Avenue Q’s Ben Durocher Reveals What Makes Him Geek Out

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 26, 2019 Related Shows View Comments Avenue Q Age: 26Hometown: Ottawa, OntarioCurrent Role: A smashing New York debut in the dual roles of Princeton and Rod in the hilarious Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, now playing at off-Broadway’s New World Stages. Stage and Screen Cred: Fresh from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where Durocher appeared in The Human Comedy, Anything Goes, Hair, Urinetown and more, the actor has also appeared regionally as Tom Sawyer in Big River and as Woody in Toy Story: The Musical aboard the Disney Wonder. In addition to performing, Durocher has extensive experience as a fabricator with his work at The Puppet Kitchen and The Jim Henson Company as well as the The National Puppetry Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Center.last_img read more

Malvern Trust & Savings Bank Deery Series Dash for Cash generating plenty of interest

first_imgMALVERN, Iowa – The non-qualifiers race new to the upcoming Deery Brothers Summer Series is already drawing plenty of interest.Malvern Trust & Savings Bank provides $500 toward the purse to be paid for each of those 10-lap races. The Dash for Cash will be held at each IMCA Late Model tour event with at least 32 en­tries.“This gives drivers who don’t qualify for the main event laps in a pre A-type feature, for a good amount of money and a trophy,” said Bank President and former late model driver Jay Burdic. “It’s an­other way to get more drivers involved every night and give them another reason to get their car ready and maybe win a trophy.”“I like the idea of the Dash for Cash because I was one of the guys who struggled. I completely get what it was like to load up at the end of a tough night,” he continued. “The Dash for Cash will help get more cars to series events, especially on those 100 degree days in August.”Winners of the Malvern Trust & Savings Bank Dash for Cash earn $300, with $250 paid for se­cond, $200 for third, $150 for fourth and $100 for all other non-qualifiers.“In an effort to extend the mantra of more money for more racers more often, partnering with Jay and Malvern Bank is something we are really excited about,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “It will not only give drivers an opportunity for additional seat time and increased cash, it will provide added entertainment at events where qualifying for the main event is going to be challenging. It’s a new wrinkle that continues to make the Deery Brothers Summer Series unique.”  Located in southwest Iowa, in the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area, Malvern Trust & Sav­ings Bank is family-owned and has a long history of supporting racers and race series in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri.While getting its name out to potential depositors and other new customers, the new partnership with IMCA is another way the bank can help support the sport.“It just made a lot of sense for us to gravitate to this series,” said Burdic. “The Deery Series is grass­roots racing, dirt track racing at its best. It’s not about who has the most money or the big­gest hauler. It makes sense for an Iowa bank to get involved with an Iowa-based series.”Burdic drove from 2000-2008 and is now co-owner of a late model team, so he knows the finan­cial side of racing first-hand.“The racing community is a hugely important part of our bank. We understand dirt track racing. We under­stand how racers think,” he said. “We want to continue to get our name out there and make sure people know there is a small town bank option for them. We understand the culture of racing probably better than any other bank in the United States.”The bank website is www.malvernbank.com. Burdic can be contacted at 712 624-8686 during regular business hours.Opening night for the 30th annual Deery Series is Friday, April 8 at Davenport Speedway.last_img read more

Jamaicans Stuck At Sea Overseas Finally Get To Come Home

first_imgFollowing the backlash that the cost of mandatory quarantine being too costly for the average Jamaican, the government said that it did not have the resources to pay for all the needs of Jamaicans that will want to return home. According to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the USD $20 is a subsidized contribution of the actual cost, which is USD $100. But many Jamaicans stuck at sea and in countries overseas have already exhausted much of their financial resources, having overstayed their visits to many countries like the UK and the United States. Additionally, Jamaicans in the U.S. who were on the verge of having their visa expired were given the option to pay US$450.00 for a visa extension, which many people could not afford due to the circumstances. The Jamaicans are also responsible for making their own travel arrangements to come home, if they had not done so prior to the travel restrictions. The news comes following the government’s announcement of the first phase of re-entry that will allow some Jamaicans, that have been stuck overseas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, to finally return home. The ordeal sparked much debate regarding the constitutional rights of Jamaicans. Many Jamaican residents argued that the government were not doing enough to bring its citizens home. After some 20 students stuck in Antigua were allowed to return home, the Jamaicans stuck at sea eventually received assistance from the UK government. They arranged for a charter flight for 115 Jamaicans stuck in the country to return home on May 6. The UK noted that the flight is also headed to Jamaica to collect several British travellers who have been stuck in the island. As per the protocol for re-entry, the returnees to Jamaica will have to be quarantined for a state facility for 14 days. The 43 Jamaicans on the Marella were reportedly denied entry into the island on April 2, despite being in Jamaican waters. But according to the government, they left the following day, before their request for permission to disembark could have been answered. State Quarantine Will Come At A Cost For Jamaicans center_img Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship They journeyed to Lisbon, Portugal where the ship was reportedly denied access before finally docking in Southampton, England. After being stuck at sea for almost two months, more than 40 Jamaicans on the Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship will finally get to return home, thanks to assistance from the British government. Wanting to return Jamaica will come at a cost for even the most vulnerable citizens. While the government will absorb the cost for those cruise ship members returning this week (at a cost of $64 million JMD), other Jamaicans will have to pay USD $20 (roughly JMD $2,500) per day for food and other quarantine needs. In just the one week that the Jamaican government opened the portal for re-entry application, some 4,000 nationals from around the world submitted applications, wanting to come home. The Jamaican government said that priority will be given to those currently living under the most desperate and distressing circumstances abroad. Concerns have, therefore, arisen as to how exactly these nationals will afford to be quarantined.last_img read more