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Friday, April 19, 2019

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 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 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...

Central Catholic: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A Broadway musical swirls around a theater fan as he sits in his apartment in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” 7 p.m. April 4, 5 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 6, Masson Auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.

The show-within-a-show is a parody of Broadway musical comedies of the 1920s and 1930s. The “Man in Chair” brings his favorite musical to life as he plays a recording of it.

Kateri Swavely-Verenna directs the Central Catholic production....

Theater Review: ‘Buyer & Cellar’ tour de force at Civic

Monday, March 18, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Buyer & Cellar,” the one-man show through March 24, Theatre514, Civic Theatre of Allentown, features a highly-creative concept, an immensely funny script, a tour de force performance by Timothy Janovsky, and incredible stagecraft that ties the entire production together in a neat directorial package.

The off-Broadway hit was written by Jonathan Tolins, who was inspired to write his work of fiction after receiving a copy of the coffeetable book, “My Passion for Design,” which...

Umphrey’s McGee at The Peak

Monday, March 18, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins, who handles keyboards and vocals in the progressive rock jam band, looks forward to the 8 p.m. March 21 concert at Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

“Penn’s Peak is one of the most stunningly-beautiful rooms we play,” says Cummins in a phone interview. “Fans can expect a show full of elite performances and inexplicably good times will abound.

“Penn’s Peak always goes off for us because we feel like it’s kind of a secret show for the most diehard of fans...

Movie Review: ‘Free Solo’: a real-life Spider-Man

Monday, March 18, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Free Solo” is the most astounding film of 2018.

If you haven’t seen “Free Solo,” which received an Oscar for documentary feature at the 2019 Academy Awards, the film is worth seeing in a movie theater on as large a screen as possible.

The film’s producton companies include National Geographic Documentary Films. The film was shown on TV’s National Georgraphic Channel.

The documentary details Alex Honnold’s successful 2017 attempt to be the first person to free-solo climb...

Concert Review: Bach ‘Youth Choirs Festival’ glorious at Zoellner

Monday, March 18, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

More than 200 voices young and old rang out with glorious music during the Bach Choir of Bethehem’s “Youth Choirs Festival” at Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

Four youth choirs with more than 140 talented young singers joined members of Bach Choir of Bethlehem in a delightful concert of music by Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn and contemporary composers.

The Bach Choir and members of The Bach Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Artistic Director Greg...

Northampton: ‘Mary Poppins’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Mary Poppins” arrives on the stage at 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 23 and 2 p.m. March 24, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

Nanny Mary Poppins flies into the chaotic Banks household in 1910 London. With her multi-talented friend Bert, Mary brings magic and common sense to siblings Jane and Michael Banks, and to their dysfunctional parents as well.

“The musical ‘Mary Poppins’ includes the spectacular story and magic of the original movie, and...

Actress’ mother inspires ‘Neverland’ role

Friday, March 15, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Ruby Gibbs, who plays Sylvia in the national touring production of “Finding Neverland,” says she found her mother as inspiration for the role.

“Finding Neverland” follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, whose sons inspired his classic tale, “Peter Pan, Or The Boy Who Wouldn’ Grow Up.” The musical is based on the movie by David Magee, and the play, “The Man Who Was Peter Pan,” by Allan Knee.

“Finding Neverland” is presented at 7 p.m....

Catasauqua: ‘Anything Goes’

Friday, March 15, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Anything Goes” cruises to the stage, 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 23, and 2 p.m. March 24, auditorium, Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.

“Anything Goes” is about the misadventures of Billy Crocker, a stowaway aboard an ocean liner who falls in love with American debutante Hope Harcourt. Cocker is aided by gangster Moonface Martin and nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in his pursuit of the heiress who is engaged to stuffy Englishman Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

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Respectfully Yours: Comfy casual

Friday, March 15, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My husband and I are invited to a social gathering and the host suggests “comfy casual” attire. The evening is going to be a relaxing night that includes pizza and some game-playing. My husband insists on wearing khakis and a button-down. I said comfy casual is sweatpants or maybe jeans, but definitely not khakis and a button-down. This is causing a slightly heated debate. He is not comfortable heading out to meet friends in sweats. What is the difference between...