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Movie Review: ‘Hedy’ hopper

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 by in

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” is a fascinating documentary film that, if it wasn’t based on a true story, would sound like fiction.

Lamarr, who was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in 1914 and died in 2000, was an Austrian-born United States film actress.

While the dark-haired Lamarr wasn’t a Bombshell in the Hollywood movie style of platinum blondes such as Marilyn Monroe, Lamarr was regarded as one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen.

Her story unfolds with her controversial film, “Ecstacy” (1933, Czechoslovakia); marriage to an Austrian ammunitions manufacturer, and being discovered in Paris by MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer.

Lamarr’s best-known films were “Algiers” (1938), “Boom Town” (1940), “I Take This Woman” (1940), “Comrade X” (1940), “Come Live With Me” (1941), “H.M. Pulham, Esq.” (1941), and “Samson and Delilah” (1949).

Hollywood movies are only half of the Hedy Lamarr story. She is credited as an inventor, who, at the start of World War II, with composer George Antheil, developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, using so-called frequency-hopping technology, to thwart detection by enemy Nazi warships.

The concept is said to have become the basis for cell phone, Bluetooth, WiFi and communication satellite technology. Lamarr was inducted posthumously in 2014 into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

“Bombshell” is directed by Alexandra Dean (producer, “The Player: Secrets of a Vegas Whale,” 2014), in her feature documenary directorial debut. Dean, who wrote the screenplay for “Bombshell,” uses a wealth of photographs, archival footage, clips from Lamarr’s movies, and interviews with her children, those who knew her, wrote about her, or interviewed her, and an audio tape interview with her.

The documentary film is a portrayal not only of Lamarr, but the world during her lifetime, in war and peace, overseas and in the United States and Hollywood.

“Bombshell” doesn’t seem to pull too many punches about Lamarr, who was married six times, and was the mother of two sons and a daughter. Lamarr was a complicated person, who gave as good as she got, on screen and in her personal life.

“Bombshell” lets us know Lamarr, but it’s really only a glimpse into an extraordinary life about a beautiful, independent, and brilliant woman.

She was a star who looked at the stars and asked the big questions.

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” answers many, but not all of the questions about Hedy Lamarr. That makes her all the more fascinating.

“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” MPAA rated G; Genre: Documentary, Biography, History; Run time: 1 hr., 28 min.; Distributed by Zeitgeist Films.

Credit Readers Anonymous: Those interviewed in “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” include Peter Bogdanovich, Mel Brooks, Diane Kruger and Robert Osborne.

Box Office, May 18: “Deadpool 2,” starring Ryan Reynolds, opened at No. 1 with $125 million, dropping “Avengers: Infinity War” down one spot from it’s three-week perch at No. 1, with $28.6 million, $595 million, four weeks, and keeping the Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton and Candace Bergen comedy, “Book Club,” opening at No. 3 with $12.5 million.

4. “Life Of The Party” dropped two places, $7.7 million, $31 million, two weeks. 5. “Breaking In” dropped two places, $6.4 million, $28.7 million, two weeks. 6. “Show Dogs,” $6 million, opening. 7. “Overboard” dropped three places, $4.7 million, $36.9 million, three weeks. 8. “A Quiet Place” dropped three places, $4 million, $176.2 million, seven weeks. 9. “Rampage” dropped two places, $1.5 million, $92.4 million, six weeks. 10. “RBG,” $1.2 millon, $3.8 million, three weeks.

43. Director Dan Roebuck’s Lehigh Valley-filmed “Getting Grace” rose 34 places from a readjusted No. 77, with $2,222, on three screens, $214,707, eight weeks.

Unreel, May 25:

“Solo: A Star Wars Story,” PG-13: Ron Howard directs Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Donald Glover in the Science-Fiction Action film which tells the back story of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). Han Solo meets his copilot Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian years before the Rebellion.

“How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” R: John Cameron Mitchell directs Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Stephen Campbell Moore in the comedy. An alien on the grand tour of the galaxy splits from the tour group and visits a London suburb.

Three Popcorn Boxes out of Five Popcorn Boxes

Concert Review: Stunning debut, milestones, and good vibrations at Bach Fest 2018

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The 111th Bach Festival went from the somber to the celebratory, with a few stops along the way for humor, classical music comaraderie, a commemorative presentation of Bach’s Bible, some good vibrations, and the most stunning guest vocalist debut in years.

The 2018 festival, May 11, 12, 18, 19, marked the 120th year of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. The May 11 and 12 first weekend was attended for this review.

In recent years, the festival has added performances and events, for 2018 providing some 17 events over two days to immerse oneself in the baroque music world of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

For 2018, “Bach Outdoors!” was added at noon May 11 and 18. The program was Bach’s “First Cello Suite in G Major,” BWV 1007, “Second Cello Suite in D Minor,” BWV 1008, transcribed for marimba and performed by She-E Wu, festival artist-in-residence, and “Third Violin Partita in E Major,” BWV, 1006, transcribed for electric violin and performed by Paul Miller, all at Payrow Plaza, Bethlehem City Hall, Church Street, Bethlehem.

The Festival Brass Choir again played hymns and chorales prior to afternoon May 12 and 19 performances of Bach’s “Mass in B Minor.”

The distinguished scholar lecture returned, 2 p.m. May 11 and 18, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University. The topic was “120 Years of Bach in Bethlehem” for Dr. Robin A. Leaver’s last year, his 35th, as annotator of the Bach Festival program.

