Schroeder is the SOST’s principal cellist and is quite recognizable with his Luis and Clark Carbon Fiber Cello. He teaches violoncello and doublebass at Lamar University and also has a private studio coaching students of all ages in string instruments, piano and mathematics. Schroeder holds degrees in mathematics from the University of Hannover, music education from Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover, as well as violoncello performance from the University of Miami.Matoussova is a native of St. Petersburg, Russia and now resides in Houston where she is a newly-named Da Camera Young Artist, which has her making regular appearances at the Wortham Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Menil Collection, as well as at select hospitals and schools. In 2014, Matoussova was awarded First Prize at the Schlern International Music Competition in Italy. She was also a first-place winner at the Canadian Music Competition for two consecutive years, as well as a finalist in the Festival de Musique Classique du Bas-Richelieu Competition in Sorél-Tracy, Canada. She is also the cellist of the Aura Contemporary Ensemble and a member of the newly-formed Bayou City Symphony.Maestro Tipton will also host a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. featuring special guests.“Best of Beethoven” is co-sponsored by Entergy and CHRISTUS – St. Elizabeth Hospital; soloists’ appearance made possible by the Beaumont Music Commission’s Charlene L. Kiker Guest Artist Endowment. BEAUMONT — The Symphony of Southeast Texas’ (SOST) continues its amazing trip around the world at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Julie Rogers Theatre as they jet away to Europe for the “Best of Beethoven” and a delightfully entertaining evening of music.“This will be a wonderful evening of music making for everyone to enjoy,” said SOST Music Director Chelsea Tipton.Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 is a truly light and cheerful piece that puts on full display the great composer’s genius as a lyrical writer. The SOST has never performed this masterwork, and Maestro Tipton says the orchestra is excited to share it with the audience.While in this country of the most renowned composers, we also travel to Italy to bring you Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violoncelli in g minor featuring the SOST’s own cello soloists Thomas Schroeder and Sonya Matoussova. This sensational piece opens with an electrifying, bold role for both soloists and moves along leaving no doubt of its highly charged emotional content. Single ticket prices range from $18 to $45; senior, student and group discounts are available. To purchase tickets or get more information, go to www.sost.org or contact the Symphony office at (409) 892-2257.The Symphony of Southeast Texas continues its mission of presenting educational, entertaining, and culturally enriching programs of the highest artistic quality and, as always, promises to be “Good to the last note!”
Month: January 2021
The Hawks are now two games up on San Jacinto with a strong grip on third place in the South Zone Division of Region XIV. The top four teams advance to the regional tournament at the end of the month. San Jacinto is the host team for this year’s tourney.Sophomore Rebecca Hernandez earned the complete-game win, allowing one earned run on just five hits with one walk. The Hawks’ Sierra Miller picked up three walks and had a run batted in on a fielder’s choice that gave LSCPA a 1-0 lead in the first.The deciding run came in the fifth when Kayla Sheridan scored on a passed ball. She opened the inning with a single, reached second on a sacrifice by Bailey Suza and third on a groundout by Hernandez. LSCPA sports informationWith just one week left in the regular season, the Lamar State College Port Arthur Seahawks softball team earned a split against San Jacinto College-South in Houston on Monday afternoon.The Seahawks, now 26-22 overall and 12-7 in Region 14 play, dropped the first game to San Jac 7-2 before rebounding for a 2-1 pitching-duel win in Game 2. Hernandez allowed two of her five hits in the sixth when San Jacinto doubled and singled to score their one run of the game.In the first game of the doubleheader, the Seahawks scored their two runs on home runs by Miller and Alexis Perez, two of five hits in the game. Angelica Rogers took the loss for LSCPA, allowing five earned runs on seven hits with six walks, one strikeout and two home runs allowed.The Seahawks get back to work with a doubleheader Friday at Alvin College and Saturday at Galveston College. Both sets start at 1 p.m.
