50 years of ‘Nutcracker’: Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley adds to costumes sets, brings dancers old and new to classic
Celebrating the 50th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” the longest-running “Nutcracker” in the Lehigh Valley, the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet brings this glorious holiday ballet to Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, 1 and 4 p.m. Dec 15 and and 2 p.m. Dec. 16.
A 50th “Nutcracker Celebration” takes place after the Dec. 16 performance at Hotel Bethlehem. The honorary chair for the celebration is Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of Bethlehem Area School District.
The beloved holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” will be performed by Repertory Dance Theatre of the Lehigh Valley, 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, accompanied by the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra under direction of Ronald Demkee, and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Choir, conducted by David Macbeth.
Audiences delight in the classic tale of young Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker, travels to the “Land of Sweets,” meets the Sugar Plum Fairy and watches the Prince’s battle with the Mouse King.
Praised as a breathtaking and lavish holiday experience, the Moscow Ballet presents “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
The technically-superb dancers of the Moscow Ballet, trained in the Vaganova method, are hand-chosen from around the world. With 40 dancers, stunning choreography, beautiful hand-painted sets, a magical winged clock and 60-foot Christmas tree, the spectacular production is an event not to be missed.
Slightly Stoopid, an eclectic band founded in 1994, makes its Penn’s Peak debut at 7 p.m. Nov. 17.
“Most of the guys still live in the San Diego area,” says drummer Ryan “Rymo” Moran, who has been with the band since 2003, says in a phone interview. “But we have a few band members who live in the Northeast, one in Connecticut and one in Boston. So, we’re kind of bi-coastal at this point.”
With an unprecedented blend of dance, storytelling and technology, iLuminate is a phenomenon that has catapulted the unique dance troupe to fame. Described by critics as “groundbreaking” and “jaw-dropping,” this remarkable glow-in-the-dark performance is exhilarating for all ages.
iLuminate performs at 5 p.m. Sept. 23, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
The Allentown Band is the oldest civilian concert band in the United States. Since its first documented performance on July 4, 1828, and now celebrating its 190th year, the band preserves the tradition and heritage of musical Americana.
The Allentown Band is recognized worldwide, having appeared on television and radio and being featured in four European concert tours. The band distributes an ongoing recording project, “Our Band Heritage,” that has reached listeners in the U.S. and 23 countries.
The comedy and misadventures written by Shakespeare, and some of Grimm’s beloved fairytale characters, will appear in the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Enchanted Woods,” 7 p.m. June 1, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem.
The Machine, a Pink Floyd tribute band in its 30th year, has sold out theaters and clubs across North and Central America, Europe and Asia, and appeared at music festivals, including Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Gathering of the Vibes, and Germany’s “Rock of Ages.”
“The Machine: America’s Premiere Live Pink Floyd Experience” stops at 8 p.m. April 6, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
Expect to hear a mix of Pink Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire, including faithful renditions of popular hits and obscure gems. States Spin magazine: The Machine “sounds exactly like Pink Floyd.”
Now in its 46th year, the silent theater troupe, Mummenschanz, captivates audiences with performances that combine movement, masks, color and puppetry. The group pioneered a daring new form of visual theater, using abstract masks and everyday objects to create a surreal and playful experience.
The name Mummenschanz is German for “mummery,” or a play involving mummers. Mummer is an early English term for a mime artist. Mummenschanz emphasizes whimsy, child-like exploration and innocent satire.
“Mummenschanz: you & me” is at 7 p.m. March 28, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
Celtic punk band, the Dropkick Murphys, ring in Saint Patrick’s Day early, 7:30 p.m. March 12, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg.
The band’s singles, “Tessie” and “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” brought them international fame. The latter song was featured in the 2006 four-time Academy Award-winning movie, “The Departed,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” went on to become a platinum-selling single.