For “Chamber Music in the Saal,” Charlotte Mattax Moersch, harpischord, performed “Aria with Thirty Variations, BWV 988: Goldberg Variations,” 4 p.m. May 11 and 18, the Saal of the Moravian Museum, Church Street, Bethlehem.

“Zimmermann’s Coffee House” was back, 7 p.m. May 12 and 19, Peter Hall, Moravian College, Bethlehem, which endeavors to recreate the ambiance of 18th century Zimmermannsche Kaffeehaus, Leipzig, where J.S. Bach amd his cohorts played music and socialized.

The festival has added more audience participation, including “Bach Chorale Sing, Part 1,” 3:40 p.m., prior to “Bach at 4,” May 11 and 18, with Bach Choir members and Bach Choir artistic director-conductor Greg Funfgeld, in his 35th year.

“Bach at 4”

“Bach at 4,” Incarnation of Our Lord Church, Bethlehem, opened somberly, as in the title of “Cantata 156” and its opening verse, “I stand with one foot in the grave.” Fortunately, it was uplifting from there, especially the alto Aria by countertenor Daniel Taylor, with Nobuo Kitagawa, oboe, and Elizabeth Field, violin; the bass Recitative by baritone William Sharp, and the concluding Chorale by the Bach Choir.

Bach offered words to the wise in his or any time in “Cantata 120”: “Strength and blessing must and shall at every moment be laid upon our government in desired abundance, so that justice and allegiance shall join together in loving embrace,” with the words and music caressed by soprano Rosa Lamoreaux and violinist Field.

None other than Bach Choir artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld took to the harpsichord, accompanied by Mollie Glazer, viola da gamba, for “Sonata for Viola da Gamba in D Major,” BWV 1028. Glazer played with extraordinary alacrity. Funfgeld played with awe-inspiring skilled intensity.

Countertenor Taylor was back with Kitagawa, oboe; Glazer, viola da gamba; Charles Holdeman, bassoon, and Thomas Goeman, organ, for “Cantata 76,” rendered with a delightful nonchalance that occurs with practice of the highest order, and the cheerful admonition, “Show love, you Christians, in deeds!”

One of the chief joys of “Bach at 4,” as with the choir’s “Bach at Noon” series, are Funfgeld’s authoritative insights prior to performances. Funfgeld, saying “Cantata 106” is “possibly the first cantata Bach wrote,” described it as “a treasure trove of scriptues from the Bible,” adding, “All of Bach begins here.”

“Cantata 106” moves briskly from the opening Chorus, that posits: “In him we exist, act and have our being, as long as it is his will. In him we perish at the proper moment, as he wills.”

The opening Sonatina, with Tricia van Oers, recorder, principal, and Heloise Degrugillier, recorder, playing an angelic duet, set the stage for the compact work, as the opening Chorus posits (in translation from the German): “In him we exist, act and have our being, as long as it is his will. In him we perish at the proper moment, as he wills.”

Tenor Benjamin Butterfield advanced the tone of acceptance in the Arioso; “Ah, Lord, teach us to ponder our mortality,” followed by the advice in the Aria by baritone Sharp: “Set your house in order.”

A glimpse of what was to come was offered by soprano Cassandra Lemoine, in her festival debut, in the Arioso: “It is the ancient law, mortal one, you must die!” If it hadn’t been sung so sweetly, one might have been tempted to bolt from the sanctuary to the nearest bar (shades of H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, the scion of Baltimore, who wrote famously of his attending the Bethlehem Bach Festival during Prohibition).

Lemoine’s sustaining of the verse’s final words and notes, “Herr Jesu!,” made the suceeding silence all the more startling.

The passage of the person from soul to the spirit continued with the Aria by countertenor Taylor, and the succumbing words: “Into your hands I commit my spirit.” The journey went on with bass Sharp, soprano Lemoine, countertenor Taylor: “Today you will be with me in Paradise” and “With Peace and joy I journey there ... consoled are my heart and mind, calm and peaceful ... death has become my sleep.”

The choir’s concluding Chorus returned the dual recorders of van Oers and Degrugillier to the fore, with a propulsive conclusion to a seamless work rendered seamlessly by the ensemble with a chamber recital quality somehow simultaneously intimate and grand.

Lipkis lecture

Dr. Larry Lipkis, professor of music and composer-in-residence, Moravian College, again presented a witty, informative and entertaining lecture at the dinner, May 11 and 18, Butz Lobby, Zoellner Arts Center.

Referring to Bach’s cello pieces performed on a marimba, Lipkis said, “That raises a few eyebrows. Is that OK? Yes, it’s more than OK.” Bach composed for a variety of instruments available in his era. Had there been a marimba in Bach’s time, he may have written music for it.

Turning to the “Bach at 8” May 11 and 18 concerts, Lipkis described the “serene sense of sadness” of “Cantata 21.” Lipkis performed melodies on a keyboard, his daughter played violin, and recorded portions were played to illustrate many of his points.

A pre-concert performance was presented by the Suzuki Violin Program of the Lehigh Valley at 7:15 p.m. May 11 and 18 outside Packer Memorial Church.

“Bach at 8”

Inside Packer Church, true to Lipkis’s words, “Cantata 21,” after the elegiac opening Sinfonia, with Mary Watt, oboe, playing a delicate fillip, began with the choir singing (in the English translation by H. Ellis Finger from the German), “I had much anguish in my heart.”

