first_img“An Evening with Lily Tomlin” entertained a sold-out crowd in Saint Mary’s O’Laughlin Auditorium as the award-winning actress shared her many years of characters and standup comedy. Tomlin came to Saint Mary’s as part of the Margaret Hill endowed lecture series, which brought director Hal Prince and actress Glenn Close to the stage in past years. In her show, Tomlin said, “it’s not easy being a star.” Through a series of clips from her career, Tomlin told students she’s been on a rollercoaster of career ups and downs. However, she made it to the pinnacle of her career by “going on the road to please Saint Mary’s.” After sharing in the pain of Notre Dame’s loss to Stanford Saturday, consoling the audience that “in everyone’s life, a little darkness must fall,” Tomlin confessed some of her worries. “Most actors worry about playing to an empty house. I also worry about playing to a full house and leaving the audience empty,” Tomlin said. Through a series of character changes, Tomlin instilled life lessons in the Saint Mary’s audience. She compared Facebook and Twitter to a black hole that sucks in all light and time. “When does something stop being trendy,” she asked, “and qualify as being a disorder?” She also addressed the issue of reality television shows. “Before anybody else has their own reality show, they should provide proof that their lives have actually been in touch with reality,” Tomlin said. In one of her many character changes, Tomlin addressed the issue of reality itself, and how it may not be such a bad thing to go against the grain. “Don’t worry about what other people think of you,” she said, repeating her father’s advice. She also spoke about her own role models and inspirations, sharing childhood stories involving her elementary school teacher. Tomlin taught said every student should aspire to be somebody, no matter how mundane that somebody may seem. Tomlin herself previously wanted to make it big as a waitress, but instead, stumbled upon Broadway. She also said it is important to have great ideas, and to never worry about sharing those revelations with others. Tomlin, a native of Detroit, used both her history in show business and her own personal life as inspiration for her 90-minute show. Tomlin originally went to school to study medicine, but said she was drawn into her theater classes and the idea of putting on a show, she said in an interview with The Observer last week. “In the past four years, Saint Mary’s theatre students have worked with the likes of actress Camryn Manheim, Broadway director Hal Prince, Glenn Close and now Lily Tomlin as Margaret Hill Endowed Visiting Artists,” Mark Abram-Copenhaver, professor of theatre, said in a press release. “So our fourth-year theatre students will leave here having worked with high-profile masters of the theatre.” Hill, an alumna of Saint Mary’s, is now a Broadway producer and continues to provide Saint Mary’s with this opportunity. “That’s the power of an endowment, and we are so grateful to Peggy Hill for her gift,” Abram-Copenhaver said. Tomlin also spent part of the day Monday in class with theater students. “Lily Tomlin is a rare talent who makes it look effortless to move from comedy to drama and back again,” Abram-Copenhaver said in the release. “We are thrilled that she will work with our theatre students on the process of creating and developing a character.”last_img read more

first_imgJuniors Nicole Gans and Jackie Zupancic earned 37.2 percent of the votes to win last week’s three-ticket race for Student Government Association (SGA) president and vice president at Saint Mary’s. Gans and Zupancic will take office as president and vice president, respectively, April 1. “[The election] was so exciting,” Zupancic said. “It was great to see our hard work in campaigning pay off, and to see how much support we had. All of the candidates did such a great job, and everyone was very well qualified, so it was a very tough competition.” Gans and Zupancic said their major goals are those that will directly impact the student body. “The major goals of our platform were to help Saint Mary’s become more ecologically friendly, increase pride in Saint Mary’s and help develop better communication of policies and procedures, such as the allotment process,” Zupancic said. The pair said they want to focus on both the student body and the individual. “Through each initiative we start, we want to focus on how it will bring the student body together and how it affects each individual person,” Zupancic said. Gans said the coming weeks will include training from the current SGA president and vice president, seniors Rachael Chesley and Laura Smith, to gain some perspective before entering office. “[Zupancic] and I will be shadowing and meeting with [Chesley] and [Smith] to learn more about their individual roles and responsibilities,” Gans said. “We will also be talking and meeting with current board members to get feedback on what they thought about the past year, and any changes they would make.” In their campaign, Gans and Zupancic said they wanted to improve technology on campus, continue the current renovation of Le Mans Hall basement, better communication between students and their government, and increase community involvement, according to the ticket’s website. Even though there will only be a little over a month left once they take office, Zupancic said the two do have a couple of goals they would like to see accomplished by the end of the academic year. “We would like to see at least one printer in one dorm, which is what the current administration is working on accomplishing before turnover,” Zupancic said. “It would be great to continue working on that until the end of the school year.” Additionally, they hope to continue work on Le Mans Hall basement until May. During the summer months, Gans said the two will prepare for another SGA retreat that was started by Chesley and Smith and get organized for the coming academic year. “[Zupancic] and I hope to become as prepared and organized as possible over the summer by having all of our plans laid out in complete detail,” Gans said. Overall, the two said they are excited to enter office. “We are extremely honored to be serving the Saint Mary’s student body and we hope that the students view us as a resource for support, guidance and information,” Zupancic said.last_img read more

