Northampton Press

Sunday, May 24, 2020

High School Musicals

Friday, April 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The High School Musicals series began Feb. 19 and concludes April 15 in the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section.

Students, teachers and school districts put time, effort and money into their theater productions. It was important to maintain the Focus section series. With schools closed, consult district websites for information.

The 18th annual Freddy Awards ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, was to have been telecast live on WFMZ and

DIERUFF: ‘Cabaret’

Friday, April 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Life in Weimar Germany is in the spotlight with “Cabaret,” at 7 p.m. April 23, 24, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 25, auditorium, Dieruff High School, 815 N. Irving St., Allentown.

“Cabaret,” based on John Van Druten’s 1951 play “I Am a Camera,” which was adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s 1939 novel, “Goodbye to Berlin,” has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Joe Masteroff.

Dieruff director-producer Sarah Pastelyak is assisted by assistant director Nicholas...


Friday, April 17, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Notre Dame presents “Annie,” America’s favorite Great Depression-era orphan, at 7 p.m. April 24, 25 and 2 p.m. April 26, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Bethlehem Township.

The musical, based on the comic strip, “Little Orphan Annie,” created by Harold Gray, has music is by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin and book by Thomas Meehan.

Notre Dame director Sharon Lencheski is assisted by choreographer Erin Griffith, student dance captain Sierra Irving...

Freddy Awards will not be presented ‘in its usual form,’ but producers are working on WFMZ telecast for May 21

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

While the Freddy Awards per se will not be presented, an April 9 press release statement from Shelley Brown, President and CEO, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, seems to raise the curtain on some possibilities.

“With Governor Wolf’s school-closure announcement today [April 9], it has become impossible for us to present our annual live television special in its usual form,” Brown, Executive Producer, Freddy Awards, stated in the press release, adding, “We are working with our...

Coronavirus closings: PSF at DeSales U. will return in 2021

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy had high hopes for the 2020 season.

Now he has high hopes for the Festival’s 2021 season.

“We were really excited about this season and we are still excited about this selection of extraordinary plays,” Mulcahy says in a March 30 phone interview hours after a PSF press release stated: “In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has announced the cancellation...

Coronavirus impact: 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival canceled

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival will not take place in May because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bach Choir of Bethlehem officials announced the decision to cancel the internationally-recognized May 8, 9 and May 15, 16 festival, described as “The Heart of Our Season,” in an email to patrons, on its website and in an April 3 press release to the media.

“With an immeasurable amount of sadness, but an abundance of caution, we announce that The 113th Bethlehem Bach...

PARKLAND: ‘Tuck Everlasting’

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by The Press in Focus

An 11-year-old girl discovers immortality in “Tuck Everlasting,” 7:30 p.m. April 15, 16, 17 and 18 and 3 p.m. April 19, auditorium, Parkland High School, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.

The musical, with music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, is based on the children’s novel, “Tuck Everlasting,” by Natalie Babbitt.

Parkland production director-vocal director Francis Anonia is assisted by choreographer Kelly Jean Graham...

LIBERTY: ‘Peter Pan’

Sunday, April 12, 2020 by The Press in Focus

J. M. Barrie’s 1904 play is the basis of Liberty Theatre’s “Peter Pan,” 7 p.m. April 16, 17 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 18, auditorium, Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.

The musical has music by Mark “Moose” Charlap, additional music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Liberty production director Judith Rivera is assisted by assistant director Laura Mainiero, choral director Julie Wydrinski, pit orchestra director Allen Frank,...