East Penn Press

Friday, October 18, 2019

‘Festival Unbound’ volunteers sought

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Volunteers are sought for “Festival Unbound,’ Touchstone Theatre’s 10-day festival of original art and community conversation, Oct. 4-13.

Volunteer tasks include ushering, setting up folding chairs, helping audience members dance their way down the South Bethlehem Greenway, and being a “Closing Ceremony Ambassador.”

“What gets me so excited is how different aspects of the festival touch on all these parts of Bethlehem, all these different communities and age groups and parts of the history,” said Michael Duck, festival volunteer coordinator.

“We are so excited to connect with people from across Bethlehem to bring this all to life,” Duck said.

“Festival UnBound” is said to be the biggest production Touchstone has ever undertaken, using the arts to explore Bethlehem’s journey, from its Moravian religion roots to the heyday of Bethlehem Steel Corp., to its future.

The festival, the planning for which began three years ago, celebrates diverse voices and stories of Bethlehem with dozens of performances, original theater, music new and old, community meals, interactive arts, installations, visiting regional and international artists, panel discussions, a cabaret, opening and closing ceremonies, and street.

Touchstone Theatre is one of the United State’s longest continuously-producing ensemble theaters. “Festival UnBound” is part of Touchstone’s mission of community-building.

Other community-based Touchstone works have included “Don Quixote of Bethlehem,” a street theater event designed to bridge the gap between the Anglo and Latino cultures, and “Journey From the East,” a two-year project inspired by the growing resident and transient Chinese community in Bethlehem.

Those interested in volunteering are to go to the “Festival Unbound” website:

https://festivalunbound.com/volunteer/

Those interested may also email Michael Duck: mike@touchstone.org

Ticket information: festivalunbound.com; 610-8671689.