The Go-Between’s Gemma Sutton on Co-Starring with the ‘Extraordinary’ Michael Crawford & More

first_imgGemma Sutton in rehearsal for ‘The Go-Between'(Photo: Richard Moran) Gemma Sutton played Julie Jordan in a radical off-West End production in 2014 of Carousel and has the distinction of having played both June and then Louise opposite Imelda Staunton in 2016 Tony nominee Jonathan Kent’s recent West End revival of Gypsy. The actress is currently starring opposite another iconic theater talent— Michael Crawford—in the new West End musical The Go-Between. The charming performer chatted with about embracing musicals with a difference and what it’s like acting alongside two living legends.First Imelda Staunton’s Momma Rose and now Michael Crawford here—you’re appearing alongside some major talent.I really am, and I am learning a lot from both of them. Michael and Imelda both have a real professionalism and old-school determination, which is amazing to watch. I’m a very lucky woman.You’re too young to have seen Crawford’s signature performance as the Phantom on the West End 30 years ago.I never saw him in the show but I certainly knew that voice, and throughout my entire career, his name has rung out as one of those 1980s musical theater stars who was part of a new breed of massive names. I also knew him from [BBC TV series] Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em. For him to have played Frank Spencer in that and then the Phantom and now this older chap, who’s a shell of a man, is the sign of a true star. What is it like to be creating a new musical with him?The thing about Michael is that he is a real gentleman with a truly gentle soul—very kind and sweet but also with this extraordinary intensity when you watch him. He’s amazing.The Go-Between is a familiar title, especially in Britain.Yes, there was L.P. Hartley’s book and then the film from the 1970s with Julie Christie and Alan Bates, and there was also a more recent adaptation for TV. It’s a wonderful novel, so I’m not surprised it’s been done in all these formats. Doing it as a musical works brilliantly because it’s not just another boy-meets-girl love story; it speaks to the innocence and naiveté of youth and the great sadness that can go with that. Do you think it’s a brave choice for the West End?Yes, and they’re, of course, looking to Michael Crawford to put bums on seats. But I’m sure as soon as people sit down, they will be drawn to the story because everyone can relate to it. The score is from Richard Taylor, who’s a very sophisticated musical composer. I like to think of it as Sondheim crossed with Benjamin Britten: it’s challenging to learn and challenging for the audience, and I think it’s about time the West End had something like this. Tell us about your role as Marian.Well, she’s a high soprano for one thing, which couldn’t be more different from what I was doing in Gypsy! She’s an upper-class woman who exists in a society where women are dictated to by men, so she has to choose between an arranged marriage and following her passion and her heart. She’s manipulative and beguiling and also has this extraordinary power to work things out the way that she wants.It sounds like a gift of a part.Oh, it is! I get to play someone who charms the socks off everyone but is also selfish and flawed. I remember when I went to my final audition being blown away to find that Michael was there and that I would be reading with him. At the time, I thought even to read with Michael Crawford was unbelievably exciting!You mentioned Gypsy, in which you had the distinction during the run of playing both daughters.That really was the most incredible gift—not least to have Imelda [Staunton] as my leading lady and my mum for both characters. And the sisters are so different, too: there’s June doing cartwheels and the splits, while Louise is this gawky wallflower who turns into this fabulous sexy woman.Both Louise and June were part of an ongoing string of American roles for you—until now.I certainly do get cast in a lot of American roles and maybe that’s got something to do with my northern [English] accent. I’m from Cheshire, south of Manchester, so I don’t have that cut-glass southern English sound. But in The Go-Between, I get to sound very English, very arty. And it’s lovely to be able to use my soprano voice again.Do you think you’ll end up shifting within this production to any of the other roles during the run?No, I don’t think so. I’m very happy to be able to concentrate on one character! View Commentslast_img read more

Abused Dog Found in Cardboard Box in Boynton Beach Dies of Injuries

first_imgInvestigators believe the spayed French bulldog was approximately two years old.It did not have a collar or microchip.Authorities are asking anyone with information to call Animal Cruelty investigator Liz Roehrich at (561)742-6210, or to make an anonymous call to CrimeStoppers at (800) 458-TIPS.You could receive a reward if your tip leads to an arrest. Officials with the Boynton Beach Police Department say they have launched an animal cruelty investigation, after finding an abused dog in a cardboard box outside an elementary school earlier this week.The animal later died from its injuries.Police said an officer responded to a call about a dog in the parking lot of Rolling Green Elementary on Northeast 26th Avenue on Wednesday. The French bulldog could barely walk and foamed at the mouth.The officer took the dog to a vet, where the staff discovered that the dog had a large wound in her chest near her front leg and also showed obvious signs of neglect.In addition, the dog suffered from seizures and brain swelling and died during the night, according to police.last_img read more

