Cappies: St. Matthew Marries Food, Love and Humour in Warm Hearted Cap O' Rushes

Where: St. Matthew High SchoolDirector: Student Romuald JeanFumi ShibutaniCritic,Elmwood SchoolA kitchen is the heart of the home where food, salt and love come together. But where does a princess fit into the picture When asked how much she loves her father, a princess replies, I love you more that food loves salt.

Her response infuriatesher father, resulting in her banishment from the kingdom. As she struggles to adjust to her new life as a kitchen maid, she learns about cooking, love and friendship along the way.Sprinkled with humour and saturated with pop-culture references, St.

Matthew High Schools production of was a light-hearted fairy tale, blending drama, dance and music into a unified piece.Isabella, Cap o Rushes, played by Colleen Ryan, demonstrated strong vocal ability and stamina throughout the show. Scenes in which she seamlessly transitioned from delighted to sombre showcased her acting abilities.

Her romantic interactions with Prince Jerome (Hunter Langil) were believable, expressing the sincerity of young love. Her quick costume changes within a scene were impressive and her lines were delivered with elegance and grace.Alongside her were the Watchers Gus and Glen, played by Emma Goupil-Edma and Talia Aoude.

The dynamic duo of the show, Goupil-Edma and Aoude brought enthusiasm, humour and zest to the stage, as seen in the song This is Where Youre Going. ClumsyGus and level-headed created an enjoyable synergy on stage.The Narrators (Adrianna Arsenault and Trayton Sutherland) were another likeable pair, playing off each others energy and believably portraying the ups and downs of married life.

With their constant bickering and interjections, both Arsenault and Sutherland had strong onstage chemistry. They effectively broke the fourth wall by interacting with both the audience and characters on stage.Another standout wasCameron Colley, whose portrayal of King Lyam was dignified and wise.

His rich voice, with an emotional delivery, was a pleasant surprise.Student Romuald Jean skilfully directed the musical. His choice of alluding to modern-day and traditional characters made the show work fora high school audience.

His choice of set was simple but sophisticated. Sometimes a wall, other times a room divider; the same set pieces were used in multiple ways and remained structurally sound despite numerous set changes over the course of the show. Costumes were simple but paid attention to detail, with coloured embellishments and ornate crowns adorning the royal characters.

Lighting was well executed with spotlights consistently hitting their mark and coloured gels enhancing the overall mood of the piece. While the bright yellow-toned lighting gave a sense of warmth and homeliness in the kitchen and ballroom scenes, cooler-toned lighting provided a sense of solitude and reflectiveness.Replete with a cup of melodious singing, a dash of humour, and a pinch of physical comedy, St.

Matthew High Schools was a heart-warming production that tugged at heartstrings while teaching a life lesson about the true nature of a daughters love.K.C.

HoardCritic,Mother Teresa High SchoolEveryone knows the typical fairy tale plot: a fair maiden is down on her luck, but fortunately she seduces a handsome young prince to fall in love with her, and they all live happily ever after. In St. Matthew High Schools rendition of the little known English fairy tale of yore , however, the story was anything but conventional.

tells the story of a beautiful young princess who, upon being asked how much she loves her father, responds that she loves him as much as food needs salt. She is subsequently thrown out by her father the king due to her insolence. She then finds herself at the bottom of the social class, working for the king of another land as a lowly cook.

One day, however, she chances upon a ball thrown by the prince, and when the prince and princess lock eyes for the very first time, it is nothing less than love at first sight. promised a night of unforgettable song, dance, and joy, and it absolutely delivered. The production included excellent singing, impressive choreography, and a light-heartedness not often seen in modern theatre one could not keep a smile off their face throughout the entire evening.

Despite a few slip-ups here and there, was thoroughly entertaining, witty, and joyous.Colleen Ryan in the role of Princess Isabella anchored the stage around her and commanded the attention of the audience at all times. Her stunning beauty and haunting voice were hypnotizing, even when adorned in a dress made of rushes.

During Misunderstood, her facial expressions and graceful melodies embodied the character of the melancholy princess who had lost everything, and in Maybe Tonights the Night, her emotional range shone through.As the time-traveling Watchers, Emma Goupil-Edma and Talia Aoude provided a comical contrast to the sombre Isabella. Always ready with a joke or a dance move, both Watchers dominated the stage with their robust voices and impeccable comedic timing.

