Media Theater presents ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ – Delco Times

MEDIA—The Media Theater will present Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka Jr.” on stage, from now until Sunday, August 7, performed by an ensemble of tweens.

Dahl’s classic follows enigmatic candy maker Willy Wonka as he hosts a contest by hiding golden tickets inside five of his delicious candy bars. Whoever finds these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka Factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats, but the fifth is a friendly young boy named Charlie Bucket, who goes around in the company of his equally lovable grandfather. Kids must learn to follow Wonka’s rules in the factory – or face the consequences.

Each summer, The Media Theater gives young people the opportunity to perform at a professional level comparable to its regular season of Broadway series. This includes an intensive rehearsal process spent working with professional directors and designers.

The title role of Willy Wonka Jr./Willy Wonka will be played by Paoli’s Amaia Truong. The boy with the last golden ticket, Charlie Bucket, is played by Springfield’s Greyson Heneks. His eccentric grandfather Joe is played by Preston Newton of Glen Mills. Augustus Gloop will be played by Media’s Tyler Pugh with Media’s Claire Culp playing Ms. Gloop. Havertown’s Delilah App will star as Veruca Salt with Elliot Behrens playing Mr. Salt as well as Grandpa George.

Violet Beauregarde is played by Lily Jo Shelkin from Springfield and Ms. Beauregarde is played by Alaina Buecheler from Folsom who will also play Grandma Georgina. Media’s Kai Quimbo will play both Mike Teavee and Mr. Buckett with Mrs. Teavee and Grandma Josephina played by Wallingford’s Leah Noller. The Oompa Loompas will be seen doubling up in other roles with Drexel Hill’s Zoë Nesbitt playing Ms. Bucket and Media’s Will Lesniak playing Phineas Trout. Ridley Park’s Annika Godfrey plays Jamie. Media’s Riley Easterbrook plays Matilda with Media’s Elyse Mousley also playing an Oompa Loompa.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children and can be purchased online at or by calling 610-891-0100.

Sing the blues at Jasper Street Blues Fest on Saturday

The Media Arts Council will present the Jasper Street Jam Blues Festival between Jackson and Monroe streets, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, August 6, featuring live music, art and food. Admission is $10. People must enter at 11 E. State St.

The MAC will present four bands for this year’s Blues Festival: The Blues Reincarnation Project, Lower Case Blues Band and The Steve Guyger Band. The School of Rock’s Delta Squad will open the festival.

Food vendors will include: a beer tent from Delco’s 2SP Brewery; Nick’s Roast Beef barbecue truck; MAC will sell hot dogs, mac and cheese, water and soda; ice shaved by Kona Ice from the Central Valley of Delaware; iced coffee by Rooted Coffee Roasters; and handmade donuts and soft pretzels by Deer Creek Malthouse.

For more information, visit or call 484-445-4161.

White Horse Village creates a charitable foundation

White Horse Village, an active nonprofit seniors’ community, recently announced the creation and approval of the White Horse Village Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Foundation will replace the White Horse Village Endowment Fund, which served as the non-profit entity to receive and administer donations to support White Horse Village.

In 1991, the residents of White Horse Village established a Residents’ Reserve Fund to help residents who might suffer financial setbacks so that they would not be forced out of the community. In 1993, residents recognized other needs and the White Horse Village Endowment Fund was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.

For three decades, the Fund has successfully supported campus improvements, the Residents’ Reserve Fund, special community events and scholarships for team members.

White Horse Village is dedicated to implementing new strategies to meet the changing needs of current residents while responding to the changing environment of providing housing, healthcare and other services to seniors. The new organizational structure of a public foundation allows the senior community to expand external fundraising sources, such as private or family foundations, individual donors, donor-advised funds or government agencies, to support programmatic and physical improvements.

“I anticipate that the transition from an endowment fund to a foundation will open up opportunities to attract external funding to support innovative programs for seniors while continuing the traditional community programs of the old endowment,” said said resident Robert Bruce, Chairman of the Board. Trustees of the White Horse Village Foundation.

Susan Abtouche, Vice President of Mission Enhancement for White Horse Village, has been named Executive Director of the White Horse Village Foundation Inc. Abtouche is a certified professional fundraiser with over 18 years of experience in fundraising. senior living industry. She has been a member of the White Horse Village leadership team for nearly four years and served as the executive liaison between White Horse Village and the former endowment fund.

“I am delighted to be working with Susan and the Foundation’s Board of Directors,” said Len Weiser, President and CEO of White Horse Village. “I would like to thank the former endowment trustees and the current foundation board for their leadership in building a strong endowment fund and their vision for the creation of our new foundation.”

Located on 96 acres in southeastern Pennsylvania, White Horse Village is an active senior community offering a full range of living options and health services. As a not-for-profit organization, White Horse Village reinvests profits back into the organization to further the mission and vision. For more information, visit

Frankie Valli tribute band Lights Out will perform in concert this fall at Springfield Country Club. To get tickets for the Nov. 6 event, call Joe at 610-745-2672. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Tickets go fast to see “Lights Out” in Springfield

An Evening with the Legends will present Lights Out, the nation’s #1 tribute band to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, on Sunday, November 6, at Springfield Country Club, 400 W. Sproul Road, Springfield. Joanie Schneider will be master of ceremonies and the host will be Joe Staffieri. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.; buffet dinner is at 4 p.m.; the show will start at 5 p.m.

Tickets, which sell out quickly, cost $55. All tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets, call Staffieri at 610-745-2672.

Delco Literacy Council offers free digital literacy classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Adults interested in learning computer and smartphone basics are invited to attend the Digital Literacy Sessions offered by the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) from Tuesday, August 9 through Thursday, September 1. Choose one class or all classes by registering for or by calling DCLC at 610-876-4811.

New courses, including multi-session courses, will be offered each term, and any community organization interested in hosting future digital literacy courses should contact Pat Gunnin at [email protected]

Here are the topics and dates: How to Choose a New Computer, August 9; Using the Internet on Your Smartphone, August 11; Connect to the Internet, August 16; Affordable Home Internet, August 18; Finding Information Online, August 23; Protection of Personal Information Online, August 25; Staying Safe Online, August 30; and Using Job Search Engines, September 1.

Conferences are single sessions. Workshops are one-off interactive sessions. Each session is offered at three distinct times: 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. All classes will be held at DCLC, 2217 Providence Ave., Chester. Pre-registration is required by visiting by calling 610-876-4811.

Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]/.

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