Campus Ministry, dorms celebrate Las Posadas

first_imgFor the past five years, the Notre Dame community has marked the coming of the Christmas season with an annual tradition of Las Posadas. During this year’s celebration, students and others in attendance will meet at the Grotto at 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights for a walk, prayer, singing and food.Las Posadas, which is Spanish for “the inns,” reenacts a passage from the Gospel of Luke where Mary and Joseph search for shelter before Jesus is born, Becky Ruvalcaba, assistant director of multicultural ministry in Campus Ministry, said in an email.“[It] is an advent celebration revolving around the concept of hospitality,” she said. “ … We learn from the Posadas that by welcoming the poor and the needy, we are welcoming Jesus in our midst.”The walk will end at Stanford Hall on Monday night, the Coleman-Morse Center on Tuesday night and Farley Hall on Wednesday night.Junior Audrey Immonen, the spirituality commissioner for Farley Hall, said in an email that the event will feature one leader, three readers and two people to play Mary and Joseph.Ruvalcaba said the tradition is typical in Latin American countries and is usually held the nine days before Christmas.Besides Campus Ministry, Ruvalcaba said Farley and Stanford Halls play large roles in the event, but people from across campus participate.Campus Ministry plans the date at least two months in advance and then coordinates with Farley to set the locations each night, Immonen said.. She plans for the night when Farley hosts.“I recruit Farley’s Finest to read Bible passages and play Mary and Joseph,” she said. “We also order delicious Venezuelan food from the Mango Cafe here in South Bend — the night is full of empanadas, arepas and hot chocolate.”Elaine DeBassige, the rector of Farley, helped bring the tradition to campus several years ago.“I come from a state and culture that celebrates their faith through pilgrimage at Advent and Lent,” she said in an email. “Pilgrimage helps us to think about the journey we all make in our faith life.”DeBassige said her family always welcomed strangers.“When we open Farley’s door to let the pilgrims in for a prayer and food, it reminds me of home and the way this cultural tradition shaped my faith,” she said.Immonen said her favorite part of the event is when people remember that Mary and Joseph were refugees.“Nowadays, refugees are vilified and marginalized, and people forget that God was once one,” she said.Ruvalcaba and Immonen both said the community is one of their favorite parts of the event as well.“This event reminds students that we are called to walk with each other on the journey,” Immonen said.DeBassige ultimately sees the celebration as a time for the campus to come together.“One of the greatest gifts of a college education is the exchange of ideas, culture and life,” she said. “These things expand who we are when we dare to share. … The table that Christ sets then becomes more accessible to more people because it is another way to access the Catholic faith.”She said that making these traditions accessible helps make strangers seem less intimidating and more like friends or family.“Isn’t that what Notre Dame is all about?” she said.Tags: christmas, Faith, Las Posadas, Pilgrimagelast_img read more

