Employment Law Handbook, 2nd edition

first_img Previous Article Next Article Employment Law Handbook, 2nd edition By Daniel Barnett and Henry Scrope The Law Society, 2004 ISBN 1-85328-970-1 Reviewed by Julian Burch Buy this book at Amazon It gives you the background and a general understanding of each aspect ofemployment law in an interesting and engaging way. It’s true, the provisos and limitations associated with such a subject are abit irritating at times, but what can you expect? You’d get the same if youspoke directly to a lawyer, but they’d be far less likely to explain each pointas clearly and practically. The writing style allows you to dip in as you need, yet also encourages youto read a little further around your original topic. There is also a useful listing of websites that provide further, andpresumably more up-to-date, sources of information. These are a little detailedin part, and perhaps it may have been an idea to offer all of these as linksfrom one site. At around £45, it represents good value for money. No resource today couldpossibly keep up with such a rapidly changing subject without a considerablygreater outlay. Overall, it gets a clear thumbs up from me, and will certainly have a placeon my bookshelf.Buy this book at AmazonJulian Burch works mainly in the automotive sector of Maritz Learning,designing and resourcing employee development solutions. A handbook on employment law? How will that work? Surely employment law isthe fastest changing subject around at the moment, and not one on which you canrisk using an instantly out-of-date resource, such as a book? That is, unlessit’s very well written, as this one is. Employment Law Handbook, 2nd editionOn 29 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Jazz run win streak to 6 games with 114-75 win over Cavs

first_imgMarch 29, 2021 /Sports News – Local Jazz run win streak to 6 games with 114-75 win over Cavs Written by Tags: NBA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and Rudy Gobert added 18 points and 17 rebounds to power the Utah Jazz to their sixth straight win, a 114-75 victory over Cleveland.Mike Conley contributed 18 points for the Jazz, who have won 20 straight at home after dropping their first two home games of the season.Collin Sexton scored 20 points and Darius Garland had 18 for the Cavs. Associated Presslast_img

Adjunct Professor for the School of Business Online, All Disciplines;

first_imgDo you have previous teaching experience?YesNo Do you have experience with online learning platforms(Blackboard, Moodle, ANGEL, WebCT, etc.)?YesNo Posting DetailsPosting NumberA00201PClassification TitlePosition TypeAdjunct FacultyDisclaimerLiberty University’s hiring practices and EEO Statement are fullyin compliance with both federal and state law. Federal law createsan exception to the “religion” component of the employmentdiscrimination laws for religious organizations (includingeducational institutions), and permits them to give employmentpreference to members of their own religion. Liberty University isin that category.Position TitleAdjunct Professor for the School of Business Online, AllDisciplines;Does this position require driving?NoContactContact Phone ExtContact EmailJob Summary/Basic FunctionIt is expected that an online faculty member will model a personalcommitment to the goals and values of Liberty University, engage inan active commitment to, and experience of, personal spiritualformation within a biblically-informed Christian worldview, andfollow lesson plans developed for the course they are facilitating.Online faculty should view the course being taught as a means to asignificant educational end. They should strive to employ a varietyof techniques for the development of good learning conditions, vieweach student as a unique individual, and insofar as is possible,provide for individual differences, abilities, and interests.- Teach from approved curriculum in accordance with assignedschedule to ensure student satisfaction.- Assist students in achieving completion of objectives andlearning outcomes.- Provide regular and timely feedback to students.- Participate in school retention initiatives by maintainingproductive conduct with students and by getting in touch with, andoffering assistance to absent students.- Advise students in matters related to academics, attendance, andbehaviors.- Motivate students to actively participate in all aspects of theeducational process.- Maintain and report student grades and attendance in accordancewith university policies.- Other duties as assigned.Faculty are expected to agree with and live by the UniversityDoctrinal Statement http://www.liberty.edu/aboutliberty/index.cfm?PID =6907Minimum QualificationsFaculty are needed in all disciplines.- To teach at the graduate level, the following is required: anearned doctorate with either 18 hours in the discipline for whichyou are applying or professional certification relevant to thediscipline.- To teach at the undergraduate level, the following is required:an earned masters degree in a business discipline with either 18hours in the discipline for which you are applying or professionalcertification relevant to the discipline.- Degree must be from an institution accredited by an accreditingagency recognized by the U.S Department of Education.- Superior interpersonal, customer service, presentation, andcommunication skills.- Creative, innovative, and problem-solving skills.- Proven organizational skills and ability to complete assignmentstimely and accurately with minimum supervision.- Proficiency with MS Office, Blackboard and the Internet.- Applications for consideration will only be accepted via LibertyUniversity’s online automated application process.Preferred QualificationsExperience in the disciplineWork HoursVariesPosting Date01/20/2020Special Instructions for ApplicantsQuicklinkhttps://jobs.liberty.edu/postings/25830Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum VitaeTeaching PhilosophyPastoral Reference LetterAcademic/Professional Reference Letter 1Unofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsCover LetterLetter of RecommendationCareer Advancement Form (For Current LU Employees ONLY)Unofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Academic/Professional Reference Letter 2Other DocumentResumeProfessional License(s)Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). * What is your highest completed/conferred degree?MastersDoctoratecenter_img * For which discipline are you applying for?(Open Ended Question)* Do you have any online or classroom experience?YesNo * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?Public Job PostingInternal Job PostingAgency ReferralAdvertisement/PublicationPersonal ReferralWebsiteOtherlast_img read more

