ASTON – Players from Neumann University will perform the classic musical “Hello, Dolly!” to life on the Meagher Theater stage in a run of four performances from March 10-13.
First performed in 1964 with Carol Channing in the lead role, the musical tells the story of Dolly Gallagher Levi, a willing matchmaker, as she travels to Yonkers, NY, to find a partner for Horace Vandergelder, rich, miserly and celibate. .
The show won ten Tony Awards in 1964, including Best Musical, Writer and Composer/Lyricist.
Ashley Diamond, a head nurse, plays Dolly. “It’s the most important role I’ve ever had,” she admits. “It was fun trying to explore Dolly herself and trying to add parts of myself into the character.”
Diamond considers Dolly a good role model. “She gets what she wants and she achieves it, but from the start she really gives to others.”
“Hello Dolly!” features memorable songs such as “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and the title number, “Hello, Dolly!” Famous Dolly Levis after Channing have included Ethel Merman, Pearl Bailey, Mary Martin, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Bernadette Peters.
Neumann’s production includes a cast of 14 students and five alumni, led by John Baxter. Dr. Richard Sayers is the musical director and lead actor Ashley Diamond is also a dance choreographer.
Performances of “Hello, Dolly!” are scheduled from March 10 to 12 at 7 p.m. and March 13 at 2 p.m.
General admission is $10 with $5 seats available for seniors and students. To reserve tickets, call 610-558-5626.
Delco Tech School’s Simulation Lab Prepares Nursing Students for Job Creation
Alarm signal from several rooms in the intensive care unit indicating a patient in distress. One is in cardiac arrest, another is losing oxygen and a third needs a midnight snack. Balancing the demanding duties of a licensed practical nurse can come as a shock to many nursing school graduates, but for Molly Murtha, it’s second nature.
Early in her training in the Delaware County Technical Schools Practical Nursing Program, Murtha was completely immersed in fast-paced patient scenarios that made her think like a nurse before entering a clinical setting, thanks to the program’s fully equipped simulation laboratory. Students spend 11 months learning skills in the classroom, at six clinical rotation sites, and in the lab.
“Working with patients for the first time can be quite scary, but having so many simulation opportunities here in this program has really prepared me to provide better bedside care,” Murtha said.
Equipped with Laerdal mannequins, students participate in patient care simulations that promote quick thinking, problem solving and reinforce topics learned in class. Mannequins can mimic basic bodily functions including breathing, coughing and speaking. Their measurable vital signs can also be changed to allow students to recognize key symptoms of health issues.
DCTS has successfully trained the next generation of nursing assistants to enter the workforce with confidence and the ability to fill employment gaps in hospitals, assisted living facilities and outpatient care centers , among others. In February 2021, nursing was the fifth most in-demand job in the U.S. workforce, according to LinkedIn. As a result, enrollment in nursing programs has skyrocketed.
The DCTS Practical Nursing Program Simulation Lab was funded by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stability Act (CARES Act) , awarded to the program in 2020. This funding also provided grants to students who were deeply impacted. by the COVID-19 pandemic and presented a financial need.
In 2020, Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce cited DCTS’ practical nursing program as the best higher education program in Pennsylvania, based on ten-year net worth. The program holds a 90% placement rate and an 88% pass rate for the NCLEX-PN test, well above the national average.
To see the simulation lab in action, follow this link: https://youtu.be/jNqR87_TAjQ
To learn more about DCTS’ practical nursing program and state-of-the-art simulation lab, visit http://dciu.org/lpn.
Community Action Agency offers free tax preparation in Upper Darby
The Delaware County Community Action Agency will be on site at the Upper Darby Municipal Building, 100 Garrett Road, to provide free tax preparation services tentatively beginning in March on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This service will end on May 20.
People can call 610-833-4443 for an appointment or call 610-874-8451 with questions.
Ticket Sales for Scouts Designer Bag Bingo Begin
Parents of Ridley Park Cub Scout Pack 264 will be hosting Designer Bag Bingo, 7-10 p.m., Saturday, April 2, in the gymnasium at St. James’s School, 500 Tome St., Ridley Park.
Tickets, which are $30 in advance before March 20, can be purchased online at https://parents-of-pack-264-designer-bag-bingo-fundraiser.cheddarup.com or Venmo @parentsbingo- pack264
Tickets are $35 at the door. All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Cub Scout Pack 264 to support its many community activities and events.
The ticket includes ten bingo games and door prizes. Attendees can also purchase tickets for a 50/50 and basket raffle and two deluxe bonus rounds. Anyone over 18 is welcome.
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