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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Respectfully Yours: Gracious dinner guest

Friday, March 29, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

What do you do when you don’t want to eat the food being served at somebody else’s home but don’t want to be impolite? How do you courteously refuse a meal?

Dear Reader,

When you are a dinner guest, it’s generally expected you accept whatever is placed in front of you.

Accepting an invitation to dinner is a social event. If you can’t stomach your host’s meal, it would be impolite to outright reject what’s on the table. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some loopholes that allow you to maintain a polite demeanor.

Beauty and power: A Verdi ‘Requiem’ for Allentown Symphony, Chorus, soloists, Muhlenberg College Choir

Friday, March 29, 2019 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

Verdi’s “Requiem” is a piece of mammoth proportions and power and stunning beauty.

Some people refer to it as Verdi’s concert opera, where the four vocal soloists sing aria-type solos contrasted with ensemble and chorus sections. It is some of his best musical writing and a piece that has, through the passing of the years, become even more beloved by all who hear it.

Allen: ‘Sister Act’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The William Allen High School theater department rejoices with “Sister Act,” a musical featuring a disco diva hiding from mobsters in a convent, with show times at 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 6, and 2 p.m. April 7, John F. McHugh Auditorium, William Allen High School, 106 N. 17th St., Allentown.

When singer Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder while she is in protective custody, she hides her identity by dressing as a nun. Deloris uses her talents to inspire the choir and brings new life to the church and community.

Bethlehem Catholic: ‘Meet Me in St. Louis’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Bethlehem Catholic’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” relives the early 20th century at 7 p.m. April 5, 6, 12, 13, and 3 p.m. April 7, auditorium, Bethlehem Catholic High School, 2133 Madison Avenue, Bethlehem.

It’s summer of 1903 and the Smith family eagerly awaits the 1904 World’s Fair. During the course of a year, Alonso Smith’s wife and daughters cope with his decision to move the family from their beloved St. Louis to New York City.

The Becahi production is directed and choreographed by Debbie Acampora with music director and pit conductor Joseph Fink assisting.


Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Stories and Photos by ED COURRIER

With the spotlight on Lehigh Valley high school musicals on the road to the 2019 Freddy Awards at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, the Lehigh Valley Press Focus section continues its annual preview series.

The 17th annual Freddys recognize accomplishments in musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton counties, and Warren County, N.J.

The list of the 30 schools participating in the 2019 Freddy Awards, along with productions, performance dates and ticket information, is at: freddyawards.org

Whitehall: ‘Mamma Mia!’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Mamma Mia!” brings romance to the stage while featuring classic Abba hits at 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 6, and 2 p.m. April 7, auditorium, Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall.

Set on a Greek island, a young bride-to-be invites three men from her mother’s past to her wedding without consulting mom. She is determined to find out which one of them is her father, so she can ask him to walk her down the aisle.

Monique Haney directs the Whitehall production, assisted by choreographer Melissa Zimmer and producer and music director Eddie Hong.

The Family Project: 3-month-old’s crying

Friday, March 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My three-month-old daughter wakes up at least three times during the night. My husband thinks we should let her cry it out until she goes back to sleep. I think she is too young. I’m getting different opinions from my relatives, and I am not sure what to do. Can you help?

It was apparent from the panel’s discussion that there are many reasons why babies cry a lot.

“Crying is a way for babies to communicate,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “So, whether or not the baby is hungry or needs to be changed, she requires some attention.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, March 27: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 28: Beef pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple, wheat bread.

Friday, March 29: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, pineapples.

Monday, April 1: Chicken a la king, roasted potatoes, green beans, peaches, wheat bread.

Tuesday, April 2: Soup and sandwich.

Wednesday, April 3: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana, wheat bread.

Curtain Rises: Civic 2019-20 season reveals ‘Spamalot,’ ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre has announced its 2019-2020 season. However, as with theater companies across the country, theater officials were initially restricted from revealing two musicals that were uncertain at the time of the announcement.

The two shows for Civic’s season are two well-known musicals, which, it was thought, may or may not be on national tour or presented at another regional theater.

Curtain Rises: Civic 2019-20 season has two mystery musicals

Monday, March 25, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s like this: Civic Theatre has announced its 2019-2020 season. However, as with theater companies across the country, it’s restricted from announcing shows that are still uncertain.

The two shows in question for Civic’s seasons are two well-known musicals, which may or may not still be on national tour or might be presented at another regional theater.

Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Ross Sanders teased those at the March 15 season annnoucement reception at Civic514 with puzzles, references and rhymes, but no titles.