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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

‘Sleeping Beauty’ awakens Russian ballet tradition

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents “Sleeping Beauty,” a beautiful ballet adapted from the 1800s’ French fairy tale, which includes an exquisite score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and choreography by the famed Marius Petipa.

“Sleeping Beauty” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia was founded in 1961 by legendary dancer and prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, and is now under...

Movie Review: ‘The Post’ puts a 30 on it

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For ink-stained wretches like yours truly (in my 50th year of journalism), “The Post” is a nostalgia trip, set in 1971 when budding young journalists emerged from the then Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University and other institutions of higher-learning fueled by what was going on at The Washington Post and the New York Times.

“The Post,” an Oscar picture nominee, tells the story of the publishing of the Pentagon Papers from an insider’s perspective of Washington Post...

Puttin’ on the dance: ASO Pops concert brings ‘Ritz’ to stage

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“Dancing and Romancing,” a celebration of many timeless classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood and Broadway, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Allentown Symphony Pops Orchestra, conducted by ASO Associate Conductor Ronald Demkee, will perform a romantic and entertaining evening of song and dance with two veterans of the Broadway stage, Joan Hess and Kirby Ward, performing routines inspired by Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Ginger Rogers and...

Review: ‘Disney Frozen’ will melt your heart at PPL Center

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Disney, ice-skating and a great storyline combine for a spectacular “Disney On Ice Presents ‘Frozen,” through Jan. 21, PPL Center, Allentown.

The scene inside PPL Center opening night, Jan. 17, when the approximate 1 hour, 40-minute (including a 15-minute intermission) “Frozen” ice show was seen for this review, was symbolic of the scene outside with a snowfall and freezing temperatures. A “heat wave” of daytime temperatures to the 40s degrees fahrenheit is predicted for the Lehigh...

‘Follow your dreams’: York skater followed hers to ‘Disney on Ice ‘Frozen’

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

“Disney on Ice Presents ‘Frozen’” is an ice-skating extravaganza based on the Academy Award-winning 2013 animated feature film that captivated fans the world over and continues to be a favorite among audiences.

“Disney on Ice Presents ‘Frozen’” is presented at 7 p.m., Jan. 17- 19, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Jan. 20 and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Jan. 21, PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St., Allentown.

“Frozen” is the story of Anna and Elsa, two royal sisters. Anna, a girl with an...

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Kings of Sing: The King’s Singers bring their 50th anniversary world tour to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, at 8 p.m. Jan. 20. The King’s Singers, a British a cappella vocal ensemble, is named after King’s College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed in 1968 by six choral scholars. The repertoire encompasses Renaissance madrigals, Gilbert and Sullivan, and the Beatles. The double Grammy Award-winning artists were honored for “Simple Gifts” (2009) and contributions to Eric...

13th annual Student Poetry Project announces 2018 call for entries

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 13th 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 25 and April 26 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.

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

Review: ‘Billboards’

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

pwillistein@tnonline.com

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is a difficult movie. Uncomfortable as it is, it’s a film that should be seen, and can be viewed as a cautionary tale for all, not only residents of Ebbing, nor billboard companies.

“Three Billboards” got four Golden Globe awards Jan. 7: Drama, Screenplay (Martin McDonagh, who directed), lead actress, drama (Frances McDormand) and supporting actor, drama (Sam...

Dorothy actress travels back to ‘Oz’ at State

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Kalie Kaimann is heading down the Yellow Brick Road again as Dorothy Gale.

The national tour of the musical version of the beloved 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz,” stops for performances at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

“This is my second time playing Dorothy. I had the honor to play [the role] last year with The Children’s Theatre in my hometown of Cincinnati,” says Kaimann in a phone interview.

The...