The Costa Rica trip is being organized through Basketball Traveler’s Inc., which helps put on tournaments throughout the year like the Paradise Jam and Junkanoo Jam, and has been a major part of the World University Games.The Cardinals leave for Costa Rica Sunday, Aug. 13, and will spend four days in the Central American country before flying home on Aug. 18. Big Red will play at least two games during their trip, and those will be contests against McGill University and the Costa Rican national team.“This has become a popular trend in (NCAA) Division I basketball,” said LU head coach Tic Price. “The NCAA will grant some earlier practice to prepare for these trips and then you get some extra games in as well. It goes beyond taking a vacation. We are trying to get better as a team, and we are going there to take care of business. The goal is that these trips will help you be better prepared for the season as you take on teams that have been playing together for a while.” In addition to getting better on the court, the trip will also be used to help the players strengthen their bond as a team.“We want to get better as a team, but this is also an opportunity to give our guys a chance to experience other cultures they might not otherwise have,” said Price. “We’re in the business of graduating young men – helping them achieve their next step in life whether that be on the court or in the business world. I want our players to be well-rounded young men. We will be doing team-building projects while on this trip, in addition to working on the court.”The trip has allowed the Cardinals to begin preseason workouts earlier than normal. Big Red stepped on the court Monday and has been working out each day. Although the trip doesn’t count against the Cardinals 2017-18 record, it will present the coaching staff and players with some new challenges.“We definitely will not have the ability to do any advanced scouting, so this trip we focus on just our basketball team,” said Price. “In addition to that, the international game is a little different than ours. We will have to adjust to a 24-second shot clock, they have smaller lanes and the international game is a different style than what the majority of fans are used to in the United States. Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT — The month of July has flipped to August, college students across the country are preparing to return to school for another year, and the Lamar Cardinals are also back on campus prepping for the upcoming season, but it might not be the Cardinals you’re expecting to read about.The LU men’s basketball team is on campus and working toward the start of the 2017-18 basketball season, but this season gets under way a little earlier than normal. The Cardinals will head to Costa Rica for at least two international contests to help prep for the new year. “Despite those challenges, we are looking for our guys to be aggressive. I want to us clean up our offensive execution with the new wrinkles we’re adding. I want to see which guys aggressively pursue rebounds and make half-court stops. We look at the effort areas, which guys are playing with heart and determination,” added Price.An additional challenge the Cardinals will face is the fact they are going on the trip shorthanded. LU will be without the services of three players — sophomore Torey Noel, junior Nick Garth and senior Christian Albright — who were suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules.When the players return to the Golden Triangle, they will have a few short days to get ready for the start of the new academic year, and a new basketball season. There is a great deal of anticipation for the 2017-18 season. Coming off their first postseason run since 2012, the Cardinals have already received some attention as the projected favorite to represent the Southland Conference in the NCAA Championships. Big Red’s last run to the NCAA tournament came during the 2011-12 season.“We had a team meeting before starting practice, and I asked the guys ‘Who here has played in the NCAA tournament?’ No one, other than coaches, raised their hands. That is not acceptable for Lamar Cardinals basketball. These guys understand we have work to do.”
Once replacement permanent staff are hired and/or trained in the coming months, the Department f Public Safety anticipates the office will resume normal operations.To find a convenient alternative location during this time period, including the Orange and Beaumont driver license offices, customers can search driver license office locations and hours at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/administration/driver_licensing_control/rolodex/search.aspMany Texans are eligible to skip the trip to a driver license office altogether and instead take advantage of online services for driver license/ID card renewals, duplicates or address changes by visiting Texas.gov. Customers can also renew by phone at 1-866-357-3639. The eligibility requirements for phone renewal and online renewal are the same. The fee is the same for online, in-person and telephone renewals.Important reminder: Customers may renew their Driver License/Texas ID card one year early prior to their expiration date, which allows them to choose a convenient time that fits their schedule. Due to staff turnover at the Port Arthur Driver License Office, the department will adjust resources at nearby offices to operate the Port Arthur office at reduced capacity to continue services to the community.
