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            Sanford Beldon and Sharon Lee Glassman, members of Civic Theatre’s Board of Directors and Gretchen Klinedinst Furst  veteran actress and Civic Theatre School instructor will be among those honored at the Allentown Arts Commission Annual Arts Ovation luncheon.

                       Each year the Arts Ovation Committee, chaired by Chuck Kalan and Susan Rutt, accepts nominations for those individuals whose artistic talents or significant contribution to the arts have made an impact on the cultural quality of life in Allentown.

                       Sanford Beldon will receive the Special Recognition Award. In addition to his status as Board member of Civic Theatre where he is an active member of the Audience Development Committee, Beldon served as the chairman of the Allentown Art Museum for nine years. Under his direction, the museum developed the Allentown Arts Park.

             Gretchen Klinedinst Furst , an accomplished performer and extraordinary performing arts educator and Sharon Lee Glassman, President of Civic Theatre and, with her husband, a past recipient of the Overall Special Recognition Arts Ovation Award, will receive the Award for Literary Arts. Together they wrote MOMMALOGUES, an original play which premiered to sold out houses at Civic Theatre and went on to a successful off-Broadway debut in 2013.

             Other awards and recipients include the Visual Arts Award to Barnaby Rue, the Service to the Arts Award to St. Thomas More Summer Theatre Magic, the Performing Arts Award to the William Allen High School Chorale, the Contribution to the Arts Award to Scott Stonebeck, and the Emerging Arts Award to Allentown School District Foundation.

             Civic Theatre and the Allentown Arts Commission invite you join us at the awards luncheon which takes place on Thursday, May 8th at noon at The Palace Center at 623 Hanover Avenue in Allentown. Tickets are $35 and include the award presentations, luncheon and entertainment by the William Allen High School Chorale.  For information call 610-791-3497 or to be included with the Civic Theatre reservation, bring a check for $35.00/ticket made out to Allentown Arts Commission to the Civic Theatre Box Office by April 21st

Bus Trip to See ALADDIN on Broadway

on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Special group rates on the first mezzanine!  

Plus the opportunity to take a Backstage & Prop Studio Tour or participate in a Dance Movement Workshop, plus lunch at Dave & Buster’s!


Friday, May 30, 2014             Reservations due by 5:00 pm.

Friday, June 13, 2014             ALL RESERVATIONS MUST BE PAID IN FULL.
If your reservation is not paid in full, your seats will be released for resale.
** No Refunds or Exchanges **


6:15 am                Board Buses at Civic Theatre, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown, PA
6:30 am              Depart Civic Theatre for NYC
9:30 am             Backstage Tour Group dropped off at New Amsterdam Theater, 214 W. 42nd Street
10:00 am            Dance Movement Group dropped off at Disney Rehearsal Studios, 36th and 8th Avenue
10:30 am              Civic Theatre leaders will escort Tour Group to Dance Studios to view students’ presentation
11:00 am              Dance Movement Group presentation
11:30 am              Civic Theatre leaders will escort group to lunch at Dave and Buster’s, 234 W. 42nd Street, NYC
12:00 pm              Buffet Lunch at Dave and Buster’s
1:20 pm                Civic Theatre leaders will escort the group to the New Amsterdam Theater, 214 W. 42nd Street, NYC.
2:00 pm                Aladdin Matinee- first mezzanine tickets
4:30-5:00 pm         Board Buses outside the New Amsterdam Theatre to return to Civic Theatre in Allentown
7:00 pm                Approximate return to Civic Theatre


  • Please consider bringing snacks and drinks for your party for the bus ride.
  • Music and personal video players are permitted on the bus with headphones.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Children 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • If you are not participating in either the Theater Tour or the Dance Movement Classes, you may roam NYC on your own until meeting the group for either lunch (12 pm) or the matinee (1:30 pm). You may choose your “drop off” location from either the New Amsterdam Theater or the Disney Rehearsal Studios.

$120 per person               First mezzanine tickets to Aladdin on Broadway & round trip bus ride
(Regular price: $149.95 per Aladdin ticket & $47 per round trip bus ticket)

$20 per person                  Backstage Tour of the New Amsterdam Theater & Disney Prop Studio
9:30-10:30 am                    All ages – 60 minute tour.

$25 per person                  Dance & Movement Workshop – learn the opening number to Aladdin.
10:00-11:30 am                  Ages 8 and up – 90 minute workshop.
11:00-11:30 am                  Non-participants may return to see the finished number.

$23 per person                 Buffet Lunch at Dave & Buster’s
12 noon-1:20 pm              Entrees:  Grilled Chicken Breast “Monte Carlo” (served with roasted red  peppers, fresh basil and Boursin cheese), Garlic herb roasted redskin potatoes, Caesar salad, Crispy chicken bites, Fresh baked rolls with butter.Unlimited beverages: coffee, hot & iced tea, fountain sodas, pink lemonade and water.

QUESTIONS        Please contact Susan McDermott at 610.432.8943 or

Click Here to RegisterAladdin Bus Trip

Tonys & Tapas

SAVE THE DATE ~ Sunday, June 8, 2014


To view our Tonys & Tapas page, click here.

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Silent Film: The Mark of Zorro (1920)

Patrons, new to silent films as well as veteran silent film watchers, will be excited to marvel at the sights and sounds when Civic presents another installment in its ongoing series of silent film classics on Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30 pm.

The well known 1920 film, The Mark of Zorro, features Douglas Fairbanks and Noah Beery will be shown in the Historic Nineteenth Street Theatre. The first film to introduce the masked hero, Zorro, makes this a genre-defining swashbuckler adventure you won’t want to miss! Not only did the silent film star Douglas Fairbanks play the leading role in The Mark of Zorro but he also adapted the screenplay and produced the movie for his own production company.

The Mark of Zorro tells the story of Don Diego Vega, the outwardly foppish son of a wealthy ranchero Don Alejandro in the old Spanish California of the early 19th century. Seeing the mistreatment of the peons by rich landowners and the oppressive colonial government, Don Diego, who is not as effete as he pretends, has taken the identity of the masked Robin Hood-like rogue Señor Zorro, champion of the people, who appears out of nowhere to protect them from the corrupt administration of Governor Alvarado, his henchman the villainous Captain Juan Ramon and the brutish Sergeant Pedro Gonzales. With his sword flashing and an athletic sense of humor, Zorro scars the faces of evildoers with his mark, “Z.”

When not in the disguise of Zorro, dueling and rescuing peons, Don Diego courts the beautiful Lolita Pulido with bad magic tricks and worse manners and she cannot stand him. Who will win the hand of the beautiful Miss Lolita? Don Diego or Señor Zorro? Bring the entire family to find out!

Why come to a Silent Film?

For those of you who have never been lucky enough to see a silent film, it is a truly an experience celebrating a classic American art form. You experience the movies the way the audiences did 100 years ago. When you realize all of the sounds effects come from the theatre’s original Moeller organ, you will truly be amazed!

Who would like a Silent Film?

The entire family! Civic Theatre is the only theatre in the area to bring a silent film experience back to the silver screen. A different kind of fun…it is a truly unique experience… a low-tech high entertainment way to watch a movie that you will not believe.

How to buy tickets?

At the box office or online at
General Admission: $12
Students/Seniors: $10
Members: $9