Parkland Press

Monday, March 25, 2019

Curtain Rises:

Friday, March 15, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic ‘Buyer & Cellar’;

The Lehigh Valley theater scene springs back to life in time for the vernal equinox.

At Civic Theatre of Allentown is the Lehigh Valley debut of the one-man comedy about Barbra Streisand’s basement-dweller, “Buyer & Cellar,” 7:30 p.m. March 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 24, Theatre514, Allentown.

At Munopco Music Theatre of Allentown is the iconic musical that has legs, “A Chorus Line,” 8 p.m. March 16, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 17, 24, Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown.

The two stage shows, opposite in concept, are similar as behind-the-scenes takes.

‘Family Storytelling’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

GODFREY DANIELS:

Denise McCormack performs “Medieval Tales and Slavic Sagas,” 2 p.m. March 17, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, in the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild’s 2019 “Family Storytelling Series.”

The “Cops ’n’ Kids” program will provide two free books to each child in attendance.

Tickets: Godfrey Daniels box office, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem; godfreydaniels.org; 610-867-2390

Kitchen, Levine

Friday, March 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

GALLERY

AT ST. JOHN’S:

Award-winning Boston folksinger-songwriter and Easton native Terry Kitchen and New Jersey folksinger Mara Levine perform at 1 p.m. March 17, The Gallery at St. John’s, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 330 Ferry St., Easton.

Kitchen and Levine have performed and recorded as a duo since 2008. They released a duo EP in 2012 and appear on each other’s solo albums, including Levine’s CD, “Facets of Folk” (No. 1, National Folk-DJ Chart, January), and Kitchen’s 2017 CD, “The Quiet Places.”

Information: stjohnseaston.org; 610-178-6117

Actress’ mother inspires ‘Neverland’ role

Friday, March 15, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Ruby Gibbs, who plays Sylvia in the national touring production of “Finding Neverland,” says she found her mother as inspiration for the role.

“Finding Neverland” follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, whose sons inspired his classic tale, “Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’ Grow Up.” The musical is based on the movie by David Magee, and the play, “The Man Who Was Peter Pan,” by Allan Knee.

“Finding Neverland” is presented at 7 p.m. March 20 and 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Student Poetry Project deadline March 15

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 14th 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 17 and April 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, March 6 - Ash Wednesday meal: Potato crusted cod, rice pilaf, oven roasted fresh vegetables, wheat bread w/ margarine, tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 7: Breaded pork chop, cabbage and bow ties, fresh Waldorff salad, wheat bread w/ margarine, cranberry coconut macaroon.

Friday, March 8: Broccoli cheese soup, tuna salad hoagie, macaroni salad, chilled plums.

Healthy Geezer: ALS, gas, falling

Friday, March 8, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What is the survival rate for ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, usually strikes between the ages of 40 and 70.

Respiratory problems usually kill those with ALS in three to five years after diagnosis. About 10 percent of those with ALS live more than 10 years.

Some with ALS survive for many years. For example, the famed British physicist Stephen Hawking had ALS from the 1960s until his death last year. In a small number of people, ALS mysteriously stops.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 2019 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

The 17th annual Freddys recognize accomplishments in musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Warren County, N.J.

The list of the 30 schools participating in the 2019 Freddy Awards, along with productions, performance dates and ticket information, is at: freddyawards.org