Model Train Show

first_imgThe Local Loco Model Railroad Club will be holding a Model Train Show on Jan. 14 & 15, 2017 at the Ohio Township Central Library 4111 Lake Shore Dr. Newburgh, IN 47629. (Off Bell Rd. near Rte.66)The show will feature operating model railroad layouts in Lionel O gauge, G, HO, N, Z gauge and Lego trains. The hours for the show will be 10:00 am-4:00 pm on Saturday, January 14 and 1:00 – 3:30 pm on Sunday, January 15.Admission is FREE and open to the public. Children of all ages will have a great time.For further information call 812 479 0111The Local Loco Model Rail Road Club is a non-profit organization whose purpose is entertainment and the promotion of interest in model railroading. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Ithaca Reggae Festival To Tap John Brown’s Body And More For First Annual Water Protection Celebration

first_imgGet ready for a day chock full of all things positive, bringing celebration, awareness, education, community, music, yoga and more in Ithaca, New York! The Friends of Cayuga Lake are presenting the very first annual Ithaca Reggae Fest, and it’s happening Saturday, June 24th, 2017. Rooting from the strongly held truth that “Water is Life,” Ithaca Reggae Fest was created to generate awareness around the sustainability and protection of Cayuga Lake — the longest of Central New York’s glacial Finger Lakes. The festival is essentially a spirited all-day bash devoted to the conservation of the lake through the promotion and education of Ithaca’s historical reggae culture and community. Start your Saturday with morning yoga at Stewart Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a full day of live music and water education through ’til 8 p.m. at night. Following the Stewart Park Festivities, festival patrons can catch Michael Franti at the State Theater from 8 p.m. through to 12 a.m. thanks to DSP Shows, then make their way to the official Ithaca Reggae Fest Afterparty at the Haunt from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.Live performances include John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Kevin Kinsella, Thunder Body, The Analogue Sons, Root Shock, Bomb Pulse, DJ haMEEN, DJ Solar Lion (Harmonic Temple), and Stereo Ark Soundsystem. The festival just threw their official pre-party featuring Kevin Kinsella playing with the Crucial Reggae Social Club during Ithaca Beer’s FYAH IPA Release Party. This FYAH IPA will be the official “Festival Beer” of the day, so be sure to grab yourself a pint (or three) of this special batch local beer.The day is about much more than music, however. Festival attendees have the opportunity to attend talks by multiple prominent speakers relevant to the mission and drive behind the first Ithaca Reggae Fest. Speakers will include Chief Sam (Cayuga Nation), Svante Myrick (Mayor of Ithaca), Christian Shaw (Founder of Plastic Tides) and Walter Hang (Founder of Toxic Targeting).Another huge initiative Ithaca Reggae Fest is its plastic-free mission. All vendors and companies involved must use compostable service materials, so all beverages will be served in a reusable commemorative Klean Kanteen festival pint. Better yet, all guests are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles, which they can refill at the various water stations throughout the venue.With so much goodness — both in mission and musically — packed into a Saturday in Ithaca, it is safe to say the first Ithaca Reggae Fest will be a rip-roaring and awareness-driving day for humans of all ages and interests. Tickets and more information are available here and be sure to check out the complete lists of Water Protectors organizations, vendors, and sponsors below. See you June 24th at the first Ithaca Reggae Fest, New York!Water Protector OrganizationsCollaborating with us to provide education and opportunities for protecting and restoring the lake: Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Cayuga Nation, Hydrilla Task Force, Finger Lakes Land Trust, Community Science Institute, Floating Classroom, Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, Plastic Tides, Cayuga Waterfront Trail, Friends of Stewart Park, Paddle ‘N More, New Roots Charter School, Yoga for the Earth, and more…words: B.Getz/Sydney Paschalllast_img read more

