Lehigh Valley Summer Theater: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival explores new terrain for 2018 season
It’s one of only seven places in North America, where you can see three of Shakespeare’s plays at one event.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) 27th summer season at Desales University in Center Valley is poised to attract patrons from across the globe with its professionally-produced Shakespeare and so much more.
It has been a long time since George B. Miller has directed a farce.
More than 40 years to be exact.
But that is exactly what he is doing with “The Fox on the Fairway,” Ken Ludwig’s crazy farce about rival golf clubs that opens June 1 at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.
“I’m known for doing serious drama,” Miller says. “This time I wanted to do something a little lighter.”
“The Fox on the Fairway” is Ludwig’s tribute to English farces of the 1930s and 1940s.
A feisty Alice who lands in a colorful, oversized Wonderland will take children on a whimsical journey in “Alice in Wonderland,” the playful children’s show that opens the 27th season June 1 of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF).
“The story is a beautiful adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s books, trimming out some elements of the story and concentrating on the others,” says award-winning director Eleanor Holdridge, who makes her directorial debut at PSF.
Finding balance in creativity is one of the themes of “Fresh Voices,” an annual show that caps Touchstone Theatre’s apprentice program.
The theater’s 2017-2018 apprentice Chloe Anne Madison explores challenges in the creative process and the balance between chaos and structure in her original works-in-progress, 8 p.m. June 1 and 2, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.
Pennsylvania’s music heritage from traditional to modern will highlight the new Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration May 26-28 at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown. All performances are free and there is no admission charge.
Along with performances, there are seminars and classes from musicians and historians.
Camp Crane Military Proving Grounds
9:45 a.m. - Reveille & Flag Raising
10 a.m. - “Memories of a WWII Bombardier”
11 a.m. - Pioneer Band of Allentown
Pennsylvania’s contribution to music and the arts and a celebration of the military combine to highlight a new free Memorial Day weekend festival in Allentown.
The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration will offer nearly 100 performances of Commonwealth-based music over four days as well as recognizing veterans when it debuts May 26-28 at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown. All performances are free and there is no admission charge. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 26 and 27, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 28.
Mayfair returns to its roots this year as a free community festival, but at a new location.
Last year, Memorial Day weekend was left without the annual Allentown music and arts festival when Mayfair was canceled after nearly 30 years.
Now Cedar Crest College has taken over the reins and will present the three-day festival admission-free, noon-10 p.m. May 25-27, on its 84-acre, tree-lined campus at Hamilton and Cedar Crest boulevards.
A colorful tile mosaic of a red barn complete with hex signs is one of the most exciting pieces that will go on the block at the The Baum School of Art’s 33rd Annual Art Auction May 19.
“Pennsylvania Dutch Barn No. 2” (tile mosaic, 29 in. x 30½ in.).
by William Weldon Swallow is one of more than 300 pieces of art from the era of school founder Walter Emerson Baum, as well as from contemporary regional artists, that will be featured in a silent and a live auction that will raise funds for the Allentown teaching and exhibiting art school.
There is Bach for every taste, as well as some exciting new concerts, at the 111th Bach Festival, May 11-12, 18-19, at various sites in Bethlehem.
The Festival features performances by the Bethlehem Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra, along with guest vocalists and musicians, conducted by Bach Choir artistic director Greg Funfgeld.
Festival soloists are Cassandra Lemoine and Rosa Lamoreaux, sopranos; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; William Sharp, baritone, and David Newman, bass.
Thinking outside the Bach: There’s a ‘new guise’ in town for Bach Choir 111th Festival and its 120th anniversary year
Bach is getting unbuttoned and heading outside this year for the 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival taking place over two weekends May 11-12 and 18-19 in Bethlehem.
New this year, the annual festival is presenting “Bach Outdoors!” a free performance kicking off the festivities at noon both Fridays on Payrow Plaza between the Bethlehem Public Library and City Hall. Organizers hope the new free event will engage people about the music of Bach in an entirely new way.