from which they have come back just once in the past 100 years. The 2017 tour is in the balance. They are a side who come together in a short time and, riven with natural divisions between men who spend the rest of their lives trying to beat each other, can fall apart more swiftly still. Hope is a precious commodity, expectation vanishingly rare.

    Related: Lions’ Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell start in second All Blacks Test

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              A Good Horse - And an Even Better Saddle   
    The other day I got a late-pay notice from a government agency. I fretted over it for a while, imagining all kinds of economic burden to my little world. And then a picture popped up on the screen, of some crazed leader laughing with his generals in front of a high powered missile, capable of potentially sending a nuclear payload into my back yard. And I forgot all about my little problem.

    There are many ways to look at things, in this age of disruption. We can bemoan the loss of freedoms we once took for granted, we can activate socially and make our voices heard and we can celebrate for our side. And that is what is being done in various quarters around the country and indeed, in the world.


    In this country of Texas, where I live, there is a fierce independent streak. So much it can be seen as narrow, limiting even cruel. We have a low tax rate, and in return we have low services. Our local government congressional session operates for 140 days, every other year. So, for 140 days out of 730 they politicians are active. And for 590 days they are off wreaking havoc in the private sector.

    For those of us who see survival and resilience as our goal, and wanting to move forward, I put up a mental picture, which evokes an erstwhile image of that desire for freedom that draws people to this place. The idea of a good horse with an even better saddle. And in the vinous mode of imaging, this applies as well.

    Can Italian wine be the trail that I lead my horse down? Well it seems to have been for some time now, even if only in a metaphorical sense. I do see wine as the horse and the saddle, from time to time.

    Right now, Nebbiolo is a great work horse. I find myself drawn to it in these times, for Nebbiolo really seems to have returned to its nature of being. All those years of struggling with dark, dense, chewy Barolos are over. Maybe they needed more time in the bottle, as we found out again, last week in Napa Valley. Maybe some of them should have never been made in that brawny overly- assertive style. And maybe, just maybe, the winemakers want to drink those Barolos and Barbarescos as much as some of us do.

    I’m resigned with Tuscan Sangiovese being more emphatic in these times. Yes, the saddle is newer and shinier and the grain is tighter. I’ve had too many disappointing bottles of older Chianti, and Brunello. Maybe Tuscany is a little like Texas - in that a fierceness to its boldness is a symbol of craft, not detriment. That maybe, finally, the winemakers have seen Tuscany for what it really is – a place to make bold wines. Why not? It works out quite well for Napa Valley. There are plenty of good horses in Tuscany with handsome saddles. Give those wines 5- 10 or more years in the bottle and what develops might be seen in the future as a revolution, not a regression. I know, to some this sounds like heresy. I’m just looking out over the horizon and seeing the rainbows and the silver lining. Call me a dreamer.

    And not just Italian wine. In the past week, there have been wines in glasses in front of me from Germany, from California from New Zealand. Those wines, like the people that come to America, made the trip, coming here for a reason. Maybe it was for economic purposes. Perhaps someone, far away, decided it would be a good idea - a goal - to reach these shores. Whatever the reasoning, they (and we) are here. And from the pleasant encounters I’ve had, I’d say this will continue. That is, if the mad little man with the funny hairdo doesn’t launch his missile. Nuclear winter as an antidote to global warming? I’m not praying for this.

    I have no missiles, no rockets, no arsenal of mass destruction. All I can do is make sure I do have a good horse, and an even better saddle. With Italian wine, we’re in pretty good hands these days. Now we just need to go about setting the rest of the world right, eh?




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              The Trophy Life - Did you come this far to be somewhere else?   
    There’s this natty new watering hole with a wood burning oven on Washington Street in Yountville. I’m waiting there to meet a friend and colleague, to have a drink and go over some Italian business. As I am early, and the bar is overflowing with revelers (it is Napa Valley Premiere week), I stand outside and catch up with emails from back home. Two large multi-person vans are parked in front. Black and shiny, with quirky license plates, monikers of someone’s idea of wine country chi-chi. In reality, these vans are peripatetic conveyances for the moneyed set, with their black and shiny boots, and black pressed jeans, and their tall blonde wives with their tight faux leopard stretch jeans, long-legged, with long, shimmering hair. “Come get in this one with us,” one of the older single men yelps to someone else’s wife. As if she was going to get in and on their way to dinner at Press, something was going to happen inside that van? She just gives him a desultory sniff and climbs into a smaller, more intimate vehicle with her curator.
    Oh, the trophy life, it ain't no good life,
    But it's my life.


    A short while later, I zoom off, to a private indie tasting. Yes, it’s still Napa Valley, but entering the room filled with the wafting aromas of ancient Nebbiolo and local Eruca sativa, I wonder about this life. Here I am in wine country, one which I am very familiar with, and for more years than most people in the room I am entering have been alive. God, how have I been living this kind of life for so long? One of the flight of the wines at the table reflect our host’s birth year, 1973. The same year I graduated from college nearby, and which that year, in Napa Valley, with friends in some kind of post-graduation revelry, found me sipping on Joe Heitz’s and Louie Martini’s Cabernets from the 1960’s as casually as one now sips a Qupé Syrah from tap? Did I really come this far?

    A few more people amble in to this private tasting, and it becomes a party. Famous wine personalities abound, there are all kinds of superstar winemakers, bloggers, master sommeliers, characters from the movie “Somm” making cameo appearances, and famous writers, even one with handlers and entourages. The waves part as he walks in with his group, it will soon be another #trending moment, so much one winemaker quips, “Oh, man, this is going to blow Instagram up tonight!” And indeed it does, for 15 minutes.
    Life is just another scene
    In this old world of broken dreams
    Oh, the trophy life, it ain't no good life
    But it's my life
    Earlier in the week, back in Dallas I am sequestered for several days and nights, tasting wine, judging, evaluating, sipping and at food breaks, piling heaps of delicious food on my plate, stuffing myself like a Thanksgiving turkey. The wines are Italians (again) with a smattering of Greek, California, Texas and French. More wine, more quinoa, more trophies.

    God, do we all really run around like this in the wine trade, looking to be here? It seems so many came this far to be somewhere else, with the endless run to another airport, to catch another plane – to New York, to New Zealand, to a new life?

    Yes, I had an aha moment. I often do in my native state. I don’t need to go all the way, up Highway 29 anymore to get it. I prefer, in fact, the Highway 29 of my 1973 bubble. It was quieter then, there wasn’t so much traffic. And those ubiquitous people-moving vans, filled with the well-dressed (and well-fed) gilded set hadn’t come into existence. My Napa Valley is intact, unlike some of those old Barolos we sifted through the other night.

