Of all the stars onstage during the Young People’s Theatre Workshop’s current production, the biggest (literally) is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the magical automobile for whom the play is named. In the play, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is the invention of patriarch Caractacus Potts: in the stagecraft, the vehicle is the creation of director Joe Southard, assisted by Jolene Petrowski and Chuck Lowry. The team bought the vehicle in jalopy condition from Broadway Theatre in Pitman, N.J., and piece by piece, restored it to this fantastic gleaming machine that “flies and floats” across the stage on a remote-controlled super scooter. Southard and the company hope that after Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s run on stage at the Players Club of Swarthmore (beginning tonight and finishing June 5), the extraordinary motorcar will be rented to other theater companies, then sold. See it now in Swarthmore, with a cast of 60 talented young performers. Performance schedule and other information is at yptw.org. For ticket reservations, call (610) 558-0988.
The Swarthmore High School class of 1951 convened for its 65th reunion at the Inn at Swarthmore. “Pretty fancy place,” observed one of their number, over pre-dinner drinks in the Ingleneuk Room. Representing more than 10% of the graduating class of 69 are (left to right) Lee Bennett, who came with his wife Asia from Seattle; Eric Sharpless of White Horse Village, who was accompanied by wife Priscilla; Beverly Harlow Stewart of Swarthmore; Milly McCowan Butler of Maris Grove; Jean Holman Preston and Seymour Preston of West Chester; and Harlan Jessup of Newtown, Conn.
Nine students from Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School in Wallingford read their prize winning poems to a supportive audience at the Delaware County Poetry Competition held on May 15. The nine were among 36 students selected as winners in grades 1–12 representing schools from across the county. The Poetry Competition was sponsored by the Delaware County Library System and the Mad Poets Society, and was held at the Redwood Community Playhouse in Upland Park. Back row (l.to r.): Mrs. Mariann Jennings, Mother of Providence librarian; Theresa Haas, gr. 7; Emily McGinn, gr. 6; Maeve McMahon, gr. 6; Maya Rose Chavis, gr. 4; Lily Bernard, gr. 7; and Mrs. Camelia Nocella, Pre-K aide and published poet. Front row (l. to r.): Luke Kinne, gr. 1; Cameron Hatala, gr. 3; and Kaylin Fava, gr. 1.
Three local dads played on a team that placed second in the USA Ultimate Frisbee Beach National Championships in Virginia Beach recently. Their grand masters team, Scrapple, included men 40 years and older from the Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., areas. You are not supposed to ask what’s in Scrapple, but a few of the key ingredients are Clayton Coltman of Swarthmore and Wallingford residents Petter Abrahamsson and Len Magargee. Photo by Deirdre Abrahamsson
Last Thursday, the entire student body of the George Crothers Memorial School at CADES in Swarthmore welcomed a Grammy Award winner. Jazz clarinetist Oran Etkin — the creator of Timbalooloo, which is both a band and a method of music education — came to GCMS with drummer Jeremy (Bean) Clemons and bass/tuba player Elias Bailey and played a joyful and educational concert. The group is working with The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) to promote safe listening skills through their “Listen to Your Buds” campaign. Jenn Lisberger, (pictured with the group) a speech language pathologist with the school and CADES, said this 3rd annual visit from the Timbalooloo ensemble brought a particularly relevant message for Better Hearing and Speech Month. “Their interactive approach to teaching our students how the ear works, and the effect loud music has on them, was fun and educational. Oran uses a multi-modal approach to teaching, incorporating auditory, visual and physical elements. Both students and staff had a great time learning about music and ear protection, while listening and dancing to some amazing jazz music!”
Fifth graders from Girl Scout Troop 5266, along with troop leader Ellis LaFrance, gave of their time and talent and painted the Princeton tunnel. Jeannine Anchkaitis took a picture of the tunnel’s fading artwork before the walls received a clean coat of white paint.