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Freddy Awards will not be presented ‘in its usual form,’ but producers are working on WFMZ telecast for May 21

Saturday, April 11, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

While the Freddy Awards per se will not be presented, an April 9 press release statement from Shelley Brown, President and CEO, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, seems to raise the curtain on some possibilities.

“With Governor Wolf’s school-closure announcement today [April 9], it has become impossible for us to present our annual live television special in its usual form,” Brown, Executive Producer, Freddy Awards, stated in the press release, adding, “We are working with our production partner, WFMZ, right now to determine what is possible this year.”

High School Musicals

Saturday, April 11, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The High School Musicals series began Feb. 19 and concludes April 15 in the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section.

Students, teachers and school districts put time, effort and money into their theater productions. It was important to maintain the Focus section series. With schools closed, consult district websites for information.

The 18th annual Freddy Awards ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, was to have beeen telecast live on WFMZ and wfmz.com.

LIBERTY: ‘Peter Pan’

Saturday, April 11, 2020 by The Press in Focus

J. M. Barrie’s 1904 play is the basis of Liberty Theatre’s “Peter Pan,” 7 p.m. April 16, 17 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 18, auditorium, Liberty High School, 1115 Linden St., Bethlehem.

The musical has music by Mark “Moose” Charlap, additional music by Jule Styne, and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Liberty production director Judith Rivera is assisted by assistant director Laura Mainiero, choral director Julie Wydrinski, pit orchestra director Allen Frank, choreographer Colette Boudreaux, technical director Ross Makary and sound director Tim Treweek.

PARKLAND: ‘Tuck Everlasting’

Saturday, April 11, 2020 by The Press in Focus

An 11-year-old girl discovers immortality in “Tuck Everlasting,” 7:30 p.m. April 15, 16, 17 and 18 and 3 p.m. April 19, auditorium, Parkland High School, 2700 N. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Allentown.

The musical, with music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle, is based on the children’s novel, “Tuck Everlasting,” by Natalie Babbitt.

Parkland production director-vocal director Francis Anonia is assisted by choreographer Kelly Jean Graham, pit orchestra director Nate Diehl and technical director Damon Gelb.

Coronavirus closings: PSF at DeSales U. will return in 2021

Saturday, April 11, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy had high hopes for the 2020 season.

Now he has high hopes for the Festival’s 2021 season.

“We were really excited about this season and we are still excited about this selection of extraordinary plays,” Mulcahy says in a March 30 phone interview hours after a PSF press release stated: “In response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has announced the cancellation of all performances for its upcoming summer season.”

Coronavirus impact: 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival canceled

Saturday, April 11, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

The 113th Bethlehem Bach Festival will not take place in May because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Bach Choir of Bethlehem officials announced the decision to cancel the internationally-recognized May 8, 9 and May 15, 16 festival, described as “The Heart of Our Season,” in an email to patrons, on its website and in an April 3 press release to the media.

LVHN ExpressCare opens two new locations in Allentown

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) ExpressCARE has opened at two new locations, each a former EmergiCenter, 1101 Cedar Crest Boulevard and 1791 Airport Road, both Allentown.

The LVHN ExpressCARE locations provide walk-in care without an appointment for minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains, strains, seasonal allergies, cold, flu, poison ivy-rashes, bronchitis, ear infections and many others. Additionally, the facilities provide x-rays.

COVID-19: LVHN updates guidelines for visitors at birth centers

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has updated guidelines for visitors at its Family Birth and Newborn Centers because of concerns about COVID-19 exposure from individuals with no symptoms, including patients and visitors, and because of an awareness of regional relocation of patients out of high-risk New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut areas, despite CDC travel restrictions.

The guidelines, which went into effect March 30 include:

COVID-19: LVHN Rehabilitation Services introduces video visits

Thursday, April 9, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Technology innovations at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) are making care more convenient during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

LVHN Rehabilitation Services, which recently established consolidated sites of service to limit potential COVID-19 exposure to patients, staff and community, is introducing E-visits and LVHN Video Visits for rehabilitation patients.