first_imgThe Professional Sales and Management course at Saint Mary’s rallied together to donate $10,000 to Bengal Bouts, but seniors Madison Marshall and Sarah Sniegowski raised $2,000 — the most of any team in the 20-person class — and took the uppercut of the sales.The class’s professor, Michael Montalbano, encouraged his students to engage in — rather than just read about — successful sales techniques, Marshall said.“He wants to give us the most real-life experience in sales because you can only teach so much … from a book,” Marshall said. “He does a great job pushing us to get out there and actually do sales. That’s the best way to learn: by actually doing it.”Selling tickets and ad space, along with soliciting donations, served as integral goals throughout the process, Marshall said, but she and Sniegowski never lost sight of the most valuable objective: helping fund children’s education.“Working for this cause was obviously a group project, and we could have just done it for a grade, but we took away way more,” she said. “It’s easier to sell when it’s something you actually care about.”Knowing their efforts would help others helped the class to maintain focus, Sniegowski said.“My biggest selling point when I was asking for donations was ‘Just $15 is enough money to send a child to school, feed them and house them in Bangladesh for a month,’” Sniegowski said. “When you set a goal, and you have the right mindset and purpose and passion, you can do anything.”The College’s fundamental ambition to cultivate generous hearts and capable minds aligns perfectly with this particular assignment, Sniegowski said.“Saint Mary’s really empowers us women to become the best versions of ourselves, and as we go out and set the world on fire, literally, we can do anything because of what we’ve had here at Saint Mary’s,” she said. Marshall said Montalbano served as a reliable adviser throughout the process, but ultimately, the money was for the students to raise.“He tracked our progress and basically graded us on how much we sold, which I love because, in the real world, it’s not about effort as much as it is about results,” she said. “I’ve already learned so much from our first project, and I can’t wait to see what the other two will be.”Sniegowski said appreciating incremental progress and trusting the process of gradual improvement made the project a meaningful and fulfilling one.“The first thing Montalbano said at the beginning of class was ‘You’re going to fail more times than you’re going to succeed,’” Sniegowski said. “So we kind of went into it knowing that we’re not going to get every single sale, but every sale we get is going to make the biggest difference.”The assignment sparked interest in and ignited excitement about the field of sales, Marshall said.“I was so hesitant to be in sales in general because normally for marketing — that’s my major — you start with sales jobs, and I was so against it,” Marshall said. “I forced myself to take this class because it’s a good skill to have, and I’m learning way more than I thought I would.”Marshall said she looks forward to applying her refined skills to a future career.“Sales is going out of your comfort zone and talking to people, and you have to be confident,” Marshall said. “Saint Mary’s teaches women to be confident, and the sales class directly reflects that.”Tags: Bengal Bouts, professional sales and management, saint mary’s department of business, Saleslast_img read more

