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Monday, February 17, 2020

Theater Review: A memorable 'Diary' at DeSales' Act 1

Friday, February 28, 2014 by ELIZABETH OUELLETTE Special to The Press in Focus

The audience walks to their seats for the Act 1 DeSales University Theatre performance of "The Diary of Anne Frank," knowing the tragic final outcome that awaited Anne and her family. Yet still, the audience comes. For while the true life story of Anne Frank has an unhappy ending, in the end, it is Anne's spirit that triumphs.

"The Diary of Anne Frank" continues through March 2 on the Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.

The play...

High School Musicals: Catasauqua

Monday, February 24, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Tag along with Huck and Jim on their quintessential boy's adventure when "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" opens at 7 p.m. March 7, 8 and 2 p.m. March 9 in the auditorium of Catasauqua High School, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.

The grand musical, directed by Robert Fahringer, recounts the exploits of Huckleberry Finn (Patric Corrocher) when he goes with runaway slave Jim (Kanyi Creppy) on a quest for freedom and adventure.

Other cast members include Vanessa...

Spotlight On: 'Music Hall' closing its doors

Monday, February 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

After 40 years, the Lehigh Valley's "British Music Hall" is closing its doors.

Chris Simmons, founder of "An Evening At A British Music Hall," says performances at 8 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1, Godfrey Daniels 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, will be the last.

"The 40-year mark seemed to be a good place to do that," Simmons says of the Godfrey's finale. "Some people were leaving the show to do other things or basically retiring.

"Given both those circumstances, it seemed...

Oscar Contest Entry Form

Monday, February 17, 2014 by The Press in Focus

Here is the entry form for the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section "Readers Pick the Oscars" recipients contest for the 86th Academy Awards:

Actor, Male

Christian Bale, "American Hustle"

Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"

Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"

Actor, Female

Amy Adams, "American Hustle"

Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Sandra Bullock, "...

High School Musicals: Saucon Valley High School

Monday, February 17, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Fans meet their idol in the rousing 1960's classic, "Bye Bye Birdie," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, 28, March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2, Auditorium, Saucon Valley High School, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown.

The musical comedy, directed by Vince Rostkowski, is based on rock 'n' roll star Elvis Presley's induction into the Army and the consternation that it caused teenagers across America.

The imminent departure of Conrad Birdie (Brendan Weaver) puts his agent, Albert Peterson (Davis Weaver...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS

ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400

Small Space Gardening Series with Lori Metz, 6 - 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 26

"The Day I Saw Your Heart," 2 p.m. Feb. 22

Adult Winter Reading Program, through Feb. 28

"Downton Abbey" Discussion, 2 - 3 p.m. March 1

Laura Tsaggaris, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. March 12

Spring Gala Fundraiser for the Allentown Public Library, 6 p.m. April 5

Swing Into...

High School Musicals: Moravian Academy

Monday, February 17, 2014 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

Moravian Academy students are working overtime to make up snow days, but the show must go on with "My Favorite Year," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2, Dyer Auditorium, Moravian Academy, 4313 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

The show, directed by Moravian Academy Director of Theatre Arts Jarrod C. Yuskauskas, sets to music and dance the comedic snafus of a New York television variety show.

A comedy writer on the "King Kaiser Variety Show" has problems when he...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by The Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

"An Evening At A British Music Hall," 8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1: 40th anniversary show, final performances, Godfrey Daniels 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-867-2390

"Fancy Nancy," 1, 4 p.m. Feb. 22: Vital Theatre Company, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. 610-432-6715

"Little Shop of Horrors," 8 p.m., Feb. 20, 21; 2, 8 p.m. Feb. 22; 2 p.m. Feb. 23: Performing Arts Cedar Crest College, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College...

Movie Review: 'Lego Movie' deconstructs

Monday, February 17, 2014 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Usually, the merchandise tie-in, toys and product promotions occur immediately before, during or after the release of a major motion picture.

With "The Lego Movie," the toys were there first.

Lego (from the Danish, "leg godt" (play well) is the brainchild of Ole Kirk Christiansen, a carpenter in Denmark. From 1949 to 2013, an estimated 560 billion Lego were manufactured. The colorful interlocking plastic bricks and accompanying gears, figurines and parts are connected...

8 DAYS A WEEK

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by MIRANDA HEVER Special to the Press in Focus

@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA

ARTSQUEST CENTER

Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300

"Her," 9:55 p.m. Feb. 21; 5 p.m. Feb. 22; 3:15 p.m. Feb. 23; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 26; 4:30 p.m. Feb. 27

"American Hustle," 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 20, 27; 4:15, 7:15 p.m. Feb. 21; 2:15, 8 p.m. Feb. 22; 12:30, 6 p.m. Feb. 23; 7:15 p.m. Feb. 24, 25

"The Great Beauty," 4:15 p.m. Feb. 19, 20

"Gloria," 4:30, 7, 9:30 p.m. Feb. 21; noon, 5:30...