G’town director’s unique choir sings for social justice

Arts | January 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear There are lots of great choirs around, especially during the holiday season, but there may only be one in the area that not only creates aesthetically appealing sounds but also uses their music to advance the cause of social justice. That is the 43-year-old, all-female, 80-member Anna Crusis Women’s Choir (ANNA). The Anna […]

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Localite a unique winner of Pavarotti opera competition

Arts | January 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Paul Spencer Adkins, 66, is one of the millions of individuals who took piano lessons as a child but would rather have had his teeth extracted without anesthesia than practice on the piano every day. “I would have crying fits,” he said. However, a high school teacher named Mrs. Gloria Johnson, who […]

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62 years of performing on stage, TV & film for Freyda

Arts | January 5th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Constance Garcia-Barrio At age 12, Glenside singer Freyda Thomas strutted onto a stage at a Montgomery County country club in a prom gown and belted out “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Her father, Eddie Shaw, whose popular band played in Philadelphia for many years, had invited her to perform. “I still remember […]

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‘Dough’ rises to the top for brilliant Mt. Airy author

Arts, Books | December 29th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear “For all the wit and fantasy, ‘Meet John Dough’ is a reasoned and impassioned affirmation of this country’s enduring values. I loved it!” This is a totally objective blurb about “Meet John Dough, Superhero; a Political Fantasy,” a spectacularly illustrated book released last week by locally-based Nyoka Press. This sparkling gem was […]

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‘Christmas Carol’ a perfect holiday gift on Hill stage

Art | December 22nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Hugh Hunter It is the perfect holiday season treat. Now running at Stagecrafters, The Casabuena Cultural Production of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” (1995) turns the classic Dickens tale on its head to sterling effect. It helps to know the original, as playwright Tom Mula cherry-picks the story. You do not lose sight of Scrooge […]

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Yule love this holiday entertainment at Mt. Airy venue

Arts | December 22nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Rita Charleston “My Fair Lady,” with songs by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, and often referred to as “the perfect musical,” has been extended at Quintessence Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave., through Dec. 30. Based on the Greek myth of “Pygmalion,” George Bernard Shaw created Henry Higgins, a celebrated professor of phonetics, who makes […]

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New, surprising take on ‘Christmas Carol’ at Hill venue

Arts | December 15th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Carole Verona In Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Scrooge asks his deceased business partner Jacob Marley, who appears to him as a ghost wearing chains, “Who are you?” Marley responds, “Ask me who I was.” That line is the jumping off point for “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol,” to be performed at The Stagecrafters Theater […]

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‘Polar Bear’ a warm experience for kids at local venue

Arts | December 15th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Ambler’s Act II Playhouse is presenting the world premiere of “My Very Own Polar Bear,” a new holiday comedy for kids, on stage Dec. 16-31. Written by Bill D’Agostino, Act II’s communications and education director, and directed by Amanda Coffin, the story features Emma, an imaginative girl who likes to make inventions, […]

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