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Bringing it all back home

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

Symphony Hall concerts special for Straight No Chaser singer

For Straight No Chaser member Walter Chase, singing at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, is almost like bringing his career full circle.

The a cappella group's 35-show "SNC Live" fall tour began in October in Burlington, Vt. and concludes with two shows, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, in Allentown, with stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Westbury, N.Y.

Bringing it all back home

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

Symphony Hall concerts special for Straight No Chaser singer

For Straight No Chaser member Walter Chase, singing at Moyer Symphony Hall, Allentown, is almost like bringing his career full circle.

The a cappella group's 35-show "SNC Live" fall tour began in October in Burlington, Vt. and concludes with two shows, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, in Allentown, with stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Westbury, N.Y.

Bringing it all back home

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

Symphony Hall concerts special for Straight No Chaser singer

For Straight No Chaser member Walter Chase, singing at Moyer Symphony Hall, Allentown, is almost like bringing his career full circle.

The a cappella group's 35-show "SNC Live" fall tour began in October in Burlington, Vt. and concludes with two shows, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, in Allentown, with stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Westbury, N.Y.

'Fruitcakes' has holiday cheer

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

"Fruitcakes" presents all the stereotypical small-town characters getting ready for the Christmas holiday in the fictional town of McCord's Ferry.

From a hillbilly neighbor who's laced his family's home in copious amount of Christmas lights, to elderly sisters who constantly feud, and the annual town Christmas play whose cast of children has succumbed to chicken pox, "Fruitcakes" will raise laughter from audiences as they watch the antics on stage.

THEATER REVIEWS CKP 'Parfumerie' has scents of fun

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) present a truly unique show with a strong storyline in "Parfumerie."

The play centers around a fictional pharmacy shop, Hammerschmidt's Parfumerie in Budapest, Hungary, and includes all the fun and entertainment that audiences have come to expect from the Lower Macungie-based CKP.

Celtic Tenors' concert is Irish and more

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

If you think the Celtic Tenors' musical specialty is relegated only to Irish Celtic music, think again.

James Nelson, one third of the three-man group from Ireland, says a typical Celtic Tenors' performance includes everything from opera music to Bob Dylan covers.

"It's a bit of a cliché," he says, "but there really is something in our music for everybody."

'Follies' fulfilled

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

Touchstone Theatre makes good on its promise of vaudevillian holiday hijinks with "Christmas City Follies XIII," which continues through Dec. 22.

Directed by "Follies" veteran Jp Jordan, the side-splitting show kicked off opening night, Nov. 30, with Touchstone Ensemble apprentices Gary Warren and Kyle Lewis as carolers singing a literal interpretation of the holiday classic "Deck the Halls," which involves beating fellow cast members with "boughs of holly."

THEATER REVIEW A 'Carol'-ing Civic goes

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

A cast of more than 100 tells an emotional story while Barry Glassman as Scrooge and other lead players keep the tone light in Civic Theatre of Allentown's 23rd production of "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 15 at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown.

With a sprinkling of well-timed wordplay and facial expressions, Glassman as Scrooge relives his sad past and gets a glimpse of the bleak future he's set himself up for. Scrooge's cold lack of holiday spirit is evident from the start as he shoos off multiple visitors while avoiding wishing them anything but "Good evening."

Refining Scrooge

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

It may be his seventh time playing Scrooge in the Civic Theatre of Allentown's 23rd production of "A Christmas Carol," but actor Barry Glassman won't admit to it.

In fact, he even had the record-setting statistic stricken from his biography in the playbill for the show that opens Nov. 30 and continues through Dec. 15 at the 19th Street Theatre.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders directs the show based on an adaptation he and Civic President of the Board Sharon Lee Glassman wrote in 1989.

'Follies' recharged

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

Despite some setbacks related to Superstorm Sandy, Touchstone Theatre will present the 13th iteration of "Christmas City Follies," opening Nov. 29.

The show brings back old favorites with some fresh material for "vaudevillian holiday hijinks," says Director Jp Jordan, Artistic Director at the south side Bethlehem theater where the show continues through Dec. 22.

During the storm, Touchstone was without electricity for at least four days, Jordan says, and cast members were dealing with their own struggles as a result of the storm.