Act 1 Design Students Take Center Stage with “Working, A Musical”

DeSales musical uses the Lehigh Valley as a springboard to celebrate the realistic and relatable struggles of the working class.

Center Valley, PA – (September 11, 2019)- Act 1 DeSales University Theatre continues its 50th anniversary season with “Working, A Musical,” running from October 10th to October 20th in the Schubert Theatre at the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, Center Valley, PA. The production showcases the talents of Act 1’s outstanding design/technical theatre students who helm the scenic, costume, and lighting aspects of the show.

Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book, “Working” is a collection of the hopes and dreams of the American worker.  With songs by some of Broadway’s biggest names: Stephen Schwartz, Lin Manuel-Miranda, Craig Carnelia, and James Taylor, the show paints a vivid portrait of the schoolteachers, waitresses, millworkers, masons, and housewives whose hard work is so often taken for granted. For anyone who has ever punched a timeclock, “Working, A Musical” gives an exciting and profound look into the work we do and how it brings meaning to our lives.

This production offers an exciting opportunity for an aspiring design student. Scenic designer Bridget Broskey ’21 accepted the challenge of representing the workplaces of each of the 25 characters in the show. “We want to represent the different classes of people and the diversity in those classes,” says Brosky. She got creative using the Lehigh Valley as a springboard. “Although the show represents the entire country, it’s also important to credit the industry within the Lehigh Valley, Brosky says, “The Bethlehem Steel “I” and other industries right out of Allentown are referenced throughout the show to give them the thanks and recognition they deserve for all of the work they do for our own community.”

“Working, A Musical” calls for 12 actors, each playing 2-3 characters, who are vastly different in their own right.  Costume designer Bailey Gavin’s ’21 designs represent the unity that exists not only among vastly different professions but among the American people as well.

Lighting designer Nick Culmone ’20, created the production’s lighting using a dynamic city skyline and featuring electrifying effects.

The production opens on Thursday, October 10 at 8PM and runs to Sunday, October 20. Performances are There is a “Talk-Back” performance with the cast on Sunday, October 13 immediately following the matinee performance. Ticket prices are $30 for adults and $28 for students and seniors on Wednesdays and Thursdays and $31 for adults and $29 for students and seniors on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Group discounts are available for all performances. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Labuda Center box office at 610-282-3192 or by visiting the web site at www.desales.edu/act1.

In an effort to improve accessibility for all patrons, the Saturday, October 19 2:00 PM performance will feature Audio Descriptions for patrons who are blind or visually impaired. During Audio Described performances, all action and physical appearances are described live through a headset. Tickets are half price for patrons using these special services on this date. Please call box office manager Nicole Moyer at 610-282-3654, ext. 1 for more information.

The Labuda Center is fully accessible and equipped with a listening enhancement system. Special seating is available for our patrons using wheelchairs or requiring other assistance. Please inform the box office of your needs when ordering tickets.