AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”A father was still emotional yesterday after diving into the Waikato River to save his baby daughter. Jared Bruning, 26, said he thought five-month-old Holli was dead as he dived into the water after her pram rolled off a river path and plunged down a 10-metre cliff into the water.” (photo with story- Waikato Times, New Zealand)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Jill Paice(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Broadway alum Jill Paice is among the complete cast of the upcoming off-Broadway debut production of Jerry Springer — The Opera. The show featuring a book and lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas and music by Thomas will begin previews on January 23 and open on February 22 at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Tony winner John Rando directs the previously announced production that will feature choreography by Chris Bailey.Paice will take on the role of Baby Jane, with the full cast including Jennifer Allen as Irene/Mary, Florrie Bagel as Peaches, Sean Patrick Doyle as Tremont, Luke Grooms as Dwight/God, Nathaniel Hackmann as Chucky/Adam, Billy Hepfinger as Steve, Justin Keyes as Montel/Jesus, Beth Kirkpatrick as Zandra, Elizabeth Loyacano as Andrea/Valkyrie and Tiffany Mann as Shawntel/Eve. The musical’s ensemble will comprise Brandon Contreras, Bradley Greer, Kim Steele and Nichole Turner. As previously announced, Tony nominee Terrence Mann will take on the title role alongside Tony nominee Will Swenson as Warm-Up/Satan. Jerry Springer — The Opera features The Jerry Springer Show as you’ve never seen it before, with passionate arias, soaring ballads and giant production numbers. While the studio audience cheers, a parade of bickering guests fight and curse until violence breaks out and Jerry must face his trickiest guest ever.The production will feature set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by John Shivers and projection design by Olivia Sebesky. Jerry Springer — The Opera will play a limited engagement through March 11.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Kentucky forward Derek Willis practices during the 2015 NCAA Tournament.LEXINGTON, Ky. – The fourth subject in our five-part series on Kentucky basketball’s returning players is not like the first three. Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee will all likely have larger roles in 2015-16, but they’ve each already had several moments in the spotlight.Derek Willis is still waiting for his first real chance to shine. The 6-foot-9 junior forward from Bullitt East, a former Mr. Basketball finalist who chose the Wildcats over scholarship offers from Purdue, Indiana and Louisville, has averaged just 3.5 minutes in 33 college games.But now, after seven UK underclassmen declared for the NBA Draft and the Cats missed on a handful of high-profile recruits, opportunity is knocking. THE RUNDOWN Willis was a star in high school, averaging 17.4 points and 9.4 rebounds as a senior after leading Bullitt East to the Sweet 16 as a junior. But in picking Kentucky, he chose to compete for time on a roster full of former stars – most of them five-stars, in fact.UK Rewind | Is it Marcus Lee’s time?He has so far struggled to get off the bench, especially last season when the Wildcats had 10 future NBA players ahead of him, totalling 41 points and 22 rebounds in two seasons. Coach John Calipari said this summer that Willis felt “anxiety” early in his Cats career.“Anybody that’s trying to break their way through and doesn’t know exactly how it’s going to play out, you have anxiety,” Calipari said. “(But) I think he’s gotten better and better. He’s done great in school. And he and (Dominique Hawkins) are on like a ‘normal’ college path. I mean, first couple years you don’t play a whole lot, you’re trying to bust through your third year, and you’re trying to make sure your senior year you’re fulfilling your own dreams.” THE GOOD When Willie Cauley-Stein and Trey Lyles, a pair of likely lottery picks, were injured during UK’s trip to the Bahamas last summer, Willis averaged 17.8 minutes in six exhibition games against foreign professionals and acquitted himself well, producing six points and 3.5 rebounds per game.He’s a good athlete – see his impressive array of pregame warm-up dunks – and a legitimate “stretch-four” with his passing and outside shooting ability.UK Rewind | Alex Poythress, the accidental seniorWillis has hit six 3-pointers and 15 of 18 free throws in limited game action. At UK’s on-campus combine last fall, he posted a 7-foot wingspan, 35 1/2-inch vertical and a 2.97-second shuttle run that would’ve ranked 12th-best at this year’s NBA Combine.He’s also committed to the Cats despite two years of disappointment. Asked last season if he was mulling a transfer, Willis didn’t hesitate.“God, no,” he said. “I’m going to stay here four years regardless. I love this place. I’m trying to be self-critical about everything now and just be more focused, just show that I want to be here. I don’t think I did that before.” THE BAD He’s not a great ball-handler and needs to shoot it at a better clip. Willis is just under 30 percent from 3-point range in his UK career. He admits to slacking some in practice and when it comes to the all-important work players do on their own.“Usually, I’m one of the first people out,” he said last season. “I’m putting it on myself. I just need to put more effort into the game if I want to play.”And above all, he needs to rediscover the confidence he had back at Bullitt East.UK Rewind | Ulis good this year, great next?“You build that through the process and enjoying the day-to-day grind of the process,” Calipari said. “If you’re not confident, then no one on the court is confident with you, and the coach is not confident in you. … You build that yourself, and there’s only one way to do that: through the process of getting better and better and better, which brings great joy to you more than the anxiety of worrying about being great.” FINAL WORD To be fair, the deck has been stacked against Willis since he arrived at Kentucky. His freshman class included six McDonald’s All-Americans. Four stayed last year and four more arrived, and another, Poythress, hung around for his junior year. That’s a staggering nine burger boys on one team.But now the roster is less crowded. This is Willis’ best shot at significant playing time, and in theory he’s better prepared for that chance than ever. He has no excuse not to be.“I’m rooting for them,” Calipari said of Willis and Hawkins. “… I told them that at the end of the year: ‘You better come back here expecting to play. Then you go make it happen.’ I can’t do it for them.” Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Follow him on Twitter @KyleTucker_CJ. Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND