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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

George B. Miller brings farce back to Playhouse

Friday, June 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It has been a long time since George B. Miller has directed a farce.

More than 40 years to be exact.

But that is exactly what he is doing with “The Fox on the Fairway,” Ken Ludwig’s crazy farce about rival golf clubs that opens June 1 at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

“I’m known for doing serious drama,” Miller says. “This time I wanted to do something a little lighter.”

“The Fox on the Fairway” is Ludwig’s tribute to English farces of the 1930s and 1940s.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ opens season at PSF

Friday, June 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A feisty Alice who lands in a colorful, oversized Wonderland will take children on a whimsical journey in “Alice in Wonderland,” the playful children’s show that opens the 27th season June 1 of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF).

“The story is a beautiful adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s books, trimming out some elements of the story and concentrating on the others,” says award-winning director Eleanor Holdridge, who makes her directorial debut at PSF.

Parkland High School tops 2018 Freddys with nine awards

Friday, June 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Parkland High School’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” led the 2018 Freddy Awards with nine Freddy Awards. Other musicals receiving multiple Freddy Awards were Emmaus High School’s production of “West Side Story,” with three Freddy Awards, Southern Lehigh High School’s production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” with three Freddy Awards, and Saucon Valley High School’s production of “The Music Man,” with two Freddy Awards.

Exploring their ‘Voices’ at Touchstone Theatre

Friday, June 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Finding balance in creativity is one of the themes of “Fresh Voices,” an annual show that caps Touchstone Theatre’s apprentice program.

The theater’s 2017-2018 apprentice Chloe Anne Madison explores challenges in the creative process and the balance between chaos and structure in her original works-in-progress, 8 p.m. June 1 and 2, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

Nathan Kline

Friday, June 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus


Maj. Nathan Kline (USAF-Ret), a WW II bombardier-navigator, will speak aa part of the “D-Day Remembrance Program,” 1 p.m. June 2, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

The program will open with a PowerPoint presentation about the Allied invasion at Normandy, France, said Joseph Garrera, LVHM Executive Director.

Kline was a student at Muhlenberg College when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps November of 1942. As a bombardier-navigator in the 454th Bomb Squadron, he flew 65 missions over Europe, including the D-Day invasion.

Healthy Geezer: from the e-mail bag

Friday, June 1, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What are the most common symptoms that you’re having a stroke?

The most common stroke symptoms include: sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis of the face, arm or leg, usually on one side of the body; trouble talking or understanding; sudden blurred, double or decreased vision; dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; a sudden headache with a stiff neck, facial pain, pain between the eyes, vomiting or altered consciousness; confusion, or problems with memory, spatial orientation or perception.

Growing Green: Keep Pa. waters clean

Friday, June 1, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Pennsylvania is blessed with ample water resources, second only to Alaska in the number of stream miles in one state.

While water seems so abundant, clean water is not.

Our devotion to landscaped lawns, lovely gardens and beautiful properties, as well the region’s farming and agriculture, can have a substantial impact on the health of our streams and rivers. Stormwater has become a major pollutant in Pennsylvania.


Friday, June 1, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Playing through: The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem, presents “A Fox on the Fairway,” written by award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, and directed by George B. Miller, June 1-2, 8-10 and 14-17. A tribute by Ludwig (“Lend Me A Tenor,” “Moon Over Buffalo”) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s, “A Fox On the Fairway” takes place at a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, dueling golf clubs, and romantic shenanigans, the comedy has been called “hole-in-one hit.” Putting on the show are, above, George B.

An ‘Enchanted’ ‘Dream’: Lehigh Valley Ballet Guild presents Shakespeare classic and new work

Friday, June 1, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The comedy and misadventures written by Shakespeare, and some of Grimm’s beloved fairytale characters, will appear in the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “The Enchanted Woods,” 7 p.m. June 1, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem.