UPPER DARBY—Upper Darby Summer Stage will perform “The SpongeBob Musical” as this year’s Mainstage show and the culmination of Summer Stage’s 47th season, at 7:30 p.m. on July 29-30 and August 5-6 and 1:30 p.m. on July 30 .
The main stage performance of “The SpongeBob Musical” will last approximately 2.5 hours with a 15-minute intermission. Tickets range from $18 to $22.
“The SpongeBob Musical” received 12 Tony nominations and was named Best Musical by the Drama Desk Awards and Outer Critics Circle. Its score includes music by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, David Bowie and many other artists. This musical adaptation of Nickelodeon’s animated children’s sitcom is a timeless story of identity, crisis and community with an eclectic score with something for everyone.
“The SpongeBob Musical” tells the story of its carefree titular character, SpongeBob, played by Lansdowne’s Jayson Brown, whose pleasant life is abruptly cut short when he and his friends discover that Mount Humongous, a nearby volcano, is about to erupt. within the next 48 hours, destroying Bikini Bottom and everyone else. SpongeBob teams up with Sandy Cheeks, played by Kennedy McAlister from Philadelphia and Patrick Star, played by Pat Walsh from Drexel Hill, in an attempt to save their community. Prospect Park’s William Daniels plays SpongeBob’s cynical neighbor Squidward, while Havertown’s Nick Taddeo and Upper Darby’s Nigel Grant, Jr. play the money-hungry Mr. Krabs and the evil Sheldon J. Plankton.
Director Sarah DeNight says, “The show probably isn’t what people would expect if they were just used to the cartoon, or if they thought it would be like a theme park show. We have an amazing live orchestra as well as a sound artist, providing live sound effects, at show time. The show is filled with a beautiful humanity and a story that relates to our world today.
Upper Darby Summer Stage will also feature “How I Became a Pirate,” 10:30 a.m. July 27, 28, and 29 to 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. July 28. The show, directed by Ali Caiazzo. is part of the family-friendly hour-long series of performances presented this year by the Upper Darby Summer Stage Children’s Theater Program. Tickets range from $10 to $14 for each performance.
Upper Darby Summer Stage has partnered with Casey’s Restaurant to sponsor How I Became A Pirate.
In “How I Became a Pirate”, Captain Braid Beard, played by Aidan Dougherty of Essington, and his pirate crew search for the perfect place to bury their treasure. Along the way, they are joined by young Jeremy Jacob, played by Havertown’s Norah Kneafsey. The aspiring buccaneer learns the code of the pirates, helps them in their quest, and teaches them that there is more treasure to be had than can be found on a map.
Tickets for both shows can be purchased online anytime at http://www.udsummerstage.org or by calling the box office at 610-814-7270 during office hours Monday-Thursday 1-4 p.m. . Both shows will take place at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill. Parking is free.
Upper Darby Summer Stage was sponsored for the season by Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School. Summer Stage 2022 is also supported by Sponsor and Host, Upper Darby School District, as well as Founding Sponsor, Upper Darby Township. Upper Darby Summer Stage is now officially a program of the non-profit Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation.
Delaware County Foundation Announces Over $500,000 in Housing Program Grants
The Delaware County Foundation announced two recent grants for the Housing Opportunities for Equity (HOPE) program this week. These include $75,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Social Services and $500,000 funded through the U.S. Federal Bailout Act (ARPA) under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). ).
HOPE, launched in 2021, addresses housing instability through financial assistance to families, case management, financial education, and advocacy for housing reform.
“The Foundation for Delaware County is a trusted community partner, and I’m thrilled that my office was able to help secure a total of $575,000 for its HOPE initiative,” said Senator Kearney. “There are far too many people still experiencing the ill effects of the pandemic, and I will continue to support projects that seek to bring stability to individuals and families across our Commonwealth.”
ARPA funding will ensure that HOPE continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by providing services to help Delaware County families maintain stable housing. COVID-19 has had a disproportionate impact on the ability of low-income families to afford and maintain housing and has led to deterioration in physical and mental health, financial insecurity and unemployment. Additionally, increased spending on food, utilities, fuel and housing has added financial stress to families already burdened with costs. As housing instability increases, this funding will allow HOPE to meet the increased demand for services. HOPE staff will also provide financial literacy training to help families develop financial habits that boost long-term housing stability and financial security.
A $75,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Social Services will be used to support the creation and facilitation of a housing “task force” in Delaware County. This group will include public housing agencies, social service providers, agencies that serve the homeless, and people with lived experience. Through a guided facilitation process, a needs assessment will be developed to identify systemic and persistent barriers to safe and equitable housing in Delaware County.
To learn more about HOPE, visit https://delcofoundation.org/community-programs/our-initiatives/housing-opportunities-program-for-equity-hope/
A public charity founded in 2016, the Delaware County Foundation is the largest philanthropic organization serving Delaware County. One of 780 community foundations across the United States, the foundation encourages philanthropy by providing effective giving vehicles such as donor-advised funds, charitable annuities, and estate planning advice to generous individuals who want to make an impact in Delaware County and beyond. In April, the foundation awarded more than $1.8 million in impact grants to area nonprofits. Additionally, the foundation operates the Center for Nonprofit Excellence to strengthen Delaware County’s nonprofit community.
With headquarters in media and service locations in Eddystone, Upper Darby, and Springfield, the Delaware County Foundation also operates the prestigious evidence-based programs Healthy Start, the WIC Nutrition Program, and the Nurse-Family Partnership. Other programs include El Centro (a Hispanic Resource Center), a Chester Upland School District Student Health Resource Center, and the new Housing Opportunities for Equity (HOPE) program. To learn more, visit the foundation at http://www.delcofoundation.org/.
Casino Night Fundraiser Benefits Springfield High Student-Athletes
The Springfield Area Educational Foundation will host Cougar Casino Night, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, August 27, at Rolling Green Golf Club. The event will include various gaming tables, food and beverages, a cash bar, appetizers, silent auction items, gift baskets and a raffle. All proceeds from the Cougar Casino Night fundraising event will go towards providing support for the benefit
Springfield High School’s new strength and conditioning facility for SHS student-athletes. EF Cougar Casino Night committee members include John Gildea Walker, Mark Krauter, Tom Lemieux, Glenn Mallon, Steve Todaro, Tamara Bean and Carole Krauter. To learn more about the event and the Springfield Area Educational Foundation, or to register for sponsorship opportunities or obtain tickets, go to http://www.saef.net/. To reach Jan Griesemer, SAEF Development Office, contact her at 610-938-6034 or [email protected]/.
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