Toe-tapping music, teenage-angst and love problems in a town where dancing is against the law are a great mix for fun; which is what director Oliver Blatt delivers with "Footloose," through Aug. 18, Pines Dinner Theatre, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown.
When the preacher's daughter, Ariel Moore (Payton Sherry), is smitten by the new boy in town, Ren McCormack (Dylan Rex), the townspeople start talking and sparks begin to fly.
As Ariel, Sherry is a strong singer and talented dancer.
The members of the Honey Island Swamp Band, who hail from New Orleans, found themselves stuck in San Francisco following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
So, they formed a band, dubbed it Honey Island Swamp Band, eventually working their way back in 2007 to New Orleans, where the group gathered local recognition.
The Honey Island Swamp Band, whose music is described as Bayou Americana, performs at 9:30 p.m. July 6 and 6 p.m. July 7 at the Jambalaya Music Festival, Kempton Community and Recreation Center, Kempton, Berks County.
"Aida," July 26 - Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665
"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL
"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 3, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671
"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. 610-433-2333
Kempton Jambalaya: The Honey Island Swamp Band, above, plays Jambalaya Music Fest, 9:30 p.m. July 6; 6 p.m. July 7, Kempton Community and Recreation Center, Kempton, Berks County, as part of a tour for its fourth and latest album, ''Cane Sugar,'' with concerts in Taos, N.M.; Telluride, Vail and Denver, Col.; San Francisco, Nashville, Chicago and at the legendary Tipitina's, New Orleans.
The cast of "Seussical, the Dr. Seuss Musical!," performs with great enthusiasm in a show that's a delight for children and adults alike.
"Seussical" continues through July 27, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, as part of the 33rd season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.
With the singing, dancing and rhyming, it's almost as if Dr. Seuss directed the play himself. In fact, the play was directed by Benjamin Shaw.
Crowded Kitchen Players holds auditions for "A Flea In Her Ear," the Georges Feydeau farce, 8 p.m. July 8, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, 10 S. Main St. Quakertown, and 8 p.m. July 10, Crowded Kitchen, 1680 Minesite Road, Allentown.
The show runs Sept. 27 - Oct 13 at McCoole's.
"A Flea In Her Ear" follows numerous and frantic husbands, wives and wannabe paramours as they stalk one another in a Parisian mansion and through the halls and bedchambers of a notorious hotel.
"ArtWalk" continues this summer 4 - 8 p.m. July 27 and Aug. 31 in downtown Bethlehem.
Activities include: "Kid's Corner" and "Wine Trail."
PRESS PHOTOS BY C. RICHARD CHARTRAND
Faith Presbyterian Church, N. Second and Cherokee streets, Emmaus, hosts its annual Vacation Bible School June 23 through 27 with "God's Backyard Bible Camp."
PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH
An annual summer community festival was held June 22 at Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church.
A plant dwells among us of such ill repute and so feared by lovers of the outdoors that in eastern Pennsylvania it is commonly referred to as "poison," short for poison ivy.
Actually, it is not an ivy at all, but a member of the cashew family. Its Latin name is "rhus." Outdoor enthusiasts take heart: avoiding or promptly dealing with exposure to the poison or toxin in this plant can eliminate a lot of the discomfort that you fear.