East Penn Press

Saturday, May 25, 2019

‘Mooseltoe’ to take flight at State Theatre, Easton

Friday, November 25, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Mooseltoe” is a musical with a message as big as a moose call.

“‘Mooseltoe’ imparts valuable lessons for children and adults alike. It’s never too early for kids to hear those lessons and learn them,” says Jim Semmelman, who wrote the book, music and lyrics and is the producer of “Mooseltoe.”

“It’s the perfect vehicle for parents to introduce their children to a new Christmas tradition. In this day and age of social media and videos, it’s the first time many kids will see a live production and that makes it special,” Semmelman says.

The Midtown Men return to State

Friday, November 18, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

From the development of Broadway’s ”Jersey Boys,” through the show’s three-season run on Broadway, The Midtown Men are together again for their concert, “Sixties Hits With A Modern Twist,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The Midtown Men reunites Tony Award-winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award-nominee J. Robert Spencer from the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys.”

Duo cooks up book from play

Friday, November 11, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Made from Scratch: Tales of Women Who Take the Cake” is the new name playwrights and now authors, Gretchen Klinedinst Furst and Sharon Lee Glassman, have given to the book version of their play, “Mommalogues.”

“Mommalogues,” which had its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Allentown, was presented off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre, New York City, in 2013.

When they decided to adapt their script into a book, Klinedinst Furst and Glassman decided to change the name.

Boston to bring ‘more than a feeling’ to Musikfest Sands Stage

Friday, August 5, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Boston, the rock band that brings “more than a feeling” to the stage, headlines the Musikfest 2016 Sands Steel Stage at 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9.

The rock band, celebrating its 40th anniversary with its “Four Decades North American Tour,” will bring its classic hits to the stage as well as some new additions to the group’s set list.

Boston, launched by studio technician, producer and musician Tom Scholz, became an iconic rock fixture with its self-titled debut album, which has sold more than 17 million copies.

30th annual Mayfair back at Allentown Fairgrounds

Thursday, May 19, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Mayfair Festival of the Arts returns Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, to the Allentown Fairgrounds, 1950 Liberty St., Allentown.

The festival offers an array of the arts that has brought the community of Allentown and the Lehigh Valley together for 30 years.

“The thing that’s really awesome about Mayfair Festival of the Arts is that it is the one place in the Lehigh Valley where you can experience all art forms at once, in one weekend,” says Arlene E. Daily, Mayfair Executive Director.

Cultural Camp offers arts immersion

Friday, May 13, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Returning for its 18th year is the City Arts Cultural Camp for Kids, June 20 - 24 in center city Allentown.

Youths ages 7-11 will learn about different art forms, from painting, sculpture and photography, to dance, to music instruments, to theater as they visit various arts venues.

The program, which runs 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., includes all program materials and a daily snack. Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch. Registration deadline is June 1.

Expect the unexpected with David Bromberg concert

Saturday, May 7, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

When the David Bromberg Quintet returns to the Lehigh Valley, 8 p.m. May 7, Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, expect the unexpected.

Bromberg is expected to play songs from his most recent CD, “Only Slightly Mad,” released in 2013, and may preview songs from his upcoming release, “The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But The Blues.”

Or maybe not.

”I’ve never had a set list,” says Bromberg in a phone interview. “Just before we go on stage, I talk to the band, and decide what tune to start with.

Hop on down to Miller Symphony Hall for ‘Peter Rabbit Tales’

Friday, March 25, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Enchantment Theatre Company is presenting the North American Tour of its “Peter Rabbit Tales,” 2 p.m. March 26, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

An Easter Egg Hunt for those age 1-12 with tickets to the show is at 1 p.m. in the Arts Park, located east of Symphony Hall. In case of inclement weather, the egg hunt will be in Symphony Hall. Check-in is 12:45 p.m.

The adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s “The Original Peter Rabbit Books” celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the English author-illustrator and Enchantment Theatre’s 15th year.

Book launch at Emmaus Library for L. Nazareth author latest book

Friday, March 4, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

David Lubar of Lower Nazareth Township speaks about and signs copies of his latest young adult novel, “Character, Driven,” at 5 p.m. March 5, Emmaus Public Library, 11 E Main St., Emmaus.

Lubar, a Morristown, N.J., native who received a degree in philosophy from Rutgers University, began writing for Creative Computing magazine in 1980. He took a job designing and programming video games in 1982 for the Atari 2600, Apple II, Atari 8-bit family and later Nintendo Gameboy (he programmed “Super Breakout” and “Frogger” and designed “Frogger 2: Swampy’s Revenge”).

Annual ASO ‘Family Concert’ invites children to experience ‘Musical Fairy Tales’ on stage

Friday, February 12, 2016 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Once Upon An Orchestra: Musical Fairy Tales” is this year’s annual Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Family Concert,” 2 p.m. Feb 20, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The concert brings together fairy tales and stories told through orchestra performance.

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra has prepared a program of orchestral classics, with the goal of introducing children to classical music. Those age 21 and younger are free thanks to a grant from The Century Fund.