7th Grade: Hunter Adams, Coy Adams, Ajay Aharsan, Mohammed Amer, Brycelyn Arciva, Lillian Barclay, Justin Barrera, Robert Barron, Aiden Bettenfield, Antonio Bautista-Garza, Madyn Bennett, Abigale Bertrand, Rory Blanco, Phelan Britt, Ty Bryson, Uriah Buckley, Cheyenne Cherry, Cadence Clark, Cason Duplechin, Gavan Dupre, Jonas Ferrara, Ethan Foreman, Reagan Friesz, Caden Gamblin, Carolina Garza, Brooklynn Gayosso, Kaylie Gil, Kameron Gotcher, Christian Guidroz, Griffin Guidry, Paisley Guidry, Ethan Hardy, Kolby Harrington, Aiden Hewitt, Makenzie Jenkins, Tucker Kirtland, Madison Long, Lino Lopez, Diego Madera Ochoa, Samantha Martin, Kannon Matthews, Mallory McDuffie, Landon McGill, Emali Men, Callie Metts, Alek Miller, Joshua Mincey, Hensley Morgan, Alexandra Mullin, Camila Perez, Isabella Perez, Ryan Pilkington, Neville Prakash Moses, Aedan Ramlakhan, Jaxon Redman, Landen Riley, Isabella Sanchez, Elizabeth Seigrist, Kamden Smith, Tyler Spivey Pyper Stratton, Lilli-Ayn Sundgren, Jack Tinsley, Christian Tran, Delani Van Pelt, Malana Vasseur, Brody Vincent8th Grade: Kaydence Alphin, Carlee Anderson, Martin Aviles, Alexander Baker, Natalie Barajas, Melody Barnes, Toby Berry, Connor Blackwell, Annalie Borel, Olampio Braimoh, Rylie Burden, Ryal Butler, Mia Cadena, Halle Carter, Reese Coker, Ava Cole, Kaitlynn Coleman, Antonio Collins, Brady Corcoran, Jacie Dragulski, Sydnie Elms, Heather Escobedo, Catherine Espinola, Logan Eymard, Hannah Fennell, Samantha French, Braxton Fryoux, Baylee Gamblin, Elle Garcia, Shelby Gayosso, Jonah Gigliotta, Chloe Gomez, Caysen Guerra, Daelyn Hale, Morgan Hales, Collier Holland, Erin Hollier, Cori Holyfield, Mary Howell, Makayla Knod, Zoee LaBove, Aiden Le, Caedmon LeBlanc, Kayln Linden, Ernesto Madera Ochoa, Rylan Martin, Emma Mattingly, Riely McAdams, Louis McIntire, Holden Metts, Allison Molina, Rabindra Nauth, Adam Neel, Andy Nguyen, Braden Osgood, Sarah Owens, Sean Pham, Andrea Pulido, Mario Pulido, Angelique Randall, Adison Reedy, Carter Robinson, Rafael Rodriguez, Eddie Roque Valdes, Wyatt Self, Katie Seymour, Christian Shaw, Evei Shipley, Camryn Slott, Kamryn Smith, Jadeyn Southern, Geordai St Junious, Tanner Tillie, Paxton Vasquez, Haliegh Wesner, Gage Whitman, Carly Williams, Gavin Williams, Alexander Wood, Jackson Yoder, Molly Young 7th Grade: Naysa Arnold, Addison Ashby, Kaylee Batson, Wilson Bell, Olutoni Braimoh, Caleb Cox, Cassidy Duplechin, Harli Flitcraft, Bryan Guizar, Moira Harren, Emarie Holder, Emanuel Jaramillo Cubillos, Chloe Jones, Dannika Jones, Talon Le, Luke Lehrmann, Uday Middi, Kate Mullin, Paige Murray, Mason Myers, Sarah Nuno Chavez, Emily Quebedeaux, Karol Reynoso Barrera, Teniola Roberts, Anthony Rodriguez, Anna Thompson, Isabella Tran, Allyssa Walker, Addisyn Weeks, Michael West, Sophie Zito8th Grade: Abbigayle Adams, Alyson Arnold, Camila Avilez, Josie Aycock, Ashtyn Battenfield, Dylan Bell, Brianna Brottem, Jayli Broussard, Kassidy Dao, Brylee Dunkleburger, Caroline Fisette, Horacio Garcia, Alyssa Garsea, Alexia Guerra, Alexis Johnson, Marissa Lang, Adithleidy Magallon Lopez, Allison Nguyen, Camren Nichols, Emily Peet, Barrett Placette, Logan Rolon, Isabella Stacks, Kensey Stahl, Laney Thompson, Ashton Tilley, Kaden Travis, Lucas Turner, Brady VoA’s and B’s All A’s 5th Grade: Anna Arnold, Karina Avilez, Mallory Balsamo, Jose Banda, Grady Batson, Tucker Belaire, William Bell, Fletcher Berry, Memphis Breaux, Grace Broussard, Macie Bryant, Jeslyn Collins, Loga Corcoran, Coy Farris, Brooklyn Friedman, Preslee Gill, Colleen Hailey, Christopher Hart, Kiley Harvard, Yarely Hernandez, Carly Herrington, Carson Jackson, Kellen Janecek, Jayden Knopp, Irelynn Kyle, Bailey Lambert, Maddox Lambert, Aayan Maredia, Luke McGuire, Ella Mecom, Lauren Nguyen, Michael Nguyen, Cali Noble, Valeria Ottati, Camri Price, Casen Reedy, Landon Roberts, Evan Robinson, Payslee Romero, Kenzie Roye, Kenzie Rule, Phineas Salinas, Kaiden Sanchez, Colt Sheppard, Griffen Spell, Koen Summers, Ezra Thompson, Taylor