Matilda’s Jessica Scoblick on Dressing Christopher Sieber as Miss Trunchbull

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 View Comments Matilda Related Shows Matilda star Christopher Sieber’s dresser Jessica Scoblick has worked on over 20 Broadway shows. She discovered a love for costume design and technology under the guidance of the Barb Wolfe, first as a theater student at Binghamton University, then as a dresser at the Cider Mill Playhouse. She moved to NYC in 1997 and went on to dress (and on some occasions, supervise) on such shows as Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun, Aida, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, The Drowsy Chaperone, Billy Elliot, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and more. Read on to find out about the sweetness and sass in her relationship with the man behind Miss Trunchbull.When did you first meet Christopher Sieber, and what was your first impression of him?I first met Christopher when he was in rehearsals for Matilda. My first impression of him was that he had a broken hand! My second impression was that he didn’t seem fazed by that at all and was in fact still performing in Pippin across the street with a broken hand.What do you wish more people knew about dressers?Nothing! I’m not used to people knowing about us. This interview is fun, but it’s weird for someone who’s used to being on the other side of the curtain.What makes the two of you laugh?Sometimes he’ll act as if he has a sore shoulder or something—he’ll move his arm around and around in a circle, and just as I start to get concerned, he suddenly hooks his thumbs under his armpits and does Eugene Levy in Waiting For Guffman: “How HIGH a ridge I could not tell.” It’s so stupid, and I fall for it every single time.What are some items you both like to have on hand backstage?The usual: water/honey, Grether’s Pastilles, emergency mole.What’s the most challenging part of dressing Christopher?He’s extremely self-sufficient. I don’t get to be the super-duper problem solver; he’s always one step ahead of me.Which of Trunchbull’s costumes do you wish you had in your closet?Our styles are pretty different (she’s a lot sportier than I am), but I actually really like her Phys Ed hoodie. It’s enormous and soft and has all these vintage Girl Guide badges on it.What do you two bond over?I think the first time we really bonded it was over, of all things, the song “Key Largo.” I can’t remember why, but he started singing it, and I had it on my phone so I played it. He did a perfect Bertie Higgins voice. I sang along for the whole thing, loudly, which I do NOT do ever, especially around singers, because I have the worst singing voice known to man. But I guess I decided that I felt comfortable enough around Christopher to sing, full out, about starring in our own late late show, just like Bogie and Bacall. Now we bond over home improvement projects. His are wildly successful; mine are a disaster. I guess we don’t bond over that as much as he enrages me.What’s the best gift he’s ever given you?I love to cook and bake. Last Christmas he and his husband Kevin (who is a chef) got me a gift card to a really great spice shop. And there have been several Williams-Sonoma gift cards as well. Probably the best gift though was four pieces of wood. I was having a meltdown because Dykes Lumber had closed and I didn’t know where in the neighborhood I was going to get the wood for my kitchen shelves. He went to the Lowe’s in Jersey the next day and when I got to work there were four beautiful perfect stain grade solid wood boards waiting for me in the wardrobe room.What’s something he says all the time?”This is how it ends.” Whether it’s a leg cramp, an eye twitch, a red spot on his arm. “Is it hot in here? Is it clammy? This is how it ends. At least I’ll go out doing what I love.” He’s a hypochondriac.What is something you do that makes him roll his eyes?Fuss too much with his (her) necktie/sock garters/Phys Ed towel. I just think Miss Trunchbull should look put together!What’s the secret to your relationship?He always says that it’s lonely playing the villain—you’re kind of in a different show than the rest of the cast, so you end up talking to your dresser a lot. So I guess the secret to our relationship is that he’s stuck with me.Since he plays a strict instructor in the show, what is he most picky about? What makes him want to lock someone in the Chokey?He’s really not picky about much. He actually likes when things get switched up; it’s fun and exciting and he gets to try new things. If you want to see the inside of Chokey, come sit in the audience and then spend the entire time looking at your phone. Or better yet, record the show! Chokey for sure.Any fun anecdotes you want to share about your time working with Christopher?There’s a shared fire escape between our floor and the star dressing room at the Booth next door. During the entire run of The Elephant Man, Christopher tried to get Bradley Cooper to come visit us. He would lean out of the window and yell (in a southern falsetto) “Bradley Coopah! Bradley Coopah you get in heah right now y’heah me? There’s a pie coolin’ on the winduhsill!” And other absurd things like that. It would make me cry from laughing it was so silly. Bradley never did come to visit. I guess it would have been a better story if he had. Oh, well.What’s the best part about being part of Team Trunch?That we get to be ourselves. We’re not trying to impress each other. We do our best work for the show, but I think we can be relaxed in our relationship. Christopher sees the worst sides of me, and yet last year he gave me a birthday card that said, “To me, you are perfect.”last_img read more

