Northampton Press

Saturday, March 28, 2020

MORAVIAN ACADEMY: ‘State Fair’

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

A farm family finds romance and adventure in Des Moines, Iowa, during 1946 with Moravian Academy’s production of “State Fair,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, 29 and 2 p.m. March 1, Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy, 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

While parents Abel and Melissa Frake look to win blue ribbons, their children Margy and Wayne seek romance on the midway.

Director Jarrod Yuskauskas, Director of Theater Arts, Moravian College, is assisted by choreographer Deena Linn,...

Student Poetry Project now accepting entries

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 15th 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 22 and April 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

NORTHWESTERN: ‘All Shook Up’

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“All Shook Up” roars onto the stage at 7 p.m. Feb. 27, 28, 29 and 2 p.m. March 1, auditorium, Northwestern Lehigh High School, 6493 Route 309, New Tripoli, Lynn Township.

“It’s a fun story based on ‘Twelfth Night’ set to Elvis [Presley] music. Taking the 1950s’ Elvis movie themes about the bad boy with the heart of gold changing the town with his music. A rollicking toe-tapping, hand-clapping, finger-snapping time,” says Director Bill Mutimer, Northampton Community College Theater...

The Family Project: Balancing work, child-care a full-time job

Friday, February 21, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My husband and I work full-time. After school, it is always a scramble to pick-up and drop-off for activities, and find time to feed my three children, 8, 10 and 13. Then it’s the evening routine with homework, etcetera. We all get tired and impatient when there is any glitch that throws off our schedule. How can I have more patience?

“How to be more patient isn’t the way to phrase the question,” panelist Mike Ramsey said. “The question should be ‘How do I deal better with stress...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, February 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, February 19: Barbecue pork patty, green beans, mashed sweet potatoes, whole wheat sandwich roll, cottage cheese and fruit.

Thursday, February 20: Egg and cheese baked Monterey, sauteed peppers and onions, diced potatoes, whole wheat dinner biscuit, fresh dinner roll.

Friday, February 21: Mexican baked chicken, chuck wagon corn, black beans, whole wheat dinner roll, pineapple.

Monday, February 24: Open face hot pork...

Movie Review: ‘Bombshell’ lives up to title

Friday, February 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The title of the movie, “Bombshell,” might remind classic movie buffs of 1940s’ pinup star Betty Grable, movie star Jane Russell, or 1950s’ Hollywood movie icons Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.

There are several movies with the title, “Bombshell,” going back to 1933, and including at least four other feature movies.

And there was “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” (2017). Hedy Lamarr, a Hollywood movie star, is credited with helping develop radar systems during World War II...

Oscar contest: ‘Parasite’ found

Friday, February 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Movies with twist endings are among the best.

The 92nd Academy Awards also provided a twist ending.

Although none of the dozens who entered the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section “Readers Pick the Oscar Winners” contest correctly picked all the winners in the contest’s seven categories, Mary Hoffman of Emmaus correctly picked six of the seven Oscar winners in the contest categories.

The 2020 Oscars surprised the pundits.

In the Best Picture Category,...

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, February 21, 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 begins 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 wfmz.com.

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

Mozart. Haydn works well-suited to Pennsylvania Sinfonia

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Spend a Sunday afternoon with two of the premier composers from the 18th century Vienna when Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra presents “A Viennese Afternoon,” 4 p.m. Feb. 23, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

Enjoy the music of classical composers Mozart and Haydn in an intimate program that marks the Sinfonia debut of Bethlehem native and Lehigh Valley Charter Arts High School graduate Fiona Gillespie singing the soprano solo on Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165.”

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Theater Review: Insightful ‘Blues’ at Pa. Playhouse

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse has chalked up another memorable production, this time with Neil Simon’s masterful Tony Award-winning play “Biloxi Blues,” on stage through Feb. 23.

This is the second chapter in a semi-autobiographical “Eugene Trilogy” that includes “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Broadway Bound.” All three cover the life of Eugene Morris Jerome, Neil Simon’s alter-ego.

The script of “Biloxi Blues” sets the play mostly at Eugene’s military barracks in Biloxi, Miss.,...