East Penn Press

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Upper Saucon girl plays Annie at Philly’s Walnut Street Theatre

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“Annie” was the first stage show that Upper Saucon Township actress Jenna Seasholtz saw and her babysitter was playing the title role.

Seasholtz has been starring in the title role in “Annie,” through Jan. 7, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia. Seasholtz plays Annie weekends and for select matinees. “Annie” opened Nov. 7 at the Walnut.

“I saw ‘Annie’ before. It was my first show ever and Annie was played by my babysitter. I loved her and seeing her up on stage I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” says Seasholtz, a triple threat singer-dancer-actor.

A family Christmas: David Phelps brings hope of the season to State Theatre concert

Friday, December 22, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Multi-Dove and Grammy Award winner David Phelps performs classic Christmas songs at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Dec. 22. The former member of the renowned Gaither Vocal Band for 20 years will lend his powerful tenor to the sounds of the season.

“This is our nineteenth annual Christmas tour. I can’t believe I’ve been doing anything that long. Every year in November we pull out the Christmas music and dust it off and we come up with some new arrangements to add to it.

Christmas with Annie Moses Band at Bethany Wesleyan in Cherryville

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

The genre-defying Annie Moses Band Christmas tour makes a stop, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville, Lehigh Township, performing classic carols and holiday tunes.

The group is made up of siblings Annie Wolaver Dupre, violin and vocals; William Alexander Wolaver, viola; Benjamin Wolaver, cello; Camille Da Silva, harp; Gretchen Wolaver, violin, mandolin and guitar, and Jeremiah Wolaver, guitar.

‘Christmas Carol’ turns 28 at Civic

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s “A Christmas Carol” is back for its 28th year. The holiday classic brings Christmas cheer to the Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, Dec. 1 - 16.

Adapted for the stage by William Sanders and Sharon Lee Glassman from the Charles Dickens’ novel, the holiday tradition continues to delight and inspire wonder with a cast of close to 100 Lehigh Valley performers.

Sanders, who’s again directing the show, describes the process of remounting “A Christmas Carol” each December:

Pop classic: With her latest album, ‘Two Hearts,’ singer Jackie Evancho adds songwriter to portfolio

Monday, November 27, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Singing prodigy Jackie Evancho returns to grace the stage of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

The lauded classical crossover singer rose to fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10 and astounding audiences with her mature, rich sound. Now 16-years-old, she seeks to craft a career on her own terms.

Pop classics: With latest CD, ‘Two Hearts,’ singer Jackie Evancho adds songwriter to her portfolio

Friday, November 24, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Singing prodigy Jackie Evancho returns to grace the stage of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

The lauded classical crossover singer rose to fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10 and astounding audiences with her mature, rich sound. Now 16-years-old, she seeks to craft a career on her own terms.

Pop classics: With latest CD, ‘Two Hearts,’ singer Jackie Evancho adds songwriter to her portfolio

Friday, November 24, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Singing prodigy Jackie Evancho returns to grace the stage of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

The lauded classical crossover singer rose to fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10 and astounding audiences with her mature, rich sound. Now 16-years-old, she seeks to craft a career on her own terms.

Theater Review: ‘Blood Brothers’ shocks, entertains at Pa. Playhouse

Friday, June 16, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“Tell me it’s not true. Say it’s just a story.”

Willy Russell’s heart-wrenching musical “Blood Brothers” shocks and entertains through June 18 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

The tragic story of the Johnstone twins separated at birth, one raised in prosperity and the other in poverty, is told through lovely music and an engaging narrative. The cast, directed by Bill Mutimer, gives emotional and vocally-strong performances. The musical’s book, lyrics and music were written by Russell.

Global Impactors’ ‘Tin Woman’ transplants loss, second chances

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“The Tin Woman” explores life, loss and second chances through the story of Joy, a heart-transplant recipient, and her relationship with the donor’s grieving family.

Global Impactors Group presents the 2015 comedy-drama by playwright Sean Grennan at 8 p.m. May 12, 13, 19 and 2 p.m. May 13 and 20, Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St., Macungie. Proceeds benefit Gift of Life Family House.

Ryan MacNamara plays Jack, the deceased donor. His ghost is ever-present on stage. MacNamara says that the play reinforces the idea that life is short.