Prince Jerome (Hunter Langil) presented a memorable performance as the prince who just wanted to find the one he loved. An interesting addition to the play was the Narrators (Adrianna Arsenault and Trayton Sutherland), a husband-wife duo who often broke the fourth wall to inform the audience of the goings-on of the play around them. Armed with playful sarcasm, they were a grounding force repeatedly making jabs at the absurdity that fairy-tales generally portray.

All the songs in the musical were original a tall order for a high school to manage successfully, yet the production was executed marvellously. The mishaps were kept to a minimum, and when they did occur they were barely noticeable. The sets were kept simple, which allowed the actors to command most of the attention, yet they were designed in such a way that the crew could switch the setting easily and quickly without taking away from the medieval tone of the production.

Particularly notable were the windows in the castle rooms, which were interacted with by the actors. The use of a live dog in several scenes while extremely difficult was executed flawlessly, and was a valuable addition to the cheerful tone of the musical.Filled to the brim with delightful song, dance and comedy, St.

Matthews production of was a heart-warming production sure to conjure laughs and smiles from any who see it. In rousing the child in all of the audience, gave new meaning to the phrase and they all lived happily ever after.Mei GrundisonCritic,Colonel By Secondary SchoolAt times, even the best of us wonder how much we are loved.

In the student-directed production at St. Matthew High School, audiences watched fate commandeer the life and love of a young princess searching for her identity.Cap o Rushes, adapted from an English folk tale by St.

Matthew teacher Fadi Diab, is a childrens musical comedy that was first performed in 1996. A king asks his three daughters to describe to what extent each loves him, and he is disappointed and offended by his third daughters answer: as much as food loves salt. Thus she is banished from the kingdom and forced to earn her keep in another castles kitchen.

After losing all the materialistic belongings she holds dear, will she be able to keep her chin up and turn her life aroundThe St. Matthew Drama Guilds rendition directed by student Romuald Jean poked fun at itself, exciting audiences with pop-culture references and dance trends. The team demonstrated great backstage effort and a large, coordinated cast and dance crew with fair comedic timing and few line slip-ups.

Colleen Ryan played the protagonist Princess Isabella and Cap o Rushes with the true spirit of a teenage daughter, simply misunderstood by those around her. She began as a frustrated and saddened victim of her fathers wrath, and on her journey to acceptance showcased her beautiful singing voice in multiple numbers, including a romantic duet with Hunter Langil as Prince Jerome.Narrator Bill (Trayton Sutherland) related well to audiences and displayed great energy with his accompanying Narrator, Maureen, played by Adrianna Arsenault.

While other characters carried the main storyline, the pair also brought their A-game by breaking the fourth wall often and getting involved in the mayhem. In a modern twist to the show, The Watchers Gus and Glen (Emma Goupil-Edma and Talia Aoude, respectively) broke it down with great dance moves and performance of This is Where Youre Going.Kitchen staff member Ruby McLoughlins wonderful miming sequence of cleaning the floor and invisible wall caught the audiences attention, as did Isabella Xiongs melodic voice as princess Trina.

In addition, Cameron Colley shone as ageing ruler and strict father, King Lyam. His splendid body language and characterization in terms of voice and movement made for a convincing image that tied the royal scenes together.Lighting, designed by Romuald Jean and executed by Quinton Belair, was simple but effective, and incorporated some gels to set the atmosphere of scenes.

With the many set changes, stage manager Kassandra Engmann impressively ensured that all were quiet and successful. Finally, it was evident that Romuald Jean directed the show well through the chefs realistic mimed cooking and organization of the backstage crew.To conclude, St.

Matthew High Schools hard work turned out a performance of that touched the audiences funny bone with its comedic cast and strong backstage teamwork.Madeline CuillerierCritic,Colonel By Secondary School. .

. Everyone is familiar with these fairy tales, but very few people know the story of . St Matthew High Schools musical production of the obscure English folk tale was a laugh-out-loud story of love, both romantic and familial.

Isabella (Colleen Ryan) is the youngest daughter of King Lyam (Cameron Colley). When he asks her and her sisters how much they love him, her answer fails to satisfy him and he throws her out of the castle. Distraught, she uses the bulrushes she finds in the marsh to cover her fine clothing and, under the musical guidance of the bizarre but entertaining Watchers, Gus (Emma Goupil-Edma) and Glen (Talia Aoude), she finds employment in the kitchen of a different castle under the name Cap o Rushes.

