“A Christmas Story” At Tri-County Performing Arts Center, Pottstown

I went to see “A Christmas Story” this evening at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center in downtown Pottstown.  I think I like the stage version better than the movie.

The “black box” theater demands that you focus on the acting rather than elaborate sets, props and special effects.  I would say the actors were superb tonight.

Stand out performances were given by Geoffrey Berwind as Ralph as an adult (who acts as a narrator), Ben Williams as Ralphie Parker, Andrea Frassoni as Mother, Michele Bolay as Miss Shields and Steve Reazor as The Old Man.  I would give the higest accolades to Groffrey Berwind and Steve Reazor.  Michele Bolay was hysterical!

Congratulations to Marta Rubin Kiesling, Deborah Stimson-Snow and Director Bill Kiesling for another fine production!

My friends and I enjoyed a great meal at the Brick House prior to the show.  The place was packed!  Come to Pottstown and “make it a night”!

There are three more shows before “A Christmas Story” closes.  On Saturday, December 17th there are performances at 3:00pm and 8:00pm.  On Sunday, December 18th there is a performance at 3:00pm.

For more information click here: http://www.villageproductions.org/

The Tri-County Performing Arts Center is located at 245 E. High Street in Pottstown!

Lady Gaga Crushes Rivals In 2011 Music Earnings

Lady Gaga towered over other female musicians in 2011, heading a list of top earning women with an estimated $90 million in income, according to a http://www.Forbes.com survey released on Wednesday.

The “Born This Way” singer and performance artist made more than double her nearest rival — country/pop artist Taylor Swift — thanks to multiple endorsement deals and an estimated $1.3 million nightly gross ticket sales from her concert tour.

Read more: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45674944/?ocid=ansmsnbc11

Easton Going Another Year Without Tax Hike

Easton City Council on Wednesday approved a budget that holds taxes steady while taking on the burden of funding community revitalization programs abandoned by the state or struggling for self-reliance.

With no increase in the levy, the 2012 budget represented an easy victory for Mayor Sal Panto Jr., who had a like-minded council behind him and in November won a second consecutive term — and fourth overall — promising fiscal austerity.

Council unanimously approved the $28.8 million financial plan, which member Jeff Warren called a conservative budget for maintaining the tax rate at 24.95 mills

Read more:  http://www.mcall.com/news/local/easton/mc-easton-city-council-adotps-budget-20111214,0,1169263.story