Bethlehem Press

Monday, February 19, 2018

Civic to ‘Rock’ the ‘80s at Crest

Friday, February 9, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

In the case of many musicals, the songs performed are the true focus, even above the narrative and main characters, and “Rock of Ages” is no exception.

“Rock of Ages” is being presented Feb. 9-25 by Civic Theatre of Allentown, in Alumnae Hall, Cedar Crest College, Allentown.

“The characters have been fashioned to accommodate the music,” says Civic Theatre Associate Artistic Director-Production Manager Will Morris, who’s directing the musical.

Touchstone ‘Punch’-raiser returns

Friday, February 9, 2018 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

A little more than two years ago, Jakopa’s Punch formed to perform at a Lehigh Valley cancer benefit and play three songs in honor of David Bowie, who died Jan. 16, 2016.

Since then, the band has become something of a staple of Touchstone Theatre, appearing on multiple occasions at theater venues and events.

After the success of Touchstone’s “Jakopa’s Punch Processional” last summer, “Jakopa’s Punch Bowl,” a Mardi Gras-themed musical revel of a fundraiser, returns at 7 p.m. Feb. 9, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Sand Island, 56 River St., Bethlehem.

30 musicals set for 2018 Freddys

Friday, February 9, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The State Theatre Center for the Arts has announced that 30 high schools are participating in the 2018 Freddy Awards.

The 16th year of the program again recognizes accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, Pennsylvania, and Warren County, N.J.

The 2018 Freddys culminate in a three-hour television awards ceremony May 24 at the State Theatre, produced in partnership with WFMZ Channel 69. The show is broadcast 7-10 p.m. May 24 on WFMZ and wfmz.com.

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by The Press in Focus

ASO Classics: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Classical Series” continues with “Scheherazade and Paganini Rhapsody,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10, and 3 p.m. Feb. 11, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” violin solo is performed by ASO Concertmaster Eliezer Gutman. Chinese composer Zhou Tian’s “The Palace of Nine Perfections” is inspired by a Chinese painting of the same name. Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” is performed by ASO guest pianist Joyce Yang, above. “Meet the Artist,” free, noon Feb.

Movie Review: ‘Thread’ bared

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Phantom Thread” is a creepy romance about “the mangled tebs we weave” (“the tangled webs we weave”). It’s Masterpiece Theatre meets Alfred Hitchcock.

Director John Paul Anderson’s screenplay is about a 1950s’ fictional London couturier, Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lews), who treats people like so many manequins upon which to drape his designs.

“Let’s take her for a walk,” Woodcock says to his new muse in town, Alma (wonderfully chimerical Vicky Krieps), referring not to the model, but rather to how the garment is carried by the model.

‘Riverdance’ steps it up for 20th anniversary

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The international Irish-dance production, “Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour,” is being presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“Riverdance” consists of traditional Irish music and dance and is one of the most successful dance productions in the world, having been seen on stage by more than 25 million.

Amy-Mae Dolan, lead dancer, “Riverdance,” believes Irish dance is so popular in the United States because of the Irish heritage of so many Americans.

Readers Pick

Friday, February 2, 2018 by The Press in Focus

This is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick The Oscar Recipients Contest” for the 90th Academy Awards.

PICTURE

- “Darkest Hour”

- “Dunkirk”

- “Phantom Thread”

- “Get Out”

- “The Post”

- “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

- “The Shape of Water”

- “Lady Bird”

- “Call Me by Your Name”

DIRECTOR

- Paul Thomas Anderson, “Phantom Thread”

- Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”

- Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”

- Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”

Student Poetry Project now accepting entries

Friday, February 2, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 13th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 25 and April 26 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.