While working there, she attends a ball in secret, where she dances all night with the handsome Prince Jerome (Hunter Langil). The two fall in love, but will it prevail Or will Isabellas fear prevent her from pursuing the man she lovesThe production was student directed by Romuald Jean, who effectively used condescension and irony to take a play originally intended as childrens theatre, and refit it for high school students.Isabellas character is timid and unsure of herself, both traits which Ryans portrayal was able to capture and highlight.

Through her many solos, her voice carried the tunes nicely with very little hesitation, and her acting and characterization gave life to Isabellas growing confidence towards the end of the show.The story was carried by the two narrators, Bill (Trayton Sutherland) and Maureen (Adrianna Arsenault). They bounced jokes off one another in a way that truly enhanced the production, and spoke expressively throughout the production.

Also noticeable was the performance of Cameron Colley as one of the kitchen staff. Always in character, even when he was in the background, his gestures and loud voice emphasized the comedy of the show.A story has to take place somewhere, and the sets depicting the location of definitely got the job done.

Well crafted and painted, not only were they intricate, with several layers of flats at times and doors leading off stage, they were also used effectively by the actors on stage. Also worth mentioning was the lighting. While the occasional cue was missed, the spotlights were always steady and well-placed, and the colourful stage lights did a good job of pumping up numbers like Its a Celebration.

Overall, St. Matthew did a great job. Through nice characterization and excellent comedic timing, the cast brought the audience along on an enthusiastically heart-warming journey which, helped by the impressive sets, reminded them to never take the people they love for granted.

Anna McAllisterCritic, A.Y. Jackson Secondary SchoolSt.

Matthew High Schools musical production of successfully married a traditional fairy tale with modern comedy to create a charming, endearing performance.Based on the traditional Old English classic and adapted as a musical by Fadi Diab, is the tale of a young princess who must come into her own to discover what truly makes her happy. Set in a kingdom far away, a mighty king asks each of his three daughters to tell him how much they love him.

When his youngest daughter Isabellas answer is deemed inadequate, the king exiles her, sending her away to live in the forest. Lost and alone, Isabella fashions some clothes out of bulrushes, while happening upon two supernatural creatures with the powers to guide her to fulfill her destiny. Through song, dance and quick comedy, Isabella learns what is truly important to her and finds where she fits into the world.

Colleen Ryan played Isabella, showing both stamina and vocal range in her many singing performances. Ryans ability to stand alone on stage during many scenes stood out as she filled the stage with her acting abilities and vocal talent. Gus and Glen, the supernatural helpers, were played by Emma Goupil-Edma and Talia Aoude, playing off of each other to create an energetic atmosphere.

The narrators, played by Adrianna Arsenault and Trayton Sutherland, peppered the performance with the humorous commentary of an old couple, while keeping the tale well paced and on track. Hunter Langil played a convincing lovesick prince while showing considerable emotional range through his characters development. The kitchen staff brought comedic relief to the tale and paired it with bubbly vocal performances to brighten the play during the darker times of the story as well as accompanying the lead harmoniously.

Charity Wessel played Natalie the lead chef, showing both emotional depth and comedic timing through her performance. King Lyam, played by Cameron Colley, brought forth a strong, fatherly character that anchored the play as he executed his role with confidence. Trina and Petina, played by Isabella Xiong and Miranda Barber, created an interesting sisterly dynamic through their performance and their duet, which featured both vocal harmonies and individual solos.

The show featured a wide variety of dancing styles choreographed by Hilary Kalinda, with everything from ballet to modern hip-hop being featured. This vast range of dance styles showcased the dancers talents and diverse abilities. The costumes and make up, done by Jessica Sloan and Adrianna Arsenault, were simplistic in nature, yet effective, bringing the fairy tale to life on stage.

The set, created by Romauld Jean, was versatile in displaying the many different locations in which the story takes place, while still filling the stage. The stage crew, led by stage manager Kassandra Engmann, was efficient in moving quickly and using the set and various props to create an inviting stage for each scene. Student director, Romauld Jean, took a classic piece of childrens theatre and modified it with a fresh twist to elevate it to the high school stage for a new audience to enjoy by adding elements of comedy and sarcasm to the production.

Overall, this production took all the ingredients necessary to make a great fairy tale and added their own twist, reinventing this old English tale while accomplishing strong performances in acting, dancing and singing.The production at St. Matthew High School was reviewed by 28 critics representing 13 schools.

