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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Mirvish cancels plans for Toronto screech-in after complaints from Newfoundland TORONTO — Mirvish Productions says it’s cancelling plans to attempt the world’s largest screech-in at a Toronto performance of “Come From Away” due to complaints from people in Newfoundland.The theatre company said earlier this week that it wanted to celebrate the province’s unique culture by staging “a big group screech-in” at a performance of the Newfoundland-set musical, “Come From Away.”Since then, Mirvish says “many people in Newfoundland” took exception to the ceremony occurring outside of the province that created the tradition.A screech-in is a traditional Newfoundland welcoming ceremony that involves downing a type of rum, kissing a codfish and reciting a short speech full of local expressions.Mirvish says it has heard the concerns “loud and clear” and apologizes.Instead, Mirvish says it will send one couple from each of the four performances running July 5 to July 7 to Gander, N.L., to experience an official screech-in on Newfoundland soil.“In our enthusiasm we took a misstep and we apologize,” Mirvish said Friday in a statement.“Come From Away,” written and created by Canadian couple Irene Sankoff and David Hein, tells the true story of how the tiny town of Gander welcomed more than 7,000 stranded airline passengers after 9/11.Mirvish had planned to enlist the entire audience following the evening performance July 6 at the 1,000-seat Elgin Theatre, saying every audience member would get a small fake plastic cod to kiss and a shot to drink at the end of the show. The shot options were to be real screech or ginger ale.Brian Mosher, a former Gander teacher/broadcaster who inspired the character of Janice Mosher in the musical, was set to officiate and have a bag of soil from the province during the ceremony to make it legitimate, said Mirvish.After the ceremony, participants were to receive certificates saying they’re honorary Newfoundlanders.The formal ceremony largely evolved in the 1970s as a form of entertainment for tourists.Some consider the screech-in a manufactured tradition, but folklorist Philip Hiscock argues its roots go farther back, to informal guest ceremonies in the 1940s and initiation rituals performed on sealing vessels and other ships.The Canadian Press The cast of “Come From Away,” is shown in a 2016 handout photo. Mirvish Productions says it’s cancelling plans to attempt the world’s largest screech-in at a Toronto performance of “Come From Away” due to complaints from people in Newfoundland and Labrador. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Matthew Murphy, *MANDATORY CREDIT* by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 14, 2019 1:18 pm PDTlast_img read more

Akinci seeking clarifications on issue of political equality

first_imgAs President Nicos Anastasiades was meeting Sunday morning with UN envoy Jane Holl Lute, Mustafa Akinci was quoted as saying the Turkish Cypriot side, would like some clarifications about the issue of political equality.CNA quoted the Turkish Cypriot leader as saying it would be helpful to “clean up the muddy waters”.  Then, he said it might be possible for the Turkish Cypriot side to accept a three-party, four-party or five-party conference.This was in response to a proposal by Anastasiades for a tripartite meeting with the two leaders and with Lute.The UN envoy is meeting both leaders separately on Sunday as she facilitates the Cypriot sides to come up with terms of reference for a resumption of Cyprus talks.The Turkish Cypriot side, Akinci said, is not trying to avoid any meeting, agreement, or anything that would allow for peace and prosperity in Cyprus.He also said that he did not intend to just meet Lute to create an impression about the negotiations that might be likely to mislead public opinion.Akinci also referred to the importance of informing the public, as they would be the ones called upon to decide on their future.You May LikeSmart Living Ideas${city:CapitalizationType}$ Program Giving Solar Panels To Homeowners With Electric Bills Over $99/monthSmart Living IdeasUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndoEditorChoice.comIf You See Square Waves In The Ocean Get Out Of The Water ImmediatelyEditorChoice.comUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more