‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ has 3 performances inin the Carriage House at Historic Waynesborough

Jennifer Summerfield in “The Yellow Wallpaper”which will be performed at Historic Waynesborough in Paoli. Photo by Kyle Cassidy

 

“There are things in that paper that nobody knows but me.”

 

So says the narrator in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Victorian masterpiece, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” This tale of psychological terror and feminist awakening comes to life in the Carriage House at Historic Waynesborough, as a woman suffering from “nervous depression” is kept in the country on medical rest by her husband, only to discover that there is something far more insidious lurking within the walls of her prison-like room”.After a very successful run at the Hill-Physick House, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” performed by Jennifer Summerfield, is returning to Historic Waynesborough for a limited three day run: Nov. 19-17-18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20

The Carriage House at Historic Waynesborough is at 2049 Waynesborough Rd, Paoli, PA 19301. For tickets, visit: https://landmarks.ticketleap.com/the-yellow-wallpaper/

Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society presents ‘The Nutcracker’ at UDPAC

Life-size dolls! Battling mice! Dancing snowflakes! Upper Darby Performing Arts Center invites audiences to join Marie on an exciting adventure to the Land of the Sweets as the Main Line’s Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society presents “The Nutcracker” Nov. 17, 18 and 19. The classically trained dancers and professional soloists offer an impressive, professional-level production – the weekend before Thanksgiving – that is popularly priced for all family members to enjoy.

The ninety-minute performances take place on Nov.17 at 7:00 pm, Nov. 18 at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, and Nov.19 at 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm. Performances are ideal for children ages 4 years old and up. Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill, PA.

The classic Christmas story revolves around a young girl who discovers a world far beyond the comforts of her home. Danced to the exciting score by the Russian composer Pyotr (Peter) Tchaikovsky, the popular ballet has become a traditional holiday activity.

Performed by the renowned Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet of Narberth, one of the few dance academies in the Philadelphia region dedicated solely to classical ballet training, PABS Nutcracker performances feature professional soloists in addition to the students. The professional quality performances are ninety minutes in length and offer an affordable alternative to introduce young audience members to the classic holiday ballet.

“Dancers and performers in a story ballet, like The Nutcracker, use their artistry and technique to tell the tale. The audience is there to get swept away by the story and use their imagination,” said Melinda Pendleton, Director of Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. “Having the story told in live performance enables young audience members to feel as if they are sharing the characters experiences….drawing them into the world of ballet and story-telling. This is what makes it magical on many levels.”

The professional soloists include Heather Holajter (Colorado Ballet, First State Ballet Theatre, Opus 1 Contemporary) as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Rick Callender (Washington Ballet, Texas Ballet Theatre, Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company, Pennsylvania Ballet) as the Cavalier. Courtesy of the Pennsylvania Ballet, Austin Eyler (graduate of PAB) and Sydney Dolan are performing the Snow King and Queen. Madeline Hirsch of Wynnewood, a student at Pennsylvania Ballet Academy, plays Marie.

The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is easy to get to from the Main Line, Center City and the Blue Route. Parking is free. Audience members are invited to take holiday photos with cast members after the Saturday, November 18 performances.

Tickets are $10 – $22. UDPAC members save $2 and children 12 and under save $1. Tickets may be purchased online at www.udpac.org or by calling the box office at 610.622.1189.

Philadelphia Dance Projects, in partnership with American Opera Projects, presents an “Informance” presentation of Wolf-in-Skins,

Philadelphia Dance Projects, in partnership with American Opera Projects, presents an “Informance” presentation of Wolf-in-Skins, the original dance opera by choreographer Christopher Williams and composer Gregory Spears, on Wednesday, November 29 and Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 PM at Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center.

The culmination of a creative artist residency to further development of Wolf-in-Skins, this Informance is a work-in-progress showing where dancers, singers and musicians will perform sections from the work and then participate in a conversation about the work, their ideas and inspirations with the audience.  Philadelphia Dance Projects presented the first act of Wolf-in-Skins in 2013, and this work-in-progress  presentation reunites many of the singers and dancers who participated in the previous first act workshop.

