With the arrival of spring and spring showers, this is also peak season for high school musicals and concerts. It is also time for the Spring Bell Festival in Bethlehem, at Holy Trinity Lutheran (Third Ave and W. Market Street) on Sunday, April 12th at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.. This free concert (free will offering accepted) features four bell choirs, along with the Mainstream Brass, Festival Singers, eight members of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, organ, piano, violin, and vibraphone.
Sondheim is always popular and worth hearing; his musical (and somewhat darker) take on fairy tales, Into the Woods is on stage this weekend at Parkland High School (2700 N. Cedar Crest Blvd, Allentown); 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10-12, 2015. Tickets available at the door. Marry Me a Little, featuring music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived and directed by Craig Lucas and Norman Rene, opened yesterday at Montgomery Theater (124 Main Street, Souderton) and runs through May 3, 2015. Tickets may be bought online or at the door.
If you prefer classic musicals, you will certainly have your pick this weekend. The curtain goes up at Central Catholic High School (301 N. Fourth St, Allentown) at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10th, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 11th on Bye Bye Birdie. How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is being staged by Whitehall High School (3800 Mechanicsville Road); 7:30 p.m. April 10-11 and 2 p.m. on April 12, 2015. Bethlehem Catholic High School (2133 Madison Ave) has scheduled two weekends of performances of Brigadoon; 7 p.m. April 10-11, 17-18, and 2 p.m on April 12, 2015.
Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world’s most beloved musical. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the elements that make this show a classic are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. Performances are at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10, and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015.
Sit back and enjoy the only known all-electric youth orchestra on the east coast play 90 minutes of your favorite rock and pop classics! Sets include Kashmir, A Hard Day’s Night, Clocks, Purple Haze, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Sweet Child O’ Mine and many more! INRUSH was the winner of both the People’s Choice Award and Judge’s Choice Award at the 2014 Battle of the Bands in Quakertown, and is the top-level performing group with Got Strings Youth Orchestra, Inc.
Adults $10/Students $5 suggested donation at the door; INRUSH’s new CD’s available for purchase for $10