SWARTHMORE — Spotlight Theatre will present “The Wedding Singer,” 8 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 18 and 25 and Saturdays, Feb. 19 and 26 and 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 20 and 27. “The Wedding Singer” is based upon the New Line Cinema Film, as well as the book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlithy.
Originally scheduled for Spotlight’s 2019-2020 season, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this show has been on hold, but the cast and crew are now ready to bring this funny, romantic, heartwarming and dance/sing-along, neon infused 80’s musical to the stage. Everyone is invited to dress in their’80s attire and go back to the time when neon, fishnets and band t-shirts were the fashion, hair, wedding dresses, veils and makeup were big, the music was loud and greed was good. The shows will feature some surprise guests. According to the show’s press release, the production comes alive with a visually stunning set, a live musical wedding band, and some of Delco’s finest musical theatre talent. Directed by Kim Green of Brookhaven, assistant director, Jean Marie Martin of Wallingford, musical direction by Matthew English of Clayton, N.J. and Choreography by Mariah Wolk of Morton, the show will lighten the winter blues. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $16 for seniors 65 and over and high school and college students with ID.
For tickets and more information, visit http://www.spotlighttheatrepa.org.
St. Mary Magdalen presents Exposition of Sacred Relics
St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2400 N. Providence Road, Upper Providence, will present “Treasures of the Church, an Exposition of Sacred Relics,” 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Father Carlos Martins, a Vatican-appointed relic expert, will present an extraordinary collection over 150 relics from the Vatican, some over 2,000 years old. Among the treasures will be relics of St. Peter, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Joseph, St. Maria Goretti, St. Therese of Lisieux St. Francis of Assis, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine and St. Faustina. This is also a rare opportunity to see a portion of the Veil of Our Lady, one of the most significant remaining pieces of the True Cross.
Those in attendance will be able to examine and venerate each relic. Over the centuries, many have been healed in the presence of holy relics, and thousands have occurred through this ministry.People are welcome to bring articles of devotion, such as rosaries, holy cards and photos of ill friends or family members, to touch to the reliquaries as a means of intercession.
The 1 p.m. “Treasures of the Church” event will also feature a scriptural and historical talk by Fr. Martins. The pope has issued a special plenary indulgence for all attendees of a Treasures of the Church exposition.
According to Monsignor Chieffo, pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, everyone is welcome and this is a wonderful way to begin the upcoming Lenten season. To learn more, visit http://treasuresofthechurch.com or call SMM Parish at 610-566-8821.
Neumann’s Studio Day offers hands-on experience for high school students
Studio Day at Neumann University in Aston is an opportunity for high school students who are interested in broadcasting and communications to use the state-of-the-art professional technology in the Mullen Communication Center on campus.
Set for Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon, the event is designed to maximize hands-on experience in the university’s multimillion-dollar television and radio studios. Students can use a teleprompter to report from the news desk, forecast weather in front of a green screen, or manage a broadcast from the control room.
Students will also meet three experienced media professionals, who will discuss both on-air and behind-the-scenes careers in broadcasting and journalism: Marisa Magnatta, producer and digital content director of “The Preston & Steve Show” on 93.3 WMMR; Casey Boy, executive producer of “The Preston & Steve Show” on WMMR; and Leigh Pullekines, EMMY Award-winning director for NBC10 and part-time Neumann faculty member.
Neumann professors will explain the three tracks of the university’s Communication and Digital Media major and discuss the internship opportunities with media companies in the Philadelphia market.
“One of the features of this major that students love is that they can start using all this technology from their first day on campus,” says Sean McDonald, director of Neumann Media, which includes 98.5 WNUW, NeuPress, Neumann Sports Network, and NeuTube.
Neumann’s Communication majors have won Student EMMY Awards, and they produce the video for Preston and Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger every year.
To register for Studio Day, visit http://www.neumann.edu/StudioDay.
Power Home Remodeling donates additional $750G to support Chester Waterfront Development
The Riverfront Alliance of Delaware County announced a $750,000 award this week from board member organization Power Home Remodeling Group (Power) via the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Waterfront Development Tax Credit Program to fund the West Second Street Waterfront Trail as a part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the Chester waterfront.
The donation will be used to develop a multi-use trail on the southside of Route 291 that will connect to the existing East Coast Greenway Riverwalk. This trail will provide pedestrian improvements to facilitate connecting residential neighborhoods north of West Second Street to the waterfront. When fully completed, this trail segment will span approximately 2.9 miles and will help establish a walking and biking route in the area.
“The development of this multi-use trail will contribute to RADC’s ongoing effort to revitalize the Chester waterfront by integrating cycling routes along the East Coast Greenway with an emphasis on safety, and expressing the natural beauty of the Chester. It will also provide local residents with an invaluable avenue for daily travel,” said Lisa Gaffney, RADC executive director. “This project is high on our list of priorities for the coming year and we cannot wait to finally break ground in the near future.”
The DCED program allows for approved waterfront development organizations to apply for waterfront development tax credits for eligible transportation and recreational projects, and can issue up to $1.5 million annually.
“The development of the Chester waterfront has been a passion project of ours ever since the plan’s inception. As a business, we put our people first, and find any way to give back annually to the community we have chosen as our national headquarters,” said Kaliner, co-founder of Power Home Remodeling.
Plans for the development of the trail were detailed in RADC’s Chester Waterfront Master Plan, which was unveiled in September 2020. The plan aims to guide the redevelopment of the waterfront while promoting better connections to the local community and establishing Chester as a regional destination to stay and live for residents, businesses and visitors. To view the Riverfront Master Plan, visit https://www.delcoriverfront.com/images/MasterPlan/Master_Plan.pdf.
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