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Spotlight on: Joffrey on stage for RDT at Scottish Rite

Monday, March 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Repertory Dance Theatre presents "An Evening of Dance," 7 p.m. March 15, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown, featuring performances by the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Totts Gap, DM Dance Company, and the Artistic Director of the famed The Joffrey Concert Group of New York.

"An Evening of Dance" has something for everyone, from classical ballet, contemporary, modern, to theatrical jazz performed to music just as diverse, including Shostakovich,...

Spotlight on: Paul Byrom brings the thunder to State Theatre

Monday, March 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

Paul Byrom is known as Ireland's premier tenor and is a former soloist with the Irish music group Celtic Thunder. Now solo, he performs a show of traditional Irish music, 7:30 p.m. March 14, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

Though Byrom very much enjoyed his run with the popular Celtic Thunder, he was ready to go solo.

"Well, it's important to say that I was a soloist for many years prior to joining Celtic Thunder," says Byrom in a recent phone interview...

Spotlight On: New show debuts in 'ShadowStories'

Monday, March 10, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

"ShadowStories," three shadow puppet plays featuring live music, will be performed at 10 a.m. March 15, Charles A Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

"ShadowStories" is the brainchild of Doug Roysden, creator of the Bethlehem-based Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre, which performs puppet shows throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond, featuring the scripts and handmade puppets of Roysden, along with other creative contributors.

"ShadowStories" highlights the...

'Celtic Nights' crosses a 'Bridge' at Miller Symphony Hall

Monday, March 10, 2014 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Celtic Nights: The Emigrants Bridge," 7:30 p.m. March 12, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, is a two and one-half hour show featuring three male vocalists, three female singers, six dancers and musicians.

In a recent interview, the show's director and producer Michael Durkan explains, "We built the storyline around the journey Irish immigrants made by ship to America with their hardships they endured, mostly arriving penniless.

"Some of the ships were called...

High School Musicals: Liberty

Monday, March 10, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Hope and resourcefulness meet the challenges of 19th century dreariness and squalor in a London poorhouse when "Oliver!" is presented at 7 p.m. March 20, 21, 22 in the auditorium of Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.

The musical is directed by Mark McKenna. Music director is Allen Frank. Vocal director is Gayle Justice.

Brave and resourceful Oliver (Devon McDowell) struggles with poverty and the evil thief-master Fagin (Drew Donaher), along with a cast of colorful...


Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Community Music School presents its annual "Flute-A-Thon," 1:30 p.m. March 15, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The concert is free and open to the public. A reception follows.

The Silverwinds Flute Choir, directed by Dr. Nora Suggs, performs.

Music ranges from pop to jazz to classical. Flute students of all ages and levels will perform individually, with piano accompaniment, in duets and trios.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by The Press in Focus


"4 Girls 4": Leslie Uggams, Andrea McArdle, Maureen McGovern, Donna McKechnie, 8 p.m. April 4, State Theatre for The Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton., 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132

"A Bear of Very Little Brain," 7 p.m. March 14; 1, 4 p.m. March 15, 16, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem. 610-332-1400

"A Life of My Own: Meeting Eleanor Roosevelt": Linda...

Movie Review: Your Oscar picks are showing

Monday, March 10, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 86th Academy Awards are over. The Oscars have been handed out. However, many of the movies that received Oscars are still playing in theaters.

First, though, here's the winner in the annual Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" contest ... the envelope (and-or email), please:

Mary Heber of Catasauqua.

She won by virtue of having the earliest entry because six other entrants also correctly picked all seven Oscar recipients in the contest: Mimi...