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Theater Review: ‘Dictators’ on parade at Touchtone Theatre

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Touchstone Theatre is holding a “telethon” on stage through April 15 for a very unworthy cause, that is, celebrating political tyrants, and raising funds so that their children’s despotic dreams can come true.

The “Tyrants of Tomorrow Telethon” is the fictional setting for the musical satire, “Dictators 4 Dummies,” written and directed by Christopher Shorr, with input from his fellow Touchstone company members. The April 6 performance of the world premiere production was seen for this...

Liberty: ‘The Wizard Of Oz’

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Follow the yellow brick road to “The Wizard Of Oz,” 7 p.m. April 26, 27, 28 and 2 p.m. April 29, auditorium, Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.

With music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. “Yip’” Harburg, and background music by Herbert Stothart, the musical is based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” and adapted by John Kane from the 1939 movie, “The Wizard Of Oz,” for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 1987.

Judith Rivera...

Notre Dame: ‘Cinderella’

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The iconic fairy tale, with a social justice point-of-view, comes to the stage at Notre Dame High School with “Cinderella (Broadway Version),” 7 p.m. April 20, 21, and 2 p.m. April 22, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Bethlehem Township.

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Douglas Carter Beane, the 2013 Broadway debut received nine Tony Award nominations, receiving one Tony.

Shauna Khan is the...

ASO Series:

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by The Press in Focus

ARTS AT ST. JOHN’S:

The third 2018 “ASO Chamber Series” concert, presented by the Allentown Symphony Association with Arts at St. John’s, features Rick Basehore, Principal Oboe, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and Yu Xi, pianist, 12:10 p.m. April 17, St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

The approximate 50-minute program is: “Sonata for Oboe and Piano,” Francis Poulenc; “Sonata for Oboe and Continuo in B flat Major,” Georg Philipp Telemann, and “...

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, April 11: Chicken Kiev, baked potato w/ sour cream, garden blend vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.

Thursday, April 12: Baked meatloaf with gravy, scalloped potatoes, red beets, wheat bread with margarine, lemon bar.

Friday, April 13: Chicken and toasted orzo soup, sausage sandwich w/ peppers and onions, Pennsylvania “Dutch” potato salad, fresh apple slices.

Monday, April 16: Onion Romano...

Healthy Geezer: stuttering

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My four-year-old grandson has begun to stutter. It upsets me and I don’t know how to handle it.

It should be reassuring to you to know that about five percent of children stutter for a period of about six months. Three-quarters of these children recover before they mature. About one percent of adults stutter.

Meanwhile, knowing how to talk to your grandson will help both of you.

People who stutter are aware of their problem and usually don’t want special treatment....

Dieruff: ‘Side Show’

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“Side Show (2014 Revival)” is on view, 7 p.m. April 26, 27 and 2 p.m. April 28, auditorium, Dieruff High School, 815 N. Irving St., Allentown.

With book and lyrics by Bill Russell, music by Henry Krieger, and additional book material by Bill Condon, the musical opened on Broadway in 1997, receiving five Tony Award nominations.

Sarah Pastelyak produces and directs the Dieruff High School production, assisted by choreographer Joey Schubbert, vocal director Jennifer Dodd, and...

Respectfully Yours: Just say no

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m a busy working mom of three boys and I have a lot on my plate. When I am asked to do something beyond my already full schedule, I have a habit of saying “Yes” to everyone. I’m starting to feel burnt out and resentful. Is there a way to say “No” without sounding like a bad person?

Dear Reader,

The tiny little word “no” is often the most difficult one to say.

If you are worried about hurting someone’s feelings or causing conflict there are ways...