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.
Arts Ovation 2014 recipients include several Emmaus area residents for their contributions to the Allentown area arts scene.
Recognized at the 26th annual luncheon, noon May 8, The Palace Center, 623 Hanover Avenue, Allentown, will be Sanford T. Beldon, Sharon Lee Glassman, both of Lower Macungie Township; Gretchen Klinedinst Furst of South Whitehall Township; Barnaby Ruhe of Emmaus, and Scott Stoneback of Alburtis.
The awards and recipients are:
With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals, leading up to the annual Freddy awards at the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its preview series.
The war is not the only conflict as interracial love is confronted and emotions run high in "South Pacific," 7:30 p.m. April 3, 4, 5 and 2 p.m. April 6, auditorium, Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall.
The musical is directed by Andrew Borghesani with choreography by Vanessa Ruggiero.
Navy Nurse Ensign Nellie Forbush (Kimberly Casey) is romantically inclined toward plantation owner Emile de Becque (Michael Maggio), but needs to resolve her Southern racial prejudices toward Emile's mixed-race children.
@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE
"4 Girls 4": Leslie Uggams, Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, 8 p.m. April 4, State Theatre for The Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. statetheatre.org, 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132
"A Shropshire Lad," opens March 21, continues through April 6, world debut of original stage adaptation of A.E. Housman work, Crowded Kitchen Players, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown. 610-395-7176
@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS
Grandstand, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947
Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, 7 p.m. Aug. 27
Lady Antebellum, 7 p.m. Aug. 28
Tim McGraw, Jana Kramer, 7 p.m. Aug. 29
@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST CENTER
SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
SmartsQuest Trivia, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Lee & Stella Yee Family Connect Zone
@Body.8 Days Head: HAWK MOUNTAIN SANCTUARY
1700 Hawk Mountain Road, Kempton. 610-756-6961
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
Night Club Two-Step, 6:30 p.m. March 25 April 1, 8
East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. April 15, 22
Hustle, 7 p.m. April 22, 29
Salsa, 7 p.m. April 29
Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION
Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-433-4150
Lehigh Valley Tango Society, 7 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"
@Body.8 Days: ARTSQUEST
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-297-7100
Shawn Colvin, Steve Earle, 7:30 p.m. March 19, Musikfest Café
Maria Bamford, 8 p.m. March 20, Musikfest Café
Rick Braun, 7:30 p.m. March 21, Musikfest Café
Andrea Carlson, 8 p.m. March 21, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free
Billy Bauer, 8 p.m. March 22, Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons. Free
Crystal Bowersox, 7:30 p.m. March 23, Musikfest Café
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Spring Gala Fundraiser for the Allentown Public Library, 6 p.m. April 5
Mike McGrath, 7 p.m. April 9: "Swing Into Spring"
Xcape Dance Performance, 2-3 p.m. April 12
Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds
Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds
Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Thursdays: 3- to 5-year-olds
Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
Toyota Pavilion, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. 800-468-7669
Journey, Steve Miller Band, 7 p.m. June 10
Styx, Foreigner, Don Felder, 8 p.m. July 4
@Body.8 Days Head: MORAVIAN COLLEGE
Foy Concert Hall, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem. 610-861-1300