The 2019 season is the 39th step for Charles Richter on his way to the 40th anniversay of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), which he cofounded.
“They’re already planning the 40th celebration,” says Richter, Professor of Theatre Arts, Muhlenberg College, where he has been teaching for 41 years, with 25 years as chair of the college’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
When asked about retirement, Richter, who will be 68 on June 16, quips, “I’m not thinking that far ahead.”
What Richter is thinking about is the 2019 season:
Touchstone Theatre will present “Festival UnBound,” a 10-day visual and performing arts festival, Oct. 4-13, at venues in South Bethlehem and the Lehigh Valley.
According to festival coordinator Bill George, “This ten-day series of performances, installations and happenings is created in collaboration with the people and artists of Bethlehem, visiting regional and international artists, and Bethlehem city government.”
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and Lebanon Valley College (LVC), Annville, Lebanon County, signed an agreement in a May 22 ceremony, giving LCCC students a transfer to receive a bachelor’s degree from Lebanon Valley.
LCCC graduates can pursue a bachelor’s degree in certain LVC programs, moving from receiving an associate degree at LCCC into junior standing at LVC.
LCCC president Dr. Ann D. Bieber and Lebanon Valley president Dr. Lewis E. Thayne met at LCCC to sign the paperwork.
Sweet 16 film fest: The 16th annual SouthSide Film Festival begins at 6:30 p.m. June 11 with the “Opening Night Party and Screening” sponsored by PBS39. The party is at WLVT PBS 39 Studios, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. The feature film, “The Weight of Water,” is at 8 p.m. June 11, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem. The “Late Night Movie” is the feature, “DeadTechtives,” 11 p.m. June 14, Touchstone Theatre. 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. The “Closing Night Screening” is the feature, “Gay Chorus Deep South,” 7:20 p.m. June 15, Charter Arts School.
“The Family Project” column does not appear in the June 5 Focus section. “The Family Column” resumes in the June 12 Focus section.
Disney’s live-action remake of its animation feature film, “Aladdin,” is good, but not as great as the original. How could it be? As legendary animator Chuck Jones said of the raison d’être for animation: “You couldn’t put Charlie Chaplin in a milk bottle.” When it comes to the Genie in the lamp, to quote Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” “Ay, there’s the rub.”
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Wednesday, June 5: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Asian vegetables, banana.
Thursday, June 6: Turkey Salisbury steak, mashed potato, zucchini, seasonal fruit.
Friday, June 7: Alaskan fish cake, brown rice, beets, Mandarin oranges.
Monday, June 10: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, pineapple.
Tuesday, June 11: Chicken taco salad, seasonal fruit.
Wednesday, June 12: Peach balsamic chicken, whole wheat pasta, Brussel sprouts, apricots.
There are lots of superlatives in this theater review of The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” because it is a standout in every category, from its multicolored set, stunning costumes and intricate choreography, to its uniformly talented cast of 30. The musical continues June 7-9 and June 14-16 at the Playhouse.
The third time’s the charm for Northampton Community College Summer Theatre.
Attendance more than doubled from the first season to the second season and is poised to increase for the summer 2019 season.
“I think we’re moving forward. We grow each year, which is great. The quality of work is really strong. We’re putting out a solid product that I’m really proud of,” says Northampton Community College Summer Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Mutimer, now in his fifth year as Chair of the NCC department of theater, succeeding Norm Roberts, who retired.
It’s a change of pace for Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) and a return to the Lehigh Valley troupe’s comedy roots.
“I knew I wanted to do a comedy because we did a show about rape, PTSD and child sexual abuse,” says Ara Barlieb, CKP cofounder and writer of “Topsy Turvy,” in its world premiere, 8 p.m. June 7, 8, 14, 15 and 2 p.m. June 9, 16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Bethlehem.
CKP’s most recent plays were “A Softening of Her Eyes,” which dealt with the topics of rape and PTSD, and “Unspeakable,” which dealt with child sexual abuse.