August 31, 2011 Comments Off on Session 4: Wrap-Up
ROYAL LONDON OPERA CLOSED INDEFINITELY
Covent Garden – Authorities at the iconic Royal OperaHouse announced this morning that the venerable theatre will be closed indefinitely while the incident last night is investigated. A fire broke out in the stagecraft area, prompting an evacuation of staff and audience – tragically, several patrons were trampled to death in the panic, and there are still several listed as missing. Among them is Miss Cheryl Kern, the 42 year old soprano who was successfully reviving her career after an extended absence out of the spotlight.
This is the latest disaster in the Opera’s current production of Lohengrin, which has been plagued by accident and controversy almost from the start; the first director, Henry Lang, had quit several months prior, citing irreconcilable differences with his cast. Several members of that cast had fallen ill and Tony Carravata, the production’s most visible star, broke his back just three weeks ago when he fell through a stage door which opened at the wrong time.
These coincidences led to some rumours that the production was cursed, but Nigel Waysmith, the new director, dismissed these as “absolute balderdash”. Despite these setbacks, the performances had been spectacular, largely owing to Miss Kern’s astonishing return from obscurity; her recent accolades led many to believe that her career revival was firmly poised for further fame and even greater success.
January 10, 2011 Comments Off on Session 2: Wrap-Up
Authorities Downplay Eurostar Mishap
“…completely safe.” said spokeswoman Andrea Gallagher. “Something outside struck the train as it entered the station and managed to pierce the roof, but that was the extent of the damage. While the experience was traumatic to the passengers and staff on-board, there was never any danger. Safeguards worked and our evacuation procedures worked as intended.”
Several passengers who did not wish to be identified told this reporter that there must have been more to the story. “I saw someone with a gun, and there was definitely a gang involved.” said an elderly East Londoner returning from her leave in Nice. “It was like a movie, just a lot of yelling and people screaming.”
“The lights went out” said another. “A loud bang, lots of screaming, and I fell to the ground…”
Ms. Gallagher confirmed that Eurostar will refund its customers the price of their ticket and offer a complimentary voucher to be used anytime next year. “We hope to see them soon.”