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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Auditions for Civic Theatre of Allentown's production of "August: Osage County," 7 p.m. March 1 - 9 and 2 p.m. March 10, 19th Street Theatre, are 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

Tracy Letts' Pulitzer prize-winning play will be directed by Civic Artistic Director William Sanders.

Actors new to Civic should prepare a one-minute dramatic monologue from a contemporary play. All will be asked to read from the script. Sides will be available at the audition one hour previous. Those auditioning are...

'Lincoln' deserves Oscar vote

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Lincoln," which depicts President Abraham Lincoln during the months leading up to and after the passage of the 13th Amendment that freed the slaves in the United States, is history brought to life.

"Lincoln" is astounding on several levels, not the least of which is one of cinema's most memorable performances: Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.

Daniel Day-Lewis's uncanny and extraordinary performance lingers in the mind's eye: the folksy...


Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens," 7 p.m. Dec. 16; One-man show, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem. Meet and greet autograph session follows, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem. 610-866-5481

"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 8, 9, 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943

"A Christmas Carol," 7:...

'Nutcracker' Russian-style at Easton's State Theatre

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

The Moscow Ballet is presenting the 20th anniversary of "The Great Russian Nutcracker" ballet, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.

Since 1993, the Moscow has presented "The Great Russian Nutcracker." This season, the Moscow performs in 60 cities across North America. Forty professionally-trained dancers light up the stage with 200 new lavish costumes, nine hand-painted backdrops, and a Christmas tree that grows to four-stories.

Moscow Ballet dancers range from...

RDT, Allentown Symphony return with live 'Nutcracker'

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

During the holiday season, there are several "Nutcracker" ballets to choose from in the Lehigh Valley.

However, the 26th annual Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) "Nutcracker," 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, is the only one with a live orchestra.

The Allentown Symphony, conducted by Associate Conductor Ron Demkee, again performs the Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker" score. The dancers must listen closely to the orchestra and watch the conductor to execute...


Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by The Press in Focus

Auditions for "Tony & Tina's Wedding, 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31 - Feb. 10, and "Finnegan's Farewell," 7 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, March 7 -10, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, are 5 - 10 p.m. Dec. 12, Banko Community Room, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. Actors selected will be compensated for performances.

Audition slots of 10 minutes each must be reserved by contacting ArtsQuest Programming Manager Ryan Hill at...

THEATER REVIEWS Connick's 'Happy Elf' big fun at PYT

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by DOUGLAS GRAVES Special to The Press in Focus

A fabulous combination of masterful music, physical fireworks and dramatic flair, all focused on a wonderful children's morality story, bursts onto stage in "The Happy Elf," produced by The Pennsylvania Youth Theatre, through Dec. 16, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

"The Happy Elf" is wonderful, smile-inducing fun, based on a story by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman inspired by the Harry Connick Jr. song of the same title. The PYT production is directed by Bill Mutimer....

THEATER REVIEW A 'Carol'-ing Civic goes

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

A cast of more than 100 tells an emotional story while Barry Glassman as Scrooge and other lead players keep the tone light in Civic Theatre of Allentown's 23rd production of "A Christmas Carol," through Dec. 15 at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown.

With a sprinkling of well-timed wordplay and facial expressions, Glassman as Scrooge relives his sad past and gets a glimpse of the bleak future he's set himself up for. Scrooge's cold lack of holiday spirit is evident from the start as...


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The annual Holiday Open House is 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Visitor Center, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton.

There will be complimentary hot cider, gift ideas, an art exhibit by wildlife artist David Hughes, nature-themed activities, a live owl program and a visit by a flying squirrel.

Information: hawkmountain.org, 610-756-6961.

CKP visits the 'Parfumerie'

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Crowded Kitchen Players continues its tradition to discover and produce forgotten plays with the Lehigh Valley premiere of "Parfumerie," Nov. 30 - Dec. 16, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, Quakertown.

While the original 1937 Hungarian play, "Illatszertar," by Miklos Laszlo (1903 - 1973), might be unfamiliar to you, you may know of the films and a stage show based on the 1930's play, including the movies "The Shop Around the Corner" (1940) with James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan; "In...