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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will hold its 17th annual Spring Instrumental Concert on Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m.

The fifth and sixth grade band, under the direction of Mr. Weidner, will begin the program.

"Character," composed by Larry Clark will be their first selection. The band will then perform the Native American inspired original "Anasazi" by John Edmondson and "Manhattan Beach," a classic march by John Phillip Sousa. They will conclude their portion of the program with Journey's "Any Way You Want It."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The movie, "Arthur," while not dethroning the original comedy starring Dudley Moore, has its court jester moments of mirth.

Russell Brand, reprising the title role, has no easy task. Dudley Moore is still King "Arthur."

Brand, gifted actor that he is with an uncanny ability for spontaneous monologue, dialogue, wordplay and body language, try as he might, can only do so much to make us forget that we are, in fact, viewing a man whose life is out of control.

Monday, April 18, 2011
ANGELO PETRO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Lead vocalist Paul Sinclair performs at the Get the Led Out concert held Friday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

"We are home," proclaimed Paul Sinclair, the lead vocalist for Get The Led Out, during their triumphant return visit to Penn's Peak on Friday night.

The Philadelphia based band credits Penn's Peak as where it all started for them. After a successful and exciting debut at the venue seven years ago, they are always welcomed back by a large and passionate audience.

From the opening song "Immigrant Song", famous for the wailing cry during the beginning of the song, to the closing song "Whole Lotta Love", the energy was undeniable.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Eddie Forman Orchestra performed recently at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville. The Eddie Forman Orchestra, also known as "E.F.O.", is a Massachusetts polka band that has been performing before audiences since 1968. Eddie started the band while he was still in high school, and has been creating and recreating music ever since. Eddie was inducted in the International Polka Music Hall of Fame in 1996. The E.F.O. has made seventeen recordings.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Sarah Ayers

On Friday, Sarah Ayers will hold a comeback concert at the Jim Thorpe Mauch Chunk Opera house in honor of Ayers' voice returning after a year battle with Hasimoto's disease that threatened to take her singing career away.

Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer will co-bill with Ayers.

Last January, Ayers, an accomplished Lehigh Valley singer who has won more than 30 Lehigh Valley music awards, and whose stage is, and has been for years, the Lehigh Valley had to stop singing because of a rare autoimmune disease that interfered with her singing range.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Rat-A-Tat-Tat is performed during the Harmony Scholars show at Panther Valley High School by students Chelsea Kennedy, Jacinda Ruzicka, Courtney Lazar, Amber Vachon, Brielle Poeldnurk and Samantha Zlock. In the middle are David Marouchoc and Courtney Williams. Missing for pictures are Benonia Bruce and Alex Lorkowski. Lighting is by Chris Opresko and video by Frank Fabrizio. All proceeds will be donated to P.V. student Cody Cinicola who is battling cancer. The show is held in memory of the late Rich Davidyock, PVHS teacher and Maryann Matyascik, PVES secretary.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton High School Drama Club cast members practice during rehearsal for the play "Godspell". The play will be performed at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium.

It's story is that of sacrifice and betrayal.

A 1970 musical by Steven Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak, "Godspell" will be performed by the Palmerton High School Drama Club.

Show times for the play are 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door.

Brent Harris, drama coach, said the theme of "Godspell" is the "retelling of the gospel of Matthew, recounting the events of the life of Jesus."

Thursday, April 14, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Adams Family portrayed by l-r Sarah Branchide, Kevin Dunn, Rich Smith and Celene Yelito, Michael Slobada, Zach King, Jordan Duke, Alyssa Marshall, and Shannon Phillips. Show directors are Kathy Crampsie and Patty Vito, assisted by Keith Miller.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Natasha and Count Dracula (played by Catherine Varley and Michael Warkala) argue during "I'm Sorry, the Bridge is Out. You'll Have to Spend the Night." The musical will be performed by the Lehighton Area High School Drama Club on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

"I'm sorry, the bridge is out. You'll have to spend the night."

Thus starts the Lehighton Area High School Drama Club's annual musical, a story of two naïve travelers stranded near a medieval castle in Ohio.

When travelers John David Wellgood and Mary Helen Merriman, stranded by car trouble, enter a castle to call for help, they find themselves spending the night with a host of monsters, including Dr. Victor Frankenstein, Igor, The Monster, Count Dracula and his wife Natasha, and more.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Family Promise Variety Show will feature some of the best local entertainment in the area. The variety show, produced by John Drury, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Family Promise, a nonprofit organization that provides temporary shelter, meals and fellowship to meet the basic needs of families with children without permanent housing in Carbon County.

For more information, call John Drury, at (570) 325-4436 or email jdrury@ptd.net.

Tickets will be available at the door.