Mean Girls Star Mary Kate Morrissey Advises Budding Actors: ‘Work hard, Play Hard and Never Give Up.’

When Mary Kate Morrissey was growing up in Upper Darby, South Philly and rural Downingtown, Pennsylvania, she found her bliss while watching and performing in musical theater. In what feels like a “pinch-me” moment she is starring in the National Tour of Mean Girls.

Fortunately for Morrissey, her parents nurtured her dreams, to the point they followed her tour of Wicked. Now, her family and a myriad of friends are coming to share her success …

Come From Away’s Julie Johnson Calls This: “One of the Most Life-Affirming Shows You will Ever See!”

Julie Johnson, who first came to New York to perform in the early 1990s, is proud to still be gracing the stage in the national tour of the life-affirming show Come From Away.

Now playing at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music as part of the Philadelphia Broadway series through Sunday, November 3, Johnson says the show is “a real treat,” filled with great heart, a look at kindness amid tragedy with a backdrop of …

28th Philadelphia Film Festival Offers Stunning Line-Up of Movies and Special Events

Now is the perfect time to head to the 28th Philadelphia Film Festival for a line-up of remarkable films from noted directors in a wide range of genres.

The festival, hosted by The Philadelphia Film Society, is running through October 27. There are 120 films from 41 countries to see during the memorable 11-day event.

The Festival is showcasing 120 feature-length and short films. The Festival line-up is curated by the PFF programming …

How Using Medical Marijuana to Treat My Chronic Pain Totally Changed My Life

One Patient’s Story: “How Using Medical Marijuana to Treat My Chronic Pain Totally Changed My Life”
For nearly a dozen years, Debbie Armstrong was taking large prescribed doses of opioids to deal with severe chronic back pain, but she hated the way she felt physically and emotionally and was worried about becoming addicted.
While looking for a different path for pain management she met Barry Greenberg and discovered his The Greener Institute in Hatboro

Philadelphia’s Autism Cares Foundation Gears Up for Race for Resources

Philadelphia’s Autism Cares Foundation Gears Up for Race for Resources
Every Wednesday, when 13-year-old Jack Albeser tosses around a weighted ball in a local gym, he gets way more than just a usual workout at the Fit-n-Focus program hosted by the nonprofit Autism Cares Foundation.
 
The 8th grader feels invigorated, connected to a tight-knit community, and is making new friends. It all adds up to a life-changing opportunity for him and his family.

Emma Brock on The Office! A Musical Parody : “There is Everything Wrapped Up In a Perfect Little Bow for All of The Office Fans Out There”

Who wouldn’t want to be part of the biggest inside joke around?

On a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until,,,for no logical reason a documentary crew begins filming the employees of Dunder Mifflin. This is the premise behind The Office! A Musical Parody.

Featuring everyone’s favorite TV characters, the hilarious, unauthorized parody of The Office, the hit TV show now on tour and in Manhattan, lovingly pokes fun at The Office,

Film Director Julius Onah Probes Evocative Issues in Luce

[Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison-Jr, and Naomi Watts in the movie Luce. Photo by Jon Pack/Neon Studios]

From the moment that film director Julius Onah read J.C. Lee’s play, he wanted to take this complex story about the assumptions we make about people and turn it into a movie.

The result: a fascinating indie film starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer, that has viewers thinking and discussing difficult topics.

Onah, a Nigerian-American filmmaker with a …

China’s Beautiful and Famous Hua Ballet Comes to Merriam Theater on Wednesday, August 28

The Liaoning Ballet of China (Hua Ballet), one of China’s most famous ballet ensembles, brings the magic of Mulan to the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia.

The notable ballet ensemble has dedicated over 35 years to producing new Chinese cultural works and performing beloved ballet classics.

The show will grace the Merriam Theater’s stage on the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus on Wednesday, August 28, at 7 p.m.

This time-honored company toured the world and …

Visionary Diana Liberto Walks to Transform Our Health & Wellness

Diana Liberto, a true visionary, has turned her family difficulties into an opportunity to transform the health and wellness of others around the nation.

An attorney and honors graduate of the Rutgers University School of Law, who clerked for a U.S. District Court Judge and joined the office of the General Counsel of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., serving in various capacities from 2004 until October 2015, including an interim assignment in Wal-Mart India.

After leaving Wal-Mart, …

CherryPicks Offers Movie Lovers ‘a View from the Female Perspective’

Miranda Bailey, a prolific indie movie actor, director, and producer noticed a void in film criticism and stepped up to fill it with TheCherryPicks.com, her cutting-edge new website.

Bailey describes the website as a “new media platform bringing you unique and nuanced perspectives on film with reviews, ratings, and high-quality original content, all through a female lens.”

More than a film review site, Bailey calls TheCherryPicks.com a new kind of film-loving community. …

Father’s Day Treat: Sage and Heartfelt Advice and Other Stuff From a Wise Grandpa

Hard working author and family man Jim Knipp has put a great deal of hard work into his latest endeavor and labor of love, Stuff Every Grandfather Should Know.

Published just in time for Father’s Day, the wise little book is a lovely and informative read and recounts how Knipp’s life was transformed when he became a “Pop Pop” or grandfather nearly six years ago.

The informative – and often humorous book – runs the …

Legally Blonde: The Musical Charms Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre

[Kathryn Brunner plays Elle Woods – Photo by Mark Garvin]

Watching Elle Woods “bend and snap” her way into our hearts in Legally Blonde: The Musical is the perfect way to spend a summer evening.

Concluding its 210th season, the Walnut Street Theatre is hosting the show, directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford. The high-energy musical continues through Sunday, July 14.

Based on the smash hit movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical follows the transformation …