Northwestern Press

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Freedom: ‘Anything Goes’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, sails to the stage, 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 6 and 2 p.m. April 7, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.

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

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 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 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...

Central Catholic: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A Broadway musical swirls around a theater fan as he sits in his apartment in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” 7 p.m. April 4, 5 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 6, Masson Auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.

The show-within-a-show is a parody of Broadway musical comedies of the 1920s and 1930s. The “Man in Chair” brings his favorite musical to life as he plays a recording of it.

Kateri Swavely-Verenna directs the Central Catholic production....

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, March 20: Chopped steak w/ onion gravy, scalloped potatoes, carrots, tropical fruit, wheat dinner roll.

Thursday, March 21: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, green beans, orange.

Friday, March 22: Battered fish w/ tartar sauce, confetti rice, Mediterranean medley, apple, wheat bread.

Monday, March 25: Spaghetti w/ meatballs, broccoli, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, March 26: Veal w/mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes...

Keyser-Coraggio: Couple to wed

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lisa Stauffer, of Macungie and Thomas Keyser, of Emmaus, announce the engagement of their daughter Jessica M. Keyser to Anthony Coraggio, son of David Coraggio, of Whitehall and Kathy Tschudy, of Lehigh Valley.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Emmaus High School and Pennsylvania College of Technology. She is a pastry chef at House & Barn, Emmaus.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Whitehall High School and Welder Training & Testing Institute, Allentown. He...

Salem Christian: ‘Freaky Friday’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Things get “freaky” between a mother and daughter in “Freaky Friday the Musical,” 7 p.m. April 4, 5 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 6, auditorium, Salem Christian School, 8031 Salem Bible Church Road, Macungie.

An overworked mother and her teenage daughter discover they have magically swapped bodies the day before mom’s big wedding. They only have one day to find the magic hourglass to reverse the spell. They learn to appreciate what it’s like to be each other, fostering mutual respect....

The Family Project: Kindergarten

Friday, March 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My son transferred from three days a week of preschool to a full week of kindergarten. I understand the advantages of a head start in reading and math skills, but he comes home from school exhausted and worn out. I am wondering if this schedule is worth it.

While children may become fatigued after attending kindergarten all week, the panel explained that the students do adjust, usually within five or six months.

Panelist Erin Stalsitz said the age cutoff date for admission...

Allentown Band returns to Carnegie Hall

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Allentown Band performs the “Showcase Concert” at the New York International Music Festival presented by World Projects, 8 p.m. April 16, Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Dutch composer Johan de Meij wiill conduct the Allentown Band for his composition, “Pennsylvania Faux Songs,” commissioned by the Allentown Band for its 190th anniversary.

The one-movement suite includes five “Folk songs Pennsylvanians forgot to write,” according to the composer: “On the Banks of the...

Thatcher takes it to ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Craig Thatcher Jazz Project performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. March 22, Rodale Community Room. Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The concert is sold-out.

Thatcher, an International Clinician-Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, guitar instructor and recording artist, is well-known for his guitar work. Thatcher has performed with a slew of top performers: Simone, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Savoy Brown, the Spencer...