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Curtain to rise anew at State

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by The Press in Focus

The non-profit State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton has exceeded the goal for its year-end "Curtain Call Campaign" by raising $58,639.

The goal set in November was $45,000.

"We were thrilled at the community's response to the request for funds to replace the curtain," says Shelley Brown, State Theatre President & CEO.

In addition to donations collected on show nights and online, an anonymous donor matched up to $17,500 in contributions to the State Theatre's quest to purchase a new main stage curtain for the historic hall.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Award-winning theater: Vital Theatre Company presents "Fancy Nancy," 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 22, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The musical is based on the series of books written by Jane O'Connor and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. In the storyline, Fancy Nancy, above, and her friends, Bree, Rhonda, Wanda and Lionel, are going to perform in their very first show, "Deep Sea Dances." Nancy is "positive" (that's "fancy" for 100-percent sure) she and Bree will be picked to play the mermaids.

'Fancy Nancy' no plain Jane

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by ELIZABETHOUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

The popular children's books series, "Fancy Nancy," comes to life for two performances, 1 and 4 p.m. Feb. 22, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Sam Viverito, director and choreographer of the musical, believes "Fancy Nancy" stands apart from other children's touring productions because of its message.

"The message is different," Viverito says in a recent phone interview. "It's all about how if you don't get what you want, you can make the best out of what you have.

Spotlight On: 'Music Hall' closing its doors

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

After 40 years, British tribute show saying its farewells

After 40 years, the Lehigh Valley's "British Music Hall" is closing its doors.

Chris Simmons, founder of "An Evening At A British Music Hall," says performances at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1, Godfrey Daniels 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, will be the last.

"The 40-year mark seemed to be a good place to do that," Simmons says of the Godfrey's finale. "Some people were leaving the show to do other things or basically retiring.

"Given both those circumstances, it seemed logical to end it now," says Simmons in a recent interview.

Movie Review: 'Lego Movie' deconstructs

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Usually, the merchandise tie-in, toys and product promotions occur immediately before, during or after the release of a major motion picture.

With "The Lego Movie," the toys were there first.

Lego (from the Danish, "leg godt" (play well) is the brainchild of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter in Denmark. From 1949 to 2013, an estimated 560 billion Lego were manufactured. The colorful interlocking plastic bricks and accompanying gears, figurines and parts are connected imaginatively to construct vehicles, buildings and displays.

High School Musicals: Moravian Academy

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

'My Favorite Year'

Moravian Academy students are working overtime to make up snow days, but the show must go on with "My Favorite Year," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2, Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy, 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

The show, directed by Moravian Academy Director of Theatre Arts Jarrod C. Yuskauskas, sets to music and dance the comedic snafus of a New York television variety show.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days: DANCE

ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY

Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542

Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 25

East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Feb. 18, 25

Country Two-Step, 7 p.m. March. 4, 11

West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. March 18, 25

Night Club Two-Step, 6:30 p.m. March 18, 25

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"

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by The Press in Focus

YOUR LEHIGH VALLEY ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1: 40th anniversary show and final performances, Godfrey Daniels 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-867-2390

"Fancy Nancy," 1, 4 p.m. Feb. 22: Vital Theatre Company, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. 610-432-6715

"Little Shop of Horrors," 8 p.m., Feb. 20, 21; 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 22; 2 p.m. Feb. 23: Performing Arts Cedar Crest College, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, Cedar Crest College, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu/stage, 610-606-4608