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The Star: May 25, 2017


GENIUS “An illuminating delight . . . a warm, insightful, affectionate portrait.” —The New York Times From Executive Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the premiere season of National Geographic’s first scripted anthology series, Genius. The ten-part National Geographic series on the life of Albert Einstein, stars the Oscar, Emmy, and Tony Award –winning actor Geoffrey Rush as Einstein. How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson’s biography shows how Einstein’s scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom. Einstein explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk—a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate—became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom, and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits, and free individuals. Einstein, the classic #1 New York Times bestseller, is a brilliantly acclaimed account of the most influential scientist of the twentieth century, “an illuminating delight” (The New York Times). The basis for the National Geographic series Genius, by the author of The Innovators, Steve Jobs, and Benjamin Franklin, this is the definitive biography of Albert Einstein. AN EXCERPT FROM ‘EINSTEIN HIS LIFE HIS UNIVERSE’ “Despite his reputation for being aloof, he was in fact passionate in both personal and scientific pursuits. At college he fell madly in love with the only woman in his physics class, a dark and intense Serbian named Mileva Maric. They had an illegitimate daughter, then married and had two sons. She served as a sounding board for his scientific ideas and helped to check the math in his papers, but eventually their relationship disintegrated. Einstein offered her a deal. He would win the Nobel Prize someday, he said; if she gave him a divorce, he would give her the prize money. She thought for a week and accepted. Because his theories were so radical, it was seventeen years after his miraculous outpouring from the patent office before he was awarded the prize and she collected.” QUICk CROSSwORd ACROSS (1A) Victorian serial killer (4,3,6) (3A) White wine with blackcurrant syrup (3) (3E) Young people (9) (5A) Spend wastefully (8) (5J) Abandoned child (4) (7A) Acquire by chance (4,2) dOwN (1A) Gags (5) (1C) Oxford or Cambridge college (6,7) (1E) Metal used in lightweight alloys (8) (1G) Football or cricket team? 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The Star 35 Theatre KIWI OWNED & OPERATED • By Georgia O’Connor- Harding GROWING UP with parents dedicated to running movie theatres throughout Canterbury meant there was no escape from a musical childhood for Nickie Wellbourn. Rodgers and Hammenstein’s Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, State Fair, and The King and I were all popular musicals Wellbourn, 56, grew up watching at her parents’ theatres. Her parents Monica and Alan Wellbourn screened movies at the old Darfield community hall, the former Vogue Theatre at the Barrington shopping centre, the Hollywood Theatre, before it was taken over by Masters Theatres, and Sunnyside Hospital. Singing now as a mezzo soprano in a show featuring some of composers Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II’s best songs has brought back fond memories for the Spreydon resident. Wellbourn will perform as part of a chorus of more than 100 in Showbiz Christchurch’s first traditional concert in a major theatre – An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics. “This one has no costumes as such, no choreography, it is just singers and it proves the quality of voices we have in our community,” Wellbourn said. Having been involved with in Showbiz Christchurch productions for more than 30 years Wellbourn said it was surprising the company had not done a concert like this before. Wellbourn remembers her first audition for the company very well, after her mother who performed in Showbiz Christchurch’s inaugural production The Belle of New York in 1938, insisted she audition as Nancy for Oliver! in 1980. “I started to sing this part and the pianist was not in the same key as me or at the same time because I had never done this before . . . then I was given a script to read and I read all the stage descriptions as well because I had never read a script before,” she said. She may not have made the cut on that occasion, but several years later when more “attuned to theatre” she debuted for the company as Matron “Mama” Morton in the 1987 production of Chicago. “That established me in the circle of theatre as far as I am concerned,” she said. Before she established herself as a performer, Latest Christchurch news at www. SPECIAL: Nickie Wellbourn with her mother Monica Wellbourn, 95, who influenced her to get into theatre. Nickie features in the chorus for Showbiz Christchurch’s new production An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Isaac Theatre Royal. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER From watching movies to performing on stage MAJOR ROLE: Nickie Wellbourn has played the role of Matron “Mama” Morton twice for Showbiz Christchurch describing it as her “coming of age role” in the theatre scene. Wellbourn initially had dreams to become one of The Andrews Sisters when growing up. But that was before her father, who served as a cinema projectionist for the Royal New Zealand Air Force during the Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, campaign, in World War 2, sat her down at eightyears-old and told her she could not just join up and be a singer. Wellbourn said in her time at Showbiz Christchurch, she has seen the company evolve from community theatre to “close to the statue of Broadway”. She will next play the role of Sister Mary Lazarus in Showbiz’ next production Sister Act and will be required to rap – something she has never done before. •An Evening of Rodgers and Hammerstein Classics will run at the Isaac Theatre Royal May 26- May 28. To book tickets go to http:// .kiwi Bowers Builders Renovations and house levelling has long been a speciality of Bowers Builders. 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