East Penn Press

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Actress’ mother inspires ‘Neverland’ role

Friday, March 15, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Ruby Gibbs, who plays Sylvia in the national touring production of “Finding Neverland,” says she found her mother as inspiration for the role.

“Finding Neverland” follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, whose sons inspired his classic tale, “Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’ Grow Up.” The musical is based on the movie by David Magee, and the play, “The Man Who Was Peter Pan,” by Allan Knee.

“Finding Neverland” is presented at 7 p.m. March 20 and 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Student Poetry Project deadline March 15

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 14th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 17 and April 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, March 6 - Ash Wednesday meal: Potato crusted cod, rice pilaf, oven roasted fresh vegetables, wheat bread w/ margarine, tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 7: Breaded pork chop, cabbage and bow ties, fresh Waldorff salad, wheat bread w/ margarine, cranberry coconut macaroon.

Friday, March 8: Broccoli cheese soup, tuna salad hoagie, macaroni salad, chilled plums.

Healthy Geezer: ALS, gas, falling

Friday, March 8, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What is the survival rate for ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, usually strikes between the ages of 40 and 70.

Respiratory problems usually kill those with ALS in three to five years after diagnosis. About 10 percent of those with ALS live more than 10 years.

Some with ALS survive for many years. For example, the famed British physicist Stephen Hawking had ALS from the 1960s until his death last year. In a small number of people, ALS mysteriously stops.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 8, 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 with productions, performance dates and ticket information, is at: freddyawards.org

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

20th Anniversary Tour: “Rhythm of the Dance” has been performed in 50 countries around the world before more than 7 million fans during the past 20 years. The 20th Anniversary Tour dances into the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, 7:30 p.m. March 7. The heritage of more than 2,000 years-plus of dance and music from pre-Celtic times to modern day is presented in a two-hour concert. It’s full of flailing feet and fiddles, futuristic dances, eye-catching lighting and costumes, and sensational sound effects.

The Family Project: ER scrutiny

Friday, March 8, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son fell off his bike and broke his arm. When we took him to the hospital Emergency Room (ER), they asked him and us a lot of questions that made me feel like they suspected us of abusing him (we didn’t). Does this happen to all parents who bring injured children for treatment?

The panel agreed that the experience of the parent asking the question is an outgrowth of contemporary society.

“I think in this day and age, doctors are doing a lot of covering their bets,” panelist Mike Daniels said, “so there are going to be lots of questions.”

Courrier’s political cartoons in Civic Theatre514 Gallery exhibit

Friday, March 8, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

For more than 50 years, Ed Courrier has been expressing his opinion through his art.

Now the award-winning editorial cartoonist is being featured in a one-man art exhibition showcasing some of his most memorable cartoons.

“Seeing Red, Feeling Blue: Editorial Cartoons by Ed Courrier” continues through April 28, Civic Theatre514 Gallery, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.

The show, curated by Deborah Rabinsky, features two dozen political cartoons published in the Bethlehem Press and other Lehigh Valley Press weeklies, as well as some unpublished work.