"8th Annual Young Playwright's Festival and Gala," 7 p.m. May 18, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. touchstone.org , 484-767-2456
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 10 a.m. April 25; 12:30 p.m. May 2; Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of DeSales University, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192
The Burning Hearts Fire & Light Theater presents "StarBright," 8:30 p.m. April 27, Joseph S. Daddona Lake & Terrace, St. Elmo and Union streets, Allentown.
The 75-minute free performance includes more than one dozen performers who will take the stage featuring fire tools such as poi (ball-shaped wicks attached to chains), staffs, hula-hoops, fans and a few new creations.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to "Friends of the Allentown Parks," a non-profit organization.
The number "42" will be known even farther and wider because of the biopic about Jackie Robinson, the first African-American player to play Major League Baseball.
A reception for "2013 Senior Thesis Exhibition," opening May 1 and continuing through May 19, is 4:30 - 6 p.m. Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400, Chew St., Allentown.
The exhibition includes paintings, digital photography, print-making, sculpture and drawings by Muhlenberg College art majors Nina Marie Corona, Tori Kline, Mancy R. Maxwell, Jesse Nusbaum, Amy Elizabeth Osika and Lowell Wynn.
The students' work is the culmination of meeting requirements of a two-semester senior seminar course in studio art.
Herbaceous (non-woody) perennial plants add year-round interest to any landscape and are a popular choice of plants among gardeners.
Though thousands of perennials are available, native perennials have a special role in the garden.
By definition, a native Pennsylvania plant is one that grew in Pennsylvania before European settlers arrived, as opposed to exotic plants which came from other countries after that time period.
The Allentown Band, under the direction of Ronald Demkee, accompanied by Jane Knotek, Director of Music Ministry at Zion's UCC on the C.E. Haskell-Fritsche pipe organ, presents a concert to benefit the Liberty Bell Museum, 3 p.m. April 28, Zion UCC Church, 622 W. Hamilton St., Allentown.
The first half of the concert features pieces from operas composed by Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. The second half features contemporary American music composed by Morton Gould and concludes with works by John Phillip Sousa.
The refurbished organ had its 100th anniversary in 2012.
Lehigh Carbon Community College choral group, the Tri-Cees - the Cougar Community Chorale, holds its annual spring performance, 7 p.m. May 6, Community Services Center, main campus, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.
The concerts includes renditions of "The Shadow of Your Smile," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "The Long and Winding Road" and works by Ira and George Gershwin and Jule Styne.
The event is free and open to the public.
Monetary donations and canned goods to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank will be accepted.
Refreshments follow the concert.
DeSales University Performing Arts Act 1's season comes to a sizzling close with the musical "Chicago," featuring, above, from left, Phoenix Best as Velma Kelly and Julia Pfender as Roxy Hart. "Chicago" opens April 24 and continues through May 5, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley.
The Moravian College Choir presents "Celebration of the Sacred and Profane," under the direction of Paula Ring Zerkle, 7:30 p.m. April 27, Foy Concert Hall, Hurd Campus, Bethlehem.
The concert includes Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms," Britten's "Rejoice in the Lamb," and Barber's "Reincarnations."
Ticket information: 610-861-1650