Western Conference leader Utah and Indiana square off

first_img Written by Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailINDIANAPOLIS (AP)-Utah Jazz (18-5, first in the Western Conference) vs. Indiana Pacers (12-11, fifth in the Eastern Conference)Indianapolis; Sunday, 11 p.m. MSTBOTTOM LINE: The Indiana Pacers play the Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz.The Pacers have gone 7-7 at home. Indiana scores 113.9 points and has outscored opponents by 1.6 points per game.The Jazz are 9-3 on the road. Utah scores 114.7 points and has outscored opponents by 8.5 points per game.The matchup Sunday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.TOP PERFORMERS: Domantas Sabonis leads the Pacers with 11.8 rebounds and averages 21 points. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 21.6 points and four rebounds while shooting 43.7% over the last 10 games for Indiana.Donovan Mitchell is averaging 23.3 points and 4.1 rebounds for the Jazz. Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 3.3 made 3-pointers and scoring 18.9 points over the last 10 games for Utah.LAST 10 GAMES: Pacers: 4-6, averaging 115.1 points, 42.6 rebounds, 27.2 assists, 6.8 steals and 6.5 blocks per game while shooting 48.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.6 points on 46.7% shooting.Jazz: 9-1, averaging 120.2 points, 48.7 rebounds, 25 assists, 6.3 steals and 5.9 blocks per game while shooting 47.1% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 107.2 points on 44.7% shooting.INJURIES: Pacers: Caris LeVert: out (kidney), TJ Warren: out (foot).Jazz: Elijah Hughes: out (ankle).center_img February 6, 2021 /Sports News – Local Western Conference leader Utah and Indiana square offlast_img read more

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Ocean Power deploys PB3 PowerBuoy in North Sea for Premier Oil

first_imgPB3 PowerBuoy will serve as an autonomous intelligent platform for the Premier Oil-operated Huntington field by monitoring the local environment and alert ships of the field’s safety zone Image: The latest deployment of a PB3 PowerBuoy at Premier’s Huntington field in the central North Sea. Photo: courtesy of Ocean Power Technologies. Ocean Power Technologies (OPT), a US-based wave-energy technology provider, has deployed its PB3 PowerBuoy wave energy device in the North Sea for Premier Oil.Deployed at the Premier Oil-operated Huntington field, the buoy will serve as an autonomous intelligent platform to deliver communications and remote monitoring services.PB3 PowerBuoy, by harvesting energy from the waves, generates power continuously to on-board payloads or equipment on the seabed. The device also offers data transfer and communication in real-time to remotely located shore facilities.PB3 PowerBuoy to be evaluated at the Huntington fieldThe autonomous platform will be evaluated for its capabilities of monitoring the local environment. Besides, it will alert ships of the Huntington field’s safety zone as a possible solution to assist with their decommissioning related operations in the future.Ocean Power Technologies president and CEO George Kirby said: “We are excited to be supporting Premier in their decommissioning activities with our PB3 PowerBuoy, which delivers a reliable autonomous solution for surveillance and monitoring.“This deployment is the culmination of the tremendous effort and dedication of the entire OPT team in close collaboration with Premier.”The deployment of PB3 PowerBuoy at the North Sea field begins a nine-month lease, which will be based on meeting of various acceptance criteria in the first three months. The lease also has an option to extend it beyond nine months along with a purchase option.Aberdeen-based Oil & Gas Technology Centre is supporting the use of PB3 PowerBuoy as an autonomous intelligent platform by co-funding the project and by providing technical input to its monitoring requirements.The deployment of the buoy follows an agreement signed by Ocean Power Technologies and Premier Oil in January 2018 to study the feasibility of using it for decommissioning operations in the North Sea.As part of the agreement, the PB3 PowerBuoy is expected to be mainly used for site monitoring and surveillance to avoid instances of vessel intrusion and disturbance of remaining subsea infrastructure. By connecting to subsea control modules, the buoy will also be assessed for its ability to monitor well pressures and temperatures.Premier UK business unit manager Paul Williams said: “This is a great opportunity to prove new technology which will enable us to minimise the environmental impact of our decommissioning programmes, whilst maintaining flexibility to deliver maximum economic recovery from our fields.“Assuming success, we will look at the potential to deploy this technology on other assets and for different purposes, both in the UK and further afield.”last_img read more