first_imgThe Center for Career Development held a panel with University alumnae Wednesday evening in an event primarily directed to female students interested in business. Five Chicago-based women shared their career experiences and advice with attendees.Katherine Berry Templin ’89, senior vice president of Northern Trust, led the panel. The panelists included Emily Kalish ’14, administrative business partner at Google; Melissa Krumdick ’16, of Belvedere Trading; Kaley Cohen ’17, sponsorship services coordinator at Intersport; and Kelly Cornelis ’96, chief operating officer at LaSalle Capital.Approximately 20 people attended the event, mostly second-year female students. Attendees hailed mainly from Mendoza and Arts and Letters, and majors ranged from political science to architecture.The panel was an effort to reach out to current undergraduates, Templin said. The alumnae wanted to tell students that even if they do not know what to do or what career path to follow, “it’s all going to be OK.”The event started with Templin asking fellow panelists how and why they chose their majors in college.Cohen started in Mendoza but said she did not enjoy her classes. Upon asking for advice, her brothers and her father all said they wished they had been in Arts and Letters to develop better communication and writing skills. So she changed to American Studies.“Something I really liked about my major was that I could kind of tweak every class to write all my papers about the sports industry,” she said.Cornelis began as an English major but “about halfway through Notre Dame … kind of started panicking.” She switched to finance her junior year, despite the vast amount of work she had to catch up on.“It was a great decision for me, because it was a whole new world,” Cornelis said. “But I do think having the Arts and Letters underpinning is very important to what I do today.”At Notre Dame, Kalish pursued a BBA in marketing and minors in sustainability and the Glynn Family Honors Program. Before that, however, she said she “took a tour de majors at Notre Dame,” trying her luck at engineering, pre-med, business and English.She realized everything felt right when she was in her marketing class one day and she realized she wanted to do homework.The panelists also shared how they got started in their career fields.“All I can say from learning about things and networking is you just have to get in there and try it,” Kalish said. “That is, kind of, the key to success.”Cornelis agreed with Kalish on the importance of networking on landing her first private equity job. Templin also underscored the value of networking and using tools like IrishCompass to connect with alumni.After graduation and an unpaid summer internship in Boston, Templin came back to South Bend. She slept on her resident assistant’s couch for three months while she worked at a public relations firm. Afterwards, she became a temp at Northern Trust, where her boss was a Notre Dame alum.Since then, she has worked for the company for almost 30 years.“It just goes to show you that sometimes your career path is not going exactly where you think it’s going to go,” Templin said.Kalish advised students to try to do something after sophomore year. If it is not an internship, working back home or at summer camps is enough, she said.“Doing something is going to always better than doing nothing,” Kalish said. “Just keep that ball rolling and you’ll be golden.”Templin encouraged students to apply for jobs in business even if they thought their liberal arts background prevented them from doing so.Clara Saint-Denis, a sophomore majoring in political science and minoring in business economics, said she was brought to the panel by a friend but found it to be inspirational.“It’s making me rethink my life,” Saint-Denis said.Marty Whalen, Arts and Letters Career Program Manager, said most liberal arts majors do not realize employers are very interested in hiring students from Arts and Letters.“If they did, they’d approach the career hunt with more confidence,” Whalen said.Tags: Arts and Letters, careers, mendoza college of business, panellast_img read more

first_img “We are tremendously proud of this show, and excited about the many people who want to see A Night with Janis Joplin in New York. We are finalizing a wonderful option to move to another venue in New York City,” said producer Michael Cohl, in a statement. “Our intention is to solidify our new location in the next few weeks and to reopen in March. A Night with Janis Joplin receives four standing ovations nightly and continues to play to captivated crowds on Broadway. We know that the music and the story of Janis Joplin deserve to live on.” View Comments Get it while you can! The Broadway journey for The Queen of Psychedelic Soul is coming to an end. A Night With Janis Joplin, starring Mary Bridget Davies, will play its final performance at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre on February 16. Producers announced that the show will move to a new theater—date yet to be confirmed—in NYC sometime in March. A Night with Janis Joplin celebrates the inspirations of one of rock ‘n roll’s greatest legends and takes audiences on a musical journey with Joplin as her unforgettable voice made her a must-see headliner all across the country when she exploded onto the music scene in 1967. The show features many of Joplin’s hit songs, including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Down on Me”, “Summertime”, “Piece of My Heart”, “Ball ‘n’ Chain”, “Maybe”, “Kozmic Blues”, “Cry Baby” and “Mercedes Benz.” NaTasha Yvette Williams Mary Bridget Davies A Night With Janis Joplin features choreography by Patricia Wilcox, set and lighting by Justin Townsend, costumes by Amy Clark and sound design by Carl Casella. Written and directed by Randy Johnson, Janis Joplin stars Davies as the iconic singer, but it’s not just Janis’s show—Davies is joined on stage by a top-notch band and a quartet of back-up singers. Known as The Joplinaires, De’Adre Aziza, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Nikki Kimbrough and Taprena Michelle Augustine double as the influential singers who came before and inspired Joplin, including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Nina Simone, Bessie Smith and Odetta. The cast also includes Kacee Clanton, Allison Blackwell and Alison Cusano. Star Fileslast_img read more

