Thomas Mann, Penn State Lehigh Valley Artist in Residence for July 2017, is at the heart of several art events throughout the Lehigh Valley this summer. The former Allentown resident and a successful jewelry designer and sculptor moved to New Orleans after attending a jazz fest there in 1977.
Times “Three”:“Ken [Ludwig] is giving this beautiful tale of ‘The Three Musketeers’ a new polish with exciting new scenes,” says Rick Sordelet, director of the swashbuckling romp, through Aug. 6, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Tony Award-winning playwright Ludwig wrote the adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ novel. Ludwig, above, made a rare visit to one of his plays in pre-production when he was on campus at DeSales University, Center Valley, the first day of rehearsal. “The PSF audience will be the first to see the fresh take he’s created,” says Sordelet.
“The Three Musketeers” mantra of “All for one, and one for all” sums up the sword-wielding comedy-drama at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), through Aug. 6, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley.
The show’s full title, “Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers Adapted From The Novel by Alexandre Dumas,” underscores the “one for all” approach to the material, staging, acting and direction. The July 12 opening night performance of “The Three Musketeers” was seen for this review.
The Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) production of “My Fair Lady” is more than fair.
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Butterflies have long fascinated people with their beautiful wings and whimsical flight.
They are also extremely important ecologically. Butterflies pollinate flowering plants and serve as food for other organisms, thus forming an important link in the food chain.
Touchstone Artistic Director JP Jordan was in Peru when he first decided to create the Jakopa’s Punch Band.
“I was in Peru when I got word that David Bowie had passed,” Jordan explains, “and I was told that The Lesson Center planned to host a benefit for leukemia patients in honor of Bowie.
“Now, I didn’t have a band at the time, but I asked if I could play a set if I could pull a band together in time, and they said sure. So we ended up getting together this group of musicians.”
The name of the band stems from Jordan asking his niece what she thought “JP” stood for.
It’s midway through the 2017 movie year and, though it’s early in the Oscar race, “The Beguiled” is a contender.
Look for multiple Oscar nominations, including for Nicole Kidman, actress, as Miss Martha, headstrong headmistress at a young women’s academy circa 1864 Virginia during the Civil War. A wounded Union solder, Corporal McBurney (Colin Farrell, likely supporting actor nominee), is given refuge at the school.