Parkland Press

Friday, July 20, 2018

Theater Review: ‘Hairspray’ a fabulous ‘do at Munopco

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Munopco Music Theatre production of “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” is adorable kitsch.

Munopco “Hairspray” director Susan McDermott, and assistant director Vince Rostkowski, get it right: a mix of 1960s’ dance-craze nostalgia, in excellent choreography by Suzanne Baltsar, with dance captain Caitlin McLemore; in exuberant singing, with robust direction by Julius Sarkozy; in catchy costumes, with fabulous frocks and thrift-shop chic by McDermott, and clever set design, with pastel palette by McDermott, and lighting by Jonathan Tobias.

Theater Review: ‘42nd Street’ spectacular at Bucks Playhouse

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

In “42nd Street,” Peggy Sawyer is the best little tapper from Allentown, Pa.

“42nd Street,” the musical, through Aug. 4, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, has the best tap-dancing this side of Broadway.

Tessa Grady, who plays Peggy Sawyer with a combination of innocent insecurity and can-do bravado, has to be one of the fastest tap-dancers ever. Her feet are a blur as she taps her way across the stage, in turns, spins, in place, and even backwards.

30th anniversary of ‘Hairspray’ film: Extras, extras! Read all about them

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by KATHY LAUER- WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s been 30 years since director John Waters’ “Hairspray, the inspiration for the Broadway musical, was released.

But a year before in 1987, the making of the film was all the buzz in the Lehigh Valley.

Shock-auteur Waters typically shot his films exclusively in his hometown of Baltimore, but for “Hairspray” he brought his crew to South Whitehall Township to shoot a pivotal scene at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, which served as a stand-in for Tilted Acres, a fictional Baltimore amusement park.

Movie Review: ‘Jurassic’ sequel World’

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A more forthright title for “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” would have been “Jurassic World: Franchise Builder.”

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” sequel to “Jurassic World” (2015), is second in a trilogy, with “Jurassic World 3” set for 2021 release. Universal Pictures distributes the “Jurassic Park” (1993, 1997, 2001) movies, including “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.”

Theater Review: ‘Hairspray’ a fabulous ‘do at Munopco

Saturday, June 30, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Munopco Music Theatre production of “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” is adorable kitsch.

Munopco “Hairspray” director Susan McDermott, and assistant director Vince Rostkowski, get it right: a mix of 1960s’ dance-craze nostalgia, in excellent choreography by Suzanne Baltsar, with dance captain Caitlin McLemore; in exuberant singing, with robust direction by Julius Sarkozy; in catchy costumes, with fabulous frocks and thrift-shop chic by McDermott, and clever set design, with pastel palette by McDermott, and lighting by Jonathan Tobias.

Early Learning

Thursday, June 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

The Early Learning Center (ELC) on the Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township, campus of Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), invites preschool children ages 3-5 along with a family member to spend an hour exploring the Reggio-inspired center and the numerous activities available.

Open houses for families are 2-3 p.m. June 28 and July 26. The session ends with “Mindful” exercises designed to create self-awareness in young children.