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Baum 90th anniversary Gala: Rodale Family cultivates art

Friday, October 28, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Five generations of Rodales were honored for their family’s contributions to art and culture in the Lehigh Valley at the 90th Anniversary Gala of the Baum School of Art in Allentown.

More than 100 people attended the silent auction and dinner Oct. 8 to celebrate the school’s founding by Walter Emerson Baum in 1926, and to recognize the Rodales for their long history of support. Rodale grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even one great-great grandchild attended the milestone event.

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Friday, October 21, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

‘Honky Tonk Angels’ puts country in The Pines

Nashville meets Broadway and scores a hit in The Pines Dinner Theatre production of “The Honky Tonk Angels,” a clever and highly-entertaining blend of country music classics and storytelling written by Ted Swindley, author of the popular musical “Always … Patsy Cline.”

The talented cast of three women sing, joke and jibe their way through monologues and more than 30 songs at the Oct. 19 performance seen for this review. Performances continue through Oct. 23 at The Pines, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players tear down that wall in ‘November’

Monday, October 10, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you think the 2016 presidential election is really crazy you obviously haven’t seen “November,” the cynical, yet hilarious look at Oval Office politics by Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright David Mamet, now playing at the Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

The play, staged by The Crowded Kitchen Players, the repertory company based in the Allentown area, opened Oct. 7. This review is of the Oct. 9 matinee. Performances continue at 8 p.m. Oct. 14, 15 and 21, and 2 p.m. Oct. 16.

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Friday, October 7, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

‘Miracle Worker’ a moving message at Pa. Playhouse

“The Miracle Worker” is the story of six-year-old Helen Keller, a wild, petulant child at that age, understandably so given that since infancy she could neither see nor hear nor speak.

Teacher Annie Sullivan, herself visually-challenged, enters into Helen’s life and through manual sign language frees the child from her dark and soundless world into one of understanding and feeling, physical and emotional.

Theater Review

Friday, September 23, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

MunOpCo’s ‘The Producers’: What’s not to love?

“The Producers,” Mel Brooks’ irreverent musical comedy about two Broadway swindlers whose plan to produce the perfect money-making flop goes awry, is one of those timeless mainstays of theater that bears staging on a regular basis.

Yet, while its masterful, award-winning script, music and lyrics would seem to promise a sure-fire hit, the show is not without some very daunting challenges.

The Muggles out in force for ‘Harry Potter’ tome at Moravian Book Shop

Friday, September 9, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

One dark and rainy night, the streets of downtown Bethlehem were crawling with all sorts of witches and wizards and magicians. Their destination was the Moravian Book Shop along Main Street, where at one minute after midnight July 31, long-anticipated and tightly kept secrets about their hero Harry Potter would be unwrapped.

Born to lead Kassie Hilgert looks to ArtsQuest’s future on SteelStacks’ fifth anniversary

Friday, June 24, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

On July 15, 2014, Kassie Hilgert, ArtsQuest senior vice-president for marketing and advancement, was sitting in her second-floor office looking out at the rusting monoliths that once had been the blast furnaces of the former southside Bethlehem plant where steel-making ended in 1995 with Bethlehem Steel Corp. filing for bankruptcy in 2001. Downstairs at ArtsQuest Center, a decision was being made by the ArtsQuest Board of Trustees that would change her life.

MISS AMAZING PAGEANT Queens, princesses and shooting stars Everyone wins in the Miss Amazing pageant

Thursday, April 21, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Local News

Everyone was a winner in the first-ever statewide Miss Amazing pageant held in April at Moravian College in Bethlehem. Contestants practiced skills and gained self-confidence, volunteers and sponsors left knowing they had made a positive difference in others’ lives, and audience members shared the joy of achievement with those on stage.