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Vanderburgh County Commissioner Ben Shoulders Files For Re-Election

first_img“I truly love serving our community and look forward to continuing to listen to the needs of our citizens and taxpayers of Vanderburgh County,” Shoulders says.  “We’ve accomplished many things since taking office, but there is still more work to be done.My family and I are sincerely grateful and humbled by all of our continued supporters, friends, and constituents sharing our vision for our great county.  I’m excited to announce my candidacy for re-election and look forward to the campaign trail.” Vanderburgh County Commissioner Ben Shoulders Files For Re-Election Ben Shoulders, current vice president of the Vanderburgh County Commissioners, officially filed on Friday that he will seek re-election in 2020 for Vanderburgh County Commissioner (District One).  Shoulders, Democrat, was first elected in 2016 and is currently a Senior Commercial Lender at Banterra Bank.A lifelong Evansville native, Shoulders is active in the community serving on such non-profit boards and past committees as Boys and Girls Club, IU Alumni Association, IU College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board, Leadership Everyone, EVSC Foundation, WNIN Auction, Habitat for Humanity, Darrell Ragland Foundation, Corridor of Champions, United Way and many more. FOOTNOTE: Republican Reverend Billy Garrett filed for Vanderburgh County Commissioner, District One on Wednesday, January 15.2020.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img Commissioner Ben Shoulders, wife Shannon, and three children; Emma (9), Sadie (6) and Parker (6), currently live on the east side of Evansville.last_img read more

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My microwave is too small to fit the microwave popcorn bag

first_imgI’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to. A Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised? And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Progress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point!center_img Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Everyone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera.last_img read more

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Get Sassie! brings out edible sugar glues

first_imgGet Sassie! has developed a new range of edible sugar glue products to help both professional and home bakers decorate cakes and biscuits.The 100% edible range includes SassieSap, an edible glue that can be applied up to 12 hours in advance to assemble gingerbread houses.The SassieStick edible glue stick is suitable for securing sweets, liquorice or other decorations to gingerbread house exteriors or Christmas cookies or biscuits.The SassieShot is a sugar melting gun with two temperature settings, incorporating a no-drip nozzle, as well as a comfortable grip handle to make cake decorating easier.Amy Adams, president and co-founder of Get Sassie!, said: “Our products give bakers the tools they need to turn their visions into beautiful, edible realities.”last_img

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The Nth Power Reveal Extensive “To Be Free” Winter 2017 Tour Dates

first_imgFresh off their recently released live album To Be Free (read the review here!), The Nth Power have announced a fresh batch of tour dates leading into 2017. The new shows include an exciting run through the Southeast, where they’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve, before cruising through the South and along the West Coast!This fearsome foursome may be eyeing 2017, but there’s still an Abundance of Nth Power love in 2016 too. Among many exciting shows, the band will be performing two very special late night performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, NY. Nth is scheduled to go on after a super group that includes Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Victor Wooten and Lenny White, bringing their high-energy brand of soul love to those who want more music. Details, as well as an opportunity to win tickets to these Nth Power shows, can be found here.You can also see the band’s new tour announcement in the poster below.last_img read more

