In case it rains this weekend, and beyond, here are a few inside ideas…
The musical tale of Sweeney Todd opened at Playcrafters of Skippack last night, and runs weekends through August 23rd.
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd! A barber, wrongfully transported because of envy and lust, seeks his vengeance. But what to do with all those bodies? His landlady cooks up a delicious recipe for his success.
The Pit Players will be at Christ Lutheran Church, 1245 W Hamilton Street, Allentown on Sunday, August 11th at 3 p.m. presenting a varied program of classical music and show tunes. Freewill offering only and plenty of free parking.
Pity the poor pit players, those denizens of Lehigh Valley’s deep, dark orchestra pits who give musical soul to the actors and actresses singing and romping in the bright lights above their heads. Unseen but certainly not unsung, where would “Oklahoma,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie” or “The Music Man” be without them?
Every so often they come up for air, and on Aug. 11 at Christ Lutheran Church in Allentown, they can be heard — and seen…most of these musicians are often seen in the stage lights. Schwartz and DeBoeser are longstanding members of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, where Schwartz is principal clarinet. Hulse is principal oboist for the Allentown Band, and Seifert regularly performs with the Pennsylvania Sinfonia, Allentown Symphony Orchestra and many other local groups.
Foster is a familiar face in the Lehigh Valley, where he plays in all its symphony orchestras plus in brass and woodwind quintets. Trovato, a much sought-after accompanist, regularly conducts productions for local theaters including the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the Muhlenberg Summer Theatre and DeSales University. Schmidt has acted and sung nationally, including at the Walnut Street Theater, Houston Grand Opera and Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.
Mystic India, a Bollywood dance spectacular fusing dance, music, theater and special effects, 7 p.m. Saturday, August 10th at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth Street, Allentown. Tickets available online, $35-$75.
(If it doesn’t rain, check out the free India Day celebration on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Allentown Arts Park behind Symphony Hall, with cultural program, music, dancing, kids activities, crafts and food.)