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Sunday, March 26, 2017

‘Annie’ means a lot to young star

Friday, February 24, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“Oh my goodness!” and “Leapin’ Lizards!” The beloved classic musical “Annie” arrives at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The Tony Award-winning musical, with music by Charles Strouse and book by Thomas Meehan, is based on the newspaper comic strip by Harold Gray. The show is choreographed by Liza Gennaro and the set is designed by Beowulf Boritt.

Eleven-year-old Tori Bates of Sarasota, Fla., stars as the redhead living in an orphanage run by the...

ASO brings ‘Peter and the Wolf’ to life

Friday, February 24, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra presents “Peter and the Wolf,” composed by Sergei Prokofiev, 2 p.m. Feb. 25, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The “ASO Family Classical Concert” program, in addition to “Peter and the Wolf,” includes Mozart, “Marriage of Figaro Overture”; Haydn, “Toy Symphony”; Rimsky-Korsakov, “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

“Peter and the Wolf” is narrated by Really Inventive Stuff, founded by Sara Valentine and Michael Boudewyns. Really Inventive Stuff, based near...

Oscars will have surprises

Friday, February 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It was another good year at the movies in 2016.

In North America, movies grossed $11.4 billion in 2016, besting the record of $11.1 billion in 2015.

Walt Disney Studios held the top three positions: “Finding Dory,” $486.3 million; “Rogue One,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

None of these was a Best Picture nominee for the Academy Awards, to be telecast at 8 p.m. EST Feb. 26. Here are my picks for the seven categories of the Lehigh Valley Press “Readers Pick the Oscar...

‘Nightingale’ sings for Bach ‘Family Concert’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra, directed by Greg Funfgeld, and Mock Turtle Marionette Theater, directed by Doug Roysdon, present the world premiere of an adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Nightingale” for puppets as the annual choir’s annual “Family Concert,” 3 p.m., Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University.

“The Nightingale” is The Bach Choir’s first collaboration with Mock Turtle Marionette Theater.

Mock Turtle founder...

Northwestern: ‘Legally Blonde’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Northwestern Lehigh High School presents “Legally Blonde the Musical” with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. It’s based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name.

Directed by Bill Mutimer, co-chair of the Northampton Community College theater department, the show is at 7 p.m. March 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. March 5, auditorium, Northwestern Lehigh High School, 6493 Route 309, New Tripoli, Lynn Township.

Mutimer also...

‘Transfer Fairs’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) will host “Transfer Fairs” for students, alumni and the public with representatives from colleges and universities on hand to answer questions about transferring from LCCC to a four-year school.

The transfer fairs, sponsored by the Academic Advising Services and LCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, are free and open to the public: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. March 7, Lisa Scheller and Wayne Woodman Community Services Center, main campus,...

Moravian Academy: ‘Urinetown’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Splashing across the stage at Moravian Academy’s Dyer Auditorium, “Urinetown” is described as “a hilarious musical satire skewering a variety of contemporary ideas and issues, including musical theater itself.”

Directed by Jarrod Yuskauskas, Moravian Academy director of theater, the show is at 7:30 p.m. March 3, 4 and 2 p.m. March 5, Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy, 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

Yuskauskas is assisted by choreographer AlexJo Natale, music director...

Saucon Valley: ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Saucon Valley High School Theatre department declares the PG-13-rated “Nice Work If You Can Get It” will be “full of dance and powerful voices.”

Produced and directed by Chad Miller, the show is at 7 p.m. March 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. March 5, Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.

Also involved with the production are assistant director-choreographer Kimberly Tassinaro, choreographer Joey Schubert, technical director Patrick Mertz, and pit director Herb...

Early Learning Center

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Preschool children ages 3-5 along with a family member may explore the Reggio-inspired center and the numerous activities available, 2 p.m. March 2, The Early Learning Center (ELC), Schnecksville campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College.

The session will begin and end with “mindful” exercises designed to create self-awareness in children.

Attendance is free, however registration is requested.

Contact LCCC’s ELC:

LCCC speaker on equity pay

Friday, February 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

María Montero, women’s advocate and former executive director of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, will speak at 12:30 p.m. March 1, Rothrock Library, Alumni Center, Schnecksville campus, North Whitehall Township.

The talk is free and open to the public.

As part of Women’s History Month, Montero will address “The Gender Pay Gap: Trust and Fiction in Gaining Equity,” followed by audience discussion.

Montero is a first-generation American, born and raised in...