May 30, 2016 |
Reviewing a New York musical might seem outside my current job description. But Gizmo Guy just had to go see Dear Evan Hansen. That's because it's the first truly "digital age" theatrical. The first to deal with the power of web-based social media to spark online connections, sway mass opinion, and radically change circumstances, in some ways for the good, though often turning lies into truths, losers into heroes. And this breakthrough project has a big Philly backstory. Played out on a modern, minimalist stage set with oversize smartphone and computer screens "re-tweeting" what characters say, sing, and post, this darkly amusing and touching musical tracks the transformation of bright but socially inept high schooler Evan Hansen into a semiconfident internet star.
January 8, 1993 |
Simon Gratz High student Brian Samuels listens to Temple basketball coach John Chaney at a school assembly yesterday. Chaney and other local figures, such as former Eagle Mike Quick, school board president Rotan Lee, Cheyney basketball coach Keith Johnson and Wilmington, Del., Councilman Ted Blunt, came as part of Project PAVE, a program founded by community sports figure Sonny Hill and Schools Superintendent Dr. Constance Clayton to address growing...
January 7, 2016 |
The Haddon Heights School District will not fight an American Civil Liberties Union complaint about a school tradition of saying "God bless America" after the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The challenge involved the district's Glenview Elementary School, where faculty who are no longer with the district began having children say "God bless America" after the pledge following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The practice took root at Glenview but was not picked up by other district schools.
January 15, 2011 |
FISTS AND feet flew outside a West Philadelphia Market-Frankford El station yesterday morning as two groups of high-school students battled each other, with at least one student bringing out a knife or other sharp object, as blood spilled on the sidewalk. Five students from Boys' Latin of Philadelphia Charter School were stabbed or slashed, as was one from West Philadelphia Catholic High, during the melee about 7:30 a.m. on Farragut Street near Market, just outside the busy 46th Street Station.
March 11, 2001
Albert McCarthy did something dumb, the kind of forgetful thing anyone might do, but one that could have had horrific repercussions. It's what this police chief from Kennett Square in Chester County did next, though, that's really worth talking about. Or, to look at it another way, what he didn't do. When he learned that he had left his service weapon (unloaded, but, still . . .) in an elementary school lavatory, Mr. McCarthy did not: (a) Try to cover up the incident.
December 20, 1987 |
Teachers and students at Enfield Middle School are planning to have a school assembly early next year in memory of reading teacher Elizabeth Jenkins Look, who died last week. Mrs. Look, 55, of Chestnut Hill, died in her sleep Sunday. Terri Felix, principal of the Springfield Township school, said Mrs. Look was an energetic supporter of student activities at the school. Mrs. Look was coach of the girl's tennis team and student council adviser. She was a lover of flowers and plants and helped students organize the purchase of plants for the school's hallways last year, Felix said.
December 3, 1997 |
The TV series "Baywatch" may have helped saved a young Southwest Philadelphian's life. But the real heroine was honored yesterday. The drama took place on Halloween while Alicia Golphin, a 12th-grader at Bok Technical High, 8th and Mifflin streets, was choking on a piece of candy while sitting in an afternoon class. In a classroom across the hall, chum Juanita Pigford, also a 12th-grader, was working on her computer when some kids from Golphin's class rushed in and shouted that Golphin needed help.
March 28, 1989 |
Baseball bat-wielding principal Joe Clark soon will be on his way to Hollywood, it was reported today. Clark, subject of a hit film depicting his disciplinary methods, has been invited to perform as a guest star in an episode of the NBC situation comedy 227 to be taped April 11, USA Today reported. The flamboyant principal of Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, will play himself in an unwritten story tentatively slated to have him traveling to Washington, D.C., to motivate a troubled student who has given up on education.
May 23, 2012 |
St. Mary School in Monroe Township, Gloucester County, will remain closed the rest of the week after a number of students either fainted, became dizzy or complained of feeling ill during a school assembly on Monday. Patricia Mancuso, the school principal, and the Rev. Cadmus D. Mazzarella, pastor of Our Lady of Peace Church, the sponsoring parish for the elementary school, notified parents of the closing. Originally, school officials announced this morning that the elementary school on Carroll Avenue in the township's Williamstown section would be closed for the day. However, diocesan officials announced in the afternoon that the school of 600 students would remain closed.
June 14, 1992 |
Competing with more than 1,000 schools nationwide, the Rosemont School of the Holy Child has finished first in the National Language Arts Olympiad. The school has received recognition for eight consecutive years and has been first in the state for the last two years. The National Language Arts Olympiad test, given in February to students in grades four through eight, consists of 10 sections, including grammar, vocabulary, reading and comprehension. Individual students also received honors.