Upper Darby Summer Stage and the Swarthmore Public Library present a special Storytime reading of the book “Yo, Vikings!” by Judith Byron Schachner, NY Times best-selling author

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Featuring Rachel Stevens, the Director of the Upper Darby Summer Stage musical, “Yo, Vikings!,” – along with cast members! July 1 at 6:30pm at the Swarthmore Public Library

Yo Vikings! FB Pic 02June 24, 2015, Drexel Hill, PA – The Swarthmore Public Library invites the public to attend a special Storytime reading of “Yo, Vikings!,” the children’s book written by Swarthmore resident and NY Times best-selling author, Judith Byron Schachner. The reading will take place at the Swarthmore Public Library on July 1 6:30 pm and there is no charge to attend.

Wallingford native Rachel Stevens, an actress and director who recently received an MFA in directing from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, will read the book. Cast members from the production of “Yo, Vikings!” the musical (based on the book) at Upper Darby Summer Stage will perform songs from the show.

“Yo, Vikings!,” by Swarthmore resident and NY Times best-selling author Judith Byron Schachner, is based on a true story about her daughter Emma who had an authentic Viking ship delivered to her Swarthmore home, Also illustrated by Ms. Schachner, it is a delightful tale about how far imagination, fueled by knowledge, can take one determined little girl whose biggest fan is the librarian!

“Yo, Vikings!” the musical, was adapted from Ms. Schachner’s book and the lyrics were written by Wallingford native and Richard Rodgers award-winner, Marcus Stevens. The musical – which premiered five years ago at Upper Darby Summer Stage – was recently published by Samuel French, Inc., the largest publisher of plays and musicals. “Yo, Vikings!,” was a finalist for the prestigious 2011 Richard Rodgers Award, and a 2012 Weston New Musical Award nominee. Stevens recently received rave reviews in the New York City production of “Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging.”

The musical “Yo, Vikings!” is part of the 40th Season line-up at Upper Darby Summer Stage. The production takes place on July 15, 16, 17 at 10:30 am and on July 16 at 7:30 pm at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA. Judith Byron Schachner will be at all performances to sign copies of the book. Tickets are $7 – $11. More information on the musical can be found at www.udpac.org.

This special Storytime reading celebrates the love of reading, the importance of living your dreams and traveling on adventures, and the success of the Delaware County residents who have collaborated on making Emma, the fearless heroin of “Yo, Vikings!” a powerful role model for all children.

The Swarthmore Public Library is located at 121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081. For more information visit the web site, www.swarthmorepubliclibrarby.org.



Lauren Stevenson Yacina

610.506.1355 • lauren.stevenson@verizon.net

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