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Performance groups’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LV ACTIVE LIFE

Lehigh Valley Active Life performance groups will present a concert, “A Salute to the Flag,” 1 - 3 p.m. June 14, “Flag Day,” Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Performing will be the Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra, Good Vibrations Chorus, Elm Street Jazz Ensemble and the Timely Tappers.

Ticket information: 610-437-3700

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“Hair”here:The 50th anniversary of the rock musical “Hair,” above, June 14 - July 2, opens the 37th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) at Muhlenberg College, Allentown. Join the Age of Aquarius and celebrate the freewheeling counterculture of the 1960s with a “tribe” of non-conformists as they groove to the music, including 1960s hits “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In.” Director James Peck returns to MSMT following last season’s production of “In the Heights.”...

Healthy Geezer: grandparenting

Friday, June 9, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. We’re about to have our first grandchild. I was wondering whether you are a grandfather and have any tips?

My wife, Gale, and I entered grandparenthood with a thud. We were given seven grandchildren in less than seven years. Let me give them all a plug. They are Morgan, 17; Carly, 15; Ethan, 13; Maggie, 13; Christian, 13; Aaron, 11, and Patrick, 10.

First, let me tell you what most grandparents know: you can’t imagine how happy these little people will make you. And I think...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Tuesday, June 6: Vegetable juice, battered haddock, seasoned potato wedges, cole slaw, wheat bread with margarine, cherry turnover.

Wednesday, June 7: Cranberry juice, fried chicken breast on bun w / lettuce, tomato and mayo, pasta salad, fresh canteloupe.

Thursday, June 8: Roast pork w / gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted Fuji apples, rye bread with margarine, oatmeal cranberry cookie.

Friday, June 9: Closed. Senior games....

Non-traditional casting chosen for one-act staged readings

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Of all the performance venues on ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem, director Lynnie Godfrey finds that her favorite is the Fowler Blast Furnace Room.

“It’s a great space. I feel like I have to say I created the space that you see,” she says, laughing. “It’s a general room to hold weddings, receptions, corporate meetings, and so on. When we use it for these sorts of performances, we rebuild the stage and black out parts of the room and create an intimate setting.”

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Shakespeare for everyone: Broadway in Center Valley returns to DeSales campus for Pa. Shakespeare Festival

Friday, June 2, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), with its Main Stage Theatre production of “Evita” opening June 14, bodes to be bigger and better than ever for its 26th season.

Already, the 2017 season has set a record.

PSF set a new one-day sales record Feb. 15, opening day of single-ticket sales for the summer 2017 season. In one day, 938 tickets were sold for a more than $43,000 total. That’s a 64 percent increase, compared to the first day of single ticket sales in 2016, the...

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival warms up to ‘The Ice Princess’

Friday, June 2, 2017 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

A brave princess meets new friends, learns a valuable lesson, and discovers magical powers in “The Ice Princess.”

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) show, ideal for children ages 3 to 12, opens June 2 and continues through Aug. 5 in Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Children can get a front row seat for the show with onstage carpet seating, and they can meet the actors after performances for photos and...

Picture this: Pa. Youth Ballet

Friday, June 2, 2017 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

Two family-friendly ballets with live music, “Carnaval” and “Pictures at an Exhibition,” will be performed by the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley June 2, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

One performance for school students will be presented at 10 a.m. and one performance for the public will be presented 7 p.m. June 2.

The Ballet Guild, a nonprofit organization founded by Marjorie Berlin Fink in 1958, serves as...

Apprentices bring ‘Fresh Voices’ to Touchstone Theatre

Friday, June 2, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

Sabrina DeWeerdt and Joe Ferraro are no strangers to theater.

Ferraro has performed with The Associated Mess, the Lehigh Valley-based improvisational comedy troupe, and in a handful of Touchstone Theatre’s “Christmas City Follies” shows.

DeWeerdt received a BA in theater from Muhlenberg College.

So it came as no surprise to either them how much hard work they would need to dedicate to Touchstone’s “Fresh Voices,” June 2 and 3, the annual celebration of new theater,...

‘Luminosity’ honors Air Products

Friday, June 2, 2017 by The Press in Focus

PSF:

Air Products is the 2017 recipient of the “Will Shakespeare Award,” to be presented at “Luminosity,” a gala benefit June 3, University Center, DeSales University, that launches The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) season.

Performing at the event is Broadway actress and Easton native Dee Roscioli, who stars in PSF’s “Evita. Roscioli was last seen at PSF in the Festival’s 2012 production of “Sweeney Todd.”

The event features preview performances by award-...