The critic discussions were mentored by teacher Colleen Pierce-Price of Gloucester High School and student reviews were edited and selected for publication by teacher Stephanie Pearson of Holy Trinity Catholic High School, who could see only the reviews, not the names or schools of the reviewers.Next review: Ashbury Colleges production of The Citizen and 27 high schools are participating in the Cappies, a Washington, D.C.

-based program that uses high school critics to review high school theatre. The program is a unique partnership between the Citizen, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board. Two schools from other boards in the region and two private schools have also joined.

The four winners of the lead acting categories will receive a bursary provided by the national law firmGowlingLafleur Henderson LLP. Follow the Cappies on Twitter @OttawaCappies.

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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Marry with Hindu Ceremonies ...
After a year of insatiable rumours and another four months of a whirlwind engagement, Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas have officially been proclaimed husband and wife twice ! The two paid homage to their respective backgrounds by including a Christian and Hindu wedding ceremony in their festivities which took place last weekend. They were first married in a Christian ceremony on Saturday, officiated by Jonas father, according to Vogue. A Hindu ceremony was held the next day in the historic sandstone Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur, Rajasthan in Chopras home country of India, ending the week-long wedding festivities with aplomb. People will need vacations after this wedding, Chopra was quoted as saying in an last week. While she probably meant it as a joke, its a sentiment deeply related to by anyone, Indian or otherwise, who has had to plan an Indian wedding. Hindu weddings are known worldwide for their extremely colourful, elaborate ceremonies, filled to the brim with flower decorations, religious rites, social functions that can last over a week. Unlike a Christian ceremony which usually start and end on the same day, a Hindu wedding usually involves a series of pre-wedding rites designed to physically and emotionally prepare the bride and groom for their nuptials : A post shared by (@priyankachopra) on The ceremony is generally the first to prelude any Hindu wedding and usually takes place months before the actual ceremony. Known as one of the most significant pre-wedding ceremonies, its considered as a stamp solidifying the bride and grooms commitment to the marriage. Unlike a traditional Christian ceremony which sometimes includes a question asking if there are any objections to the wedding on the day itself, there are no take backs after the ! Chopra and Jonas announced their upcoming wedding with a ceremony in August. An important part for a girl in an Indian wedding is the Mehendi, wrote Chopra in an Instagram post. A rite that typically takes place a day or two before the wedding, the m ceremony is one of the most coveted by women within the wedding. Here, all of the women in the bride and grooms families, along with guests gather while the bride traditionally has elaborate, intricate henna designs applied to her feet and hands. Apart from its beauty, is known for its cooling properties and is thought to calm the bride before her ceremony. Sometimes, designers will hide the grooms initials within their designs on the brides hands for the groom to later search for. While the ceremony is traditionally women-only, most functions today also allow men to attend. Nick Jonas is pictured laughing with Chopra during her ceremony in an Instagram post, which she captioned, Once again we made it our own and it was an afternoon that kicked off the celebrations in the way we both dreamed. A Hindu wedding icebreaker ! Apart from the , the ceremony is generally one of the most fun ceremonies for guests and families alike. Here, the bride and groom, in separate locations are slathered with a thick paste of , i.e. turmeric powder, rose water and sandalwood powder, by their respective family members and guests. The powder is thought to strengthen and beautify the couple before the nuptials as well as ward off any evil that comes their way. While Chopra held a ceremony as per tradition, Jonas reportedly did not and instead participated in a ceremony afterwards, i.e., a ritual in which turbans are tied for the groom and other male relatives involved in the wedding. A post shared by (@priyankachopra) on Open bar, make way ! The is an Indian weddings extravaganza, that can either be made as lavish as a Bollywood movie or instead modest and toned down. As a Hindu ceremony traditionally does not involve the exchange of rings, couples normally perform the rite during the , the last function to take place the night before the wedding day. As means song or sung together, its a night filled with music and dance and long-practiced performances by friends and relatives of the bride and groom. Chopra posted a sneak-peek of her and Jonas on Instagram. The post included a video of clips showcasing a spectacular event filled with stage lights, Nick Jonas flawlessly dancing in traditional Bollywood style with props, a performance by Joe Jonas and a mother-daughter dance by Chopra and her mother. As guests and relatives slowly wake up amidst the exhaustion and hangovers from the previous night, the bride is already out of bed, showered and in the middle of makeup and hair. , Priyanka Chopra donned a sari in red as according to Hindu custom while Nick was