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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by PHOTO LEE A. BUTZ in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

"Les Miz" final week: Rachel Potter (Eponine), above left, and Brad Greer (Marius), above right, in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "Les Misérables," through June 28, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. The production features a cast of 37 that collectively represent the most Broadway credits, most recording artists, and most national tours of any cast ever on stage in PSF's 24-season history. "We expected 'Les Miz' to sell out," says Casey Gallagher, PSF managing director. "It's also incredibly gratifying to see 'Henry V' and 'Pericles,' our two Shakespeare productions, also selling well ahead of shows in previous seasons during the same time period." Dennis Razze, PSF associate artistic director, who has directed all PSF's musicals, directed "Les Misérables." Standing-room tickets only are available. Tickets: pashakespeare.org, 610.282.WILL (9455)

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"Grimm!" fun: The Doppelskope Theatre Company's world premiere children's musical "Grimm!" brings its energetic puppetry, lively music and interactive theatrical spirit to Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre's (MSMT) 35th annual season. "This piece of theater is very playful and present," says director Ora Fruchter, who co-wrote the musical with her Doppelskope partner, Christopher Sheer. The music is by Toby Singer with lyrics by Fruchter." The trio collaborated to create last year's MSMT world-premiere children's musical "Gruff!" Both shows rely on audience participation, inviting children in attendance to join in creating the story. The hour-long performance continues at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, through July 25, Studio Theater, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. After the show, children may meet the cast and participate in a 45-minute workshop. Tickets: muhlenberg.edu, 484-664-3087

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The letter "Q": You have one more week to visit "Avenue Q" at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), the puppet musical for adults that continues through June 28, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theater and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The original Broadway production won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book (the "Tony Award triple crown"). The show features music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, based on their original concept, with a book by Jeff Whitty. Highlights of the score include "What Do You Do With a BA in English," "Schadenfreude" and "I Wish I Could Go Back to College." Bill Mutimer directs MSMT's "Avenue Q." Ed Bara is music director. The set designed by Curtis Dretsch features a row of two-story New York apartment buildings in a style that will not be unfamiliar to viewers of "Sesame Street." Also like "Sesame Street," the inhabitants of "Avenue Q" include people and puppets. Tickets: muhlenberg.edu, 484-664-3087

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