Bethany Reps Up For Award

Two representatives of Bethany College – a faculty member and a student – are in the running for 2012 Broadway World awards for their work in productions presented in the Columbus region.

Tracie Lynn Duncan, associate professor of theater, has been nominated for best set design and best lighting design local awards, in recognition for her work on the 2012 summer production of “King Lear” at New Players Theater in Columbus.

Bethany senior Patrick McGregor II has received three nominations, including one in the Person to Watch category. As of Friday, Nov. 30, he was leading in online voting for the Person to Watch award. This nomination is for his work with Shots in the Dark Theater’s Curtain Players.

McGregor’s other nominations are for best lighting design (local) for “Lunch Lady: Tater Tots of Love” and best direction of a play (local) for “Swing of the Sea.” Both plays were presented at Shots in the Dark Theater, a nonprofit, pre-professional theater company in Columbus.

According to Bethany officials, Duncan is slated to design for the Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan, Ill., a member of the Chicago Area Theatre group, for its upcoming productions of “Cars and Quinceaneras” by playwright Susan Lieberman and the world premiere of “Party in the Kitchen” written by Madelyn Sergel.

When sportwriter and author Jim O’Brien of Pittsburgh spoke at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling Tuesday, Nov. 27, he shared some anecdotes about Pittsburgh sports figures.

A mention of former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw’s wives prompted O’Brien to recall that he sat next to Bradshaw’s second wife, figure skater JoJo Starbuck, on a team flight to Dallas. “I really enjoyed talking to her,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien shared that observation about Starbuck with Myron Cope, the late Pittsburgh sports broadcaster. He related that Cope replied, in his trademark raspy voice, without an apparent trace of irony, “I can’t stand her voice.”

At the outset of his presentation at the Ohio County Public Library, O’Brien praised Sean Duffy, cordinator of the library’s Lunch With Books series.

“This is the best of these programs that I attend,” the author commented.

We’ve all heard numerous stories of how families, separated by distance, keep in touch these days by using Skype, a voice-over-Internet Protocol service and software application, that allows people to talk to and see each other in real time.

There also have been accounts of soldiers stationed in distant lands being able to watch the birth of their children via Skype connections with their hometown hospitals.

Now, I’ve learned of an area native’s wedding that utilized Skype technology to allow family members to witness the ceremony across the globe.

Dr. Erik Ryan Persiani, who is from Dillonvale, and Irina Aleksandrovna Zenina, who is originally from Russia, were united in marriage in Destin, Fla., in late summer.

The bride is the daughter of Svetlana and Aleksandr Zenin of Russia. Persiani’s relatives said that her parents and family watched the ceremony and part of the reception via Skype.

The groom is the son of Richard and Sandra Persiani of Dillonvale.

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