Things to do: Kick off summer time with backyard excursions | Out-and-about

Summer is right here and it’s time to view among the greatest gardens within the area on numerous backyard excursions being provided this weekend.

The Centre Park Historic District in Reading is happy to host two separate backyard excursions in celebration of its fortieth anniversary June 25.

Visitors can select the backyard tour solely, both within the morning or the afternoon, or add on an elective buffet brunch to the morning tour or backyard occasion to the afternoon tour. All contributors will have the ability to go to 9 residential city gardens, in addition to see artwork displays, hear music and luxuriate in an academic dwell honey bee exhibit by Pollinating Penn. Great American Creamery ice cream can be in Centre Park all day with ice cream on the market.

The morning tour is 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and the brunch buffet is 10 a.m. – midday. The brunch can be held within the grand 1892 Victorian mansion, The Gables at Stirling Guest Hotel and embody a choice of brunch objects with a complimentary mimosa. Live piano music can be supplied by Tom Schlegel.

The afternoon tour is 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and the backyard occasion is 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The backyard occasion can be held on the grounds of the Gables at Stirling Guest Hotel and embody heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and cocktails supplied by Reading Distilling Guild. Live music can be supplied by the Peter Souders Group.

The excursions solely are $35; tour and brunch are $70 and tour and backyard occasion are $75.

This occasion is a fundraiser to assist present the all-volunteer Centre Park Garden Club to plant flowers and take care of the city-owned widespread areas within the district. Be certain to take a look at the flower beds in Centre Park and on the two triangles within the 800 block of Centre Avenue and likewise the place fifth St. and Centre Avenue meet.

No gardens can be open between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to permit backyard homeowners a chance to have a lunch break.

For data, name 610-375-7860 or click on right here.

Our Town Foundation will current the Hamburg Garden Tour from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. June 25.

Tour a number of gardens within the Hamburg space licensed by way of National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program.

Presale tickets are $5 and will be bought at The Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg, 320 State St., and Kay Greenawalt’s State Farm workplace, 124 S. third St.

On the day of the tour, begin your journey by selecting up your Tour Guide at The Art & Craft Gallery of Hamburg, the place you may additionally buy tickets for $6. There can be mild refreshments and door prizes which can be drawn at 1:30 p.m. You don’t should be current to win.

The Hamburg Garden Tour is a rain or shine occasion.

For data, name 610-562-3106 or click on right here.

The Emmaus Garden Club Garden Tour will characteristic seven native gardens, lunch and purchasing at distributors from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 25. Lunch can be from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and purchasing can be out there from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25 upfront and $30 the day of the tour.

Advance tickets can be found at Dan Schantz Greenhouse, Eagle Point Farm Market, Herbein’s Garden Center and Lehigh Valley Home & Garden Center. Day of tour tickets can be out there at Faith Presbyterian Church, Emmaus.

The tour advantages the East Penn Neighbors serving to Neighbors Organization. This occasion can be held rain or shine.

For data, name 610-310-7497.

“A Chorus Line” at Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare Festival’s first Main Stage manufacturing of its 2022 season is the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Chorus Line.”

“A Chorus Line” runs June 22 by way of July 10 on the Main Stage on the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the Center Valley campus of DeSales University.

An icon of American musical theater, “A Chorus Line” was created by choreographer Michael Bennett and composer Marvin Hamlisch. In an exhilarating mixture of music, dance, and drama, the present illuminates the ambitions of ensemble dancers within the closing refrain audition for an upcoming Broadway present. One of the longest operating Broadway musicals of all time, “A Chorus Line” options traditional numbers akin to “What I Did for Love,” “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror,”, and “I Hope I Get It.”

The solid is led by James Harkness as Zach; Sissy Bell as Cassie; Patrick S. Higgins as Mark and Julia Feeley as Judy.







James Harkness

James Harkness will painting Zach in “A Chorus Line” at Shakespeare Festival. 


Harness is greatest recognized for Broadway’s “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations” and has appeared on Broadway in “The Carole King Musical,” “Chicago,” “Dream Girls,” “Aida,” “The Color Purple” and “Guys and Dolls.”

Bell, who has appeared on Broadway in “Tootsie” and “Anastasia,” additionally carried out on the 73rd Annual Tony Awards and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Higgins performed the function of Baby John in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 movie “West Side Story.”

Feeley has appeared on the hit Amazon Prime present, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Allentown native and Broadway designer Michael McDonald will design the costumes for the present.