    The famous wine personality brought an old, old Barolo. He proceeded to open it. “It’s corked!” he exclaimed. A collective groan impregnated the room. I felt a sigh of relief, for the old ones I brought had also passed from being enjoyable to merely “interesting.” Proof that wine has finiteness to it. A reminder to those of us in the flesh that we too have an expiration date.

    Oh, there he goes again, you say, that death talk. Just tell us about the ’58 Pio Cesare, tell us it was the bees knees. Yes it was. It was really, really nice. In fact, with so many old Nebbiolos in a room, around a table, one could close their eyes and imagine walking in Alba, or in La Morra, very easily. The somewhereness of those wines, even as old as they were, never belied the fact that they were 100% Italian; in fact their Langhe-ness was indisputable.

    And, as well, so it was, as I walked to my car, later that evening, that I was somewhere else. Maybe it was the lone gardenia that had bloomed, miraculously, that day, on the bush in the front yard, where my car was parked. Reminding me that I was back home, from where I had come. After all, I didn’t come this far to be somewhere else.


    Oh, the trophy life ain't no good life
    Oh, but it's my life

    Yeah, it's my life






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              What will happen to Italian wine if America enters into a trade war with Europe?   
    The Italians never thought it would happen. They, led by the French, were marching into a huge new market, China. In that moment, they turned their gaze from America, seeing a new, emerging market filled with hundreds of millions of potential customers for their wines. Every farmer’s daughter was going to Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Taipei, Chengdu and Hong Kong with their Barolo, Brunello, their Prosecco and their Moscato. All along, China was developing cheap solar panels, racing to find a way to fulfill their own country’s need for cheap, clean, sustainable energy. And with that came the temptation to import those solar panels to their trading partners in Europe. But trading with China in the solar sector could cost thousands of jobs in Europe, where the solar energy industry had a foothold and was growing at a rapid pace. The EU threatened a steep tariff on solar panels imported from China. And China threatened to retaliate on wine with a tariff of up to 47%. A trade war loomed. And while this threat was greater to France, and even Spain, Italy also felt the slap from the big hand of China.


    Could it happen today, between America and Europe, a similar threat? According to a conversation I had this past week with a prestigious family producer from Italy, yes it can. European leaders are suspicious of American leadership. There is a fog of volatility that has rolled in, the likes of which hasn’t been felt since the 1970’s. But the 1970’s didn’t have the global thread of communication of commerce the interconnectedness that we all have today. The interdependence that some leaders cast a blind eye to, but which nonetheless exists. So yes, the Italians are nervous.

    From the look of things in 2017, so far, business is good. Things are humming right along. Italian wine still seems to have a good momentum coming off a relatively robust year, 2016. I say this with the knowledge of data that I am privy to, commercial data that even surprised me. As it continues to do.

    “We are a satellite of America,” my Italian colleague said, over a globally inspired lunch of barbecued chicken and spinach salad, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and prickly pear kombucha. It took me off guard to hear those words said. I identify as an American with Italian roots, and I love the country that my grandfathers and grandmothers immigrated to over 100 years ago. I see the limitless horizon of opportunity, as many of us immigrants and children of immigrants must see and feel when they look to America and make the often perilous trek to the land of the free. “You must understand that to us, America is a beacon of freedom for the world.” I’m sitting across a member of a venerated Italian wine family, one of the first families of Italian wine. And I’m truly astonished to hear this. And again, she says, “We are a satellite of America.”

    In a sense I understand this too well. I spend all of my working time around Italian wine, around Italian restaurants and often first, second and third generation Italian immigrants. I’m steeped in the tea of Italianitá. It was then that I felt a deep commitment, once again, tugging at my heartstrings, a little voice inside, from ages past and days not yet born saying “Help them get over to your side, help them to get a place at the table.” No kidding, this is how I think and feel about it. It’s not about selling more wine; it’s not about being in the cool kid’s club. It’s about finding ways, often extremely difficult, given the myriad of laws and regulations in the alcohol beverage industry among the 50 states, to help my Italian cousins in this land of opportunity.

    So to imagine that America might be going into a potential trade war with Europe - no matter how capriciously it might be constructed by the Steve Bannon’s of the world – it was truly an alarming thought for the future of Italian wine in America.

    Yes, things are so much better than it was 25, 35, 50 years ago in the world of Italian wine in America. Now we have the luxury of groaning when we see one too many Erbaluce’s on hipster wine lists. But I see a new battle looming on the horizon, one which might be more than just one of have a greater selection. You think it couldn’t happen here? How many jaw dropping events must one witness before one realizes they are not on solid ground but on the deck of the Titanic?

    Vigilance, my Italian colleagues. We are in a social and economic climate that is heating up faster than our contentiously debated global climate shift.







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              6 Reasons You Should Have a Washtech Dishwasher in Your Kitchen   

    It may not be the most exciting topic to discuss, but you sure need a dishwasher in your kitchen. And a good one if possible! 

    We have a wide range of Washtech dishwashers and glass washers listed on our website, and here is what you should know about them.

    #1 High quality equipment 

    Washtech dishwashers and glass washers are made of heavy-duty stainless steel that ensures long-term reliability. Their solid construction makes them durable and reliable. They won’t let you down during rush hours, phew!

    #2 Easy to use

    Washtech units are extremely easy to use. Thanks to the simple operating systems, users can easily select the settings they want. No training needed, everyone can use it!

    #3 Stylish 

    The stainless steel shine will brighten your kitchen up; make it look clean and sleek. It might not be your main concern if the dishwasher sits in one corner of your kitchen, but you might care if it sits behind your bar where you customers can see it.

    #4 Local

    All Washtech units are designed in Australia and built in New Zealand. They are designed specifically for the Australian market and take into consideration the specific Australian conditions and regulations. 

    #5 Energy savings

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              Cookie the Penguin   
    How have I never shared this before? Impossibly cute as he is, Cookie actually is not a baby penguin. I believe he was seven when this video was shot. He is a full-sized little or fairy penguin. They’re native to Australia and New Zealand. Cookie, however, resides at the Cincinnati Zoo.
              Audrey Young: Shane Jones is an important part of Winston Peters' plan to regain power   
    Shane Jones joining New Zealand First is an important part of the Winston Peters plan for power. It is one of several factors likely to keep the party on its upward trajectory, mainly at the expense of Labour. The former Labour...
              2015 in REVIEW .   
    Hello there my friends .. thanks for popping by 
    Thought I would post a few of my faves from last year .. 2015 
    a mixture of layouts and OTP Projects .
    every piece showcases Dusty Attic chipboard .


    WARNING !!
    be prepared for a long post ..
    I find it amazing at the end of each year when I collect 
    my work and see how much I have created the twelve months. 
    here are a few of my faves from 2015
    hope you enjoy them .
    LOVE THIS 
     I found this Photo on Pinterest 
    I adore using mood boards in my work 
    BEAUTY
     Memories of my childhood 
    loved my Ballet x


    SNAPSHOT
    SEAGULLS fascinate me . 
    Just the way they sit and view the world .
    on the lookout for food and friends .
    TRANQUILITY
     THIS STATUE sits happily in my garden.
    My embellishments represent different elements living in my garden
    lots of birds, foliage, texture, raised garden beds, time I spend each day 
    lovingly tending to my blissful place .


