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Thursday, April 29, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Having lead roles in the Jim Thorpe School District Drama Production "West Side Story," to be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium, are, front l-r, Tomas Lafeta (Riff), Michael Trainer (Tony), Christian Pringle (Bernardo), back l-r, William Gushue (Action), Molly McFadden (Maria), Samantha Ceremele (Anita), and Matt Sanchez (Chino).

A long-time goal is occurring for Natalie Kmetz this weekend.

She will be directing the musical "West Side Story."

"West Side Story" is being as the Jim Thorpe School District Drama Production at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Jim Thorpe High School auditorium.

"It has been my dream for 29 years to do 'West Side Story,'" Kmetz said. "I knew this was the year with all the talent we have."

Having lead roles as "Jets" are Michael Trainer as Tony, Tomas Lafeta as Riff, and Billy Sushue as Action.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

JTAMS Productions Presents the U2 Tribute band, "Unforgettable Fire," at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, May 1, at 8:30 p.m.

New York City based, Unforgettable Fire or "UF", was born on New Years Day in 1995 as one of the very first U2 tribute bands to ever perform in America.

After over 13 years of playing in some of the most prestigious venues on the East Coast, UF has formed a reputation among many to be one of the closest experiences to being at an actual live U2 show.

Saturday, April 24, 2010
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ross, The Mentalist, performed for an audience at the Tamaqua Salvation Army on Tuesday.

Ross, The Mentalist, performed for an audience at the Tamaqua Salvation Army on Tuesday.

Ross provides performs his shows throughout the East Coast at no charge for non-profit organizations. Ross amazes and amuses his audience with his unusual ability to predict their actions, read their thoughts and subliminally persuade his subjects to do as he wishes. The performance can be from 10 minutes to a full one hour show. Each show is tailored to fit your needs.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sy Montgomery, the nationally acclaimed author, will be visiting the Weatherly Area School District on May 27 and 28 to share her experiences as a writer and world traveler. Ms. Montgomery has explored some of the Earth's greatest jungles and met some of its most intriguing creatures. Her exciting career combines many of the skills children are learning now in schools, from writing to science and from foreign language to physical fitness,

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The principles in the 2010 Marian Catholic High School's production of Jesus Christ Superstar are: Justin Huegel, Patrick Leitzel, Michael Mulligan, Scott Nietz, Alex Garber, Katie Owens, Eric Faust, Matthew Baxter, Danielle Lisella and Rebecca Thomas. Marian will be presenting the play Friday, April 23 at 7:p.m, Saturday, April 24 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 25 at 2:p.m.

Jesus Christ, Superstar is the groundbreaking theatrical masterpiece by the legendary writing team of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The first collaboration between Webber and Rice to be performed on stage, Jesus Christ, Superstar is one of the most popular and enduring works ever created for musical theatre. Featuring such notable songs as "Superstar", "Everything's All Right" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him", Jesus Christ Superstar earned five Tony nominations.

Monday, April 12, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) – Put Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in a Memphis recording studio and you're bound to make musical fireworks. Maybe even a Broadway show.

That's the premise behind "Million Dollar Quartet," a fictional recreation of their celebrated jam session on Dec. 4, 1956, apparently the only time these music legends ever played together. This high-energy entertainment, which opened Sunday at the Nederlander Theatre, is part jukebox concert, part history lesson of '50s pop music and part cautionary tale about the ups and downs of show biz.

Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Youngers will be performing Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Special events are planned on both Friday and Saturday nights at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, both being presented by JTAMS Productions.

On Friday night, the Reading area multi-talented band "The Youngers" will perform at 8:30 p.m. Opening for The Youngers will be Tin Bird Choir.

"Girls Night Out," which has proven very popular in the past at the Opera House, will be held on Saturday night.

Thursday, April 8, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Singer, guitar player and accordionist Danny Farole of Nesquehoning will again be performing on the telethon of the Tamaqua-Carbon Unit of the American Cancer Society.

Once again there is a stellar lineup of entertainment for the annual telethon of the Tamaqua-Carbon Unit of the American Cancer Society.

The telethon is being held at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Saturday and Sunday from noon to midnight both days. It is being broadcast live on Blue Ridge Communications TV-13.

Telethon regulars such as folk singer Jay Smar, the Pa. Villagers polka band, the talented Jim Cimms, Maury Rutch, Becky and the Beasts, Pat McGeehan, Maury Rutch, Danny Farole, and Angela Nardini will be among the performers.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

An enchanted evening filled with music, food, and dancing is planned during the "Night of Music" at the Jim Thorpe Area High School.

This annual event will be held on Saturday, April 10, and includes a sit-down dinner with baked ziti, meatballs, along with salad and various desserts.

Providing entertainment will be the Jim Thorpe High School Jazz Band, the Eclectic Fusion, the Don Bell Quintet, and various student singers.

Doors open at 6 p.m. where guests will be greeted by the sounds of the steel drums played by Wesley Holmes.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Lehighton Area Middle School music department will be holding its 16th annual Spring instrumental concert on Thursday, April 8, beginning at 7 p.m.

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

"Starsplitter Fanfare," composed by Brian Balmages will be their first selection.