ROSE VALLEY – On the heels of a successful reopening with the sold-out series of ‘The Weir’ by Conor McPherson, Hedgerow Theater Company continues its 99th season with indoor performances in a delightful community-driven adaptation of the vacation favorite by Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol” for all ages.
Until Friday, December 24, Nagle Jackson’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ moving tale explores what Christmas can mean to each of us differently, and how it can inspire and speak to us over the years. After two preview nights on November 23 and 24, “A Christmas Carol” will officially open at 7pm on Friday November 26 at the Hedgerow Theater, 64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley.
“In an age of coming together, this beloved Delaware County tradition shines brightly – featuring a heartfelt and talented multigenerational cast of nearly three dozen performers as well as the artistry of collaborating community artists. woven into fun, ”said the Executive Artistic Director. Marcie Bramucci.
First-time performers are taking over alongside veterans of Hedgerow’s 28-year past “Christmas Carols”, and artists of all stripes in between. In addition to the artists of Hedgerow, this production hosts the participation of many community partners – from live pre-show performances, including the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church Choir and other outdoor music groups, to an exhibition student artists from the school in Rose Valley, whose winter-themed works will be featured in the lobby during the race, as will works by renowned local artist, Bob Deane.
When the spirits take the dark and lonely Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey through time, he is faced with the ultimate reflection of his life and his choices. A holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol” features returning artist Brian McCann as Scrooge, under the direction of Penelope Reed, longtime former Executive Artistic Director of the Hedgerow Theater and recent recipient of the Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award.
Production includes stage design by Zoran Kovcic, installation design by Alondra Castillo-Santos, sound design by Sammy Hurley, lighting design by Justin Baker, costume design by Elizabeth Hanson, costume design by props by Gray Kelsey, scenic painting design by Brian McCann, and is stage directed by Kate Sparacio. The cast also includes A Christmas veterans Carol Gray Kelsey, Stacy Skinner and Zoran Kovcic; who are joined by Cassie Alexander, Rachel Dutton, David Hadley, John Harvey, Todd Hilsee, Wyatt Neff, Kelly Reeves, Emily Sampson and Michael Stahler; plus a dynamic team of young artists: Seamus Altman, Jude Andress, Anastasia Cavanaugh, Adelina Constable, Gabrielle Dove, Hailey Ecton, Guiliana Furia, Ella Green, Genevieve Johnson, Cari Long, Nicholas McPherson, Sophia Patriarch, Caedmon Rupert, Lucian Rupert, Emerson Simmons, Kateri Simmons, Mia Stanley, Hadiyah Swigett, Miranda Wells and Samantha Woody.
On opening night, Friday, November 26, patrons will be treated to a gourmet hot chocolate bar after the show, courtesy of Scooped Ice Cream in Media. On Thursday evenings, guests are invited to enjoy live music before the show outside on the Hedgerow campus. On Friday evenings from December 3, guests can arrive early to enjoy apple cider or mulled wine. Sunday morning performances will be followed by an informal question-and-answer session with artists from the production.
The show on December 12 at 2 p.m. will be an audio-description and relaxed performance. Audio description will be provided by Nicole Sardella for customers who are blind or visually impaired. The relaxed performances create a non-judgmental and inclusive environment for clients with a range of sensory and communication differences, including people with the autism spectrum and people of all abilities who would benefit from a relaxed theater environment. A pre-performance sensory tour will be given at 1:15 p.m. in the afternoon of the audio-description and relaxing performance.
“A Christmas Carol” preview tickets are $ 20; From opening night, adult tickets are $ 35, youth tickets (under 18) are $ 20. For tickets, or exact dates and times, call the box office at 610-565-4211 or visit http://www.hedgerowtheatre.org.
Folsom Fire Co. organizes the Christmas festival
Folsom Fire Co. Station 18, 411 Sutton Ave., Folsom, will be hosting a Christmas festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 11. For information and updates, visit “Folsom Fire Company Station 18” on Facebook.
A $ 15 billion grant awarded to the Broomall Fire Company, which is entirely voluntary
Broomall Fire Co. has been selected to receive a $ 15,000 grant for water rescue equipment and training. Funding comes from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and will help the Volunteer Department purchase drysuits. Drysuits help firefighters respond to standing and quick water rescues, as their typical equipment is not suitable for these situations. The funding will also help cover the training of a certified water rescue training provider.
State Representative Jennifer O’Mara, D-165 from Springfield, said. “I know this grant will be of great help to Broomall Fire Company and strengthen its capacity to respond to those affected by the floods. This will be of particular benefit to residents who live along Darby Creek and need emergency services after a major storm. “
“In recent years, Broomall Fire Co. has seen a significant increase in calls to rescue people stranded in their cars or homes due to rising waters during major weather events. We lack the proper protective equipment to perform this type of rescue safely, ”said Jim Capuzzi, President of Broomall Fire Co.“ Often our firefighters are forced to remove their firefighting equipment and ‘enter the water without any additional protection. We are now able to purchase drysuits, flotation devices, rescue ropes and the specialized equipment our firefighters need to perform water rescues safely.
Registration in progress for the boating safety course
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 4-3 will deliver a U.S. Coast Guard-approved boating safety training course from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Jan. 8, 15, 22 . A second course is scheduled for February 19, 26 and March. 5 at the same time. Classes are held at the USCG Auxiliary Training Center, 7 West Delaware Ave., Marcus Hook.
When you are out on the water, whether on a powerboat, sailboat, kayak or jet ski, safety should be the number one priority. This course will serve as an introduction to boating safety for novice boaters and provide experienced boaters with a better understanding of how to stay safe on the water. Pennsylvania requires a boating safety certificate for anyone born after January 1, 1982, who operates a powerboat with an engine over 25 hp.
The course is a boating certificate class that provides an in-depth introduction to boating, boating law, safety equipment, boating, nautical emergency management, and towing. . Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a Boating Safety Certificate, which will give the added benefit of getting insurance discounts on boat insurance with the certificate. There is a registration fee of $ 30 for this course or $ 40 for two family members who share the course material. These fees cover all course materials and instructions. Pre-registration for this course is mandatory. Space is limited. For more information or to register, send an email to [email protected]/. Those interested in joining the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and wanting more information can see:https://join.cgaux.org.
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