Lehigh Valley’s THE place to be this weekend! Lots of things to do!

August 3rd, 2012 posted by

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Lehigh Valley, Pa = The Place to Be

Queue the music: “It’s the most wonderful time…of the year”. That catchy Christmas tune made famous by Andy Williams then cleverly adapted for a Staples commercial during their back to school season is on the minds of every hotelier in Lehigh Valley this weekend. Why? This is the most popular weekend to stay in the valley!

We are proud hosts to several major events and a slew of ongoing ones. Forget cleaning or laundry this weekend, gather up the friends and family and plan your Lehigh Valley itinerary. There literally is “something for everyone” going on.

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A Date Night at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

July 25th, 2012 posted by

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The husband and I headed out for a date night, a rare occasion since we have a 3-year-old at home. That darn baby had a sleepover at Nana’s so we had a night to paint the town.

We headed out to the Copperhead Grill in Center Valley for dinner before Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s production of Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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“Much Ado About Nothing” at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

July 18th, 2012 posted by

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Much Ado About Nothing

Last Friday night my friend Linda and I packed a bottle of wine and headed to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival to catch “Much Ado About Nothing”. The annual festival, held on the campus of DeSales University, is top quality professional theater right here in Lehigh Valley. I try to attend at least one show every year but I wish I could see them all.

Normally I start the evening watching the “On The Green” musical performance but a light drizzle gave those musicians a night off. We decided to pick up a quick dinner from the Shakespeare Café rather than packing our own picnic basket and were just as entertained by chatting with the volunteers staffing the tent.

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

June 18th, 2012 posted by

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

This past Friday night I rounded up friend Tracey Werner of Blabbermouth Communications and we went to Broadway. The great part about it was we weren’t stuck in hours of traffic, we didn’t have to pay any tolls and best of all, parking was free!

That’s because we went to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival located on the campus of DeSales University, right here in Lehigh Valley. We went to see “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” which won a Tony Award for Best Musical.

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

June 14th, 2012 posted by

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Caitlin and Milquetoast

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to a faraway land we go as the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival transformed the Shubert Theatre stage into the timeless Brothers Grimm classic, with a modern twist, of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The intimate theatre was the perfect setting for parents, grandparents and kids alike.

The kids were allowed to sit directly on the sides of the stage, on carpeted rugs, which made for some fun as the actors conversed with them up close and personal.

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Lehigh Valley’s Famous Freddy Awards 2012

May 25th, 2012 posted by

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Freddy X

By the time you read this post, the winners of the 10th annual Freddy Awards will be known. I’m sure a lot of voices will have been lost to screaming, and tears of joy shed. I plan to watch the awards ceremony live on WFMZ tonight (Thursday), but I really don’t care who wins.

Honestly, I didn’t catch any of the 29 participating High School’s musical productions this year but after Wednesday night’s preview party and dress rehearsal, I won’t miss the opportunity again!

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Most Valuable Players…Meet a New Kind of High School All-Stars

January 12th, 2012 posted by

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Freddy Awards

Our president, Mike, asked (actually demanded) that we watch Most Valuable Players. This documentary follows Emmaus, Freedom and Parkland High School’s theatre departments through their individual theatre performances, culminating with their night at the annual Freddy Awards.

At first when I was told I had to watch this 90 minute documentary, I was none too thrilled. I think I actually yelled some expletive. I’d like to say once again (New Found Appreciation blog) that I was thoroughly wrong and continue to be impressed with the arts in our community. I actual told Mike thanks for making me watch it. This documentary is sure to pull on your heartstrings as it shows how much time, effort and dedication goes into these productions. From the students who pour their hearts and soul into their work, to the teachers who guide their every step and the parents who offer such unconditional support, it’s a testament to the all mighty resolve of a younger generation and what encouragement can accomplish.

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The Two Noble Kinsmen at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

August 1st, 2011 posted by

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Two Noble Kinsmen

This past Wednesday, I attended my first ever production at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, with a chance to see The Two Noble Kinsmen. Not quite knowing what to expect, I went into it with an open mind and made sure to read the synopsis a few times so I’d be able to follow the story easily. It turned out that I was able to follow the dialogue and story line without the added homework I had done. The Two Noble Kinsmen was funny, inspiring, an emotional roller coaster and an all-around great time.

The story revolves around two cousins who fall in love with the same fair lady who cannot choose between the two, and eventually they duke it out to compete for her hand. The love triangles and comedic banter made for a hilarious performance in the intimate stage setting at DeSales University.

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Some Questions About My Childhood (And Terrance Malick’s)

July 25th, 2011 posted by

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civic night

I think the last time I was at The Civic Theatre in Lehigh Valley was during elementary school to see a Christmas play or something. I wonder a lot of things about myself back then. Why did Pokemon seem so cool? Did anyone who told me they believed I could play in the NBA actually mean it? Who thought showing The Ring to an easily-traumatized coward was a good idea? And now I can add another question to that list: How did I not realize how awesome The Civic Theater is?

I went with my film major friend Pat to a screening of Terrance Malick’s The Tree Of Life, which included a “talk-back” with one of my favorite professors from Muhlenberg College afterwards.

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“To be, or not to be, that is the question…”

July 22nd, 2011 posted by

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Hamlet - 3

Most people, whether fans of Shakespeare or not, are familiar with this renowned opening line of the soliloquy presented by a distraught Hamlet reckoning the meaning of life. Its delivery by actor Justin Adams of The Acting Company at last night’s rendition of the play had the audience members on the edge of their seats.

In all, it’s no surprise the cast of Hamlet received a standing ovation after its performance on the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Main Stage in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. The applause can be attributed as much to their stellar acting as to an audience showing appreciation that national-caliber thespians make Lehigh Valley home for nearly two months each summer.

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