Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Theater Review: ‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ serves it up at The Pines

Monday, July 15, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pines Dinner Theatre is serving up rousing country rock music in its production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” a toe-tapping, hand-clapping musical that got its start by chance, and wound up receiving a Best Musical Tony nomination. The story of that journey is hard to separate from the musical itself.

Theater Review: The music rocks on in ‘Buddy’ at NCC

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It wasn’t a long story. It covered a period of only a little more than 18 months, but it made up for its brevity with a blaze of musical genius that lives on 60 years later as a major influence on rock ‘n’ roll.

It is, of course, the Buddy Holly story retold on stage as “Buddy,” an exuberant musical through July 14, Northampton Community College Summer Theater.

The Family Project: Childhood trauma

Friday, July 5, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I have been hearing so much lately about the effects of “trauma” on children. How do I know if my children have ever faced it? Does trauma include only major things like abuse, or are there smaller incidents that can have the same effect?

The panel began by noting that the word “trauma” is used a lot in broad terms and not always accurately.

“The word is being used so much in the common language today that its meaning and importance is getting watered down,” panelist Michael Ramsey said.

The Family Project: Summer job

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 17-year-old wants to find a job for the summer. I think he should do something more constructive, like volunteering, which would look good on a college application. What do you think?

Panelist Chad Stefanyak began the discussion by saying, “I’m applauding the youngster’s wanting to go to work, so I’m wondering why the parent seems to see work as a negative in comparison with volunteering.”

Theater Review: NCC ‘Falsettos’ returns to another era

Friday, June 28, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Northampton Community College Summer Theater’s production of “Falsettos” provides an opportunity to explore what was in its time breakthrough-theater in style and subject.

The musical, through June 30, Norman Roberts Lab Theatre, Kopecek Hall, NCC Green Pond Campus, is a two-act compilation of three one-act off-Broadway musicals: “Trousers,” 1979; “March of the Falsettos,” 1982, and “Falsettoland,” 1985. The musical was seen June 20 for this review.

The Family Project: Summer programs

Friday, June 21, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Summer begins June 21. I am wondering what to do with my children, ages 8-15, to keep them active, safe and moving forward educationally. I don’t have money to send them to camp and I don’t want them spending their time in front of the computer or TV or on their phones. Any suggestions?

The panel had lots of suggestions. It would have been helpful to know how many children are being discussed and what their genders are.

“Interests will vary depending on how old each of the children is, and whether they are male or female,” said panelist Pam Wallace.

The Family Project: College not for all

Friday, June 14, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My daughter has been accepted at a college, and I am happy for her, but I am not sure she is ready or mature enough to go. I’m also considering the loans that she is going to have to incur to attend. What if she doesn’t do well, or drops out? Is college for everyone?

“I’m not sure parents ever feel their child is mature enough to leave home,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said.

Theater Review: Exuberant ‘In the Heights’ opens NCC Summer Theatre

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Northampton Community College Summer Theatre has opened its third annual season with the spirited musical “In the Heights,” set in a Dominican-American neighborhood in New York City’s Washington Heights.

The musical received four Tony Awards, including best musical and best score. The show’s music and lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of “Hamilton.”

“In the Heights” continues through June 16 in Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, NCC main campus, Bethlehem Township.

Theater Review: ‘Rock Around the Clock’ at The Pines

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well at The Pines Dinner Theatre in its latest production, “Rock Around the Clock,” continuing Wednesday through Sunday through July 7.

With reminders of sock hops, jukeboxes and malt shops, the revue has more than 50 hits from the 1950s and ‘60s, including “Rock Around the Clock,” popularized by Bill Haley & The Comets.