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first_img The record box office triumph garnered a congratulatory statement from Phantom producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group, in which they called The Lion King, “The Pride of Broadway.” “It’s difficult not to become emotional at this realization of the show’s impact,” Disney Theatrical Productions honcho Thomas Schumacher told the AP. “Our goal then was to tell the story purely and theatrically so that audiences could feel it in their heart. And, to this day, that is the audience experience whether they see the show in Madrid, Appleton, Wisconsin, South Africa, Tokyo or Broadway. Of that, we are deeply proud.” Related Shows View Comments Based on the popular Disney film, The Lion King is the story of Simba, a young lion prince who idolizes his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands. He starts anew, but eventually, the weight of responsibility comes to find the adult prince. The score by Elton John and Tim Rice features the songs “The Circle of Life” and the Oscar-winning “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” The Julie Taymor-helmed production premiered in Minneapolis on July 13, 1997. Four months later, on November 13, the show celebrated its opening night on Broadway at the New Amsterdam Theatre. It went on to win six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. On June 13, 2006, the production moved to its current home at the Minskoff Theatre. The show has played 21 countries and has been translated into eight different languages. Over 140 million people have seen it across the world. The Lion King Long live the King! The Lion King is once again celebrating a massive milestone: the Tony-winning musical has taken over from The Phantom of the Opera as the highest-grossing show of all time. According to the Associated Press, the box office receipts from Broadway, touring and international productions of the tuner now exceed $6.2 billion. from $75.00last_img read more

first_imgGeorgia farmers are using a new way to grow cotton that keeps bugs at baywhile protecting the environment. They’re growing a new type of cotton, called Bt cotton, that fights some insectswhile it grows. Phillip Roberts, an entomologist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService, expects Georgia farmers to plant about a third of the 1997 cotton crop to Btvarieties. Farmers include Bt cotton, Roberts said, in an overall insect-control methodcalled integrated pest management. IPM programs use all sorts of natural controls, including Bt cotton andbeneficial insects, instead of chemicals to keep insects from harming the crop. Cottongrowers may still have to use some pesticides, but only as a last resort. IPM helps farmers stay on friendly terms with people who live around them,too. It can cut down on the number of times farmers must spray pesticides. Neighborslike that. Bt cotton can cut out even more spraying. It produces its own natural toxin thathelps control certain insects on the plant. Scientists took a toxin-producing gene from bacteria called Bacillusthuringiensis (Bt). They inserted it into the new cotton plant that takes its name. The naturally produced toxin helps control insects. “Bt cotton and IPMprograms don’t guarantee ‘no sprays,'” said Steve Brown, an extension cottonagronomist. “But they can dramatically decrease the number of applications required.” Killing bugs with the Bt toxin isn’t new. Many gardeners use it, too.Laboratories collect the toxin and include it in foliar sprays for garden plants. The toxinis the same. Only the delivery method differs. Now that the Boll Weevil Eradication Program has banished weevils fromGeorgia cotton fields, Roberts said farmers can really take advantage of the Bttechnology. “Regular cotton varieties might require six or seven pesticide applications in agiven year to control insects,” he said. “A field of Bt cotton right next to the regularvariety may only need two or three applications for the same amount of insect control.” One concern many people have is that insects may become resistant topesticides. Gary Herzog, a research entomologist at the Coastal Plain ExperimentStation, said IPM and Bt cotton can slow that process. Herzog has studied insect pesticide resistance trends since 1979. “Usually, a particular chemical can be widely used for about 10 years beforeresistance shows up,” he said. Bt cotton can extend that time. Farmers don’t have to spray as often. So insectsaren’t exposed as much to the most commonly used pesticides. So it takes them longerto develop resistance. If the Bt toxin doesn’t kill all the insects, Herzog said, it still weakenssurvivors. That makes them more vulnerable to other insecticides and the beneficialinsects that prey on them. The Bt toxin doesn’t affect the cotton fiber. It’s as strong and long and white asthat of non-Bt varieties. Planting Bt cotton can help farmers’ profits, too. If they can grow cotton withlower cost per acre, they can make more money on the same land. Higher profits lead more farmers to grow cotton. When more cotton is sold,though, the farmer’s prices can drop. Retail cotton clothing prices can drop, too. It costs farmers more — about $33 per acre — to plant Bt cotton. Roberts andBrown said if a grower has to spray a field four or more times for bollworms, he maydo better planting Bt cotton. “Each farmer has to decide if he can control bollworms for less than the cost toplant Bt cotton,” Brown said.last_img read more