Jarvis makes push to play on Sundays

first_imgBut he still maintains hope that there will be an opportunity for him to take to the gridiron on Sundays.“It’s easy to get deterred or discouraged whenever you’re doubted so heavily,” Jarvis said. “(NFL scouts) have said I’m too small and that I’ve suffered too many injuries. And I understand that it’s a business, so I have to keep striving.”After being one of the top players in the WPIAL, Jarvis took his talents to Kent State, where he was an All-Mid American Conference (MAC) performer in two separate seasons.Still, Jarvis has a long list of skeptics that doubt his value to the league.Joe Butler has evaluated high school and college talent, nationally, for the past 35 years. He currently looks at these players for a local NFL agent that he’d like to remain nameless.“I do not think (Jarvis’) name will be called at this year’s draft,” Butler said. “Do I think he has a chance to get to a camp? Yes. And do I think he’s got a shot to impress when he gets there? Absolutely.”Jarvis amassed over 3,700 rushing yards over his four-year collegiate career, which is good for third all-time in Kent State history. That is one spot ahead of current Cleveland Brown’s wide receiver Joshua Cribbs and was good for second place amongst all active career rushers in major college football.In addition to his accomplishments on the field, he graduated from the University with a degree in Sports Management.“There were many obstacles that I had to get around to get to this point,” Jarvis mentioned.One of those was before the 2009 regular season when Jarvis suffered a season ending injury when he lacerated a rib against Boston College. Due to that he had to take a medical redshirt, but was granted a 6th year in the 2010-11 season.“Fighting all the injuries was definitely tough both mentally and physically,” he said. “It was really beginning to take a toll on me.”It has been a climb for Jarvis since being named an All-American team honorable mention (which was the same season he earned a spot on the All-MAC conference first team). That season, he rushed for 1,669 yards on 279 attempts.That year, he led the MAC in rushing yards per game with a 139.1 average, which also ranked fifth, nationally.“My sophomore season was amazing,” Jarvis said. “I had a tremendous amount of success executing plays when they were called and my offensive line did the same thing. It was a great time in my career.”After playing runningback his whole career, Jarvis moved on to the pass-happy Canadian Football League where, despite his size, he entered the Montreal Alouette’s camp as a slot receiver; a move that wasn’t unfathomable due to his success in college catching the ball. During that sophomore season, he caught 23 passes and led the team with 309 receiving yards.“They knew what kind of athlete I was,” he said. “And they knew I was going to take the opportunity head on and make the best of it.”He was cut before the beginning of the regular season, but the 175-pound running back is currently preparing for this year’s NFL draft that will take place in New York on Apr 26.“He has shown much resilience to be healthy and ready to cease an opportunity on a pro roster,” said Brandon Westbrook a close friend to Jarvis. “At the end of the day he has proven his worth on the field as a leader and record breaking running back, each and every chance he has had. The next team to take that chance will reap the rewards.”The New York based Westbrook is a Pittsburgh native and is the founder of Westbrook & Company, which is the marketing and management consultancy that will see Jarvis through his pursuit of the NFL. HOPING TO GO PRO—Eugene Jarvis, a four-year letterman at Kent State and former Central Catholic runningback carries the ball during a game. (Photo courtesy of Kent State athletics) by Malik VincentLike so many from the area, former Central Catholic and Kent State running back Eugene Jarvis is making a push to play football, professionally.Sure, he stands at a very compact 5-foot-6. And yes, Jarvis has battled injury all throughout his career as a Golden Flash.last_img read more

Animal Fire Theatre Presents Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Animal Fire TheaterAnimal Fire Theatre is proud to announce that our 2013 Shakespeare in the Park production will be Julius Caesar.In a time when politics often become personal and political figures are alternatively traitors or heroes, Julius Caesar remains a relevant exploration of political power and struggle.  This production provides a raw look at the show and reveals how personal revenge and political rhetoric are so frequently intertwined.  We invite you to see this timeless piece of political tragedy staged only footsteps away from our own Capitol Building. “How many ages hence shall this our lofty scene be acted over in states unborn and accents yet unknown!”AFT welcomes guest director Jenny Greenlee and is thrilled to present this powerful take on an ageless story of political and personal power. Performances are scheduled to run for three weekends. The dates are Thursdays through Sundays, July 18-21, 25-28 and August 1-5. All performances will be at 6:30 P.M. This year we will be performing on the Capitol Campus, in the Water Garden on the East side of the campus near the Korean War Memorial. All performances will be free to the public. We recommend that audience members bring a cushion or folding chair for their comfort. Information about how to park for free, how to use Intercity Transit’s Dash Shuttle and our weather policy will be available on our website: Fire Theatre is a fierce, energetic company in it’s forth year of production, whose mission is the staging of classical texts in rough, raw, and modern ways to bring out the true heart of the story. Developed by Austen Anderson and continued by Scott Douglas, Brian Hatcher and Kate Arvin, Animal Fire Theatre explores the breadth of human instinct and impulses in order to deeply explore self and character. To find these impulses AFT members employ a number of non-traditional rehearsal methods to heighten their physical and emotional awareness, including an exercise where each actor embodies, portrays, and interacts with the other actors as an animal in order to connect to their character’s motivations. This wild method of rehearsal often draws curious passerby’s to investigate the source of the strange growls, howls, barks, grunts, and roars emanating from our rehearsals in Olympia’s parks. Yet audience and actor agree, the process creates a powerful energy that makes each AFT production captivating and memorable.For more information or press images, please contact:Kate Arvin, Production ManagerPhone: (360) 296-5714Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Video: How do Leicester recover from helicopter tragedy?

first_img‘A wonderful thoughtful man’ – Footballing world mourns passing of Leicester chairman Srivaddhanaprabha Leicester ‘to do Vichai proud’ after hardest week of our lives – Vardy ‘Such a good human’ – Mahrez dedicates winning goal to deceased Leicester City chairman Legacy of tragic Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha will last forever thanks to Premier League triumph You literally made my dreams come true – Schmeichel’s emotional letter to late chairman in fulllast_img