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Theater Review: Get ‘Into The Woods’ at DeSales’ Act 1

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Into The Woods” is a profound, deeply-moving musical that defies categorization, description, and even comprehension.

The Tony Award-winning musical (including best score: Stephen Sondheim, music and lyrics, and best book: James Lapine), which debuted in 1987 on Broadway, is complex and challenging even for the most devoted of theater-goers.

Let the university seminars have a go at explaining the nuances and takeaways of “Into The Woods.” Let this review serve notice that you...

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL The American Flag

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Stars and stripes are more than a pattern

They show that we are free

These make up the most valuable symbol

That will ever be

We should honor and respect it

Each and every day

So we can wake up

Free in every way

This is more than a piece of fabric

It is honored each day and week

So we can be here

To learn and be free to speak

What our flag means to me

Is more than you would expect

It is a symbol...

Article By: The Press

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

HIGH SCHOOL

On Turning Into a Sixth Grader

The whole idea of it makes me feel

as if I’m becoming a Celtic warrior,

valiant in the heart and enlightened in the mind

as a new surge of cognizance sweeps over me—

my slender bones serving as battle armor,

my tenacious attitude working as a compass for the extensive journey ahead,

my glaring smile acting as a means of persuasion for you to overlook my mischievous deeds.

You swear it is...

Theater Review: The ‘Ladies’ are back at The Pines

Friday, April 27, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It may be that my expectations were too high, but I found The Pines Dinner Theatre’s musical comedy offering through May 13, “A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel,” to be a disappointment.

Despite moderately funny one-liners and a couple of beautifully poignant scenes, the new script by Greta Grosch is no match for the original.

The sequel, co-produced and directed by Oliver Blatt, finds the Minnesota Lutheran ladies still in the basement kitchen in 1969, four...

Theater Review: ‘Seussical’ quite a musical at CAST

Friday, April 27, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Seussical the Musical,” through April 29, Catasauqua High School, is the perfect vehicle for exhibiting the exceptional talents of the Catasaqua Area Showcase Theatre’s performers and volunteers.

In the opening night performance, April 20, seen for this review, director Bill Nothstein pulled out all the stops from the pages of the beloved storyteller Dr. Seuss.

Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and debuting on Broadway in 2000, “Seussical” is a musical compilation...

MIDDLE SCHOOL Waffles

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

You remind me of

Sunday morning waffles.

I could always count on

You being at the table steaming over

A book, as the steam

Funneled out the open kitchen window.

You always looked golden brown on the outside,

Even if you were still soggy in the middle.

You were as bright as orange juice in

The glass next to me, but you could

Shatter as easily as the glass when you hit the floor.

You could be as sweet as maple syrup...

Fae Queen

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Her hair falls like waves across her shoulders,

The long, dark ringlets like a raven’s wing.

She makes all mortal hearts to smolder;

It is of her that our minstrels sing.

Tall she is, and fair, like the morning.

Slender is her waist wrapped in a belt of gold.

All ye mortals heed my warning:

Look not upon the maiden strong and bold,

Or your heart will forever be taken

By the Faerie Queen of old.

Her tale has oft been told...

A Home and A House

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

We ran around the house

with the worry

of banging our knees.

Saturday morning sunlight poured in.

The light tickled and danced,

on the top of our noses.

The laughs and cheers of my family filled the cracks within our home. Our favorite time to be alone was at night.

We spent hours playing with the door stopper and wondering

where the vibrations led.

My lungs were covered in weeks worth of dust. My cough was crunchy and deep....

Northampton County senior menus

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, April 25: Spaghetti with meatballs, parmesan cheese, tossed salad with Italian dressing, Italian bread with margarine, chilled pears.

Thursday, April 26: Beef barley soup, garlic cheddar chicken bake, California blend vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, chilled peaches.

Friday, April 27: Fresh cream of mushroom soup, fried haddock sandwich with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauces, coleslaw, oatmeal raisin cookie.

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