attired in a turban and traditional wear. The day traditionally begins with a ceremony in which the groom arrives on a horse, complete with a throng of friends and relatives dancing to festive drum beats. Reportedly Chopra joined Jonas during his festivities. A post shared by (@filmfare) on While many Hindu weddings nowadays come with their own twists and variations, every wedding at its core will include a , a ritual conducted by sitting around a sacred fire and , which literally translates to seven steps, but in reality means completing seven rounds around the fire in order to become husband and wife. With the exchange of rings completed the night before, the groom instead places a necklace, known as a around the brides neck, officially wedding her to him. Chopra and Jonas reportedly maintained a strict no-pictures policy during their wedding which means us fans will have to wait longer before we can steal ideas from the couples fairytale palace wedding.
2021 05 14
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Pop Stars Face Blackouts Under Eu Plans to Ban High-power Stage Lights
POP stars face a concert black-out under EU plans to ban high-power stage lights. New energy efficiency rules will outlaw the use of traditional tungsten bulbs and many of the latest LED fittings. Concert promoters warn it will be catastrophic for spectacular touring shows by artists such as Beyonce, Take That and Taylor Swift. And it will force small theatres, school halls and community venues to splash out to replace older lighting systems. The EUs proposed Ecodesign Working Plan will regulate stage lighting under the same rules that govern household and office use. Brexit will come too late to save music shows and theatre from the diktat, which comes into force in September 2020. Tugnsten and arc light bulbs would become unavailable and high-quality LED lighting units now on the market would also be banned. Theatre lighting technicians say all the tools and equipment needed to put on a show will be put out-of-date by the new rules. Lighting chiefs have launched a petition, signed by 80,000 so far, calling for an exemption for the entertainment industry. They say high-powered gear is vital to vital to highlight drama, emotion and energy in a performance. UK Music boss Michael Dugher said: This could have a serious impact on the music industry that contributes 4.4billion a year to our economy . While we recognise the importance of improving energy efficiency, there is a real risk venues could face huge costs to replace perfectly good lighting equipment. Despite UK Music and the Music Venue Trust winning much-needed changes to planning laws recently, this could not come at a worse time for many grassroots venues which are already battling to survive in the face of rent and rate hikes. It is vital that we maintain the existing exemption until a proper assessment has been made of the impact of the proposed change and we find a solution that everyone is happy with.
2021 05 14
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Grand Ole Oprys Circle Is Unbroken
NASHVILLE, TENN.Brad Paisley and Little Jimmy Dickens helped a handful of construction workers install the circle in the centre of the Grand Ole Opry House stage Wednesday after flood waters nearly destroyed the precious piece of country music history. The two then performed the Opry standard, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? That is a classic song thats been sung here for generations and its taking on new meaning with all of this, Paisley said. Officials announced the Opry House will reopen to the public with a star-studded performance Sept. 28 and the Oprys 85th anniversary celebration will go on as scheduled in October. Were having a party, Opry president Steve Buchanan said. The circle, made in 1974 from a part of the old stage from the Oprys former home at Ryman Auditorium, was submerged in more than a metre of water during the May flood that damaged the Opry house and the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Resort in Nashville. Many musicians and fans consider the circle the heart of country music. The wood carries scuffs from the boots of the genres biggest stars and is a destination for aspiring singers from all corners of the world. This is absolutely the one place that matters more than any other in country music, Paisley said. Buchanan said the two-metre circle of oak buckled but proved to be sturdier than the modern Opry stage. It was refurbished by Nashvilles CC Cabinet Inc., and is now surrounded by a dark brown teak that helps the lacquered circle stand out under stage lights. Paisley said hes amazed at how far the reclamation project has come since the days following the flood, which caused more than $2 billion damage in Nashville alone. When I first walked in here everything you see including the rafters and the very top pews were covered in a sort of brown film from the dried mud that had become dust and it was horrendous looking, he said. I didnt know how they were ever going to get it clean and rebuilt, and all of these things that needed done. Associated Press
2021 05 14
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Crews Sifting Through Debris, Search for Answers to Stage Collapse