Awardees announced for Lemann Brazil Research Fund

first_imgThe Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs are pleased to announce the 2019 awardees of the Lemann Brazil Research Fund.“We are particularly excited about the breadth of disciplines comprising this year’s awardee cohort,” said Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Rick McCullough. “We feel it demonstrates the interest across the University in conducting research in Brazil and showcases the impressive collaborations between Harvard faculty and Brazilian colleagues.”Established in 2016 by a generous gift from the Lemann Foundation, the Lemann Brazil Research Fund supports Brazil-related research in all areas related to education, as well as research in any other disciplinary area undertaken with a Brazilian colleague.This year’s awarded projects are:“Preparing Brazilian Engineering Students for the Data-Driven Economy” by Flavio Calmon, assistant professor in the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with collaborator José Cândido Silveira Santos Filho, Universidade Estadual de Campinas“Tackling Stereotypes to Encourage Brazilian Math Talent” by Michela Carlana, assistant professor at the Harvard Kennedy School with co-investigators Raissa Rabregas, University of Texas at Austin and Diana Moreire, University of California, Davis, and with collaborator Felipe C. R. Lima, University of São Paulo“Records of ancient rainfall from cave deposits: A combined research campaign and field course” by Roger Fu, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and co-investigator Ricardo Ivan Trindade, University of São Paulo“Does Zika infection accelerate neuronal aging and death: Novel aging clocks to monitor the earlier onset of pathologies of the nervous systems” by Bernardo Lemos, associate professor at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health with collaborator Raquel da Hora Barbosa, Universidade Federal Fluminense“Identifying T cell epitopes in Plasmodium vivax” by Judy Lieberman, professor of pediatrics and adjunct professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School with co-investigator Caroline Junqueira, Instituto Rene Rachou/Fundação Oswaldo Cruz“Testing the Impact of a Low-Cost, Evidence-Based, and Scalable Approach to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in Brazilian Early Childhood Settings” by Dana McCoy, assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with co-investigators Stephanie Jones, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Alexandra Brentani, University of São Paulo, and collaborators Ana Luiza Raggio Colagrossi, Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, and Rebecca Bailey, Jennifer Kahn and Sonya Temko, all of the Harvard Graduate School of Education“Aprender a Estudar: Supporting fourth-grade teachers to prepare lifelong readers and learners” by Paola Uccelli, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education with co-investigators Beatriz Cardoso, Laboratório de Educação and Daniel Domingues Dos Santos, University of São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, and with collaborator Nicole Paulet, Laboratório de Educaçãolast_img read more

