Northwestern Press

Saturday, March 24, 2018


Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Auditions for "Tony & Tina's Wedding, 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 - Feb. 10, and "Finnegan's Farewell," 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7 -10, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, are 5 - 10 p.m. Dec. 12, Banko Community Room, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. Actors selected will be compensated for performances.

Audition slots of 10 minutes each must be reserved by contacting ArtsQuest Programming Manager Ryan Hill at...

THEATER REVIEWS Connick's 'Happy Elf' big fun at PYT

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

A fabulous combination of masterful music, physical fireworks and dramatic flair, all focused on a wonderful children's morality story, bursts onto stage in "The Happy Elf," produced by The Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, through Dec. 16, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

"The Happy Elf" is wonderful, smile-inducing fun, based on a story by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman inspired by the Harry Connick Jr. song of the same title. The PYT production is directed by Bill Mutimer....


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by The Press in Focus

"The New York Tenors Christmas: Memories of Herald Square," starring Andy Cooney, Daniel Rodriguez and Michael Amante, will be presented, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Tickets:, 610-252-3132


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by The Press in Focus

New York City's My Lord Chamberlain's Consort performs for the annual "Yuletide Revels," 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 E. Market St., Bethlehem.

There's a reception with traditional Yuletide tomfoolery: a Boar's Head in Procession, flaming Christmas pudding, wassail, nog, ginger cake, and other traditional Yule treats.

Co-sponsors of the evening of traditional and early music is Moravian College's Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies....


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The annual Holiday Open House is 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Visitor Center, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton.

There will be complimentary hot cider, gift ideas, an art exhibit by wildlife artist David Hughes, nature-themed activities, a live owl program and a visit by a flying squirrel.

Information:, 610-756-6961.

CKP visits the 'Parfumerie'

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Crowded Kitchen Players continues its tradition to discover and produce forgotten plays with the Lehigh Valley premiere of "Parfumerie," Nov. 30 - Dec. 16, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, Quakertown.

While the original 1937 Hungarian play, "Illatszertar," by Miklos Laszlo (1903 - 1973), might be unfamiliar to you, you may know of the films and a stage show based on the 1930's play, including the movies "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940) with James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan; "In...


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Lucky 7: Dr. Barry Glassman once again steps into the role of Ebeneezer Scrooge, the delightfully miserly creation in Charles Dickens' classic holiday tale, when Civic Theatre of Allentown presents its 23rd annual staging of "A Christmas Carol," beginning Nov. 30. The production on the main stage of Civic's Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, runs through Dec. 15. Glassman, above, in nightcap, has played Scrooge in more productions at Civic than any other actor in the...


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Good Pennyworths, known for dramatic interpretations of Early Music, present the fifth annual holiday concert, "A Pennyworth of Christmas," 4 p.m. Dec. 2, Jordan Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Road, Orefield.

Performing: Jacquelyn Penfold, soprano; Kirsten Kane, mezzo; Christopher Preston Thompson, tenor and gothic harp; and Garald Farnham, baritone and lutes.

A freewill donation will be asked at the door.

Refining Scrooge

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

It may be his seventh time playing Scrooge in the Civic Theatre of Allentown's 23rd production of "A Christmas Carol," but actor Barry Glassman won't admit to it.

In fact, he even had the record-setting statistic stricken from his biography in the playbill for the show that opens Nov. 30 and continues through Dec. 15 at the 19th Street Theatre.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directs the show based on an adaptation he and Civic President of the Board Sharon Lee...

Not just kids' stuff

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN Special to The Press in Focus

Although the stage musical, "The Happy Elf," has been performed previously, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT), with the help of its creator, singer-songwriter-actor Harry Connick, Jr., has retooled the entire production, adapting it for a much larger cast and adding new musical numbers.

PYT launches its ambitious holiday production, "The Happy Elf," 7 p.m., Nov. 30, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 57 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem, where it continues through Dec. 16.

"The stars...