From the moment Dorothy and Toto skipped onto the stage in the DeSales University Act 3 production of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," the children in the audience were captivated. With eyes aglow at the colorful costumes and enchanting sets, in just minutes children and parents alike were drawn out of their real lives and into the fantasy of Munchkin land.
The Act 3 production of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" continues through May 1, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley.
The stage version of "A Shropshire Lad," weekends through April 6, McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown, is a memorable adaptation of a classic by A. E. Housman.
Ara Barlieb adapted and directs the piece, which is a world debut, based on an 1896 book of 63 poems by Housman (March 1859 - 1936), an English poet. Among the more familiar poems are "To An Athlete Dying Young," "Loveliest Of Trees, The Cherry Now" and "When I Was One-And-Twenty."
There's nothing like trying to agitate yourself to death in the washing machine to bring drama to the Laundromat. 1960's-style big hair and wisecracks save the day when a mixed bag of guardian angels intervenes with a terrific evening of 60's songs and medleys.
"Suds: The Rocking 60's Musical Soap Opera," by Melinda Gibb, Steve Gunderson and Bryan Scott with music by Gunderson and directed by Oliver Blatt, continues in its Lehigh Valley debut through May 11, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.
The Nick Moss Band's newly-released 10th album, "Time Ain't Free" (Blue Bella Records), is described by Jambase as "a high-water mark for the Chicago-based band. Fourteen tracks will have you tapping your feet along and dropping your jaw at Moss's many blistering guitar solos."
The Nick Moss Band performs at 7 p.m. March 28, The Epic Center, 1205 Broadway, Fountain Hill, presented by the 2nd Story Blues Alliance. Bob Lanza opens the show.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem presents for its annual spring concert, Haydn's "The Creation," 4 p.m. March 30, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center St., Bethlehem.
The Bach Choir, the oldest known Bach Choir in the United States, aims to promote the appreciation of the music of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach and other great composers. Through year-round concerts and education programs, the Bach Choir reaches an audience of more than 20,000 from the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
New York City rich boy falls for small-town girl and in the process resurrects a dying gold rush town in "Crazy For You," 7 p. m. April 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. April 6, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.
The musical is directed by Jennifer Wescoe with choreography by Jerri L. Brown.
Sometimes, you have to catch films before they get away. Even if you miss them at the multiplex, neighborhood theater or indie and foreign-films art house, certain films are must-sees whenever and wherever.
The following three films are well worth seeing. Each is linked by a magnificent obsession or passion. So, put on your film-hunting gear and don't forget the popcorn.
Labor trouble strikes and love troubles start when workers fraternize with management in "The Pajama Game," 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 11, 12; 2 p. m. April 6, auditorium, Bethlehem Catholic High School, 2133 Madison Avenue, Bethlehem.
When Babe Williams (Kylie Dunne) becomes spokesperson for the laborers who want a raise she butts heads with Sid Sorokin (Garrett Toole), a supervisor for the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. They can't deny their love and soon the place is in an uproar as the factory wheels grind to a halt and the lid comes off the cooked books.
A genealogy workshop will be held 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. March 29, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
Registration is 8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m., with a free continental breakfast. The workshops are: "Fundamentals of Genealogy," 9 a.m.; "Cemetery Records," second seminar; "Intermediate Genealogy," third seminar; "Caring for your Family Treasures," fourth session. Participants may question genealogy presenters following the last session. Workshop participants may use the museum research library free of charge.
To register, call Carol Herrity, 610-435-1074, ext. 12.
A small town heats up fast when a slick big-city agent gets the idea to promote his military-drafted rock star, Conrad Birdie (Nick Longenbach), by randomly picking a fan club member, Kim MacAfee (Madison Lahr), to give Birdie one last kiss before he heads off to Army boot camp in "Bye Bye Birdie," 7:30 p m. April 3, 4, and 5, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.
The musical is directed by Nan L. Guss-Mentzell with choreography by Vicki Troxell. Vocal director is Lisa Manno.