There’s a new family in town, one that might be considered a little eccentric. But, not to worry, they will only be staying four days.
That’s how long “The Addams Family” will run on the Northwestern Lehigh High School stage, where everyone is invited to come for a visit and stay for the show.
“The Addams Family” has been through numerous iterations over the years.
Originally a cartoon, it evolved into a popular television sitcom where the kooky characters and their affection for everything dark captured the imagination of the country.
A few weeks before last Christmas break, the Makers Club invited Northwestern Lehigh fifth-grade students to a unique event in the high school STEAM lab.
The Makers set up five stations where their younger counterparts could visit and interactively explore squishy circuits, a slime station, vortex cannon, origami, and laser cut snowflakes.
STEAM is a short form for science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
The excitement at the Lynnport Fire Hall was palatable when the Northwestern Lehigh High School band and the boosters gathered early in January to celebrate the end of a memorable season.
Band booster President Sean King said in his opening remarks the banquet was “a celebration of family and love of music.”
That was a sentiment echoed over and over again throughout the banquet.
“We sold over 2,000 chicken dinners, marched in two parades, and performed at 11 half-times,” King said, summarizing the season.
Band Director Jim Lykins also discussed the season.
The Grinch was nowhere to be seen at the recent Northwestern winter concert, where the high school musicians had one goal in mind: to evoke the warmth of the holidays for their audience.
High school band Director James Lykins voiced this very sentiment.
“It’s so heartwarming to be able to share the holidays with you and my students,” Lykins said at the start of the concert.
The hourlong concert included selections by both the chorus and band.
Rather than lament the frigid temperatures and bleak landscapes so typical of January, area residents can travel the yellow brick road and escape to the Land of Oz.
Join some of the most beloved characters brought to life by a local acting troupe in their version of the “The Wizard of Oz,” produced and directed by Kempton resident Tom Nardone.
His daughter, Christine Nardone Storch, is serving as musical director.
On Jan. 19, the community will have the opportunity to witness Tiger tenacity on the basketball court in the fight against pediatric cancer.
In an event called Hoops for Hope, Northwestern teachers and students will channel their energy as they go toe-to-toe for a shared cause.
Student Council, under the direction of adviser Patty Mengel, is sponsoring the event that will directly benefit Northwestern families affected by pediatric cancer.
When the managing director of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival contacted English teacher Ann Way with a proposal to stage “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Northwestern Lehigh High School, it was an offer she couldn’t refuse.
Though the decision to bring the troupe to the high school had to be made almost instantly, Principal Aileen Yadush snapped up the offer.
“Due to a ‘recent funding opportunity’ he could offer us the show free of charge,” Way said. “When you get the chance to offer first-class Shakespearean drama for free you jump at the chance.
Northwestern’s National Honor Society inducted 51 new members in a formal ceremony that brought students and their families to the newly refurbished high school auditorium on a crisp November evening.
Each of the officers spoke about the four important pillars of the organization — character, scholarship, leadership and service — setting the tone for the evening.
Character was represented by a green candle.
Northwestern Middle School joined the rest of the country in commemorating Veterans Day by hearing stories told by four veterans who make this district their home, and a young recruit who attends the high school.
Bill Tritt and Alfred Stirba IV joined school board President Willard Dellicker and two members of his family — son Kevin and grandson Will — speaking with the youngsters and their teachers.
Willard Dellicker told the students he documented many of his military experiences in a book titled, “Tailhooker.”
As chilly November days give way to festive December ones, Northwestern Lehigh High School joins in celebrating the holiday season with a play called, “The Last Christmas Carol,” which premieres Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 1.
If the title seems familiar, it is certainly deliberate.
“This is a play about an uninspired director of children’s theater doing an umpteenth production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ losing vision, patience and creativity in the process,” Director Bill Mutimer explained.
The play offers many parallels to the Charles Dickens’ classic.