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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spring on 4th DYK series #10 - Touchstone Theatre "Ulysses Dreams"

The Touchstone Theatre does it Again!!

The Touchstone Theatre is an amazing not-for-profit theatre comprised of a resident ensemble of theatre artists deeply rooted in the local Bethlehem community, as well as the greater surrounding area. I was first exposed to the Touchstone Theatre my sophomore year at Lehigh when a few of my sorority sisters and I visited the theatre to help them out with some odd jobs as part of our community service initiative. Over the past few years I have stayed up to date with the Touchstone Theatre to check-in and see what they’re up to. 
With South Bethlehem’s Spring on Fourth right around the corner, the Touchstone Theatre will be performing their newest production, Ulysses Dreams: An Exploration of Origin and Destiny. This adaptation of the adventures of the hero Ulysses is performed in the form of a song cycle dealing with the character of Ulysses and his adventurous journey.
Even if you missed the debut of this production last weekend, no worries, there will be four showings this coming Saturday and Sunday, one at 12pm and the other at 4pm. Tickets are $25 for regular admission and $15 for students and seniors; however, the 12pm Sunday showing is Pay What You Will!!! There is no reason not to treat yourself to a fabulous local production of this timeless tale!

Patrice Piazza, Lehigh University '13

Lehigh University offers many courses in the Baker Institute for Entrepreneurialism, Creativity and Innovation that give students an opportunity to learn from other entrepreneurs in business and in society. One course offered in the spring is ENT 198: Art Entrepreneurship Community. In this course, students explore the dynamic relationship between art(ist), producer (public, private, single & multiple) and audience. A significant part of their learning is through applying their own talents to the annual Spring on Fourth festival. Through this practicum, students have seen the impact of their work in terms of relationship building between the South Bethlehem business community and the campus. 

They have also been given a great opportunity to see how a festival impacts local businesses. These local businesses are the backbone of the local economy; and students are learning all of their owners by name - and not by name tag. They have become very familiar with the assets of the community around their campus - and are coming to understand the value and shared responsibility of supporting a local economy through events and festivals that raise the quality of life for all citizens who live and work in the same zip code.

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