The Aria by soprano Lemoine, rendered with astounding clarity and rapturous gentleness, backed by Watt, oboe, and Loretta O’Sullivan, cello, exquisitely expressed the emotions (“fear and death gnaw at my oppressed heart”).

The 2018 festival was the Bach Festival debut of Lemoine, a student of tenor Benjamin Butterfield. The festival debut of Lemoine is one of, if not the, most auspicious, exciting and memorable debuts I can recall in the some 45 years that I’ve been attending the Bethlehem Bach Festival.

Ironically or not, Butterfield followed his former student with the Recitative and Aria, which were sincere, fluid and deep with emotion (“Torrents of salty tears.”).

Lemoine returned with a spendid Recitative with baritone William Sharp, a dialogue, really, between the Soul, and Jesus, and a Duet, also with Sharp. In this, Lemoine was expressively joyful. And then, Butterfield and Lemoine, the teacher and his student, as well as the choir, sang the concluding Chorus that was, by turns, steadfast (Butterfield), gleeful (Lemoine) and breathtaking (the choir).

Bach’s “Third Cello Suite, BWV 1009 in C Major,” transcribed for marimba by George Stauffer and played by She-e We, was soft and sublime. At times, her mallets seemed to float in mid-air. She moved fluidly and in silver spiked heels, percussively stompling her right foot three times during the seven movements. This was the music of the spheres. The effect was mesmerizing: good vibrations, Bach-style. The piece was one of the most unusual works ever performed at the Bethlehem Bach Festival.

The program segued nicely from the sound of the music of the spheres, to the philosophy of the origin of music, symbolized by the patroness of musicians, with “Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day” by George Frideric Handel. Tenor Butterfield summoned convincingly the English lyrics based on a poem by John Dryden in the Recitative: “From harmony, from heav’nly harmony, This universal frame began.”

Soprano Lemoine invoked the clarion call in the Air: “What passion cannot music raise and quell!,” undergirded by O’Sullivan, cello. “And wond’ring, on their faces fell, To worship that celestial sound.”

An instrumental, a March, shifted the tone toward mirth and merriment, in the Aria, led by a coquettish and mischievous Lemoine, soprano, raising an eyebrow here, casting a glance there, backed by Robin Kani, flute: “The woes of hopeless lovers, Whose dirge is whisper’d by the warbling lute.” The notes of Kani’s flute-playing blended wonderfully with Lemoine’s voice.

The Aria by tenor Butterfield continued the bemusement, with exacting, if tongue-in-cheek, precision, as if presaging a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta: “Depths of pain, and height of passion, For the fair disdainful dame.”

The melodrama continued, as if in a silent movie with music, with soprano Lemoine, backed by Moersch, organ, after a particularly sensitive instrumental introductory passage: “What human voice can reach The sacred organ’s praise?” With the choir, on the final Chorus, Lemoine concluded: “The spheres began to move, And sung the great Creator’s praise.”

This was a prominent role for Lemoine in her Bethlehem Bach Festival debut and she was up to the challenge. With the “Ode,” Lemoine connected with, captivated and endeared herself with the festival audience. Here’s hoping she can and will be back.

In selecting “Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day,” Funfgeld continues to put the “fun” in the Bach Festival. Between the two weekends of the festival, the choir and orchestra recorded the “Ode” and other works for a forthcoming CD, the choir’s fifth for the Analekta label.

In tribute to Funfgeld’s 35th anniversary, Harold G. Black, Bach Choir board president, delivered remarks, and noted that as of July 1, the Bel Canto Youth Chorus, in its 25th anniversary, will merge with the Bach Choir.

Bridget George, Bach Choir executive director, presented a three-volume reproduction of Bach’s Calov Bible, the original of which, with Bach’s margin notes, was discovered in 1934 in Michigan. At one point in the Bible, Bach cites 1 Chronicles 25 thusly: “This chapter is the true foundation of all God-pleasing church music.”

Said Funfgeld in accepting the gift, “I’m completely stunned and very overwhelmed and feeling very humbled and grateful.”

After the May 11 and 18 concerts, the Bach Choir’s 120th birthday (1898-2018) was celebrated with champagne and strawberries outside Packer where 120 luminaria were placed.

Ifor Jones Concert

The “Fifth Brandenberg Concerto,” BWV 1050 opened the Ifor Jones Memorial Chamber Music Concerts, 10:30 a.m. May 12 and 19, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center. Field, violin; Funfgeld, harpsichord; Kani, flute, played with particular merriment, and a satisfying build, leading to a solo by Funfgeld that buzzed with intensity and speed.

She-e Wu, marimba, blazed through “Concert for Marimba and Strings” by Eric Ewazen with amazing alacrity, this time in gold spiked heels that didn’t slow her down as she moved her double mallets with impressive reach, crossovers, and control along the wooden bars. The resonators were particularly suited to amplify the sound in Baker Hall. The epic sweep, adventurousness and sonority of her sound was captivating.

Bach’s “Third Suite in D Major,” BWV 1068 was textbook chamber music, with a soothing Air and toe-tapping Gavotte.

Festival Lunch

Tenor Benjamin Butterfield was featured speaker at the Festival Lunch, May 12 and 19, Butz Lobby, Zoellner Arts Center.

In his opening remarks, Harold G. Black, Bach Choir board president, said, “We try to live up to our legacy and leave a legacy for the next generation.”