How You Can’t Take It With You Made Sparks Fly on Stage & Screen for 80 Years

first_img Critics adored it After a pre-Broadway tryout at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, You Can’t Take It With You opened December 14, 1936 at the Booth Theatre—the very venue where Kaufman and Hart dreamed the play would run. The show received raves: “It’s a study in vertigo about a lovable family of hobby-horse writers,” Brooks Atkinson wrote in The New York Times. “You Can’t Take It With You is the best comedy these authors have written.” As the country struggled during the thick of the Great Depression, the kooky Sycamores proved to be the perfect escape for Broadway audiences. You Can’t Take It With You It put Jimmy Stewart & Ann Miller on the map Before he became a household name with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in 1939, up-and-coming actor Jimmy Stewart was cast as Alice’s straight-laced boyfriend Tony Kirby—the small role was expanded to give the star more screen time. “I think he’s probably the best actor who’s ever hit the screen,” Capra remarked in Jimmy Stewart: A Biography. Fellow film newbie Ann Miller, who was cast as aspiring ballerina Essie, almost never worked in Hollywood again after mistaking Capra for an office boy! Luckily, she discovered her faux pas, Capra was cool with it, and the rest is history. …But the film almost didn’t happen Film directing legend Frank Capra saw You Can’t Take It With You on Broadway and knew what he wanted his next project to be. But there was only one problem: He was banned from Columbia Pictures after butting heads with mogul Harry Cohn. After scoffing at Harris’ outrageous asking price of $200,000 for the film rights, Cohn gave in as a peace offering to Capra. All together now: Awwww! View Comments The small screen loved the Sycamores First stage, then the big screen. What’s next? TV, of course! A 1979 small screen adaptation featured an all-star cast, including Emmy winner Jean Stapleton as Penny, Barry Bostwick as Anthony Kirby Jr., Oscar winner Art Carney as Grandpa Vanderhof and Blythe Danner as Alice. The play also spawned a short-lived ‘80s sitcom of the same name, and by the looks of its opening theme, it was absolutely amazing. The kooky family is back with a bang Eighty-two years after its premiere, You Can’t Take It With You is back on Broadway with an all-star cast, including Rose Byrne, who is making her Broadway debut. “It was really irresistible. It has so much heart and sentiment and intelligence behind it,” she told Broadway.com. What kinds of treats are we in for when we come for dinner at the Longacre Theatre? “There’s fireworks and love and Russians and pickled pigs’ feet,” says player Crystal Dickinson. “You name it, we got it!” The comedy made history You Can’t Take It With You marked a few firsts on Broadway. “Engaging a cast before a play is written is something entirely new,” Harris said in Broadway Theatre. The play’s first production ran for a whopping 838 performances, and was still running on Broadway when the film was released. This marked the first time in history a film adaptation and the original Broadway production on which it was based were both out at the same time. But there was more exciting news: The play won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. center_img Kaufman & Hart had almost given up After George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s first two collaborations, Once in a Lifetime (a flop) and Merrily We Roll Along (also a flop), the pair of playwrights tried to adapt Dalton Trumbo’s political novel Washington Jitters into a play without success. Hart blamed himself. In an effort to cheer him up, Kaufman reminded him of an idea they’d had years before about an eccentric family “like nothing ever seen on land and sea,” recounts Broadway Theatre. Revivals, revivals, revivals The comedy has been revived on Broadway five times to date, featuring heavy hitters like Rosemary Harris, Patricia Conolly, Colleen Dewhurst, Jason Robards and James Coco. Fun fact: The 1983 revival featured some possible twerking at the curtain call. “The couples leap about, still in character, with such rowdiness you’d think they’d all been at a party rather than performing a play,” The New York Times noted. No word if James Earl Jones will shake it in the new production, but we’ve got our fingers crossed! The wacky Sycamore family is inviting you to dinner! You Can’t Take It With You has seen multiple incarnations, from stage, screen, smaller screen and back again, and now it’s back on Broadway in a new revival at the Longacre Theatre. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s 1936 madcap comedy explores the mayhem that ensues when a daughter’s boyfriend brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. Directed by Scott Ellis and starring James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne and Annaleigh Ashford, the production opens at the Longacre Theatre on September 29. Read on for a little history about the award-winning comedy. The plot didn’t matter Kaufman and Hart got to work creating characters—among them, a wacky snake-collecting patriarch, and a fireworks-making father, a candy-making ballerina sister and Alice, the “sane” one. Three days later, before they’d even figured out the plot, the scribes sent a telegram to producer Sam Harris: “Dear Sam, We start work on new play tomorrow morning (stop) can you tie up at once Josephine Hull, George Tobias, Frank Conlan, Oscar Polk (stop) we are engaging Henry Travers here (stop) Moss and George.” Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015last_img read more

Herbert Addo content with Accra derby stalemate

first_imgHearts of Oak coach Herbert Addo says he can only be content with getting a point from the derby against city rivals Great Olympics.The fiercely contested Accra derby failed to produce a goal but had many talking points at the Accra Stadium on Sunday.The Phobians from the start bossed around in a confident mood amidst missed chances but their dominance was later evened by their hosts who looked more defensively organized and tactical.“I’m happy with the point as far as the game went but I wanted a win because the position we are now, we have to win, win, and win [sic],” Addo told supersport.com after the game.“We knew they were going to be difficult and defensively organized. Their coach Yaw Acheampong was a defender.“We looked a bit over-confident. We were holding the ball well, keeping possession and they were getting the time to organize. Coach Addo observed the need to get his forwards sharper than they were in the game.“Our strikers were a bit sluggish. If we were a bit fast in moving their defenders out of position, I think things would have been better. We have to work on that aspect. Even if it’s a German defence, we have to find a way to penetrate it,” he said.“We have to move on and look forward to the next game on Wednesday.”Hearts travel to face league leaders AshantiGold who lost 0-1 away to All Stars in a match day 15 fixture at the Len Clay Stadium on April 29.–last_img read more