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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, May 4, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Side-by-Side: The annual “Side-by-Side Concert” is 7 p.m. May 6, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Student musicians from area high schools play side-by-side with members of The Allentown Band. Guest conductor is Dr. Virginia Allen. Guest soloist is Carol Jantsch, above, playing the tuba. Jantsch is Principal Tuba with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Tickets: Miller Symphony Hall box office, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown; allentownsymphony.org; 610-432-6715

Dad dudes: The Piano Guys, four...

Theater Review: Get ‘Into The Woods’ at DeSales’ Act 1

Friday, April 27, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Into The Woods” is a profound, deeply-moving musical that defies categorization, description, and even comprehension.

The Tony Award-winning musical (including best score: Stephen Sondheim, music and lyrics, and best book: James Lapine), which debuted in 1987 on Broadway, is complex and challenging even for the most devoted of theater-goers.

Let the university seminars have a go at explaining the nuances and takeaways of “Into The Woods.” Let this review serve notice that you...

The Press 13th annual Student Poetry Project

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate “National Poetry Month” in April, the Lehigh Valley Press presents the 13th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see the Focus pages on the Press web sites for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems are published with their photos read their poems and were interviewed on the April 16 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on WDIY, 88.1, wdiy.org, Lehigh Valley Public Radio and NPR affiliate. The...

Theater Review: ‘Seussical’ quite a musical at CAST

Friday, April 27, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Seussical the Musical,” through April 29, Catasauqua High School, is the perfect vehicle for exhibiting the exceptional talents of the Catasaqua Area Showcase Theatre’s performers and volunteers.

In the opening night performance, April 20, seen for this review, director Bill Nothstein pulled out all the stops from the pages of the beloved storyteller Dr. Seuss.

Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and debuting on Broadway in 2000, “Seussical” is a musical compilation...

MIDDLE SCHOOL Waffles

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

You remind me of

Sunday morning waffles.

I could always count on

You being at the table steaming over

A book, as the steam

Funneled out the open kitchen window.

You always looked golden brown on the outside,

Even if you were still soggy in the middle.

You were as bright as orange juice in

The glass next to me, but you could

Shatter as easily as the glass when you hit the floor.

You could be as sweet as maple syrup...

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL The American Flag

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Stars and stripes are more than a pattern

They show that we are free

These make up the most valuable symbol

That will ever be

We should honor and respect it

Each and every day

So we can wake up

Free in every way

This is more than a piece of fabric

It is honored each day and week

So we can be here

To learn and be free to speak

What our flag means to me

Is more than you would expect

It is a symbol...

Article By: The Press

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

HIGH SCHOOL

On Turning Into a Sixth Grader

The whole idea of it makes me feel

as if I’m becoming a Celtic warrior,

valiant in the heart and enlightened in the mind

as a new surge of cognizance sweeps over me—

my slender bones serving as battle armor,

my tenacious attitude working as a compass for the extensive journey ahead,

my glaring smile acting as a means of persuasion for you to overlook my mischievous deeds.

You swear it is...

Theater Review: The ‘Ladies’ are back at The Pines

Friday, April 27, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It may be that my expectations were too high, but I found The Pines Dinner Theatre’s musical comedy offering through May 13, “A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel,” to be a disappointment.

Despite moderately funny one-liners and a couple of beautifully poignant scenes, the new script by Greta Grosch is no match for the original.

The sequel, co-produced and directed by Oliver Blatt, finds the Minnesota Lutheran ladies still in the basement kitchen in 1969, four...

Liberty HS Alumni Band

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by The Press in Focus

hanover:

The Liberty High School Alumni Band and the Easton Municipal Band present the 21st annual “John Philip Sousa Concert,” 2 p.m. April 29, Hanover Township Community Center, 3630 Jacksonville Road, Bethlehem.

The concert features Sousa marches and other selections.

Refreshments will be served at intermission.

The concert is free and open to the public. A donation will be accepted.

Theater Review: ‘Seussical’ quite a musical at CAST

Saturday, April 28, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Seussical the Musical,” through April 29, Catasauqua High School, is the perfect vehicle for exhibiting the exceptional talents of the Catasauqua Area Showcase Theatre’s performers and volunteers.

In the opening night performance, April 20, seen for this review, director Bill Nothstein pulled out all the stops from the pages of the beloved storyteller Dr. Seuss.

Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and debuting on Broadway in 2000, “Seussical” is a musical compilation...