Act 1 DeSales University Theatre Announces Season 49

The Division of Performing Arts at DeSales University is pleased to announce its 49th season of plays, musicals, children’s productions, choral and dance concerts, and film festivals. 

“As we march toward our 50-year milestone, I take great pride in leading this outstanding faculty, staff, and, of course, students, in offering you storytelling of exceptional variety and unmatched artistry,” says Head of the Division of Performing Arts John Bell. “Each year we welcome another group of eager young actors, designers, dancers, and filmmakers all drawn to DeSales to hone their craft and create art that will inspire and entertain. We offer enchanting and provocative stories that will — with the mere rise of a curtain — unlock the limitlessness of your imagination.” 

The 49th season features a great sense of adventure. New creative worlds will be explored by our dance and film productions in the Emerging Choreographers Concert featuring world premiere dances choreographed by a select group of dance majors and the wildly popular “48-Hour Screendance Challenge” produced in association with our Screendance Festival.

In addition to our wonderful dance concerts, film festivals, and choral concerts, we have a slate of plays and musicals in a variety of genres and styles featuring characters exploring their hearts and attempting to direct the trajectories of their lives.

The first half of the 2018-2019 season opens with William Inge’s “Picnic,” which pits the longings of youth against the complacency of middle age. We follow with “Dames at Sea,” filled with rollicking tap dancing, joyful music, and a boatload of laughs. Up next is Activate: The Emerging Choreographers Concert, an exciting dance concert that celebrates the beauty of human movement with the theme of “Activate” inspiring physical action and choreographic research. The DeSales Screendance Festival showcases the exciting art form of “Screendance,” a hybrid between dance and film that blends the technological craft of filmmaking with the vibrancy and brilliance of human movement. The Christmas season will feature “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” a charming tale brimming with warmth, humor, and romance, as well as our annualGaudeamus Christmas Concert, a beloved tradition, featuring readings and music celebrating the Christmas season in a candlelit holiday setting.

In February, a family must face their fears of the future in Chekov’s, “The Cherry Orchard.” In March, The Dance Ensemble Concert features masterworks by renowned choreographers and our talented dance faculty. This annual highlight of our dance season features a beautiful blend of new and innovative dance premieres as well as reconstructions of masterworks of from some of the most respected dance choreographers of all time. Then our senior theatre majors will present their children’s play, “The Princess King,” the tale of Princess Genevieve and Henry the Cook, taking on a competition to prove that Genevieve is just as capable as any prince. And we end our season with the musical “Pippin,” a poignant story of a young man’s journey to be extraordinary.

The Act 1 subscription package includes “Picnic,” “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” “The Cherry Orchard,” and “Pippin.” Subscriptions range in price from $68 to $86. Act 1 subscribers are entitled to receive a discounted price on dance concerts, film festivals, and choral concerts. The second stage includes “Dames at Sea,” Activate: The Emerging Choreographers Concert, the Gaudeamus Christmas Concert, the Dance Ensemble Concert, “The Princess King,” and the Student Film Festival.

The subscriber price for these events range from $4 to $30. The Screendance Festival is free of charge; however, tickets are required.

Group discounts and morning matinees are also available. For tickets or more information, call the Act 1 Box Office at 610-282-3192, or visit www.desales.edu/act1.

Act 1 DeSales University 2018-2019 Events
Organization: Act 1, DeSales University Performing Arts
Address: 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA 18034
Contact: Roseann Damico Schatkowski, Director of Marketing and PR
Contact Phone: 610.282.1100, Ext. 1547
Contact E-Mail: roseann.damico@desales.edu
Box Office: 610-282-3192
Web Site: www.desales.edu/act1

Event: PICNIC 

Dates: September 26 through October 7, 2018 

Author: William Inge

Director: Steven Dennis

Description: By the author of “Come Back Little Sheba” and “Bus Stop” comes this classic Pulitzer Prize winning comedy. On a sweltering Labor Day weekend in a small Kansas town, the women of a quiet neighborhood are preparing for the annual picnic. Suddenly, a handsome young drifter named Hal appears, immediately capturing the women’s attention. In the next 24 hours, hearts are broken and lives are changed as Hal’s charming yet dangerous animal vitality pits the longings of youth against the complacency of middle age. (Ages 13+)

