Category: Performance

The Songs of Boogie Woogie Radio Hour

Boogie Woogie Radio Hour, running until January 28, is a world premiere musical revue developed by and featuring Hedgerow favorites, Sarah Gafgen, Carl Smith, and Shaun Yates as well as some young faces–Gracie Guerin, and Joseph Colasante. The revue showcases your favorite tunes from the 1940’s such as those below. Check out their history!

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Writer: Don Raye and Hughie Prince

Recorded: January 2,1941

Released: January 1941

This song was first used as propaganda to encourage U.S. citizens to be a part of the peacetime draft a year before the United States had even entered World War 2.

When You Wish Upon A Star

Writer: Leigh Harline

Recoded: 1939

Released: 1940

The original version was sung by Cliff Edwards in the character of Jiminy Cricket, and is heard over the opening credits and in the final scene of the film Pinocchio. The song has since become the representative song of The Walt Disney Company.

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Writer and Composer: Mack Gordon and Harry Warren

Recorded: 1941

Released: 1941

It was originally recorded as a big-band/swing tune by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and featured as an extended production number in 20th Century Fox’s 1941 movie, Sun Valley Serenade. The Glenn Miller recording became the #1 song across the United States on December 7, 1941, and remained at #1 for nine weeks on the Billboard Best Sellers chart.

Puttin’ On the Ritz

Writer: Irving Berlin

Recorded: May 1927

Released: July 1928

It was introduced by Harry Richman and chorus in the musical film Puttin’ On the Ritz (1930). According to The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin, this was the first song in film to be sung by an interracial ensemble.The title derives from the slang expression “to put on the Ritz”, meaning to dress very fashionably. The expression was inspired by the opulent Ritz Hotel.

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Written by: June Hershey and Don Swander

Recorded 1941

Released: 1942

There were no fewer than five versions in the Billboard charts in 1942. “Deep in the Heart of Texas” spent five weeks at the top of Your Hit Parade in 1942 during its twelve week stay.

The first performance of Boogie Woogie Radio Hour is Thursday, January 11, at 7:30 p.m.  The show signs off Sunday January 28, at 2 p.m. Catch it while you can!

Tickets are $20. Price includes all fees and are subject to change. For reservations or more information, call 610-565-4211 or visit www.HedgerowTheatre.org. Hedgerow Theatre is located at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley (near Media).

Penelope Reed

​PENELOPE REED,(Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit), studied with founder Jasper Deeter before Carnegie Tech (BFA in acting) and Marquette University (MA in speech and directing). As leading actress at the Milwaukee Repertory, McCarter and Hedgerow theatres, Penelope for decades has chosen to weave together acting, teaching, directing, civic service (e.g. Rose Valley, Rotary Club, Delaware County Historic Society), and administration (e.g. Alverno College, Lawrenceville School and Hedgerow). She loves her “ladies” (from Blanche Dubois to Eleanor of Acquitaine).  However, her favorite role is watching Hedgerow’s growth as a dynamic regional force.  Penelope will receive the Philadelphia Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award at the Merriam Theatre on October 30th.  Special thanks to generations of theatre goers, practitioners, supporters and family members who kept Hedgerow going. To Artistic Director Jared and my Zoran who has devoted decades of excellence in all areas of the theatre. Finally to Sebastian and Quentin, who fill us with wonder.

Jennifer Summerfield

Jennifer Summerfield (Ruth in Blithe Spirit) is excited to combine two of her favorite things, theatre and martinis, in her first Noel Coward production. She is a frequent guest artist at Hedgerow and has previously appeared here in Uncle Vanya, Macbeth, Hamlet, and Dracula, among others. Other recent productions: Sense and Sensibility (People’s Light,) Hedda Gabler (Laurel Tree Theater,) Dancing at Lughnasa (Curio Theatre). She is a graduate of Smith College and the Neighborhood Playhouse, where she learned how to repeat things, and is cofounder of Laurel Tree Theater. She will be seen next in two one-woman shows: her touring production of The Yellow Wallpaper at Historic Waynesborough in November and Mary Shelley in January at the Rosenbach Museum and Library.

Sarah Mitchell

Sarah Mitchell (Costume Designer Blithe Spirit) is a freelance costume designer in the Philadelphia area, Second Draper at the Walnut Street Theatre, Wardrobe Supervisor at the National Constitution Center, and is delighted to return to Hedgerow to design The Blithe Spirit. Recent design credits include: The Prisoner of Zenda, Gaslight (Hedgerow), The Comedy of Errors (Delaware Shakespeare Festival), Zombie in Love (WST) and The Producers, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Show (Livingston Theatre Company). Many thanks to the amazing cast and crew, and to all of the wonderful people at Hedgerow!

