Elton John opened his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour in Allentown at PPL Center Sept. 8. Before the concert, Valley Youth House held its annual fundraiser event as “Setting the Stage with Elton John” in the Allentown Renaissance Hotel, which is connected to PPL Center.
Twenty students of Liberty HS’s arts program participated in PNC Backstage Experience featuring a Q&A with closing night’s headliner Jason Mraz’s tour manager and a view of of the performers for the evening’s concert sound check.
The program is a coordination of ArtsQuest and sponsor PNC Bank in its fourth year. This tour is in addition to ArtsQuest’s year-round arts program with the school district.
The tour gives students an opportunity to see what jobs are available in the life of a touring band as they learn about live event production through the lens of Musikfest.
It’s the 50th anniversary of ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ a children’s program on PBS which ran from 1968 to 2001 and can still be viewed today on PBS and Amazon Prime.
Children sharing this masterpiece today will learn about kindness, doing what’s right, and making sense of the world around them. Fred Rogers accomplished all of this through puppetry, make believe, one-on-one talking and ending his show every time with the notion “I like you just the way you are” so all children could feel important and special.
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts brought its production of “Ballet Sur Glace - Swan Lake” to the ice. The figure skating department of the school skated the scenes at Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem.
Thom Mullins is the department and production director.
In observance of Passover (Pesach) and Fast of the Firstborn also known as the Festival of Unleavened Bread, Beth El Gibor Messianic Jewish Congregation and guests of different faiths (gentiles) partook in a seder, which means ‘order’ of the plate and wine, March 31.
A divine stage performance of “The Music Man,” book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson was offered at Saucon Valley HS in four showings March 8 through 11. The musical was produced and directed by Chad A. Miller who also directed the music and vocal sections. Joanellyn Schubert was choreographer. Kimberly Tassinaro was assistant director-choreographer. Also involved were technical director Patrick Mertz, pit director Herb Payung, and acting coach Eric Hersh. Costume design was provided by Scaramouche Costumes.
A marvelous presentation of “Into the Woods” was performed in Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy last week. The opening night performance was moved to Sunday evening due to a winter storm and poor driving conditions. The production played on March 3 and 4 and was directed by Jarrod Yuskauskas along with associate director Elizabeth Burke. The music section included director Dr. Yvonne Robinson, orchestra conductor and Dr. Richard Fanning and the play was choreographed by Katie Keller. Technical director was Rob Riker. The cast consisted of over 50 students.
It surely was a Night to Shine during the Tim Tebow Foundation annual prom held Feb. 9 in churches around the world for persons with special needs. The Lehigh Valley host church was Riverbend Community Church on Roble Road in Allentown. Pastor Joe Velarde was the master of ceremonies.