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An invasion of New England

first_imgNew England’s moist, tree-friendly climate ensures that the region’s forests will endure, but a parade of introduced pests and diseases also ensure that the region’s 33 million acres of trees will continue to change as species rise to replace those affected, experts said.The disruption and recovery of an ecosystem after the introduction of a new pest species is a natural process that has played out before in the region, according to Harvard Forest Director David Foster. Reconstructions of the region’s forested past have shown dramatic declines of hemlock and oak 5,000 years ago, likely related to the interplay of climate change and insect pests.The historical evidence, however, also indicates that forest-transforming diseases and pest outbreaks are also naturally rare, giving forests time to recover between episodes. That leisurely pace has been lost since the mid-1800s. Since then, 400 new species of insects have been introduced into the region, and new diseases have taken an enormous toll.Northeastern forests have lost what was a dominant tree, the American chestnut, a forest giant that stood up to 150 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter. Chestnut blight, imported from Asia, killed billions of trees and eliminated what had been an important food source for a host of animals. Similarly, Dutch elm disease has devastated American elms, another large forest tree that had been heavily planted in cities and towns.“Many towns have Elm Streets. Most Elm Streets have no elms on them,” said David Orwig, a researcher at Harvard Forest specializing in invasive species.Orwig and Foster spoke about invasive species’ effects on New England forests during a Sept. 19 talk at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The session, co-sponsored by the Arnold Arboretum, took place in the Geological Museum building.New England forests face a veritable “who’s who” of pests and pathogens, Orwig said. Front and center are insects that have been in the news recently, including the hemlock woolly adelgid, the Asian long-horned beetle, the winter moth, and the emerald ash borer.The hemlock woolly adelgid, a tiny, sap-sucking insect originally found in Japan, is spreading across New England and attacking another of the forest’s large trees. The evergreen hemlock, which grows to 100 feet tall and 5 feet in diameter, has shown no resistance to the pest, which also has no known native predators.The loss of the hemlock is important, Orwig and Foster said, because it is a species that controls the nature of the forest around it. Loss of hemlocks creates an opening that black birch seem to be most commonly filling, triggering a cascade of changes in soil, vegetation, and animal composition. The only control on the pest has been northern winters, but temperatures have to be well below zero to kill the bug. The pest has “really blown up” this summer owing to last winter’s warm temperatures, Orwig said.The Asian long-horned beetle has been in the news a lot recently, with an outbreak near Worcester causing the felling of 30,000 trees, and a smaller outbreak in Boston leading to the felling of six trees. The beetle’s ability to infest several host species worries officials, though drastic control measures have so far appeared to be effective. The difference in the number of trees felled in Worcester, where the infestation was advanced, and Boston, where it was just beginning, illustrates the importance of catching infestations early, Orwig said.The emerald ash borer might be the most worrisome pest today, Orwig said. It is a good flier that rapidly kills ash trees. In just 10 years, it has killed millions of trees in 18 states, including Massachusetts, where an outbreak was detected in the southwestern part of the state this summer. Eight billion trees are threatened.“That’s an incredible spread in 10 years,” Orwig said. “The emerald ash borer, in my opinion, is out of control.”The winter moth is another worrisome pest that infests hardwood trees. It is found in Massachusetts and has spread from 15,000 acres in 2009 to 88,000 acres in 2011.Responses have taken a variety of forms, including biological controls that focus on finding native predators or diseases from their home country and introducing them to the area. That doesn’t always work, however, and carries the risk of unexpected side effects, such as the newly introduced control insect also feeding on other native species. Control with chemical pesticides and fungicides can also work, but is usually limited to smaller landscaping uses rather than forest-scale preservation efforts.Cutting infested trees, either to remove the threat or salvage wood, can be effective, as it appears to have been with the Asian long-horned beetle, but it can also backfire, removing potentially resistant individual trees, which might be the foundation for a recovering population, along with those infected.“Sometimes our choices can make the situation worse. We need to be cautious about knee-jerk reactions,” Orwig said.last_img read more

