Hairspray Opening This Weekend At PHS

Over the last 5 years, the Pottstown High School Musical program has taken us from Rydell High to the City of Oz, from Skid Row to under the sea.

This year, the scene is 1960’s Baltimore! A cast of over 80 talented teens will present the hit Broadway musical Hairspray in the Davenport Auditorium March 1-3.  Add in stage crew, lighting, and hair and makeup and you’ve got over a hundred students working to bring this production to life. Long days with rehearsals stretching almost to midnight are just about over and the students are ready for opening night this weekend!

If you aren’t familiar with the plot of Hairspray, it’s the story of Tracy Turnblad, a chubby, vivacious teenager with dreams of dancing on the Corny Collins Show, specifically with her crush, Link Larkin.  It’s not just about young love; the story is set in a city undergoing massive change.  The show, and in larger part, the community is wrestling with ongoing segregation that

But, Tracy and her best friend Penny are out to change things for everyone!  Hairspray is ultimately about breaking stereotypes and changing the culture of the community, with lots of teen hormones, catchy music, and great dance numbers thrown in.

So, come on out this weekend for a great show and lots of hairspray!

The show opens tomorrow, March 1st at 7pm, with another evening performance Saturday March 2nd at 7pm and a matinee at 2pm in the Davenport Auditorium at Pottstown High School.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the door

See you at the show!


Grumpy’s and PHS Culinary Arts students to unveil new sandwich today!

Stop by Grumpy’s Hand-Carved Sandwich Shop at 137 East High Street anytime after 11 am TODAY, when the festivities will get underway to unveil a new sandwich created by the Pottstown High School winners of the Chopped competition.

The winning team of Hannah Irvin and Alyssa Vanish, shown here with Sheila and Gene Dugan, will be on hand with their classmates to celebrate and promote the culinary arts program at the high school.

Wednesday is still veggie day at Grumpy’s! Here’s the menu for today:

SOUPS: fava bean soup / chicken orzo
SANDWICH: roasted pepper and fresh mozzerella wrap
THE IRVANISH SPECIAL: Presented today for the first time!
SIDES: freeken salad, blackeyepeas with barley salad

Come out and meet the talented students of PHS Culinary Arts!




This comes to us via John Armato at the School District…

Pottstown High School Student Government is hosting a blood drive on November 16th. It will be held in the high school band room and will begin at 7:30 AM. 

The requirements for someone to donate blood are:

  • must be 17 years of age
  • must be at least 110 pounds
  • must not have received a tattoo or body piercing within the last year.

You must register in advance by Nov. 13th! To donate contact Mr. Mark  Agnew at with  name and time you would like to donate on Nov. 16th. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.

Blood transfusions save more than 4 million lives each year. Student Government President Megan O’Donnell reminds all “it is estimated that blood is needed every two seconds, and that 1 out of 7 people entering the hospital will need blood. Since blood cannot be manufactured or harvested, it can only come from people like YOU – the volunteer blood donor! Thank you in advance!”


Hurricane Sandy safety info for Pottstown

Thanks to The Mercury, Roy’s Rants, Warren Holohan of Ink and Essence, and John Armato for all these pieces of info below  to help Pottstown residents keep themselves safe. If new info comes to me, I will get it up ASAP. Stay inside and take care!

  • Pottstown High School is a Red Cross emergency shelter during the storm. It was open last night and will be open during the emergency.  The High School is at 750 N. Washington Street. You can enter at the gym area.
  • Christ Episcopal Church at 316 E. High Street near the Farmers’ Market announced it is open for shelter and sanctuary for anyone in need due to protracted loss of electric, flooding or other catastrophes resulting from the storm. Bedding and other essentials have been put into place.  Contact Rev. Terry Highland at the church for more details:  610-323-2895.
  • In Pottstown, Hanover Street between Third and Fourth Streets has been closed for low tree branches and power lines.
  • The Coventry Mall will close at 2 p.m. today.
  • However, as of 10:30 a.m., Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Target all planned to remain open throughout the day.

Use this link here to access The Mercury’s regional storm updates as Sandy barrels through.

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