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Emmaus: ‘West Side Story’

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The iconic musical “West Side Story” comes to the Emmaus High School stage at 7 p.m. March 21, 22 and 23; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 24, and 2 p.m. March 25, auditorium, Emmaus High School, 500 Macungie Avenue, Emmaus.

Director Jill Kuebler also produces the Emmaus High School production, assisted by musical director and choreography coordinator Rita Cortez, choreographer Luke Csordas, pit orchestra conductor Doug Bolasky, costume designer Lori Ross, and sound and lighting designer Dave...

Poetry deadline March 16

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 13th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 25 and April 26 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Northampton: ‘The Addams Family’

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“The Addams Family,” with ironically macabre characters created by Charles Addams for his single-panel gag cartoons, lurches onto the stage with show times at 7 p.m. March 22, 23, 24, and 2 p.m. March 25, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

Gianna Beleno is director and choreographer of the Northampton Area High School production, assisted by music director Phil Diaz, pit director Angela Mitchell, set designer Damon Gelb, set builder and advisor...

Salem Christian: ‘Big Fish’

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“Big Fish” follows traveling salesman Edward Bloom, who is full of life and tall tales, as he and his adult son, Will, who is about to have a child of his own, mend their strained relationship. Can they reconcile who they are with who they want to be?

Show times are at 7 p.m. March 22, 23 and 24, auditorium, Salem Christian School, 8031 Salem Bible Church Road, Macungie.

Joan Reinhard and Yana Reinhard direct the student production, with assistant director Carrie VanNorden,...

Oscar contest winner

Friday, March 16, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

We have a winner in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest.

Michael Nonnemacher of Allentown correctly chose all seven recipients in the Focus section contest categories: Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”; Actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”; Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”; Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The...

Healthy Geezer: warts and all

Friday, March 16, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Can you get rid of warts with duct tape?

For starters, check with your doctor before beginning any self-treatment for warts. You might mistake another kind of skin growth for a wart and hurt yourself.

The jury is still out on duct-tape therapy for warts. A recent study showed that duct tape wiped out more warts than conventional freezing did. In this study, warts were covered with duct tape for six days. Then, the warts were soaked in warm water and rubbed with an abrasive...

Lydian String Quartet

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus


The Lydian String Quartet, in residence at Brandeis University, performs at 3 p.m. March 18, Faith United Church of Christ, 5992 Route 378 South, Center Valley, Upper Saucon Township.

The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem concert program is Mendelssohn’s “String Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, Op. 12”; Janacek’s “String Quartet No. 2 (Intimate Letters),” and Beethoven’s “String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1.”

Tickets: at the door:

Dropkick Murphys’ Celtic punk

Saturday, March 10, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Celtic punk band, the Dropkick Murphys, ring in Saint Patrick’s Day early, 7:30 p.m. March 12, Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg.

The band’s singles, “Tessie” and “I’m Shipping Up to Boston,” brought them international fame. The latter song was featured in the 2006 four-time Academy Award-winning movie, “The Departed,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson. “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” went on to become a platinum-selling single.