The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is holding auditions for its 33rd annual season, Aug. 3 and continuing Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day through Oct. 27.
Auditions for the Blackfryars, a volunteer acting group, are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 13. Those auditioning should prepare a one to two-minute comedic or dramatic monologue and sing a 30-second song.
Auditions the Bacchanalians, the professional acting company, are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 27. Those auditioning should prepare two one-minute monologues (one comedic and one dramatic) and sing a 30-second song.
For Straight No Chaser member Walter Chase, singing at Moyer Symphony Hall, Allentown, is almost like bringing his career full circle.
The a cappella group's 35-show "SNC Live" fall tour began in October in Burlington, Vt. and concludes with two shows, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, in Allentown, with stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Westbury, N.Y.
"Love" CD party: Folksinger and songwriter Rachel Marie, above, presents a concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem, to celebrate the release of her CD of original songs, "There is Love." She'll play guitar, accompanied by Ansel Barnum, harmonica; Elena Gambino, violin; and her father, Bill Schachter, bass. Rachel Marie has played Lehigh Valley venues, including Godfrey Daniels. Ticket information: illicksmill.org, 610-419-0218
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Every Christmas play and movie tells a story.
Allentown Public Theatre (APT)'s production of "Every Christmas Story Every Told (And Then Some!)," through Dec. 23, the Salemme Foundation, Allentown, manages to tell nearly all of them.
The comedy with music, written by Michael Carleton, James FitzGerald and John K. Alverez, premiered in 2003 at Cape May Stage, Cape May, N.J.
"Bethlehem Star: The Light That Still Shines" will be presented in the style of a 1940's radio drama, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, 24, in the sanctuary by the Drama Team, Adult Choir and children's Praise Gang of Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, Cedar Crest Boulevard and I-78, Salisbury Township.
The Christmas musical by Claire Cloninger and Mark Hayes takes place on Christmas Eve when a snowstorm forces a young traveling family to seek shelter at a roadside motel owned by retired couple Hal and Nettie.
If the Mayan calendar is to be believed, the end of days will be Dec. 21.
The Dana Gaynor Band is commemorating the prediction with an "End of the World Gala," 8 p.m. Dec. 21, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Rd Bethlehem.
Dana Gaynor, a legendary guitar player is well-known throughout the Lehigh Valley, as well as on both coasts and internationally. Gaynor regularly performs as guitarist for the James Supra Blues Band, which recently swept the 14th annual Lehigh Valley Music Awards.
"Off The Page, " a poetry and open-mike night, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.
Poets storytellers and musicians may share their works and the inspiration behind them. Those interested in performing are asked to sign up at the event.
Folksinger and songwriter Rachel Marie has enthralled music lovers locally and beyond. Her highly- anticipated CD, "There is Love," will be available at her CD release party concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem.
An early influence on Bethlehem native Rachel Marie was her father's love of music which filled the family home. Her father has been an amateur singer songwriter since his youth.
"A Chorus Line," 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter.org, 610-758-2787
"All Night Strut: A Jumpin' Jivin' Jam," 2, 6 p.m. Dec. 22, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-417-2289
"Cirque Éloize: ID," 8 p.m. Dec. 22; 3 p.m. Dec. 23, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter.org, 610-758-2787
The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will bring in the holidays with special seasonal programming from around the state beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 22.
This year's schedule includes a variety of holiday music courtesy of some of PCN's cable partners.
The tentative holiday schedule, including any additional airtimes, is:
:7 p.m. - Moravian College Vespers service (2012), courtesy of Blue Ridge TV13; also: 7 p.m., 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24; 4 a.m. Dec. 25;