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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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...

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...

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Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

To the Moon: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Family Concert: To the Moon and Back,” 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the United States’ landing men on the moon. The program is: R. Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (“2001: A Space Odyssey” movie theme); Horner, “Theme from Apollo 13”; Debussy, “Clair de Lune”; Beethoven, “Moonlight Sonata” (with piano soloist Josiah Provan, senior, Plumstead Christian School, Bucks County); Mozart, “...

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...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Feb. 20: Chicken Picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.

Thursday, Feb. 21: Beef pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple, wheat bread.

Friday, Feb. 22: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, pineapples.

Monday, Feb. 25: Chicken a la king, roasted potatoes, green beans, peaches, wheat bread.

Tuesday, Feb. 26: Soup and sandwich.

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The Family Project: Teens’ smoking

Friday, February 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 13-year-old daughter and her friend were caught smoking cigarettes by her friend’s father. The father got very angry and told my child to go home. As she was leaving the house, my daughter heard the father yelling at his daughter and the sound of her crying. My daughter also thinks her friend was being hit. My daughter is sorry for experimenting, and is very upset about what happened to her friend. I am not sure what if anything I should do. What do you think?

The panel...

NORTHWESTERN: ‘The Addams Family’

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“The Addams Family” will lurch into the spotlight at 7 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1, 2, and 2 p.m. March 3, auditorium, Northwestern Lehigh High School, 6493 Route 309, New Tripoli, Lynn Township.

“We are very excited to present ‘The Addams Family,’ created by Charles Addams in his single-panel gag cartoons, in our newly-renovated theater. The show depicts a ghoulish American family with an affinity for all things macabre,” says the musical’s Director Bill Mutimer, who chairs the Northampton...

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...

Theater Review: Farce shines in ‘Moon’ at Pa. Playhouse

Friday, February 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Lots of farce, a little slapstick and an ample serving of comic mayhem are back on the stage at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, in “Moon Over Buffalo,” through Feb. 24.

The latest offering is one of two dozen award-winning plays and musicals written by Ken Ludwig, who also penned “The Fox on the Fairway” and “Crazy for You,” both of which were produced by the Playhouse last season.

Director Carrie Belenois brings with her 20 years of experience managing, directing and...