Parkland Press

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Moscow Ballet adds puppets, peacock to the ‘Nutcracker’

Friday, December 6, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Moscow Ballet “Great Russian Nutcracker” again comes to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 8 with a dazzling and lavish full-length production.

Based on the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and a stunning score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells the story of Masha, a young girl who receives a Nutcracker doll from her mysterious uncle. The Nutcracker comes to life and turns into a prince.

1980s pop-rock back with Jessie’s Girl

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

There was no decade quite like the 1980s, from the music, to the clothes, to the hairstyles.

There’s been a resurgence of interest in hit pop-rock songs from the 1980s. The songs have had an influence on hit songs of the past few years, too.

As for the clothes and hairstyles? Not so much.

The party continues with “The Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl,” 8 p.m. Nov. 22, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 7 p.m.

‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ returns to State: An improv interview with Brad Sherwood

Friday, November 15, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

“Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” starring Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, returns at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

In the comedy show, part of their “Scared Scriptless” tour, Mochrie and Sherwood combine audience participation and improvisation.

In a recent interview, Sherwood combines interviewer participation and improvisation.

“We make improv look difficult so that more people don’t try it,” Sherwood quips, adding, “Job security.”

From Parkettes to Cirque du Soleil for former LV gymnast

Monday, July 22, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna” makes its Philadelphia region premiere under the big top, July 24-Aug. 25, Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks.

Allentown native and gymnast Alix Croop performs in “Amaluna.”

“Amaluna,” written and directed by Tony Award-winning director, Diane Paulus, blends Greek and Norse mythology, William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute” in a production that has a cast almost entirely of women.

It’s the third Cirque du Soleil production in which Croop has performed.

‘Part of the story’: Skater’s thrilled with role in Cirque du Soleil ‘Crystal,’ set for PPL Center shows

Friday, June 21, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The world-famous Cirque du Soleil brings a thrilling and “cool” new show, “Crystal,” to PPL Center, Allentown, June 26-30.

The production blends stunning acrobatics and figure skating. With aerial feats and impressive artistry on ice, “Crystal” is predicted to surpass expectations in a breakthrough show.

“Crystal” has an international cast of 43 performers, including figure, extreme and freestyle ice skaters, plus acrobats, musicians and comics.

Pennsylvania Youth Ballet takes comedic turn with ‘Coppelia’

Friday, May 31, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB) and Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (BGLV) presents its spring ballet, “Coppelia,” 7 p.m. May 31, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

“Coppelia,” a popular comedic ballet that premiered in Paris in 1870, is the story of an eccentric toymaker who creates a life-like doll. When a village boy named Franz becomes infatuated with the doll, his fiancé, Swanhilda, tries to intervene.

True to life: Chazz Palminteri brings his ‘Bronx Tale’ to State Theatre

Thursday, April 11, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Renowned actor, screenwriter, producer and playwright Chazz Palminteri brings his legendary one-man show, “A Bronx Tale,” which spawned a critically-acclaimed film of the same title, to the State Theatre Center for the Arts for one performance, 7:30 p.m. April 12.

The 1993 movie that starred Robert De Niro, who directed the film, is based on Palminteri’s 1989 play, directed by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks.

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. March 20 and 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Icing on the ice at PPL Center: Reading native living the dream as ‘Disney’ skater

Friday, January 25, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Figure skater and Reading native, Leocadia Lellig, joins the spectacular wonderland of “Disney On Ice,” where she’s performing for audiences across the United States.

The exuberant and talented Lellig graduated from Exeter Township High School and was accepted to The Pennsylvania State University.

She auditioned for “Disney on Ice,” and to her delight, was chosen in the summer of 2018. Lellig began touring in September and has put her college career on a hold while she lives a dream that began when she was four.