Tolbert, Hayden Tran, Johny Tran, Nolan Tran, Kendall Travis, Zakry Vance, Hudson Voivedich, Carter Ward, Maximilian Weeren, Ireland White, Macie Willson, Jair Yanes6th Grade: Camila Alvarez, Philip Baker, Gabriela Barragan, Hunter Barron, Kaylee Benavidez, Julian Borel, Averi Broussard, Yaretzi Contreras Bernabe, Carley Courville, Anthi Crowell, Kinzlee Ellis, Anthony Fanette, Aiden Fryoux, Sophia Garcia, Daxton Hebert, Macayla Hebert, Lacy Horton, Jaxon Jander, Kaaydence Johnson, Rhett Land, Shelby Littlefield, Emory Martin, Kylie Martin, Addison McGill, Betsey McIntyre, Aiza Naeem, Vicky Nguyen, Carson Nunez, Slade Sheppard, Kenneth Sims Jr., Brayden Smith, Aliya Sous, Taryne Theriot, Charley Turner, Zaria Warren, Delilah Young 5th Grade: Aubrey Alvarez, Alison Anderson, Christian Anderson, Morgan Barron, Azlin Benlien, Anthony Berg, Ella Bishop, Cadence Blackwell, Madilyn Broussard, Prudence Campbell, Gabriel Cantu, Naima Ceja, Taylor Charlton, Kade Claiborne, Gracie Clement, Addison Cloyd, Casen Cousins, Taylor Craig, Brody Davis-Pruitt, Graclyn Dean, Zachariah Delahoussaye, Xain Delao, Rori DeLeon, Brooklyn Dobbs, Catalina Duran, Easton Esquivel, Finley Fahrion, Addisyn Friedman, Steven Gil, Peyton Gilbert, Aiden Glidewell, Kael Griffin, Koen Griffin, Kimberly Guerra, Haleigh Hand, Keegan Harren, Kinley Hebert, Kelsey Hernandez, Alyssa Hollier, Julie Jacobs, Lillian Johnson, Julian Jones, Madison Klock, Olivia Knod, Meagan Koon Koon, Avery Kotz, Coleton LaBrie, Yuri Landry, Halia LeBlanc, Dre’Den Lowe, Abigail Lowrey, Trystan Lyon, Jeryd Men, Ronnie Nguyen, Alexander Pastrana, Ava Rash, Kashton Rashall, Zachary Richard, Kenneth Richardson, Eliana Rodriguez, Sally Salinas, Michael Seigrist, Sage Stegemoller, Keagan Stinnett, Maya Tanner, Jackson Tilley, Aaron Tran, Heidi Tran, Pierce Varela, Leah Villarreyna, Dylan Wahl, Mason Welch, Meagan Wilson, Levi Wright, Daisy Young6th Grade: Grace Anderson, Anna Bacerra, Audrey Berry, Kristlyn 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Smith, Sarah Stein, Noe Talamantez, Carissa Thomas, Brianna Toben, Tyler Tolbert, Madison Vail, Harrison Verdine, Alfred Williams, Jaxin Williams-Winfrey, Meadow Williamson, Zoey Wilson, Hunter Woods, Nahum Yanes, Slate Yoder, Brody Yoes, Lada Young
Welcome to Summer!Now that we have more opportunities to dine out or shop, why not visit one of your favorite restaurants and support a local small business?Did you know that it is hard to find a bicycle or workout equipment for purchase in the area? More families and individuals have chosen to take up some new hobbies during this pandemic. Daily, I see people walking around town and riding bikes to get fresh air and exercise.I have observed people working in their yards and completing home projects (maybe Honey-Do Lists).There are guidelines in place for all of us to follow so we can beat this pandemic we are experiencing. I am excited to see how many have chosen to begin a career in business or entrepreneurship. Starting on June 2, the Nederland Economic Corporation will have a Summer Intern from the University of Texas join us to work on some summer projects.Having this new addition to our team, the Nederland EDC will be able to begin our updated Business Retention and Expansion Program while also starting our COVID-19 Business Surveys.The beginning of Hurricane Season is upon us and we will watch diligently to make sure our businesses are prepared in case we have storms in the Gulf heading our way.To all of our Nederland business owners and residents, we look forward to bringing some new ideas and great events to our area in the very near future. Enjoy the summer sunshine, take this time to spend with your family and be creative while still social distancing so the COVID-19 will not make an impact on Nederland, Texas.During the unrest in our State of Texas, please remember to be kind, pray and support everyone who crosses our path in life.As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.” Make