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CATASAUQUA: ‘Crazy for You’

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“Crazy for You” tap dances onto the stage, 7 p.m. March 19, 20, 21 and 2 p.m. March 22, auditorium, Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.

Director Brenda McGuire is assisted by music director Rob Arnold and choreographer Kerry McGuire.

Based on the Gershwin songwriting team’s 1930 musical, “Girl Crazy” and other productions (“Treasure Girl,” “A Damsel in Distress,” “Oh, Kay!,” “Shall We Dance,” “Ladies First,” “Primrose”), the music is by George Gershwin...

EMMAUS: ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

A turn-of-the-century matchmaker arrives on the stage in “Hello, Dolly!,” 7 p.m. March 18, 19, 20, 21 and 2 p.m. March 21 and 22, auditorium, Emmaus High School, 500 Macungie Avenue, Emmaus.

Director Jill Kuebler is assisted by music director Rita Cortez and set designer Chris Kollar.

Based on Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” the music and lyrics are by Jerry Herman and the book is by Michael Stewart.

The original 1964 Broadway production received 10 Tony Awards of 11...

Entry deadline March 13

Friday, March 13, 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...

Respectfully Yours: Let ‘nice’ gentlemen down easy, and soon

Friday, March 13, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’ve been dating a very nice gentleman. Unfortunately, I’m just not feeling that “spark” to take it further. I can see he is definitely interested in taking things to a serious romantic place. What is the best and kindest way to part company?

Dear Reader,

There’s no perfect way to end a relationship with someone. But you can try to let them down as gently as possible.

The best place to start is to let them know as soon as possible. Dragging out a...

NORTHAMPTON: ‘Cinderella’

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The popular fairy tale with a social justice point-of-view waltzes onto the stage at Northampton Area High School with “Cinderella (2013 Broadway Version),” 7 p.m. March 19, 20, 21, and 2 p.m. March 22, auditorium, Northampton Area High School, 1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton.

Director and choreographer Gianna Neal is assisted by music director Phil Diaz, costume designer Judy Pursell, set designer Damon Gelb and set builder Tony Beleno.

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics...

LV CHARTER ARTS: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“Singin’ in the Rain” splashes across the stage, 7 p.m. March 18, 19, 20, 21, and 2 p.m. March 22, theater, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem.

Director Brandon Hanks is assisted by choreographer Jennifer-Dite Weaver, music director June Thomas, pit orchestra director Nicholas Conti, costume designer Seana Benz. lighting designer Peter Wrenn-Meleck and set designer Magdalena Schutzler.

Adapted from the 1952 movie of the same title, the...


Friday, March 13, 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 continues 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

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

Allentown St. Patty’s Parade events set

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Barri and Lisa Arnold of Allentown have been selected King and Queen of the 2020 Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade, following in the footsteps of Lisa’s parents, 2012 King and Queen Ed and Mary Ward.

The 63rd Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade, 1:30 p.m. March 22, West End Theater District, includes the 2020 king and queen in a white coach drawn by a team of Belgium horses followed by parade divisions, each led by a pipe band.

Events associated with the parade include: