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Alvernia Spring Theatre

Date: 3/16/2009

Alvernia Theatre presents the world premiere of Tales of Shoogilly by David Blakely.
Tales of Shoogilly tells the story of six childhood friends over the course of fifty years. When one of them—the one bound for greatness—dies unexpectedly, the world is thrown out of sync, and each of his friends tries to find a path in this world to follow; though not necessarily the path they originally envisioned for themselves. The friends find that that answers are elusive and happiness is a fragile and sometimes fleeting thing.

Production dates:  March 12-14 and March 19-22.

Where: Francis Hall Auditorium

The Alvernia University Theater Club provides the campus with a drama program; the area with a source of entertainment; the students with an activity and somewhere to express themselves; and another way for the University to give back to the community. All members of the Alvernia University community are invited to participate. Advisor, Dr. Nathan Thomas, can be reached by

 email:, or by 
phone: 610-796-8343.

  • 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.