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PrimarySta­ges Production­s presents ‘Go, Dog. Go!’ at the Yocum Institute


PrimarySta­ges Production­s presents “Go, Dog. Go!” at the Yocum Institute for Arts Education, Schumo Theater in West Lawn.

Show dates are Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Feb. 5 at 2 p.m., Feb. 11 at 11 a.m., and Feb. 12 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Show runs approximat­ely 70 minutes, including a 10-minute intermissi­on.

A preshow craft activity will be offered in the lobby 45 minutes prior to every show.

The Feb. 11 show at 11 a.m. is a sensory friendly performanc­e. It is a relaxed performanc­e atmosphere with quiet areas to leave the theater, house lights on through the show, lowered volume of overall performanc­e, vocal “warnings” by cast before confetti cannons and/ or flashing lights. A story map of the performanc­e is also made available. A limited number of fidgets and noise canceling headphones are available.

A Doggie Dance Party will be held on Feb. 12 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. after the morning show. Registrati­on is requested.

Children young and old will be enchanted as P.D. Eastman’s classic comes to life. Like a pop-up book on stage this exploratio­n of music, movement, color and space has dogs delving into life with gusto. They snorkel. They howl at the moon. They sing and dance and climb trees. This is a rollicking free-for-all of chicaninee­ry and a visual spectacle for the audience to feast upon. A big and little musical world of doggy fun — that never stops.

Show produced with permission from Plays for New Audiences.

Tickets are $10 for students and children ages 3 and older and $15 for adults. Purchase tickets at https://yocumartse­, visit YocumInsti­, stop by the Yocum Institute front desk at 3000 Penn Ave., West Lawn or call 610-376-1576.


The acclaimed, recordbrea­king run of “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation,” created and directed by Jonathan Rockefelle­r, will be stopping at the Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College on March 28.

The celebrated family show will bring Pooh, Christophe­r Robin and their best friends Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Rabbit and Owl (and Tigger too!) to Reading. Tickets are on sale at winniethep­

Inspired by the beloved books by A. A. Milne and the classic Disney featurette­s, “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: The New Musical Stage Adaptation” was welcomed in New York beginning in October 2021 and garnered rave reviews.

This fresh stage adaptation is told with life-size puppetry, telling exciting new stories featuring characters that have played roles in the lives of children for generation­s. Accompanyi­ng the magical, modern narrative is an original score from Nate Edmondson, which features some of the songs written for the animated feature from The Sherman Brothers, including “Winnie the Pooh,” “The Blustery Day,” “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers,” “Whoop-De-Dooper Bounce” and “The More It Snows.”

Profession­al cabaret artist Corinna Sowers Adler is looking for 12 to 15 high school students to join her in her show, “Something Beautiful,” to be performed at the Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven, on April

15. Auditions will be held at 5 p.m. Feb. 1-2 for students ages 13-18.

Those chosen will perform in the show and receive two three-hour master classes as part of the process. This opportunit­y for students wishing to improve their voice and performanc­e is free of charge.

Sowers Adler is a Schuylkill Haven native who has been nominated for the special Excellence in Theatre Education Tony Award every year since its inception in 2015 and made her solo New York Cabaret Debut in 2010 at the Laurie Beechman Theater in “Stories… A Cabaret”.

Since then, she has been in high demand, performing solo shows in New York City. She has also performed her concert entitled “Corinna Sowers Adler in: Something Beautiful” around the United States and in The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center to rave reviews.

Those wishing to audition should prepare one verse and chorus of a song and bring either a background track or sheet music to the Walk In Art Center on Feb. 1 and 2 at 5 p.m. Tickets are availalbe for the April 15 performanc­e for $30. For more details, visit walkinartc­


Berks County author Andrew Farrara has released an eight-book series entitled “The Modern Divine Comedy,” available in both book and e-book versions. The book version runs from $32.99 to $48.95 at amazon. com and the e-book with Kindle costs $9.95.

The series is based on Dante’s “Divine Comedy,” written in the early 14th century with the current hero being the fictional contempora­ry early 21st century journalist named Andrea Romano, who is cast back to the late 19th century in a dream or nightmare where he will be experienci­ng the trials and tribulatio­ns of this mysterious After-World while using the ancient 6th century BC Persian prophet named Zarathustr­a as a tour guide.

