East Penn Press

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Temple U. prof to lead Bel Canto choral music teachers workshop

Monday, March 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Internationally-renowned choral-music clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth will work with Allentown School District teachers and other area choral directors in a “Choral Music Teacher Workshop,” presented by the Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

“In the choral music field, everyone knows Rollo [Dilworth],” says Joy Hirokawa, artistic director of Bel Canto. “He is a leader in choral music education. We are really excited about him coming.”

The event includes a free...

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players’ ‘Unspeakable’ speaks volumes

Monday, March 25, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

In its latest thought-provoking play, written and directed by Ara Barlieb, the Crowded Kitchen Players tackle the uncomfortable topic of child abuse and how society has either failed to address it or has too often been looking the wrong way.

The play is “Unspeakable,” but it has a very loud and clear message in a production that continues March 29, 30 and 31, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

Dubbed as a melodrama, “Unspeakable” is gripping and infuriating at times, but...

Curtain Rises: Civic 2019-20 season has two mystery musicals

Monday, March 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s like this: Civic Theatre has announced its 2019-2020 season. However, as with theater companies across the country, it’s restricted from announcing shows that are still uncertain.

The two shows in question for Civic’s seasons are two well-known musicals, which may or may not still be on national tour or might be presented at another regional theater.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Ross Sanders teased those at the March 15 season annnoucement reception at Civic514...

Movie Review: Brie Larson a ‘Marvel’

Monday, March 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Captain Marvel” has all that a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan might want: epic battle scenes, zooming spaceship chase scenes, a motley crew of intergalactic creatures, a buddy-film storyline, and, action, action, action.

“Captain Marvel” wouldn’t be as good as it is without Brie Larson in the title role.

Marvel and most producers of superhero movies and animated feature films make smart casting choices. The film-makers try to get the best acting and voice talent possible.

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Crowded Kitchen Players’ premiere addresses topic that’s ‘Unspeakable’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in Focus

“’Unspeakable’” describes a system that often finds itself inadequate to help the very individuals it has been created to serve,” says Ara Barlieb about the genesis of his new play.

The Crowded Kitchen Players’ “Unspeakable” has its world premiere March 22, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem, where it continues March 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.

“Unspeakable” tells the story of a boy, Adam Shane (represented by a Doug Roysdon-designed and built marionette handled by Pamela Wallace...

Theater Review: Munopco ‘Chorus Line’ a ‘singular sensation’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“A Chorus Line,” the award-winning concept musical, is a triple threat.

It requires consummate acting, impressive singing and polished dancing from nearly every one of its 19 cast members. The director, in turn, is faced with the formidable task of casting all of the diverse roles, and getting the best character interpretations out of each of the performers.

That is why the MunOpCo Music Theatre’s production of “A Chorus Line,” 8 p.m. March 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 24, Scottish...

LV Auto Dealers group donates $25,000 to St. Luke’s University Health Network

Friday, March 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Dealers Association has donated $25,000 to St. Luke’s University Health Network.

Planned is a new Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and renovation of the inpatient pediatric unit by early 2020 at St. Luke’s University Hospital - Bethlehem.

A video of an artist’s rendering of the proposed unit and renovations was shown at the March 20 Preview Gala at Stabler Center for the 2019 Lehigh Valley Auto Show.

The 22nd annual Lehigh Valley Auto Show...

Freedom: ‘Anything Goes’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, sails to the stage, 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 6 and 2 p.m. April 7, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.

“Anything Goes” features the misadventures of Billy Crocker, a stowaway aboard an ocean liner, who falls in love with American debutante Hope Harcourt. Crocker is aided by gangster Moonface Martin and nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in his pursuit of the heiress, who is engaged to stuffy Englishman Lord...

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 2019 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

The 17th annual Freddys recognize accomplishments in musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Warren County, N.J.

The list of the 30 schools participating in the 2019 Freddy Awards, along...

Central Catholic: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A Broadway musical swirls around a theater fan as he sits in his apartment in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” 7 p.m. April 4, 5 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 6, Masson Auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.

The show-within-a-show is a parody of Broadway musical comedies of the 1920s and 1930s. The “Man in Chair” brings his favorite musical to life as he plays a recording of it.

Kateri Swavely-Verenna directs the Central Catholic production....