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Genesius staging ‘Kinky Boots’; music returning to Wyebrook Farm [Spotlight]

Genesius Theatre presents “Kinky Boots,” a Tony-Award-winning musical comedy with script by Harvey Fierstein and music by Cyndi Lauper, from Friday through June 30 at its theater at 153 N. 10th St., Reading.

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 film of the same name, “Kinky Boots” follows Charlie Price, a young man who has always resisted his father’s pressure to take over the family shoe factory. Just as Charlie is preparing to move with his fiancée from Northern England to the big city of London, he gets the news that his father has died, and that the factory he’s suddenly inherited is going bankrupt.

Forced to give up his dreams in order to save the business, Charlie finds unexpected inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As Charlie and Lola work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible, and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

The show is timely for the month of June, which is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month. It features drag performers and centers on the theme of acceptance — not just of others, but also of oneself.

The cast of 28 is led by Bo Irwin as Charlie Price, Michael Roman as Lola/Simon, Mackenzie Buchter as Nicola, Cecilia Cooper as Lauren, and Tommy Heiler as Don. The production is co-directed by Bill Eshbach and Christopher Sperat.

Eshbach credits Fierstein with crafting a stage script that is equally uplifting and grounded, funny and moving.

“Fierstein’s humor and heart come across on every page,” he said. “While the show has a definite message, it never allows itself to be too preachy in its delivery. The ending feels earned.”

“We have a hugely talented cast that is bringing big energy to this show,” he added. “Berks County audiences will get to feel this mammoth Broadway musical in a more intimate space, allowing them to feel closer to the show and more connected to the action.”

Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., next Sunday at 3 p.m., June 26, 27, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., and June 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15-$32.50. The production runs 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission. For more information, see genesiusdifference.org.

The Manatawny Creek Ramblers will headline the opener of the new Summer Concert Series at Wyebrook Farm in northern Chester County on July 11. From left are Ted Fenstermacher, Daniel Bower, Charlie Muench and Eve Sheldon.
The Manatawny Creek Ramblers will headline the opener of the new Summer Concert Series at Wyebrook Farm in northern Chester County on July 11. From left are Ted Fenstermacher, Daniel Bower, Charlie Muench and Eve Sheldon.

Music

After a six-year hiatus, live music is returning to Wyebrook Farm, West Nantmeal Township, northern Chester County, in July with the kickoff of a monthly Thursday evening Summer Concert Series presented by Moonlight Forest Productions.

The concerts will be held the second Thursday of each month from July through October and will kick off on July 11 at 6 p.m. with a performance by the Manatawny Creek Ramblers with special guest Cheyenne Malfaro. Also on the schedule are Frog Holler on Aug. 8, Hezekiah Jones and Chris Kasper on Sept. 12 and Hoots & Hellmouth on Oct. 10.

The restaurant at Wyebrook is no longer operating, so food trucks will be on hand, using Wyebrook Farm meats to prepare sandwiches such as pulled pork and burgers. Beer will be sold by East Branch Brewing of Downingtown.

The concerts will take place on the lawn; take along chairs and blankets. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information and ticket purchases, see wyebrookfarm.com.

Children’s theater

Sesame Street Live!’s production of “Say Hello” is coming to the Santander Performing Arts Center, Reading, for shows at 2 and 6 p.m. on Nov. 23. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.

In “Say Hello,” Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and their friends sing, dance and play alongside children’s favorite furry friends, all while they follow Elmo’s puppy, Tango, in a fun game of hide and seek.

The show is catered for ages 1 to 7 but is enjoyable for the whole family. It runs one hour and 20 minutes including a 20-minute intermission. For more information, see sesamestreetlive.com.

Books

Local author Susan Gross’s children’s book “James and the Mountain” is now available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound as well as select retailer sites. It is published by Leesport-based company Crave Press.

Based on true events, “James and the Mountain” is an inspiring and wonderful story of trekking to the top of the majestic Mount Whitney. During this adventure, James encounters a wise tree, a grand old buck and a beastly bear that motivates him to keep going and to not quit.  Though James struggles at times, he reflects on the many blessings in life and the beauty ahead.

“James and the Mountain” honors the life of the author’s late son who lived for new adventures and explorations.

Susan Gross lives in Temple with her husband, Strother. She is a Yardley native and graduate of Pennsbury High School and Bucks County Community College and attended Eastern College for two years. She works in a preschool and volunteers with local community organizations. She loves to spend time with her children and grandchildren in Kansas City, Washington state and Pottstown. A portion of the proceeds from this book will go toward her grandchildren’s education. She wrote this and her first book, “Adventure on in the Big, Big World,” to honor her late son James.

Crave Press is a fully integrated publishing company that engages in title acquisition and development, editorial, design, promotion, sales, warehousing and distribution. It publishes fiction and nonfiction books in a wide range of categories and formats. For more information, visit www.cravepress.com.


Source: Berkshire mont

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