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Theater Review:

Friday, October 7, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

‘Miracle Worker’ a moving message at Pa. Playhouse

“The Miracle Worker” is the story of six-year-old Helen Keller, a wild, petulant child at that age, understandably so given that since infancy she could neither see nor hear nor speak.

Teacher Annie Sullivan, herself visually-challenged, enters into Helen’s life and through manual sign language frees the child from her dark and soundless world into one of understanding and feeling, physical and emotional.

Theater Review

Friday, September 23, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

MunOpCo’s ‘The Producers’: What’s not to love?

“The Producers,” Mel Brooks’ irreverent musical comedy about two Broadway swindlers whose plan to produce the perfect money-making flop goes awry, is one of those timeless mainstays of theater that bears staging on a regular basis.

Yet, while its masterful, award-winning script, music and lyrics would seem to promise a sure-fire hit, the show is not without some very daunting challenges.

The Muggles out in force for ‘Harry Potter’ tome at Moravian Book Shop

Friday, September 9, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

One dark and rainy night, the streets of downtown Bethlehem were crawling with all sorts of witches and wizards and magicians. Their destination was the Moravian Book Shop along Main Street, where at one minute after midnight July 31, long-anticipated and tightly kept secrets about their hero Harry Potter would be unwrapped.

Born to lead Kassie Hilgert looks to ArtsQuest’s future on SteelStacks’ fifth anniversary

Friday, June 24, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

On July 15, 2014, Kassie Hilgert, ArtsQuest senior vice-president for marketing and advancement, was sitting in her second-floor office looking out at the rusting monoliths that once had been the blast furnaces of the former southside Bethlehem plant where steel-making ended in 1995 with Bethlehem Steel Corp. filing for bankruptcy in 2001. Downstairs at ArtsQuest Center, a decision was being made by the ArtsQuest Board of Trustees that would change her life.

A special homecoming

Friday, March 25, 2016 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Restored 19th Century portraits offer links to Moravian music history

When John Christian Malthaner was a teacher at the Young Ladies’ Seminary in the mid-19th Century Moravian community of Bethlehem, he commissioned fellow teacher Gustav Grunewald to paint portraits of himself and his wife Catherine.

The portraits, after hanging for more than a century and a half in the homes of Malthaner’s descendants throughout the United States, have come home to Bethlehem, where they are now part of the permanent art collection of the Moravian Archives.

Exceptional Patients

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

'Love, Medicine and Miracles' author to deliver fifth annual St. Luke's-Littner Memorial lecture

Dr. Bernie S. Siegel, best-selling author of "Love, Medicine and Miracles" and founder of Exceptional Cancer Patients, speaks on the "Psychology of Illness and the Art of Healing," 7:30 p.m. April 22, Central Moravian Church, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.

The lecture is the fifth in the series sponsored by the Dr. and Mrs. Max Littner Memorial Lecture Series for Bereavement and St. Luke's University Health Network. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.