A 1981 William Allen grad, McDonald designed greater than 30 reveals at Muhlenberg and greater than 20 at Civic Theatre of Allentown earlier than shifting to New York in 1992 the place he labored with New York costume designer Beth Clancy on Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning “The Goat,” the musical “Blood Brothers” and Arthur Miller’s “The Ride Down Mount Morgan.” In 2009, his work on the Broadway revival of “Hair” earned him nominations for each the Tony Award for Best Costume Design and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design.

Australian Andy Peterson is the musical director and conductor. He has labored on Broadway on “Tootsie” in addition to being the composer of “Razorhurst” and “Stalker: The Musical.” He was additionally the co-creator on the hit musical audio collection “The World to Come,” for which he wrote greater than 50 unique songs.

Luis Villabon will recreate the long-lasting Michael Bennett choreography. Dennis Razze directs.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. June 22-25, 29-30, July 1 and 6-8; 2 p.m. and seven:30 p.m. June 26 and July 2 and 9; 6:30 p.m. June 28 and July 5 and a pair of p.m. July 3 and 10.

The July 6 efficiency will characteristic open captioning for patrons who’re deaf or onerous of listening to and audio descriptions for patrons who’re blind or visually impaired.

Tickets are half worth for patrons utilizing these particular providers. Call field workplace supervisor Kyle Schumaker at 610-282-3654, ext. 1, for data.

Tickets are $54-$67 for adults; $52-$65 for seniors and $49-$62 for youth.

Masks are elective whereas contained in the Labuda Center.

For data, name 610-282-3192, or click on right here. 

Dan Domenche in Concert at PSF

Following taking part in the function of Che in Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s “Evita, “ in 2017, Dan Domenech returns for a night of music and tales spanning his 20-year profession at 7:30 p.m. June 27 on the principle stage at Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on the Center Valley campus of DeSales University.







Dan Domenche

Dan Domenech returns for a night of music June 27 on the principle stage at Labuda Center for the Performing Arts.


Domenech says he’s been singing with symphonies across the nation, acting on cruise ships, and touring with Broadway’s “Rock of Ages” band, so anticipate quite a lot of rock songs and ballads from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. In between the numbers, he’ll speak concerning the state of the world and the place he’s in his life and profession.

Domenech is a singer, director and actor greatest recognized for his understudy portrayal of Jason Dean in “Heathers: The Musical,” Drew within the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” and a recurring visitor look on “Glee.” Domenech has additionally appeared within the pre-Broadway runs of “Wonderland,” “Sister Act,” National/International excursions of “Rent” and “Rock of Ages.” He has labored as affiliate choreographer for movie and TV tasks like “Tropic Thunder,” “Step Brothers,” “Fame,” The Academy Awards and the Emmys. He made his directorial debut summer time of 2017 with the beta take a look at of the revamped “Heathers: The Musical” earlier than being mounted in its bought out run at The Other Palace Theater in London.

Tickets are $46 adults; $44 seniors and $41 for youth.

For data, name 610-282-3192, or click on right here. 

Midsummer at Columcille







Midsummer at Columcille

Touchstone Theatre ensemble member Emma Ackerman and the Touchstone/Moravian MFA class of 2022 current a light-hearted, abstracted, immersive reimagining of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” June 24 in collaboration with Columcille Megalith Park in Bangor.

Guests are invited to the marriage of Duke Theseus and Queen Hippolyta, held on the borders of a magical forest, inhabited by Oberon and Titania, king and queen of the fairies, in addition to dwelling timber, talking rocks, and different woodland creatures.

Put on a pair of sturdy footwear and a flower crown, seize your favourite strolling stick, and are available wander within the woods with Touchstone. Columcille is a hidden gem amongst Pennsylvania parks, and Touchstone is happy to be partnering and performing there.

The efficiency is at 7:30 p.m. Rain dates are June 25 or 26.

Tickets are pay-what-you-will with a recommended donation of $10.

For extra data, click on right here.

“WORDS” and “Transforming Moments” Book Release

Studio B in Boyertown will host a reception from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. June 24 for the opening of the “WORDS” exhibition and the discharge of the studio’s ninth e-book of poetry, prose, and artwork entitled “Transforming Moments: Finding Our Voice.”







Lisa Muller WORDS

“WORDS” will characteristic work by artist Lisa Muller. 




A digital tour and awards ceremony can be held 6 – 7 p.m. on Facebook dwell, archived as a Facebook occasion and on YouTube following the opening. Amy Muzopappa of Muzo Media Productions hosts the digital tour.

More than 50 native and worldwide writers contributed to “Transforming Moments: Finding Our Voice” the anthology that’s edited by Jane E. Stahl, Studio B’s Director of Community Relations and former trainer of English, and Mish (Eileen) Murphy, e-book reviewer, visible artist, editor, trainer, poet, and Florida resident.

