New Mean Girls Star Reneé Rapp Loves Sweatpants Too Much to Be a Real-Life Plastic

first_imgReneé Rapp (Photos by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Itty Bitty Living SpaceMoving from the South to the concrete jungle meant Rapp had to deal with maximizing a small space. “Moving to the city wasn’t something I necessarily thought about,” she said. “My first apartment was really strange because the kitchen is my bedroom…and my closet…and my laundry. I miss grass and trees.” Nevertheless, the young star is getting used to her new digs in the big city. “There was no other option for me, there’s no plan B. If this is my destiny, I’m going to feed into it.”Watch This SpaceOn top of making her Broadway debut in the hit musical comedy, Rapp has also been teasing fans with original music. “There’s a lot to expect and a lot of dates coming up to be on the lookout for,” she said. “Whether that be performances or music releases or both, there’s a lot happening.” One thing the newcomer is most eager about is merging her musical theater career with her original compositions. “I’m excited to share this part of me in this realm because it is very different. We’ve been working super hard on it, and I think you guys are going to to like it.”Where Do You BelongHaving to transport oneself back to high school every night is easier when high school was only months ago, but Rapp still isn’t quite sure who she would sit at the table with during lunch. “I’m definitely not a Plastic because I love wearing sweatpants,” she said. “I think middle school Reneé would have sat with the JV jocks, but Reneé now would sit with the Mathletes. I am not good at math and I would always wonder what it must feel like to be good with numbers. I would give it my best shot to sit with them.” Show Closed This production ended its run on March 11, 2020 Sporty SpiceRapp, a Charlotte native, never realized theater would be a part of her future. “I grew up playing a lot of sports and doing musical theater” she said. “I mostly just danced and put on concerts for my family and neighbors. We were really a sports-oriented family.” After seeing that Rapp needed some extra motivation, her parents switched her to a school that better suited her burgeoning performing talents. “My sophomore year, I transferred from a public high school to an arts school, and, obviously, it didn’t have any sports for me to do. I always liked art and music and it was what I wanted to do. It was a lot easier to transition into it when I didn’t have a choice. There was a lot of tough love, but it really prepared me for this.” View Comments While college freshman across the country are discovering their favorite dining halls, becoming friends with their roommates and breaking up with their high school sweethearts, Reneé Rapp is once again stepping into the bright pink shoes of Regina George in Mean Girls on Broadway. After winning at the 2018 Jimmy Awards, the North Carolina native took over the role from original cast member Taylor Louderman for a quick stint, but now Rapp is here to stay. She sat down with Broadway.com in honor of becoming the Queen Bee full-time to talk all about going from high school IRL to Broadway high school, original music and her affinity for sweatpants. Photos by Caitlin McNaney | Video directed and edited by Kyle Gaskell | Additional cameras by Mark Hayes Mean Girlscenter_img Star Files Related Shows Reneé Rapp in Mean Girls (Photo by Joan Marcus) Watch Reneé Rapp in action at her Broadway.com photo shoot below!Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:29Loaded: 6.69%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Leading LadiesGrowing up in North Carolina, Rapp didn’t have access to Broadway. Instead, she looked to her local theater scene to find inspiration. “Charlotte has a pretty alive and great theater community,” she said. “I love Eva Noblezada; we went to the same high school. Seeing her grow into this stardom has been incredible.” Rapp is always looking for acting mentors. “Everyone knows about my public love for Jenn Colella, and I do love Jessie Mueller. Waitress was my first Broadway show. I love seeing leading ladies. I saw them and thought, ‘Oh, yeah. I want to be in on that.'”From Jimmy to ReginaAfter being named Best Actress at the 2018 Jimmy Awards, Rapp’s future took an exciting turn. Instead of going to college after high school, she began visiting New York for auditions. “Going right from high school into this business was weird,” she said. “I definitely had those days where I wondered if this was really for me. I saw my friends following this expected path that is a societal thing that you feel like you need to do, and I wasn’t sure of my own choices. But I’ve really sunk into it now because if I can’t trust my own path, then I can’t do anything good for myself. It does get hard; you do feel like you’re missing out. You feel like you’re really stressed out to be this young, [Rapp is 19], but this is what I chose, and I wouldn’t have chosen it if it didn’t feel right.” Reneé Rapplast_img read more

UK: Energy Minster Set for EEEGR’s Norwich Conference

first_imgThe Government Minister in the middle of the current debate between energy suppliers and consumers has agreed to be a keynote speaker at a major Norwich conference next year.Energy Minister Michael Fallon will take part in the SNS2014 Sea of Opportunity Conference being staged by EEEGR (the East of England Energy Group) at the Norfolk Showground on March 5-6.Focused on the offshore gas and windpower sectors, with emphasis on the Southern North Sea (SNS), it is already the biggest energy event in the region but the Minister’s involvement will further enhance its position as a leading national and international showcase for the industry.Mr Fallon has been at the heart of Government reaction to the latest rises in electricity and gas prices. But he also has a vital role in encouraging industry investment in the future to ensure that UK supplies are sustained.Fixed ‘strike’ prices for the supply of power generated from offshore windpower and new nuclear also come within his portfolio – and he has spoken up for UK shale gas exploration tests.“SNS2014 will reflect on the latest Government initiatives to support our vital industry and we’re delighted that the Energy Minister has agreed to attend and speak,” said EEEGR CEO Simon Gray.“The Southern North Sea has never been more important, both to our region and the UK economy and energy supply, with the renewed gas rush and offshore windpower boom. But it’s an ever-changing scene and our event will also feature key international speakers, many representing global companies“We’re offering a rare chance to the East of England energy supply chain to learn, listen, meet, network, showcase and do business throughout two stimulating and inspiring days.”International expert John Westwood, chairman of energy market research specialists Douglas-Westwood, will lead and facilitate on both days of the conference, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.The opening day will feature a Platform for Innovation and Technology event when companies of all sizes can feature some of the new and groundbreaking ideas which are boosting the industry.That will be followed by a gala dinner in the evening and the conference will resume the next day with its keynote speakers.Press release, November 4, 2013; Image: tms-medialast_img read more

