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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.

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

One of the acts of Harmony Scholars poses for pictures at dress rehearsal. The show performs on Friday, April 15 and Sat., April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Panther Valley High School auditorium. Front l-r are Andrea Rodgers and Chrissy Macholik, while standing l-r are

Brandon Gurka, Lyndsay Kusko, Breanna Cullen, Brittany Erbe, Thad Ogozalek, Tayler Banditelli, Zack Stanko, Ellen Krajcir, Michael Hadesty, Nick McArdle.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Country singer Collin Raye and oldies group Paul Revere and the Raiders will be among the main performers at the 2011 edition of the Schuylkill County Fair.

This year's fair will help with the bicentennial celebration of Schuylkill County.

The annual event will be held Aug. 1-6 at the fairgrounds along Route 895 in Summit Station. The entertainment is free with the cost of fair admission.

The fair lineup is as follows:

Ÿ Aug. 1 - TBA.

Ÿ Aug. 2 - Twitty Fever Band.

Ÿ Aug. 3 - Choir Contest and the Schuylkill County Idols.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Lehighton Band's Spring Concert will be held Sunday, April 10, in the auditorium of the Lehighton Area Middle School beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The director of the band, Paul R. Smith, has announced the soloists for the program.

Lora Krum and Beth Cressley will play a novelty number called "The Elephant And The Fly." As you might expect, you will hear two instruments that are completely opposits in musical range. Cressley will portray the elephant on her bassoon while Krum will play the fly on her piccolo.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Willy Porter

Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Willy Porter will be performing at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, April 9, at 8:30 p.m.

Porter, a guitarist ,singer, songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer, defies labels and bends genres, moving between slide blues, acoustic folk, grooving rock, and soulful pop, creating a unique sound.

Porter's emergence as one of the artists at the forefront of the modern folk-music scene dates back to 1990 with his debut CD, "The Trees Have Soul."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Lehighton Band will open its 147th season with their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 10, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The concert will be held in the auditorium of the Lehighton Area Middle School on Beaver Run Rd. in Lehighton.

The concert, under the direction of Paul R. Smith, will feature a wide variety of musical styles.

Beginning with the famous Sousa march, "Washington Post" the program gets off to a rousing start.