After a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16th, 2016, Ever Upward Entertainment put together a benefit concert. The response from local performers was overwhelming, as Digg band, Dyrty Byrds, Booster, Whiskey Tango, Displace, Mama Magnolia, and Lady and The Gentlemen will all be performing. The show takes place tomorrow, July 20th, at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Other Side in Denver, CO.All proceeds from the show will go to Saving Ecuador, a non-profit organization focused on providing aid to the country. Additionally, thanks to our sponsor Fiction Brewing, there will be free craft beer if you get there before 9PM! With great music, free beer and an important cause, there’s no reason to miss this event.You can find details in the poster below, or via the Facebook Event.
In the corporate world, employees leaving a job are often asked to sit through an exit interview with HR about their time at the company. That concept doesn’t exist for Broadway performers, but we love checking in with stars as they finish up a successful run. Andy Kelso, who started as a featured performer and then moved on to the leading role of Charlie Price in the Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots, is leaving the show after a long road of (amazing!) life-changing events during the course of his run. The actor will play his final performance in the production on August 6. In his Broadway.com’s Exit Interview, Kelso reveals the highlights, milestones and cookies he adored during his five years with Kinky Boots.How did you feel when you first got this job? How do you feel now that you’re leaving?I was so excited and proud when I got this job—both when I was first cast in the reading of the show, and when I found out I was taking over Charlie Price. The creative team is FULL OUT, and I so desperately wanted to work with these people. Now that I am leaving, I am so happy to have learned from them and be able to call them my friends. Leaving is bittersweet. I am looking forward to new adventures and spending time with my family, but this role has been so fulfilling and this company is simply the best. I will miss them all.What are three words you would use to describe your experience? Completely life-changing.What was the easiest thing about this job? Because it’s on the other side of Eighth Ave, we don’t have to walk through Times Square to get to work! #winningWhat was the hardest thing? The amount of energy this role takes—both onstage and off. Also, the theater’s proximity to Schmackary’s. What was the highlight of your time at this job? So many—both personally and professionally. Professionally, it was my first original Broadway cast, so all of the things that go with that: the cast recording, the opening night, the Tonys and getting to play Charlie. Personally, this show has seen three major milestones in my life: I got engaged on the stage, I got married about a year later, and my wife and I just had a beautiful baby boy. Pretty much the highlights have been EPIC.Which skills do you think are required for future job applicants? Endurance, leadership and humility. Also, juggling, tumbling and trapeze. What advice would you give to future employees in your job position?This role is so much fun! There are so many different things you get to do, and it never gets boring. I guess I would just say to have a blast, pace yourself and stay in the moment.How do you think you’ve grown?I am so proud of how far I have come vocally with this show. In the out of town tryout in Chicago, I was stressing out as an understudy—the Charlie songs had changed so much throughout rehearsal and previews. They ended up being the very top/out of my range. I thought for sure I’d never be able to get through the show as Charlie—let alone be able to do it eight times a week. It took a ton of work, but I finally got there and have discovered so much about my voice and abilities along the way.Why are you leaving?Including readings, this show has been in my life for over five years. It will always hold a very special place in my heart, and I love being a part of it. But everything must come to and end, and I am ready to move on to other adventures…not the least of which is spending more time with my wife and newborn son.What will you miss the most?It’s not every day that a role like this comes along. I will certainly miss playing these scenes and singing these songs. But hands down, the thing I will miss the most is seeing this entire company day in and day out. And Schmackary’s. I will miss being so close to Schmackary’s. Andy Kelso Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Andy Kelso(Photos: Bruce Glikas & Matthew Murphy) Star Files View Comments Kinky Boots
The clinic, the 9th in the series is being sponsored by a United States-based sport organisation, Time Out 4Africa Sports and Education Foundation and has participants from five to 18 years in attendance.Also, not less than 20 instructors from parts of the country are lecturing the kids at the clinic.The sponsor of the clinic, Mr. Jonathan Kolo, said the major focus of the programme is “to catch them young” and impact in them techniques of the game.“The essence of what we are doing is to help promote and develop the game of basketball in the state. We want to catch them young and this is part of our contribution to enhance the development of the game in the state and the country,” he noted.Kolo added that over 100 balls, 1,000 t-shirts, 300 school bags, 500 books, and other educational items are to be distributed to the participants at the end of the clinic.He challenged youths in the state to take participation in sporting activities serious, stressing that “it will not only make you responsible and disciplined person but will be an avenue for employment”.Kolo said an education aspect had been introduced with the establishment of the junior science club for science technology, engineering, and mathematics for the girl-child commencing from Mawo schools.The clinic will come to an end on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Laleye Dipo in MinnaNot less than 500 youths from the 25 local government areas of Niger State are participating in a one-week basketball clinic which kicked off in Minna on Tuesday.