Referring to “Ode for Saint Cecilia’s Day,” Butterfield said he was told, “You look like you’re having so much fun.” Pausing, he added, “I am having fun.”

Noting the festival debut of soprano Cassandra Lemoine, a former student of his, Butterfield said, “Part of the development of this festival is to not ony bring in the tried and the true, but also the new.”

Butterfield emphasized the salutary effect of music “because in a complicated world, this is a good time to sing.”

The Mass In B Minor

The Brass Choir preceded Parts 1 and 2 of the Mass with hymns and chorales at 1:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. May 12 and 19. The Bach Chorale Sing, Part 2, was at 2 p.m. May 12 and 19.

The centerpiece of the Bethlehem Bach Festival, as with the works of J.S. Bach, is the “Mass in B Minor,” BWV 232, 2:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. May 12 and 19, Packer Memorial Church, Lehigh University. The Bach Choir opened with a dreamlike “Kyrie,” rapturous and in a restrained but sensitive tempo under Funfgeld’s baton, leading to a beautiful and memorable duet by sopranos Rosa Lamoreaux and Cassandra Lemoine.

The choir’s “Gloria” sounded like thunder, presaging the Aria by Lamoreaux, accompanied by Field, violin.

Student and teacher, soprano Lemoine and tenor Butterfield, dueted again, with the delightful Kani, on flute, making music and lyrics, “Lamb of God,” skip like a lamb in the field.

The alto Aria by countertenor Daniel Taylor and the bass Aria by David Newman were superb, the latter paced by Anthony Cecere, French horn.

The choir’s “Qui tollis” was perfection with the choir’s “Cum Sancto” a spirited and satisfying conclusion to the first session.

Funfgeld makes the Mass a real page-turner for the choir, no more so than in the “Credo” that opened the second session. The Duet by soprano Lemoine and countertenor Taylor blended in thrilling harmony.

The choir’s “Et incarnatus,” “Crucifixus” and “Et resurrexit” were astounding, with Funfgeld keeping steady tempo with his right baton while gently guiding all with delicate wavea of his left hand.

A bass Aria by William Sharp, tenor Aria by Butterfield, and alto Aria by Taylor led magnificently and inevitably to the choir’s “Dona nobis,” concluding the 111th edition of the Bethlehem Bach Festival in a season of milestones with soaring solemnity.

Parkland tops Freddy noms

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Among the 154 Freddy Awards nominations for 2018, Parkland tops the list with 15, with Emmaus next with 14. Here’s the tally:

Parkland: 15

Emmaus: 14

Bangor Area: 13

Dieruff: 10

Southern Lehigh: 10

Saucon Valley: 9

Northern Lehigh: 9

Freedom: 8

Belvidere: 7

Hackettstown: 7

Easton Area: 6

Moravian Academy: 5

Northampton Area: 5

Warren Hills Regional: 5

Whitehall: 5

Allentown Central Catholic: 4

Liberty: 4

Nazareth Area: 4

Catasauqua: 3

Phillipsburg: 3

Notre Dame: 2

North Warren Regional: 2

William Allen: 2

Wilson Area: 1

Bethlehem Catholic: 1

Salisbury: 1

Lincoln Leadership Academy: 0

Northwestern Lehigh: 0

Salem Christian: 0

Lehigh County senior menus

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Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 16: Baked low salt ham, yams, asparagus, angel food cake.

Thursday, May 17: Chicken breast with creamy pesto sauce, roasted potatoes, carrots, pineapple tidbits.

Friday, May 18: Crispy fish sandwich, wild rice blend, spinach, fresh fruit.

Monday, May 21: Steamed white fish, Spanish rice, roasted pepper blend, fresh pear.

Tuesday, May 22: Turkey Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, zucchini, fresh fruit.

Wednesday, May 23: Barbecue beef Rib-A-Que, roasted potato, corn, banana.

Thursday, May 24: Pulled pork, warm bean salad, creamy spinach, fresh apple.

The Family Project: Unreported assault

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Q. My 17-year-old daughter recently shared that her close friend was sexually assaulted by a relative who is now in jail. She has never gone for counseling, is not doing well in school, is becoming withdrawn and doesn’t want to talk about it. My daughter said her friend doesn’t want anyone to know what happened. What can I do?

The first advice that was given by the panel was to contact the girl’s school. “Every school is mandated to have a student assistance team,” said panelist Chad Stefanyak. The concerned parent can call anonymously. The school can do the screening, and refer the friend to counseling.

Panelist Mike Daniels said there are a limited number of people who know about the assault, so the friend is likely to make the connection when the school contacts her. The mother needs to talk to her daughter first because her daughter might not be comfortable with contacting the school. “The daughter needs to realize that this is serious. and she needs to tell someone. Doing nothing is not an option.”

The daughter can ask her friend, “Who do you want to talk to?” Daniels suggested the daughter should say: “I care about you, and you need help. I need to tell someone.” Stefanyak added that the friend was at a vulnerable age where drugs and alcohol might come into play to take away some of the pain.

Daniels referred to the isolation as an indicator of other things going on: problems that might not be so obvious. “This won’t go away in time. It will keep resurfacing over the years.” He said it would be better to deal with it now, so that not only the symptoms are taken care of, but the friend will know where and how to get help and be comfortable with the process.