Location: Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts

Times: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM

Morning Matinee Tuesday, October 2 at 9:45 AM

Ticket Prices: Wednesday/Thursday: Adults: $21; Students and Seniors: $19

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Adults: $25; Students and Seniors: $23

 

Event: DAMES AT SEA 

Dates: October 11 to 21, 2018

Authors: Book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller. Music by Jim Wise

Director: Wayne S. Turney

Description: Chosen as Best Musical of the Year by Time, Newsweek, and the Outer Critics Circle, this hilariously campy show spoofs the Hollywood musicals of the 1930s. Little Ruby, with “nothing but tap shoes in her suitcase and a prayer in her heart,” has come to make it big on Broadway. To her dismay, the leading lady is threatening to walk and the theatre is scheduled for demolition. Then she meets Dick, a sailor who dreams of being a songwriter. Ruby starts in the chorus and, in true Hollywood fashion, becomes a star on the deck of a battleship (which just happens to be passing by). Filled with rollicking tap dancing and a boatload of laughs, this madcap musical parody proves the adage that “the show must go on.” (Ages 8+)

Location: Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts

Times: Weekdays and Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM

Ticket Prices: Wednesday/Thursday: Adults: $19; Students and Seniors: $17

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: Adults: $21; Students and Seniors: $19

 

Event: ACTIVATE: THE EMERGING CHOREOGRAPHERS CONCERT 

Dates: November 2 through 4, 2018

Description: The DeSales dance season opens with the choreographic expressions of our talented dance majors. This exciting concert celebrates the beauty of human movement with a select group of student choreographers premiering a diverse program of new works. This year, each choreographer will present a world premier with the theme of “Activate” inspiring their physical action and choreographic research.

Location: Schubert Theatre

Times: Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM

Ticket Prices: Adults: $15; Students and Seniors: $12

 

Event: SCREENDANCE FESTIVAL 

Dates: November 15 and 18, 2018

Location: Gambet Center Auditorium

Description: The DeSales Screendance Festival showcases the exciting art form of Screendance, a hybrid between dance and film that blends the technological craft of filmmaking with the vibrancy and brilliance of human movement. The festival will open Thursday evening with a slate of award-winning international dance films. The festival continues on Sunday evening celebrating the collaborative spirit our dance, theatre, and film majors bring to the 48-Hour Screendance Challenge! Their work will be adjudicated by a working professional dance-filmmaker who provides feedback on the students’ films.

Times: Saturday and Sunday at 8 PM

Ticket Prices: Free Admission. Tickets must be acquired in advance. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Event: MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY 

Dates: November 28 through December 9, 2018

Authors: Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon

Director: John Bell

Location: Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, PA

Description: Spend the holiday season with your favorite Pride and Prejudice characters as they gather at their stately home Pemberley. This imagined sequel to Jane Austen’s masterwork features middle-sister Mary Bennet as its unlikely heroine. Tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades, Mary longs for the chance to be the champion of her own story. As the family gathers for Christmas, the arrival of the shy Arthur de Bourgh sparks bookish Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love. A clever and charming tale brimming with holiday warmth, humor, and romance, Christmas at Pemberley will delight Austen fans and new-comers alike! (Ages 8+)

Times: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM

Morning Matinee Tuesday, December 4 at 9:45 AM

Added Performance on Saturday, December 1 at 2 PM

Ticket Prices: Wednesday/Thursday Adults: $29; Students and Seniors: $27

Friday/Saturday/Sunday Adults: $30; Students and Seniors: $28

 

Event: GAUDEAMUS CHRISTMAS CONCERT 

Dates: December 2, 3 and 7, 8, 2018.

Location: Connelly Chapel

Description: A beloved campus tradition, the Gaudeamus program features readings and music celebrating the Christmas season. Mr. Mark Helms, Coordinator of Choral Activities, leads the University Chorale and Schola Cantorum in a program of carols, both new and familiar, along with favorite hymns sung by the full assembly. This candlelit evening is the perfect way to usher in the holiday season!

Times: All performances at 8 PM

Ticket Prices: Adults: $6; Seniors: $4; Students: $3

 

Event: THE CHERRY ORCHARD 

Dates: February 20 through March 3, 2019

Author: Anton Chekhov

Director: Anne Lewis

Location: Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts.

