To power-phrase, it was the best of times and it was the best of times in Lehigh Valley regional theater in 2016.
There didn’t seem to be a down side to the up side of theater in the Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton area, which continued with a robust mix of the innovative and familiar in-locally-produced shows, plus national touring productions that stopped in the Valley.
It seems that Valley residents who are theater-goers and those who travel to the Valley to see theater couldn’t get enough.
Taxpayers can expect to pay on average $103.41 more annually, which breaks down to $8.62 more monthly and $1.99 more weekly, under the 2017-18 preliminary general fund budget for Northampton Area School District, as presented at the Jan. 9 board of education meeting.
Based on 2016’s average property assessment in NASD of $58,094, the average annual tax bill would be $3,080.14 for the 2017-18 school year. That’s an increase from the $2,976.74 average annual tax bill for the 2016-17 school year.
What “Jackie” concentrates on, and does so very well, is the days after the Nov. 22, 1963, JFK assassination when the Kennedy Administration “Camelot” was manufactured by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy with the implicit and complicit cooperation of Theodore H. White, who wrote about the myth for Life magazine.
The girls volleyball coaches at Northampton Area High School (NAHS) have resigned.
The resignations of Morgan Litak, head girls volleyball coach, and Jason Winchenbach, assistant girls volleyball coach, both effective Dec. 12, 2016, were accepted with a 9-0 vote by the Northampton Area School District (NASD) Board of Education at the Dec. 19, 2016, meeting.
School directors also voted 9-0 at the meeting to:
It is, after all, named “Star Wars.”
“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” if not all “Wars,” has enough martial-arts, battles and aerial dogfights to please the ardent “Mortal Kombat” or “Call of Duty” gamer.
“Rogue One,” billed as the first stand-alone in the “Star Wars Anthology,” won’t disappoint “Star Wars” aficionados, should entertain the casual “Star Wars” fan and impress movie-goers.
So far, “Manchester by the Sea” is the awards’ season and critics’ darling.
This reviewer isn’t buying it.
With Project Pride receiving positive reviews, the program may expand from Northampton Area Middle School to Northampton Area High School for the 2017-18 school year.
“Project Pride is transforming the learning experience. We believe from an education standpoint that this is the best thing to do for our students across the district,” said NASD Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kovalchik.
The “Pride” in Project Pride stands for “PRoject-based, Inquiry-based, Digitally-Enriched” learning.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be one of Santa’s elves at Christmastime, “The SantaLand Diaries” gives you the inside scoop, a scoop of coal, that is, right in your Christmas stocking that will crack you up with laughter.
Jarrod Yuskauskas, in the role of David in the one-man show, does the heavy lifting. The result is heavy laughter.
It’s a tradition that’s akin to the Christmastime hanging of the greens.
Call it the hanging of the quilt.
You know it’s “Follies” time when the big quilt patchwork curtain hangs over the stage of Touchstone Theatre on Bethlehem’s south side.
The show’s different each year. The curtain’s the same.
For the 2016 holiday season, “Christmas City Follies XVII” is a sanctuary city.
“Loving” the film is about Loving the family. The title is ironic. The Lovings were arrested for getting married.
“Loving” is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple arrested because their marriage was illegal in Virginia. Their fight for justice became a legal battle that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
The Lovings were vindicated. Richard and Mildred Loving were plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case, Loving v. Virginia, that struck down state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.