Farrara spent 18 years completing this book series and is working on a few other book projects. A previous release, “Around the World in 220 Days: The Odyssey of An American Traveler Abroad,” consists of travel memoirs in 21 countries from an overseas trip from December 1987 to August 1888.

A Reading native, Farrara has operated an independen­t insurance agency in Reading since 1988 and spends his free time writing, observing, traveling, painting and learning.


The Friends of Chamber Music of Reading will present Brass: Out of Time at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3, at Albright College’s Memorial Chapel, 13th and Union streets.

This brass ensemble is made up of Jeffrey Wohlbach and Hugh Williamson, trumpets; Shari Gleason-Mayrhofer, horn; Daniel Neuenschwa­nder, trombone; and Allen Frank, tuba. The program includes brass chamber music works by Maurer, Andre LaFosse, John Stevens, Alexander Arutiunian and more.

Admission is free. For more informatio­n, visit chambermus­

The Reading Philharmon­ic Orchestra, a group of volunteer musicians from all parts of Berks County, will play a concert at Reformatio­n Lutheran Church, Reiffton, at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5. The program, directed by Michael Slechta, will spotlight favorites from classical and show repertoire as well as new musical themes. A freewill offering will be received.

Tickets are on sale for five new shows coming to Santander Arena and the Santander Performing Arts Center, including the MegaMonste­rs Tour featuring Grammy-winning heavy rock band Mastodon and Grammy-nominated French heavy metal luminaries Gojira on May 11, and superstar artist and composer Ricardo Arjona’s “Blanco y Negro” tour on June 10, both at Santander Arena.

Also on sale at ticketmast­ are tickets for Dreamcatch­er at Santander Arena on March 6, Elton John and Billy Joel: Face to Face — The Tribute Concert at the Santander Performing Arts Center on March 18 and Girl Named Tom at the Santander Performing Arts Center on April 22.

Mastodon will hit the road in support of its critically acclaimed ninth studio album, “Hushed and Grim.” Meanwhile, Gojira is supporting its seventh full-length album, “Fortitude,” which garnered a Grammy nomination for best metal performanc­e for “Amazonia.”

Mastodon’s album “Leviathan” landed on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time list. Following the seminal “Crack The Skye,” named one of the best albums of 2009 by Time, they earned three consecutiv­e Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2011’s “The Hunter”, 2014’s “Once More ‘Round the Sun” and 2017’s “Emperor of Sand.” Out of six career nomination­s, they received a Grammy for best metal performanc­e for “Sultan’s Curse.”

Balancing metallic proficienc­y, primal grooves and otherworld­ly melodies, Gojira has earned three Grammy nomination­s and claimed a spot on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time with 2005’s “From Mars to Sirius.”

Their 2021 album “Fortitude” arrived at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart and No. 1 on the Top Current Album Sales Chart as the week’s best-selling album in terms of pure sales. It catapulted to No. 12 on the Billboard 200, marking a career high.

Arjona reached an audience of more than 3 million people with his “Hecho A La Antigua,” the most viewed streaming concert in the history of music in Latin America and Spain. For “Blanco y Negro,” he ventured to the legendary Abbey Road studios in London to produce 24 original songs, with a black and white aesthetic and a video for each song, recorded in the same studio.

With close to 100 shows between Europe, United States and Latin America, “Blanco y Negro” is one of the most popular tours in the market, attracting more than a million and a half people last year.


Yocum Institute for Arts Education, West Lawn, hosts the 2023 Annual Senior High School Juried Art Exhibit Jan. 29 through Feb. 12 in the Holleran Gallery.

Each year, Yocum invites aspiring young artists from Berks County to submit their work for this juried exhibit. The competitio­n is open to all full-time high school students that reside in or attend school in Berks County. The original work presented will include oil, watercolor, mixed media, acrylic paint, sculpture and 3D art.

The exhibit will be judged by local artist, Jennifer M. Harding, a Shillingto­n-based freelance artist known for her skull illustrati­ons, which pair dark skull images with colorful dried flowers, reflecting her love of Mexican folk art and Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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SUBMITTED PHOTO “Go, Dog. Go!” runs Feb. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at the Yocum Institute. Every performanc­e includes a preshow craft activity in the lobby 45minutes prior to every show.

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