today the best day you can for you, your family and those around you!Kay DeCuir is the executive director of the Nederland Economic Development Corporation. She can be reached at [email protected] As we work together to support our local economy and get as close to the new normal as possible, Nederland never ceases to amaze me with community support.There is something to be said about living in a small town! Nederland High School celebrated its 100th year of education and celebrated the 2020 Graduation at the Ford Park Amphitheatre.Graduation had a different feel and venue, but we are so glad our Seniors were afforded the opportunity to walk across the stage and receive their diplomas.As a member of many scholarship committees, it has been interesting to speak with students about their future plans, whether graduating from high school or college.
As we accrue more birthdays, our bodies change.Some of the things we used to do with ease have become more difficult, if not impossible. It is important to keep moving but it is even more important to modify what you are doing to accommodate the changes in your body.Last time we looked at some the moves you should drop. This is the second of a two-part column; this week we will look at the exercises that will work best for you and that you should incorporate into your fitness routine. The best way to start is by sitting back until your behind touches a box or bench that’s about 18 to 24 inches high. From there, you simply rise and repeat. Just make sure you start the movement by pushing your hips backward, rather than bending your knees and shifting your weight out over your toes.Your feet should stay flat on the floor while your chest stays up, pointing forward. If you need to make it harder, hold a dumbbell with both hands right under your chin.Pushups: This exercise works the same muscles as the chest press, but it also stretches them while training the core muscles to stabilize your torso and protect your lower back. Not many older people can do traditional pushups, with your hands and feet on the floor.Fortunately, you can make it easier without losing any benefits by elevating your hands on a box, bench or step; a kitchen counter; or even a wall.Rows and lat pulldowns: As with squats, there are lots of ways to do rows. But the one you’ll see most often in a gym is the seated row, using a cable machine.It’s usually part of an apparatus that includes a lat pulldown station. With both exercises, the movement is pretty simple: Use the muscles in your upper and middle back to pull a bar to your chest. Hold it in that position by squeezing your shoulder blades together, return to the starting position, and repeat.These exercises are just a sample. Folks often underestimate what older people can do. Sometimes the seniors sell themselves short by sticking with the simplest exercises when there are so many better choices. But keep in mind what many have discovered the hard way: Just because an exercise is simple, doesn’t mean it’s good for you.As always, before starting or changing your fitness routine, consult with your doctor. Step away from the sofa and make the move toward a healthier life.Jody Holton writes about health for Port Arthur Newsmedia. She can be reached at [email protected] You can find any number of great exercises to do, in or out of the gym. The following four offer the most benefits with the least risk of injury:Walking: This is one of the most important activities for folks, because they sit so much of the time. It gives you everything you want from an exercise:It gets you off your chair or couch.It’s a natural movement and one that encourages good posture, with your shoulders back and your lumbar spine in the correct position.It gives continuous work to the muscles and connective tissues responsible for stabilizing your feet, ankles, knees and hips.It burns calories. The more you walk, the faster you go. The more hills and steps you climb, the more you burn. It’s also an