Bethlehem Press

Friday, October 18, 2019

‘Prometheus’ returns, now Unbound

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Let’s go.”

Those were the last words uttered in “Steelbound,” Touchstone Theatre’s groundbreaking 1999 theatrical work that anchored its Steel Festival, a multi-arts festival celebrating Bethlehem’s heritage of steelmaking soon after the steelmaking stopped in Bethlehem.

Now, 20 years later, Touchstone, and Bethlehem, have moved forward, into the future. Touchstone is exploring that future in a new work, a sequel to “Steelbound” called “Prometheus/Redux,” which anchors a new and bigger festival, Festival UnBound.

‘The Secret’ is out: Actors, puppets, musicians join to explore Bethlehem poet H.D.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

“The Secret,” a new mixed-media play by the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater about H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), the Bethlehem native and poet, has its world premiere, Oct. 5 - 8, Touchstone Theatre, as part of “Festival Unbound.”

“The Secret” is part of “Finding H.D., A Community Exploration of the Life and Work of Hilda Doolittle,” a year-long series of events organized by the Lehigh University English Department, Bethlehem Area Public Library, the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown and Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre.

Theater Review: Pines has a ‘Clue’ in new musical

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Even if you’ve never played the internationally popular board game “Clue,” you probably are familiar with the colorfully-named murder suspects: Professor Plum, Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White and Mr. Green.

The board game “Clue” was patented in 1944 by English musician Anthony E. Pratt, who invented it to help wile away the time during underground air raid drills during World War II. It was only a matter of time, given its popularity, that it would become a musical.

Curtain Rises: Star of the Day notes fifth anniversary season

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Kirsten Almeida is founder of Star of the Day, a Lehigh Valley theater troupe noting its fifth anniversary season.

“I’ve been involved in theater since I was 14-years-old,” says Almeida, who lives with her husband in Lower Saucon Township.

Star of the Day opened its season at The Macungie Institute Performing Arts and Conference Center, Macungie, with the Lehigh Valley premiere of “Disenchanted! The Musical,” Sept. 19-28.

Theater Review: Star actresses do ‘Disenchanted’ well

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Once upon a time, there were six talented singer-actresses who were cast as storybook princesses with an attitude.

The problem? The princesses are “Disenchanted” with their portrayals in classic fairy tales and more contemporary animated films.

The actresses, aka princesses, sang and danced their way through a bevy of royal complaints in “Disenchanted! The Musical,” a hilarious princess parody presented by Star of the Day Productions at the Macungie Institute Performing Arts and Conference Center. The musical concluded Sept. 28.

Good Shepherd event for spinal cord injuries

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network hosts a Spinal Cord Injury Resource Fair, 1 - 4 p.m. Sept. 28, Good Shepherd Health and Technology Center, middle level, 850 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

Patients, families, friends and caregivers are welcome to attend to learn about the latest technology, services, community organizations and treatments available for those living with spinal cord injuries.

The Family Project: Children’s needs

Friday, September 27, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My husband and I separated six months ago. We have a custody agreement for our children, ages 7 and 10, that works well. My husband spends a lot of money taking the children to the movies and out to eat. I can’t afford to entertain them that way. What can I do?

The discussion of this question began with panelist Mike Ramsey explaining that spending on children in situations like this may be based on two things: guilt over the separation, and competition.

Spotted Lanternfly pinned down in PSU LV community art project

Friday, September 27, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Dixon is recruiting area organizations to help with what’s billed as a “Community Public Art Project.”

Dixon, a Virginia-based multidiscipline artist, has a background in working with insects. She first considered using bees for her project.

After being told about the Spotted Lanternfly infestation in Pennsylvania and, more recently, in New Jersey and some other nearby states, Dixon concluded that the colorful, non-native pest should be the theme for the installation.

The project can be seen as raising awareness about the Spotted Lanterfly infestation in the region.

Soloists, Allentown Band, in multicultural ‘Arts at St. John’s’ concert

Friday, September 27, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A multicultural program featuring outstanding soloists will mark the Allentown Band’s concert, 3 p.m. Sept. 29, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St, Allentown as part of the “Arts at St. John’s” series.

A Curtis Institute trained trumpet player, an Allentown mezzo-soprano who has performed internationally and St. John’s cantor highlight the program that includes selections from eight different countries, says Ronald Demkee, conductor of the Allentown Band.