Panelist Pam Wallace said the friend needs to be assured that she is not alone, and that she can have support if she wants it. She suggested the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley (CVC) as a source for individual counseling. CVC counselors, staff and interns have received the state-required 40-hour sexual assault counselor training, in addition to their masters’ level training in social work and-or counseling psychology. The number to call is 610-437-6611.

Panelist Denise Continenza said the daughter and her friend should be assured that counselors are ethically sworn to confidentiality. “The friend needs to be assured that all efforts will be taken for her protection.”

This week’s team of parenting experts are: Pam Wallace, Program Coordinator, Project Child, a program of Valley Youth House; Denise Continenza, Extension Educator, Food, Families and Health, Penn State Extension; Mike Daniels, LCSW, Psychotherapist, CTS, and Chad Stefanyak, School Counselor.

Have a question? Email: projectchild@projectchildlv.org.

The Family Project is a collaboration of the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section and Valley Youth House’s Project Child.

Nominations for 2018 State Theatre Freddy Awards on WFMZ-TV

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The 2018 Freddys Awards Ceremony will be broadcast at 7 p.m. May 24 from the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, on 69 WFMZ-TV and wfmz.com.

Tickets for the awards ceremony are made available through participating schools.

Rehearsal tickets and Freddy Awards Preview Party tickets are available for the May 23 awards ceremony dress rehearsal. Ticket information: freddyawards.org.

Rehearsals for the opening number of the broadcast featuring four students from each of the 29 participating schools began May 10 at the State Theatre.

Nominations for the 2018 Freddy Awards were announced during the May 10 broadcast of the “69 News at Noon” on WFMZ-TV.

Here are the 2018 Freddy Awards nominations:


Bangor Area, “42nd Street

Easton Area, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

Freedom, “Once Upon a Mattress”

Liberty, “The Wizard of Oz”

Nazareth Area, “Little Women”

Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Phillipsburg, “Crazy for You”

Southern Lehigh, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Warren Hills Regional, “How to Succeed in Business

Without Really Trying”


Bangor Area, “42nd Street”

Liberty, “The Wizard of Oz”

Northampton Area, “The Addams Family”

Northern Lehigh, “Sweeney Todd”

Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Saucon Valley, “The Music Man”

Warren Hills Regional, “How to Succeed in Business

Without Really Trying”

Whitehall, “The Addams Family”


Bangor Area, “42nd Street”

Belvidere, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Dieruff, “Side Show (2014 Revival)”

Freedom, “Once Upon a Mattress”

Northern Lehigh, “Sweeney Todd”

Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Saucon Valley, “The Music Man”

Southern Lehigh, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Male Ensemble Member

Dakotah Kuhns (Cinderella’s Prince), Moravian Academy, “Into the Woods”

Greg Wintle (Professor Bhaer), Nazareth Area, “Little Women”

Lane Markulics (Mal Beineke), Northampton Area, “The Addams Family”

Pierce McGowan (Adolfo Pirelli), Northern Lehigh, “Sweeney Todd”

Sam Durigon (Jean-Michel), Notre Dame, “Cinderella (2013 Revival)”

Owen Mendes (King Sextimus), Salisbury, “Once Upon a Mattress”

Nicholas Giannetto (Tommy Djilas), Saucon Valley, “The Music Man”

Female Ensemble Member

Madison Dowdell (Jolene Oakes), Easton Area, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

Angel D’Andria (The Minstrel), Freedom, “Once Upon a Mattress”

Caroline Copen (Edith North), Warren Regional, “The Pirates of Penzance”

Alexandra Horvath (Grandma), Northampton Area, “The Addams Family”

Mary Felix (Scuttle), Southern Lehigh, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Sophia Libonati (Alice Beineke), Whitehall, “The Addams Family”

Lisandra Espiritusanto (Marte as Nehebka), William Allen, “Aida (School Edition)”


Bangor Area,”42nd Street”

Dieruff, “Side Show (2014 Revival)”

Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Hackettstown, “Godspell”

Moravian Academy, “Into the Woods”

Northampton Area, “The Addams Family”

Northern Lehigh, “Sweeney Todd”

Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Small Ensemble

Patrick Farley, Jamie Hajduk, “Aldolpho,” Belvidere, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Abigail Schoepple, Jaquelyn Morales, “I Will Never Leave You,” Dieruff, “Side Show (2014 Revival)”

Sebastian Mora, Alena Slak, “Balcony Scene: ‘Tonight,’” Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Teddy Walsh, Brandon Vita, “All for the Best,” Hackettstown, “Godspell”

Reese Diaz, Alex Atiyeh, “Sanctuary,” Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Zane Kristof, Emma Garneau, “Live Before We Die,” Whitehall, “The Addams Family”

Olivia Naylor, Sarah Mengel, “In His Eyes,” Wilson Area, “Jekyll & Hyde”


Bangor Area, “42nd Street”

Belvidere, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Dieruff, “Side Show (2014 Revival)”

Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Hackettstown, “Godspell”

Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Phillipsburg, “Crazy for You”

William Allen, “Aida (School Edition)”

Supporting Actress

Brookel Sabella (Dorothy Brock), Bangor Area, “42nd Street”

Julia Norelli (Anita), Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Shannon Callaghan (Queen Aggravain), Freedom, “Once Upon a Mattress”

Maura Muretta (Amy March), Nazareth Area, “Little Women”

Larsen Lencheski (Marie), Notre Dame, “Cinderella (2013 Revival)”

Jenna Skillinge (Mrs. Paroo), Saucon Valley, “The Music Man”

Colette Curry (Ursula), Southern Lehigh, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Supporting Actor

Patrick Farley (Aldolpho Belvidere), “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Jadel Contreras (Bernardo), Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Christian Nemeh (Uncle Fester), Northampton Area, “The Addams Family”

Ryan Zickafoose (Phoebus De Martin), Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Christian Clausnitzer (Sebastian), Southern Lehigh, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Brian Quigley (Bud Frump), Warren Hills Regional, “How to Succeed in Business

Without Really Trying”

A.J. Maggio (Uncle Fester), Whitehall, “The Addams Family”

Featured Dancer

Mary Wilson (Featured Dancer), Allentown Central Catholic, “Disaster!”

