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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

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Singing "Women": Act 1's production of "Little Women: The Musical," Dec. 3 - 14, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is based on Louisa May Alcott's novel. DeSales theater professor Anne Lewis directs the student cast, including Emilie Gubler (Marmee), above center, and, clockwise from left, Ally Borgstrom (Jo), Alexandra Séman (Beth), Amy Johnson (Meg) and Corina Connelly (Amy). The Hollywood Reporter describes "Little Women" as "a Broadway musical designed for the whole family." The book is by Allan Knee. The lyrics are by Mindi Dickstein. The music by Jason Howland. The show follows the lives of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they come of age in Civil War America. Jo, an aspiring writer, finds inspiration in the memories of the lives, loves and tragedies that she and her sisters experience while their father is off at war. Tickets: desales.edu/act1 610-282-3192

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Christmas in Vienna: The Hollywood Concert Orchestra, above, brings bring "A Viennese Christmas" to the State Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. "A Viennese Christmas," conducted by Steve Charpie, celebrates the spirit of the season with such traditional Christmas songs and waltzes as "Musical Sleigh Ride," "Oh Holy Night, " Have Yourself A Merry Christmas," "Vienna" and "Silver Bells." The Hollywood Concert Orchestra was founded in 1999 by John R. Giattino and Judith M. Giattino. The orchestra is best-known for its arrangements of movie themes. During the last decade the orchestra has performed at numerous festivals and concert halls across the United States and abroad. Tickets: State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton St., Easton; statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132

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