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Saturday, February 23, 2019


Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The stage is set at the French Riviera during the Roaring Twenties for “The Boy Friend,” 7:30 p.m. March 1, 2 and 2 p.m. March 3, Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy, 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

The musical’s director Jarrod Yuskauskas, Moravian Academy Theater Arts Director, says, “In the tradition of Moravian Academy Theatre’s farcical ‘Drood!’ and satirical ‘Urinetown,’ we bring you both in this madcap musical romp.”

An heiress, Polly, falls for a messenger boy,...

Documentary screening about money in politics

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus


The documentary film, “Big Money,” will be shown at 2:20 p.m. Feb. 25, Rooms 203-205, Lisa Scheller and Wayne Woodman Community Services Center, main campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.

“Big Money” explores the effects of money in politics, dark money, the revolving door, and common-sense solutions that the film’s producers say “will get our democracy back on track.”

The film’s director Vincent Mondillo will be available after the screening for...

Respectfully Yours: Guidelines for email

Friday, February 22, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I find myself yearning for the old days of just having a landline telephone. My family and friends text and email all hours of the day. I don’t keep my cell phone with me all the time and I’m not always online. Everyone seems to want an immediate response. Are there rules for response time so as not to offend anyone?

Dear Reader, It seems the good, old-fashioned telephone call has gone by the wayside.

Although fast, email and texting bring about their own...

Readers Pick the Oscar Winners Entry Form

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 91th Academy Awards.


- Christian Bale,


- Bradley Cooper,

“A Star Is Born”

- Willem Dafoe,

“At Eternity’s Gate”

- Rami Malek,

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

- Viggo Mortensen,

“Green Book”


- Yalitza Aparicio,


- Glenn Close,

“The Wife...

Theater Review: The Pines says ‘I Do! I Do!’ to 10th anniversary

Friday, February 22, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It’s déjà vu at The Pines Dinner Theatre for the beginning of its 10th anniversary season with “I Do! I Do!,” the same show it opened with back in 2010. The show continues through March 24. The Feb. 15 performance was seen for this review.

“I Do! I Do!” opened on Broadway in 1966. It received seven Tony Award nominations, in nearly every category including best musical and best lyricist and composer, and received one Tony as leading actor in a musical for Robert Preston.


Verona Quartet

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Chamber music:

The Verona Quartet, a prize-winning string quartet, presents a concert, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Church and Main streets, Bethlehem.

The program is Mozart, String Quartet No. 23 in F major, K.590 (“Prussian”), Michael Gilbertson, “Quartet” (2017; written for the Verona Quartet, and Mendelssohn, String Quartet, Op. 44-2.

The quartet replaces a previously-announced concert for this date, according to the Chamber Music Society of...

Talk about presidents

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

Kenneth C. Davis will talk about his book, “In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives,” 1 p.m. Feb. 23, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This lecture and book-signing will be of interest to everyone who is interested in the true facts regarding the founding of our nation,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

The program is...

Readers Pick the OSCAR winners

Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards have been announced.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the 2019 Academy Awards ceremonies honoring 2018 movie releases, 8 p.m. (EST) Feb. 24, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, televised live on the ABC-TV.

The Press Focus section again presents the “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest. The person who picks the most correct number of Oscar recipients receives a $50 Penn’s Peak gift, Roxy...


Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

To the Moon: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Family Concert: To the Moon and Back,” 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the United States’ landing men on the moon. The program is: R. Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” (“2001: A Space Odyssey” movie theme); Horner, “Theme from Apollo 13”; Debussy, “Clair de Lune”; Beethoven, “Moonlight Sonata” (with piano soloist Josiah Provan, senior, Plumstead Christian School, Bucks County); Mozart, “...


Friday, February 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

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 begins 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...