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Monday, March 18, 2019

Northampton: ‘Mary Poppins’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Mary Poppins” arrives on the stage at 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 24, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

Nanny Mary Poppins flies into the chaotic Banks household in 1910 London. With her multi-talented friend Bert, Mary brings magic and common sense to siblings Jane and Michael Banks, and to their dysfunctional parents as well.

“The musical ‘Mary Poppins’ includes the spectacular story and magic of the original movie, and...

Catasauqua: ‘Anything Goes’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Anything Goes” cruises to the stage, 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 23, and 2 p.m. March 24, auditorium, Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.

“Anything Goes” is about the misadventures of Billy Crocker, a stowaway aboard an ocean liner who falls in love with American debutante Hope Harcourt. Cocker is aided by gangster Moonface Martin and nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in his pursuit of the heiress who is engaged to stuffy Englishman Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

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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....

The Family Project: Mother’s college plans

Friday, March 15, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am the mother of two young children, and I have decided to go back to college to finish my degree. I also have to work part-time. How do I find time to study and take care of my kids, too?

The panel began by offering congratulations to the mother for making the decision to improve her life and the lives of her children.

To answer the mother’s question, panelist Denise Continenza asked whether the mother had taken an inventory of her support system before deciding to go...

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 15, 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...

‘Family Storytelling’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

GODFREY DANIELS:

Denise McCormack performs “Medieval Tales and Slavic Sagas,” 2 p.m. March 17, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, in the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild’s 2019 “Family Storytelling Series.”

The “Cops ’n’ Kids” program will provide two free books to each child in attendance.

Tickets: Godfrey Daniels box office, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem; godfreydaniels.org; 610-867-2390

El Sistema concert goes to movies

Friday, March 15, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Every day after school at Roosevelt Elementary, dozens of children can be heard tuning their violins and cellos, and warming up their voices.

Students from elementary to high school learn the fundamentals of music, practice playing classical pieces and get some help with their homework in El Sistema Lehigh Valley, patterned after a highly-successful international program.

The dedicated young students are working hard as they get ready to perform in a free El Sistema Lehigh...

Curtain Rises:

Friday, March 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Lehigh Valley theater scene springs back to life in time for the vernal equinox.

At Civic Theatre of Allentown is the Lehigh Valley debut of the one-man comedy about Barbra Streisand’s basement-dweller, “Buyer & Cellar,” 7:30 p.m. March 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 24, Theatre514, Allentown.

At Munopco Music Theatre of Allentown is the iconic musical that has legs, “A Chorus Line,” 8 p.m. March 16, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 17, 24, Scottish Rite Cathedral,...

Respectfully Yours: Comfy casual

Friday, March 15, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My husband and I are invited to a social gathering and the host suggests “comfy casual” attire. The evening is going to be a relaxing night that includes pizza and some game-playing. My husband insists on wearing khakis and a button-down. I said comfy casual is sweatpants or maybe jeans, but definitely not khakis and a button-down. This is causing a slightly heated debate. He is not comfortable heading out to meet friends in sweats. What is the difference between...