Gabrielle Acampora (Gabrielle), Bethlehem Catholic, “Godspell”

Connor McCully (Don Lockwood), Catasauqua, “Singin’ in the Rain”

Danny Garcia (Buddy Foster), Dieruff, “Side Show (2014 Revival)”

Luke Csordas (Jet Dancer), Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Kaitlyn Hausman (Featured Dancer), Northern Lehigh, “Sweeney Todd”

Abigail Altemose ( Zaneeta Shinn), Saucon Valley, “The Music Man”


Bangor Area, “42nd Street”

Dieruff, “Side Show (2014 Revival)”

Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Freedom, “Once Upon a Mattress”

Hackettstown, “Godspell”

Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Phillipsburg, “Crazy for You”

Saucon Valley, “The Music Man”

Vic Kumma Award: Solo

Jaime Torres, “All in the Mind,” Dieruff, “Side Show (2014 Revival)”

Sebastian Mora, “Something’s Coming,” Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Alexis Connolly, “Happily Ever After,” Freedom, “Once Upon a Mattress”

Mariah Nagle, “Over the Rainbow,” Liberty, “The Wizard of Oz”

Reese Diaz, “Out There,” Parkland, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Meghan Altemose, “Goodnight, My Someone,” Saucon Valley, “The Music Man”

Lizzy Kanzler, “Part of Your World,” Southern Lehigh, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Featured Actor

Jared Zengulis (Billy Lawlor), Bangor Area, “42nd Street”

Logan Farley (Man in Chair), Belvidere, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Brayden Bambary (Freddy Benson), Easton Area, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

Ryan Murphy (Riff), Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Brandon Vita (John the Baptist-Judas), Hackettstown, “Godspell”

Connor Young (The Pirate King), North Warren Regional, “The Pirates of Penzance”

Alex Atiyeh (Dom Claude Frollo), Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Featured Actress

Sam Austin (Sister Mary Downy), Allentown Central Catholic, “Disaster!”

Olivia Brands (Maggie Jones), Bangor Area, “42nd Street”

Jamie Hajduk (The Drowsy Chaperone), Belvidere, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Zoe Mulzet (Lina Lamont), Catasauqua, “Singin’ in the Rain”

Lindsey Sommons (Miss Gulch-West Witch), Liberty, “The Wizard of Oz”

Hailey Durner (Marmee March), Nazareth Area, “Little Women”

Vanessa Falzarano (Hedy LaRue), Warren Hills Regional, “How to Succeed in Business

Without Really Trying”

Production Number

Bangor Area, “42nd Street,” “42nd Street”

Easton Area, “Oklahoma?,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

Emmaus, “Somewhere (Sequence),” “West Side Story”

Freedom, “Shy,” “Once Upon a Mattress”

Northern Lehigh, “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd,” Sweeney Todd

Parkland, “The Bells of Notre Dame,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Southern Lehigh, “Under the Sea,” “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Warren Hills Regional, “Brotherhood of Man,” “How to Succeed in Business

Without Really Trying”

Stage Crew: In honor of Capt. Christopher Seifert

Allentown Central Catholic, “Disaster!”

Bangor Area, “42nd Street”

Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Moravian Academy, “Into the Woods”

Northern Lehigh, “Sweeney Todd”

Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Southern Lehigh, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Whitehall, “The Addams Family”

Lead Actress

Gianna Graziano (Peggy Sawyer), Bangor Area, “42nd Street”

Jaquelyn Morales (Daisy Hilton), Dieruff, “Side Show (2014 Revival)”

Abigail Schoepple (Violet Hilton), Dieruff, “Side Show (2014 Revival)”

Alena Slak (Maria), Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Alexis Connolly (Princess Winnifred), Freedom, “Once Upon a Mattress”

Kayleigh Scott (Esmeralda), Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Meghan Altemose (Marian Paroo), Saucon Valley, “The Music Man”

Lizzy Kanzler (Ariel), Southern Lehigh, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Lead Actor

Connor McCully (Don Lockwood), Catasauqua, “Singin’ in the Rain”

Andrew Gifford (Lawrence Jameson), Easton Area, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”

Sebastian Mora (Tony), Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Teddy Walsh (Jesus), Hackettstown, “Godspell”

Jon Riker (Baker), Moravian Academy, “Into the Woods”

Mason McGowan (Sweeney Todd), Northern Lehigh, “Sweeney Todd”

Reese Diaz (Quasimodo), Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Production, Smaller School

Allentown Central Catholic,”Disaster!”

