The Allentown Band performs the “Showcase Concert” at the New York International Music Festival presented by World Projects, 8 p.m. April 16, Carnegie Hall, New York City.
Dutch composer Johan de Meij wiill conduct the Allentown Band for his composition, “Pennsylvania Faux Songs,” commissioned by the Allentown Band for its 190th anniversary.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, March 20: Chicken and bow ties in vodka sauce, spring vegetables, Italian bread w / margarine, fresh seedless grapes.
Thursday, March 21: Beef vegetable soup, pork BBQ on a bun, Amish potato salad, applesauce.
Friday, March 22: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, baby kale and spinach salad w / ranch dressing, wheat bread w / margarine, raspberry filled cookie.
Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, March 20: Chopped steak w/ onion gravy, scalloped potatoes, carrots, tropical fruit, wheat dinner roll.
Thursday, March 21: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, green beans, orange.
Friday, March 22: Battered fish w/ tartar sauce, confetti rice, Mediterranean medley, apple, wheat bread.
Monday, March 25: Spaghetti w/ meatballs, broccoli, fruit cocktail.
Tuesday, March 26: Veal w/mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, pears.
Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER
With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 2019 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.
The 17th annual Freddys recognize accomplishments in musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Warren County, N.J.
The list of the 30 schools participating in the 2019 Freddy Awards, along with productions, performance dates and ticket information, is at: freddyawards.org