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Monday, June 18, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Teen-age angst: Civic Theatre of Allentown tackles timely topics in the Lehigh Valley debut of “Dog Sees God: Confessions Of A Teenage Blockhead,” June 15 - 24, Theatre514, Allentown. The comedy-drama written by Burt V. Royal is directed by Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders. The “unauthorized parody” of the characters in Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip “Peanuts” premiered in 2004 as part of FringeNYC. According to a plot synopsis about the play: “Drug use, suicide, eating...

Lehigh Valley Summer Theater: Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre to pull out all the stops for opener, Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) promises spectacle with a big, splashy family show, a stage-filling classic Frank Loesser musical, and the high-flying acrobatics of a modern circus.

“It’s going to be a very happy summer,” says MSMT artistic director Charles Richter. “There will be lots of premiere performing.”

The 38th season kicks off with Disney’s Broadway musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” June 14 to July 1. The production will feature lavish scenic design, spectacular...

Movie Review: ‘Star Wars’

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” takes us back to the halcyon days of Hollywood science-fiction film-making: You know, the days when characters, stories and plot development meant something.

“Solo” tells the story of the young Han Solo (played with astonishing alacrity by handsome and fresh-faced Alden Ehrenreich) and how he met his compatriots Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (the wonderful and compelling Donald Glover of Childish Gambino music video fame).

Director...

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead”

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” asks what happens when a certain beloved blockhead and all his pals hit their turbulent teens.

Inspired by the popular Peanuts comic strip, “Dog Sees God,” opening June 15 at Civic Theatre 514, imagines what it might be like after the gang reaches puberty and faces high school.

Jonathan Shehab, Civic director of marketing, makes his Civic stage debut as CB, the central character. Shehab is not the only Civic staffer in the show...

It’s not all about getting into ‘The Beast’ mode at MSMT

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Beauty and the Beast” may be best-known for its dancing silverware extravaganza “Be Our Guest” scene, but it is the heart-breaking ballad “If I Can’t Love Her” that rests at the core of the story about a prince transformed into a beast as punishment for his cruel ways and warned to change or forever stay a beast.

“If I Can’t Love Her,” which was added when the Disney animated film was made into a 1994 Broadway musical, was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice.

The...

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 13: Tilapia w/ bread crumbs, roasted potatoes, Capri blend vegetables, plums.

Thursday, June 14: Creamy mac and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, mixed fruit.

Friday, June 15: Marinated chicken over bed of Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh fruit.

Monday, June 18: Pennsylvania “Dutch” turkey BBQ in white sauce, German potato salad, green beans, seasonal fruit.

Tuesday, June 19: Breaded veal patty w...

Male-Rice:

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Male, of Moore Township, announce the engagement of their daughter, Theresa, to Jason Rice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Rice, of Lehigh Township.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Northampton Area High School and Mansfield University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

She works for Lehigh Valley Health Network-Pocono.

Her fiance is also a graduate of Northampton Area High School.

He works for Mauser Brothers-Homes by Wasyl....

Roper, Rostock, Rissmiller: Trio is the three Rs of jazz

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Lehigh Valley favorite Dave Roper returns to Rodale Community Room for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. June 15, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The popular jazz pianist will be joined by long-time bandmates Paul Rostock, bass, and Gary Rissmiller, drums. Tommy Crist will add a vocal or two.

Asked about his start as a pianist, Roper says, “We had a piano in the house. I started playing with it at age five. My mother noticed that I seemed to like it so she started me on...

The Family Project: ‘me time’

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a stay-at-home mom of three: ages 8, 6 and 4. My husband works long hours, and we have no family in the area to help out. I have started gaining weight, and often feel sad and lonely. I know I should take time for myself, but I don’t know how. Any advice?

The panelists had a number of suggestions, ranging from things the mom could do for herself to ways she might connect with other adults.

The discussion began by explaining that part of dealing with the situation was to...