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Local Entertainment

Friday, May 20, 2011
Todd Snider

TAMS Productions Presents Singer-Songwriter and Storyteller, Todd Snider at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Saturday, May 21 at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Snider is a vociferous musician whose fans know him to be quite the workhorse. His acclaimed 2006 release, "The Devil You Know" found the barefoot troubadour performing live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman and the CD appeared on numerous year-end Top 10 lists including Spin, Blender and Rolling Stone.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Lehighton Rotary Club is presenting an Elvis tribute show on Saturday, May 14 at Lehighton American Legion. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with a turkey dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

Dancing to some oldies, country, and class rock will begin at 7 p.m., followed by "Elvis in Concert."

All proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the community programs of Lehighton Rotary Club.

Award-winning Elvis tribute artist Jeff Krick will be the featured entertainer.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Model sea airplane demonstrations and displays will be held at the beach area of the Mauch Chunk Lake Park on Sunday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, weather permitting.

There is free parking and free admission to the event. The food and snack stand at the beach area will also be open and refreshments will be available.

The beach provides an excellent view of the air show that will be presented by the Tuscarora RC Flyers and other model airplane enthusiasts.

Be sure to bring your folding chairs or blankets to enjoy the show.

Thursday, May 5, 2011
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Hailey Hoherhack, left, and Josiah Behrens have lead roles in "South Pacific," being presented Friday and Saturday in Jim Thorpe High School auditorium.

The Drama Club of Jim Thorpe Area School District will present the musical "South Pacific" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Jim Thorpe Area High School auditorium.

South Pacific was written in 1949 by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

The musical is based off the book "Tales of the South Pacific" by James A. Michener.

The story weaves together characters and elements from several stories into a single plotline about an American nurse at a U.S. Naval base, during World War II, who falls in love with an ex-patriot French farmer with a dark past.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Lehighton Area High School Choruses will be presenting their 94th Annual Spring Choral Concert on Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m.

This year's program will highlight selections from past and current Broadway shows.

"Broadway Bash" will feature the Concert Choir; Girl's Sextet; Men's Choir; Women's Choir; Guy's Augmented Quartet; "Varsity Voices"; and the award-winning show choir, "Music Express".

The choirs are under the direction of Mr. David Perkins and accompanied by Rebecca Hoffner, and Elyse Kistler.

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."

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."