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Thrown into a new job’

first_imgYears before he was appointed Vice President for Student Affairs, Fr. Tom Doyle operated under a different title at Notre Dame — student body president. “I remember I was just a kid from a small town in Washington state. After I was elected, I was worried I was not presidential enough. I talk slow and I have sort of folksy ways about me,” Doyle said. “I remember for the first couple of months trying to be what I thought was presidential but it was so hard for me because I was not good at it. I was not good at not being myself.” Doyle served as student body president during his senior year at Notre Dame from 1988 to 1989, and his experience as an undergraduate leader stuck with him as he returned to campus to work for the University. “Whenever you are thrown into a new job or new profession, there is not a platonic form of student body president or leader or priest. That role needs to become part of who you are. Coming back here to Notre Dame, I assumed a new role and have to constantly remind myself that I have to be the best version of me I can be,” Doyle said. Dealing with the administration as a student prepared Doyle to be an administrator himself. “I found that the administrators really cared a lot about students,” Doyle said. “As I think about myself now, I hope I am as good at understanding and navigating for students as an administrator as my administrators were for me.” Doyle said he also learned how to handle criticism during his time as student body president. “It is not such a terrible thing to have people critique or disagree or take issue with what you are doing or the way you are doing it,” he said. “You have to be convicted that you are following the values that you think are important to you and the promises you have made.” Doyle began his career in student government as the president of Grace Hall during his junior year. Michael Paese, a friend of Doyle’s, suggested the two run for student body president and vice president despite their limited student government experience. “We were outsiders. We were not student government insiders,” Doyle said. “We did not know how everything ran. But we kept talking about it.” Despite his misgivings, Doyle and Paese turned their conversations into a campaign. During the weeks leading up to their election, the team campaigned by knocking on the door to every room in every residence hall. Doyle said he and Paese saw the 1988 presidential election between Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as an important part of their own term. The team led a voter registration and education drive, which registered over 2,000 students to vote, and held debates on election issues. “It was our insight that Notre Dame is the premier Catholic university in the country,” he said. “Notre Dame and Notre Dame students should be at the forefront of issues that affect our country.” Doyle said many of the same issues mattered students during his term are still important for the current student body. Current student body president Catherine Soler and vice president Andrew Bell focused on community relations after a spike in student arrests and tensions with South Bend police at the beginning of the year, and problems between students and police plagued Doyle’s administration as well. “One of the things that we had to deal with in the fall was police and student issues as well. The issue was that they were using dogs to break up the parties,” Doyle said. “I only wish that we were as effective as this year’s student government at being a good broker and convoy between the South Bend police and the student body. These issues will come up again and again.” Doyle said the current officers deserved praise for smoothing tensions between campus and its neighbors in South Bend. “Especially with a lot of the off-campus issues, the reason that we have found a bit of a détente with law enforcement has to do with Catherine and Andrew and how they have been leaders among their peers,” Doyle said. Doyle dealt with practical problems on campus as well as larger issues in the community. His administration set up the first campus 24-hour space outside the dorms, rented more portable toilets for football tailgaters and surveyed students on the University’s alcohol policy. An editorial printed in the April 4, 1989, issue of The Observer said Doyle and Paese were “a tough act to follow.” Doyle said his position was taxing, but his year with Paese taught him the value of working with a trustworthy partner. “If you are going to do anything that is going to be stretching or challenging, make sure you do it with somebody whose deepest values align with yours,” Doyle said. Doyle and Paese built their success on a friendship that remains after almost 25 years. “[Paese] was a smart, articulate, fast-talking Italian from the East Coast, and I was a much slower, simple, nice guy from a little town in Washington state,” Doyle said. “In a lot of ways we could not have been more different from each other, but together we made a pretty good team.” Despite the lessons Doyle learned during his term, he joked that the immediate rewards of his election were not what he expected. “As student body president, I thought my social life would improve,” he said. “Being elected was not worth it for the social life.”last_img read more