    BLISS
    softness with pastels .

     OCEAN
    I loved creating this textured BG ...
    The pic is of one of the beaches we visited 
    on one of our holidays to New Zealand.
    what an amazing place ... so unspoiled and natural .
    absolute Beauty. 
    JOURNEY

    DISCOVER

    I love to fossick in little 'bric n brac' shops hidden away in the Adelaide Hills .
    this one had some real treasures, with a slightly industrial design and feel to the building . 


    MAY MY HEART BE KIND 
     AFFIRMATIONS, make up a large part of my daily life .


    REMEMBER 
    A TEXTURED BG with a monochromatic theme .


    RUSTIC CANVAS 




    DOCUMENTED 
     my journal I created with memories of my beautiful son mark .
    he was killed on his motorbike at age 22 .
    this journal contains quotes,documents, chipboard, and lots of precious memories .


    and a few tags from 2015


    thanks so much for popping by
     and I hope you have enjoyed walking through last year with me 
    big big hugz to each of you 
    until next time we meet
    happy creating xoxo

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    Emirates Team New Zealand победи убедително Oracle Team USA в 35-ото състезание на Купата на Америка в залива на Бермуда със 7 на 1 гонки. За последен път отбор, който представлява Нова Зеландия, е притежавал най-стария трофей на света през 2000 г.

              New Zealand : Historic Equal Pay Settlement comes into effect midnight   
    Source: Maori Television
              Rural Anniversary * Auckland (New Zealand) * 1 Jul '17   

    Line Up
    Not to be missed the Rural Anniversary Celebration is a mid winter event that has been going since the early 90's. This year we have decided to to an intimate indoor event with a limited capacity of 150 max presales, there will be a ra...

    Location
    2 Orpheus Drive, Onehunga Auckland


              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


    Join Team BroadwayWorld! Interested in joining our team, but not exactly sure what we do? All of your questions are answered, along with every open position from guest and student bloggers, Regional Editors, and more! Find out where we have open positions available here!


              Price Drop: Yakin   
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              Eichholtz Caton Rug Grey 300 x 400cm   

    100% New Zealand wool pile

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              Things to Do Friday!   
    13 things to do for June 30 by Mercury Staff

    Waterfront Blues Festival
    The Waterfront Blues Festival is a Fourth of July tradition, a weekend-long gathering on the river to celebrate all styles of American music (not just the blues). With performers like Booker T, Chubby Carrier, Cory Henry, Fantastic Negrito, Eric Gales, and countless others performing under the sun for the fest’s 30th year, it’s the best way to be reminded that our crazy, conflicted country has birthed some pretty wonderful music. NED LANNAMANN
    Jun 30-Jul 4, see waterfrontbluesfest.com for full daily schedules, 11 am, $10-50, all ages


    Roxane Gay
    After widely acclaimed works like Bad Feminist and Difficult Women, Gay’s Hunger tells the story of what it’s like to live more than 20 years in a fat body, and without the triumphant weightloss narrative that society practically demands. If her discussion with Phoebe Robinson (Sooo Many White Guys podcast), and her interview with The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah is any indication, Roxane Gay will offer an insightful and honest book talk while simultaneously filling a void the literary world. JENNI MOORE
    7:30 pm, Powell's City of Books, free

    Portland Craft Beer Festival
    The Fields hosts this grand kickoff to Oregon Craft Beer Month with a three-day celebration of Portland's (many) contributions to the art of brewing. $25 admission includes a cup and 10 beverage tickets, while $35 VIP tickets will net you a souvenir mug and 15 tickets. Come down and enjoy delicious food and beverage offerings from Base Camp, Lompoc, Migration, Natian, Occidental, Pints, Bridgeport, Coopers Hall, Cider Riot, and many more.
    Jun 30-Jul 2, 12 pm, The Fields, $25-35

    Animal Collective, Stephen Malkmus
    Animal Collective is one of those bands you just come to know, whether that’s through constant radio play or their soundtracking of your own quarter-life avant-garde awakening. Blending the right amounts of pop, indie, electronic, psychedelic, and experimental, Animal Collective is enough of everything to appeal to virtually everyone—which means you can totally bring your Tinder date to the show without worrying about whether or not they’ll like it. To those “real fans” who might complain about this, I say sit back, relax, and enjoy both the concert you paid for as well as the kinda funny, kinda cringey dates happening around you. DELANEY MOTTER
    8 pm, Roseland, $26-30, all ages

    Queer Migration Stories and Panel
    Unite Oregon’s Last Friday event will kick off with a panel featuring members of Resilient Connections, a program for refugee, immigrant, and trans queer people, as they illuminate the affects colonization and white supremacy have on the migration of queer people of color. EMILLY PRADO
    5:30 pm, Unite Oregon, free

    Lithics, Tender Age, Mattress, Media Jeweler
    Lithics minimalist post-punk pulses and chirps, manically pushing forward and pulling back, while building insistent loops before pretending to fall apart, as vocalist Aubrey Hornor brings an understated, bordering-on-spoken-word nonchalance. This restraint, at least on record, keeps the tension high, while also keeping something bubbling below the surface, waiting. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON
    9 pm, The Fixin' To, $7

    Bob Saget
    Fresh off his appearance on Netflix's Full House reboot, Fuller House, Bob Saget takes his raunchy stand-up routine back to Helium giving you the opportunity to take in an evening of jokes told by TV's renowned "Dirty Daddy."
    7:30 pm, 10 pm, Helium Comedy Club, $35-45

    Improvisation Summit of Portland 2017
    The Creative Music Guild presents a two-day event celebrating Portland's improvisational and experimental music scene, in collaboration with dancers, film, and visual artists. Featuring performances from Bobby Previte, Andrea Kleine, Lori Goldston, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, Sarah Hennies, Wobbly, and more.
    Jun 30-Jul 1, see creativemusicguild.org for a full list of performers and showtimes, $15-30

    Eat Skull, The Renderers, Woolen Men
    The husband-and-wife duo of Brian and Maryrose Crook front the Christchurch, New Zealand-hailing psych-rock band, The Renderers. Catch them tonight when they return to Mississippi Studios to headline a stacked show alongside Portland noise-pop and skuzz-rock outfit Eat Skull and local jangle punks the Woolen Men.
    9 pm, Mississippi Studios, $5

