Hollywood comes to Alvernia with Spring Theatre

theatreAlvernia Theatre will bring a touch of Hollywood magic to its up-coming production of The Seagull. The classic Chekhov play will feature William Salyers, an award-winning actor, as Sorin. 

The Seagull will be presented in Francis Hall Auditorium on the Alvernia University campus April 8-10, 15-17, and 21-23 at 8 pm and April 11 at 2 pm. Admission is free to Alvernia students, faculty and staff, $5 for all others. Seating is general admission, no reservations are necessary.
Salyers, a professional union actor for many years, has made a career acting in films, television, and theatre as well as providing voices for animated characters in cartoons and video games. Nathan Thomas, Director of Theatre at Alvernia University said, "We’re incredibly lucky to be able to bring someone with William’s experience to campus. Not only will our students be able to work with a very talented artist from the West Coast, William also brings such a depth of experience in making a career in the various media of show business today.”
Salyers appeared in a recurring role in the television series Judging Amy.  He appeared in the feature film Bedazzled and independent films including Damaged Goods and Crocodile Tears as well as the John Cabrera short, Crazy Love. Salyers maintains a regular presence in the theater, winning the prestigious Garland Award for playing the lead role in The Louis Slotin Sonata both in LA and New York.  The LA Times noted of Salyers’ work in Men of Tortuga that "[He] mines real comic depth.” Thomas commented, "That’s the reason we wanted him here for a show.  He’s strong in comedy and drama. He can do it all.”
Alvernia student Rebecca Wisniewski, who plays the character Nina, said, "I was a little overwhelmed when I heard we’d be working with a professional.  I never thought I’d have an opportunity like this in college. I’m really looking forward to it.” Alvernia senior Heather Kissinger added, "It’ll be a great experience for everyone.”
The house opens 30 minutes prior to show time. For further information, please call Nathan Thomas at 610-796-8343 or email nathan.thomas@alvernia.edu.

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