In Wolf-in-Skins, kings, foundlings, wolves, hounds, fay milkmaids and other mythical characters fill the dance opera that draws inspiration from a cycle of Welsh romance tales.  Preserving pre-Celtic and pre-Christian elements, it views marginalized or outmoded cultural relics through a contemporary lens.

Tickets at $10.00 each can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883.

 

Hawk Watch

Autumn Hawk Watch occurs daily through Friday, December 15
st Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton
Trail fee applies for Non-Members
The Annual Autumn Hawk Watch began August 15 at the Sanctuary’s famed North Lookout and is conducted daily, weather permitting, through Dec. 15. An official counter and interpreters are on hand to point out and identify birds. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about hawk migration and enjoy this spectacle of nature.

For more information call 610-756-6961 or visit www.hawkmountain.org.

‘Touchtones’ premieres at Arden Theatre

Arden Theatre Company continues their 30th Anniversary Season with the World Premiere musical TOUCHTONES, with story by Michael Hollinger and Robert Maggio, book and lyrics by Hollinger and music by Maggio. Emmanuelle Delpech directs on the Arden’s Arcadia Stage at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia. Performances are October 19 – December 3, 2017

TOUCHTONES is a brand new musical comedy about love, sex and the fantasy at the other end of the line. It’s 1999, the cusp of a new millennium, and technology promises intimacy as well as anonymity. Christine and her fiancé Justin take a vow of chastity until they are married, but when Christine finds out Justin has been calling TOUCHTONES, she decides to harbor a few secrets of her own.

TOUCHTONES is written by the local team of playwright Michael Hollinger (story, book and lyrics,) and musician and composer Robert Maggio (story and music.) The Arden has enjoyed an ongoing collaboration with Hollinger that has yielded nine world premieres including Under the Skin; Opus; Ghost-Writer; Tooth and Claw; Red Herring; Tiny Island; Incorruptible and An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf. TOUCHTONES is the first of Hollinger’s musicals the Arden will produce.

Arden Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen says, “How fitting it is for the Arden to produce a Hollinger work during our 30th Anniversary Season. Michael is a treasured Arden collaborator and – outside of Sondheim – is the most produced playwright in Arden history.”

He adds, “The Arden is also a long-time producer of new works and audacious musicals, and so we are especially thrilled to produce our first Hollinger musical and to work for the first time with local composer Robert Maggio.”

Post-show discussions will be held following performances on Thursday, November 2 at 7pm, Wednesday, November 8 at 6:30pm, Sunday, November 12 at 2pm, Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30pm, and Sunday, November 26 at 2pm.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Open Captioned and Audio Described performances will take place on Friday, Nov. 17 at 8pm and Saturday, Nov.18 at 2pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215-922.1122.

Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org or walk-up at the box office, 40 N. 2nd Street

$37-$52 for adults depending on the performance chosen

Group discounts available for 15+

Student Rush tickets – 30 minutes before curtain for $10 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)

 

 

Drum Circle at Parastudy

 

When:  Drum Circles meet on the Second Saturday of each month from 7-8:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.  Each month’s circle will focus on working through whatever theme is up on the planet or with the group.  In case of inclement weather, check parastudy.org.

Upcoming dates:  September 9, November 11 and December 9.

 

Where:  Parastudy, 354 Valleybrook Rd, Chester Heights, PA 19017.  Off Baltimore Pk (rt 1) between Glen Mills and Media.

Who:  EVERYONE is welcome, no experience is necessary.

What to bring:  A drum if you have one…Susan will have plenty of drums to share (see pic above).  Some people like to bring a small object (stone, jewelry, etc) to infuse with energy from the circle.  You may want to bring some water, or some cash to purchase some at Parastudy.

Cost:  Members of Parastudy:  $15  For Non-Members:  $20

Drum Circle Facilitator:  Susan Hart, LMT, RM, CMCP has been drumming since 2001 after attending her first circle, and was hooked instantly by the joyous energy.  A few months later she was guided to play a frame drum over a massage client during their bodywork session; learning the resonance of the drum could instantly calm anxiety, ground energy, clear density and more!  Since then Susan has accumulated a variety different types of drums and other instruments.  Looking for drum circles and not finding any locally, Susan trained with Jim Donovan (of Rusted Root fame) so she could lead her own circles and have the opportunity to play and share the joy of drumming with others.