People are saying wonderful things about Act 1 Productions.

Dance

  • "The sheer presence of this monumental work (Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies) on the program speaks volumes of the integrity and seriousness of purpose of the dance program and the miraculous achievement of these student dancers in meeting its technical challenges and its deep and resonant poetry." - James Sutton, Associate Arts Professor (retired), Tisch School of the Arts
  • “The dance productions project an air of professionalism with skilled dancers and high production values.” - Kelly Knox, Bucknell University
  • “It was a lovely evening of artistry in choreography, design, and performance.” - Dustyn Martincich, Bucknell University

TV/Film

  • “This is a first-rate program and the level of filmmaking is excellent. I am so impressed with the quality of the program at DeSales!” - Peter Stein, ASC.
  • “I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen films that were so keenly written, believably acted, beautifully shot, meticulously posted, and then scored to perfection.” - Mike Gorga, Megcomm Productions
  • “DeSales Filmmakers demonstrate a solid commitment to not only the established crafts of filmmaking but also to vigorously explore new techniques.” - Randall Blair, American University

Theatre

Charley's Aunt

From The Morning Call:

  • "The briskly paced and consistently clever production, directed by Wayne Turney, is just as funny as it was more than 100 years ago." 

Showtune

From The Morning Call:

  • "The songs were cleverly arranged in sections that smoothly linked together songs, sometimes from different shows and was well paced as directed by Stephen Casey."

The Homecoming

From The Morning Call:

  • "DeSales University's Act 1 has wrapped up a heartwarming holiday gift for audiences with its wonderful production of "The Homecoming: A Christmas Story."

The Crucible

From Lehigh Valley Stage:

  • "A contemporary flair transforms Act 1's "The Crucible" giving it a modern aesthetic while honoring Arthur Miller’s story based on the actual witch trials which took place in Salem in 1692. Chilling and still relevant, the show at DeSales University in Center Valley follows mass hysteria in the small religious town in Massachusetts. Steven Dennis directs a talented cast of 22 in the intense and shattering production that seems to fly by. An industrial-style set bookended by visible scaffolding looming ominously in the background, created by scenic designer Will Neuert, puts the action in a place and time that could be the 17th century as much as it could be now."

Young Frankenstein

From Focus:

"The production is top-notch quality, a hallmark of DeSales’ stage shows, especially musicals directed by Dennis Razze, DeSales Theatre Department chair and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival associate artistic director."

From The Morning Call:

"Young Frankenstein," Mel Brooks' comedic retelling of the Frankenstein story, gets a wickedly funny retelling on stage by Act 1 at Desales University in Center Valley. This raucous musical goes for the funny bone rather than the jugular with stage-filling production numbers, hilarious characterizations and an accidentally dropped squishy brain that gets tossed to a "lucky" audience member."