East Penn Press

Sunday, March 24, 2019

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 1, 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

Growing Green: Sharpen your pruning shears

Friday, March 1, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

For the avid gardener, there are always things to keep you busy. Even during the coldest part of winter, there are still things that can be done to keep your gardening habit going.

Here are some activities to keep you occupied as we anticipate the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, March 10, and vernal equinox and the first day of spring, March 20:

Start slow-growing flowers, such as garden verbena and ageratum.

Rinse houseplants under your shower or place in a tub and use a sprinkling can.

The Family Project: Backpack symbols

Friday, March 1, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I just discovered strange symbols on my 12-year-old’s backpack. Recently, his attitude at home has changed. He is refusing to do chores and is hanging out with a new group of friends. I am worried that he may be hanging out with a gang. He won’t talk to me about it, other than to say that his new friends are “dope.” What can I do?

The panelists began by discussing the boy’s use of the word “dope” in reference to his new friends. It was identified in this context as a term coming back in use after 20 years that means awesome or cool.

Movie Review: ‘Roma’

Friday, February 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Roma” is a fascinating film not so much for what it reveals, as for what it doesn’t reveal.

“Roma” is a revealer of the obvious.

In this, “Roma” director Alfonso Cuarón shows us “A Day In The Life,” or in the instance of “Roma,” a year in the life of a Mexican family, 1970-1971.

The film’s title references Mexico City’s Colonia Roma area. The film is semi-autobiographical, based on the life of Cuarón, who wrote, directed, filmed, co-edited and produced “Roma.” It’s a celluloid memory.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, February 22, 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, Feb. 20: Italian wedding soup, fried chicken patty on bun, w/ lettuce-tomato-mayo, pasta salad, citrus breeze.

Thursday, Feb. 21: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, green peas, baby kale and spinach salad w / hot bacon dressing, wheat bread w / margarine, chilled plums.

Friday, Feb. 22: Roast beef w/ gravy, oven browned potatoes, California vegetable blend, wheat bread w / margarine, fresh blueberry fluff.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, February 22, 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 begins 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

50th anniversary of United States landing man on the moon inspires Allentown Symphony Orchestra ‘Family Concert’

Friday, February 22, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The heavens as inspiration for composers has, in turn, inspired the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO) concert, 2 p.m. Feb. 23, celebrating United States’ space exploration and the 50th anniversary of NASA’s man-on-the-moon landing.

“ASO Family Concert presents: To The Moon And Back” embraces “one giant leap for mankind” as the orchestra mixes classical music with movie soundtrack music, says Diane Wittry, ASO Music Director and Conductor.

“It’s a very eclectic program with fantastic music,” Wittry says.

Theater Review: The Pines says ‘I Do! I Do!’ to 10th anniversary

Friday, February 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It’s déjà vu at The Pines Dinner Theatre for the beginning of its 10th anniversary season with “I Do! I Do!,” the same show it opened with back in 2010. The show continues through March 24. The Feb. 15 performance was seen for this review.

“I Do! I Do!” opened on Broadway in 1966. It received seven Tony Award nominations, in nearly every category including best musical and best lyricist and composer, and received one Tony as leading actor in a musical for Robert Preston.

Theater Review: Civic’s ‘Noises Off’ gets the laughter on

Friday, February 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of “Noises Off,” through Feb. 24 at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown, is a madcap romp through the clichés of farcical comedy and slapstick, with some very inventive twists.

In each of the three acts of “Noises Off,” cast members perform the first act of a play-within-the play, a sex farce titled “Nothing On.”

No chance to get bored, though. The audience views each Act One from a different perspective: onstage rehearsal, backstage shenanigans and on- and off-stage performance chaos.