Michael Fuchs

MICHAEL FUCHS (Dr. Bradman in Blithe Spirit) is a Philadelphia-based actor who has appeared at Hedgerow in No Sex Please, We’re British and Radio Mystery Plays, and at Media Theatre in 1776 and Romeo and Juliet. In the Berkshires, he recently acted on Shakespeare & Company’s mainstage in Merchant of Venice, directed by Tina Packer, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Michael has also appeared in New York and Boston in Comedy of Errors, Company, and Blood Wedding, among others. Michael was originally trained at HB Studio in New York, and has studied locally at Hedgerow and the Walnut Street Theatre. Michael worked for many years in senior roles on Wall Street, suspending his acting career, and is blessed to have rejoined the great love of his life, the theater. What a joy to work with Carly, and to share the stage with Jared, Penny and this fabulous cast!

Stacy Skinner

STACY SKINNER (Mrs. Bradman in Blithe Spirit) is delighted to be returning to the Hedgerow stage where she has previously been seen in Hamlet (Gertrude), Sense and Sensibility (Mrs. Dashwood), The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Emily Inglethorpe), and Communicating Doors (Ruella). Other recent credits include: My Name is Asher Lev (the Women) at the South Camden Theatre Company,  Much Ado About Nothing (Don John), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Princess of France), both with Shakespeare in the Summer, co-produced by White Pines Productions and Pulley and Buttonhole Theatre. Stacy holds degrees in both Theatre and Speech-Language Pathology. Many thanks to this outstanding cast and crew with whom she is delighted to work and to her ever faithful family. Next up: A Christmas Carol right here at Hedgerow followed by The Savannah Sipping Society (Randa Covington) at the South Camden Theatre Company.

 

Dishman Springs

 
 

dishman springs

by jane A. McNeil 

September 13 – September 30 

1st Preview: Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 pm

Opening Night Friday, September 14  at 7:30 pm

Closing Performance: Sunday, September 30 at 2:00 pm

TICKETS AND TIMES CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE
 
 

Ida Dishman discovers her maternal instincts are alive and kickin’ when her only son, Gordman, makes a sudden announcement on her 75th birthday. With a little help from her quirky upstairs neighbor and oldest friend, Mary Adams, and her overly sheltered grandson, she intends on puttin’ all her worries to rest by showin’ her boy what matters most in life. Only what Ida doesn’t realize is what’s waiting for her beyond her screen door. To find out how these two feisty southern ladies fare, come experience Dishman Springs, where according to legend, it “cures all that ails you.” Here, Ida will rediscover her youth, her age, and the meaning of family love.

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His Girl Friday

 
 

His Girl Friday

adapted by Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur of the play The Front Page by Hecht and MacArthur

June 30 – July 29

1st Preview: Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 pm

Opening Night Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm

TICKETS AND TIMES CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE
 

Walter Burns is a hard-boiled editor for The Morning Post who learns his ex-wife and former star reporter, Hildegard “Hildy” Johnson, is about to marry bland insurance man Bruce Baldwin and settle down to a quiet life as a wife and mother in Albany, New York. Walter determines to sabotage these plans, enticing the reluctant Hildy to cover one last story, the upcoming execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams.

Walter does everything he can to keep Hildy from leaving, including setting Bruce up so he gets arrested over and over again on trumped-up charges. He even kidnaps Hildy’s stern mother-in-law-to-be. When Williams escapes from the bumbling sheriff  and practically falls into Hildy’s lap, the lure of a big scoop proves too much for her. She is so consumed with writing the story that she hardly notices as Bruce realizes his cause is hopeless and returns to Albany.

The crooked mayor and sheriff need the publicity from the execution to keep their jobs in an upcoming election, so when a messenger brings them a reprieve from the governor, they try to bribe the man to go away and return later, when it will be too late. Walter and Hildy find out in time to save Williams from the gallows and they use the information to blackmail the mayor and sheriff into dropping Walter’s arrest for kidnapping.

Afterward, Walter offers to remarry Hildy, promising to take her on the honeymoon they never had in Niagara Falls, but then Walter learns that there is a newsworthy strike in Albany, which is on the way to Niagara Falls by train.

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