    Streetlight Manifesto, Jenny Owen Youngs, Ogikubo Station
    Everything Goes Numb, the 2002 debut LP from New Brunswick outfit Streetlight Manifesto, is hailed as a ska masterpiece in circles where that phrase isn’t an inherent contradiction. No matter how many waves you think there have been—really, who can keep track—ska’s always had a way of sounding instantly dated. In the decade and a half since the band’s well-received debut, Tomas Kalnoky & Co. haven’t done much to avoid their genre’s uniquely fraught aging process. The list of chin-scratchers includes the 2006 re-recording of their old band Catch 22’s beloved Keasbey Nights, and 2010’s 99 Songs of Revolution Vol. 1 (a collection of covers that might more accurately be titled 11 Songs That Don’t Really Need Ska Interpretations). If I sound dismissive, that’s probably because ska has always been so easy to mock, but it’s precisely that full-throated embrace of their own aesthetic that makes bands like Streetlight Manifesto so fun to begin with. NATHAN TUCKER
    8 pm, Crystal Ballroom, $20, all ages

    Senator Ron Wyden Discusses Net Neutrality
    Net neutrality is the concept that internet access is akin to a utility and should be available for equal consumption by all. Senator Ron Wyden, a longtime advocate of net neutrality, will highlight the implications of the FCC’s vote to roll back legality and allow cable companies to engage in net neutrality voluntarily. EMILLY PRADO
    12:15 pm, Sentinel Hotel

    Azizi Gibson
    Born in Frankfurt, Germany, and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Azizi Gibson is an up and coming rapper signed to Flying Lotus' record label, Brainfeeder. Catch him tonight when he hits the Hawthorne Theater for the Portland stop on "The Protein Shake Tour."
    8 pm, Hawthorne Theatre, $18.50-22, all ages

    Dynamite PDX
    This special edition of Curious Comedy's improv session features Portland's much-loved J Names troupe taking the stage.
    9:30 pm, Curious Comedy Theater, $10-12

    Don't forget to check out our Things To Do calendar for even more things to do!

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              Gerald McGhie - What do diplomats do?   
    Dunedin-born Gerald McGhie served for 40 years as a diplomat for New Zealand, including two postings in Moscow - during Brezhnev and the Cold War years, and later during the fall of Gorbachev, the rise of Yeltsin and collapse of the Soviet Union. He has also been posted to Western Samoa, New York, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, and Tonga over his long and eventful career. McGhie has just produced an insightful account of 40 years of service as a NZ diplomat, called Balancing Acts: Reflections of a New Zealand Diplomat, in which, he says, he attempted to answer the question "what do diplomats do?" Retired in 2003, McGhie speaks and writes frequently on his experiences as well as on today's geopolitical environment.
              David Diamond - Theatre for Living   
    David Diamond is the artistic and managing director of the Vancouver-based company Theatre for Living (TfL) and the originator of TfL techniques, which have grown from Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed. A pioneer in the development of live, interactive television and web casting, he has directed over 550 community-specific projects on issues such as racism, civic engagement, violence, addiction, street youth, inter-generational conflict, homelessness and mental health. He is also a Visiting Theatre Director in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, where TfL is used to shift the culture of the learning environment. Diamond has just been in New Zealand to attend the annual conference of Australasian Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA), where he was a keynote speaker on notions of belonging, performance and reconciliation.
              Professor Tom Gilbert - Me, my dog and maize   
    Professor Tom Gilbert is an evolutionary biologist and ancient DNA expert at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. He is visiting New Zealand as a guest of Allan Wilson at Otago, with the support of the Genetics Society of Australasia and Genetics Otago. Gilbert has focused his most recent work on a broad range of evolutionary questions involving humans and domesticated plants and animals. He has also studied the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1850s, and which is related to kauri dieback disease. Gilbert will give a free talk at the University of Otago in Dunedin this week, where he'll discuss modern genomic analysis and how, from comparisons of just a few key DNA sequences, DNA technology itself has evolved to now allow evolutionary biologists to compare the entire genomes (all of an organism's DNA) of species, including humans, dogs and maize. http://www.otago.ac.nz/allan-wilson-research/index.html https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/me-my-dog-and-maize-dunedin-tickets-34844393519
              Regional race is on to be Rural Ambassador of the Year   

    We are one step closer to finding New Zealand’s Rural Ambassador of the Year for 2018.


              Aaron Davey best lifestyle/rural consultant   

    Getting the basics right and building from there has always been Aaron Davey’s philosophy for successful real estate sales and it’s helped him on his way to being named Harcourts New Zealand’s top lifestyle rural sales consultant for 2015/16.


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              PAN in the News: The debate rages on: Are neonicotinoid pesticides killing bees? - Deutsche Welle   

    Deutsche Welle

    The debate rages on: Are neonicotinoid pesticides killing bees?
    Deutsche Welle
    Insecticides are generally the most toxic pesticides, at least in terms of direct, short-term effects, according to the Pesticide Action Network. Particularly controversial are neonicotinoids, a family of insecticides used to control destructive crop ...
    Neonicotinoids linked to bee harm by two studiesRadio New Zealand
    Country-specific effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honey bees and wild bees | ScienceScience

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              Rural confidence trends remarkably similar across sectors   
    The latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey shows the highest level of confidence among all agricultural sectors since the survey started in 2003 which is proof of the remarkable success of New Zealand agriculture and commodity prices. At a time when our dollar is also stronger against almost all, if not all, currencies over the same […]
              British & Irish Lions v New Zealand: Second Test is 'do or die' - Andy Farrell   
    The British and Irish Lions' second Test against the All Blacks on Saturday is "do or die", says defence coach Andy Farrell.
              Lions aim to level series against New Zealand in second Test in Wellington   
    The British and Irish Lions take on the All Blacks in the second Test in Wellington on Saturday knowing defeat means the series is lost.
              New Zealand's Mitchell Santner links up with Worcestershire for NatWest T20 Blast campaign   
    Santner took a short break back home after the Black Caps early exit from the ICC Champions Trophy.
              Worcester Warriors centre dropped for British and Irish Lions’ do-or-die Test with New Zealand   
    Lions head coach Warren Gatland has paired Johnny Sexton and Owen Farrell as twin playmakers in a bid to outflank New Zealand.
              Live Bhagavatam Lecture from Los Angeles, USA   
    Live Bhagavatam Lecture from Los Angeles, USA ============================================= Friday 30 June Go to: www.lalive.us Welcome to all new members of the Ultimate Self Realization Course. We now have 25,000+ subscribers! =========================================================== 07:30am to 08:30am in Los Angeles (Pacific Time) 09:30am to 10:30am in USA (Central Time) 10:30am to 11:30am in NYC, Toronto, Santiago (Eastern Time) 11:30am to 12:30pm in Mendoza, Argentin 03:30pm to 04:30pm in London 04:30pm to 05:30pm in Copenhagen, S. Africe 05:30pm to 06:30pm in Latvia, Bucharest 06:30pm to 07:30pm in Mauritius 08:00pm to 09:00pm in India 10:30pm to 11:30pm in Malaysia, Hong Kong 12:30am to 01:30am Sydney, Melbourne Australia on 1 July 02:30am to 03:30am in New Zealand on 1 July Testimonials: Thank you very much by giving wonderful inspirational Srimad Bhagavatam classes! Now it is very simple to be involved into listening Krishna katha live even from other side of the world.--Damodar das It is helping me directly associate with Sri Guru daily by allowing me to hear Srimad Bhagavatam and clear my doubts instantly by asking questions on live conference session.--Syamapriya devi dasi The online Bhagavatam class is so enlivening. Your Divine Grace answered all my eight questions.Its so good to hear Your Divine Graces and Srimati Gurumatas voice live.--Bhakta Shashank
              Episode 45: Live from PNWPHP   

