Christopher Sieber View Comments Due to a rehearsal injury, Tony nominee Christopher Sieber will not make take his first official bow in Matilda on March 18 as originally announced. While rehearsing for the role of school headmistress Miss Trunchbull, Sieber fractured a bone in his hand (see adorable photo of Sieber’s hand in a cast for reference). He is expected to begin performances April 8 at the Shubert Theatre—meanwhile, Ben Thompson will keep the maggots in line as Miss Trunchbull. Feel better soon! Star Files This is not the first time a Miss Trunchbull has been sidelined due to an injury—in November 2013, Craig Bierko withdrew from the production due to an “aggravated shoulder injury.” Matilda currently stars Paige Brady, Gabriella Pizzolo, Ripley Sobo and Ava Ulloa in the title role, Jill Paice as Miss Honey, Matt Harrington as Mr. Wormwood, Lesli Margherita as Mrs. Wormwood and Karen Aldridge as Mrs. Phelps. Sieber garnered Tony Award nominations for Spamalot and Shrek the Musical. His additional Broadway credits include Pippin, La Cage aux Folles, Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Triumph of Love, Chicago and Beauty and the Beast. His film and TV credits include Two of a Kind, Pushing Daisies, The Good Wife, Elementary and It’s All Relative. Related Shows Matilda Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017
Photo courtesy of Molly at Wilderness AdventureIt’s that time of year, where the night presides earlier and earlier and the bonfires become essential. With everyone crammed close to the burning logs, hot drinks and wide-eyed, it’s the time of year for ghost stories. To not have a good ghost story ready at hand in these situations is like forgetting to bring the graham crackers. So take some time, think of your own Appalachian horror story, and in the mean time you can borrow mine; a true account of my encounter with an Appalachian Trail Ghost. But remember as you re-tell it with your own twists, the devil is in the details:It’s taken some time for me to even process the events in my own head, but just of lately I’ve been able to think about this weird thing that happened to me on trail sometime late August or Early September. I had a random week off of work, and keeping a busy schedule I felt it was a rarity. I was getting a little restless and knew that I had to blow off some stress for a bit and explore the great outdoors. On the account that I was so ready for a vacation, and no one else’s schedule matched up for an adventure week, I decided to go at it solo and backpack alone for a week.It had been years since I last backpacked by alone and for some reason I had convinced myself I once enjoyed it. But when I dropped my car at the trailhead in Catawba (about 15 miles from New Castle) and started hiking I noticed the different atmosphere backpacking alone provides. I couldn’t shake how incredibly silent it was. I could hear my own breathing and every now and then I would look over my shoulder quickly in response to random noises. I was almost anxious to begin with but told myself I had to just get used to this new aspect of backpacking that I wasn’t accustomed to.The first night I managed to set up camp, make dinner, and immediately retire to my tent. I was unusually exhausted which now seems as a surprise for the little of sleep I got that night. I tossed and turned, listening to the silent night until late morning when I finally rested my eyes. Well after daybreak I got out of my tent and drug my feet to pack my belongings, it was much later then I had aimed for the night before.I made it about 5 miles during the day, but it took me the entire afternoon until dark. I was tired and it seemed without having someone to push me along my hiking was considerably slower. I pitched my tent that night, filtered water, and started setting up my cook gear in the dark. It was getting to feel pretty late, and with limited light to cook under, I decided to just eat a pack of raw ramen noodles in my tent. I opened my book to read but only fell asleep immediately into another half sleep/half wrestling match for the night.I remember at one point staring at the top of my darkened tent not really sure if I was awake or not and suddenly hearing the loud crunch of footsteps outside my tent. They were fast going as they came but with the footsteps came something of a grumble. I couldn’t be actually sure, and I couldn’t distinguish any actual words, but in my mind’s eye I was sure I heard something grumbling to themselves in a deep and agitated voice.Photo courtesy of Molly at Wilderness AdventureI never even got out of my sleeping bag. Not inexperienced with some of the sounds of night and their magnification in the silence, I tried to convince myself it was my ears playing tricks on me. And although I managed to stay in my sleeping bag that night, I didn’t fall asleep again until early morning.The next day I awoke up even later and more tired than before. I made a groggy attempt at oatmeal and sat with my breakfast unable to talk to anyone. I got my pack ready in the afternoon sun and headed out. About three and a half miles later I dropped my pack and sat watching the sun begin to disappear.I managed to collect a fair amount of firewood and by the time nightfall came I had a small fire going with a good collection of fire-wood piled beneath me. Under the reassuring light of the campfire, I started to become more at ease with the deafening silence of nature. I pulled a cigarette from my pocket and enjoyed a casual smoke as I put my feet up. When I tried to ditch the butt in my weakening flame, my throw was off and I landed it outside of the ashes. I got up to fix my mistake and to stoke the fire when I turned around to go back to my seat and I saw him…The light was low with my little fire, but I could clearly see a man reaching down with a scorched hand for my firewood. He wore red plaid with large black burns tearing at his trim and a red ashy beard that smoldered at this face. He quickly looked up and his vacant white eyes connected with mine. He gritted his teeth and scrunched his nose towards me before quickly leaving the ring of firelight.I was shocked. I have never experienced a fear like it. I fell right onto my butt next to the flames. I looked out into the forest and saw nothing but dark shadows and unclear objects, a blank wall of nothing, of