The Musical ‘Spelling Bee’ Opens at the Media Theater This Weekend – Delco Times

MEDIA — “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is at the Media Theater August 11-21. An eclectic group of six pubescents compete for the spelling championship of their lives. While candidly divulging hilarious and touching stories from their lives at home, the tweens weave their way through a series of potentially made-up words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing “ding” of the bell, making the pouting and not life affirming. which indicates a spelling error.

This production is part of Media Theatre’s new summer theater program for young professionals. The goal is to give recent high school/college students and graduates space to grow in a professional environment over the summer as they move toward their careers as working artists.”

The cast of spellers consists of Leah Senseney as shy Olive Ostrovsky, Owen Mannion as neurotic William Barfee, Emily Humphreys as high-strung Logainne Schwartzandgrubeniere, Josie InTham as Marcy Park, Stephen Ropski and defending champion Chip Tolentino, and James Traverso as the fun-loving Leaf Coneybear. The “adults” are Lauren Saddic as Rona Lisa Peretti, Serena Barone as Vice Principal Panch, Nailah Sweeting as Comfort Advisor Mitchell, and Rachel Durham as Olive’s mother. The show will be directed by Media Theaters associate artistic director Christian Ryan, with Ben Kapilow serving as musical director.

The show is designed to bring back those cringe-worthy but hilarious memories of adolescence; and viewers may even find themselves on stage participating in the Bee when you see the show. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children. Purchases can be made online at or by calling the box office at 610-891-0100.

Marine Corps League Hosts ‘Sands of Secane’ Horseshoe Tournament

Marine Corps League Detachment #884 Upper Darby will host the “Sands of Secane” Horseshoe Tournament, 1 p.m. Saturday, August 27 at Detachment Station, 1026 Providence Rd., Secane. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $40 for pitchers and $20 for non-pitchers. Partners and singles are welcome. Food and refreshments are provided.

The first place winner will receive $250; second place, $160; and third place, $90. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and a $10 ringtone contest. Ten shoes cost $10.

For more information, call 610-259-USMC (8762). The event will take place rain or shine. Everyone must be 21 or older to attend.

AMVETS is selling tickets for the next crab party

Harold Paul Saks AMVETS Post 118, 211 N. Morton Ave., Morton will hold its annual Crab Party, 1-5 p.m., Sunday, September 18. All are welcome to come and bring friends.
The cost is $40 and includes a full menu of crabs, burgers, hot dogs, desserts, salads, sodas, beer, water and more. No take-out will be available. Tickets are limited and none will be sold at the door. The deadline for tickets is September 12. For tickets, call Commander “H” at 215-630-1011, Harry at 610-543-2082, or mail after 4 p.m. at 610-543-9551.

Residents of the Tri-State Area Invited to Attend St. Peregrine’s Day

The Parish of the Resurrection of Our Lord in Northeast Philadelphia will celebrate St. Peregrine Day, Saturday, September 10, to bring encouragement and spiritual renewal to people with cancer and their loved ones, as well as those who have battled cancer in their past. Free entry.

The day will include a special white mass honoring and blessing healthcare workers, as well as Eucharistic prayer and adoration, a healing service with the anointing of the sick, inspirational speeches on faith and cancer, a memorial service in honor of loved ones who died of cancer, a chance to light candles at St. Peregrine Shrine, food, beverages, holistic health exhibit, free childcare, crafts, activities for children, useful resources and information, a concert of praise and worship, free health checks and much more.

To learn more about being a supplier, participating, sponsoring or volunteering, visit or call 215-745-3211.

Bowlers Wanted for Senior Mixed League

The Senior Mixed Bowling League is looking for people to join their league. They bowl every Tuesday afternoon starting at 12:15 p.m. at the MacDade Bowl in Holmes. The cost is $12 per person per week and the league begins Tuesday, September 6. If interested, call Louise Orr at 610-622-0252 or Kathy Stout at 484-988-1418

Teachers offered discounted school supplies to prepare classrooms

Teacher Teammates hold weekly “clearance sales” in August at its Folcroft warehouse, open to all educators to help make room for school supply donations it distributes through its online store.

The nonprofit receives many unique and diverse donations that can be wonderful additions to classrooms. These items include posters, special books, games, desk accessories, storage containers, art supplies, sports equipment, one-of-a-kind science class supplies and much more.
Teachers’ Teammates is a membership organization for educators in Delaware County schools where 60% or more of students are eligible for a free or reduced price lunch. Members “shop” for free online four times a year for donated supplies often totaling over $2,000.

Warehouse sales are open to all educators and non-members are welcome for a $5 shopping pass.
Many items are available in fillable bags for $5 or $10. Larger items, such as printers and storage drawers, will be charged individually. A preview of the items will be available before each sale on the Teacher Teammates Facebook and Instagram pages. There are door prizes, freebies, and gift basket raffles.

Registration is mandatory for sales on August 10, 24 and 31 at For more information, visit

Theraplay’s Delco Clinic is moving to increase access to services

Theraplay’s Delaware County office, formerly located at 600 Reed Rd. in Broomall, has moved to 400 S. State Rd. in Springfield. The new center has over 8,800 square feet of space to better meet the needs of patients and staff, and includes individual treatment rooms, dietary therapy areas, concussion and orthopedic rehabilitation, sensory processing and a large open gym where everyone from infants to high school and college athletes can be seen and treated.

This move marks the fifth expansion/move since Theraplay opened in Delaware County in 2004. The larger space can accommodate even more children to access and benefit from therapy.

Known for their individualized care, Theraplay’s team of therapists are highly trained and compassionate professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping children gain confidence and become independent. With evening and weekend hours of operation and accepting most major medical insurances, Theraplay makes it easy for patients to get the quality care they deserve. Theraplay, Inc. has been a leading provider of pediatric occupational therapy, physical, speech therapy and nutrition since 1991. Based in West Chester, Theraplay provides services in outpatient centers and in the home through services county-based early intervention, and continued to meet pediatric therapy needs in the tri-state area to help and encourage children at all levels of development. For more information, visit

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