Sixteen students from El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) received the highest rating, Superior; the Overall Orchestra Award, and were the only group to receive the Esprit de Corps Award for the group that showed the highest level of professionalism during performances in the Music in the Parks Festival held June 1 at Northeast Middle School, Bethlehem.
This past weekend, I attended a wedding rehearsal dinner. The guest attire was a mix of casual and semi-formal attire. Some guests had on jeans and others were dressed up. I thought it was common knowledge that a rehearsal dinner requires semi-formal dress attire. Is this supposed to be a casual event?
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Wednesday, July 10: Boneless pork ribs, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll, vanilla pudding.
Thursday, July 11: Turkey cacciatore, broccoli, whole wheat penne, fresh fruit salad.
Friday, July 12: Cheeseburger, potato salad, vegetable soup, mixed berries.
Monday, July 15: Stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, roll, cherry gelatin.
Tuesday, July 16: Asian BBQ turkey, mixed Asian vegetables, brown rice, crackers, fresh fruit salad.
Wednesday, July 17: Chicken pot pie, roasted red potatoes, green beans, fresh pineapple.
Summer Theatre “Goes”: Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes,” July 11-28, continues Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre’s 39th season. The cast includes, above, Mia Scarpa (Reno Sweeney), center, with, from left, the Sailor Quartet (Ethan Lynch, Zach Rabishaw, Caden Fraser, James Du Chateau). The show includes Robert Fahringer (Moonface Martin) and Jarrod Yuskauskas (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh). Porter’s 1930s’ score includes “I Get a Kick Out of You” and “You’re the Top.” The story is about madcap antics on an ocean liner bound from New York to London.
It wasn’t a long story. It covered a period of only a little more than 18 months, but it made up for its brevity with a blaze of musical genius that lives on 60 years later as a major influence on rock ‘n’ roll.
It is, of course, the Buddy Holly story retold on stage as “Buddy,” an exuberant musical through July 14, Northampton Community College Summer Theater.
It’s the seventh season for Jarrod Yuskauskas at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT).
For 2019, Yuskauskas plays Lord Evelyn Oakleigh in “Anything Goes,” July 11-28, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown.
Yuskauskas played Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady” in 2017 and had lead roles in “Gypsy,” “Hello, Dolly!” and “Spamalot” since 2012 at MSMT.
Henry Higgins is his favorite role so far at MSMT. “He’s a lot to dig into. And I enjoyed that,” Yuskauskas says.
After Ron Howard directed the documentary film, ”The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years” (2016), one can Imagine (the name of Howard’s and Brian Grazer’s film and television production company), Howard saying, “How can I top that”?
First, there was the little matter of directing the feature movie, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018).
When it came to the topic of his next documentary, Howard chose the rock star of opera, tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007).
In the mid-1960s, many teen boys, even before they could drive, wanted a Mustang.
So did many teen girls.
Just ask “Mustang Sally” (a Top 20 hit in 1966 for Wilson Pickett).
The Mustang was a point of pride for those in the Lehigh Valley who knew that the Pony Car, as it was dubbed, was the brainchild of Allentown native Lido Anthony “Lee” Iacocca, President of Ford Motor Company (1970-1978). Iacocca would go on to become President-CEO of Chrysler Corporation (1978, and Chairman in 1979) before retiring in 1992.
It isn’t often an actor revisits a favorite role, much less with the same artistic team.
Make that “favorite roles” for Christopher Patrick Mullen in the 2019 Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s “The Mystery Of Irma Vep,” through July 14, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University. Center Valley.
Mullen is back, opposite Brad DePlanche, directed by Jim Helsinger and with costumes by Lisa Zinni, the same artistic team for the 2007 PSF production of playwright Charles Ludlum’s farce.