Additional actions embody a writers’ reception from 1 – 3 p.m. June 25 and Sunday afternoon e-book talks July 10, 17, 14, and 31. A venture titled the “Human Library” on Aug. 7, will characteristic chosen members of the group invited to inform their life “story.” The exhibit opening and writers’ actions are free and open to the general public. The exhibition will run by way of Aug. 21.

Juror choosing the artwork exhibit awards is Suzanne Fellows. Fellows is a painter, printmaker, musician, trainer, designer, and gardener. She saved 20 elephants from extinction along with her artwork venture “99 Elephants a Day.” Fellows is an performing professor of positive artwork and design at Reading Area Community College and is among the choose studio artists at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.

Jurying the writing awards is Susan LeClair. For over 25 years LeClair taught English at the highschool and school ranges in Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, served as librarian at Boyertown Senior High School, and was a college member within the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Teaching.

Books can be out there for buy at each occasions.

Studio B is at 39A Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown.

Bucks County Playhouse presents ”Kinky Boots”

Bucks County Playhouse continues its homecoming season with a brand new manufacturing of the high-energy, Tony-winning musical “Kinky Boots” June 24-30 on the New Hope theater.

The manufacturing encompasses a model new music by Cyndi Lauper.







Cyndi Lauper

The manufacturing of “Kinky Boots” at Bucks County Playhouse encompasses a model new music by Cyndi Lauper.




Co-directed by Playhouse Artistic Associate Sheryl Kaller (Broadway’s “Mothers and Sons” and the Playhouse’s “Other Desert Cities”) and Hope Boykin (Alvin Ailey Dance Company and Philadanco) and choreographed by Boykin, “Kinky Boots” is the biggest musical produced on the venue for the reason that record-breaking manufacturing of “Mamma Mia!” in 2019.

With music and lyrics by Grammy and Tony profitable composer Lauper, and a e-book by Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein, “Kinky Boots” received six 2013 Tony Awards together with Best Musical.

The Playhouse manufacturing options all of Lauper’s unique 16 songs, plus a further new music, “So Long Charlie,” that Lauper wrote, however was not used within the unique Broadway manufacturing.

“We were thrilled that Harvey and Cyndi gave us a song that wasn’t used on Broadway, giving our audiences a chance to hear something new,” says Kaller. “‘So Long Charlie,” was written for the character of Nicola and we love it because it spoke to both of us about her character. It verbalizes what she wants and is an opportunity to take this character and flesh her out more.”

Richard E. Waits (Mama Rose at LaMaMa) leads the cast as Lola with Jimmy Brewer (Off-Broadway, “Scotland, Pa”) as Charlie. The production also features Scarlett Walker (Broadway’s Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Carousel”) as Lauren, Mikaela Nina Secada (Kennedy Center’s “Beastgirl”) as Nicola, Michael Thatcher (“The Play That Goes Wrong”) as Don, and David LaMarr (“Jersey Boys” National Tour) as George.

When Charlie Price’s father out of the blue dies, he inherits the household enterprise – a shoe manufacturing unit on the verge of chapter. Trying to dwell as much as his father’s legacy and with nowhere to show, Charlie finds inspiration in Lola, a superb entertainer in want of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to show the manufacturing unit round, this unlikely pair finds that they’ve extra in widespread than they ever dreamed potential.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 and seven:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays 2 and eight p.m. Saturdays (besides June 25), and a pair of p.m. Sundays. The opening efficiency can be held 7:30 p.m. June 25.

Tickets begin at $70.

For data, click on right here or name 215-862-2121.

“Singin’ in the Rain” at Shawnee







“Singin’ in the Rain” at Shawnee

” Singin’ within the Rain” at Shawnee Playhouse.




The Shawnee Playhouse presents the beloved musical “Singin’ in the Rain” by way of July 10 on the theater at 552 River Rd,. Shawnee on Delaware.

Called the best film musical of all time, “Singin’ in the Rain” is the right leisure for any fan of the golden age of film musicals.

Set in Hollywood within the late 1920’s, the story focuses on Don Lockwood, his sidekick Cosmo Brown, aspiring actress Kathy Selden, and Lockwood’s main woman Lina Lamont, who’s less-than-pleasant vocal tones make her an inconceivable contender for stardom within the new speaking footage. This all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza contains memorable songs akin to “Good Mornin,’” “Make ‘Em Laugh” and the show-stopping title music.

The solid is led by Ryan Fogler as Don Lockwood; Paige Horvath as Kathy Seldon and Michael Guerriere as Cosmo Brown. Brandon Hanks directs and Jennifer Weaver is choreographer.

Tickets are $29 for adults; $26 for seniors and $16 for kids underneath age 17.

For data, click on right here.

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