Arts News for December 14, 2011

The Office of Student Affairs (First Year Experience, to be exact) is launching a Spring Prelusion program this January. If you are looking for a new niche or want to get more involved with arts offerings on campus and in the community, ArtsAlive would be great way to experiment and meet new people. Special note to any freshmen or sophomore interested in returning a few days early to deeply experience the arts in a pilot program: registration is happening now. This website has more information about ArtsAlive Prelusion and one other program that that is offered. ArtsAlive will be taking a trip to New York City to take in some great theatre; maybe even a gallery… possibilites are endless. Sign up now and we will work with you to design activities around your interests – especially the decision about which Broadway play to see!

While finals may be scheduled until December 21st, this is the last weekend for many of the holiday activities in our local community. If you’ve been able to submit that last paper and would like to celebrate a little holiday cheer, consider sneaking in a show or two nearby.

Here’s a sign of the value of the arts in our community; politicians are appearing in local performances. The inside scoop – Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Samuelson appears in the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre’s production of Annie: the Musical. PYT’s director, Gary Minyard was able to cast him in a role that allowed him to be in the production while still maintaining his rigorous schedule between meetings in Harrisburg and his constituents in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. Ticket information and final show times for Annie: the Musical available here. Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan appears as a Touchstone Christmas City Follies XII Guest on Friday’s performance. The audience will hear the Mayor’s story about what makes the holidays special to him. ArtsLehigh’s director, Silagh White is honored to be the final guest at the Touchstone Follies. She’ll be sharing a story about one Christmas before her time in the Lehigh Valley. You can hear it at this Sunday’s performance. Show times for Touchstone’s Christmas City Follies XII available here.

If anyone is wondering why there are tons of yellow busses around Zoellner, it’s the annual Nutcracker Ballet performance by the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley. While the public performances are scheduled for the weekend, there’s are school performances Thursday morning, and two on Friday. If you regularly park in the Zoellner garage, you may want to consider some extra time and other options for your routine.

For all students leaving campus after semester requirements are satisfied, we wish you a safe journey home and a restful break. We’ll keep blogging over the holidays to keep you in touch with Bethlehem’s arts and cultural scene. Keep in touch. We love to know your thoughts – comments are open.