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Monday, March 9, 2020 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 18th annual Freddy Awards, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

The 2020 Freddy Awards ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, is telecast live on WFMZ and

For a list of the 29 participating high schools, musicals, performances and ticket information:;...

Healthy Geezer: Topics are big feet, C. diff, varicose veins

Monday, March 9, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Do feet get larger as you age?

Feet get bigger over decades of pounding. Some people over the age of 40 can gain half a shoe size every 10 years.

Feet flatten out because their supporting tendons and ligaments lose their elasticity. As the tendon along the length of the sole elongates, the arch lowers.

Another reason feet enlarge is that the force of your weight thins the fat pads cushioning the bottom of the feet.

Not all older people notice the reality that...

First Aid classes

Monday, March 9, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College offers First Aid classes at its main campus, Schnecksville.

The American Health and Safety Institute (AHSI) Basic First Aid is 6 - 9 p.m. March 10.

Basic First Aid Dogs and Cats is 6 - 9 p.m. April 6.

AHSI Pediatric First Aid is 6 - 9 p.m. May 5, 6.

Babysitting First Aid is 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 16.

Wilderness First Aid is upon request by phoning 610-799-1574.

To register:...

Review: The mystery that is Edith Piaf at Touchstone Theatre

Friday, March 6, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Legends are made, not born.

What becomes a legend most is the air of mystery in the person’s life and profession.

The X factor is especially key to the legendary chanteuses of the recording, radio, movie and television golden era in the 20th century, among them Marlene Dietrich, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland and Edith Piaf.

The entrance of Edith Piaf (Nathalie Mentha) on the stage is shrouded in fog, symbolizing the air of mystery that surrounds Piaf’s birth, life and...

To Piaf with ‘Love’ at Touchstone Theatre

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Edith Piaf may not be a household name in the United States, but she is an icon in her native France and legendary throughout Europe.

Her life was as tumultuous as that of Judy Garland and Billie Holiday, and she has been compared to them.

Piaf was vilified for her many, often scandalous, love affairs and glorified for her singing. She was unique in the emotion she poured into her songs, and in the way they reflected her life.

Nathalie Mentha of the Italian Teatro...

Theater Review: Roses for ‘Gypsy’ at MunOpCo

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Everything’s coming up roses in MunOpCo Music Theatre’s production of “Gypsy,” the fabled 1959 musical very loosely based on the relationship between stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her controlling backstage mom.

With book by Arthur Laurents, “Gypsy” continues to entertain with stirring music by Julie Styne and lyrics by the inimitable Stephen Sondheim. Directed for MunOpCo by Daniel Petrovich, the first-rate production continues through March 8 at Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown....

WDIY celebrating 25 years on the airwaves

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by DUSTIN SCHOOF in Focus

Twenty-five years after joining the airwaves, WDIY has evolved into more than just a radio station.

Yet the station’s grassroots, volunteer-driven approach and commitment to community has not changed.

“It shows just how strong the station is going forward,” says Shamus McGroggan, Development Director for WDIY.

“[WDIY] allows people to have their voices amplified who otherwise may not be able to do that.”

WDIY is in the midst of a year-long 25th anniversary...

‘Eaglefest’ includes

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Bill Streeter, Master Falconer and Director of the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, Milford, Pike County, will dipslay live birds of prey, including an adult and juvenile American Bald Eagle, at “Eaglefest,” noon and 1:15 p.m. March 7, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Eaglefest,” 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. March 7, includes science experiments, crafts and activities for children. Learn to identify backyard birds...

Bach Choir of Bethlehem brings community on board for ‘Noah’s Flood’

Friday, February 28, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A seldom-performed Benjamin Britten one-act opera based on the Biblical story of Noah is the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s inaugural “Greg Funfgeld Family Concert.”

In collaboration with Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, the Bach Choir presents “Noah’s Flood,” 3 p.m. Feb. 29 and March 1, Packer Memorial Chapel, 18 University Drive, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

“I’ve always loved ‘Noah’s Flood,’” says Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld. “It is such an...

22nd annual Schadt String Competition sets finals, free and open to the public

Friday, February 28, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Some of the best young cellists in the United States have traveled to the Lehigh Valley to compete for a prestigious national award given by Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

Nine cellists vie for the $12,000 grand prize and the opportunity to perform a solo concert with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

The finals of the 23rd Annual Schadt String Competition are at 2 p.m. March 1, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. The finals are free and open to the public....