first_imgUSC’s Norris Cinema Theatre will screen Education Under Fire, a documentary produced by USC alumnus David Hoffman that discusses the religious persecution against the Bahá’í people in Iran and recaps attacks against the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education, on Friday.Though BIHE is more than 7,000 miles away from USC, Hoffman, the film’s executive producer and co-creator, said USC students can help halt injustice.“Every USC student should see this documentary and imagine in the 21st century a government that will use weapons against its own people to deprive them of higher education just because of their faith,” said Hoffman, a USC alumnus of the class of 1976. “Education is the bedrock of society and a fundamental human right so we are urging students to speak out against this injustice.”One of the ways students can speak out is to sign an online petition that generates letters to top Iranian officials, Hoffman said.“There are USC students here on this campus that have helped innocent people fight injustice and transform lives,” said Ata Farhadi, a graduate student studying law and a member of the Bahá’í Student Association. “When someone on this planet is denied a basic human right, we are all attacked because we are all human.”Farhadi said ignoring injustice abroad is dangerous.“We make a moral choice to either fight injustice or ignore it,” Farhadi said. “If we choose the latter, we are lessening ourselves and depriving our community. We all pay a price for every moral judgment we make and if we allow religious persecution in Iran there may come a day when we too will suffer the same fate.”In 1948, Iran signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 26 of the document lists education as a human right. Still, Education Under Fire argues the Iranian government is attempting to strip Bahá’ís, Iran’s largest minority group of about 300,000 people, of their right to education.Education Under Fire is a 30-minute documentary that follows the lives of several BIHE teachers who the Iranian government arrested in the name of national security. According to Hoffman, however, one of the key principles of Bahá’í faith is to obey the government or ruling power.“The Bahá’í are a peaceful and noble people,” Hoffman said. “They have had to cope with arrest, imprisonment and even torture, but they still maintain BIHE.”The film focuses on BIHE and how the institute is still in operation despite the Iranian government’s intervention, but Jeff Kaufman, the film’s director and producer, said the documentary is not against Iran.“There are many Iranian friends, neighbors and even strangers who have reached out to help Bahá’í people,” Kaufman said. “This film shows the potential of Iran and the real power a whole group of people can make.”Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni said all students, regardless of religion or study, can connect with the documentary.“This documentary hits upon very important issues for USC students, such as pluralism, diversity, education and civil rights,” Soni said. “No matter what you’re studying, there is an aspect of what is happening to Bahá’ís in Iran that you can learn from.”In addition to the petition, one of the main goals of the campaign is to convince university leaders in the United States to give Bahá’í students credit for BIHE courses so they can pursue post-graduate education internationally. Not long after the campaign launched last November, Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Kathleen McCartney officially announced that the school accepts BIHE coursework for transfer credit.USC Bahá’í Club President Laleh Mehrrafiee attributes this success to the size and strength of the Education Under Fire movement.“This campaign is the largest action the Bahá’ís have taken to fight this persecution, and we are their voices, essentially, because if [Bahá’ís] in Iran stand up against this persecution, they end up more persecuted against,” Mehrrafiee said.last_img read more

first_imgHowever, during last Tuesday’s Western Conference Final, the No. 2 Seattle Sounders ended LAFC’s record-breaking season, handing the club a 3-1 loss. Johannah Suegay is a sophomore writing about LAFC. Her column, “Black & Gold,” runs every other Thursday. Midfielder Eduard Atuesta gave LAFC the early lead in the 17th minute with a curling free kick from 25 yards out. However, the Seattle Sounders equalized five minutes later with a goal from forward Raúl Ruidíaz and went on to score another unanswered goal. On paper, LAFC seemingly dominated the game with 69% of the possession and an 88% pass accuracy compared to Seattle’s 68%. Since its inaugural season in 2009, Seattle has never missed the MLS Cup Playoffs. The Sounders are going to their third MLS Cup final in four years and are looking to win their second championship in that span. Patience will be key in waiting for LAFC to finally win the MLS Cup. Looking at the Seattle Sounders, added playoff experience will benefit LAFC immensely — teaching them grit, persistence and fighting as one unit towards one goal.  