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Monday, March 25, 2019

Emmaus: ‘Les Miserables’

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of redemption and political turmoil, “Les Misérables: School Edition” takes to the barricades at Emmaus High School at 7 p.m. March 13, 14, 15, 16 and 2 p.m. March 16 and 17, auditorium, Emmaus High School, 500 Macungie Avenue, Emmaus.

The iconic tale of social injustice set in 19th-century France follows the journey of Jean Valjean, a peasant recently released from prison after serving a harsh term for stealing a loaf of bread. Inspired by an act of...

Saucon Valley: ‘Curtains’

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

There’s murder afoot on the stage at Saucon Valley High School with “Curtains,” a play-within-a-play musical-comedy, at 7 p.m. March 14, 15, 16 and 2 p.m. March 17, auditorium, Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.

It’s 1959 and Lieutenant Frank Cioffi, a Boston police detective and theater fan, investigates the opening night demise of the untalented leading lady of the musical, “Robbin’ Hood of the Old West.” While trying to solve the mysterious deaths of...

Student Poetry Project deadline March 15

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 14th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 17 and April 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Salisbury: ‘Honk!’

Friday, March 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Salisbury High School presents “Honk!,” a “fowl”-language, but family-friendly musical based on “The Ugly Duckling,” a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. It flocks to the stage at 7 p.m. March 14, 15, 16, and 3 p.m. March 17, auditorium, Salisbury High School, 500 E. Montgomery St., Salisbury Township.

“We chose ‘Honk!’ for our students for two reasons. The first is that there is ample opportunity for students to shine. The second reason, which ultimately ties with the first, is that...


Friday, March 8, 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 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...

Healthy Geezer: ALS, gas, falling

Friday, March 8, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What is the survival rate for ALS?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, usually strikes between the ages of 40 and 70.

Respiratory problems usually kill those with ALS in three to five years after diagnosis. About 10 percent of those with ALS live more than 10 years.

Some with ALS survive for many years. For example, the famed British physicist Stephen Hawking had ALS from the 1960s until his death last year. In a small number of...