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FREEDOM: ‘Mary Poppins’

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“Mary Poppins” flies onto the stage at Freedom High School, 7 p.m. April 1, 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.

The musical, with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, is based on P. L. Travers’ children’s books and the 1964 Walt Disney movie of the same title. Nanny Mary Poppins glides into the chaotic Banks household in 1910 London

Director Justin Amann is assisted by assistant director Natalie Parker, student assistant...

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICALS

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals continues and, although the road may be bumpy on the way to the 18th annual Freddy Awards, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

Students and teachers put a lot of time, effort and money into their school theater productions. This is their time to shine. With school closings March 16-27, consult district websites about performance updates.

The 2020 Freddy Awards ceremony, scheduled for 7-10...

Respectfully Yours: Last-minute dining should include good service

Friday, March 20, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Is it OK to enter a nice sit-down restaurant 15 to 30y minutes before closing. If so, should you leave a bigger tip because the server had to stay later to serve you?

Dear Reader,

If you come in when a restaurant is open, you should expect good service.

Some places are better than others about this and some servers are better about it than others.

I see nothing wrong with showing up at a restaurant 30 minutes before closing and expecting a...

Hospitals update

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

COVID-19:

With the health and safety of patients, staff and the community in mind during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and St. Luke’s University Health Network are implementing a common “No Visitation, No Access Policy” for its hospitals and outpatient facilities, including Lehigh Valley Physician Group (LVPG) and St. Luke’s Physician Group (SLPG) offices.

The “No Visitation, No Access Policy” took effect 12:01 a.m. March 15 at...

DeSales U. cancels student film festival

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Division of Performing Arts’ 20th annual DeSales University Film Festival featuring “The Best of the Fest,” 8 p.m. March 27 and a screening of student films, 8 p.m. March 28, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is canceled because of concerns about the Coronavirus.

“This year’s festival celebrates the history of DeSales’ filmmakers through the theme ‘Generations of Storytellers,’” said Maggie Durkin, Head Producer of the 2020...

Gallery View: ‘Quiet Reflections’ exhibited at Rotunda

Friday, March 20, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: At the request of the City of Bethlehem administration because of the Coronavirus, “Quiet Reflections” and the next Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission Rotunda Gallery exhibition by Lehigh Valley Charter Arts students have been canceled.

“Quiet Reflections,” Jeffrey M. Green’s solo exhibition of his colored pencil works provides a temporary respite from today’s turbulent world through March 30, Rotunda Gallery, Town Hall, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem.

Most of the...

BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC: ‘Seussical’

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Bethlehem Catholic’s “Seussical” follows favorite Dr. Seuss characters from the Jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos, 7 p.m. March 27, 28, April 3, 4 and 3 p.m. March 29, auditorium, Bethlehem Catholic High School, 2133 Madison Avenue, Bethlehem.

With music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Ahrens and Flaherty, the musical is based on the illustrated books of Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and Jojo are featured in the fantastical...

Coronavirus closings: Muhlenberg cancels summer theater season

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Coronoavirus-caused cancellations of arts and entertainment events in the Lehigh Valley, which began ominously on Friday the 13th in March when the Lehigh Valley premiere of “Silence! The Musical” went silent after being postponed at Civic Theatre of Allentown, continues into April and beyond, with concerts at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, theater productions at DeSales University, and the entire 40th season of the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre 2020 season canceled.

“It...

Coronavirus closings go viral in the Valley: concert, theater, arts venues close doors; State Theatre postpones shows in April

Friday, March 20, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Sometimes, the show must not go on.

And indications are the shows may not go on anytime soon.

That’s case with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has gone viral ‘round the world and, of course, in the Lehigh Valley region, where arts, entertainment and cultural venues have shuttered temporarily, and performances and events have been canceled or postponed.

On March 16, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered “all non-essential businesses” in the commonwealth to close...