Bach Choir firsts: The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents two firsts for its annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem: Benjamin Britten's "Saint Nicolas" and a collaboration with the Bel Canto Children's Chorus, above, Red Hill, Montgomery County.
A cast of more than 100 tells an emotional story while Barry Glassman as Scrooge and other lead players keep the tone light in Civic Theatre of Allentown's 23rd production of "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 15 at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown.
With a sprinkling of well-timed wordplay and facial expressions, Glassman as Scrooge relives his sad past and gets a glimpse of the bleak future he's set himself up for. Scrooge's cold lack of holiday spirit is evident from the start as he shoos off multiple visitors while avoiding wishing them anything but "Good evening."
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.
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 email@example.com by 5 p.m. Dec. 11 with name, phone number, resume, headshot and availability.
The Moscow Ballet is presenting the 20th anniversary of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" ballet, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
Since 1993, the Moscow has presented "The Great Russian Nutcracker." This season, the Moscow performs in 60 cities across North America. Forty professionally-trained dancers light up the stage with 200 new lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops, and a Christmas tree that grows to four-stories.
"Lincoln," which depicts President Abraham Lincoln during the months leading up to and after the passage of the 13th Amendment that freed the slaves in the United States, is history brought to life.
"Lincoln" is astounding on several levels, not the least of which is one of cinema's most memorable performances: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.
Tony Award-nominated Christine Andreas doesn't so much sing a song as let the song sing her.
"When the song sings you, that's when you get the performance, not when you are singing the song," Andreas says in a recent phone interview.
Andreas will sing a variety of pop songs, accompanied by her husband, composer-pianist Martin Silvestri, in her Bethlehem debut, 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
A medical novice might be forgiven for imagining the soaring theme from the movie, "2001: A Space Odyssey," as the introduction of a futuristic-looking operating room unfolded recently at St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill.
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 Glassman wrote in 1989.
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 theater's presentation of the holiday classic. This production marks his seventh time in the role.