Georgia Peanut Tour

first_imgHome to the University of Georgia Tifton Campus and Georgia Peanut Commission, Tifton, Georgia, will host this year’s Georgia Peanut Tour. The annual tour, set for Tuesday, Sept. 13, to Thursday, Sept. 15, is designed for farmers, consultants and industry personnel to learn about current news, recent trends and research projects conducted for Georgia’s peanut industry.The UGA Peanut Team will be featured in the “Hot Topics” portion of the tour on Tuesday at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, as well as during an on-farm visit on Thursday, when the tour stops at the Lang Farm, a UGA research station.“The Georgia Peanut Tour is an important opportunity that the UGA Peanut Team has to educate our farmers and industry leaders about how the peanut crop has performed this year in relation to drought conditions, insects and disease pressure,” UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort said. “We had a serious drought in Georgia this summer. How did that impact our dryland peanuts, which are half of the state’s peanut crop? That’s the type of question we’ll be answering.”In addition, UGA scientists will discuss research projects that are funded by the Georgia Peanut Commission and the peanut industry.This year’s tour stops include the Peanut Partners Buying Point and Premium Peanut LLC in nearby Douglas, Georgia. Attendees will also visit Golden Boy Foods in Fitzgerald, Georgia, as well as make multiple on-farm stops, including Armond Morris’ farm in Irwin County, Georgia, and Philip Grimes’ farm in Tifton. Both Morris and Grimes have been named the Southeastern Farmer of the Year at the Sunbelt Ag Expo, in 2002 and 2014 respectively. “The Georgia Peanut Tour offers an opportunity to showcase the peanut industry in Georgia to the product manufacturers who make peanut butter, candy and savory peanut snacks,” said Don Koehler, executive director of the Georgia Peanut Commission.For more information about the Georgia Peanut Tour, contact Hannah Jones at [email protected] or call 229-386-3475.last_img read more

