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British Invasion: The Cambridge Footlights open U.S. Tour at Alvernia

Date: 9/17/2010


Do the names Emma Thompson or John Cleese sound familiar to you? How about Hugh Laurie, otherwise known as “House, M.D.”? All are alumni of the Cambridge Footlights, a renowned acing troupe based in Cambridge, England. On Wednesday, September 15, the Cambridge Footlights opened their US tour show, “Good For You,” and their first stop was right here at Alvernia University.
Performing live in the newly renovated Francis Hall Theater, the Cambridge Footlights captivated students, faculty, and staff alike with their versatile acting, devastating humor, and snarky British wit. This hilarious and talented group, consisting of five young actors, Ben Ashenden, James Moran, Alex Owen, Ellie Ross, and Lucien Young, packed a two-hour performance chock full of laughs.

The Alvernia University Theatre Program and Student Activities sponsored this unforgettable event, which brought a refreshing taste of the UK to campus.

  • 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.