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Monday, November 19, 2018

30th anniversary of ‘Hairspray’ film: Extras, extras! Read all about them

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s been 30 years since director John Waters’ “Hairspray, the inspiration for the Broadway musical, was released.

But a year before in 1987, the making of the film was all the buzz in the Lehigh Valley.

Shock-auteur Waters typically shot his films exclusively in his hometown of Baltimore, but for “Hairspray” he brought his crew to South Whitehall Township to shoot a pivotal scene at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, which served as a stand-in for Tilted Acres, a fictional Baltimore amusement park.

30th anniversary of ‘Hairspray’ film: Extras, extras! Read all about them

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s been 30 years since director John Waters’ “Hairspray, the inspiration for the Broadway musical, was released.

But a year before in 1987, the making of the film was all the buzz in the Lehigh Valley.

Shock-auteur Waters typically shot his films exclusively in his hometown of Baltimore, but for “Hairspray” he brought his crew to South Whitehall Township to shoot a pivotal scene at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, which served as a stand-in for Tilted Acres, a fictional Baltimore amusement park.

69th Kutztown Folk Festival: Attractions added for Pennsylvania-Dutch celebration

Monday, June 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

Large-scale model trains, an authentic harvest celebration and a 100-year-old printing press are some of the new attractions at the 69th annual Kutztown Folk Festival, which brings all things Pennsylvania-Dutch to the Kutztown Fairgrounds June 30 - July 8.

And there are new crafts and new foods to join with all the old favorites at the annual celebration of Pennsylvania-Dutch, ne, German culture.

Real-life prison story inspires CKP play

Friday, June 8, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

A chance encounter with a high school classmate who ended up in prison for rape inspired Ara Barlieb to pen his newest original play “A Softening of Her Eyes.”

The play, Barlieb’s 10th original play performed by Crowded Kitchen Players, has its world premiere June 8 at the Charles A. Brown Ice House in Bethlehem.

“A Softening of Her Eyes” tells the story of a charismatic black man on trial for rape who escapes the courtroom and goes to a radio station where he asks to tell his side of the story on air.

2018 Mayfair at Cedar Crest schedule

Friday, May 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

Enjoy more than 30 free performances, noon-10 p.m. May 25-27, Mayfair Festival of the Arts at Cedar Crest College, Allentown.

Headlining the festival are Philadelphia Funk Authority and Go Go Gadjet.

There also will be performances by students from local schools and colleges including Allentown School District Inner District Wind Ensemble, Dieruff High School Jazz Band, The Valley Suzuki Strings and Tap Ties, which holds community dance lessons at the college.

There are also two special events in Alumnae Hall.

EMMAUS HIGH SCHOOL

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Local News

Chorale singing ‘Imagine’ on boat trip creates Facebook frenzy

Emmaus High School Chorale has a reputation for bursting into song pretty much anywhere. But when they decided to spontaneously sing John Lennon’s “Imagine” on a boat in Boston Harbor, their song ended up reaching tens of thousands more people than they ever dreamed.

A little over a week ago, the chorale went on a three-day trip to Boston combining concerts and touring. Among their plans was to perform at Old South Meeting House and at Old North Church, two historic sites in Boston.