    Live from PNWPHP ‘15, Ben and Phil are joined by guests Ben Marks, Yitzchok Willroth and later we are joined by returning guest Sara Golemon who popped in to talk about HHVM/Hack while Phil played waiter for the rest of the episode.

    Ben talks about Magento and some of his conference traveling madness, as does Yitz, who got trapped in a hotel for a whole weekend due to some interesting combination of Jewish holidays and an argument over the interational date line in New Zealand. Phil also tells us all about his NZ speeding ticket, mowing down possums like it’s Carmageddon, and makes a few terrible jokes because he’s scarily sober.


              Comment on Lions 2017: New Zealand V Lions 2nd Test Prediction by Scrappy   
    NZ by 12-14. The problem is the breakdown. NZ are lethal in the chaos that follows turnovers and masters at producing quick ball/offloads. Until any team can compete with them at the tempo that quick ball produces, they will continue to dominate. I think it's a shame Tipuric isn't at 7 as he might be able to produce quicker ball but even then, we'd still be playing catch up. When your world XV contains more black shirts than red ones, you're always going to struggle. Let's hope AWJ proves us all wrong and plays an absolute belter...
              Comment on Lions 2017: New Zealand V Lions 2nd Test Prediction by Pablito   
    Would love to see a win. Don't think it will happen though. The one area won last week - the line out - will be weaker without Kruis and POM. NZ to win by 35 to 17. Just hope the Lions remain competitive
              Comment on Lions 2017: New Zealand V Lions 2nd Test Prediction by Septimusfiltrum   
    Further to my point re: Haskell - Hamish Watson should've been a shoe-in as well as the Scottish centre whose name escapes me.
              Comment on Lions 2017: New Zealand V Lions 2nd Test Prediction by Septimusfiltrum   
    PS - hoping to, in a fickle about turn, be heralding WG as a lion's saviour and rugby genius (along with Howley) after the lions win the next two games
              Comment on Lions 2017: New Zealand V Lions 2nd Test Prediction by Septimusfiltrum   
    Ok....let's suppose we get beaten (as is most likely) tomorrow and next week; the question of 'Could we have done better?' will be raised. I would suggest 'yes'. I think squad selection was poor with at least 5-6 significant personnel exchanged IMO and this led to a public/media outcry which has intensified as Gatts has compounded our misery by continuing to make poor and undeserved selections, leading to no obvious game plan, throughout the tour. I also felt that there were a number of players taken who were never, under any circumstances, going to be used/useful in a test match. Sometimes you need to pick the half back that can come on and win you a game that's slipping away rather than a solid dependable dirt-tracker who cannot challenge the top 2. I would say this is the case with Laidlaw and Biggar as well as Halfpenny, North and Seymour. In the forwards, potentially Scannell should have replaced Best as he's a better No 3 hooker. The 2nd row I struggle to bring myself to talk about. In fairness, the props and back row (perhaps with the exception of Haskell, who produced his usual blood and thunder (and I mean this positively) 6.5 out of 10 every match, pretty much picked themselves once Billy had been ruled out - how I'd loved to have seen Billy at 6 along with Faletau. Naturally even WG can't legislate completely for form dropping off - Stander, Henshaw and injury (Hogg) though perhaps, tactical and coaching variations could've brought out better in players. Also, how did the circus around some of WG decisions (geographical call ups etc) affect the Lions' focus? Anyway, I'll prematurely opine that the tour could and should have gone much better (regardless of test series result) and suggest that the idea of having a minimum of 5 players from each home nation for future tours is very much worthy of consideration.
              Comment on Lions 2017: New Zealand V Lions 2nd Test Prediction by Harlequin   
    I'm not convinced the Lions are in the right place psychologically and that all the players agree with the changes made.Happy United band?I don't think so.Warburton has lost every game he's played v NZ-tomorrow will be no different.NZ by 25-30.
              Comment on Lions 2017: New Zealand V Lions 2nd Test Prediction by Septimusfiltrum   
    Quite funny
              Comment on Lions 2017: New Zealand V Lions 2nd Test Prediction by Don P   
    Walter Mitty has the Lions by 1..00!
              Comment on Lions team to play New Zealand in 2nd Test by Don P   
    Taliesin Know what it's like @ times trying to go agin the mainstream here. I'm afraid you're never going to convince some (any?; altho I myself keep @ it!?) regrds AWJ & I personally think that all the excrement heaped upon his head is, in part @ least, somewhat of an excuse for the BIL's tour losses, esp last Sat. It's how the TEAM were outperformed that was the real issue. Guys like Farrell, Furlong, Kruis & George for instance, felt the pinch (& or the pain?) & were out of their comfort levels & were relatively anonymous for me. Not much comfort perhaps, but AWJ's 'scapegoating' is not an answer for the BIL's & a somewhat pointless excercise methinks.
              Comment on Lions team to play New Zealand in 2nd Test by Don P   
    Leon See if I can clean up my act a bit then.
              Comment on Rate the Match: New Zealand v Lions 1st Test by Don P   
    Stesco Well, may be a bit harsh, but it's what pros like Williams are paid for. It's a basic req to catch a ball & IF he had done so, Ioane would NOT have scored. No 2nds I'm afraid, you do it or you don't... & others caught the ball, in the wet, during the game. His miss effected the game.
              Comment on Rate the Match: New Zealand v Lions 1st Test by Don P   
    Trio Ctd.. bit late now, as team picked & Gatland had his own ideas & poss a bit much English bias? POM, Kruis were ineffective for me. Prob gone for Itoje, Lawes, altho some of the AWJ flack seems somewhat pointless to me. Have Warbuton &/or O'Brien in the b/row, altho Tuperic interesting & might have got quicker ball? Don't mind Webb either, but either Biggar (a team combo) or Sexton as Farrell just too orthodox & frankly anonymous last wk. Also I'd put 1/2penny @ f/back & moved Williams to wing in place of Nowell, who got caught out too easily in 'D' early doors in the tour. Anyway, done now, so we'll see.
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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


    Regional Editor Spotlight:

    Christy Brooks
    Los Angeles Contributing Editor

    Christy Brooks is a teaching artist, actor and scriptwriter located in South Central Pennsylvania. She works as an independent contractor in producing and directing small and large-scaled performing arts productions. In addition, Christy has created curriculum, focusing on Reader's Theatre, Acting Workshops, and Scriptwriting, for public and private school districts. She donates a portion of proceeds from theatrical work to local non-profit organizations. Christy is a proud graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.