iReport: Are you there? Share photos, videos (CNN) -- Crews on Sunday sifted through debris of a concert stage that collapsed at the Indiana State Fair, trying to determine what caused the accident that killed five people and injured 40, authorities said.The fairgrounds were closed Sunday as investigators began the search for answers. The state fair was expected to reopen to the public Monday following a public memorial service to remember those who were killed and injured, said Cindy Hoyne, the fair's executive director.Forecasters warned heavy rain and strong winds would hit the fair nearly two hours before the storm moved through, causing the collapse of the stage Saturday night. The National Weather Service estimated winds at 60 to 70 mph.Metal scaffolding fell onto the "Sugarpit," a section usually occupied by Sugarland's most ardent fans, about four minutes after authorities took the stage to warn the crowd to seek shelter, according to a timeline of events released by investigators Sunday."It's not clear to me at this stage how anyone could have foreseen a sudden, highly localized gust of wind in one place," Gov. Mitch Daniels said.Video shows the blue canvas top fraying and flapping just seconds before the steel scaffolding gave way, sending a heavy bank of stage lights and metal onto fans closest to the outdoor stage.Gov. Daniels described the collapse as a "freakish accident."Sugarland, an Atlanta-based country duo, escaped injury since they had not yet come onstage. They later posted a message on Twitter saying they were "stunned and heartbroken for the fans."The group -- along with its opening act, Sara Bareilles -- cancelled their scheduled performance Sunday night at the Iowa State Fair. According to the fair's website, "aside from coping with the magnitude of the accident, the ongoing investigation prevents the band from getting what may remain of their stage equipment."Jennifer Nettles, one half of the Sugarland duo, posted a statement on the group's web site Sunday, saying "there are no words to process a moment of this magnitude and gravity.""There are only prayers for peace in the hearts of the bereft, and prayers of thanksgiving for those who were spared or safe. A piece of our heart is left in that grandstand," Nettles said.Sara Bareilles, who had just finished her performance when the collapse occurred, tweeted Sunday she was still thinking of all those affected."On her web site, she wrote: "The accident at the Indiana State Fair felt like a bad dream. The weather changed in a matter of minutes and the stage collapsed in a matter of seconds. "She called the emergency response "incredibly quick." While most of the injured were treated and released from Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, nine patients were admitted and still being treated Sunday afternoon, the hospital said. Three children remained at Riley Hospital for Children, the hospital said.The Marion County, Indiana, coroner identified the three women and two men who died as: Tammy Vandam, 42, of Wanatah, Indiana; Glenn Goodrich, 49, of Indianapolis; Alina Bigjohny, 23, of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Christina Santiago, 29, of Chicago; and Nathan Byrd, 51, of Indianapolis. Vandam, Goodrich, Bigjohny and Santiago were dead at the scene, while Byrd died later at the hospital, the coroner said.Friends, colleagues and family gathered Sunday to remember Santiago at Chicago's Howard Brown Health Center, a health care organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, where she worked."We have lost a fierce warrior, an amazing activist," said Rosa Yadira Ortiz, board president for Amigas Latinos, a group for lesbian Hispanics in Chicago that Santiago was involved in. "She really brought us all together."The families of two of those hospitalized released brief statements Sunday, each asking for prayers and privacy."Jenny Haskell, a 22-year-old Ball State senior, is very critical at this time," her family said.A fifth-grader, identified only as Jade, is in critical condition, according to her family."A big gust of wind came through. You could see a lot of people panicking," said Aaron Richman, who witnessed the collapse at the fair in Indianapolis. "All the scaffolding and speakers -- all that came crashing down -- and the whole stand just collapsed."Allison Hoehn, another concertgoer, said many attendees rushed to those trapped after the stage crumbled."We tried to get down to help, but no one was moving," Hoehn said. "The storm came on so fast and the stage just snapped like a toothpick."Spectators grabbed parts of their seats to assemble makeshift stretchers, Hoehn said."Everyone rushed to help, and we saw people searching and pulling people out," she said. "(I) saw five people go away on stretchers. It was amazing how many people ran in to try to lift the scaffolding."Capt. Brad Weaver, commander of special operations for the Indiana State Police, said he took the stage at 8:45 p.m. to warn the audience of severe weather.Weaver said he "saw the framework from the stage start to come over."He said he and others took cover behind a trailer, which was also struck by debris from the stage.Weaver said authorities were in the process of issuing an evacuation order, but Hoehn said no one told the crowd at the concert to evacuate.Earlier this month, severe weather caused a stage to collapse before a Flaming Lips performance in Oklahoma.The August 6 incident occurred after heavy winds and rain pounded Tulsa, ending a block party music festival that featured Primus, the Flaming Lips and other acts. A lighting rig fell down and struck audio equipment and instruments. It was unclear whether there were any injuries.And last month, a severe storm toppled a stage when classic rock band Cheap Trick was performing. No one was seriously hurt during the incident at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada.CNN's Alan Duke, Chelsea J. Carter, Leslie Tripp and David Williams contributed to this report.
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