South Africa lures BPO investors

first_img9 January 2007“The BPO sector is not just the flavour of the month, but one which will help to move South Africa further up the value chain and become a knowledge economy,” Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told industry leaders in London as the country launched a bid to market itself as an international destination for business process outsourcing.A high-powered delegation of BPO industry experts from South Africa, led by Mlambo-Ngcuka, presented industry leaders in London with a business case for outsourcing to South Africa at a special seminar at the SA High Commission in London in December.South Africa’s value propositionTrade and Industry Minister Mandisi Mpahlwa, in his keynote address on “South Africa’s value proposition for business process outsourcing,” said that while it took time for a developing country to develop a track record, South Africa had more than risen to the challenge. This article was first published by Reconnect Africa, an online careers and business magazine for professional Africans around the world.“South Africa has the largest economy in Africa, the most industrial development on the continent and the most educational and training institutions,” he said. “We have had 12 years of sound economic management, and we have a growing economy which has yet to realize its full potential.”With mature and established institutions in the banking, insurance and telecommunications sectors, SA has the business foundation needed for high-value outsourcing opportunities.The country already has a vibrant BPO industry, with around 70 operations and 80 000 people employed in contact centres and back offices in the major centres. Centres of excellenceReconnect Africa speaks to Mfanu Mfayela, CEO of the SA Contact Centre Community, about why SA is becoming a BPO destination of choice.Key factors in SA’s favour are its time zone, which falls comfortably within European time zones, as well as its English-language capacity.“South Africa is not necessarily competing with the cheapest, but it is comparable with many operations in the UK and Europe,” Mpahlwa said. “We can combine superior quality with high cost savings.“We have a set of distinctive assets, a first call resolution higher than other lower cost destinations and a large, well-educated labour pool.“We produce 300 000 school leavers and 100 000 graduates a year from world-class universities and we have a low budget deficit, sound infrastructure and the cheapest electricity prices in the world.”The minister also cited the benefits of South Africa’s highly attractive lifestyle, which has encouraged the immigration of diverse nationalities and communities, offering a range of language capabilities to benefit the BPO sector.Government incentivesPromoting business process outsourcing in South Africa fits squarely with the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for SA (Asgi-SA), the goverment’s strategy to raise economic growth to 6% and halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.The government, working closely with the industry, recently developed a five-year plan to strengthen the industry by deepening the talent pool and creating financial incentives for investment. 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Read the full story on Reconnect Africa.“Substantial training assistance, a skills development programme and a learnership scheme will be made available to companies that locate their operations in South Africa,” Mpahlwa told the London seminar. “Companies will get cash grants, tax deductions and the acquisition of work-ready talent.”On the cost of telecommunications in SA, the minister said that deregulation and promotion of competition was the way to achieve lower prices, adding that a five-year, R30-billion investment by state company Telkom as well as a BPO dispensation on pricing were in the pipeline.Also addressing the seminar, Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka emphasized the government’s programme for “removing entry barriers that we, as government, are responsible for.”Constraints had been identified in the areas of infrastructure, transport logistics and telecommunications, Mlambo-Ngcuka said. “We are addressing the costs and ensuring that in three to five years, South Africa will not be the same place as today for these services.”The Deputy President pointed out that while South Africa has a population of 45 million, as a key member of the Southern African Development Community it offers access to a market of 200 million people.“BPO is not just the flavour of the month,” she said, “but a sector which will help South Africa to move further up the value chain and become a knowledge economy.”IBM, Shell case studiesThe seminar also heard case studies on offshoring in South Africa from representatives of IBM and Shell.Shell’s case study highlighted the quality of service provided by its operations in South Africa.“It’s not about cost reduction but about finding good value – although there are also cost benefits,” said Julian Davis, Shell’s programme director for global customer services.Mteto Nyati, director of global technology services for IBM in South Africa, told the seminar that South Africa was “at the centre of IBM’s new strategy,” which involves creating global shared services and centres of excellence in seven strategic locations around the world.The company is moving many of the high-value services it provides to its clients – including household names such as Boots and ABN Amro – to South Africa, where it currently employs over 1 500 staff“South Africa is not a normal call centre location but a highly technical environment where highly skilled people are managing complex IT issues,” Nyati said.This article was first published by Reconnect Africa, an online careers and business magazine for professional Africans around the world.last_img read more

Japan’s ‘Ninja Boy’ aims to take down Floyd Mayweather

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa speaks to the media after a training session at his boxing gym in Matsuda, Chiba prefecture on December 18, 2018. – Japanese kickboxer Tenshin “Ninja Boy” Nasukawa said he wants to use the element of surprise to defeat boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr in their bout later this month. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)Japanese kickboxer Tenshin “Ninja Boy” Nasukawa said Tuesday he wants to use the element of surprise to defeat boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr in their bout later this month.“I want to kick his ass,” the 20-year-old baby-faced southpaw told reporters after a training session in the city of Matsudo near Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ He added that he suspected Mayweather was “not taking the bout seriously”.Nasukawa is considered something of a prodigy in Japanese fighting circles and began learning karate at the age of five.Like Mayweather, he is unbeaten, boasting a 28-0 record as a professional kickboxer with 21 wins by knockout. He has four wins from four matches in mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img The New Year’s Eve bout, first announced in early November, was abruptly scrapped by the unbeaten 41-year-old American after a “misunderstanding” over the fight’s terms, according to mixed martial arts promoter RIZIN.But it was back on as an exhibition match after RIZIN chief Nobuyuki Sakakibara flew to Los Angeles for talks with Mayweather and agreed to an orthodox boxing match without kicking, which will be a disadvantage for Nasukawa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“I want to make surprising moves,” said the Japanese fighter, who has just returned from an intensive two-week boxing training in Las Vegas. “I want to fully use the kickboxing skills I have.”Nasukawa now weighs 61 kilograms and is is four inches (10 centimeters) shorter than Mayweather, who has won world titles in five different weight classes. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Model-turned-fighter Rome Trinidad finds inspiration in Catriona Gray’s Miss U win LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more