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Theater Review: A heart-warming ‘Ice Princess’ at PSF

Friday, June 16, 2017 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

Princess Gemma and her brother Prince Kylan, played by Stephanie Hodge and Dane Lavery, respectively, are playing in the woods one day when they find a scarf laying on the forest floor.

The princess picks it up and puts it around her neck, only to find out just a short time later that it has given her the ability to throw snow and ice from her fingertips. They run through the forest together freezing everything from the pond to the waterfall.

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival warms up to ‘The Ice Princess’

Friday, June 2, 2017 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

A brave princess meets new friends, learns a valuable lesson, and discovers magical powers in “The Ice Princess.”

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) show, ideal for children ages 3 to 12, opens June 2 and continues through Aug. 5 in Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Children can get a front row seat for the show with onstage carpet seating, and they can meet the actors after performances for photos and autographs.

Pirronne Yousefzadeh makes her directorial debut at PSF with “The Ice Princess.”

Matt Pfeiffer directs ‘Shakespeare for Kids’ at PSF

Friday, August 5, 2016 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

The 2016 Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival “Shakespeare for Kids” production, based on “The Taming of the Shrew,” is a combination of songs, puppets and scenes that “take Shakespeare’s comedy and breaks it down for kids.”

The show, adapted by Erin Sheffield, opened July 27 and concludes Aug. 6 on the Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

Theater Review

Friday, July 15, 2016 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

‘Growl!’ retells Goldilocks story with puppets, song and humor at MSMT

“Growl!” expands on the classic tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears with plot twists, creative storytelling methods and a lot of humor.

“Growl!” continues through July 30, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, as part of the 36th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

In the Doppelskope Theater Company’s rendition, Goldilocks has invaded not only the home of the Three Bears, but also the homes of other animals in the forest.

Theater Review: PSF’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ stunning

Friday, June 17, 2016 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

Vibrant costume and set design create magical kingdoms above and below the ocean surface in The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s production of “The Little Mermaid,” through Aug. 6, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The well-known story by Hans Christian Andersen written for the stage by Linda Daugherty and directed at PSF by Taibi Magar, begins with a little mermaid, Pearl, her sisters, Anomone, Coral and Luna, and their father, the Sea King, reading from an old scroll of their ancestors.

‘The Little Mermaid’ lands on PSF stage

Friday, June 10, 2016 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

An animated cast of characters and thoroughly creative sets and costumes are sure to entertain in the Hans Christian Andersen classic, “The Little Mermaid,” adapted for the stage by Linda Daugherty.

The show, which opened June 3 and continues through Aug. 6 in Shubert Theatre at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the DeSales University campus, is performed as part of the 25th anniversary season of The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

“The Little Mermaid” is ideal for children ages 3 to 12.

Article By: ELLEN WILSON Special to The Press

Thursday, April 28, 2016 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

‘Portrait of Revival’

Moyer-Metzger Manse is SOTA’s 2016 Show House

The Society of the Arts (SOTA) opens the doors of the Moyer-Metzger Manse as part of its biannual “SOTA Show House” fundraiser. Proceeds from “A Portrait of Revival: The Moyer-Metzger Manse” support the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.

The home, built in 1903 and designed by New York Architect E.S. Child, is at 1406 Hamilton St., Allentown, and is part of the city’s “Mansion Row.” The Shingle-style house was built for the Charles Moyer family.

Theater Review: Eye-popping fun at DeSales’ ‘Sleeping Beauty’

Friday, April 22, 2016 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

A charming adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty,” Michelle Vacca’s recreation of the classic tale, is sure to enchant audiences with its timeless storyline, lovely costumes and animated characters. The play is being presented through May 5 by Act 1 Performing Arts in the Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

‘Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical’ in Miller Symphony Hall ‘Family Series’

Friday, February 26, 2016 by ELLEN WILSON in Focus

“Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, the Musical” is being presented at 2 p.m. Feb. 27 as part of the “Family Series” at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The show, produced by the Bay Area Children’s Theatre, is inspired by the popular picture books by David Soman and Jacky Davis. The stage version follows four friends, “The Bug Squad,” as they fight an alien.

The show, which features the comedic skills of clown Andrew Quick as Bingo, celebrates the power of imagination, and promotes a sense of adventure and exploration. The show is recommended for ages 2 and up.