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Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by PRESS PHOTO BY DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Become "Enchanted": Stagemakers at the J presents "Cinderella: Enchanted Edition," Oct. 25, 27, 28 and Nov. 3, 4, Jewish Community Center of Allentown, 22nd and Tilghman streets, Allentown. Ashleigh Albert, above left, plays Cinderella. Nick Grotta, above right, is the Prince. The script is based on the 1997 teleplay adaptation of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella." Tickets: allentownjcc.org, 610-435-3571

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'Cinderella' to enchant at JCC

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Stagemakers at the J will be bringing the world of glass slippers, pumpkin carriages and "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" to the Lehigh Valley with its production of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella Enchanted Edition," Oct. 25, 27, 28, Nov. 3, 4.

Stagemakers at the J is a children's theater troupe which was started in fall 2010 by the Jewish Community Center of Allentown, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown.

Stagemakers Director Syd Stauffer says there was not too much offered for children in...

THEATER REVIEW A revealing 'Gypsy' at Civic Theatre

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

While it helps, "Having no talent is not enough," a veteran stripper tells the future Gypsy Rose Lee as the young woman searches for a path to stardom.

There is no shortage of talent in Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "Gypsy, A Musical Fable," continuing through Oct. 27. William Sanders directs the fast-paced musical based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Arthur Laurents.

Morgan Reilly as Louise, aka...

THEATER REVIEW 'Curtains' raises hilarity at Pa. Playhouse

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

The show must go on, but in Kander and Ebb's "Curtains," someone in front of or perhaps behind the stage wants to see it close.

"Curtains" is a multi-genre production: a play within a play, romantic-comedy, murder-mystery and musical comedy performed by a large ensemble cast.

The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of "Curtains," weekends through Oct. 21, offers a little something for most theater-goers' appetites. The play, which runs just more than two hours, kicks off with a...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"Amateurs," 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 26, 27; 2 p.m. Oct. 27, Living Hope Presbyterian Church, 330 Schantz Road, Allentown. Free. Donations benefit Care Net of the Lehigh Valley. potstickets@gmail.com, 610-923-6742

"Curtains," 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 3 p.m. Oct. 14, 21, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Ilick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-6665

"Gypsy," 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; 2 p.m. Oct. 21, Civic Theatre of...

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

"Dream" book: Jack McCallum, Lehigh Valley's dean of sports writers, signs copies of his latest book, "Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever," 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 13, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem. In "Dream Team," McCallum, above, an acclaimed Sports Illustrated magazine journalist, tells the untold story of the greatest basketball team ever assembled. The 1992 United States...

'Dream Team' recounts Olympian lesson

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

Jack McCallum's new book, "Dream Team," is an in-depth look at the players on the winning 1992 Olympic Men's Basketball Team, which included iconic athletes such as Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Larry Bird.

McCallum answers questions and signs copies of "Dream Team," a book that is a must for any basketball fan, 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 13, 428 Main St., Bethlehem.

The award-winning sports writer who retired from the staff of Sports Illustrated magazine, chronicles...

The National Symphony of Cuba to play rare Lehigh Valley concert

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, founded in 1959, has given more than 3,000 concerts at home and internationally since its first performance Nov. 11, 1960, in its permanent home, the Teatro Auditorium Amadeo Roldan in Havana's Vedado district. Included in the orchestra's travels have been Russia, Poland, Peru, Yugoslavia, Nicaragua, Spain, Martinique and Argentina.

The National Symphony of Cuba has previously only performed twice before American audiences.

This year,...

'Gypsy' lives again at Civic

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Bill Sanders has had a long relationship with "Gypsy."

"I saw it ['Gypsy'] when I was 15 at Valley Forge Music Fair with Angela Lansbury," says Saunders, Civic Theater of Allentown Artistic Director who directs "Gypsy" for his first time as it kicks off Civic's 2012-'13 season at the 527 N. 19th St., Allentown, theater with performances 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 18; and 2 p.m. Oct. 21.

At 18, Sanders played the role of Tulsa and choreographed "Gypsy" at Genesius...

THEATER REVIEW Touchstone's 'Pan'-American reunion

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"The Pan Show" is the Lehigh Valley's most wildly-imaginative original musical of the year.

It's "Pan"-demonium.

It's also "Panda"-monium.

Yes," it's a "Pan"-demic of laughter with Touchstone Theatre's "The Pan Show: In Pan We Trust."

"Pan" co-creators are Jp Jordan, Touchstone Artistic Director-Ensemble Member reprising his role the big guy with the big hairy legs, big horns and even bigger appetite, and Touchstone Ensemble Affiliate Christopher Shorr, who...