Lindsay Mendez & John Douglas Thompson Join Broadway’s Carousel

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 16, 2018 Carousel View Comments This ought to be a real nice clambake! Talented Broadway veteran Lindsay Mendez has been cast in the role of Carrie Pipperidge and Tony nominee John Douglas Thompson will play the role of Starkeeper in the 2018 revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel. Jack O’Brien will direct and Justin Peck will choreograph the revival that begins previews on February 28 and opens on April 12 at the Imperial Theatre. Mendez replaces Betsy Wolfe, who was initially announced to play Carrie but recently exited the production due to a scheduling conflict.Mendez’s extensive stage résumé includes a Audience Choice Award-winning performance in Significant Other, along with additional Broadway turns in Wicked, Grease, Godspell and Everyday Rapture (in which, coincidentally, she appeared alongside Wolfe). Mendez’s off-Broadway credits include Dogfight, The Marvelous Wonderettes and the debut mountings of Everyday Rapture and Significant Other.Thompson was most recently seen on Broadway in a Tony-nommed turn in Jitney. His other Broadway credits include A Time to Kill, Cyrano de Bergerac and Julius Caesar. Thompson’s off-Broadway work includes performances in Marlowe’s Eyes, Hedda Gabler, King Lear, Satchmo at the Waldorf and Troilus and Cressida.Mendez and Thompson join a cast led by the previously announced Jessie Mueller as Julie Jordan, Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow, Renée Fleming as Nettie Fowler, Amar Ramasar as Jigger, Brittany Pollack as Louise, Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow and Margaret Colin as Mrs. Mullin. The ensemble of Carousel will feature Colin Anderson, Yesenia Ayala, Nicholas Belton, Colin Bradbury, Andrei Chagas, Leigh-Ann Esty, Laura Feig, David Michael Garry, Garett Hawe, Rosena M. Hill Jackson, Amy Justman, Jess LeProtto, Skye Mattox, Adriana Pierce, David Prottas, Craig Salstein, Ahmad Simmons, Antoine L. Smith, Corey John Snide, Erica Spyres, Ryan Steele, Sam Strasfeld, Ricky Ubeda, Scarlett Walker, Jacob Keith Watson and William Youmans. Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel follows the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him.The creative team of Carousel will include Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Ann Roth (costume design), Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting design), Scott Lehrer (sound design), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations) and Andy Einhorn (musical supervision and direction).center_img Related Shows Lindsay Mendez & John Douglas Thompson(Photos: Matthew Murphy & Caitlin McNaney)last_img read more

DDA provides customer service training for vendors

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Head of product development at the Discover Dominica Authority, Kathleen CuffyTwenty-five (25) vendors involved in the tourism industry on the island are being trained with customer service skills as the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) series of training for stakeholders in the industry continues.These vendors are being trained to provide exceptional service to visitors, to coincide with Tourism Awareness Month at the National Development Foundation of Dominica’s (NDFD) conference room on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.“We are hoping that all vendors will be able to better sell themselves as ambassadors to Dominica when they interact with visitors,” head of product development at the Discover Dominica Authority, Kathleen Cuffy said.The one-day training focused on customer relations, stalls and its designs, showcasing the stalls and the products which they sell to the visitors, as well as conflict management.Cuffy hopes that vendors will be better able to express themselves thereby enhancing the visitor’s experience after attending the training.She explained that by enhancing the visitor’s experience includes the ability to relate and speak to visitors in a courteous and polite manner at all times.Participants at Wednesday’s training“There are certain areas that will be problematic and how to deal with it and how to resolve problems in terms of their interaction with visitors,” she continued.Moreover, Cuffy revealed that visitors do complain about the experience however “not to a large extent”.“We monitor websites such as Trip Advisor, cruise critics; some of the comments are very good but you will get a couple of them that are saying persons were a little bit aggressive in terms of how they approached them in terms of buying items,” Cuffy stated.Some vendors may become a bit aggressive when approaching a visitor to purchase she explained when they have not sold anything for the day and want to “make a quick buck”.The training she said also focused on how to entice a visitor to buy and how to further entice them to buy more in a hospitable way.“We pride ourselves in ensuring everybody is trained in the tourism industry so following this training for vendors, we will also have training specifically for the front line personnel in the tourism industry; Customs and Immigration Officials, Port Authority personnel and police”.It is necessary for those who have initial direct contact with visitors upon arrival to the island to participate in these refresher courses, Cuffy noted.“We’ve targeted the tour guides grouping last week, the previous week we had for taxi drivers and the next week frontline personnel…and then hotel managers and supervisors as well,” she said.One of the training’s main facilitators was NDFD’s human resource manager and training officer Carrie Charles Thomas.Last week, thirty (30) tour guides tour guides received training in Spanish speaking through a bilateral agreement between the Ministries of Tourism in Dominica and Argentina.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet 203 Views   no discussions LocalNews DDA provides customer service training for vendors by: – May 21, 2014last_img read more