exercise that you probably can’t get too much of.Is walking on a treadmill just as good? Not really. A motorized treadmill does too much of the work for you. You need to elevate the walking surface a few degrees just to match the effort of walking on flat ground. Mainly though, using a treadmill takes away one of the biggest benefits of walking: Getting outside, where you can enjoy sunshine and fresh air.Squats: Unless you spend a lot of time on steps or hills, walking isn’t going to do much to increase your lower-body strength, or to preserve the vital muscle tissue that disappears with age and inactivity. That’s where the squat comes in.It’s a simple exercise — you push your hips back, as if you’re about to sit in a chair, and then straighten your hips and knees as you return to the standing position — with countless variations.If you belong to a gym, you’ve probably seen a bunch of them, starting with the impossibly strong young men who squat with hundreds of pounds on their backs. Obviously, that’s not the right choice for you. (Or for anybody who isn’t young and injury-free.)
Entombment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves under the direction of Grammier-Oberle Funeral Home in Port Arthur.Due to COVID-19, the funeral home and family ask everyone to wear a mask and practice Social Distancing at the church. Elizabeth Margaret Estes, 72, of Haughton, Louisiana and formerly of Port Arthur passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at Willis Knighton Bossier Hospital in Bossier City, Louisiana.Elizabeth was born on August 2, 1948, in Port Arthur, Texas to Grace Louise Riley and James Mitchell McCreary.She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Alvin, Texas; Port Neches, Texas; and Haughton, Louisiana Wards) for forty-five years. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents; children, Michael Gay, Brandi Estes Cesario and Cassandra Castleberry; and her sister, JoAnn Watts.Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2020, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Port Arthur. Elizabeth loved to dance in her younger days and enjoyed reading.She actively worked on family history and loved spending time with her family and friends.Survivors include her husband, Arlie Estes of Haughton, Louisiana and formerly of Port Neches, Texas; children, Kimberly Kumar of Lumberton, Texas, Dawn Castleberry of Odessa, Texas, Paula Mosis of Rosharon, Texas, Angela Cunningham of Conroe, Texas, David Castleberry of Carthage, Texas, Chasity Estes of Clear Lake, Texas, Michael Estes of League City, Texas, and Curtis Estes of Houston, Texas a sister Grace Guillory of Haughton, Louisiana and a brother, James Guillory of Beaumont, Texas; twenty-seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Fantasia, we had a hunch! The Grammy winner and American Idol champ will return to the stage in the upcoming Broadway production of After Midnight, in which she’ll be the first in a rotating roster of guest star headliners who will join the show throughout its run. Fantasia will perform from the beginning of previews on October 18 through February 9, 2014, and she will be the headliner when the show has its official opening on November 3. Fantasia catapulted to fame in 2004 as the winner of American Idol, defeating Broadway vet Diana DeGarmo for the title. Her debut album, Free Yourself, received four Grammy nominations and was followed by a second self-titled release. Fantasia made her Broadway debut in April 2007 when she took over the role of Celie in The Color Purple, receiving a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award and Theatre World Award for her performance. She later toured with the show. She won a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Bittersweet,” the lead single from her third solo album, Back to Me. Fantasia also headlined her own VH1 reality series, Fantasia for Real. She released her fourth studio album Side Effects of You in April. Conceived by Jack