DeSales Act 3 Children’s Theatre to present Alice in Wonderland

by Roseann Damico Schatkowski | Feb 15, 2012

Company to feature ASL performance and book readings in local schools

This spring, dive down the rabbit hole with Act 3 Children’s Theatre Company of DeSales University as they present Alice in Wonderland by Michele L. Vacca. Join Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, and the rest of the Wonderland Creatures for this timeless tale of imagination at play.

This one-hour adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale will run from March 20 through May 3 in the Schubert Theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts on DeSales University’s campus in Center Valley, PA. 

Performances are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with shows starting at 10 a.m. and additional 12:30 p.m. performances on select dates. All tickets are $8.00, but there are also special rates for groups of 10 or larger.

Please note that the following performance are already sold out:

  • Tuesday, March 20 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 22 at 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 29 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 3 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, April 17 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 19 at 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 26 at 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 1 at 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 3 at 10 a.m.

Act 3 Children’s Theatre has delighted children throughout the Lehigh Valley for over 30 years. Last year, they entertained over 6,000 children. Teachers share this delightful experience with their students, and parents find a fun alternative to Saturday morning cartoons. 

Alice in Wonderland is the final project of the 2012 senior theatre class of DeSales University.

The students take on the artistic and administrative roles of a professional theatre company. Besides performing in the show as the many wonderful characters, students also take charge of the various roles involved in company management, direction, box office, marketing and publicity, and designing and constructing the sets, props, and costumes of the play.

The play is directed by Rachel Sommons, who previously served as the assistant director for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in December. “Alice in Wonderland fosters imagination and ignites the creative spirit,” says Sommons. “I’m hoping that this production will entertain kids and adults alike, while sparking their creativity.”

Dan Bound-Black, from Lansdale, PA, has taken the position of company manager for this production. Josh Yentsch, the scenic designer, has brought the world of Wonderland to life through his creative set design. Jenn Pinkos designed the costumes that will enthrall audiences of all ages. Rita Crowley has created the captivating lighting effects, and Ava Kleinot has designed the finely tuned sound effects. Michael Liiro, who previously stage-managed A Christmas Carol and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, among others, brings his considerable experience to bear as stage manager for this production.

Jillian Ports, last seen onstage as Kate Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer, plays the title role. “Alice is a very bright, very curious, and inquisitive girl,” says Ports, “And she’s pulled into this world she knows nothing about; she’s got to figure it out. And what an experience for an actor, to solve a puzzle through a child’s eyes!”

Dennis Razze, the director of theatre at DeSales University, is once again advising the senior students on this project. “Alice in Wonderland has been done twice here before,” says Razze, “but this production promises to be very special and unique because of its intriguing visual concept.”

This spring, the Act 3 Children’s Theatre Company will provide a free benefit performance to nearly 250 special-needs and under-served children of the Lehigh Valley. DeSales University and various charitable donations from the community provide the financial support for this special engagement. 

There will also be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted performance on March 29, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.  Act 3 Children’s Theatre will also hold book readings throughout the Lehigh Valley to bring the magic of live theatre right into the classroom.

Alice in Wonderland will be performed at the fully accessible Labuda Center for the Performing Arts. 

For tickets and information, please call the box office at 610-282-3192, or order tickets online at www.desales.edu/act1.


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Tom McNamara
Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University
2255 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219
Tom.McNamara@desales.edu