There's no theater like community theater.
For a wonderful example, see "Annie Get Your Gun," a good-hearted, energetic production of the classic musical-comedy, weekends through Aug. 10, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.
Mark Breiner directs the large, and refreshingly young, cast, outfitted lavishly and with colorful variety by costume designer Cathy Scharf in cowboy hats, boots, fringed cowboy shirts, Native American outfits, barker suits, and tuxedoes and gowns (Annie Oakley's getups get better and better as the show progresses).
"Women Of Will," through Aug. 3, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, is a must-see for fans of The Bard.
"Women Of Will" is a series of scenes from William Shakespeare's plays, presented "more or less" in the chronological order of their publication, depicting some of his best-known leading female characters.
The female characters are portrayed by Tina Packer, who created the piece and provides commentary. The male roles are portrayed by Nigel Gore.
"Life Itself" is a harrowing, if heart-felt, documentary about movie critic Roger Ebert, best-known sitting opposite Gene Siskel on TV's "thumbs-up, thumbs-down" movie review and movie clips shows.
The documentary, made with the cooperation of Roger Ebert's then wife and now widow, Chaz Ebert, doesn't pull too many punches in its sometimes brutal assessment of Roger Ebert, who died in 2013.
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Sheryl Crow, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4, Steel Stage: Crow has received nine Grammys and sold more than 35 million albums worldwide, following "Tuesday Night Music Club" (1993), with "All I Wanna Do"; "Sheryl Crow" (1996), with "If It Makes You Happy"; "The Globe Sessions" (1998), with "Everyday Is A Winding Road" and "My Favorite Mistake"; "C'mon C'mon" (2002), with "Soak Up The Sun," and "Feels Like Home" (2013).
Civic Theatre of Allentown holds auditions for its October production of the Mel Brooks' musical "Young Frankenstein," 6:30 p.m. Aug. 11, rehearsal hall, Civic Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.
If necessary, callbacks will be held Aug. 14.
"Young Frankenstein," directed and by Civic Artistic Director William Sanders, with musical direction by Steve Reisteter, plays Civic's Nineteenth Street Theatre Oct. 10 - 26.
The role of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein has been cast. Actors may audition for remaining featured roles or the ensemble.
The All-American Rejects, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Steel Stage: The band from Stillwater, Okla., which has sold more than 10 million albums, includes Tyson Ritter, lead vocals, bass, piano; Nick Wheeler, lead guitar; Mike Kennerty, rhythm guitar, and Chris Gaylor, drums. The group's albums include its self-titled debut (2003), "Move Along" (2005), "When The World Comes Down" (2008) and "Kids In The Streets" (2012).
"The gift that Ron DeLong gave us put us over the $3-million mark," said Dr. Ann Williams, Chancellor, The Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley campus.
The third floor gallery was unveiled as the Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley before a gathering of PSU students, teachers and administration, and members of the area arts community July 23 at the PSU LV campus, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, Upper Saucon Township.
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Jason Derulo, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3, Steel Stage: His song, "Talk Dirty," sold more than five million singles worldwide, garnered more than 160 million views on YouTube and was a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, France, Belgium and New Zealand. The 24-year old Miami native has sold more than 30 million singles worldwide and had five Top 5 U.S. radio singles since his 2009 self-titled debut.
Keith Urban, Weezer, Jason Derulo, The Moody Blues, Sam Hunt, Postmodern Jukebox and Southern Hospitality are among the 300-plus music acts that will take the stage when Musikfest celebrates its 31st year Aug. 1 - 10 in Bethlehem.
Musikfest, said to be the largest free music festival in the United States, will showcase more than 500 performances during its 10-day run, with free concerts on 13 of 14 stages.