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Students lead RecSports fitness classes for their peers

first_imgBetween schoolwork, socializing and extracurricular activities, many Notre Dame students turn to fitness classes to incorporate personal fitness into their busy schedules. But some students take that commitment to fitness even further by working as RecSports student fitness instructors. Senior Caitlin Kinser channels her interest in dance by teaching Zumba, a dance-based fitness program that involves routines set to international music. After attending her first Zumba classes with a friend two summers ago, Kinser continued pursuing her interest in the program through a RecSports class the following fall and became a licensed instructor that October. For Kinser, the decision to become a student instructor instead of a class participant was an easy one. “I said to myself, ‘Okay, I could either pay to take the class or I could get paid to work out and do something that I love,’” Kinser said. “It’s a win-win situation.” Kinser said student fitness instructors are responsible for creating unique routines and workouts for each class meeting and are free to choose accompanying music for the classes. As a member of the Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN), Kinser said she receives CDs and DVDs with suggested songs and choreography. Although the provided material would simplify Kinser’s role as a Zumba instructor, she said she prefers to choreograph most of her own material set to her favorite music, even if it requires more time and effort to do so. “I really enjoy [choreographing classes], but at the same time, it’s the hardest and most time-consuming part,” Kinser said. “My classes are one hour, but it may take me all day to make up new routines.” Senior Allie Hamman decided to become an indoor cycling instructor after her own instructor of two years encouraged her to pursue the opportunity through RecSports. To qualify for the position, Hamman took a grueling indoor cycling instruction course that involved six hours of biking and a written exam. She is now completing her second year as a RecSports instructor. Although indoor cycling is essentially an individual sport, Hamman said her role as an instructor has allowed her to encourage class participation in common fitness goals. “Normally, working out is more of a personal thing and instructing’s more about projecting what you want people to do,” Hamman said. Both Kinser and Hamman said they faced some initial difficulties leading their first few classes. “Having the microphone on definitely took some getting used to. I think that was the hardest thing,” Kinser said. “Because I did a lot of dance in high school, I’m used to learning and doing choreography, but when you’re dancing you don’t have to tell people what’s coming next, you just do it.” However, Kinser said those challenges gradually disappeared as she became accustomed to teaching her classes. “After teaching for about a month, I got comfortable with it and started being able to have fun when I was teaching, so now I’ve kind of got my own style,” Kinser said.   Though developing class workouts can be challenging, Hamman said she tries to motivate her students by providing them with fresh, interesting workouts each week. “You never want someone to come to a class and think, ‘I could have done this on my own. Why am I here?’” she said. “You want to be pushing them further than they would normally push themselves, which I think is the goal of having a fitness instructor.” Whatever the difficulties of their respective positions, Kinser and Hamman agreed the rewards of seeing students improve outweigh the challenges of their jobs. “There were people that I could see a physical difference in, and that’s really rewarding, because ultimately you want to see your students succeed and you want to see them getting fitness results,” Kinser said. It’s always rewarding to see people doing something I enjoy and knowing that they are feeling the enjoyment that I am trying to project,” Hamman said. Students can visit recsports.nd.edu for more information on student-instructed fitness courses and other RecSports fitness programs.last_img read more

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Jennifer Blood & John Sanders Will Join Broadway’s Matilda

first_img Next stop, Broadway! Jennifer Blood and John Sanders will join the Broadway production of Matilda beginning September 6 and September 13, respectively. Blood takes over for Allison Case as Miss Honey; Sanders will play Mr. Wormwood, currently performed by Rick Holmes. The musical is set to shutter on January 1, 2017 at the Shubert Theatre.Blood previously played the role of Miss Honey on Matilda’s national tour. She has also appeared on Broadway in Violet and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Sanders originated the roles of The Party Entertainer and Sergei in Matilda on Broadway and also appeared in Peter and the Starcatcher.Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Matthew Warchus, Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.The current cast additionally includes Bryce Ryness as Miss Trunchbull, Amy Spanger as Mrs. Wormwood and Natalie Venetia Belcon as Mrs. Phelps. Ava Briglia, Aviva Winick and Willow McCarthy share the title role. As previously announced, Lesli Margherita is also slated to begin performances as Mrs. Wormwood on September 6. Related Shows Matilda Jennifer Blood in ‘Matilda'(Photo: Brian Tietz)center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more

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