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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Performing during a rehearsal are, from left, Rachel Rega as "Grandma Hood;" Jocelyn Rega, 11, as "Little Red Riding Hood;" and Cierra Conahan, 10, Amelia Cassell, 11, and Kelsey Kraemer, 8, as "The Three Little Pigs."

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre (TACT) is presenting its musical performance of Big Bad Musical this weekend and next at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center.

Directed by Kevin Killian, the comical musical show will feature 17 local performers between the ages of 6 and 22, involved in a trial in fairytale world.

Some characters represented will be Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma Hood, Three Little Pigs, Shepherd with the Boy Who Cried Wolf, Evil Stepmother, Fairy Godmother and so on.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
ELSA KERSCHNER/TIMES NEWS Nicole Donatone and The Hawks perform at the Palmerton Park in a free concert. They will be playing a summer schedule as The Hawks came out of retirement to provide the band Donatone needed.

A concert Sunday at the Gazebo in Palmerton Park featured country singer Nicole Donatone with local duo The Hawks.

The Hawks, longtime performers, had retired from the concert scene several years ago. They agreed to perform as backups this year to Donatone.

Someone casually said to the Hawks, "I'm glad you're making music again," as they walked by the gazebo.

Duane Hawk replied, "We wouldn't be doing it if it wasn't for Nicole."

Four years ago Lisa and Duane hung up the guitar and keyboard and said they were finished playing.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Most of us have read "The Great Gatsby," or are familiar with F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 book, esteemed by many literary experts as "The Great American Novel."

Several versions of "Gatsby" have made it to the big and small screen, including a 1926 silent film disparaged by none other than Zelda and F. Scott, and a 1974 movie starring Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

It's a classic double-header tomorrow night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

On stage will be Eddie Money, with special guest Gary U.S. Bonds.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 at the door.

Eddie Money's debut album was in 1977 and the masses immediately fell in love with his sound.

That album contained "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise" and quickly went double platinum.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area High /Junior High School Drama Club members rehearse in preparation for their production of The Wiz!, which will be shown tonight, Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium.

The powerful silver slippers, unmistakable characters, and, of course, the long and winding yellow brick road.

Join the Palmerton Area High/Junior High School Drama Club on their quest to see the Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz.

The club will perform their rendition of The Wiz! at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium. The cost of admission is $5 for students, and $8 for adults.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS French horn soloists Jo deForest and Laurel Seemiller will be featured during free concert by the Lehighton Band at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Lehighton Middle School.

On Sunday, April 28, the Lehighton Band will begin its 149th season by presenting its annual Spring Concert in the auditorium of the Lehighton Area Middle School on Beaver Run Road in Lehighton.

The free concert will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will feature two high school seniors playing a French Horn duet.

Paul R. Smith, conductor of the band, has selected a varied program ranging from music of the Romantic Period up to selections from the recent movie, "Les Miserables."

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The stage at Lehighton Area High School will take on the look of the "The Wild, Wild, Wildest West," or "How the West Was Dun," when the Drama Club performs a hilarious musical spoof this weekend. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12; and Saturday, April 13. Doors open at 7 p.m. From left performing the song "Always Darkest Before the Storm" during the dress rehearsal are, front row, Elyse Kistler, Schyler Cordova and Kaitlyn Piekarski; and back row, Alyssa Huntington and Matt McGeehan

Lehighton Area High School Drama Club will be performing "The Wild, Wild, Wildest West," or "How the West was Dun," at 7:30 both nights of Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Directors are Robert Barowski and Kim Laird.

Thursday, April 4, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

Professional wrestler Tony A. J. Petrucci, who is part of the Masked Destroyers tag team, does a somersault onto his opponent during bout in the Loco Gym in Feasterville, Bucks County. The Destroyers are the tag team champions in the Loco Wrestling Association, holding the belts for several months. Petrucci, who got his start in the World Wresting Federation, still does the somersault at age 61.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Country singer Gary Allan performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. A near capacity crowd attended the show which featured the country star performing numerous songs from his newest album, "Set You Free."

Most new country artists often mix other genres into their concerts.

Some add some pop. Others a little rock.

Heck, Jason Aldean even added some rap.

Gary Allan doesn't stray. He keeps it pure country.

Last night Allan performed at Penn's Peak before a near capacity crowd. Throughout his 22-set, from the opening number of "Tough Enough" to his finale "Songs About Rain," he sang ballads, love songs, story songs. He stuck to the brand and it was obvious the audience appreciated it.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

On Sunday afternoon, the Mauch Chunk Opera House presents Irish and Broadway Classics: From Danny Boy to Phantom.

It's the 100-year anniversary of the first public performances of the song Danny Boy.

To recognize the occasion, the American actor and singing sensation Nat Chandler joins soprano Anne Tormela and the Manhattan Lyric Opera in a dazzling foray through Irish and Broadway classics.

The concert starts at 5 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, tonight at the Opera House, performing will be Splintered Sunlight in a concert beginning at 8 p.m.