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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Coronavirus closings: Muhlenberg College cancels summer theater

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Charles Richter won’t be around this summer to celebrate his 40th anniversary as cofounder of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.

That’s because there will be no Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) this summer.

“I pulled the plug on Tuesday [March 17] because I think now people are beginning to realize that this [Coronavirus pandemic] is a long haul,” said Richter, MSMT Artistic Director.

SALEM CHRISTIAN: ‘Anne of Green Gables’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

A self-reliant orphan travels to her new home in “Anne of Green Gables: The Musical,” 7 p.m. April 2, 3, 4 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 4, auditorium, Salem Christian School, 8031 Salem Bible Church Road, Macungie.

The show, with music by Norman Campbell, lyrics by Don Harron, Norman Campbell, Elaine Campbell and Mavor Moore, and book by Don Harron, is based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel, “Anne of Green Gables.”

Director Yana Reinhard is assisted by co-director Pam Stevenson and music director Jane Rivera.

The musical ran Off-Broadway in 1971.

Coronavirus closings: Civic Theatre dark, artistic staff laid off

Friday, March 27, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown has been laid off and the anchor of Allentown’s West End Theatre District is closed.

Civic Theatre has launched a campaign, #IAMCIVICTHEATRE, to raise funds for operating expenses to reopen the historic theater which produces plays and musicals, has a children’s theater school, an art gallery, and screens arthouse, foreign and classic films.

Healthy Geezer: Buckle up, welcome to the Stroke Belt, y’all

Friday, March 27, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I love southern cooking and I was wondering what you thought about it from a geezer health standpoint.

Every time I’ve traveled south, I’ve been struck by the food many southerners eat. Lots of fat, salt, sugar and other harmful foods in great quantities.

I remember trying to get a Kaiser roll in a neighborhood grocery story in North Carolina. The best I could do was a Moon Pie, a chocolate-covered pastry made with two round graham cracker cookies and marshmallow filling in the center.

Respectfully Yours: Handle delicate-condition question delicately

Friday, March 27, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Ever since we got married, well-meaning family members have been asking when are we going to start a family. We have been politely smiling and trying to give a vague answer. What is the best way to politely answer the “When are you having a baby question?”

Dear Reader,

This is a very personal question that when posed will make most people feel uncomfortable.

Some people do not have a sensitive awareness of boundaries when it comes to personal topics. The problem is, no matter how you respond, you know that your response will be analyzed.

ALLEN: ‘Bring It On’

Friday, March 27, 2020 by The Press in Focus

It’s a rivalry between cheerleading squads in “Bring It On: The Musical,” 7 p.m. April 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, John F. McHugh Auditorium, William Allen High School, 106 N. 17th St., Allentown.

The musical, with music by Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, lyrics by Amanda Green and Lin-Manuel Miranda, and book by Jeff Whitty, is based on the 2000 movie by screenwriter Jessica Bendinger.

Director John T. Sechler is assisted by assistant director and choreographer Dawn Blanco, music director Brandon Remp and technical director Marc Hissam.

Coronavirus closings update: Allentown Symphony cancels Diane Wittry tribute concert; Allentown Art Museum closed; Bach Festival may be impacted

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The impact of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) on the greater Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene continues as the crisis of cancellations expands.

Among the latest casualties are Allentown Symphony Orchestra concerts to honor the 25th anniversary season of ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry.

Also canceled is the Allentown Band’s “Side By Side” concert.

And, the Allentown Art Museum is closed “indefinitely.”

COVID-19: LVHN closing operating rooms in attempt to mitigate coronavirus impact

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by The Press in Social News

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) announced March 11 that several of its operating rooms will close to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

“COVID-19 is now in our community, and the disruption it has caused is unprecedented. When dealing with crisis situations as an emergency physician, the most valuable lesson I learned was: Do not panic. Fear is our enemy,” said Brian Nester, President and CEO of Lehigh Valley Health Network.

COVID-19: ArtsQuest streaming concerts, improv, talks, readings

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by The Press in Social News

With the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) closing ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks’ and Banana Factory venues through March, the Bethlehem nonprofit has launched online concerts, movie talks, “Toddler Storytimes” and “Improvised Standup.”

The content is available on a new ArtsQuest@Home webpage: www.artsquest.org/athome, and on ArtsQuest social media.

“Over the past week, our staff has been busy working on ways that we can continue to bring the arts and live programming into everyone’s homes,” said ArtsQuest Chief Programming Officer Patrick Brogan.

COVID-19: Muhlenberg College poll: Concern grew from 67 to 81 percent

Sunday, March 22, 2020 by The Press in Social News

A “Muhlenberg College 2020 Pennsylvania Public Health Poll: Coronavirus Report” found that 74 percent of Pennsylvania adults were either “very concerned” or “concerned” about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States.

The poll was conducted March 2 - 16.

During the time of the survey, the percent of Pennsylvanians “very concerned” or “concerned” about the spread of the coronavirus increased from 67 percent between March 2 - 10 to 81 percent between March 11 - 16.

Other key survey findings: