Welcome Greeting

Welcome to Our 2018-2019 Season!


Dear Friends, 

Our 2018 – 2019 season is our 49th! 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. 

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. 

So, in addition to our wonderful dance concerts, film festivals, and choral concerts, we have a slate of plays and musicals featuring characters exploring their hearts and attempting to direct the trajectories of their lives. Universal stuff! 

We open the season with William Inge’s Picnic which explores the complacency of middle age versus the yearnings of youth. We follow that with the frolicsome Dames at Sea, a rarely-produced and wonderful musical love story about big breaks and big dreams. For Christmas we’re offering the Pennsylvania premiere of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, a delicious holiday sequel to Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. In the spring semester, we’ll produce the haunting Chekhov masterpiece The Cherry Orchard. In March, our senior theatre majors will present the delightful and timely The Princess King. And our season finale will explore the search for the extraordinary in the Broadway blockbuster Pippin — another Act 1 premiere. 

Come and be a part of it all. Storytelling is one of those basic needs: you can do it on your own, but it’s so much better in the company of a marvelous audience. And at DeSales, we have the most marvelous audiences! 

John Bell
Producing Artistic Director