    Writing for Broadway World has been a wonderful and fulfilling complement to my involvement in the performing arts. It brings me joy to watch a live performance and absorb the many facets involved in producing and acting in a performance. Whether I am reviewing a show or interviewing actors, my focus is on what I might learn from each theatrical encounter. Theatre is ever-evolving and I want to contribute to it in a passionate way that promotes constructive, not destructive, dialogue.


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              All I can do is sigh   
    It seems that one of our hospitals once again makes a grievous mistake and everyday New Zealanders pay the price for it: Dr Roman Hasil botched eight of 32 32 tubal ligations (sterilisation procedures), resulting in six pregnancies. In his report Commissioner Ron Paterson censures the doctor and the DHB for “serious failings in the […]
              Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day publish ten poems   

    Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day celebrate their 20th anniversary this year and to mark the occasion, are publishing online poetry collection 20/20. The collection includes Poet Laureates, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards winners and strong new voices from recent collections and anthologies.


              Liz Breslin, Wanaka poet, with her first published collection of poetry, Alzheimer's and a Spoon.   

    Wanaka poet, Liz Breslin, reads her poem Dichotomy, from her first published collection of poems, Alzheimer's and a Spoon, published by Otago University Press. Alzheimer's and a Spoon has been published by Otago University Press and will be launched in Wanaka on July 13. Acclaimed Dunedin poet Vincent O'Sullivan has said of it: "To find this kind of sheer brio and linguistic flair in New Zealand writing, one inevitably goes back to Janet Frame."


              Looking For A Cruise With A Difference?   
    Cruise ship companies are continuing to add ships to their fleets and they are also becoming far more imaginative with the cruise itineraries that they are providing. The Caribbean and Mediterranean are still the most popular cruising destinations, but there is now a large range of exiting cruises that are available around the World.




    This article attempts to give you some inspiration on where you should think about taking your next cruise holiday.




    South America can offer a huge range of diverse cruises ranging from a trip up the Amazon to the throbbing cities of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires as well as offering natural wonders like the Galapagos Islands, Chilean Fjords and the Andes mountains.




    Many of these cruises start from US ports and otherssail from the major South American cities. The majority of cruises to the Antarctica start from Ushuaia in southern Argentina. Several cruise companies including Voyages of Discovery and Hurtigruten offer expedition-style Antarctica cruises.




    Dubai, as well as being a luxury holiday destination is starting to become an established cruise port. Costa Cruises is sailing seven cruise itineraries in 2009 calling at Abu Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain.




    Dubai and other gulf ports often feature on world or repositioning cruises which means you can pick up a cruise bargain by choosing one of these cruises.




    North Africa is well served by many cruise ships that also include the Mediterranean but what about the rest of Africa? Some world cruises sail down the west coast of Africa to Cape Town, as an alternative to cruising through the Suez Canal in Egypt.




    Cruising the west coast means that you can visit countries such as Senegal, Gambia and Namibia as well as the Cape Verde Islands and St Helena. In southern and eastern Africa some cruise lines offer departures from Cape Town and also the Kenyan holiday resort of Mombasa.




    Silversea Cruises offers several trips from these ports which call at destinations such as Zanzibar, Madagascar and Assumption Island. Hebridean International Cruises and Voyages of Discovery are also featuring cruises around this region.




    Cruises to Alaska are still as popular as ever. These cruisese start from Seattle or Vancouver and make their way up the Inside Passage taking in some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. NCL, Princess and Royal Caribbean are just some of the cruise lines offering Alaskan cruises, which can also be combined with a land tour.




    The Baltic is the second most popular cruise region in the European summer season. A Baltic cruise would visit the stunning cities of St Peterburg, Stockholm and Tallinn, whilst of course Norway offers the incredible Fjords, the midnight sun and The Northern Lights. Hurtigruten is famed for its coastal voyages around Norway.




    The Far East and in particular China has seen a big growth in cruise customers. Many cruises start from Hong Kong and cruise north to China and Japan. Other cruises head south where you will cruise to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.




    Australia and New Zealand feature on most world cruises by cruise companies such as P&O, Holland America, Princess and Royal Caribbean.




    So, what are you waiting for? Cruising has never been more popular and with the ever increasing choice of both exotic and exploration cruises available there has never been a better time to book a cruise.


    David Brice was writing on behalf of the cruise experts White Rose Cruise

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              Syndicates put glory within reach of the average punter   
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              Podcast304: The Landscape of 21st Century Learning: Personalised and Differentiated (learning@school09 keynote)   
    This podcast is an audio recording of my keynote address on February 27, 2009, in Rotorua, New Zealand, for the Learning@School 2009 Conference. I also included some reflections I recorded on stage just prior to the keynote. The official conference presentation description of this session was: Personalised, differentiated learning defines exemplary education in the 21st century. Blended learning models offer teachers and students a diverse menu of content delivery and assessment options which can be tailored to meet individual needs. In this session we will explore how a variety of web-based environments and instructional strategies are permitting educators to provide learners with choices in not only the ways they can access and consume content, but also in the ways they “show what they know” through performance-based assessment methods.
              Podcast303: Transforming Pedagogy in NZ Schools, Duck Hunting in Hobbiton, the Easy Talk Microphone, and Kid Witness News   
    This podcast includes a series of three interviews from the Learning@School 2009 conference in Rotorua, New Zealand. The first is an interview with Dean, a school principal near Matamata. One of the families whose children attend at Dean's school own the farm where Hobbiton was built for the film trilogy The Lord of the Rings. He has actually gone duck hunting there! Two new movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" are in production now and scheduled for worldwide release in December 2011 and December 2012. See the WikiPedia link in the podcast shownotes for more details. The final interview is with a Panasonic representative about their worldwide digital storytelling contest "Kid Witness News."
              City Rail Link chairman looks forward to Monday   
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              Auckland Mayor and Government formalise creation of CRL Ltd   
    Press Release – Auckland Council Auckland Mayor and Government formalise creation of CRL Ltd. to deliver NZ’s largest infrastructure project Today, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, Deputy Mayor Cashmore and Ministers Steven Joyce and Simon Bridges, formalised the partnership between Government and Auckland Council to deliver the 3.45 kilometre City Rail Link – New Zealand’s largest […]
              Establishment of City Rail Link Limited   
    Press Release – New Zealand Government Hon Steven Joyce Minister of Finance Hon Simon Bridges Minister of Transport 30 June 2017 Media Statement Establishment of City Rail Link Limited Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Transport Minister Simon Bridges have today signed the agreements with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff that establish City Rail Link Limited to […]
              Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds Are They for You   

    Stop Those Sniffles with a Hypoallergenic


    Hypoallergenic dog breeds are ones that shed less, have less dander, and possibly have less of a chance to bother people with mild allergies. However, it is impossible to generalize as each person is different, so their reactions to dog breeds are different.



