Alvernia Theater Presents The Feast

The Alvernia theater program provides a place for students to express themselves while giving back to the community. Each year, Alvernia’s award-winning theater group presents two full productions. Fall performances celebrate great works of dramatic literature, such as The Shadow, 9 Parts of Desire, The Skin of Our Teeth, and The Good Woman of Setzuan. This fall’s production will be The Feast, based on a 19th Century play written by Alexander Pushkin. Conversely, spring productions showcase a new or classic play. Past spring efforts have included Electra, Romeo and Juliet, The Seagull, the world premiere of Tales of Shoogilly, and Oklahoma!

Alvernia’s student productions are often performed for capacity crowds, and have been received well by the theater community. It is not uncommon for performers to be invited to participate in peer contests, such as the Irene Ryan Scholarship competition.

Alvernia Theater is proud of its history of creating vibrant theater for the Alvernia Community. Visit for the current play listing.

Start Date: 11/3/2011 8:30 pm
End Date: 11/5/2011 11:00 pm
Location: Francis Hall Theater and Recital Hall
Price: Free for Students, Faculty and Staff - $5 for General Public
  • 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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