"Crazy" for choreography: "Crazy for You" choreographer Karen Dearborn, above left, with, left to right, Patrick McTamany, Chelsea Montgomery-Duban, Ryan Skerchak, Tommy McCarthy and Joe Marx inspires the dancers at the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. The 1992 Tony Award winner for best musical and choreography continues through June 30, Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.
Marilyn Hazelton, Poet-in-Residence at The Swain School, talks and leads workshops at The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group June meeting, 10 a.m. June 22, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.
The morning program is free and open to the public. The afternoon workshop is free for members with a fee for nonmembers. Registration required: glvwg.org
Like many others, I grew up on the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. My first exposure to them was on film.
The wonderful movies such as "South Pacific," "Carousel," "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma!" were my favorites. I especially loved the onscreen chemistry in "Oklahoma!" between Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.
Terry Kitchen, Boston contemporary folk singer-songwriter and Easton native, performs 8 p.m. June 22, The Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St., Macungie.
The Listen Live Music's "Bringing Nashville North" Writers in the Round series includes performers Mike Holliday, Josh Joffen and Peter Scapegrace.
Ticket information: 610-966-6419
Actors in Action Festival: "Sensitivity Training," "The Un-Named Body Project," weekends through June 30, Allentown Public Theatre, Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown. 610-433-4150
"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL
Pastor Marge Dean, associate pastor of The Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, Emmaus, is greeted during worship June 2 by the Rev. Glenn L. Simmons, associate to the Bishop, with a letter of thanks for her service to the church from Bishop Zeiser of the Northeastern PA Synod. Pastor Marge was greeted by members at a reception following worship to thank her for her ministry as she begins retirement.
When a compulsive doctor tries to manage a free-spirited housekeeper, things get all mixed up and more than a little messy in Pennsylvania Playhouse's production of Sarah Ruhl's "The Clean House," directed by Tom Brown, through June 23.
Kelly-Anne Rohrbach shines as the Brazilian housekeeper Matilde, who is better at poetry (all in untranslated Portuguese) and empathy, two skills that don't necessarily mean she is a good housekeeper.
The 39th annual Art-in-the-Park is 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 15 in West Park, 16th and Turner Streets, Allentown.
Art-in-the-Park features original works of art by more than 80 local and regional artists.
Prize money is awarded in each category: watercolor, graphics, oils and acrylics, photography, and 3D (pottery, wood, jewelry, glass, fabric, sculpture).
Free spaces are given student artists grades nine - 12.
Performing at the Victorian bandshell:
10 a.m., Allentown School District Orchestra;
11:30 a.m., Repertory Dance Theatre;
X marks the spot
The Southside Film Festival (SSFF) is underway.
You may have seen those posters with the big red "X" on them.
The X isn't for the MPAA ratings of the films being shown at the SSFF.
Rather, X is the roman numeral 10, as in the SSFF 10th anniversary.
The X also marks the spot, or screening locations, for more than 57 films, through June 15, Broughal Middle School auditorium, Victory Fire House, Lehigh University Sinclair Lab Auditorium and Godfrey Daniels, all south side Bethlehem.
The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater (MSMT), at 33 years and counting, is the Lehigh Valley's longest-running summer theater.
MSMT founding Artistic Director Charles Richter is counting on continuing to be involved.
Of this year's season, for which he directs "Crazy For You," June 12 - 30, Richter says, "We're trying to move ahead and be bigger and better than ever."