    If you decide to buy a hypoallergenic dog, there are ways to care for them which you will need to observe that may require a little more work than for non-hypoallergenic breeds. Hypoallergenic dogs are sold mostly by breeders, but you can also find them in pet stores and sometimes in animal shelters.



    the Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds are Shown in this Video with a Series of Slides







    Hypoallergenic dogs are out there in a number of guises and different breeds, and they do make the best of pets. Hypoallergenic dogs are a great solution for would-be dog owners that have allergies. Many dog lovers that thought they would never be able to own a dog because of the uncontrollable symptoms to pet dander, may not have considered a hypoallergenic dog. However, with careful selection there is a dog for many people that suffer this allergy type.



    These dogs are specific breeds that shed less hair and dander than other dogs, and produce fewer allergens in their saliva and urine. You should keep in mind, however, the fact that all breeds carry a certain amount of allergen burden. So called hypoallergenic dogs just carry less.



    Hypoallergenic dogs are usually the smaller breeds, even though greyhounds come in a variety of sizes. Deciding on the breed of dog will depend on your lifestyle and what you expect from a pet.



    While reading up on this subject while researching this article I did find a web page which said that hypoallergenic dogs are a myth. They said that hypoallergenic dogs are not allergen-free. They just produce less irritating allergens than other dogs. I think to say they are a myth is I think a little extreme, however, all readers must please note that we cannot guarantee for one minute that a dog which apparently does not trigger an allergy in one sufferer may cause it in another.



    Allergic people react to different breeds of dogs differently. Each person has a unique allergic threshold. Allergies can be triggered by multiple factors, not just hair, so there's just no guarantee that any particular breed can be "safe". You can also have varying degrees of reaction to individual animals, regardless of breed, and your body can also develop some immunity after you're exposed for a certain amount of time too.



    Allergy tests can be used however like any other thing they are susceptible to human error. Here is a story out of New Zealand where a parent took their child to two different allergy tests and received two different results, so the allergy sufferer will be unable to gain a 100% guarantee that they will not suffer even after a positive test suggests so.



    Breeds such as the Poodle, Labradoodle and Bishon Frise are the best known smaller hypoallergenic dogs. They only need to be bathed about once a month.



    Breeders do not usually offer a return policy, so choose the dog that meets your needs best, and choose carefully.



    We have referred to Dander earlier, but what is it? Dander is a collection of skin cells, dust, and other particles found in the air. As a dog sheds, these particles float around in the air and cause people to have allergy attacks. Dander includes shed fur, but also flakes of dried skin. It is similar to dandruff in people.



    Portuguese Water Dogs are said to be low allergenic and need to be groomed every two months or so. There are two patterns that most groomers follow, the retriever cut and the lion cut. Portuguese Water Dogs are also intelligent dogs which love to spend time with their owners (they might even just follow you around the house!). Of course, you will want to spend time with a dog to figure out its individual personality, but on the whole, there are many hypoallergenic dog breeds that have affectionate, good temperaments.



    Grooming is an essential part of your dog’s general health care and hygiene routine. It includes brushing, combing, nail-clipping, ear and dental care, bathing and scissoring, stripping or clipping of hair coats. Grooming does not take much work, and is SO important to those that might otherwise suffer an allergy. The lowest allergenic reaction will be confirmed by the tests which will be done. West Highland Terriers are reportedly a great idea for allergy sufferers. The hair on their coat is extremely short and it rarely gets that musty doggy smell most dogs get.



    Pets can get allergies themselves, but they rarely sneeze and cough; their allergy symptoms usually appear as skin problems. Quick writes, "When I am told that a dog is constantly chewing at their feet, often to the point of damaging the skin, the allergy flag begins to wave.



    We hope that for those seeking a hypoallergenic dog they do consider the West Highland Terrier, which is an excellent guard dog and she doesn’t shed either! Finally, if there is anyone out there looking for a large dog breed that jives with their senses look at the Bouvier! (French).



    Your author for this great article is fascinated by the dog world and the diversity of the top Dog Breeds Worldwide. He also runs the Dog Breeds Compendium. See his great page on non-shedding hypoallergenic dog breeds.
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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively. Frank Vlastnik is also sharp as Chef Louis/Pilot, specializing in seafood dishes as the Chef, which naturally rubs Sebastian the wrong way. Richard B. Watson rounds out the cast as Eric's manservant/confidante, Grimsby. Of course, the large ensemble also adds to the merriment, and gives the show an even wider scope."


    Chicago: Contributor Rachel Weinberg reviews MOBY DICK at Lookingglass Theatre Company. She writes "MOBY DICK also features three extraordinary female actors in its ensemble: Kelly Abell, Cordelia Dewdney, and Mattie Hawkinson. While each essays various roles, they also come together as the three Fates-an inventive and eerily effective device. Decked out in Sully Ratke's magnificent and haunting costumes, they provide the warning of what's to come upon the play's conclusion. At various points in the production, Abell, Dewdney, and Hawkinson also embody various elements of nature: the ocean, a whale carcass, and even Moby Dick himself. Outside of the skeletal structure of the set, there is no literal whale onstage-but that is perhaps one of the most striking representations of Moby Dick in the production."


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              Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/29 - THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and More!   

    BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature THE LITTLE MERMAID, RAGTIME, NEWSIES, and more!

    Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below!


    Central Pennsylvania: Contributor Marakay Rogers reviews NEWSIES at the Fulton Theater. She writes "Matt Farcher, who plays Jack Kelly, leader of the newsboy throng, is certainly energetic as well as a fine vocalist; local audiences will possibly not recognize him, though they've seen him before - as the Beast at Fulton's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His performance here may be a bit more informed, however, by his prior performance as Che Guevara in EVITA in Maine, as well as having played revolutionary Enjolras in LES MIS in the past. (That "LES MIS turns positive" vibe is strong with this show.) Kate Fahrner makes for a tough, but charming, potential love interest as Katherine Plumber, intrepid early female reporter who is trying hard to not be her father's daughter - a major plot point of the show. If there's a real criticism to be had of the book, it's Katherine's part; the amazement over a female journalist shouldn't have been so great, given that Nellie Bly was a major expose writer for Pulitzer (the big bad of the show) in 1887 and that her famous Around The World stunt was done for Pulitzer in 1888. The historic newsboy strike was in 1899, when Bly had only recently (and temporarily - she did war correspondent work in World War One) retired. Writer Fierstein presumably based Katherine on Bly, but the show is set just late enough that anyone relatively familiar with history will find the lack of prior existence of Bly irritating."


