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Hollywood comes to Alvernia with Spring Theatre

Date: 4/7/2010

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.

  • 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.