Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Movie Review: Brie Larson a ‘Marvel’

Monday, March 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Captain Marvel” has all that a Marvel Cinematic Universe fan might want: epic battle scenes, zooming spaceship chase scenes, a motley crew of intergalactic creatures, a buddy-film storyline, and, action, action, action.

“Captain Marvel” wouldn’t be as good as it is without Brie Larson in the title role.

Marvel and most producers of superhero movies and animated feature films make smart casting choices. The film-makers try to get the best acting and voice talent possible.

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players’ ‘Unspeakable’ speaks volumes

Monday, March 25, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

In its latest thought-provoking play, written and directed by Ara Barlieb, the Crowded Kitchen Players tackle the uncomfortable topic of child abuse and how society has either failed to address it or has too often been looking the wrong way.

The play is “Unspeakable,” but it has a very loud and clear message in a production that continues March 29, 30 and 31, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

Temple U. prof to lead Bel Canto choral music teachers workshop

Monday, March 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Internationally-renowned choral-music clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth will work with Allentown School District teachers and other area choral directors in a “Choral Music Teacher Workshop,” presented by the Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

“In the choral music field, everyone knows Rollo [Dilworth],” says Joy Hirokawa, artistic director of Bel Canto. “He is a leader in choral music education. We are really excited about him coming.”

Thatcher takes it to ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Craig Thatcher Jazz Project performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. March 22, Rodale Community Room. Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The concert is sold-out.

Thatcher, an International Clinician-Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, guitar instructor and recording artist, is well-known for his guitar work. Thatcher has performed with a slew of top performers: Simone, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Savoy Brown, the Spencer Davis Group, and David Bromberg, to name a few.

Salem Christian: ‘Freaky Friday’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Things get “freaky” between a mother and daughter in “Freaky Friday the Musical,” 7 p.m. April 4, 5 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 6, auditorium, Salem Christian School, 8031 Salem Bible Church Road, Macungie.

An overworked mother and her teenage daughter discover they have magically swapped bodies the day before mom’s big wedding. They only have one day to find the magic hourglass to reverse the spell. They learn to appreciate what it’s like to be each other, fostering mutual respect. This ultimately strengthens the bond between mother and daughter.

Keyser-Coraggio: Couple to wed

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lisa Stauffer, of Macungie and Thomas Keyser, of Emmaus, announce the engagement of their daughter Jessica M. Keyser to Anthony Coraggio, son of David Coraggio, of Whitehall and Kathy Tschudy, of Lehigh Valley.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Emmaus High School and Pennsylvania College of Technology. She is a pastry chef at House & Barn, Emmaus.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Whitehall High School and Welder Training & Testing Institute, Allentown. He works for Versum Materials, Inc., a division of Air Products, Allentown.

A November wedding is planned.

Central Catholic: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A Broadway musical swirls around a theater fan as he sits in his apartment in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” 7 p.m. April 4, 5 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 6, Masson Auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.

The show-within-a-show is a parody of Broadway musical comedies of the 1920s and 1930s. The “Man in Chair” brings his favorite musical to life as he plays a recording of it.

Freedom: ‘Anything Goes’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, sails to the stage, 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 6 and 2 p.m. April 7, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.

“Anything Goes” features the misadventures of Billy Crocker, a stowaway aboard an ocean liner, who falls in love with American debutante Hope Harcourt. Crocker is aided by gangster Moonface Martin and nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in his pursuit of the heiress, who is engaged to stuffy Englishman Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

Charter Arts: ‘Sweeney Todd’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

With dark, razor-sharp wit, “Sweeney Todd School Edition: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” comes to the stage, 7 p.m. April 3, 4, 5, 6 and 2 p.m. April 7, theater, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem.

With book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the musical is based on the lurid tale of a vengeful, murderous barber from a popular Victorian “penny dreadful” novella. His victims get baked into meat pies.