The variety, depth and entertainment value of Lehigh Valley regional theater never ceases to amaze, especially so when looking back at a year's worth of productions.
In 2012, there were two world premieres in the Valley, numerous Valley premieres, incredibly fun musicals and seriously dark dramas among them.
The ABEs, as in Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, now in its seventh year, lauds shows and performances on area community and professional theater stages:
"We've been contemplating it for a number of years," said Patrick Mulcahy, Producing Artistic Director, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, of The Shakespeare Theatre Association's 22nd annual meeting, Jan. 7 - 12.
The highest concentration of Shakespeare theater leaders in the world will occur at the home of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, DeSales University, Center Valley, according to Lisa Higgins, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Director of Marketing and Public Relations...
Suspense. Intrigue. Shock. Irony. Dark humor. Romance.
These themes are often the stuff of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock's films, most of which are now regarded as classics of cinema.
These themes are also the stuff of "Hitchcock," a semi-biographical film about Hitchcock (an uncanny Anthony Hopkins), his wife Alma Reville (a fine Helen Mirren) and the producing, filming and 1960 premiere of "Psycho."
Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (1958) is now regarded by movie critics...
The Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) "Tri-Cees" Community Chorale is seeking members.
Music-reading skills and choral technique such as listening, blending, intonation and diction are developed in rehearsal. No previous musical training is required. The group performs at least one concert at the end of the semester.
"Tri-Cees" Community Chorale meets 7 - 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 14 - May 6. There is no charge.
Registration information: ncregistrar@ mymail.lccc.edu,...
The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem, will be transformed into a steel plant blast furnace during the multi-dimensional photography installation, "Blast Furnace," opening Jan. 10.
The exhibit, created by Mike and Jamie Cabreza of iMiJ Shop of Easton, will include more than 50 photos, including 30-plus featured on the Cabrezas' three-dimensional iMiJ Blocks on display throughout the building.
The opening reception for "Blast Furnace" is 5 - 8 p.m. as part of ArtsQuest'...
PBS39 premieres its latest documentary, "Bringing New Life to Old Steel," 8:30 p.m. Jan. 6.
From the award-winning producers of "Bethlehem Steel: The People Who Built America," comes a documentary a decade in the making which tells the story of a new economic engine filling the void left by Bethlehem Steel Corp.
The program explores how the community debated the pros and cons of allowing gaming in Bethlehem and shows how the partners invested more than $800 million and turned...
Shakespeare's "Henry VIII" and "Measure for Measure" will receive their first productions at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in the company's summer season of 2013.
The season will also include Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," the award-winning comic-thriller, "The 39 Steps," and Rodgers and Hammerstein's legendary musical, "Oklahoma!"
The season opens May 31 and runs through Aug. 4 in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the Center Valley campus...
Here is a sampling of the topics to be addressed at the Shakespeare Theatre Association Conference:
Jan. 7: "Shakespeare's Geography of Thought," Lisa Wolpe, Globe International Theatre Fellow, Actor, Director, Playwright
Los Angeles Women's Shakespeare Company
Jan. 8: "New World Shakespeare," Terry OBrien, Founding Artistic Director, Hudson Valley Shakespeare
Jan. 9: "Original Practices and the Actor-Audience Connection," Laura Cole, Director of Education and...
"9 to 5," 8 p.m. Feb. 21, 22, 23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Cedar Crest College, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center, 100 College Drive, Allentown. cedarcrest.edu, 800-360-1222
"A Chorus Line," 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter.org, 610-758-2787
"Boeing Boeing," 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 19, 25, 26, 21. Feb 1, 2; 3 p.m. Jan. 27, Feb. 3, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-...
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem begins its 2013 Winter-Spring "Bach at Noon" series Jan. 8 in Central Moravian Church, Bethlehem.
The performance opens with Johann Sebastian Bach's arrangement for organ of Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto in D Minor," Opus 3 No. 11 (RV 565) for two violins, cello, strings, and basso continuo. Soloist is Thomas Goeman, Bach Choir organist and assistant conductor.
Artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld's programming for the 2012-'13 Bach at Noon...