Gordon and Aziz accept Eni Award

first_img Read Full Story On Oct. 10, Roy Gordon and Michael Aziz received a 2019 Eni Award for Innovation in Energy during a ceremony held at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Italy. Every year since 2007, Eni, a transnational energy company operating in 67 countries around the world, awards three major prizes for research in the energy and environment sectors. The Award is also known as the “Nobel Prize for Energy,” according to the Eni press release.Gordon, the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science, and Aziz, the Gene and Tracy Sykes Professor of Materials and Energy Technologies, earned this year’s Energy Frontiers award for designing a new type of battery that enables safer, more convenient energy storage from intermittent sources like wind and solar.“The world needs to end its addiction to oil and gas because these fossil fuels are polluting our atmosphere with carbon dioxide, overheating the earth and turning the oceans to acid,” Gordon said during his acceptance speech,.The “flow battery” could help the energy industry prioritize renewable energy sources over fossil fuels. Because the sun sets and winds calm, renewable sources need an electrical storage system capable of holding large amounts of electricity for use during production gaps. Some batteries can already store high amounts of electricity, but they’re made with toxic materials like nickel, cadmium and lead, or rare ones like lithium and vanadium. Lithium batteries may have won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, but the metal can be flammable and, therefore, less desirable for stationary batteries that store electrical energy at a much larger scale.“Our ‘flow batteries’ are inherently safe, not poisonous or inflammable,” Gordon said. Since they use naturally abundant elements like carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, they’re potentially cheaper, too.Gordon is a green research veteran: He invented energy-conserving windows, solar cells that convert sunlight directly to electricity, and several improvements to electronics, including computers that can handle higher memory levels and processing speeds.Next, Gordon and Aziz will continue to work with chemical companies to expand production of the chemicals required for their battery. They are also collaborating with battery makers to help them launch large-scale production, one step toward a future that no longer needs to burn fossil fuels for energy. “This technology is critical to sustaining the future of our civilization,” Gordon said.last_img read more

