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The passion of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You don't need to travel to Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, to experience a passion play. There's one right here in the Lehigh Valley.

The Muhlenberg College Music Theatre (MSMT) "Jesus Christ Superstar," through July 28, Empie Theater, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, is a thoughtful, often startling, entertaining passion play.

The first hit musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice, which debuted in 1971, is a...

LV SUMMER THEATER

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"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...

Craig Kastelnik & Friends go to town

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Craig Kastelnik and his wife, Pat Flaherty, have been delighting Lehigh Valley jazz fans for more than 40 years, playing together as Kato, and with other local musicians in various configurations.

Craig Kastelnik & Friends, including Flaherty, vocals; Tom Kozic, guitar; Bernard Purdie, drums, perform at 7:30 p.m. July 19, Jazz Cabaret Series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Kastelnik, 59, has been active in music since the age of...

'Kingdom Rocks' at St. Peter's VBS

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

PRESS PHOTOS BY SHARON SCHRANTZ

St. Peter's Union Church, St. Peter's Road, Macungie, was transformed to "Kingdom Rocks" for Vacation Bible School recently. Those attending had to cross the moat to gain entrance to the castle to discover those things that allow us to be strong in our faith and know the love of God. Setup for this terrific occasion was done solely by volunteers. This included painting, making armored Knights, making "bricks" to create walls and generally transforming...

Blackbirds include orioles, bobolinks, meadowlarks

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Blackbirds are familiar birds observed throughout the Lehigh Valley. Blackbird flocks often tend to create great dark streaks as they fly across distant horizons. You may also have been close enough to hear the buzz of thousands upon thousands of wing pairs.

Members of the blackbird family tend to congregate, especially during spring and fall migrations. It is often difficult to tell one species from another when assembled in massive groups.

Most blackbirds are medium-size...

'Superstar' choreography

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Choreographically, I consider myself a kinetic storyteller," says Charles O. Anderson, the former Muhlenberg College professor now teaching dance at the University of Texas, Austin.

Anderson is the choreographer for the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre 33rd annual season production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," directed by James Peck with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, through July 28, Empire Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St.,...

ARTSQUEST

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Oktoberfest auditions are noon-5 p.m. July 28, Banko Family Gallery, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.

The third-annual Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling is Oct. 4 - 6, 11 - 13, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Actors portray characters typically seen at a German Oktoberfest, complete with authentic German attire, and interact with festival guests while in character.

Auditions are primarily improvisation-based. An ability to perform with a realistic German accent is...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED IMAGE in Focus

Real to surreal: Two significant art exhibitions spanning the genres of realism and surrealism are on view through Aug. 9, Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown. "Clarence H. Carter: Realism to Surrealism" in the David E. Rodale Gallery features the two major periods of Carter (1904 - 2000). Carter's early work (1925 - '45) was in the aesthetic spirit of the times: the interests of the "common man," scenes emphasizing local places and a "homespun genre." It was after World War II...

Andrew McMahon's solo 'Underground'

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Andrew McMahon has shaped a pop-rock music career with the bands Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin as vocalist, pianist and primary songwriter.

He's begun a solo career, with the EP, "A Pop Underground," released April 30, and new songs "Synesthesia," "Catching Cold," "Learn to Dance" and "After the Fire."

McMahon performs 8 p.m. July 23, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founder's Way, Bethlehem.

"The Jack's [Mannequin] thing kind of started as a...

'Importance of Being' funny

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Without being too "punny" about it, you are in for a "Wilde" time of laughter with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," through Aug. 4, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

While the laughs are decidedly high-brow and not low-brow puns, you don't have to be knowledgeable about the vagaries of Victorian society to be in on the jokes.

(For details, allusions and...