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Movie Review: ‘The Call of the Wild’ CGI

Friday, March 13, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Call of the Wild” has been lambasted for its Computer Generated Imagery creation of the lead character, Buck, a 140-pound St. Bernard–Scotch Collie mix.

The wags’ snarky sendups went something like this: Harrison Ford acts opposite a CGI dog. Well, yes, and it’s remarkable.

“The Call of the Wild” provides a rollicking good yarn based on the Jack London novel set in 1897 during the Klondike Gold Rush in the Canadian Yukon, Canada. Sled dogs were nearly as good as gold. Buck is stolen from a California farm, abused and crated off north to become the leader of the pack.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, March 11: Beef stew, peas, potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, fresh fruit salad.

Thursday, March 12: Honey glazed turkey, Brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, cinnamon baked apples.

Friday, March 13: Vegetable lasagna, Italian green beans, cauliflower, diced peaches.

Monday, March 16: Cheeseburger, potato and ham chowder, coleslaw, whole wheat sandwich roll, fresh melon.

Tuesday, March 17: Chicken Francaise, broccoli, parslied potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, rice pudding.

Curtain Rises: ‘Silence! The Musical’ LV premiere April 3-11 at Civic Theatre

Friday, March 13, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s “Silence! The Musical,” April 3 - 11, Civic Theatre514, Allentown, is based on the 1991 film “Silence of the Lambs,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

At first glance, this stage adaptation might not seem like a good idea.

But “Silence!” is so over the top, the psychological horror does not hit home in the way it does in the film, and it is overshadowed by laughs.

Civic Theater of Allentown Artistic Director William Sanders, who’s directing the show, says, “It is really in good fun. The violence is silly.”

SEED deadline

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

If you are you a student with a disability, striving to be successful in college and would benefit from being connected with a peer mentor and-or the ability to work with an academic career coach, Lehigh Carbon Community College’s SEED program might be your answer.

The application deadline is March 27 at:

https://www.lccc.edu/student-experience/disability-services/seed-program.

Information: Michelle Mitchell, mmitchell@lccc.edu

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, March 11: Chicken bruschetta, wide noodles, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread w/margarine, fresh tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 12: Pasta fajioli soup, baked smoked ham, maple sweet potatoes,green beans, rye bread w/ margarine, rice pudding.

Friday, March 13: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, spinach salad w/ hot bacon dressing, wheat bread w/ margarine, pound cake w/ strawberry topping.

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 18th annual Freddy Awards, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

The 2020 Freddy Awards ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is telecast live on WFMZ and wfmz.com.

For a list of the 29 participating high schools, musicals, performances and ticket information: TheLehighValleyPress.com; freddyawads.org

With school closings March 16-27, consult district websites for updates.

NORTHAMPTON: ‘Cinderella’

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The popular fairy tale with a social justice point-of-view waltzes onto the stage at Northampton Area High School with “Cinderella (2013 Broadway Version),” 7 p.m. March 19, 20, 21, and 2 p.m. March 22, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

Director and choreographer Gianna Neal is assisted by music director Phil Diaz, costume designer Judy Pursell, set designer Damon Gelb and set builder Tony Beleno.

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, the book is by Oscar Hammerstein II and Douglas Carter Beane.

Akropolis Reed Quintet to play in ‘Chamber on Stage’ concert

Friday, March 13, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A program of American music from the last century played on oboe, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon highlights the next concert in Allentown Symphony’s two-year-old “Chamber on Stage” series.

The award-winning Akropolis Reed Quintet performs, 3 p.m. March 15, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Akropolis Reed Quintet will present its “These American Stories,” which features Gershwin’s famous “American in Paris” arranged for reed quintet, as well as an arrangement of Nina Simone’s “For All We Know.”