Author recounts experience with Catholic Worker

first_imgRosalie Riegle, an author and alumna of the Saint Mary’s class of 1959, spoke Tuesday about her life and journey with the Catholic Worker for the Collegiate Speaker Series sponsored by the Career Crossings Office, the Department of Communication Studies and the Cushwa-Leighton Library.Riegle said meeting Dorothy Day while working as a peace activist during the Vietnam War changed her life and initiated her activism in the Catholic Worker. She has written several oral histories of the Catholic Worker and one on Dorothy Day. She has also helped opened two Catholic Worker houses of hospitality.Studying theology and church history at Saint Mary’s College planted the seed which sparked her decision later in life to join the Catholic Worker, Riegle said.“The theology and church history just fascinated me because I just knew nothing about Catholicism,” she said. “My daily life and education has been secular, I had attended a public school as a teenager where I could always skip catechism. For many in my class, theology was same old same old; they had had 12 years of parish education. I just lapped it up.”After graduation, Riegle married, had children and began teaching as an English professor, but although her life seemed to be flourishing, her heart lay elsewhere, she said.“I was conflicted,” Riegle said. “My insides and outsides didn’t match and frankly sometimes at a parties I would feel really lonely. Lonely for community, to be with people who thought like I did, loneliness for likeminded souls.”Her husband’s disapproval of her activism in the Catholic Worker caused her to throw herself into other work, to keep her mind off of the movement and save her marriage she said.“For the next 15 or so years I buried my attraction deep inside a love of busyness, raising our four daughters, helping my husband become a judge, moving to a beautiful Georgian home in the suburbs and completing a doctorate at the University of Michigan,” Riegle said.She said she got the idea to write a book on the Catholic Worker one day when interviewing students; however, with her marriage breaking, she struggled with how she could become more involved in the movement she loved.“I found I had written myself into the movement, but I didn’t get it out of my head,” she said. “It became an increasingly uncomfortable ball in my throat, and I was pushed this way and that … The Catholic Worker became hot for me and my other interests became colder and colder. So when Sister Leona [Sullivan, a Catholic Worker based in Saginaw, Mich.] asked me to discuss forming a community, I jumped at the chance. We would provide hospitality to homeless women and children, I could do that.”Riegle said becoming a Catholic Worker and opening a hospitality house was God giving her what she needed.“Catholic Workers are not social workers, and they don’t need any training, in fact true Catholic Workers don’t work about changing people, we worry about changing ourselves,” Riegle said. “We named our community the mustard seeds … after much community preparation and sprucing up the house we moved in … For 10 years I lived with women from many different cultures, many of them suffering from addiction and neglect, all of them needed solace, food and shelter.”The Catholic Worker is where Riegle said she feels most at home.“The Catholic Worker is where my insides and outsides match, where I can live authentically,” Riegle said. “It’s definitely something I need and definitely something I didn’t know I needed when I was at Saint Mary’s or years later.“When I say matching insides and outsides, I mean its where my souls and my actions are the most in sync; notice I didn’t say perfectly in sync. I have always felt a bundle of contradictions, but I finally learned to be happy with those ambiguities, particularly the ones I can’t minimize or make disappear.”Riegle said it took her years discover her calling to the Catholic Worker and her advice to students was to discover their passions.“Don’t do what is expected; do what you like,” she said. If you want to do something, I hope you have the courage to do it.”Tags: Catholic Worker, Catholicism, religion, Rosie Riegle, saint mary’s, SMClast_img read more

