Bethlehem Press

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas with Annie Moses Band at Bethany Wesleyan in Cherryville

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

The genre-defying Annie Moses Band Christmas tour makes a stop, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville, Lehigh Township, performing classic carols and holiday tunes.

The group is made up of siblings Annie Wolaver Dupre, violin and vocals; William Alexander Wolaver, viola; Benjamin Wolaver, cello; Camille Da Silva, harp; Gretchen Wolaver, violin, mandolin and guitar, and Jeremiah Wolaver, guitar.

‘Christmas Carol’ turns 28 at Civic

Thursday, November 30, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s “A Christmas Carol” is back for its 28th year. The holiday classic brings Christmas cheer to the Nineteenth Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, Dec. 1 - 16.

Adapted for the stage by William Sanders and Sharon Lee Glassman from the Charles Dickens’ novel, the holiday tradition continues to delight and inspire wonder with a cast of close to 100 Lehigh Valley performers.

Sanders, who’s again directing the show, describes the process of remounting “A Christmas Carol” each December:

Pop classic: With her latest album, ‘Two Hearts,’ singer Jackie Evancho adds songwriter to portfolio

Monday, November 27, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Singing prodigy Jackie Evancho returns to grace the stage of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

The lauded classical crossover singer rose to fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10 and astounding audiences with her mature, rich sound. Now 16-years-old, she seeks to craft a career on her own terms.

Pop classics: With latest CD, ‘Two Hearts,’ singer Jackie Evancho adds songwriter to her portfolio

Friday, November 24, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Singing prodigy Jackie Evancho returns to grace the stage of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

The lauded classical crossover singer rose to fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10 and astounding audiences with her mature, rich sound. Now 16-years-old, she seeks to craft a career on her own terms.

Pop classics: With latest CD, ‘Two Hearts,’ singer Jackie Evancho adds songwriter to her portfolio

Friday, November 24, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Singing prodigy Jackie Evancho returns to grace the stage of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

The lauded classical crossover singer rose to fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” at age 10 and astounding audiences with her mature, rich sound. Now 16-years-old, she seeks to craft a career on her own terms.

Theater Review: ‘Blood Brothers’ shocks, entertains at Pa. Playhouse

Friday, June 16, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“Tell me it’s not true. Say it’s just a story.”

Willy Russell’s heart-wrenching musical “Blood Brothers” shocks and entertains through June 18 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

The tragic story of the Johnstone twins separated at birth, one raised in prosperity and the other in poverty, is told through lovely music and an engaging narrative. The cast, directed by Bill Mutimer, gives emotional and vocally-strong performances. The musical’s book, lyrics and music were written by Russell.

Global Impactors’ ‘Tin Woman’ transplants loss, second chances

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

“The Tin Woman” explores life, loss and second chances through the story of Joy, a heart-transplant recipient, and her relationship with the donor’s grieving family.

Global Impactors Group presents the 2015 comedy-drama by playwright Sean Grennan at 8 p.m. May 12, 13, 19 and 2 p.m. May 13 and 20, Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St., Macungie. Proceeds benefit Gift of Life Family House.

Ryan MacNamara plays Jack, the deceased donor. His ghost is ever-present on stage. MacNamara says that the play reinforces the idea that life is short.

Rick Boulay’s music begins at ‘Home’

Friday, April 28, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Cancer survivors, fighters and caregivers are invited to gather at 7 p.m. April 29 and 3 p.m. April 30, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, for “Close To Home: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship.”

The inspiration to mount the concert, now in it’s 10th year, came from vocalist and cancer doctor Dr. Derrick “Rick” Boulay’s personal experience with the disease.

“I did understand the breadth of the disease but I didn’t really get, truly, the depth of the cancer experience until it came to my home,” says Boulay.

‘Once’ in a lifetime opportunity at State

Thursday, March 23, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

When 20-year-old Mackenzie Lesser-Roy auditioned for the role of Girl in “Once,” the college student doubted she’d landed the job.

“I went to the open call on a whim and I actually almost left. I ended up getting a callback. I almost didn’t go to the callback, either because I was just about to start my junior year of college.

“I went to the callback and I had two or three more callbacks after that and then I got a call in the middle of September that they wanted me for the job. It was pretty incredible.” says Lesser-Roy in a phone interview.