The results of last Tuesday’s semifinal showed what Seattle has learned from its abundant playoff appearances: how to win games when losing means an end to a hard-fought season.  While it is easy to look ahead with hope as to what the team can be in the future, there is a lot for LAFC fans to celebrate now. As a second-year club that broke records left and right, LAFC has set the standard for future expansion teams. This past season will be remembered for showing just how dominant a team can be in the MLS. Still, Seattle’s opportunistic play and its approach to defending Vela are not the only reasons it won against LAFC.  While the team will not be raising the MLS Cup trophy, LAFC was well-represented in the MLS’s year-end awards. Following a season in which his team claimed the MLS Supporters’ Shield, LAFC head coach Bob Bradley deservingly won the 2019 MLS Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year award.  Throughout the game, the Sounders capitalized on limited opportunities to score. They were also successful in not allowing Vela to get on the scoreboard. Throughout the match, Seattle was physical and assertive — often putting two or three men on Vela. Looking ahead to the future of LAFC, I believe there is a lot of hope. With a top-notch coach in Bradley, world-class striker and captain in Vela and many other talented players that were essential in LAFC’s incredible season, there is a lot for fans to look forward to.  Golden Boot winner and LAFC Captain, Carlos Vela, also claimed the title of 2019 Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player — the highest achievement for MLS Players. Vela was also the first Mexican MVP. However, the boost provided by the Sounders’ recent history of playoff success couldn’t be discounted. Although it did not end as many expected, LAFC’s season is still one to be celebrated and admired.  Many expected that by the end of this week, Los Angeles Football Club would be hoisting the MLS Cup trophy. Especially after its commanding playoff victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy — its first win over the crosstown rival in franchise history — a perfect ending to the season seemed within reach.last_img read more

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Organizers of the Kansas Wheat Festival were pleased with this year’s event, held in early July in Wellington, and they are already making plans for next year.Chamber of Commerce Director Annarose White said the festival buttons sold out on Friday and they were using wristbands after that. They had ordered 3,000, which was more than previous years, and still sold out.The buttons give admission to most of the festival. The price was a dollar higher this year, $3 in June, and $5 starting the first of July.White gave a debriefing to festival committee members at the Chamber office Thursday.She suggested they work out a theme for next year, and perhaps even have themes set for a few years in advance. With the Chisholm Trail’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the theme will likely be close to that, she said.While they were pleased with the outcome, there were minor issues that will be addressed, and they are hoping to continue to grow the festival.They had a good turnout with the Logan Mize concert, which was an experiment in bringing in a bigger name act. They may well do that in the future, and they are considering different types of music.They also did advertising in Wichita this year, and White said that seemed to have a positive effect with drawing even more people to the festival.“We had strong results on digital billboards. We tried some Facebook paid campaigns, but didn’t get a lot there,” she told the group.There was a new layout to the festival this year, with the stage set up in front of Memorial Auditorium. White and committee members said feedback on that was good.The picnic in the park before the big weekend was moved a little away from the train at Sellars Park and that turned out well, so they may keep it at the new location next year.They are also considering adding some music to that picnic in the park event, or some kind of entertainment that would appeal to adults.In the main stage area, around Memorial Auditorium, there were three nights of music this year, and they may add one for next year.The Ag Show was also added at the high school this year, and that also received good reviews, White said.She added, she wants to continue to add agricultural aspects to the festival, especially since it is the official wheat festival for the state.They were also happy with the parade which went well. A concern about children getting to close to the floats as candy is being distributed remains a concern.There were also several ideas that were explored. Having some kind of wheat beer event was one possibility. Another was developing more of a theme, and having the button design contest earlier.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down DMartens · 263 weeks ago Annarose and Wanda did a WONDERFUL job. They are moving the Chamber in the direction it SHOULD be going, FORWARD! Report Reply 0 replies · active 263 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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