Q&A with ASU's Colleen Jennings-Roggensack


April 16, 2010

Talk about a hard act to follow. Coming off of a season that included “Wicked,” “Legally Blonde,” “Avenue Q” and “Mary Poppins,” did you at all feel like it might be hard to top it with the new 2010-2011 season?  

The 2010-2011 season will be the best season to date because of first-rate shows such as "Shrek," "Billy Elliot," and "Hair" push that bar even higher. Download Full Image

There are some definite crowd-pleasers in the new season such as “Mamma Mia!” and “9 to 5” balanced with some classics that have long defined Broadway such as “Les Miserables” and “Hair” (which we will get to later). How do you go about selecting the shows for any given season?

We select shows of the highest quality, only first-rate, which reflects our ASU Gammage mission of connecting communities. The community leads the selection process.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is a lot people's all-time favorite musical – an oldie, but goody. What do you know about this specific production? What makes it worthy of reclaiming the stage?

"Fiddler on the Roof" is the ultimate Broadway classic. The production values for this "Fiddler" are very high, and the casting is done with an eye toward Broadway.

“Hair” has always been “that musical where everyone gets naked.” What can audiences expect from the Public Theater’s new Tony-winning production? Is it only for former children of the 60s – or will younger generations enjoy it as well?

I took my teenage daughter to see "Hair" and she loved it. This Tony Award winning "Hair" brought back the feel of the 60s, but with a relevant nod towards today. The issues have not changed, nor has the attitude of today's youth trying to find their own way.

I’m not sure if people realize that ASU Gammage is a major economic player in the Valley, accountable for millions of dollars that get pumped into the state.

ASU Gammage adds $41 million dollars annually into the state economy with ancillary spending.

With all of today’s emerging technology, industries that have thrived for centuries now are treading dangerous waters (for example: the print industry). Is live theatre safe? Do you think that people put as much emphasis on “going to the theatre” than in past times?  

Yes, live theatre is even more important today. People want to escape the realities of daily living or more closely examine them in a communal setting. Live theatre continues to thrive, and people continue to hunger for the experience. Great work fosters great audiences, and ASU Gammage serves them both.

Britt Lewis

Communications Specialist, ASU Library

Women's golf set to defend Pac-10 title


April 16, 2010

The Arizona State women's golf team will look to defend the Pac-10 title this week as they head to Eugene, Ore., for the Pacific-10 Conference Championships. Held at the par-72, 6,203-yard Eugene Country Club, the tournament will run Monday, April 19 through Wednesday, April 21. The Sun Devils won their eighth Pac-10 title at the Stanford Golf Course by nine strokes over USC. Carlota Ciganda earned her first collegiate victory after winning a playoff against fellow Sun Devil Jennifer Osborn and USC's Jennifer Song.

Line-Up

1. Jennifer Johnson

2. Carlota Ciganda
3. Juliana Murcia

4. Jaclyn Sweeney

5. Giulia Molinaro Download Full Image

About the Pac-10 Championships
Known as one of the toughest conferences in collegiate golf, the Pac-10 has produced 13 NCAA Team Champions with seven of those coming from ASU. With eight conference titles, the Sun Devils have gathered more Pac-10 team titles than any other team in the Conference of Champions. The Sun Devils also have the most Pac-10 individual medalists with 10, which is more than twice as many as any other school. Head coach Melissa Luellen's squads have earned two conference titles. Live streaming from the tournament will be available on www.pac-10.org.

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Toughest Conference
The Pac-10 Championship features six of the nation's top 25 teams. UCLA is currently first in the Golfstat rankings with the Sun Devils just behind in second. USC stands at fifth with Arizona ranking seventh. Stanford and California are also in the top 25, coming in at 14th and 24th respectively.

Last Year's Pac-10 Championships
The Sun Devils won their eighth Pac-10 title after firing off an even 852 (293-281-278) to finish nine strokes ahead of USC. Then-freshman Ciganda shot par on the playoff hole to become ASU's 10th conference medalist. Jennifer Osborn finished second after the playoff, Azahara Munoz tied for fifth and Juliana Murcia finished 20th.

ASU Pac-10 Championship History
The Sun Devils have eight Pac-10 conference crowns, the most out of any Pac-10 school. The Sun Devils have won in 1987, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2007 and 2009. Ten times, an ASU player has earned conference medalist honors including Danielle Ammaccapane (1987), Pamela Wright (1988), Pearl Sinn (1989), Brandie Burton (1990), Wendy Ward (1993, 1995), Grace Park (1999), Jimin Kang (2002), Louise Stahle (2005) and Carlota Ciganda (2009).

Next Up
The Sun Devils await for their NCAA Regional seeding. The sites of the 2010 NCAA Regionals include the Ironwood C.C. in Greenville, N.C. (hosted by East Carolina), the Stanford G.C. in Stanford, Calif. (hosted by Stanford) and the Otter Creek Golf Course in Bloomington, Ind. (hosted by Indiana).

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications

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