    New Zealand: Contributor Monica Moore reviews BONNIE AND CLYDE. She writes "Bonnie, played by Nicolette Nes is superb. She has the look, the voice and the style. And the top quality performances just keep coming at you. Blanche (Katrina McConnell) is excellent along with Buck (Brian Wolfman) Preacher (Simon Chapman) and well, actually they're all pretty darn good! Special mention to the young Bonnie (Samara Bayliss and Medody Lui-Webster) and Clyde (Tim Cloves) who deliver Great Performances. The set is engaging and designed by the well-known John Fausett who cleverly incorporates and ensures the story is kept interesting."


    Minneapolis: Contributor Karen Bovard reviews SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at the Guthrie Theatre. She writes "Crucial to the success of any production of this show are the two leads. Randy Harrison is suitably difficult and awkward in Act 1 as Seurat, and far slicker as his great grandson George in Act 2, where he seems more in command. Act 1 belongs to Erin Mackey as Dot, who is sexy and sympathetic and sly and sings with great feeling. She's also fully credible as the elderly wheelchair bound Marie in Act 2; it's a startling, funny, and moving transformation. All the members of the strong ensemble take on new roles in Act 2, and part of what makes this second act work so well are the bold choices they've made in sketching in their characters. The music swells with real grandeur, thanks to their ensemble power, an excellent mic system, and a full 13 piece orchestra behind them, helmed by conductor and pianist Mark Hartman."


    Oklahoma: Contributor Ronn Burton reviews MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET at the Lyric Theatre. He writes "Director Dave Steakley wisely steps back and lets his boys go to town when necessary, yet his subtle guidance of the tone and flow of the show does not go unnoticed. The costumes by the reliably-proficient resident designer Jeffrey Meek are period-perfect yet fashion-forward. Helena Kuukka's lighting and Adam Koch's sets work hand-in-hand seamlessly - the colors and patterns playing off each other consummately. Important to note: the musical performances wouldn't be as impeccable as they are without Anthony Risi's sound design, which subtly yet perfectly enhances the recording studio vs. live performance effects throughout the evening."


    Long Island: Contributor Melissa Giordano reviews RAGTIME at East Islip's BayWay Theatre. She writes "Among the talented cast, Chazmond Peacock makes a superb Coalhouse; intense, great voice... he's a natural for the role. Coalhouse is the beau of Sarah (and father of her child) portrayed exquisitely by Amanda-Camille Isaac. Ms. Isaac's striking portrayal of poor Sarah is a roller coaster of emotions including a gorgeous rendition of the hopeful song "Wheels Of A Dream" with Mr. Peacock. Additionally, kudos to Mike Press who is an outstanding Booker T. Washington, Coalhouse's mentor. On Ms. Waller's clever creative team, Bob Butterley's bi-level set ideally fills the open stage. Rolling pieces, tucked away on the sides, are used throughout. Also, the fun here is that you get to use your imagination a great deal. The music, on tracks, is coordinated by Eizabeth DeGennaro who is also part of the cast. This is enhanced beautifully by Jessy Gill's choreography and Joseph Kassner's stunning costumes."


    Kansas City: Contributor Alan Portner reviews JERSEY BOYS at Starlite Theatre. He writes "Jersey Boys offers up super production values with this touring show. Portrayals of Massi and DiVito are a little one dimensional, but the singing, acting, production, and dancing make up for any lack. The supporting cast is excellent. Jersey Boys is a little strange to get used to. It is an excuse for a concert of great music. The music does not advance the story much except in parallel in the documentary. Most of the first act is required for the audience to get used to the style, but the final forty minutes grabs the audience and transports them back to the golden age just prior to the Beatles in the Doo Wop period. The audience ends up loving the performance."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews SEUSSICAL at Stages St. Louis. He writes "Ryan Cooper is a perfectly disarming and amusing Cat in the Hat, with nimble movements and well-timed comic delivery of lines that bring forth smiles and laughs from young and old alike . You can just see that he's having fun. Cooper and Company draw the audience into the tale immediately with the rousing opening number "Oh! The Things You Can Think," and Cooper takes on several different comedic roles throughout the proceedings. As JoJo, Colton James Kastrup is a very believable little boy, and definitely possesses just the right voice and enthusiastic innocence that fit the part. Anthony Arpino absolutely shines as Horton, with a warm and deeply concerned performance that makes you genuinely care about his plight. April Strelinger is delightfully vainglorious as Mayzi and oozes attitude to spare. Leah Berry is simply terrific as Gertrude McFuzz, a single-feathered bird who's in love with Horton, but having trouble getting him to realize it. Her take on "Notice Me, Horton" is a sad and sweet delight."


    Rhode Island: Contributor Andira Tieman reviews THE DIANA TAPES. She writes "The Diana Tapes is a tightly-written one act with just four actors. Playwright James Clements takes on the role of biographer Andrew Morton with Sam Hood Adrain as Michael O'Mara, his publisher. The two of them receive and transcribe recordings made by Princess Diana's friend James Colthurst, played by Jorge Morales Pico. The attention to detail with the sets and costumes is impressive for a production barebones as this. Battered chairs are swapped for fancy ones when the scene changes from the office where Morton and O'Mara frequently meet to Diana's residence where she talks with Colthurst. Diana's iconic wedding ring, now Kate Middleton's, is replicated. While the men's costumes are necessarily basic, Diana gets several glamorous outfit changes that suit the scenes perfectly."


    St. Louis: Contributor Chris Gibson reviews THE LITTLE MERMAID at The Muny! He writes "Emma Degerstedt is delightful as Ariel, effectively conjuring up the image of a young mermaid who wants more out of life, and is positively driven to do so. Her voice is splendid as well, as would befit a character who uses it as a bargaining chip so she can gain her true love. Jason Gotay does fine work as the object of her affections, Prince Eric, and you genuinely root for them to connect. Emily Skinner is perfectly menacing as Ursula, creepily costumed and brimming with malevolent intentions, Skinner makes a memorable impression. Jerry Dixon is commanding and surly as King Triton, bringing plenty of bluster to the role. James T. Lane is enthusiastic as Sebastian, the red Jamaican crab who is also a composer. The undeniably catchy "Under the Sea" gets a great workout under his guidance. Jeffrey Schecter is funny and friendly as Scuttle the seagull, and Spencer Jones is awfully cute as Flounder. Kevin Zak and Will Porter are quite good as Ursula's moray eel minions; Flotsam and Jetsam, respectively.