Jesse McCartney to Perform Private Concert for Marywood Students

Singer-songwriter Jesse McCartney will take the stage at a private concert for Marywood University students. The live-streamed “Winter Concert” will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.  

Jesse McCartney has had the kind of career that most young artists dream for themselves. Ask the New York-born artist to recall some of the highlights and he’ll tell you about performing for two U.S. Presidents (Barack Obama and George W. Bush), playing to thousands of devoted fans in Tokyo, where he witnessed the non-English-speaking audience sing along to every word, and meeting his musical heroes Stevie Wonder and Craig David.

All that was done before the release of his 2018 single, “Better with You,” his first new music since “In Technicolor,” his well-received 2014 album (among SPIN’s top 20 pop albums). The success thus far has helped McCartney reconnect with a feeling that he hadn’t had before with his music—the freedom to write as he wishes, everything from his perspective.

The turning point from boy-band pop star to serious working artist began when McCartney co-wrote the Grammy Award-winning single, “Bleeding Love,” with Ryan Tedder, performed by Leona Lewis. An International mega-hit, “Bleeding Love” was Grammy-nominated for Record of the Year, reached #1 in 35 countries, and became the best-selling single of 2008 worldwide. It has racked 360 million streams on Spotify.

McCartney is excited that his fans have come along for the ride with his singles, “Better with You” and “Wasted,” released in 2018. “It’s nice to be able to talk about things that the fans are also going through, he said. “I think they feel connected to me because we did basically grow up together. When I was 16, they were in high school with braces on just like me, and now here we are—they’re playing my song at their wedding.”

In 2019, after touring the U.S. and Asia, Jesse is now back in the studio working on a new project. “At this point in my life everything feels like it’s clicking into place. I’m looking forward to a whole new stage.” 

For information about the “Winter Concert” featuring Jesse McCartney contact Michael Kalage, director of student engagement, at, or call (570) 340-6015.

“The Nutcracker” to be Presented at Circle Drive-In

Ballet Theatre of Scranton, under the artistic direction of Joanne Arduino, will present its 45th annual performances of “The Nutcracker” quite differently this season, but the tradition of their gift to the community will continue! 

In partnership with Goodwill’s Theater at North and sponsored by the Charles DeNaples family, the production will be presented at the Circle Drive In on Nov. 20 and 21st at 5 and 8 pm. Admission is free and the first 300 cars will be admitted. Kick off the holiday season and enjoy the comfort of your own car as you and your family view visions of sugarplums on the big screen!

Dunmore’s Celia Eagen will be featured in the role of Clara. Additionally, on Dec 23-26, FOX 56 will present the production on their stations WOLF, WSWB and WQMY. Check local listings for air times.

For additional information, call Ballet Theatre of Scranton at 570-347-2867 or visit us on the web at

Marywood Senior’s Documentary Takes First at CMA Film Festival

Jenny Nguyen, a senior Multimedia Communication major at Marywood, was recently awarded first place for her short documentary, “Saigon’s Daughter,” at the 2020 College Media Association’s (CMA) Film Festival.

The documentary features the story of Ms. Nguyen’s mother, Thao Thi Pham, and her journey from Vietnam to America in search for a better life. Mrs. Pham was born during the start of the Vietnam War. She and her eight siblings survived by selling livestock. Jenny’s uncle came to America first and earned enough money for the rest of the family to safely get to the United States. The six-minute documentary, “Saigon’s Daughter,” follows her mother’s entire life journey. 

“I intended this film to reach out to other families, from other countries, who are faced with discrimination, and who are looking for opportunities for a better life. It must have an exhausting impact on a person—on their mental health. For instance, my grandparents have always been very logical—survival first and emotions later. This film gave my mother the opportunity to open up for the first time. I hope, as a result of the film, that people will practice patience and understanding with those who are searching for a better life,” Ms. Nguyen said. 

In addition to pursuing her education, Ms. Nguyen works as a multimedia assistant at The Wood Word, Marywood University’s student-run electronic newspaper. Further, she is a member of TV Marywood, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), the Society of Collegiate Journalists (SCJ), and she works as a wedding videographer and editor—work that she will continue following graduation.

As an aspiring filmmaker, Ms. Nguyen said, “Marywood taught me how to use its resources and tools to draw out my potential. It’s why I chose Marywood when I was searching for colleges. I liked the versatility of production and that I could learn about journalism, public relations, advertising, and then work all of those skill sets into the focus of film.

The CMA serves student media pros, staff, and programs with education, research, and resources. CMA communicates and works with professional media organizations and education associations on the local, state, and national levels. Film and Audio Festival is designed to encourage and promote excellence in student video work by showing examples of top-notch projects in several categories. Submitted works for the CMA fall festival are completely produced by college students, and all works were completed after November 2, 2019. 

Located in the Learning Commons at Marywood University, the Multimedia Communication department provides media tools necessary to publish an online newspaper; direct, produce, shoot, or edit video and audio programming; create and publish a public relations newsletter; work as on-air television or radio talent; create virtual sets; produce short films; manage social media accounts; broadcast live sporting events; and much more. In a media-driven world, a communication degree plays a central role in careers in journalism, corporate communications, human relations, policy and advocacy, film and TV, sports media, and public relations.

For additional information about Ms. Nguyen’s short documentary, follow this link.