Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts hosts a Summer Pop-Up Costume Gallery

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Featuring the work of Tony-nominated designer, Michael McDonald
BETHLEHEM, PA  (August 6, 2021)— The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts (Charter Arts) will host a Summer Pop-Up Window exhibit in its Corpora Art Gallery from August 6-23, 2021.   The exhibit will feature a sampling of designs by Tony Award-nominated costume designer, Michael McDonald.
An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, August 6th from 5:30-7:00 PM as part of the Bethlehem Southside Arts District’s First Friday celebration.  Guests can also view the exhibit anytime through the gallery’s 3rd Street windows while on their way to Musikfest’s Main Stage or on their First Friday stroll.
McDonald’s Costume Design credits include: Broadway & London West End: Hair (Tony , Drama Desk, and Hewes Award nominations); Off-Broadway: STRAIGHT (Theater Row) The Irish Curse (Soho Rep), A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane Theater), Jericho (59E59), Almost Home (The Directors Co.), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Lincoln Center); Regional: La Cage Aux Folles (Goodspeed) God of Carnage, [Title of Show], Sex with Stranger & Mama’s Boy (George Street Playhouse). Oklahoma! And West Side Story Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival) Take Me Out (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Johnny Baseball,
(American Repertory Theater) All The Way, Dirty Blond, Spring Awakening, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Crowns (Zachary Scott Theatre)McDonald is on the design faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.


Charter Arts, opened in 2003,  is an audition-based public charter school that provides a comprehensive curriculum for high school students, grades 9-12, who have a passion for the arts.   Students major in one of seven artistic areas: dance, instrumental music, literary arts, production arts, theatre, visual arts, or vocal music.Charter Arts’ rigorous curriculum fosters both academic and artistic excellence for its students. The school’s impressive Future Ready PA Index ranking, Advanced Placement (AP) exam statistics, Keystone Exam statistics, SAT scores, prestigious artistic accolades, and graduation rate, are testaments to the outstanding education that Charter Arts provides.

Charter Arts, is proud to continue its legacy as one of the most respected high schools for the arts in the nation.  Charter Arts was one of only 349 schools in the nation to be named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.  In 2020, the school earned the Title I Distinguished School designation for the fourth year in a row, placing it in the top 5 % of all Title I high schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Recently, Charter Arts was ranked as #1 Best Public High School Teachers in PA (out of 666) and #1 Best Charter High School in Pennsylvania on Niche’s 2021 Best Schools in America Rankings.  The school is also one of only five high schools in the Lehigh Valley to make the Top 100 PA Schools list on U.S News & World Report’s 2021 Rankings.

Charter Arts is located at 321 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem PA 18015.  To learn more, visit:  www.CharterArts.org.



Information & Image Provided By:
Ann Gillette
Manager of Public Relations and Media
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
321 East 3rd Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015