Rather than heading out to their usual Friday night festivities, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and Notre Dame’s own ACS club are hoping students will take the opportunity to participate in the Relay for Life, a symbolic overnight fundraiser for ACS, going on inside Gate E at Notre Dame Stadium from Friday night until Saturday morning.“The Relay for Life is an all-night walk to symbolize the 24-hour fight people undergo when battling cancer,” Student Committee chair for the Relay for Life Adam Lamm said. “Notre Dame really is a family, and with our unique community, we wanted our own event.”Participants create teams to walk with and focus their efforts on fundraising money to be donated to the ACS for cancer research. “There is ACS grant money being used here on campus, so it’s a neat way to bring it all full circle,” Assistant Director of University Events and Protocol Jessica Brookshire said.Another incentive for students to raise money is that the best student fundraiser will receive a semester of free books and any team who raises $5,000 or more will get a VIP, all-access tour of the stadium after the event, Brookshire said.Lamm said the Relay’s focus is “to celebrate those who have overcome cancer, to remember those who fought cancer, and to fight back to find a cure.”Friday’s event will be Notre Dame’s sixth Relay for Life and its first at Notre Dame Stadium, Brookshire said. Previous years’ relays have taken place at Stepen and on South Quad, but they moved to the stadium “for bigger, better publicity,” Brookshire said. “The charges behind creating the event were to pull the whole university together and the stadium is a great place for that,” she said.Drew McKenna, Intern with University Events and Protocol, said the open nature of the event makes the Relay of Life a true community event.“It’s rare to have an event that’s open for everybody,” he said. “There are class or department events, but nothing is really open to everyone. This is something all students, staff, and members of the community can participate in.”Students should register in advance at relay.org/ndin, but are allowed to show up at Gate E of the stadium Friday night to register and participate. “We have events planned throughout the night,” Lamm said.There will be an official opening ceremony at 6:30 p.m., and food and games for kids will be available throughout the night. Hacienda will also be hosting a midnight fiesta complete with games and chips and salsa.Special events include football locker room tours available from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for $5 a person where participants can get a picture with the famous “Play Like a Champion Today” sign and a silent auction from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with prizes like football tickets, memorabilia, and a Brian Kelley meet-and-greet. “The silent auction should be amazing,” Brookshire said.Aside from hoping for good weather, McKenna hopes people take advantage of events like the locker room tour during the relay.Participants can also make luminaries in honor of people who have fought with cancer that will be lit later in the night. Notre Dame is officially honoring a couple of its own during the event, with Sophomore Kelsey Thrasher, who has been recuperating from chemotherapy at home in Indianapolis, as the relay’s honorary student chair. Rich O’Leary, a former lacrosse coach and the founder of the rugby program, is also being honored for his battle with cancer, which took his life last year, and his work at Notre Dame throughout his life. So far, the event has drawn 62 teams made up of more than 700 participants and expects to break attendance of 900 at the event. Lamm said the Notre Dame community has already exceeded $500,000 in donations.
Featuring music and lyrics by Sondheim and a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum follows scheming slave Pseudolus as he attempts to win his freedom from the henpecked Senex and his overbearing wife Domina. When he learns his master’s dim-witted son has fallen in love with a virgin courtesan, he seizes the opportunity to secure his release. The musical first opened on Broadway on May 8, 1962 at the Alvin Theatre. The show earned six Tony Awards including Best Musical. Star Files View Comments Corden, who stars as the Baker in the upcoming Into the Woods film adaptation, earned a Tony for his portrayal of Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors after originating the role in London. He also appeared in The History Boys on Broadway and in the West End. In addition to Into the Woods, Corden’s screen credits include One Chance, in which he played Britain’s Got Talent sensation Paul Potts, Begin Again, The Three Musketeers, Gulliver’s Travels, The Gruffalo, Gavin & Stacey and Horne & Corden. James Corden Comedy tonight—give or take a year! Tony winner James Corden is in negotiations to star as Pseudolus in a Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. According to The New York Times, the tuner could return to the Great White Way in the spring of 2015 under the direction of Tony nominee Alex Timbers.
FOREST CITY — Organizers of the Country Thunder Music Festivals have decided to postpone its Forest City event due to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.Festivals spokesperson Gerry Krochak, explained the decision saying, “It’s a little too soon for us to go. We’re just following the Governors guidelines that have been laid out for us. You know we think by moving to Labor Day Weekend, it kinda gives us the chance to put on the world-class event that we want to. It’s going to be a very big first year for us in Iowa and you know the old saying, good things come to those who wait. We’re going to wait a little longer.”Originally scheduled from June 12-14th, Country Thunder Iowa 2020 will now take place from September 4-6th, at Winnebago Park in Forest City. Headliners Lynyrd Skynyrd, as part of its 50th Anniversary Last Of The Street Survivors tour, superstar Kane Brown and supergroup Old Dominion have all been re-confirmed for the new dates. They will be joined by country legends Big & Rich, Clay Walker, Lonestar, red-hot hitmakers Mitchell Tenpenny and Meghan Patrick, and the hard-driving, country trio, Cadillac Three, among many others.Krochak stated that the rebooking of the acts went much smoother than expected. “To rebook a festival with your same headliners, I would have thought impossible, but we’ve done it now for Florida, Arizona, and now Iowa,” Krochak says. “You know we’re real proud of that and we’re still hoping to deliver some of the same experiences because I think people are going to be ready.”All ticketing and camping options will be honored for the rescheduled dates. One of the things that impressed the organizers of Country Thunder was the Iowa spirit and willingness to work on getting the rescheduling done. “We’ve already seen as a result of this announcement, we had all our folds in Iowa saying let us know what you need, let us know how we can help. We’re in. I mean, that’s America. That’s what we’ve come to expect and it’s such a great feeling knowing that having your back when you go through this. I know it’s become a cliché that we are all in this together and everyone is working as if they believe that, for sure.”Country Thunder Iowa is partnering with the Families Of The Fallen for its festival in Forest City. A portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit the non-profit organization and its members.