Belvidere, “The Drowsy Chaperone”

Hackettstown, “Godspell”

Moravian Academy, “Into the Woods”

Northern Lehigh, “Sweeney Todd”

Saucon Valley, “The Music Man”


Bangor Area, “42nd Street”

Dieruff, “Side Show (2014 Revival)”

Emmaus, “West Side Story”

Parkland, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Southern Lehigh, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

Respectfully Yours: Men’s office attire

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 by in

Dear Jacquelyn,

I recently read your column on summer office attire for women. Could you please give ideas for men’s attire for the summer season at the office?

Dear Reader, The summer months are here and the warm weather doesn’t immediately imply casual. There is no excuse for looking lazy. You merely need to adapt to the season.

Every workplace has different dress code policies. No matter the temperature, it is always important to look professional and appropriate.

When it is a necessity for the man who has to look professional and polished, it’s important to think about the material of what you’re wearing. You have many options.

Look for suits and shirts in lighter textiles and hues. Consider chambray, a lightweight cotton fabric that is perfect for summer. Try a linen blend suit that is a combination of cotton or wool. This way, you can keep the look of linen without the wrinkling and creasing.

When the office demands a smarter appearance, the impression of an un-pressed suit is not one you want to give when you are supposed to be looking sharp. Keep your shirts lightweight. Lighter weight cottons and cotton-linen blends will help keep you from overheating. A classic white shirt and a summer-patterned tie bring personality while remaining polished and office appropriate.

If your office adheres to a slightly less stiff dress code and allows for more flexibility, include mixing in prints, classic patterns, and pops of color into your wardrobe. Deconstructed jackets with short-sleeved shirts or polos are stylish options. Chinos or dressy lightweight slacks with a lightweight sport coat is appropriate. Don’t let the hot weather prevent you from looking put together, you can remain stylish and polished all summer long.

Respectfully Yours, Jacquelyn

Have a question? Email: jacquelyn@ptd.net. Jacquelyn Youst is owner of the Pennsylvania Academy of Protocol, specializing in etiquette training. She is on the board of directors of the National Civility Foundation. All Rights Reserved © 2018 Jacquelyn Youst

Banquet celebrates book release

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The author, defender of homeless people and human rights activist, Eugene Lee McDuffie celebrates the book release of “Scars” May 18 with a banquet at 6 p.m., East Hills Moravian Church, 1830 Butztown Road, Bethlehem.

From 6 p.m.-7 p.m., McDuffie will sign copies of his book. At 7 p.m., testimonies will be shared by Lex Diaz, Jerry Delgado, Mike Kingsley and Renaldo Nazario about how McDuffie influenced them through his ministry.

McDuffie has written three books: “Missing Love Child,” “Dare to Believe: Angels Without Wings” and his most recently-published, “Scars.”

The books will be available for purchase at the event. Those who purchase all three books may have their photograph taken with McDuffie that will be posted on his “Missing Love Child” web page.

As a teenager, McDuffie fled from his home to escape an abusive household. He lived in a basement and weighed about 70 pounds. He found himself in the streets, eating from garbage dumps until he found the path of Christianity.

McDuffie has dedicated his life to helping people. He chose the path of literature to heighten awareness.

“Missing Love Child” is a true story of how McDuffie overcame negligence and abuse throughout his childhood. He writes of how internal fulfillment cannot be satisfied through drugs, promiscuity, or money. Eugene’s message is: “No matter how far we’ve fallen in one fell swoop, the love of God can heal our soul.”

His second book, “Angels Without Wings: Dare to Believe” is a true story in which he utilizes personal testimonies to share his spiritual wisdom about the world of gang violence and substance abuse. He communicates a message of hope for those who have been in a similar place.

“Scars” tells a story of how he as a young boy faced isolation. The author shares details on how he worked through the hardship of abuse. The story includes dialogue to give the reader a more realistic image of Biblical scripture. McDuffie shares how God helped him heal from his past through “Scars.”

“Many people are living a life filled with emotional scars. This book is meant to heal internal scars and bring awareness,” McDuffie says.

McDuffie studied psychology at Kaplan University. He graduated from Youth Challenge Bible Institute in 1985, where he studied Theology, Evangelism, Youth Ministry. He also graduated from Teen Challenge Training center.

McDuffie has been an entrepreneur since 2001. He has been involved in community outreach work for more than 35 years. Today, he is a motivational speaker and continues to strive to help youth through his Bible classes, keynote speaking and gang prevention workshops.


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Special “Evening”: “An Evening with Michael McDonald” will be presented at 8 p.m. May 20, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. With a career that encompasses five Grammys, McDonald’s “Wide Open,” set for release Sept. 15, will be his first album of original material in 17 years. McDonald, above, was a member of Steely Dan before joining the Doobie Brothers in the mid-1970s. He was singer, keyboardist and songwriter on the Doobie’s Top 40 singles, “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “It Keeps You Runnin’,” “Minute By Minute” and “What A Fool Believes.” In the 1980s and 1990s, McDonald’s solo career included the hits “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” “Sweet Freedom,” and “On My Own,” with Patti LaBelle. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: Penn’s Peak box office, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe; pennspeak.com; ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000

Just Fabulous: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives perform in concert at 8 p.m. May 18, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. The Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician has recorded “Way Out West,” his 18th studio album, a musical journey through the California desert. The Fabulous Superlatives, Stuart’s band since 2002, includes Stuart, above, second from left, vocals, guitar, mandolin; Kenny Vaughan, guitar; Harry Stinson, drums, and Chris Scruggs, bass, steel guitar. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets: Penn’s Peak box office, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe; pennspeak.com; ticketmaster.com; 800-745-3000

