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Creativity discovered anew in Young Playwrights' Lab

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Instead of teaching to the test, the Young Playwrights' Festival reaches for the stage.

The creative process, the writing and the plays' staging are key to its success, says Mary Wright, Touchstone Theatre Ensemble Associate and Young Playwrights Lab Coordinator:

"With schools' budgets getting cut further and further, anytime the arts can get reintroduced to the schools is a big deal."

The eighth Young Playwrights' Festival, a showcase of plays written by local...

Art for all at Baum auction

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Good Food. Fun Company. Exquisite Art.

These three phrases describe the Annual Art Auction at The Baum School of Art, Fifth and Linden streets, Allentown.

If you have never attended, you will want to attend the 28th annual auction May 18 at The Baum School of Art, which always proves to be a fun and exciting evening.

The good food is provided by Catering by Karen Hunter.

The fun company is the group of art collectors, art enthusiasts and friends who gather from...

On their toes

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

How about stepping into my shoes for a moment?

I am a 43-year-old dancer back en pointe (the shoes with the hard box at the tip), performing excerpts of the ballet, "La Bayadere," in a small studio performance for family and friends at 7 p.m. May 20 in the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley downtown Bethlehem studios, with one chance to get it right.

During rehearsal recently, I was breathless and gasping for air as Carolyn Sarik, the adult ballet teacher, reminds me, "Stamina...

Groucho returns for 'Evening' at Miller Symphony Hall

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

When Frank Ferrante performs "An Evening with Groucho," 8 p.m. May 18, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, the ghost of Groucho may be with him.

First, a personal aside. My father, Paul, once told me that when he was an usher at Miller Symphony Hall (then The Lyric), the Four Marx Brothers (Groucho, Chico, Harpo and, Zeppo) performed their musical-comedy, "The Cocoanuts," there before it was a Broadway hit (1925 - '26) and film (1929). Allentown was a "try-out town," where Broadway-bound...

CORRECTION

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Kallie Linder plays Natalie Goodman in the rock musical, "Next to Normal," which continues through May 19 at Civic Theatre of Allentown.

The actor's first name was incorrect in a theater review on Page B3 in the May 8 and 9 Focus section.

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"Beauty and the Beast" May 31 - Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. pashakespeare.org, 610-282-WILL

"Crazy For You," June 12 - 30, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre Festival, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu, 484-664-3333

"Henry VIII," July 24 - Aug. 4, Schubert Theatre, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue,...

Low vision can be corrected

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by FRED CICETTI Special to The Press in Focus

Q. What kind of glasses should you get for low vision?

Low vision is a significant reduction in visual function that can't be corrected by regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. Low vision can range from moderate impairment, such as tunnel vision or blind spots, to almost total blindness.

One out of every 20 people has low vision. About 135 million people around the world suffer from this impairment.

Irreversible vision loss is most common among people...

'Mommalogues' NYC-bound

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by The Press in Focus

"Mommalogues," a play written by Lehigh Valley playwrights Sharon Lee Glassman and Gretchen Klinedinst-Furst, and which had its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Allentown in May 2012, will be presented for six performances May 22 through June 2, The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., as part of the season of the non-profit Marvell Repertory Theatre, New York City.

The show, a collection of monologues honoring mothers and the bond they share with their daughters, will...

Don't get ticked off by summer's ticks

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Summer weather will soon arrive. You might remember an ad, that went something like this: "Just when you think it's safe to go outdoors and enjoy the summer. ... "

This statement is similar to the advertisement for the movie "Jaws."

We do not have to worry about sharks in this area, but many people worry about poison ivy, ticks and biting insects as the air temperatures become warmer.

Although these plants and animals will be out there, it's no reason to stay indoors and...