Amir Khan pledges to help families in need in Pakistan amid COVID-19 crisis

first_img COMMENT Written By Former unified light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan is leaving no stone unturned in aiding people with necessary supplies amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The boxing veteran has already donated his four-storeyed mansion to the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK to shelter the outnumbered COVID-19 patients in the past, and Amir Khan continued his good deeds through his foundation this week. Amir Khan recently posted a video from his official social media handles and announced that the ‘Amir Khan Foundation’ is also active in Pakistan where they are aiding people with financial support and other necessary supplies amid the medical crisis.Also Read | COVID-19: Amir Khan Could Quit Boxing After Coronavirus Pandemic Leaves Him Away From Young SonCOVID-19: Amir Khan pledges to help his motherland Pakistan amid coronavirus pandemic WATCH US LIVE British citizen Amir Khan recently took to Instagram and posted the video where a representative of the Amir Khan Foundation is spotted explaining the current functionings in Pakistan. The Amir Khan Boxing Academy is currently being used to serve the people in the country amid the medical crisis and the former world champion is providing 12,000 family bags of food to people in need in Pakistan. Amir Khan quoted the post and wrote, “We are doing a lot of work in England but we can’t forget our motherland Pakistan. We with the support of @amirkhanfoundation give 12,000 families bags of food. Thank you all for supporting Amir khan foundation and those in need.”Also Read | Amir Khan Eyeing Career Swansong Against Pacquiao Or BrookAmir Khan’s heroic gesture has earned him plaudits from fans on social media. While various combat sports superstars are playing an active role in supporting their country amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Amir Khan has also been doing his bit, both for Pakistan and England.  Also Read | Amir Khan donation: Amir Khan Believes COVID-19 Is A Deliberate Pandemic Linked With Building Of 5G TowersAlso Read | COVID-19: Amir Khan donation of Four-storey Building To Solve NHS Bed Crisis Amid Coronavirus pandemicImage courtesy: Amir Khan Twitter LIVE TVcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 6th May, 2020 17:49 IST Last Updated: 6th May, 2020 17:49 IST Amir Khan Pledges To Help Families In Need In Pakistan Amid COVID-19 Crisis Pakistan-born British boxer Amir Khan is providing 12,000 food bags for families and other necessity kits in his motherland Pakistan amid the pandemic. Raj Sarkar FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Luckbox raises $3.8M CAD ahead of public listing

first_imgEsports betting platform Luckbox has secured over $3.8 million CAD (£2.23 million) in investment during the first tranche of its latest funding round, according to a release.The investment has been attained as the company prepares to list on the TSX Venture Exchange this summer.Image credit: LuckboxRELATED: Luckbox scores investment from Inter Miami footballer Luis RoblesLast month, it was announced that Luckbox had signed a letter of intent with Elephant Hill, as the company unveiled intentions to list itself publicly on the TSX Venture Exchange. Later that same week Luckbox scored a headline investment from Inter Miami footballer Luis Robles, though financial details remain undisclosed.The offering was increased from a previously-announced range of $2 million CAD (£1.17 million) to $3 million CAD (£1.76 million) after strong interest saw it “heavily oversubscribed.” A second tranche has been announced and will close on June 15th. Both offerings are being co-led by Gravitas Securities Inc and Beacon Securities Inc.RELATED: Luckbox looks to go public on TSX Venture ExchangeQuentin Martin, CEO of Luckbox, summed up a strong start to 2020 for the company: “It’s been a phenomenal first half of the year for us and that’s been reflected in the interest from investors. We’ve seen a 500% increase in betting volume since March. Turnover has risen to almost 13 times that seen in November 2019, while deposits are up 10-fold since then.”“Esports is one of the hottest sectors anywhere right now and investors are clearly seeing the opportunity, especially with many alternative forms of entertainment badly affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. We’ve been thrilled with the response so far and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s supported us so far – these are extremely exciting times.”Esports Insider says: While we’ve seen that the esports industry has not remained unaffected by the unfolding global crisis, Luckbox’s success is a promising sign for the industry. Hopefully, increased interest and investment will result in tangible and long-term growth across the board. 10 Sec ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppis NextStay ESI London – Franchised leagues in esports. CARMAC vs lurppisNOW PLAYINGThis year in esports- Investments, sponsorships and deals in 2019NOW PLAYINGTEAMS wins The Clutch DigitalNOW PLAYINGHector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI Hall of Fame 2019 – #ESIHOFNOW PLAYINGMarcus ‘djWHEAT’ Graham – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGHeather ‘sapphiRe’ Garozzo – ESI Hall of Fame Inductee 2019NOW PLAYINGESI London 2019NOW PLAYINGThe best MMOs in 2020NOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch.last_img read more