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Civic film projectors go digital

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

The décor and the ambiance at the 19th Street Theatre in Allentown's West End Theatre District is right out of the 1920's, but the movie projection system is now strictly 21st Century.

Electricians and riggers pulled out the twin 35mm film projectors and replaced them June 24 with Barco DCP (digital) projectors that can project DVDs, Blu-ray or stream downloads of movies.

The old projectors were junked, according to Civic Theatre of Allentown Managing Director Michael Traupman...

The passion of 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You don't need to travel to Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, to experience a passion play. There's one right here in the Lehigh Valley.

The Muhlenberg College Music Theatre (MSMT) "Jesus Christ Superstar," through July 28, Empie Theater, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, is a thoughtful, often startling, entertaining passion play.

The first hit musical by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with lyrics by Tim Rice, which debuted in 1971, is a...

LV SUMMER THEATER

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"Aida," July 26 - Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 3, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671

"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The...

Craig Kastelnik & Friends go to town

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Craig Kastelnik and his wife, Pat Flaherty, have been delighting Lehigh Valley jazz fans for more than 40 years, playing together as Kato, and with other local musicians in various configurations.

Craig Kastelnik & Friends, including Flaherty, vocals; Tom Kozic, guitar; Bernard Purdie, drums, perform at 7:30 p.m. July 19, Jazz Cabaret Series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

Kastelnik, 59, has been active in music since the age of...

'Kingdom Rocks' at St. Peter's VBS

Thursday, July 18, 2013 by The Press in Focus

PRESS PHOTOS BY SHARON SCHRANTZ

St. Peter's Union Church, St. Peter's Road, Macungie, was transformed to "Kingdom Rocks" for Vacation Bible School recently. Those attending had to cross the moat to gain entrance to the castle to discover those things that allow us to be strong in our faith and know the love of God. Setup for this terrific occasion was done solely by volunteers. This included painting, making armored Knights, making "bricks" to create walls and generally transforming...

Blackbirds include orioles, bobolinks, meadowlarks

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Blackbirds are familiar birds observed throughout the Lehigh Valley. Blackbird flocks often tend to create great dark streaks as they fly across distant horizons. You may also have been close enough to hear the buzz of thousands upon thousands of wing pairs.

Members of the blackbird family tend to congregate, especially during spring and fall migrations. It is often difficult to tell one species from another when assembled in massive groups.

Most blackbirds are medium-size...

CIVIC THEATRE

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Ted Swenson and Jennifer Shropshire of Swenson & Associates of Philadelphia will facilitate a "town meeting" about Civic Theatre of Allentown, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. July 11, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.

The board of directors and staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown have embarked on a strategic planning process. The facilitators are looking to discover what local residents are seeking in the future from Civic Theatre of Allentown, and what concerns Lehigh Valley...

Going inside at Pa. Shakespeare Fest

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Theater creates the opportunity to live twice. If you are hooked on "Downton Abbey," perhaps part of the attraction is going inside: a beautiful castle, beautiful yet complicated and fragile lives, and a mesmerizing world from another time that is otherwise unavailable to us.

At the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), you can live many lives: yours and the life of a famous English King, a novice nun in Vienna, an Oklahoma cowhand, a Victorian matriarch, a spy novel hero on the...

LEHIGH VALLEY SUMMER THEATER

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

"Aida," July 26 - Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665

"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL

"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 3, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671

"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The...

'Shrek The Musical' makes Valley debut in Sing for America benefit for veterans

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by DIANE BAKOS Special to The Press in Focus

"Shrek The Musical" makes its Lehigh Valley premier this summer.

It's the latest offering of Sing For America, the group composed of five siblings Taryn, Teara, Tasia, Jewel and Jorne Gilbert well-known for their elaborate stage productions and vocal performances in the Valley.

But what really makes Sing For America stand out from other area theater companies is that all of the profits go directly to the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., to help military...