everything; I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t even yell, with no one to hear me but him, so I did what every red-blooded American would do; I packed up my things and got the hell out of Dodge.Photo courtesy of Molly at Wilderness AdventureI stumbled through the darkness, half the time with my headlamp off afraid to be seen, or even of seeing anything else. I stumbled around for hours, bumping into trees and tripping every which way. I wasn’t even sure where my map and compass was, I just kept moving. I could have been hiking in circles for all I know. I was driven by my beating heart and to this day I know I have never been so scared in my life. When dawn finally broke and I could see again, I kept moving.At about 12:30 I started to recognize some signs of civilization. I threw my pack down in a big open pasture but couldn’t see any houses or roads. I knew I had to be close to something, but I was by no means sure where I had ended up. I was almost too tired to think about it. Instead in a fit of not knowing what to do, but knowing I had to do something, I pitched my tent and ate a large chunk of cheese and salami. After the meal, and under the afternoon sun, I almost immediately fell asleep in the grass where I ate my lunch.I awoke two to the three hours later, for the sun had dropped down considerably, and a funny smell filled my nostrils. I blinked a few times and when the funny smell persisted I shot off my back with my heart beating to the sound of something troubling. What I saw was my tent, or what remained of my tent. For now the only thing left standing was the tent poles that dripped with oozing leftovers of my tent body. A bubbly layer of melted green plastic lay beneath the poles with a steady gray smoke still rising from the mess. I got up and felt the weight of the sky fall on my head. For a moment I was sure I had woken up into a horrible nightmare. Without contemplating it much further I grabbed my water bottle and ran through the empty pasture.By the time I made it to the gravel road I was out of breath and dripping with sweat. I hastily chugged from my water bottle and wiped my mouth. Down the road I could see a vehicle parked in the dust. I staggered forward with my hands on my sides and soon realized it was a sheriff’s sedan, and for the first time in a long time, I couldn’t have been happier to see a law enforcement vehicle.When I got closer to the vehicle I noticed that it was parked outside of the remains of a charred house, nothing left standing but the mailbox out front. On the way into town I didn’t tell the officer about my experience being afraid that he might think I escaped from the loony bin and instead asked him about the burnt down house he had been parked in front of.The sheriff explained to me that four days prior, the same day I started my trip, the house had burnt down. They had no known cause but there was indication of arson. Two daughters, a wife, and her husband where all in the house when the fire started and none of them made it out. Real tragic stuff the sheriff said as he retold the story and I could only shake my head with my bottom jaw hanging low.Go out, scare some fun into the night, and don’t forget the ghost stories.-Brad
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21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Your credit union has decided to dedicate some resources to improving your social media presence. By now, you most likely have the basics: A Facebook page, perhaps even a twitter account. You post once or twice a week, maybe even less depending on how busy you are with other daily activities. Most small and medium-sized credit unions don’t have the deep pockets to warrant a fully-staffed marketing department, so the task of updating your pages is in the hands of your executive team or more likely the youngest/hippest employee on your payroll.You know that in today’s digital world, social media is another way to reach members and establish your credit union as a financial leader in the community. Almost every generation can be reached via social media, especially millennials, the largest generation in the US history, and the upcoming Gen Z population. The importance of social media cannot be overstated, especially when promoting credit union member services. However, despite best efforts, your base of followers might be stagnant. Here are 6 possible reasons your members aren’t engaging with your credit union on social media.You’re Strictly Promotional. Members don’t want to feel like they’re constantly being sold to via social media, let alone any marketing platform. If you’re only posting about promotions, members are quick to unfollow. Utilize the 80/20 rule when posting content: only 20% of content should be sales focused, while the remaining 80% should be focused on other efforts. continue reading »
44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission… No leader can please everyone at all times. We accept that. But what about those times when you’ve got the entire torch and pitchfork brigade out to get you?“If you are afraid of being lonely, don’t try to be right.” ~Jules RenardSome of your loneliest times as a leader come when you have to make an unpopular, but necessary decision. These are the decisions which usually benefit the organization as a whole, but that cause inconvenience, discomfort––even distress and suffering for some or many of the people you serve.I don’t know that my advice will ease your pain, but these tactics will help you deal with the onslaught and survive to fight another day!Solicit input from potential opponents before making a difficult decision or instituting a difficult change…This is not to placate the masses or even to attempt to gain support or consensus. We’re going to assume for this discussion that you are making an inevitably unpopular or painful decision. What you’re looking for here is a way to carry out your decision with the least opposition and hopefully with the lowest levels of collateral damage.Go to the people who will be most affected or impacted by your decision. Lay out the scenario and ask them for their thoughts. Surprisingly, given the opportunity, many people offer suggestions that might be much harder on them than you would have proposed!Don’t strike back at critics…At least not at first! In our age of instant communication, it’s way too easy