Students unable to return home housed indefinitely at Morris Inn

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has dozens of students in the tri-campus community caught in limbo between school and home. In a March 18 email to the student body, University President Fr. John Jenkins announced Notre Dame would be closing its doors for the remainder of the semester due to the advancing virus. In a follow-up email that same day, vice president for student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said each student originally approved to stay on campus past March 17 — 253 in total — was expected to return home as soon as possible. Still, with travel restrictions locking down borders both in the U.S. and around the world, many students have nowhere to go. Others may lack reliable internet access or a stable home — necessary criteria for a proper learning environment. As a result, the University is sponsoring some of the original 253 to stay at the Morris Inn for, at minimum, the rest of the academic year.After Jenkins’s March 18 announcement, Hoffmann Harding emailed students still living on campus and invited those with reason to stay to apply for extended housing via Google Form. In an email to The Observer, University spokesperson Dennis Brown said staff in Campus Ministry, the Office of Student Enrichment, Notre Dame International and Residential Life also called students individually to help them work out their next steps.“All students who identified on the form or to a staff member that they still needed housing accommodations were provided continued room and board in University-sponsored housing,” Brown said in the email.Brown said the Emergency Operations Center made the decision to provide extended housing to the students and will continue to oversee their accommodations for the rest of their stay.Students eligible to stay at the Morris Inn were notified in an email from Hoffmann Harding the evening of March 19. Move in took place March 21.“Living in a common location on campus will help alleviate any potential feelings of loneliness you may experience during this uncertain and difficult time,” Hoffmann Harding said in the email. “It will also help the University reduce the number of staff on campus in accordance with public health guidelines.” Since March 28, the Morris Inn has also been hosting about a dozen Saint Mary’s students. Linda Timm, interim vice president for student affairs at Saint Mary’s, said a few more are staying at the Inn at Saint Mary’s and Opus Hall, the College’s on-campus apartment complex.“When we made the decision to close the residence halls, we focused on settling our students in a location that was nearby, had plentiful WiFi and equipped for food service,” Timm said in an email. “The hotels on our tri-campus were willing to assist our students, and we’re grateful for that.”As a precautionary measure, most of the day-to-day life at the Morris Inn is relatively insular. Students are assigned one to a room, and meals are served at the door twice a day. Students also receive weekly laundry service from Saint Michael’s. According to a March 25 email from the College’s Office of Residence Life, both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame residents receive the same services.Morris Inn residents must abide by parietals and all other standards of conduct outlined in du Lac during their stay, according to an email sent to the Notre Dame Morris Inn residents March 20. In the interest of public health, a number of social-distancing precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also are in place. Residents must stay six to nine feet apart, may invite in no outside guests and all social gatherings are limited to 10 people.Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Pete McCormick serves as community director of the Morris Inn. McCormick works with 10 other University staff members — called “community assistants” — to help residents during their stay. Nine of the community assistants are rectors and one is a Campus Ministry employee.He said a large part of their job is pastoral care — making sure students’ needs are met and they feel supported. McCormick said each community assistant oversees about 10 to 20 residents.“Being away from loved ones, being sometimes away from your own home country in the midst of a pandemic like this can be a little nerve-racking,” he said. “We want to make sure that folks feel accompanied and known and loved in the midst of all this.”To that end, the University has arranged a number of weekly services to help build community at the Morris Inn, he said — for example, Zoom hall meetings, make-shift hall sections and virtual game nights.Students are also allowed to use public spaces around the Inn to study and spend time together, so long as they practice social distancing, McCormick said. To keep the building clean, all shared spaces will be sanitized on a nightly basis.“We do not have any expectations that students won’t engage with one another, go for a walk together or whatever the case might be like,” he said. “There’s going to be opportunities for [a] smaller community.”Notre Dame senior Natural Baptiste is one of the dozens of students staying at the Morris Inn. Baptiste said a number of reasons kept him from going home. For one, he worried about remote learning.“WiFi isn’t something I have access to readily at home,” he said. “And with my entire family at home working, being at home was not feasible.”He was also in Morocco over spring break. While returning home, he traveled through the Netherlands just as it was declared a level three travel advisory country by the U.S. Department of State. With an eight-month-old niece at home, going home wasn’t an option, he said.Baptiste said his transition back to Notre Dame and into the Morris Inn was not easy. Though students still on campus were told to leave “as soon as possible” in Hoffmann Harding’s email March 18, he said it wasn’t until the morning of March 19 that Residential Life offered them the chance to stay — and until then, students were left with more questions than answers. “If ‘Wait, what?‘ was an emotion, that’s how I felt,” Baptiste said.Gizelle Torres-Mendez, a Saint Mary‘s sophomore, is also staying at the Inn. She said she originally applied to stay at Saint Mary‘s because she didn’t have WiFi at home. Now she has no choice because of travel restrictions in her home state, Illinois.Torres-Mendez said her first few days at the Inn have been quiet.“Most of us just kind of stay inside the room,” she said. Still, she said the Morris Inn staff have been proactive in making sure all students are settling in.“I think they have been very good about asking if we have any issues or if they can help,” she said.Tags: COVID-19, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Morris Inn, remote learninglast_img read more

