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‘Pippin’ makes the magic happen

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Naysh Fox, who portrays the title character in “Pippin,” knows how the magic happens

He was involved in a college production of the musical and witnessed the creation of the 2013 revival.

The four Tony Awards-winning musical “Pippin” will be presented at 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 26, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Pippin is a young prince on a quest to find his purpose in life. He encounters both grand and simplistic lifestyles and is finally confronted with a momentous decision.

‘Once’ in a lifetime musical at State

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

When 20-year-old Mackenzie Lesser-Roy auditioned for the role of Girl in “Once,” the college student doubted she’d landed the job.

“I went to the open call on a whim and I actually almost left. I ended up getting a callback. I almost didn’t go to the callback, either because I was just about to start my junior year of college.

“I went to the callback and I had two or three more callbacks after that and then I got a call in the middle of September that they wanted me for the job. It was pretty incredible.” says Lesser-Roy in a phone interview.

‘Holy Stuff’ visits happy places

Friday, March 3, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Explore all that is held scared in the modern day with Emma Ackerman’s one-woman show, “The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff,” in its world premiere, March 2-12, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.

“‘The Complete and Authoritative Tour of Holy Stuff’ is a non-linear pilgrimage of someone trying out different things that you could consider holy things like religion or nature-based spirituality or football or television. Basically, all of the things that we sort of devote ourselves to in life.” says Ackerman.

Concert Theater Review: ‘Nightingale’ sings for Bach Choir ‘Family’

Friday, March 3, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Imaginations soared with song and story for “The Nightingale,” The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra annual “Family Concert,” a collaboration with Mock Turtle Marionette Theater.

Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld set the tone for the Feb. 26 event with heartwarming stories of past young audience members. One girl had sweetly told him after a “Bach to School” concert that “It sounded so real.” Another shared that she had “practiced sitting still for three days” before attending a classical music concert.

‘Annie’ means a lot to young star

Friday, February 24, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“Oh my goodness!” and “Leapin’ Lizards!” The beloved classic musical “Annie” arrives at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The Tony Award-winning musical, with music by Charles Strouse and book by Thomas Meehan, is based on the newspaper comic strip by Harold Gray. The show is choreographed by Liza Gennaro and the set is designed by Beowulf Boritt.

Touchstone fund-raiser packs a ‘Punch’

Friday, February 17, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Get ready to party like it’s Mardi Gras at Touchstone Theatre’s concert fundraiser, “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” 7 p.m. Feb. 18, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

The event features Touchstone’s newly-formed band, Jakopa’s Punch. They will be joined on the bill by The Bastard Sons of Burt Sugarman and the The Charts Funk Band, from the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts.

Jambalaya, king cake and other New Orleans-style dishes will be served. Wine, beer and food is included in the ticket price.

Civic Theatre’s ‘9 to 5 The Musical’ dishes out topical humor

Sunday, February 12, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Dolly Parton’s uproarious and heartening “9 to 5 The Musical” is expected to brighten dreary winter evenings with lively, toe-tapping tunes and a swirl of color Feb. 10, 11, Feb. 16-19 and Feb. 23-26, Civic Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

'Harper Lee' not 'A Moment' too soon

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Moravian Book Shop 'Mockingbird sequel' celebration to include one-woman show, film, excerpts from play

The last thing a demure, genteel southern woman would want to create is a spectacle. So it's no surprise "To Kill A Mockingbird" author Harper Lee, who is described as fiery and eccentric, shrugged at decorum, stunning the literary community with the release of her second novel after a 55-year hiatus.

"Go Set A Watchman," published well after Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Mockingbird," was actually penned first, but shelved in favor of "Mockingbird"'s storyline.