to hit the send button before you consider the consequences of a tirade––however justified.Criticism can provide you with valuable intelligence. Before you reject criticism or punch back at the authors, consider the opposing perspective. The opposition view may not always inspire or warrant a change of course, but it may reveal opportunities for compassionate and productive response. Sometimes the opposition will guide you an alternative you may not have initially considered.Eliminate genuine enemies…There are times when the opposition is genuinely destructive. As tough as it is sometimes, there is a line where you may have to fire people who are hell bent on undermining your authority or destroying your plans.Get rid of them––quickly and decisively. The longer they stay the more opportunity they have to attract confederates and that does nothing but make your job even more difficult. And when you tolerate outright subordination and rebellion, the more it appears that you lack confidence in your decision or action.Be careful though! You don’t want to lose good people just because they don’t agree with you. People with the courage to voice their opposition are sometimes your most valuable assets. Take the time to discern loyal dissenters from genuine adversaries.Do not look for widespread acceptance or approval…It would be nice if every decision you make were to be accepted with unquestioning enthusiasm. If this is your experience, please share the secret!Most leaders face an inevitable moment when they know a major decision is going to cause some pain. It’s fact of life.If you’ve done your due diligence and you know the decision you’re making is the right one, then you have to lead the charge and take your cuts.Focus on the people who understand and support your position. Accept their encouragement. Consider their constructive criticism and advice along the way as positive reinforcement sincerely intended to help deal with the situation.And take care of yourself throughout the process…A genuine leader leads with courage, wisdom and compassion. The last thing you want to do is hurt the people who trust in your leadership. Robert E. Lee, considered one of the most effective, beloved and compassionate leaders in American history famously said:“To be a good soldier, you must love the army. To be a good commander, you must be willing to order the death of the thing you love.”Hopefully you don’t have to take it to the mortal extreme! But as a leader you sometimes have to make painful decisions that cause pain and destruction to serve a greater end.As a compassionate leader, it hurts when you have to make these decisions. Too often good people turn to self-destructive behaviors when facing these challenges.As you prepare to execute a difficult decision, draft a plan for self-preservation. Take care of yourself in body, mind and spirit. Surround yourself with the people who love you and dedicate time for physical and mental health and wellness.To be an effective leader, you must attract willing followers. This does not mean, however, that leadership is a popularity contest. Your decisions will not always please everyone. A genuine leader accepts this fact and the immense responsibility that goes along with it. When you’re willing to make tough decisions and face difficult challenges you will distinguish the willing followers from the fair weather loyalists. 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Advertisement Lichtsteiner appears set for an exit from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Stephan Lichtsteiner has admitted it would be very difficult for him to stay at Arsenal beyond the summer.The Swiss was one of Unai Emery’s first signings as Arsenal boss, but reports last week claimed the Gunners have passed up the chance to keep Lichtsteiner at the club.Lichtsteiner joined Arsenal on a one-year deal and after just 23 appearances this season, the 35-year-old thinks it might be time to move on.‘I see it being quite difficult to stay, but we are going to see what happens,’ he said.ADVERTISEMENT Stephan Lichtsteiner confirms plans to leave Arsenal this summer Advertisement (Picture: Getty)‘I don’t know anything. The only important thing is the Europa League final now.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I really want to win this cup and bring this club back to the top level, back to the Champions League and winning important titles.’Lichtsteiner has managed just ten Premier League starts this campaign and has failed to make Emery’s matchday squad for Arsenal’s last six Europa League outings. Coral BarryTuesday 14 May 2019 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link430Shares Lichtsteiner’s contract expires once the season is over (Picture: Getty)Arsenal take on Chelsea in the Europa League final with Champions League qualification, and bragging rights, on the line.A fifth-place finish in the league saw Arsenal miss out on a Champions League spot, but a win over Chelsea would book their place in next season’s competition.Chelsea have already qualified, but will be eager to wreck their local rival’s plans for next season by pipping them to the Europa League trophy.MORE: Arsene Wenger turned down chance to sign Denis Suarez year before loan move to Arsenal Comment
South Africa’s education system is receiving a digital facelift.Computer tablets are being distributed in schools in parts of the country as part of a new campaign to advance the use of technology at public learning institutions. As part of the Smart Schools project, 88 000 tablets are to be distributed to students in public schools. Sumitra Nydoo visited one of the schools to find out how learners are adapting to using the new technology
DECATUR COUNTY, Ind. — Six local students recently took part in the National Fluid Power Association’s Fluid Power Challenge.The team from Decatur County met in late February to learn and experiment with fluid power and hydraulics.Over a period of six weeks, the team continued experimenting and building a fluid-powered machine to pick a wooden cylinder and place it on a base at varying lengths.The Decatur County team achieved the second highest score of all the teams participating.Team members included Owen Geis, Braden Geis, Payton Hornberger, Bryant Menkedick, Christopher Gauck, and Ethan Burkhardt.
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