Month: July 2014

Outreach: Seussical in the Park!

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Last Saturday, it was a sunny and warm afternoon full of fellowship and food as Hedgerow School and groups from the Nia Center, Unity, and The Boys and Girls Club all gathered to raise awareness of the importance of DeShong Park in the community.  

The event began with a performance of Seussical Jr. the Musical by the students for over 100 audience members. There was a great sense of camaraderie, sharing, and empowerment for all as they picnicked, sang, danced, and played.  The event concluded with an inspired speech from community member and Hedgerow friend, Miss Helen,


 “We can do this. We can take back this city. We can take back this park. Let’s stop talking about this. Let’s do it… Let’s love one another. There’s no color. We should do just like we’re doing here. We’re having fun. Let’s live like this… When we leave this park, let’s share that with somebody else.” 


To find out how you can be a part of the Chester Initiative, give us a call at 610.565.4211.


“The 39 Steps”: a wee teaser

Enjoy this wee teaser for The 39 Steps. . . then get your tix before they disappear!

Summer Camps until Labor Day Weekend!

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Hedgerow Summer Camps are in session until Labor Day and there’s still time to enroll for August!

Defeat the Huns in our production of Mulan Jr. with performances for family and friends on Friday, August 29th at 3:00 pm and Saturday August 30th at 4:00 pm.

Scavenger through hidden temples, wrap your own mummy, or create your own super hero
with Adventure Heroes and Wizards. Then use your wizard powers to find the magic within yourself.

Join “Hedgewarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” with our one week camps: Hedgewarts and the Quidditch Match, Hedgewarts and the Triwizard Tournament, and Hedgewarts and the Horcrux Hunt.

Little ones will unpack a weekly adventure in Treasure Chest Theatre camp. Each week is a new theme: Travel the World, Fantasy, Space, and Fun in the Sun!

Enroll today!




Porch-side Podcast: “Awesome Intern Kate!”

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We are so jealous! Kate (R) met actress Helen McCrory (L) after a performance of MEDEA at the National Theatre.

Our “Awesome Intern Kate” from last summer is back and fresh from her study abroad in London, England.  

Listen to this short podcast, where Kate chats about her theatre experiences abroad and her work this summer at Hedgerow. 

#KateIsBack #WeMissedYou #WelcomeBack

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Our newest Storytime opens next Saturday, July 19 at 11 AM in our Theatre for Kids. Audiences will meet Dorothy, Toto, and all their friends as they follow the yellow brick road to imagination and play!

Storytime: The Wizard of Oz

July 19-August 16
Saturdays at 11 a.m.

It’s Storytime! Celebrate traditional tales with a twist! The Hedgerow Company shares classic stories in a way that encourages creativity and interaction.

You’ll meet Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West, dance, and sing along in this energetic and creative play.  

Kids can be a part of the storytelling, too, when they help the story tellers create a brand new audience-inspired tale, as they discover that all that’s needed is a little inspiration and imagination to bring ideas to life.

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Company members, Lily Dwoskin and Joanna Volpe, rehearse for next week’s opening.

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Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! Our two actresses play all the parts in this Storytime adaptation.

Celebratory “selfies” and Grand Opening sneak peek!

Last Saturday we celebrated the Grand Opening of our new welcome center, Wyncote Way!

Check out the video below for a tour of Hedgerow during the Grand Opening where you get to see the new Hedgerow gardens, and our amazing new welcome center. 

And company member Rebecca went around capturing “selfies” with some of the Hedgerow Fellows, volunteers, and students to remember this special occasion. She might have been a wee bit shutter happy, but everyone looked great! 

Video tour of Hedgerow

Shutter happy selfies

Hedgerow Climbs The 39 Steps for a Laughter-filled Summer

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THE 39 STEPS

Summer at Hedgerow Theatre has come to mean it’s time for a farce, and this year is no exception. The tradition of sublime silliness continues with The 39 Steps, Patrick Barlow’s Tony Award-winning spoof of the Alfred Hitchcock film that was deemed “absurdly enjoyable” by The New York Times. It opens with a preview on Thursday, July 10, and runs through August 17.

Anyone familiar only with Hitchcock’s 1935 classic, based on a 1915 novel by John Buchan, may wonder how this spy thriller can be a farce. Barlow’s brilliant 2005 adaptation follows the same basic plot about a man falsely accused of murder who has to expose an international espionage ring to prove his innocence. The difference here is that one actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, while all of the more than 150 zany people he encounters on his quest are portrayed by just three actors, making lightning-fast costume changes. It’s all played for laughs, while also fondly alluding to many other of Hitchcock’s films.

Hannay is played by Hedgerow newcomer Matt Tallman, who holds an MFA from Southern Methodist University and has performed both locally and around the U.S., including the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Fourth-year company member Rebecca Cureton, who has appeared in the previous three summer farces, plays the three major female roles. They’re joined by Joel Guerrero and Andrew Parcell, who portray a multitude of characters. Both are experienced in playing multiple parts. Guerrero did just that early this year in The Mystery of Irma Vep and Parcell had five roles in Sense and Sensibility.

They’re directed by Damon Bonetti, cofounder of the Philadelphia Artists Collective. He’s acted previously at Hedgerow, this is his directorial debut here. He has the rare perspective of knowing the lead role well, having recently played Hannay at Theatre Horizon in Norristown.

“Farce is one of the things we do best at Hedgerow,” said Executive Director Penelope Reed. “We love doing them and we wanted to expand people’s awareness of the other marvelous plays in the genre and provide an opportunity for our actors to perform in works by a wider range of playwrights. Farce is all about characters finding themselves in highly improbable situations, usually in trouble, having to behave as if it’s all quite possible, and The 39 Steps fills the bill.”

“We chose The 39 Steps because of the nature of the play itself,” Artistic Director Jared Reed added.” “It’s a perfect company show, where four fantastic actors create more than 150 characters in 90 minutes. We bring together three longtime Hedgerow players with a talented new actor and director, making something spectacular happen.”

On Wednesday, July 9, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Charity Night and the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Wyncote Way Welcome Center, sponsored by Republic Bank and Servicemaster. The $10 admission to the final dress rehearsal and all other proceeds will go to the Crozer Cancer Project Team at the Crozer Regional Cancer Center.  

Adult ticket prices for Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows are $34; Thursday shows are $29. There is a $3 discount for seniors. Tickets for 30 and under are $20; for students with valid ID they are $15. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $18. Prices include all fees and are subject to change. For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media).


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Rebecca Jane Cureton

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Andrew Parcell

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Joel Guerrero