Description: The aristocratic Gayev family are sociable, intelligent, caring, and hopelessly in debt. Unless they can find funding, their huge estate—including its much-loved cherry orchard—will go to auction. The entrepreneurial son of their ex-farmhand offers them a solution, but they balk at his proposal. Racked by indecision and unable to comprehend the huge social changes on the horizon, through laughter and tears, they spend one last summer on their beautiful country property conjuring memories of the past to mask their fears of the future. (Ages 10+)

Times: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM

Morning Matinee Tuesday, February 26 at 9:45 AM

Ticket Prices: Wednesday/Thursday Adults: $20; Students and Seniors: $18

Friday/Saturday/Sunday Adults: $24; Students and Seniors: $22

 

Event: DANCE ENSEMBLE CONCERT 

Dates: March 15 through 17, 2019

Location: Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, PA

Description: The Dance Ensemble Concert features masterworks of choreography by renowned choreographers and our talented dance faculty. This annual highlight of our dance season features a beautiful blend of new and innovative choreographic premieres as well as reconstructions of masterworks of choreography from some of the most respected dance choreographers of all time. Presented on our main stage, the Dance Ensemble concert showcases the stunning versatility of our talented dance majors.

Times: Friday at 11 AM and 8 PM; Saturday at 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM

Ticket Prices: Adults: $15; Students and Seniors: $12

 

Event: THE PRINCESS KING 

Dates: March 19 to April 16, 2019

Author: Jeff Fluharty

Location: Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, PA

Description: Curl up with a bedtime story as our senior theatre majors present “The Princess King”—a tale of love, loyalty, and a little bit of lasagna! Join Princess Genevieve and Henry the Cook, as they take on a competition to prove that Genevieve is just as capable as any prince. And remember, “You’re never too old for a bedtime story!”

Dates & Times: 

10:00 AM Tuesdays: 3/19 3/26 4/2 4/9 4/16

Thursdays: 3/21 3/28 4/4 4/11

S aturdays: 3/23 3/30 4/6 4/13

12:30 PM Tuesdays: 3/26 4/9 4/16

Thursdays: 3/28 4/4 4/11

Saturdays: 3/23 3/30 4/6 4/13

Ticket Prices: Adults: $10; Students and Seniors: $9

 

Event: STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL 

Dates: March 23, 2019

Location: Main Stage Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, PA

Description: The 19th Annual DeSales University Film Festival features the emerging voices of film directors, screenwriters, producers, cinematographers, designers, editors, and actors in the DSU Film Department. A platform for young filmmakers taking their first steps toward a professional career, the festival features a variety of genre and cinematic journeys. This inspirational “one night only” event culminates in the announcement of Best in Show, Honorable Mention and the Duffy Award for Audience Favorite.

Times: All showings at 8 PM

Ticket Prices: Adults: $10; Students and Seniors: $8

 

Event: SPRING CHORAL CONCERT 

Dates: April 26 and 27, 2019

Location: Connelly Chapel, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA

Times: All performances at 7:30 PM

Ticket Prices: Adults: $6; Seniors: $4; Students: $3

 

Event: PIPPIN 

Dates: April 24 through May 5, 2019

Author: Book by Roger O. Hirson. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Director: Dennis Razze

Location: Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, PA

Description: Winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Pippin tells the poignant story of a young man’s journey to be extraordinary. Guided by a magical Leading Player, young prince Pippin searches for true happiness in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power. In the end, he finds happiness lies in the un-extraordinary moments of everyday life. With an infectious, unforgettable score by the award-winnng Broadway musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked and Godspell), and featuring the great Broadway anthem “Corner of the Sky,” Pippin continues to captivate and appeal to the young at heart throughout the world. (Ages 13+)

Times: Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM; Sundays at 2 PM

Morning Matinee Monday, April 29 at 9:45 AM

Added Performance on Saturday, May 4 at 2 PM

Ticket Prices: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Adults: $26; Students and Seniors: $24 Friday/Saturday/Sunday Adults: $28; Students and Seniors: $26

Questions? Roseann.Damico@desales.edu