first_img View Comments Star Files from $57.50 It’s a cast of characters that are, more often than not, hotter than hot! The new Disney musical Aladdin rode its magic carpet across the TV airwaves April 15, appearing on Good Morning America. First the cast, led by Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as Genie and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar, shared a backstage look behind the magic with GMA host Ginger Zee and taught her some of the show’s signature dance moves, complete with pyrotechnics. The stars then took to the New Amsterdam stage and performed Aladdin’s opening number, “Arabian Nights,” led by Iglehart. Discover Agrabah below—a place where everybody sings and they won’t let you forget it! Related Showscenter_img Adam Jacobs Aladdin Courtney Reedlast_img read more

first_imgIt’s confirmed! As previously reported, James Earl Jones will return to Broadway as the grandfather in a revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take it With You. Scott Ellis will direct the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy at a Shubert Theater to be named later. Previews will begin in August, with opening night set for September 28. Related Shows You Can’t Take it With You introduces audiences to the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. The show debuted at the Booth Theatre in 1936 and was last revived on Broadway in 1983. A revival of the play had been planned in 2010 but fell through. The new production will have a multi-racial cast. You Can’t Take It With You View Comments Jones received Tony Awards for Fences and The Great White Hope, and nominations for On Golden Pond and The Best Man. His other Broadway credits include Othello, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Of Mice and Men and The Iceman Cometh. His many film roles include Clear and Present Danger, Field of Dreams and The Man. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015last_img read more

first_img Side note to nominees: Don’t tell us you were asleep because you had no idea they were happening! We’ll see you at the ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Good luck to everyone! You’ve been obsessed for months. You had a total knock-down drag-out with your BFF about the virtues of If/Then versus Aladdin, and now you are ready to find out the nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards, so bring it! Wait. When are they again? You guys, we are so here for you! Now let’s answer a few other questions: No, we have no freaking idea why they do it so early. No, you should not skip school or work to watch them. Yes, you can see them live on CBS or NY1, where it’s available. No, you don’t have to watch them on TV; everything you need will be right here on, on our Twitter feed @broadwaycom and on our Facebook page.center_img The Tony Awards nominations will be announced by Broadway/Frozen/Looking hunk Jonathan Groff and Elementary’s Lucy Liu on Tuesday, April 29 at 8:30AM. Got that? Tuesday, April 29 at 8:30AM. View Commentslast_img read more

first_img View Comments MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 4:03. Is it just us, or is that dancer on the right (the one who’s not Daphne Rubin-Vega) a beat behind? WHY WE LOVE IT Wait. What is happening?! Yo no sé. No, literally, that’s what the song is called. And it’s our new favorite workout video. Years before Daphne Rubin-Vega took us “Out Tonight” in Rent, she was rocking some serious red curls as part of an ‘80s Latin Freestyle band. They (Rubin-Vega with Lynn Critelli and Amanda Homi, who replaced original members Jennifer McQuilkin and Suzi Ranta) called themselves Pajama Party. Is this what they considered pajamas? Man, the ‘80s were weird. Star Filescenter_img We’re gonna be honest: Things around the offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! OVERALL CAMP FACTOR Diez de diez. ¡Muy bien! Daphne Rubin-Vegalast_img read more

first_img Star Files Mientus is currently making his Great White Way debut in Les Miz as Marius. His additional theater credits include the off-Broadway revival of Carrie and the national tour of Spring Awakening. In related Spring Awakening and deaf culture news, Mientus’ fiancé, fellow Broadway fave Michael Arden, is currently directing a production of the Tony-winning tuner utilizing American Sign Language at Los Angeles’ Deaf West Theatre. Andy Mientus View Commentscenter_img Les Miserables star and Smash alum Andy Mientus will return to the small screen in The CW’s The Flash. According to TVLine, the Audience Choice Award winner will play Hartley Rathaway/Pied Piper, an openly gay villain with hearing loss from the DC Comics universe. He is set to appear in the eleventh and twelfth episodes of the series, which premiered on October 7. The Flash follows Barry Allen, a Central City assistant police forensics investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may connect to a tragic event from his past. Following a nine-month coma after being struck by lightning, he develops the ability to move at superhuman speed. The series stars Glee vet Grant Gustin and features Broadway alums Jesse L. Martin, Tom Cavanaugh and Carlos Valdes.last_img read more