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Cast creates a 'Beauty' of a 'Beast' at PSF

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

An inspired, high-spirited cast in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's production of "Beauty and the Beast" delivers a terrifically enchanting retelling of The Brothers Grimm's classic children's story as retold for the stage by Michele. L. Vacca.

Gina Lamparella directs this charming show, through Aug. 3, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Belinda Bell, or "Beauty" as she is known, is perfectly played by the graceful and completely...

Pretty amazing

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

It's both thrilling and frightening to have someone tell you, "Even now, I know what you are thinking!"

And yet, that's exactly what The Amazing Kreskin, world-renowned mentalist, will be doing, starting at 8 p.m. June 28, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton: telling people what they are thinking.

Kreskin's show consists of two and one-half hours of the audience participating in amazing mental sleight-of-hands for example, having six audience members (non-confederates picked at...

Choreography in 'Oklahoma!' a dream

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Oklahoma!" is history-making as the first show in musical theater to use dance to advance the plot so successfully and extensively.

Agnes de Mille, who choreographed the first production of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" in 1943, was among the great ensemble of choreographers of the 1940's era, including George Balanchine in classical ballet, Gene Kelly with dance in film, and Martha Graham, a pioneer of modern dance.

It was an exciting time for dance...

THEATER REVIEWS Take 'The 39 Steps' to comedy at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) production of "The 39 Steps" yields nonstop laughter in a slapstick sendup of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film.

Hilarity ensues from the moment that four actors in multiple roles so many I lost count step on stage in the farce adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel of John Buchan and the 1935 Hitchcock film.

At the conclusion of "The 39 Steps," through July 14, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University,...

Zen 'Luau' back at Godfrey's

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

In my world there are three signs of summer: grass that needs cutting twice a week, swimming pools full of screaming children and Zen for Primates' "Summer Luau."

This is the fifth year that the Zen crew is back at Godfrey Daniel's, Bethehem, at 7 p.m. June 28 for the vacation season with their magical musical "Luau." And even if you don't have a road trip on the books, composer and guitarist Mike Krisukas and his band will take you to the Islands and promises to return you to reality...

THEATER REVIEW Couldn't ask for anything more with 'Crazy for You'

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Muhlenberg College Music Theatre (MSMT) 33rd-season opening production of "Crazy for You" is crazy fun and crazy good. It's as if an MGM musical has come to life in west Allentown in Technicolor.

The all-dancing, all-singing musical with many of George and Ira Gershwin's most popular songs (12 in Act One and eight in Act Two), continues through June 30, Dorothy H. Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

MSMT's "Crazy for...

'Oklahoma!' inspires courage

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by DENNIS RAZZE Special to The Press in Focus

Like many others, I grew up on the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. My first exposure to them was on film.

The wonderful movies such as "South Pacific," "Carousel," "The Sound of Music" and "Oklahoma!" were my favorites. I especially loved the onscreen chemistry in "Oklahoma!" between Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.

As I grew a little older, I was cast in these shows in high school and in summer theaters, mostly in ensemble roles. I loved to sing Richard Rodgers' music (I...

LV WRITERS

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Marilyn Hazelton, Poet-in-Residence at The Swain School, talks and leads workshops at The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group June meeting, 10 a.m. June 22, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

The morning program is free and open to the public. The afternoon workshop is free for members with a fee for nonmembers. Registration required: glvwg.org

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Crazy" for choreography: "Crazy for You" choreographer Karen Dearborn, above left, with, left to right, Patrick McTamany, Chelsea Montgomery-Duban, Ryan Skerchak, Tommy McCarthy and Joe Marx inspires the dancers at the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. The 1992 Tony Award winner for best musical and choreography continues through June 30, Dorothy Hess Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. The show features some of the best-loved...

ALLENTOWN FAIR

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The deadline for the 2013 Allentown Fair Queen contest has been extended to June 21.

The fair queen makes appearances and represents the fair during the event's Aug. 27 - Sept. 2 run, at the State Fair Queen Contest in January and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit organization that has been operating the fair for 161 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton and Berks counties who possess an ability to...