Viertel, After Midnight is an evocative new musical that tackles the sexy, smoky glamour of the Jazz Age, set in the heyday of Duke Ellington’s years at Harlem’s Cotton Club. The ever-changing list of stars is reflective of the Cotton Club’s weekly rotation of guests during its “Celebrity Nights,” which included the likes of Lena Horne, Judy Garland, George Gershwin, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. After Midnight will feature 25 vocalists and dancers, 17 big-band musicians (hand-picked by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, who serves as musical director) and a narrative comprised of Langston Hughes poetry. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments After Midnight Related Shows Warren Carlyle directs and choreographs After Midnight, which is itself a new production of Cotton Club Parade, the smash musical that played two sold-out engagements at New York City Center. The creative team includes Isabel Toledo (costumes) and Ruben Toledo, John lee Beatty (set design), Howell Binkley (lighting design), Peter Hylenski (sound design) and Daryl Waters (musical supervision). Complete casting and musicians will be announced shortly.
Casting is complete for Lincoln Center Theater’s production of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Directed by Jack O’Brien, the star-studded cast of 27 is led by Ethan Hawke as Macbeth and Anne-Marie Duff as Lady Macbeth. The play begins performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on October 24 and officially opens on November 21. Daniel Sunjata Macbeth follows the title Scottish general (Hawke), who receives a prophecy from three witches (Gets, Glover and Jennings) that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition, Macbeth murders King Duncan (Easton) and takes the throne. He soon becomes a tyrannical ruler and commits several murders to protect himself. The bloodbath takes Macbeth and Lady Macbeth (Duff) into realms of arrogance, madness and death. Richard Easton In addition to Hawke and Duff, the production features Daniel Sunjata as Macduff, Brian d’Arcy James as Banquo, Richard Easton as Duncan, Jonny Orsini as Malcolm, Bianca Amato as Lady Macduff and Malcolm Gets, John Glover and Byron Jennings as the Three Witches. The cast also includes Shirine Babb, John Patrick Doherty, Austin Durant, Francesca Faridany, Stephanie Fieger, Ben Horner, Ruy Iskandar, Aaron Krohn, Jeremiah Maestas, Christopher McHale, Sam Poon, Triney Sandoval, Nathan Stark, Patrick Vaill, Tyler Lansing Weaks and Derek Wilson. Macbeth will feature sets by Scott Pask, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Japhy Weideman and original music and sound by Mark Bennett, projections by Jeff Sugg and fight direction by Steve Rankin. Brian d’Arcy James Sunjata received a Tony nomination for his performance in Take Me Out; he has appeared on screen in Rescue Me, Smash, The Devil Wears Prada, The Dark Night Rises, The Bronx is Burning and Graceland. James is a two-time Tony nominee for his work in Shrek and The Sweet Smell of Success. Easton is a Tony winner for his performance in The Invention of Love; his vast Broadway credits include The Coast of Utopia, Henry IV, Noises Off, The Cherry Orchard, The School for Scandal and The Country Road. Orsini made his Broadway debut last season in LCT’s The Nance. Amato appeared in the Broadway productions of The Coast of Utopia and Arcadia. Gets’ stage credits include his Tony-nominated turn in Amour, A New Brain, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Boys from Syracuse. Glover won a Tony for his performance in Love! Valour! Compassion!, and his other notable stage credits include Death of a Salesman, Waiting for Godot, The Great God Brown, The Paris Letter and The Drowsy Chaperone. Jennings has appeared in numerous Broadway productions, including Arcadia, The Invention of Love, Dinner at Eight, Carousel, Twelve Angry Men, Macbeth, Inherit the Wind and Noises Off. Star Files View Comments