Alvernia Theatre Opening Performance of "The Shadow"

“The Shadow”, by Yevgeni Shvarts, is a comic fairy-tale for grown-ups in the same vein as “The Princess Bride.” Based on a Hans Christian Andersen story, the play is the tale of a Scholar who comes to a far off land to study their history. It turns out to be a place where fairy tales happen. In romancing the Princess in disguise across the street from his room at the inn, the Scholar asks his Shadow to help him. Being obedient, the Shadow tears away from the Scholar. The Shadow romances the Princess while swiftly working his way up the political ladder. “The Shadow” is a comedy that looks satirically at leaders, followers, ethics, and also works as a piece of Christian allegory. All that and the funny too.

Other performances: Nov 5-6, Nov 11-13 at 8 pm. Nov 7 at 2 pm

Start Date: 11/4/2010 9:00 pm
End Date: 11/4/2010 11:00 pm
Location: Francis Hall Auditorium
Price: Free to Alvernia students, faculty and staff. $5 all others.
  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.

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