Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Age: 25Hometown: Centerville, OHCurrent Role: A Broadway debut as Cosette, loyal adoptive daughter of Jean Valjean (Alfie Boe) and object of Marius’ affection, in Les Miserables.Stage Cred: Since graduating from the University of Michigan’s musical theater program, Finke has landed two juicy ingenue roles: Hope Harcourt in the national tour of Anything Goes and now lovestruck Cosette on Broadway.”There’s a sign in my hometown that says ‘Welcome to warm and cheerful Centerville,’ and it’s so true—it was a fantastic place to grow up. When I said I wanted be a performer, everyone in the community responded, ‘How can we help?'””I grew up saying I want to be on Broadway before I really knew what Broadway was. I came to New York for the first time when I was 16 and saw The Wedding Singer and Wicked and just loved it. I always knew I would move here.””I had never seen Les Miz onstage until my first week of rehearsal. Obviously I had sung the greatest hits in my bedroom, but when I saw the audience’s reaction to ‘One Day More,’ tears were streaming down my face. It’s such a special show.””There are challenges in playing Cosette because so much of her growth happens offstage, but it’s thrilling to enter a show as a character that has so much in front of her. She’s feeling love for the first time and is at a huge awakening point.””I love working with Alfie Boe. In rehearsal, I had this dumbfounded look of awe on my face listening to him sing. I had to remind myself, ‘Sing back, Alex!’ He is so kind and lovely and puts everyone at ease.””It’s important to stay grounded and find things that make you happy as you’re trying to get that big break. I’m very fortunate to have a wonderful family and friends who’ve supported me every step of the way.” Related Shows Les Miserables View Comments
“I was ordered re-assigned not in thename of public service but because of politics or because of the recentlyconcluded election or my affiliation to Mr. Romeo C.L. Manikan, my then boss atthe City Registrar’s Office,” read part of Esteral’s complaint-affidavit. According to Jungco, it had beenalmost a month since he last interacted with Esteral at city hall. Executive Assistant Rudiver Jungco Sr.said he could not recall having told Joe Mari Esteral, “Cooperate ka tani, pre…Buligi lang kami ma-pindown ang mga Manikan. Balik ka dayon sa mother unit mo. Balik man si misis mo.” However, he stressed he does not knowEsteral personally and had not talked to him. “Akonpanagupnop may tawo sa likod sini nga i-embarrasskami. Kami pa gani gina-harass kay te waay gid kami ka amo sina sa iya,”said Rico. He said he simply asked Esteral how hewas doing at the civil registry office. Sartorio, on the other hand, refusedto comment except to say he was saddened because of the “stereotyping” of thework at the Calajunan dumpsite./PN He also remembered telling Esteral, “Ti kon may nabal-an ka da nga kon ano mas better nga isugid mo ang tuod eh para indi ka naya maulamid.” According to Esteral his reassignmentwhich took effect on Aug. 20 was inconsistent with his mandated duties asBookbinder II. “Silingko kumusta ka da sa opisina mo? Daw joke-jokepa gani ang tono…siling ko kasikat na gidsang opisina niyo. Ano gakatabo da?” said Jungco. For his part, Rico said he merelyasked Esteral if the corruption allegations against the civil registry officewere true. He claimed it was Esteral who askedhim for help. Jungco wondered why Esteral complainedonly now. He believed there was somebody else behind the filing of thecomplaint. Iloilo City Hall. IAN PAUL CIRDERO/PN Esteralstated in his complaint that he learned about hisreassignment from Sartorio. Sartorio, he claimed, told him, “Jom, bal-an mo na gid na, Jom. Sa babaw na. Wala ko mahimo. Akig gid si Mayorkag si Melchor kay boss mo Johncee. Siguro damay ka lang di, pero kay boss mo gid sila akig kag sa ila grupo.” Jungco was one of seven city officialsEsteral complained before the Office of the Ombudsman for alleged grave coercion,grave misconduct, oppression, conduct prejudicial to the best interest of theservice, and unfair discrimination due to affiliation. Ampig,on the other hand, declined to comment but said it was within Esteral’s rightsto file a complaint. Treñas said, “Mahulat na lang ko ‘ya. Kon pasabton kita, ti masabat kita.” ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas’executive assistants and department heads denied coercing, oppressing orthreatening a regular city government employee who was reassigned to thedumpsite in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district from the city registryoffice at city hall. “Indinga ako nagpatawag sa iya, siya nagpalapit sa akon. Nanawag ako sa iya konkamusta na siya sa Calajunan, hambal niya, ‘Sir, buligi ko bi.’ Nag-istorya kami. Namangkot ko kamusta sa localcivil registry office,” said Rico. The other respondents in Esteral’sOmbudsman complaint were Mayor Treñas, City Administrator Melchor Tan, CityGeneral Services Office head Joren Sartorio, City Legal Officer Edgardo Gil,Iloilo City Civil Registry assistant department head Cherry Ampig, and anotherTreñas executive assistant, Fernando Jose Rico.
A Francophone journalist has said the grace to grass fall by former Ivorian star Emmanuel Eboue actually began with a pastor’s counsel.According to Aliou Goloko who worked closely with the former Arsenal star, the pastor, whose name he did not mention, managed to alienate Eboue from his family during this period of great success.“It started with a pastor who took him away from his family, all his friends and who told him he [Eboue] needed deliverance,” Goloko said.Even though he did not say how devastating that pastor-player relationship was, he was emphatic his relationship with the Belgian wife left the Arsenal Star completely bankrupt.The man who earned millions of pounds in wages and drove flashy cars with flamboyance in his days at Arsenal later contemplated suicide.That was after painful divorce proceedings. He was left penniless and now has to wash his own clothes and use a public transport. Emmanuel Eboue shared his grass to grace story in an interview with the international media last week.The matter has triggered some huge public uproar with some blaming either the player himself or his Belgian wife.But Aliou Goloko told sit-in host of the Super Morning Show on Joy FM, Daniel Dadzie, Wednesday, religion and the belief systems of some of the players also has a role to play in their predicaments.Goloko said when Eboue came into contact with that pastor, some of his colleague African players said he was no longer the Eboue they used to know. And it was just around that same period that he started having problems with his agent which eventually led to his one year ban from football.“Today he is no more in a good mood with the pastor and the wife too he is no longer with her and he has lost everything,” he said.Aliu Goloko said the connection with the Belgian wife further complicated matters with Eboue losing touch with his “roots.”He said there have been one too many of such sorry stories with African players and advised young up and coming stars not to alienate their families in their time of glory.Meanwhile, an international investment analyst Mr Charles Mensah has said football and other celebrities acquire a lifestyle they can sustain. He said the celebrities must look at their income, expenditure, savings and investment culture when they are in their period of grace.He did not understand how some footballers will parade a number of cars in their homes when they only spend few weeks in Ghana within a year.“Those cars will not earn you any income,” he said, adding, the players must rather consider investing in some treasury bills for a rainy day.