10th anniversary: Viktorija Gečytė with Gene Perla Trio, returns to “Jazz Upstairs,” 7:30 p.m. May 18, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The 10th anniversary tour for Viktorija Gečytė, above left, includes her on vocals; Sean Gough, piano; Gene Perla, above right, acoustic double bass, and David Jimenez, drums. Paris-based Lithuanian singer Gečytė has been enchanting audiences for the past 10 years, touring the United States and Europe. Her music springs from the Great American Songbook, and includes jazz standards, original compositions, and Lithuanian folk songs. The performance will be video-taped by PBS39. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715

Mosaic of art: 33rd annual Baum School of Art auction offers something for every art collector

Wednesday, December 31, 1969 by in

A colorful tile mosaic of a red barn complete with hex signs is one of the most exciting pieces that will go on the block at the The Baum School of Art’s 33rd Annual Art Auction May 19.

“Pennsylvania Dutch Barn No. 2” (tile mosaic, 29 in. x 30½ in.).

by William Weldon Swallow is one of more than 300 pieces of art from the era of school founder Walter Emerson Baum, as well as from contemporary regional artists, that will be featured in a silent and a live auction that will raise funds for the Allentown teaching and exhibiting art school.

The Swallow mosaic was chosen to grace the cover of the auction catalog.

“It’s really cool,” says Shannon Fugate, Executive Director of The Baum School of Art. “You need to see it in person to really appreciate it.”

Swallow was an art teacher at Parkland High School and designed Parkland’s logo. He died at the young age of 49, so the number of his works is not as large as that of other artists.

“There are a limited number of these barns,” Fugate says. “When they come up for auction, it’s special.”

The auction also includes three abstract mosaics by Raymond Galucci, a student of Swallow’s.

Fugate says the mosaics are beautiful and highly-collectible.

The Swallow piece is one of several pieces donated from the Rodale family collection, Fugate says.

There are eight pieces from Walter Emerson Baum, including a beautiful oil of a winter scene, “Pennsylvania Scene” (oil, 25 in. x 30 in.).

Baum was a Pennsylvania Impressionist, a member of Bucks County’s New Hope Group, and known for his Lehigh and Bucks County landscapes.

Also included in the auction are works from other artists from the New Hope Group, including Eleanor Barba, Nolan Benner Jr., Karl H. Buesgen, Jerry Quier, Queenie Stein, Grace Whitehead Phillips, Ann Yost Whitesell, Elsie Hontz, Walter Mattern, Clarence Dreisbach and John F. Berninger, who also was the first curator of the Allentown Art Museum.

Fugate says there also is a landscape painting by Orlando Wales, a Pennsylvania Impressionist from Allentown who predated Baum.

“We don’t see many of his paintings come to auction,” she says.

Another work of art which Fugate is excited about is an avant-garde piece of jewelry by Lisa Oswald Sorrelli.

Fugate says Sorreli’s exotic gem-encrusted “Aquatic Cuff” looks like octopus tentacles wrapped around a wide cuff bracelet.

“We don’t often have a piece like that,” she says.

For jewelry fans, Fugate says, there are also local jewelry artist Ann Lalik’s abstract jewelry pieces, which Fugate calls “phenomenal.”

New this year is emerging artist William Sean Kelsey, who has donated two repurposed furniture pieces. Fugate says the two decorative tables are fashioned by Kelsey from old-mill parts.

Also of note are black and white photographs by Allentown photographer David Haas, whose work is exhibited in the Philadelphia Art Museum.

“We don’t often have black and white photographs,” Fugate says, “but he is pretty significant and important.”

For collectors of contemporary art there is a glass sculpture by world-renowned sculptor Steve Tobin.

Other contemporary works include those by Nancy Bossert, Sandra Corpora, Adriano Farinella, Michael Kessler, Rigo Peralta, Ann Elizabeth Schlegel, and Dana Van Horn.

Fugate says the works “run the gamut from figurative to abstract to landscapes.”

She says the prices also run the gamut and a work can be bought for from under $50 to thousands.

The auction typically sells $80,000 to $90,000 worth of artwork, netting Baum School around $55,000.

It is free to attend the auction, which usually is standing-room-only. Fugate says about 200 bidders are expected for the live auction.

More than 200 works are in the silent auction, 5:30-7:30 p.m. May 19. Approximately 100 works will be sold in a live auction with auctioneer Boris Wainio at 8 p.m. May 19 in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Attendees may enjoy a buffet dinner featuring Catering by Karen Hunter in the Fowler Community Room.

Top-level sponsors for the event include: Janet and Malcolm Gross, Bob and Sandy Lovett, PPL, J.B. and Kathleen Reilly-City Center Allentown, Stoudt Associates, LLC, and the Zelenkofske Family.

Preview night is 6-8 p.m. May 17 to view the artwork before it goes up for bid. Wainio and Baum School staff will be available to answer questions on the pieces. Auction items also can be viewed at: baumschool.org.

Proceeds benefit the community visual arts school that reaches more than 4,000 students through classes and community outreach programs.

The Baum School offers around 350 classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing, fashion design and construction, photography, graphic design, illustration and more.

More than 12 gallery exhibitions annually feature regional, national and international artists, as well as student work, in the school’s David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Information: 610-433-0032