For further info: historicbethlehem.org

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The spotlight is on New Jersey, with yet another main stage production to open Saturday. It’s the Country Gate Players’ production of the Tony Award-winning “Miss Saigon” at the Country Gate Playhouse in Belvidere. The show runs through July 28, and is directed by Gina Scurato of Harmony. Musical director is Tierney Jory of Bangor.

In “Miss Saigon,” the creators of “Les Miserables” bring Giacomo Puccini’s opera, “Madame Butterfly,” to the modern world in a moving testament to the human spirit. In the turmoil of the Vietnam War, an American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Their struggles are both tragic and hopeful in an iconic theatrical treatment of love, loss, and the collision of cultures.

The cast includes Maria Stein of Easton as Kim, Darren Morris of Easton as Christopher Scott, Manuel Alvarado of Nazareth as John Thomas, Mandy Gambal of Pocono Lake as Ellen, David Miller of Los Angeles as Thuy, Donna Bellfy of Phillipsburg as Gigi Van Tranh, Lily and Sophia Markopoulos of Wind Gap doubling in the role of Tam, and Bill Scurato of Harmony as The Engineer.

Country Gate personnel said the show contains adult content and parent discretion is advised.

For further info: countrygate.org

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The Baum School of Art in Allentown is featuring two exhibits, “Clarence H. Carter: Realism to Surrealism” and “Milan Melicharek: Regional Landscapes,” through Aug. 9.

Carter’s early work was said to be in the prevailing aesthetic spirit of the times—the interests of the “common man,” scenes emphasizing local places and a “homespun genre” – were the world in which he lived and created. In 1965, his artistic style moved from temporality to timelessness, with the Ovoid becoming his single most important symbol.

Melicharek’s colorful work captures the captivating and moody landscapes of Pennsylvania and Maine. A teacher at Northwestern Lehigh High School for 32 years, he is a signature member of the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Watercolor Societies.

For further info: baumschool.org

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