DeSales University’s Act 3 Children’s Theatre presents “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”

by Roseann Damico Schatkowski | Feb 24, 2014

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Center Valley, PA – (February 24, 2014) – This spring, children of all ages will embark on a fantastic trip through the magical land of Oz as DeSales University’s Act 3 Children’s Theatre Company presents “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Tim Kelly. This one-hour adaptation of Frank L. Baum’s classic tale will run from March 18 through May 1 in the Schubert Theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts in Center Valley, PA. Join Dorothy, Toto, and all of their friends from this classic story as they travel to meet the powerful Wizard and defeat the dreaded Wicked Witch of the West!

Performances are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays with shows starting at 10 AM and additional 12:30 PM performances on select dates. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $9 for seniors and students, with special rates for groups of 10 or larger.

Please note that the following performances are sold out:
Tuesday, March 18 at 10 AM
Thursday, March 20 at 10:00 AM
Saturday, March 22 at 10 AM and 12:30 PM
Tuesday, March 25 at 10 AM
Thursday, March 27 at 10 AM and 12:30 PM
Saturday, March 29 at 10 AM and 12:30 PM
Tuesday, April 1 at 10 AM
Thursday, April 3 at 12:30 PM
Saturday, April 5 at 12:30 PM
Tuesday, April 8 at 10 AM and 12:30 PM
Thursday, April 10 at 10 AM
Tuesday, April 15 at 10 AM
Thursday, April 24 at 10 AM
Tuesday, April 29 at 10 AM
Thursday, May 1 at 10 AM                                 

Act 3 Children’s Theatre has delighted children throughout the Lehigh Valley for more than 30 years. Last year, they entertained over 6,000 children. Teachers share this cherished experience with their students, while parents find a fun alternative to Saturday morning television. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is the final project of the 2014 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 exciting characters, students must also take charge of the various positions involved in the production--company management, direction, box office, marketing and publicity, and designing/constructing the sets, props, and costumes for the play.

Senior Acting/Directing and Philosophy major Peter Danelski is the show’s director. When asked what he most wants young audiences to take away from this event, Danelski replied “I want kids seeing this show to experience a world made just for them as they are now with no preconditions- I believe that was in L. Frank Baums' sight and it's what we're trying to capture in this show.” The original book truly harnessed the spirit of childlike imagination in a world made just for kids. Everyone seeing our show should walk out feeling like they’ve tapped into that sort of playfulness magic.  

Marguerite Halcovage, serves as the company manager for this production. Justin Haugh, Act 3’s scenic designer, brings to life the world of Oz through his inventive and ambitious set design under the technical direction of Adam Curry. Jamie Lynn Metzger will enthrall audiences with her creative, amusing costume designs. Allison Foster illuminates the stage with her captivating display as lighting designer, while sound designer Kevin Riddagh delivers a sense of delight through his beautifully composed melodies. Elizabeth Nixon, who is simultaneously stage-managing Desales University’s Act 1 production of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” brings her experience and skill to the production as stage manager.

Meghan Shea, last seen onstage as the Ghost of Christmas Past in “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” plays the timeless role of Dorothy. “I think Dorothy’s most admirable quality is her commitment to doing what's right, even if that means putting others before herself,” says Shea. “Her spirit of generosity and her willingness to aid those in need make her a role model for all ages.”

DeSales University’s Chair of Theatre, Dennis Razze, is once again advising the senior students through this endeavor. “‘The Wizard of Oz’ is perhaps the most famous and most beloved ‘road trip’ story of all time, says Razze. He reveals the benefits of witnessing this classic on stage, stating, “Experiencing this story onstage is one that children will never forget as they become part of the journey and live each memorable moment of this magical story.”

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, along with various charitable donations from the community, provide the financial support for this special engagement. There will also be an American Sign Language-interpreted performance on Saturday, April 12 at 12:30 PM. Act 3 Children’s Theatre will also hold book readings throughout the Lehigh Valley to bring the magic of live theatre directly into the classroom.

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.

 “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” will be performed in the Schubert Theatre of the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for adults and $9 for seniors and students. For tickets and information, please call the box office at 610-282-3192, or order online at 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