Bethlehem Press

Friday, October 19, 2018

Teenage angst at Civic, according to ‘Peanuts’

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” asks what happens when a certain beloved blockhead and all his pals hit their turbulent teens.

Inspired by the popular Peanuts comic strip, “Dog Sees God,” opening June 15 at Civic Theatre 514, imagines what it might be like after the gang reaches puberty and faces high school.

Jonathan Shehab, Civic director of marketing, makes his Civic stage debut as CB, the central character. Shehab is not the only Civic staffer in the show. Kelsie Kosberg, Civic box office manager, plays Van’s sister.

It’s not all about getting into ‘The Beast’ mode at MSMT

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Beauty and the Beast” may be best-known for its dancing silverware extravaganza “Be Our Guest” scene, but it is the heart-breaking ballad “If I Can’t Love Her” that rests at the core of the story about a prince transformed into a beast as punishment for his cruel ways and warned to change or forever stay a beast.

“If I Can’t Love Her,” which was added when the Disney animated film was made into a 1994 Broadway musical, was composed by Alan Menken with lyrics by Tim Rice.

Lehigh Valley Summer Theater: Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre to pull out all the stops for opener, Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Saturday, June 16, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) promises spectacle with a big, splashy family show, a stage-filling classic Frank Loesser musical, and the high-flying acrobatics of a modern circus.

“It’s going to be a very happy summer,” says MSMT artistic director Charles Richter. “There will be lots of premiere performing.”

The 38th season kicks off with Disney’s Broadway musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” June 14 to July 1. The production will feature lavish scenic design, spectacular special effects, and “a touch of Disney magic,” says Richter.

From ‘Harry Potter’ role to ‘King Richard II’ at PSF

Friday, June 8, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) is known for bringing big-name film and Broadway stars to perform in its renowned festival at DeSales University in Center Valley. And the 27th summer season promises to be no exception.

An actor best-known for his role in the “Harry Potter” film series will join actors who have been seen on Broadway, the West End, opera and in film and television, to perform in six different plays through Aug. 5.

Lehigh Valley Summer Theater: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival explores new terrain for 2018 season

Friday, June 8, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s one of only seven places in North America, where you can see three of Shakespeare’s plays at one event.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) 27th summer season at Desales University in Center Valley is poised to attract patrons from across the globe with its professionally-produced Shakespeare and so much more.

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.

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.

Pa. Music & Arts Celebration schedule

Friday, May 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Pennsylvania’s music heritage from traditional to modern will highlight the new Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration May 26-28 at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown. All performances are free and there is no admission charge.

Along with performances, there are seminars and classes from musicians and historians.

Schedule

May 26

Camp Crane Military Proving Grounds

9:45 a.m. - Reveille & Flag Raising

10 a.m. - “Memories of a WWII Bombardier”

11 a.m. - Pioneer Band of Allentown

Pennsylvania music, arts celebrated in new festival

Friday, May 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Pennsylvania’s contribution to music and the arts and a celebration of the military combine to highlight a new free Memorial Day weekend festival in Allentown.

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration will offer nearly 100 performances of Commonwealth-based music over four days as well as recognizing veterans when it debuts May 26-28 at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown. All performances are free and there is no admission charge. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 26 and 27, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 28.