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Monday, June 18, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Teen-age angst: Civic Theatre of Allentown tackles timely topics in the Lehigh Valley debut of “Dog Sees God: Confessions Of A Teenage Blockhead,” June 15 - 24, Theatre514, Allentown. The comedy-drama written by Burt V. Royal is directed by Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders. The “unauthorized parody” of the characters in Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip “Peanuts” premiered in 2004 as part of FringeNYC.

Book sale June 28, 30

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Allentown

Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown, is hosting a used book “bag sale” 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 28 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 30 in the book sale room at the library.

Shoppers may purchase a brown paper bag from the library for a small fee and fill it up with books.

There will be an assortment of used books on all topics to choose from at the sale.

All proceeds benefit the library.

Information: allentownpl.org

Theater Review: ‘Beauty’ of a ‘Beast’ at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre

Monday, June 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Disney Beauty And The Beast: The Broadway Musical” is the Disney version of the beloved fairytale about the bookish Belle who looks beyond the cover of the Beast to discover a Prince of a person inside.

The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) version is satisfying, fun and entertaining for the whole family. It’s really the kind of musical you can, and should, take your child, grandchild or a young family relative to see.

Theater Review: ‘Good Grief!’ and then some at Civic514

Monday, June 18, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Despite its title, “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” Civic Theatre of Allentown’s latest offering, seems straight-forward enough, at least for the first couple of scenes.

The lead character’s dog has died of rabies, and CB invites his friends to the funeral, but no one comes. Along the way, he wonders where people and dogs go when they die.

Theater Review: ‘Alice’ enthralls at PSF

Monday, June 18, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It is almost 10 a.m. and 20 youngsters are seated on the red carpet that covers three sides of the thrust stage in Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Another dozen or so pre-schoolers, wearing identical T-shirts, sit in theater seats close to the stage. Older children are interspersed throughout the theater.

The youngsters are here to see a performance of “Alice in Wonderland,” through Aug. 4 at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, complete with all the kooky characters Alice meets after falling down the Rabbit Hole.

Theater Review: ‘Ragtime’ sings, dances to a timely tune at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Monday, June 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Ragtime” is a sprawling musical that defies description. By turns, it’s three musicals in one, with interlocking storylines that mix historical figures with fictional characters.

It’s big. It’s brash. It’s bold.

“Ragtime” is also profoundly relevant to contemporary societal problems in the United States.

Teenage angst at Civic, according to ‘Peanuts’

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” asks what happens when a certain beloved blockhead and all his pals hit their turbulent teens.

Inspired by the popular Peanuts comic strip, “Dog Sees God,” opening June 15 at Civic Theatre 514, imagines what it might be like after the gang reaches puberty and faces high school.

Jonathan Shehab, Civic director of marketing, makes his Civic stage debut as CB, the central character. Shehab is not the only Civic staffer in the show. Kelsie Kosberg, Civic box office manager, plays Van’s sister.

The Family Project: ‘me time’

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a stay-at-home mom of three: ages 8, 6 and 4. My husband works long hours, and we have no family in the area to help out. I have started gaining weight, and often feel sad and lonely. I know I should take time for myself, but I don’t know how. Any advice?

The panelists had a number of suggestions, ranging from things the mom could do for herself to ways she might connect with other adults.

The discussion began by explaining that part of dealing with the situation was to not feel guilty about wanting to have time to herself.

Male-Rice:

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Male, of Moore Township, announce the engagement of their daughter, Theresa, to Jason Rice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Rice, of Lehigh Township.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Northampton Area High School and Mansfield University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

She works for Lehigh Valley Health Network-Pocono.

Her fiance is also a graduate of Northampton Area High School.

He works for Mauser Brothers-Homes by Wasyl.

The couple is planning a Sept. 1 wedding.