Educational Opportunities

Act 1 provides educational opportunities for local youth with morning matinee shows as well as the Dance Tour and Shakespeare tour

Morning Matinees

Morning matinees are open to schools, students, instructed at home, senior citizens, and the general public. With only one morning matinee per production, tickets will go fast, so order early at 610.282.3192!

  • Morning matinee performances begin promptly at their scheduled times.
  • “Talk Back” sessions with the director and cast will take place after every first Sunday Matinee and after our Morning Matinees. Purchase your tickets early for these popular performances.

Production: Picnic
Dates: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 9:45 am
Price: Student group of 10 or more: $12

Production: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Dates: Monday, December 4, 2018 at 9:45 am
Price: Student group of 10 or more: $15

Production: The Cherry Orchard
Dates:  Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 9:45 am
Price: Student group of 10 or more: $12

Production: Dance Ensemble Concert
Dates:  Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00 am
Price: Student group of 10 or more: $13

Production:
Pippin
Dates:  Monday, April 30, 2019 at 9:45 am
Price: Student group of 10 or more: $15

To reserve your group tickets, please call Act 1 Box Office Manager Nicole Moyer at 610.282.3192.

Shakespeare Lives!

Our resident Shakespeare Tour Company consists of a select group of Senior Theatre Majors who present a fast-paced, engaging performance followed by a talk-back with your students. This year’s program will include interactive teaching skits on topics such as scansion, poetic imagery, and rhetorical devices. Scenes from the past have included Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Othello, and many more! If you have any special Shakespeare play requests that your group is studying, or topics that we might help you to clarify or otherwise bring Shakespeare to life, let us know! Your performance includes a full study guide, and is presented within the comfort of your own building. 

COSTS: $250.00 within 30 minutes of DeSales University $300.00 beyond 30 minutes of DeSales University

DATES:
Tuesday & Thursday mornings, October 23 to December 6, 2018  

Dance Touring Company

The Dance Touring Company presents a wonderfully diverse program featuring modern, ballet, and jazz dance pieces that explore various themes and concepts. This educational and artistic outreach program includes performance, lecture, technical demonstration, audience participation, and an informal question and answer session. Appropriate for groups of all ages, the company can tailor their performance to your venue and audience. In addition a 45-minute dance workshop with the company members is available for small groups after the performance for an added cost. 

COSTS: Free performance; $100.00 for workshop after performance

DATES: Tuesday & Thursday mornings October 23 to December 6, 2018 

For more information about The Shakespeare Touring Company or Dance Touring Company, please contact Zach Weidner at 610.282.3654, Ext. 2 or email zach.weidner@desales.edu

Arts Programs for Young People

Conservatory of Dance — September 8, 2018 - May 4, 2019 
The Conservatory of Dance provides the community with affordable, low pressure, high-quality dance training while giving a select group of upperclassmen dance majors the opportunity to teach. Classes are held on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. The Conservatory of Dance is a caring, learning environment where our well-trained teachers share the joy of dance with students of all ages. Contact: Jill Fitzgerald , director at 610.282.1100, Ext. 1830. desales.edu/cod 

In addition to the year-round Conservatory of Dance, the DeSales University Division of Performing Arts features professional arts training summer camps. These one and two-week programs offer college credit for students graduating in 2020 or prior. Except for the Summer Theatre Junior Program, attendees have the option to reside on the DeSales University Campus at an additional cost.  

Summer Video Institute —June, 2018 
The Summer Video Institute (SVI) offers students the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technology to design, shoot, produce, and edit films of their own creation. At the end of the program, the final films are celebrated in a festival screening open to invited guests. Contact; Chuck Gloman, director at 610.282.1100, Ext. 1683. 
desales.edu/svi 

Summer Theatre Institute —July, 2018 
The Summer Theatre Institute (STI) at DeSales University, in association with the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, offers professional theatre training to high school and college students, educators, and members of the community, as well as the best in drama education for students in grades 4 to 8. In the young adult programs, STI offers a broad range of specialized theatre training typically available only to theatre majors in a university curriculum. The staff is comprised of performing artists and teachers at the top of their fields, including Broadway professionals, university professors, and drama educators. Contact: Amy Best, director at 610.282.1100, Ext. 1320. desales.edu/sti 

Summer Dance Intensive—July, 2018 – August, 2018 
The Summer Dance Intensive (SDI) offers professional dance training to students ages 14 and up. The intensive program focuses on technical training in ballet, modern, and jazz, with additional classes offered in African dance, Hip-Hop, Improvisation, Pilates, and yoga. Students will also learn repertory work created by the faculty. The program culminates in an informal presentation. Contact: Angela Grossman, director at 610.282.1100, Ext. 1719. desales.edu/sdi