Celebrate Spring’s Arrival with Music, Theater, and Art

 

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Enjoy Celtic Music, Irish dancing, Valley Chorale Society’s “greatest hits,” jazz at Ursinus College, ReSourced Art Fusion in Pottstown, a student film festival, and plays on stage, in between enjoying the (slightly) warmer weather and brighter sun that comes with spring’s arrival.

Charlie Zahm will be having a Celtic music concert in the Pottstown Pubic Library, 500 East High Street, on Friday, March 21st , 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.This is a fundraising event.  Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the event; $12 for adults, $8 for ages 5-14, children under 5 are free.

If you prefer jazz, the Ursinus College Jazz Ensemble will be performing a mix of swing, latin and ballad styles at their free spring concert on March 21, 2014, 7:30 p.m. at the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lensfest Theater, 601 E. Main Street, Collegeville. Open to the public, no tickets required.

Enjoy Oscar Hammerstein’s  music as performed by The Bucks County Town and Country Players on Saturday, March 22nd, 3 p.m. at Doylestown Bookstore, 16 S. Main Street, Doylestown. This free event is celebrating the release of the book The Hammersteins by Oscar Andrew Hammerstein, who will be signing copies of the book purchased at the store that day.

There will be bagpipe playing, Irish dancing, fiddling, a Kids mural, instruction in Irish Ceili dancing, a chance to make Irish crafts, and Irish theater at Allentown Fairgrounds in the AgriPlex, 302 N 17th Street, on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from noon to 5 p.m. as part of Irish Cultural Community Day. This is a free, family friendly, event.

The Valley Choral Society is celebrating their 30th anniversary with a free concert on Sunday afternoon, March 23, 2014 at 3 p.m  at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Main Street, Pennsburg, where they will be singing their favorite pieces from their 30 year performance history.

Several plays run this weekend only, beginning tonight, Friday, March 21, 2014. Souderton Area High School is performing 42nd Street. Tickets for 7 p.m. evening and Sunday’s 2 p.m. matinee are available online. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is on stage at Emmaus High School, 500 Macungie Avenue, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. 610-965-1650. Pennridge High School, 1228 N. Fifth Street, may be showcasing the most ambitious high school production this weekend with their performance of Aida, opening at 7:30 tonight, and continues on Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee and 7:30 p.m. evening final performance.

“Aida” is the story of a Nubian princess who is captured by the Egyptian army during a war. The princess pretends to be a slave to avoid being killed, and then falls in love with Radames, an Egyptian army captain who is betrothed to the princess of Egypt, Amneris. The play follows the three characters as the love triangle — and raging war — develop. In addition to being a less popular musical, “Aida” is of a different breed than the usual Pennridge performance. This year’s spring musical is a serious step up for the high school performers. It’s the first show in four years that isn’t a children’s show; even the seniors in this year’s production have never done a serious show before.

“The material is much more challenging,” senior Jessica Dowling, who plays the show’s eponymous character Aida, said. “It’s not a kid’s show. We’ve done ‘Annie,’ ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Suessical.’ This is a big step up. The music is a lot different because it’s rock music.” With music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, it’s different from previous shows because “the music has been more like pop than rock.” read more and see a video clip from a recent rehearsal at Perkasie News Herald

Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, (8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday) followed by the premiere of butyou’reaman or: The Seven Men I Came Out to in India, written and performend by university senior Matt Kicken for one ticket price,  and a children’s show (recommended for ages 8 and up) Still Life with Iris (8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdayare at the Studio Theater, Muhlenberg College this weekend. The Crowded Kitchen Players,newest show is Shropshire Lad, which will run through April 6, 2014 at McCoole’s Arts and Events, 10 S. Main Street, Quakertown.

A Shropshire Lad presents the simple story of a young aspiring writer, Terence Hearsay, sitting alone one winter’s night at a table in a busy pub in County Shropshire, just on the border between England and Wales, in the year 1887….a cast of 18 sturdy CKP alumni portray farmers and barmaids, soldiers and widows, jilted lovers, murderers, constables, drunks, ghosts, and trollops in this light-hearted embrace of the bittersweet miseries of life.

For one night only, DCP, 795 Ridge Road, Telford, will be screening a short documentary film by senior high school student Gunther Druker, Directions for Life. Run time is 40 minutes and there will be a short discussion time afterwards.

 This engaging film explores
the possibility that the ever increasing sense of urgency and pressure that teenagers feel
to “Hurry up and get it together and figure out what you want to do with your life!” might be artificial.
Maybe the cookie-cutter approach to education and careers doesn’t work for everyone. Sometimes
you have to find your own path. Follow Gunther’s journey as he interviews friends and mentors that
have influenced his life, including Bill Algeo, Reba Baliles and Kate Henry. Ask yourself the question,
“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s not too late…

DeSales University is hosting their 14th Annual Student Film Festival, Friday and Saturday, March 21 and 22, 2014, 8 p.m. each evening (approximately 120 minutes).

The annual Student Film Festival is our celebration of the short films, documentaries, and music videos created by our performing arts majors. Giving special focus to our TV/film majors who conceive, write, direct, shoot, and edit these works, this is often their first chance to premiere their films before a live audience. Join us for this eclectic evening of inspirational, provocative, and entertaining cinema.

Celebrate Spring with the Allentown Art Museum, 31 North Fifth Street, on Sunday, March 23, 2014, between noon and four at their Spring Festival: Going Green! This is a free event – no admission charge to the museum this Sunday.

Come to the Art Museum for a day full of family-friendly activities and entertainment inspired by the special exhibition Paul Harryn:  Essence of Nature.  All ages will enjoy Kit’s Interactive Theatre, featuring award-winning actress Kitty Jones as she presents her one-woman show Mother Nature and Her Friends.  Wildlands Conservancy will share fun ways to keep our environment clean and green, and our Crayola Learning Center is the place to be for art-making activities featuring recycled materials.  Show your support of Mother Earth and wear something GREEN!  Spring Festival is part of Free Sundays at the Museum, made possible in part by the Society of the Arts (SOTA).  There will be no adult guided visits offered on festival day.

ArtFusion in Pottstown, 254 E. High Street hosts an opening reception on March 21, 2014 from 7-8 p.m. for their newest art exhibit, ReSourced, featuring recycled and upcycled art.This exhibit will be on display through May 3, 2014.

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One Response to Celebrate Spring’s Arrival with Music, Theater, and Art

  1. Susan Royer says:

    Good Lord! Nobody should be bored this weekend! Thanks for all the good info. Great photo by the way. I remember where that one was!

    Susan

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