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Saturday, March 28, 2020

The Family Project: Mother’s son is a parent by another name

Friday, March 27, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son is married to a lovely woman who has two children ages 10 and 8. He has taken on a parenting role with them since their father is completely out of the picture. The children seem to like my son and respect him, but he refers to them as “my wife’s kids.” This bothers me because it seems that he doesn’t see the children as belonging to him or being part of a family together. How can I bring this up to him?

The first question that was raised came from panelist Mike Daniels, who asked if the son referred to “my wife’s kids” in front of the children.

Updated list of closings because of Coronavirus

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Here’s an update, as of March 27, of Lehigh Valley arts, entertainment and cultural closings, cancellations or postponements. The list is in alphabetical order.

Allentown Art Museum - Closed indefinitely. April 4 Gala canceled

AMC Theatres - Closed as of March 17 for “at least six to 12 weeks.”

America on Wheels, Allentown - Closed

NAZARETH: ‘On the Town’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Three sailors on leave explore New York City in “On the Town,” 7 p.m. April 2, 3; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, auditorium, Nazareth Area High School, 501 E. Center St., Nazareth.

The show, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics and book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, is based on the ballet “Fancy Free” by Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein.

Director John Andreadis is assisted by vocal director and choreographer Colette Boudreaux, choral director Justen Blackstone and conductor L. Rick Hilborn.

WHITEHALL: ‘Cinderella’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

An iconic fairy tale is scheduled to come to the stage as “Cinderella (2013 Broadway Version),” 7 p.m. April 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, auditorium, Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall.

The show has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Douglas Carter Beane.

Producer, director and music director Eddie Hong is assisted by assistant director Monique Haney and choreographer Melissa Zimmer.

The 2013 Broadway debut received nine Tony Award nominations and garnered one Tony.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for updates.

Wednesday, March 25: Swedish meatballs, green beans, whole wheat noodles, tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 26: Four cheese baked pasta, garlic spinach, Italian vegetable blend, ambrosia.

Friday, March 27: Fish almondine, peas and pearl onions, scalloped potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, apple bread pudding.

Monday, March 30: Rotisserie chicken, green and wax beans, creamed corn, whole wheat dinner roll, fresh fruit salad.

Tuesday, March 31: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, parslied carrots, whole wheat dinner roll, Greek yogurt.

Note on High School Musicals series

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

The spotlight is on Lehigh Valley high school musicals and, although the road may be bumpy on the way to the 18th annual Freddy Awards, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

Students and teachers put a lot of time, effort and money into their school theater productions. This is their time to shine. With mandated school closings March 16-27 extended to April 6 (with students to return April 9), consult district websites about performance updates.

Coronavirus closings: Muhlenberg College cancels summer theater

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Charles Richter won’t be around this summer to celebrate his 40th anniversary as cofounder of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

That’s because there will be no Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) this summer.

“I pulled the plug on Tuesday [March 17] because I think now people are beginning to realize that this [Coronavirus pandemic] is a long haul,” said Richter, MSMT Artistic Director.

SALEM CHRISTIAN: ‘Anne of Green Gables’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

A self-reliant orphan travels to her new home in “Anne of Green Gables: The Musical,” 7 p.m. April 2, 3, 4 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 4, auditorium, Salem Christian School, 8031 Salem Bible Church Road, Macungie.

The show, with music by Norman Campbell, lyrics by Don Harron, Norman Campbell, Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore, and book by Don Harron, is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel, “Anne of Green Gables.”

Director Yana Reinhard is assisted by co-director Pam Stevenson and music director Jane Rivera.

The musical ran Off-Broadway in 1971.

Coronavirus closings: Civic Theatre dark, artistic staff laid off

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown has been laid off and the anchor of Allentown’s West End Theatre District is closed.

Civic Theatre has launched a campaign, #IAMCIVICTHEATRE, to raise funds for operating expenses to reopen the historic theater which produces plays and musicals, has a children’s theater school, an art gallery, and screens arthouse, foreign and classic films.

Healthy Geezer: Buckle up, welcome to the Stroke Belt, y’all

Friday, March 27, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I love southern cooking and I was wondering what you thought about it from a geezer health standpoint.

Every time I’ve traveled south, I’ve been struck by the food many southerners eat. Lots of fat, salt, sugar and other harmful foods in great quantities.

I remember trying to get a Kaiser roll in a neighborhood grocery story in North Carolina. The best I could do was a Moon Pie, a chocolate-covered pastry made with two round graham cracker cookies and marshmallow filling in the center.