Rising Star Charlie Stemp on His Breakout Role in Half a Sixpence

first_img Newcomer Charlie Stemp looks set to be stamped for stardom when a revival of the 1965 British musical Half a Sixpence starts previews on October 29 at the Noel Coward Theatre, in advance of a November 17 opening. A sensation in Chichester, south of London, where director Rachel Kavanaugh’s production was seen over the summer, the young leading man spoke to Broadway.com about following in the footsteps of legendary British performer Tommy Steele and standing on the cusp of fame.How does it feel to be the unknown who is about to become a star?I feel very honored, I really do. It’s been exciting seeing my face all over town, on the tubes and buses and wherever else. That’s something I’m not used to!Were you nervous about signing on to a show produced by the legendary Cameron Mackintosh, who has launched many a musical theater performer over the years?Throughout this whole experience, I was ready to be petrified of Cameron because he is so well-known throughout the industry and is one of the biggest producers of the world. Going to his office for the first time was so daunting that I tried on three shirts because I was sweating so much.How was it when you got there?What’s amazing is that he gives you time—he listens and focuses on you and gives you his full undivided attention. It was all about making me feel relaxed—though I did have 11 auditions before I got the part!What was that like?When I did find out, I remember doing backflips! I couldn’t tell my mum for two weeks—it was the best-kept secret in the West End.Was it difficult being the new kid on the block?From the first set of rehearsals onwards, it’s been exhausting but also a brilliant experience. I had never had to sing on my own before and never had more than a couple of lines. I’d played Eddie in Mamma Mia! on tour but this whole experience was entirely new to me, and the cast was so helpful.What did you know about Half a Sixpence prior to this?I’d actually done the show at college [Laine Theatre Arts] in 2011 when I was 17. Andrew Wright, our choreographer, had seen me do it there and had said he enjoyed it, so when I saw him three or four years later for our auditions I was like, “I hope you remember me!”How do you see the appeal of a 1965 British musical to contemporary audiences?What we have going for us is that we’re the most British show in town. It’s always amazing to have your Wickeds and Lion Kings, but if you want to come to the West End and see a show that I think symbolizes the British side of musical theater, you need to catch [Half a Sixpence]. These songs are so famous throughout my nan’s and mum’s generation, and though it was of course made famous by Tommy Steele, we’ve put a completely new spin on it while trying to keep the same magic.What do you make of the character of Arthur Kipps, the drapery shop assistant who inherits a fortune? [The show is based on a satiric 1905 novel by HG Wells].The rags-to-riches story of this guy is still with us today. Arthur comes into quite a lot of money, which happens these days to people who win the lottery, and suddenly his life is changed and he has to realize that money can’t buy him happiness. He has to wrestle with his conscience and whether he stays with the friends and family he had before he came into money or whether he tries to move up to a different class where people treat him differently but don’t have the honesty that he has. For me to make that decision every night as an actor is something I find hard.So it’s about that time-honored British topic, class?Yes, and there is still a class system [in England]. I know a lot of people say it isn’t there but it still is, though slightly less heightened.Might those who liked Downton Abbey on TV respond well to this?The connection is there since we have Downton’s writer and creator, Julian Fellowes, working on this, along with some new songs from George Stiles and Anthony Drewe—so it’s not just the old musical dusted down and restaged.How are you coping with the banjo-playing required at each performance?I got given a banjo, which I named Babs the Banjo, which I look after—or maybe I should say it looks after me! I had to learn to play four weeks before we started on top of a 120-page script with Arthur on every page and then these wonderful, energetic dances, so there were many late nights—but I have loved every second!Are you pleased to have tested the piece out already in front of the Chichester audience?One of our new songs, “Pick Out a Simple Tune,” regularly got its own standing ovation, and we’re talking at the Chichester Festival Theatre, where the audience is the older generation. We were warned not to expect standing ovations there, but we got three on one particular evening, which was amazing. I am sure that won’t change now that we’re at the Noel Coward Theatre.Have you been in the West End before?My first job out of college was as “monkey number three” in Wicked here at the Apollo Victoria. I’ve always loved dancing, singing and acting, but dancing was always the thing I did for fun. It was great to be in a show where I was dancing through life 8 times a week! I was 19 when I went in so was the youngest in the cast and from there I went on to the international tour of Mamma Mia!Does the positive energy of Half a Sixpence have an impact on you as a performer?Absolutely. It just picks me up, as I hope it will also do for the audience. If you can sit through [showstopping number] “Flash Bang Wallop” without a smile on your face, then I owe you money. I owe you half a sixpence! Charlie Stemp in ‘Half a Sixpence'(Photo: Manuel Harlan) View Comments Star Files Charlie Stemplast_img read more